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  • Class Q

    What Can We Do With This?

    Class Q. Some building development opportunities are easier to spot than others. Perhaps the conversion of this barn was not an obvious prospect, but Peregrine Mears Architects has just successfully obtained permission for the change of use to a dwelling. “When asked “What can we do with this? This really caught my imagination” explained architect…

  • Concept design

    Demolish and replace

    “Our clients’ words `demolish and replace`! Look at the site, not the existing property’ with an inspiring project brief are precisely why I chose to be an architect” says Max Pountney, Design Manager with Peregrine Mears Architects, as he passionately talks through one of his latest commissions, in fabulous Cornwall. Our clients presented us with…

  • RICS UK 2022 Awards | Proud that we’ve been shortlisted – twice!

    We’ve had exciting news as May arrives, having received notification from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that Peregrine Mears Architects have been shortlisted in the RICS UK Awards 2022 in not one, but two categories, Public Sector Project & Community Benefit. Perry Mears explained “Our nominations are for the Riverside Community Centre in Bovey…

  • Commercial to residential

    Commercial property to residential use

    Whatever the ‘new norm’ brings, it is clear that our town centres are changing. Nowhere is immune to the influence and impact of the trend for out-of-town retail and leisure developments, the growth of online shopping and the ubiquitous digital environment; Covid19 is leaving its scars too. So the key is often changing commercial property…

  • Self-build architect Barnstaple

    Planning your self-build project

    A self-build architect in Barnstaple is invaluable when starting to plan your self-build project is exciting and perhaps daunting. Here are a few pointers but appointing an architect to your team will ensure you have the right advice through the design, planning and build stages of your development. A few initial considerations. 1 Clarify your thoughts. Your…

  • EVC

    The New Norm. EVC and solar PV, at home!

    As part of their push for the UK to reach carbon net zero, the Government has recently announced that legislation will be introduced in 2022 requiring all new homes to have electric vehicle charging points; new commercial and public buildings too. This initiative should see approaching 150,000 extra electric vehicle charging (EVC) points added, each…

  • Passivhaus

    Why we should all be building to the passivhaus standard?

    When planning a new home naturally people’s initial focus is often on the site, what it might it look like and rooms. Discerning clients, particularly self-builders, are looking further ahead for environmentally low-impact design. This considers the carbon footprint, energy use and protection from escalating running costs. Thus Passivhaus. However, there is so much more…

  • RIBA House of The Year 2021

    RIBA 2021 House of the Year winner was rejected by planners.

    The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) have announced the winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2021. House on the Hill near Lydney Gloucestershire has been crowned the best one-off house designed by an architect in the UK. Partnering Channel 4’s Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud, writer Michelle Ogundehin and architect Damion Burrows explored the…

  • Devon Life

    The Ark is part of Devon Life

    Devon Life selectively showcases special aspects of life in Devon. It’s a privilege to be chosen and this month we are!  In “Memories are made of this” editor Andy Cooper features a recent Peregrine Mears Architects project, The Ark Ashford Nr Barnstaple North Devon in the January edition of this leading west country publication. Our…