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  • Woolacombe

    Planning approval for Woolacombe holiday apartments

    PMA have this month obtained planning approval for the development of a property in Woolacombe. This substantial property, located in the heart of this most popular of coastal villages, is currently a mixed use current being a large House of Multiple Occupation (HMO), Launderette and Office now has consent to convert to 6 holiday letting…

  • Class Q fallback position

    Does Class Q give the best outcome for barns?

    Current legislation provides a unique opportunity to convert qualifying existing agricultural structures, commonly referred to as Class Q, into residential units. Having Class Q permitted development approval, are there further opportunities? Yes, potentially under the fallback position. You can possibly unlock the potential of your underutilised or redundant agricultural buildings if the building qualifies under…

  • Perry Mears architect

    Perry Mears values membership of The Design Peview Panel

    As an experienced RIBA Chartered Architect, PMA Director Perry Mears enjoys and values his involvement as a member of The Design Review Panel; visit their website. “The Design Review Panel is a group of independent, multi-disciplinary construction professionals working in the built environment, operating throughout England”, explained Panel Manager, Jonathan Braddick. He continued:  “The Panel provides…

  • Off-grid living, a growing trend

    Following research done by scientists Copernicus Climate Change Service 2023 has been declared as the hottest on Earth, ever since records began; 2024 could be even hotter. It is therefore no coincidence that the interest in building sustainable and off-plan homes is on the increase. “We are receiving an increasing number of enquirers from people…

  • Victorian

    New phase for an Ilfracombe Victorian Oliver building

    Wander around The Torrs, Ilfracombe and see examples of Victorian architecture, larger villa-style buildings intended as grand, spacious private residences; Ilfracombe at its most affluent, at the height of its popularity, with a prestigious national reputation. Over time, several later became schools; Ilfracombe College, the Convent of the Immaculate Conception and Hereford House School. The…

  • Diminishing slates

    Diminishing-sized slates, a nice detail in Dorset

    The rich variety of construction styles are evident throughout the UK, and a reason why so many international visitors praise the history in our buildings. PMA has been appointed architects for this inspirational, major project for 2024, which has taken us to Dorset, working with some fabulous range of traditional stone agricultural buildings. With a…

  • RIBA Chartered Architect

    Understanding the value of an architect

    An RIBA architect is able to draw on years of experience and expertise in design, technical know-how and organisational skills, tied together through excellent communication to bring the project to reality. Through attention to detail, design and planning, the aim is to minimise risks of problems being encountered on-site, their cost and implications. Here are…

  • Ciaran Lane Architect

    PMA expands team, welcoming a new architect

    We introduce our latest team member, Ciarán Linane, who joins PMA following ten years’ experience working in a selection of London architectural practices. An ARB-registered Architect, Ciarán has gained a diverse skill set through the delivery of large commercial schemes for clients with complex and ever-evolving business needs. He has worked on numerous large-scale office…

  • Solar panel

    New rules make solar panels fitting easier

    We’ve seen that the awareness of solar panels has changed over the years, so that now, without exception, our early client meetings feature discussions around energy efficiency, running costs and sustainability. Small initial steps maybe, but absolutely critical steps, with standards improving, cost efficiencies being developed and UK legislation and regulations supporting progress. Rules introduced…