Keep up to date with the most exciting and interesting news. Here we can tell you about our latest planning approvals, design awards, recent publications and more news from across Dorset, Hampshire and the South West.

Highly Commended at Homebuilding and Renovating Awards

2014-11-27

Maypool Boathouse has recieved a highly commended accolade in the Homebuilding and Renovating Awards 2014. We are really pleased to gain recognition for this fantastic waterside project located on the River Dart.

Maypool Boathouse, Devon

Ask the Architect - Homebuilding & Renovating show in Somerset.

2014-10-08

Homebuilding & Renovating show in Somerset.
Our principal Architect Phil will be appearing at the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Somerset on the 22-23 November.

Phil is an RIBA Chartered Architect, and will be on hand in the 'Ask an Architect' area of the show to answer any questions you might have about design, the planning process or just simply to give you peace of mind. 

So why not pop along to get FREE advice and support in a 15 minute consultation.

Take a look at our facebook page to get FREE tickets

WDA welcome back Hannah

2014-10-08

Hannah originally came to Western Design as a work experience student back in 2008, enjoying her time so much, Hannah embarked on an architecture degree at Nottingham University, and took a placement with us last summer. Hannah graduated in July with a 2:1. 

Well done Hannah!

Nickie goes back to school

2014-10-02

Associate Nickie Yeates has just embarked on a 2 year Part Time Master’s degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at Bath University.

At Western Design, Nickie is predominately responsible for overseeing, designing and submitting planning applications for the majority of the traditional builds in the office including conversions and extensions to existing historical buildings.

She has always had a keen interest in building conservation and has worked on a number or Listed Buildings throughout her career.

Nickie is excited to be extending her knowledge with further study and has come back from her first day very enthusiastic.

Photo: Nickie in front of one of her design projects - the conversion of a derelict barn into a wine shop.

Sail Away

2014-10-02

A great day was had by all at the Great Boat Race.

Members of the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) and RIBA Dorset, including Western Design Architects, took part in a public event to race boats made from recycled materials down the river in Bournemouth Gardens. 

The event was part of the Bournemouth Arts Festival 2014 and was part of a number of interactive features happening across the centre of Bournemouth.

Each local practice had to make a prototype using the recycled materials. By using plastic milk bottles and card we created a sea-worthy milk-float that we believed had a strong concept due to its simplicity and scope for flare and embellishment. We were right. The designs the children produced were beyond our expectations.

The variation in colours, shapes, materials and sparkles were ingenious.

For the full story visit our blog: 

www.westerndesignblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/great-boat-race-with-riba-dorset/

First Prior Approval in North Dorset for change of use from Agricultural to Residential

2014-10-02

We are really pleased to announce that Western Design Architects have been the first to achieve prior approval in North Dorset for the change of use and conversion of an agricultural building into a dwelling.

As a result of the recent permitted development changes in 2014, full planning consent was not required providing the agricultural barn met a number of pre-defined criteria. Having worked closely with North Dorset District Council, the new house located in Lydlinch, Dorset is the first development of this type to be to be permitted in the area.

Please contact us, if you think you might have an agricultural barn you would like to convert under permitted development.

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Shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Home Building and Renovating Awards

2014-10-01

We are pleased to announce that Western Design's recently completed boathouse in Devon has been shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph's Home Building and Renovating Award.

Maypool is located on the banks of the River Dart and is a great example of quality work by local craftsmen.

See images of Maypool here.

Gillingham Consultation

2014-09-10

Members of the public were invited to a public consultation at Gillingham Town Hall on Wednesday 10th September to discuss our proposals for the construction of new bungalows, flats and houses on the site of former North Dorset District Council garage blocks.

Local residents were able to put questions to representatives of Spectrum Housing Association and the Western Design Team.

While some people's minds were put at rest, others were able to voice their concerns, particularly over parking and fill in questionaires.

The team are making various alterations to the proposals to respond to some of the residents comments.

New Architect joins Team at WDA

2014-08-15

Western Design are pleased to announce that Kelly O'Driscoll has joined the team.

Kelly worked for Western Design as a Part I Student back in 2007. She has since studied for a Masters & Part II qualification at Oxford Brookes University and Bath University for her Part III. Kelly is now a fully qualified Architect.

Having worked for ADP for the past 2 years, Kelly brings with her expertise in large scale projects in the Healthcare and Education sectors. Kelly is highly experience in BIM software and has great illustration skills.

We are happy to have her back and we are sure she will be an asset to the company.

Exciting news for Blandford, North Dorset

2014-08-13

After a long planning process WDA are pleased to announce that the new Arts Barn in Blandford has been granted Outline Planning Approval. 

The proposed site is to be used as a public amenity for the residents of Blandford and surrounding towns and villages. The multifunctional space will provide a cultural venue for both arts and exhibitions. 

The venue will be called The Fording Point and will include a 225 seat cinema and theatre, of which 50 seats will be removable, the design will include dressing rooms and visitor toilets. The space may also be used as a gallery or for workshops. There will be a seating area outside the entrance of the venue.

There will be a small exhibition space from the courtyard. A small domestic scale kitchen/cafe may be included in the design. This would supply beverages and light snacks such as sandwiches and cakes.

Blandford Arts Centre

New Planning Approval in North Dorset

2014-07-18

Western Design have successfully gained a challenging planning permission for a new replacement four bedroom dwelling in North Dorset. As the site lies within a beautiful rolling agricultural hillside setting, it was very important for the design to nestle into the landscape. The design is vernacular in form and materiality but contemporary in detail. Photovoltaics will be carefully concealed into the south-facing roof structure and the house will utilise other renewable systems such as a high-efficiency biomass boiler and rain water harvesting. 

Opening Day for Affordable Housing Scheme

2014-07-18

Phil and Nickie of Western Design took great pleasure in attending the recent opening day for the newly built affordable houses located in Milton Abbas for Spectrum Housing Group.

Designed by Western Design, the 6 generous houses are sited on large plots with south facing panoramic views in a rural location in North Dorset.  Primarily brick, the houses have timber clad elements and are completed with slate roofs.

The houses which are all 'affordable' are for people with a connection to the local community. 

WDA met some familiar faces at the event including John Hammond, Chief Planning Officer at North Dorset District Council, Richard Hill & Stephen Dunhill, Chief Executive Officer and Neighbourhood Team Manager respectively at Spectrum Housing Group as well as members of MATCH (Milton Abbas Trust for Community and Heritage) and the employees of CG Gry & Son Ltd who build the properties. 

Bournemouth Design Panel

2014-07-17

Western Design Architects are pleased to announce that both Phil Easton and Jonathan Turvey have been selected to be members of the Bournemouth Borough Council Design Panel. 

The aim of the Panel is to encourage excellent design and sustainable development within the town and will provide constructive critiques of development proposals. We look forward to meeting with other Panel members in September.

Contemporary House, Poole nears completion

2014-07-17

The contemporary house in Branksome Park is coming along great. The expected completion date is early August and we can't wait to see it. 

Bury Road Images.

New sedum roof on Eco House

2014-07-03

A family house is under construction in North Dorset with great sustainable credentials. Most notably it has a 'green roof' as a result of the lovely sedum that covers it. The sedum roof will help blend the house in with it's context of trees whilst offering a great environment for wildlife, reducing rainwater run off and increasing thermal insulation.

Photos of Beech Cottage

Conservation Architect Accreditation

2014-06-19

Great news at Western Design! We are really pleased to announce that our Principal Architect Phil Easton is now a RIBA-accredited Conservation Architect.

Over the years Phil has worked on a number of Conservation Projects and Listed Buildings (of all Grades) ensuring the future survival of our traditional buildings.

New Contemporary House gains approval in Wiltshire

2014-06-10

The Croft - A new contemporary house locatated in a village setting has gained approval in Wiltshire.

Extension to thatched cottage is Highly Commended

2014-05-22

Western Design has received recognition for an extension to a thatched cottage in Tarrant Gunville. The extension received a 'Highly Commended' in the LABC North Dorstet District Counci Building Excellence Awards 2014 for Best Extension / Alteration 

The Cottage

Inbuilding.org

2014-05-22

Maypool features in the news section of inbuilding.org website.

Planning Approval in Lyme Regis

2014-05-15

The re-modelling of an existing house in Lyme Regis to a contemporary 4 bed dwelling has just been granted planning permission by West Dorset District Council.

View images of Somers Field 

New Recruits

2014-05-07

WDA offer a warm welcome to our new employees, Ross Hennigan and Peter Robinson.

Ross has a BA (Hons) in Architecture as well as a HNC in construction and is joining us as a Part I Architectural Assistant.

Peter has a Masters in Architecture and joins the team as a Part II Architectural Assistant.

Harbour Ridge, Canford Cliffs, Poole wins Award

2014-05-01

We are pleased to announce that our client Wyatt Homes has been awarded twice for our design for four luxury homes in Canford Cliff.

'Harbour Ridge' won Bronze for Best Exterior Design & Silver for Best Luxury Development in the What Homes Awards 2013

Planning Approval for a Contemporary House in North Dorset

2014-04-22

We have received another planning approval for a new contemporary house within a small village in North Dorset. 

Find out more about the project here: St Peter's Close

Conversion of barn into shop receives 'Highly Commended' Award

2014-04-11

Western Design has received recognition for the conversion of a dilapidated barn into a wine merchants in Tarrant Hinton, Blandford. The Old Calf House received a 'Highly Commended' at the LABC North Dorset Building Design Excellence Awards 2014 in the Best Change of Use of an Existing Building category.

Planning Approval for contemporary house in Dorset

2014-04-11

Western Design have gained planning approval for a contemporary 3 bed dwelling located in Donhead St Andrews, Dorset.

The proposed house although contemporary in detailing is traditional in form and character.

More images for HersanMine

Tree House Features in MailOnline

2014-04-01

Western Design's exciting tree house home has been featured in the Mail Online. The timber house consists of three pods on stilts and is situated amongst ancient oak trees. The house is currently on sale for £700,000.

Tree House Article

Maraleen, North Dorset Approved

2014-03-28

New three bedroom house in Margarets Marsh, nr Shaftesbury has been approved.

Maraleen photos

Sandbanks plot worth more after house demolished

2014-03-26

It's always worth remembering the benefits of selling a plot WITH Planning Permission. 

The 1920's bungalow along the waterfront in Sandbanks, Poole was bought for £1.5 million and soon demolished. Western Design achieved planning permission for a contemporary 5 bedroom house with boat house. The plot in Dorset, has now doubled in value.

Mail Online article 

Approval for contemporary single storey extension, Lyme Regis

2014-03-13

This low key contemporary extension to a house in Lyme Regis has just been granted planning consent. 

The simple extension replaces a number of outdated extensions that have been added through the years

Cobb Road, Lyme Regis

New wine shop opening

2014-02-08

Friends and family of our client enjoyed a wonderful private viewing of the new wine shop 'No 8 Wine Co' to mark it's opening.

The Wine shop located at Manor Farm next to Hinton Business Park (where Western Design Architects are based) sell both to wholesale and retail offering customers a wide range of wines to suit every budget.

Planning permission included a change of use from Agricultural to A1 Retail and required the part demolition and conversion of a very run down, dilapidated calf house to make the barn suitable for commercial use.

For further images visit The Old Calf House

Approval in Southampton for new office fa├žade

2014-02-06

Planning permission has been approved for the design of a new office entrance façade to existing offices located in Southampton.

more information

Planning Application Approved in Weymouth

2014-01-21

Western Design Architects are delighted with a decision to grant planning permission by a Government Inspector for a Western Design Architects proposal for 170 dwellings, offices and a convenience store at Curtis Fields in Weymouth, Dorset.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council were to refuse planning permission alleging that the scheme did not reflect the character of the area and that the layout would be likely to give rise to conditions prejudicial to highway and public safety.  However, Inspector Christina Downes found the application scheme “would result in a high quality and safe built environment, which would enhance its surroundings and create its own sense of place” all in a sustainable location.

The application was considered in the policy context of there being no up to date adopted Local Plan and the Inspector confirmed in such circumstances the relevant policy direction comes from the National Planning Policy Framework.  Within this context, the Inspector also confirmed the proposal would make provision for infrastructure, inward investment to support employment growth and would make an important contribution to the Council’s housing land supply deficit.  

Working with Sibbett Gregory and a wider team, the original planning application was for a hybrid application of 80 dwellings, offices and a convenience store in detail as Phase 1A and Phase 1B of 90 dwellings in outline.  Phase 1 will be the first of several phases across a larger site owned by the applicant which could deliver approximately 500 dwellings across a 38 hectare site.

The scheme will deliver significant benefits including flood alleviation measures to help reduce flood risk downstream, access to open space on what at present is private land and improved links to footpath and cycle links across Weymouth.  Approximately 29 affordable dwellings will be delivered with Phase 1A, far in excess of that currently required by the Council.

We were able to successfully demonstrate to the Inspector that the proposed development is a carefully designed, properly informed development which responds to the landscape and the character of its setting. 

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HRH Princess Anne visits VEC

2013-12-10

HRH Princess Anne visited the new Victoria Education Centre in Poole to formally open Phase 1 of the new Hydrotherapy Pool. The Princess took a tour of the new swimming pool facilities before meeting staff, students and the design and construction team.

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West Barn is Nearer Completion

2013-11-01

The project in West Barn is coming on well with the lead roof complete. Now for the windows!

West Bay, Plush

The boys visit Battersea Power Station

2013-10-29

Last week members of the team were given the chance to visit Battersea Power Station.

This was one of the last opportunities for anyone to be taken on a tour of the site before the start of the multi-million pound development for the area.

They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were thrilled to have had the opportunity to see the site and London from such a unique perspective.

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Moorview Music Studio received Planning Approval

2013-10-14

Planning Approval has been granted for the conversion of an agricultural barn into a contemporary music studio with stunning views across rural Dorset.

Phase 1 of the VEC is Complete

2013-09-26

Phase 1 for the upgrading of the Victoria Education Centre is now complete.

Have a look at the finished space on youtube: VEC Therapy Pool

or

on our Project page: Victoria Education Centre, Poole

Planning Approval for a Contemporary House in North Dorset

2013-09-23

We have received another planning approval for a contemporary 4 bedroom house in a small village in North Dorset.

The site is particularly unusual in its topography and location to a Grade I listed Church.

More about this project here: Church Cottages

Housing in Later Life

2013-09-13

Have a read of our latest blog about the soon to be crisis regarding the housing shortage for the aging generation and its impact on first time buyers.

Retirement Living

Planning approval for two new houses in Branksome Park

2013-09-11

Western Design Architects overcame planning restraints and neighbour objections to win an approval for the construction of two houses on a site with an existing bungalow.

View more details here; Lakeside Road, Poole

Planning Approval in South Wales

2013-08-22

We have just received planning approval to remodel a dated bungalow in rural South Wales into a striking contemporary house.

Have a closer look: Hunters Hollow, Swansea

We Won!

2013-07-29

We have been informed that we are amongst the winning companies of the esteemed UK Property Awards in the 2013 UK regional competition.

We competed against a number of architects in the South West region to receive this recognition.

To have a better look at both our schemes please click here for Oxleaze, Wiltshire (single residence scheme), then Click here for Chaddesley Glen, Sandbanks (multiple residence scheme)

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We've been nominated for Inbuilding's Design of the Month!

2013-07-09

Our recent project, Salterns Way, has been awarded for its design quality by inbuilding.org . Champagne for the office!

Have a look at our project page Salterns Way

Planning Approval for The Warren

2013-07-01

Western Design have received planning approval for The Warren.

A 60-bed care home in Ferndown that will help to support the growing elderly population in the area.

Planning Approval in Salisbury

2013-06-20

The planning application is for a lightweight two-storey extension to Fisherton Mill in Salisbury.
 
Fisherton Mill is a historic building built in the 1880s that has expanded to house artisan studios and galleries.

Planning Approval for White House

2013-06-10

We have received another planning approval for a contemporary extension and remodel of a 19th Century cottage near Ringwood, Hants.

Short-listed for another award!

2013-06-07

Western Design have beeen shortlisted for this year's regional LABC Building Excellence Awards, in the Best Individual Dwelling category for Oxleaze Farm in West Knoyle.

We'll find out the results at the end of June, fingers crossed!

Have a look at the project page:

Oxleaze Farm

More Planning Approvals

2013-05-15

 

-The first is for an office extension:

The extension is to create a new main entrance to the building, as well as a reception area and an informal meeting space. 

-The second approval is for a new farmhouse in the Dorset countryside.

The large house is designed in the Georgian style and is part of a scheme to help sustain the surrounding farmland for future generations. 

Broadchurch ITV

2013-03-12

This is the building that is used on ITV's new drama named 'Broadchurch'

Quay West Project

Both the external and internal shots of the police station, as well as the opening credits are of our project 'Quay West' in West Bay.

The Ellipse Cafe, which has views over West Bay's harbour and coastline, was also used for the filming.

www.ellipsewestbay.co.uk/broadchurch

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