Archive 2013

Nov 2013: End-of-year: A positive conclusion to the year with a particularly busy last five months and more projects lined up for the next few. Slight evidence of bouyancy in the market, perhaps? In any case, we have been able to increase our end-of-year giving this year and are supporting Interface Uganda abroad, as well as HomeStart Exeter locally, in addition to the donation given in October to the Link Community Development, also in Africa. Please take time to look them up and support their brilliant work.

Nov 2013: Project news: Another busy month, with new commissions for conservation work in Rousdon and domestic work in Pinhoe, tenders out in Woodbury and Butterleigh, and preparation for works about to start on site in Topsham. Meanwhile Pollards have won the contract for Strode College ESC which goes on site shortly, and a small extension down the road from the office has completed, another by Callard & Sons Ltd.

Oct 2013: More news (a busy month): We’ve brought forward some of our end-of-year giving in support of two long-term clients who are going to Uganda this week to take part in a 450km cycle ride in aid of Link Community Development.

Oct 2013: News: Passivhaus training today by thoroughly enthusiastic team at Warm. And yes! Sean did achieve a new PB at the Great West Run, very chuffed.

Oct 2013: Project news: We have received further commissions to extend family homes in Topsham as well as to redevelop a shop with five flats in Cullompton. Other news: Two days in Bath on a Conservation Course took us back to old stomping grounds (university days!), with a trip to long-forgotten pubs and time to see how much of the city has changed in 20 years. Another shot at the Great West Run in Exeter, on its new 13.1 mile course – PB this year? We’ll see at the weekend… See us at Tea with An Architect again on Tuesday 29th October, 5.30 at the Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Exeter.

Sept 2013: Project news: Strode College went to tender early this month after an intense design period. A home extension 16 doors from the office started on site. We have commenced design work on more family homes across Devon and received instruction to commence work on obtaining planning permission for a new nursery in Taunton. Other news: After the launch in the summer, featured in exeterlife, Tea with An Architect continues and we are at the Magdalen Chapter on Tuesday 24th September from 5.30 for an open-door drop-in event – do join us for a cup of tea. Big birthdays for us this year and we’ve celebrated by treating ourselves to some beautiful, vibrant artwork by local painter Michael Buckland.

August 2013: Project news: After a brief sunny sojourn in North Somerset we return to work to continue developing detail for the Strode College project due to tender next month. In the meantime we continue to respond to several new project enquiries, submit Planning and Building Control applications for a range of domestic projects, and commence design work on new projects including considering a brand-new house near Whimple. Our designs for repairs to landscape features at Pinhoe Primary School continue to be implemented over the summer break.

July 2013: Project news: Our loft conversion at Sylvan Avenue has been completed beautifully and just in time for the new family arrival, born the week the project was finished. It is bright, spacious and full of clean light, not to mention excellent views to the estuary and beyond. Another project constructed by Callard & Sons Ltd, and with whom the client is very pleased. Photos coming soon. The extension and remodelling of a Listed farmhouse near Tiverton is underway and due to be completed before the end of summer.

June 2013: Project news: fairview architecture continue to win work across the South West. New projects include kitchen extensions, remodelling, and bathroom extensions. In addition we are pleased to have been invited to work in partnership with a previous colleague Nigel Skelton to deliver a new Employment Skills Centre building for Strode College in Street, a client with whom Nigel has a long-standing relationship. This represents out largest commission to date, at £1.3m capital cost. Drop-in advice: Having signed up to Tea with an Architect the launch event took place at the Magdalen Chapter Hotel in Exeter and was very well received. Watch this space for news of forthcoming free drop-in events for homeowners to meet architects in a casual setting. Other news: A great time shaking off the cobwebs on the Three Peaks challenge (shortly after a milestone birthday!) Wet on the top of all three mountains, but beautiful below the cloud level and a fantastic achievement in honour of local teacher Matt Hammond (despite 30+ hours in a mini-bus!)

May 2013: Project news: We continue to work with Pinhoe Primary School on new projects to improve their school grounds. The spiritual garden completed there last year has recently obtained funding for a water feature to be integrated, too. We also start work on a new two-storey home extension in Budleigh Salterton. Other news:Sean’s second marathon, the Sarsen Trail / Neolithic Marathon from Avebury to Stonehenge in aid of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, was a very warm affair over difficult ground conditions, but an excellent race nevertheless.

April 2013: New commissions this month include a modest garden room to provide a summer play room and improve access and space in a small garden, to be carefully detailed in timber cladding. Site news: Our loft conversion to regularise a previously non-compliant loft space started on site this month with a view to completion before July.

April 2013: News: Have you seen this video highlighting the appalling size and light-quality of new-build homes in this country? We build spaces full of light to lift the spirits and benefit from the natural beauty of this region, and give families room to breathe and live. Project News: We have completed pre-design feasibility reports to inform a local community group’s discussion about development or retention of their existing premises. Other News: Sean will embark on his second marathon in early May, a little warm-up before the Three Peaks challenge he takes in late June.

March 2013: Project news: A planning application for an extension to and refurbishment of a Grade II Listed Building in East Devon has been submitted after extensive pre-application consultation. We are also working with two local community groups on feasibility studies to develop and improve their premises. Other news: We have for the third year running joined the RIBA to support homeless charity Shelter through their Architect in the House initiative. We have also registered with Tea with an Architect to support local drop-in type events for homeowners thinking about projects on their homes.

February 2013: Project news: We have submitted a Planning Application for a new cluster of outbuildings in conjunction with re-building a failing stone retaining wall on the edge of a highway, requiring consideration of a careful, safe and expedient solution but also one which respects the adjacent Conservation Area. New commissions: We have been asked to look at improving a home in Budleigh Salterton, to which a previous loft conversion has been made. However, the arrangement requires access through bedrooms which removes their privacy, and the stair is too steep. So we are looking at re-structuring the core of the building to improve the stair, bring light into the central rooms, and create access into and en-suites within the loft rooms. We continue to give pre-purchase feasibility advice to a client looking at buying a new home with projects in mind.

January 2013: Project news: We have completed designs to remove internal walls, co-ordinating mainly structural interventions, in an already-extended semi-detached house. We were tasked with completing these works swiftly to allow an early commencement on site in time for an imminent family arrival – that’s a very particular type of deadline, and we wish them all the best with their growing family. Other news: A final round-up of the donations for Sean’s debut marathon in October has been done and together with a share of the race’s fundraising the Dartmoor Vale Rotary Club has sent on £1000 to each of BRACE and HomeStart Exeter, so thank-you once again for making that possible. The next challenge is Avebury to Stonehenge in May, followed by the 24hr Three Peaks Challenge in late June.