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  • Architects Help Community Try and Save Historic Building

    Devon based Peregrine Mears Architects are delighted to have been appointed by the Moor Imagination Collective(MIC) to advise on their aspirations to acquire, develop and convert Buckfastleigh Methodist Church to a community hub. Built in 1835, a 2012 Conservation Area Character Appraisal describes it as “a key community building… always more than just a church, more of a community centre” and…

  • Living in Harmony With Nature: Off Grid House Featured in SelfBuild & Design Magazine!

    There’s something special about seeing one’s work in print. We are all so used to digital media, so it makes a pleasant change to flick through the pages of a glossy magazine and see a project we have designed featured. That is the case for this off-grid house we designed in rural Dorset. Sometimes you…

  • Boutique Holiday Cabin in Devon Shows That Good Design Adds Value!

    Its always nice to get feedback on how the buildings we design fare in use. We were pleased to be contacted by a client for whom we designed a small holiday cabin in rural Devon and learn that….. “The design /  building has been super successful and is regularly listed in the top 10 holiday…

  • RICS Award for Community Centre

    RICS Award for Community Centre

    RICS Award for Bovey Tracey Community Centre. We are thrilled to announce that The Riverside Community Centre in Bovey Tracey has been crowned Winner of best Public Sector Project in the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards 2022), South West Region.  Situated at the western gateway of the town, the new community centre was…

  • SelfBuild & Design Show 2022 – Free Tickets!

    As one of the region’s leading firms of Architects, we are looking forward to this year’s SelfBuild & Design Show, taking place at Westpoint Exeter this coming weekend. This specialist exhibition is perfect for anyone interested in embarking on a self-build project, from a major refurbishment or period property renovation right up to large-scale ‘grand…

  • Agricultural Tied Dwellings Don’t Need to be Boring!

    A new rural home. How exciting! The countryside of the West Country and far beyond has many examples of agricultural tied dwellings. In the past these have typically been very ordinary looking bungalows – ironically not a traditional rural building form at all. As always, we seek to challenge that pre-conception and wonder what could…

  • How to Win With Class Q Barn Conversions

    Having successfully gained consent for a whole range of agricultural buildings to change their use to dwellings as Class Q barn conversions, we thought we would share some insights into how to approach these projects.  The first step is to engage an experienced professional adviser to advise on the suitability of the building in question…

  • Grand Designs

    Let’s do a Grand Designs project! Where?

    As architects we love creative opportunities. This one has  totally captured our attention; we’d love to get our hands on it, to create something special; a perfect Grand Designs project! This prominent local landmark is for sale, giving someone a real, unique opportunity. There are challenges but we love challenges. Ok, a bit of traveling…

  • Listed building

    Extension blends with Listed Building

    “A fundamental principle of our approach is that we approach every project with the same enthusiasm and passion, big or small. Each project brings its own challenges and own rewards.” explained Associate Director, architect Paul Cooper. Here is a lovely project with a small extension, enabling this lovely older to be Listed Building to be…