Regional Awards Finalists!

8th June 2018

Here we are pictured at last night’s Michelmores Property Awards evening at Exeter University.  The Garden Room at RHS Rosemoor was a runner up in the Leisure & Tourism category.  This follows a similar success we enjoyed a few weeks ago at the RICS Awards.

The awards evening, hosted by comedian Josh Widdicombe recognises excellence in building projects across the region. Pictured above are Paul Cooper and Peregrine Mears, (from PMA) with Nick Brissenden and Malcolm White of RWP who were Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers for the scheme at RHS Rosemoor.

Planning Approval for Bovey Tracey Community Hub Project

16th May 2018

Plans to build a new community centre in Bovey Tracey have taken a major step forward with the granting of full planning approval yesterday.  Teignbridge District Council Planning Committee were unanimous in their support for the project with councillors voting 16-0 in favour of the scheme.

Situated at the western gateway of the town, the new community centre is to be built on the site of the former The Old Thatched Inn on Station Road. It will include a library, information centre, public toilets, town council offices, business enterprise centre and a multipurpose meeting / events space.

We are really delighted to see the Local Planning Authority give their overwhelming support to this project.  This building represents a very positive step for Bovey Tracey and we’re thrilled about the positive effects it will have on the local community.

A main contractor has been appointed for the project which is due to start on site in September 2018, with completion anticipated for May 2019.  So watch this space for updates!

Permitted Development Rules for Barns Improved

5th April 2018

Gaining planning consent for new dwellings in rural areas can be tricky, however the permitted development legislation that came into force in 2013 has seen hundreds of barns and other agricultural buildings achieve a change of use to residential.

Until now, the rules have allowed agricultural buildings to be converted to up to three dwellings with a combined floorspace of 450m2. As of tomorrow, 6th April 2018, the rules will be extended to offer more flexibility to applicants. The key changes are that:

– Up to five homes, (each less than 100 sq m), can now be formed from a single building.

– The previous requirement that a building should be structurally strong enough to take the loadings associated with conversion works has been reduced, accepting that an element of structural replacement may be necessary to facilitate a conversion.

– Any interior works, for example introducing a new floor, do not constitute development so local planning authorities may not refuse proposals due to the extent of internal work involved.

If you’re a farmer or landowner, the permitted development rules offer the chance to transform under used buildings into highly valuable assets.  Conversely if you’ve always wanted a home in the country, whether a traditional or contemporary barn conversion, this scheme may well provide the answer.  Please contact us for more information.  In the meantime, here is a barn conversion we designed….,

Published in Self Build & Design Magazine!

13th March 2018

We’re delighted to say one of our projects is featured in the April 2018 issue of Self Build & Design Magazine!  (Available at all good news agents now)!

The extension and renovation we designed and managed at Khyber in Appledore, which was completed in Spring 2017, is showcased over 8 pages of that publication, a couple of which are included above.

The article features photos of the finished property and an interview with our lovely clients John & Billy Pook, who’s top tip was. “Use an Architect – ours was invaluable..”

Thank you folks!  Thank you too to SBD Magazine for featuring our work.

Planning Approval for a Contemporary New Home Inspired by Traditional Forms

14th February 2018

Here’s a sneak preview of a new private house we have just received detailed planning approval for! The site is in an elevated position with a south facing principal aspect making it very appealing in design terms. Those factors suggested lots of glazing with deep reveals. The plot lies within a conservation area and our research found pictures of old barns that once stood at the entrance to the site.

Our design takes note of that, and also the form of traditional Devon Longhouses – these generally run on an east-west axis to allow all habitable rooms to face south. The form of the proposed house reflects this and the old barns being split into two volumes, one for living and one for sleeping. These are linked by a glazed box which wraps around the circulation core at the rear.

Externally, the use of natural stone, timber cladding and slate roofs anchor the house to the setting and create a building that has a stunning sequence of internal spaces yet sits comfortably in its surroundings. The project is due to start on site in Spring 2018, so watch this space for updates!

Plans for Barnstaple's former Heritage Centre to be transformed into a restaurant!

25th January 2018

We’re pleased to announce the coming of a new restaurant to Barnstaple which will preserve a vital part of the town’s heritage!

Queen Anne’s Walk dates from 1708 and is the oldest classical building in Barnstaple.  It has been empty for almost two years but now has a bright future once more.  The scheme we have designed will allow a sensitive conversion of the building and help bring people back to the town’s resurgent riverside quarter.

Here’s how the news was covered on DevonLive:

Watch this space for more news about this project!