On Site Works Progressing Well

We currently have a number of projects on site which are at different stages of construction and completion. These have provided some challenges both in the form of construction in regards to the integration of a sunken wine cellar and tide pool, as well as working within tight site constraints and existing building conditions.

Hopefully within the next month 3 of these projects will be completed with another due for completion in the new year. We also have another 2 projects starting within the next few weeks and will hopefully have some news on these projects in the near future.

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Year 3

Year 3 has flown by with many new projects ranging in stages of work, design and complexity.

We have several projects on site that are well underway including a domestic extension which is nearing completion in Langport and the conversion of a former Primary School into 4 residential units and a holiday let, aiming to be completed early next year.

We look forward to continuing to develop some other projects towards securing planning and listed building consent including the conversion of a public house to community facilities, domestic extensions commencing Building Regulation stages of work and new education facilities commencing on site. 


Busy Start to the New Year

It’s been a very busy start to the new year with the commencement of a number of projects on site including the conversion of Burrowbridge School in Somerset to residential properties, a new development in Bishop’s Lydeard and extension to a cottage in Pitney. All are proceeding well and we will upload some photos of progress when we can.

We are also have some very exciting new commissions for projects in Dunkeswell and Branscombe in Devon and look forward to developing these design’s over the next few months and updating our blog with their progress.

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Home Office, Gym & Car Port, Easton, Somerset

The project consists of new home office with gym, store and car port to complement the existing farmhouse conversion. The proposal provides a large first floor area to be used as a home office taking advantage of the countryside views around the site.  The ground floor accommodates a bespoke gymnasium, machinery store and covered car port space.

The building is to be constructed as a timber frame structure with works proposing to commence on site within the next few months.

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New House, Dorchester, Dorset

New detached dwelling and carport is nearing completion on site. The new dwelling utilises an existing brownfield site in a rural location which was designed to incorporate significant topographical changes across the site.

The construction has primarily been in timber frame so as to benefit from its enhanced thermal qualities and ease of build.

From inception and development of the project to completion on site via planning and building regulation approval it has taken approximately a year.

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Side and Rear Extension, Taunton, Somerset

Single storey rear extension and internal alterations to a three-storey semi-detached town house. The property was located within a conservation area and therefore the larger two storey element was designed to respect and respond to the existing brick detailing, window fenestration etc. with the single storey rear extension being a new modern component to the design.

The site has restricted access and therefore it was essential to ensure the construction methods chosen for the new build elements responded to this and were designed in.

The project has commenced on site with footings now in.

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Year Two

Year 2 has flown by with many new projects ranging in stages of works, design and complexity. These comprise of both domestic and commercial projects from small extensions, new build houses, conversion and adaption of existing listed buildings and new build structures including a proposed museum.

The past year has also been very exciting with a number of projects completed on site and more about to commence within the next few months (Please see some of our upcoming blogs).


South Somerset District Planning Delay

SSDC are currently experience a delay in their validation process of 5 weeks which is causing an effect on the determination of application. Therefore, on a standard house holder or full Plans application you will need to consider that this decision process from submission will take a minimum of 13 weeks.

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Red Anvil School of Blacksmithing

Who says that on-going professional development is boring! We thank Richard Bent at Red Anvil for a very informative, hands-on and fun day spent in his workshop. Following a short demonstration of the basic techniques we were let loose on the traditional coal-fired forges and modern gas furnaces to make our masterpieces or in some circumstances just to hammer the anvils. Richard's hand on approach and teaching was appreciated and by the end of the day we all had something resembling either a heart, poppy or leaf of some type.

New Year 2018

Christmas over in a flash and now were into an exciting 2018!

We’re busy chasing planning applications and await decisions on projects currently in with West Dorset, Mendip, South Somerset and Taunton Deane Councils. 

We are developing sketch scheme options for the conversion of a former primary school into residential units and progressing a number of Building Regulation packages for one off houses and extensions. 

After studying ‘A Ladybird ‘Achievements’ book – The Story of Houses and Homes’ over the Christmas break we thought we post some images from the book we particularly liked, especially the Elizabethan Montacute House!

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The First Year

It has been a very exciting first year which has seen the completion of the Somerset Rural Museum Abbey Barn floor, completion of a new music studio within the curtilage of a Grade II* listed property and the receipt of planning consents for a number of contemporary extensions and alteration projects. Within the next year construction work will start on a number of these projects and so watch this space for photograph's as works proceed.

We are also developing some new build projects and these should be moving towards the planning stage in the near future.

We are constantly updating our pinterest page & twitter feeds along with our facebook page so please feel free to follow us for updates and design ideas.

We also hope to give you more information on our interest in SPAB and the 20th Century Society in the next year.


Somerset Rural Life Museum has now reopened

After 2 years of extensive renovation works to the Visitor Centre and Abbey Barn the SRLM reopened on the 3rd of June. We were pleased to have been involved with the works to the Abbey Barn floor, which included a full measured survey of the floor following archaeological recording, incorporation of new electrical services and new floor surfaces to the Scheduled Monument.

The barn was built in the 1340’s to store produce from the Glastonbury Abbey estates and continued in use as a farm building until 1972, even after the Abbey’s dissolution in 1539.

See attached link for more information https://www.swheritage.org.uk/abbey-barn

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