Sunday, 11 January 2015

A break with tradition....

This year starts with commencement of a very exciting project project in Blandford Forum.  A contemporary, split level, single storey, SIP constructed dwelling with both sedum and raised seam coated steel roofing, above walls of decorated render, with thin coursed natural slate and larch cladding. 


The site comprised of the rear garden of a pair of semi-detached, Edwardian houses, within the Conservation Area of Blandford Forum.


The gardens sloped downwards quite steeply, which led to a split level design to minimise scale.  Being physically and visually separated from the street scene of traditional period properties gave the opportunity for an individual and contemporary design without affecting the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.  Planning approval was granted in July 2014.


SIP construction will offer a high level of insulation and air tightness.  A Mechanic Ventilation & Heat Recovery System (MVHR) will be installed, removing pollutants and passing stale air through a heat exchanger to pre-warm incoming fresh air.


Many thanks to clients, John & Jo, for the opportunity to design this project and to my colleage Richard Bagnall, Chartered Town Planner.  This design was very much a collaborative effort between us.

January 2015


I am delighted that North Dorset District Council Planning Committee unanimously approved our planning application for 13 dwellings within the conservation area of Murnhull on the 24th June 2014.

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Working in collaboration with Smiths Gore, supportive pre-application consultation with NDDC Planning Officers and Country Highways aided the design process, resulting in a sympathetic village housing scheme, preserving key features and residential amenity. Fundamental design principles were to respond and relate to the quality, character and sensitive nature of the village centre and the conservation area setting.  

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The properties draw reference from local vernacular style.  Building materials will include Marnhull stone, clay facing brick, flint and colour-washed render with roofs of plain clay tile and slate, consistent with the rural village context.

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It was a pleasure working with Sam Harper and Steve Briggs of Smiths Gore (Taunton Office), who prepared a first class planning submission.

June 2014


I seem to have failed with my new years resolution of updating my blog more regularly...  Usual excuse of being too busy with work to 'blog'!

Early this month (April) my scheme for the former SCATS site in Winterborne Kingston was approved by NDDC Planning Committee for my client, Cawdor Construction Ltd.  The scheme comprised of 18 dwellings and 4 business units.

Supportive pre-application consultation with NDDC Planning Officers and County Highways helped to develop the scheme.  Recognition also to my colleague, Richard Bagnall, Chartered Town Planner, for his valuable support and exemplary Planning & Design Statement.


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