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  • Fallback position

    “Fallback position” used for replacement of rural dwelling with Class Q approval

    Usually in the architectural world, the right outcome is rarely easy or obvious? Our aspiration is always the best outcome and often this requires a planned approach and strategy, which needs to be reviewed against progress. In this instance we advised that the fallback position provided an opportunity. Director Perry Mears explained “Generally, a planning…

  • Class Q

    Another Class Q success. We love barns.

    Rarely is any planning approval obtained without challenges. The amount of information required to be provided to achieve a Class Q success is often comprehensive, including specialist reports from third party expertise. Some Class Q approvals are trickier than others to obtain. This recent Class Q success is an exciting opportunity, located in an highly…

  • Multigenerational living

    We’re featured in Attivo Life, on multigenerational living

    A recent survey finds that multigenerational living in the UK could be set to triple by 2040. We were delighted to be featured in Attivo Life, in an insight into this trend, by Nicky Rampley-Clarke. A growing trend are buildings that can be for say, grandchildren, parents and grandchildren, all together, which they can all…

  • Coast

    Lodges approved for historic coastal inn.

    Having first obtained planning and listed building approval to extend the renowned Blue Ball Inn at Countisbury, Lynmouth, North Devon to provide staff accommodation earlier this year, we were delighted to now receive an additional permission, for 4 contemporary holiday lodges nearby. The sensitive location required a careful solution; in this case the lodges are…

  • Design ideas

    Design ideas for a beach bar

    Every project is unique. Conceptual ideas start the process, inspired by the site and location, use, client’s aspirations; in fact inspiration can come from potentially anywhere. Working in the westcountry, our architectural projects often feature the coast. Beachside projects can provide exciting opportunities to approach things just a little differently. In this case we were…

  • Architectural models

    Architectural models still have an important role

    Forward-thinking architects‘ practices enthusiastically use the latest technology and sophisticated computer software; often being early adopters, keen to enhance our service. However, it’s interesting that physical architectural modelling still remains one of the most useful items in an architect’s toolbox. As the quality of graphics advances apace, physical models remain a unique way to help…

  • Northway Court

    Northway Court is taking shape for `24.

    Here, we give you a sneak preview of the latest addition to HPB Management Ltd.‘s fabulous selection of holiday home properties in the UK; Northway Court Bideford North Devon. Above all the owners are demonstrating, through their significant investment, their confidence in westcountry tourism. This project has involved the refurbishment of range of traditional, local stone…

  • Architectural apprentice

    The importance of the architecture apprentice role

    We’d like to introduce two important younger members of our team, Sam Tiddy and Jack Read. “Our practice has always prioritised the development of young talent, and we are delighted to support Sam and Jack with their architecture apprentice roles and help develop their professional careers” commented practice Director, Perry Mears. He continued. “With various…

  • Holiday Lodge

    Holiday lodge with an awesome view

    Perched above the fabulous North Devon coast in a sensitive Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) it is a real gem. In summary originally a camping and caravan site, innovations have replaced the traditional static caravans with two shepherd huts. The latest project was to replace the final static caravan with a quality, eco-build holiday lodge.…