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.

Planning Approval for a Contemporary House in North Dorset


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


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


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.

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Tree House Features in MailOnline


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

Sandbanks plot worth more after house demolished


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


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The simple extension replaces a number of outdated extensions that have been added through the years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


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


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

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Planning Application Approved in Weymouth


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. 


HRH Princess Anne visits VEC


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.


West Barn is Nearer Completion


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


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.


Moorview Music Studio received Planning Approval


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


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


on our Project page: Victoria Education Centre, Poole

Planning Approval for a Contemporary House in North Dorset


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


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


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


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!


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)


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


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

Have a look at our project page Salterns Way

Planning Approval for The Warren


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


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


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!


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



-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. 

Anglesey Commission



Western Design have been commissioned for an exciting new project in Anglesey, in a lovely location, right on the coastline.

It will include a number of holiday homes, function venues and a lake house.

We’ll keep you posted with more images and information soon!

Froyle Park received Planning Approval



We are excited to announce another planning approval for a large residential scheme in Upper Froyle, Hampshire.

To have a look at our proposal follow this link Froyle Park

We will be at the Alton & North East Hampshire Show on the 7th July to show more of our exciting projects so come and see us.

More Planning Approvals


We have received another planning approval, this time for The Cottage in Tarrant Gunville.

The project was to renovate the existing grade II listed cottage, to design a contemporary open plan living area extension and a new kitchen. 

More approvals to follow soon!

Progress on the Victoria Education Centre


The VEC is coming along well! 

The project is due for completion at the end of August and then onto the next phase for the school.

Find out more and go to the project page

To find out more about the charity or to generously donate to the centre go to the Sparkle Appeal

Penthouse for Sale


The Mail on Sunday have written an article about one of the properties included in our design of West Bay's Folly.

The luxurious apartment boasts 14 ft high ceilings overlooking a perfect coastal location in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.

To find out more follow the link below:


Broadchurch ITV


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.

The Lodge, Beaminster


Recognition from a national publication:

The Lodge has been mentioned in The Week magainze under 'Best Properties' section.

We have planning approval for Lytchett School


Planning permission has been granted for a new two and a half storey classroom building at Lytchett Minster School in Dorset.  

The building will provide 12 classrooms, changing rooms, offices and stores as well as a future sixth form study space. 

Hooke Court


Yet another planning approval.

This is for a classroom and Laundry Extension to an existing Educational Facility.

The Baby Has Arrived


We are proud to announce our own tech wizzard is a new mother.

Congratulations Kathryn and Al, we are wishing you all the best!

Hedge End Farm, Winterborne Sticklands


Another planning approval for Hedge End Farm.

Western Design transformed existing redundant agricultural barns and farmyard complex into 6 holiday lets and ancillary rooms.

The Rest


We won the Planning Approval for The Rest, Green Lane, Longham at the East Dorset District Council Planning Committee.

Planning Approval for Boxbush Cottage, Charlton Marshall


Western Design Architects are pleased to announce the planning approval of Boxbush Cottage earlier this year.

The original historical cottage was heavily damaged in a fire in 2011 and Western Design were appointed to design a replacement contemporary house.

More news and progress of the construction to follow.

Victoria Education Centre


The new therapy suite and pool buildings are really taking shape at Victoria Education Centre in Poole.

Salterns Way makes the Longlist in the WAN Awards 2012


We are excited to be notified that our contemporary zig zag building, Salterns Way, has been selected for the Longlist for the WAN Awards 2012. This is a world wide award for 'house of the year''. The original list comprised of 72 interesting buildings, and we are now down to the final 32.

First Approval of the year!


Western Design are really pleased to announce that the scheme for two exciting and dramatic contemporary houses at Chaddesley Glen in Canford Cliffs, has been granted planning approval

New Appointment for special school


We have just been appointed by Boveridge House School, Cranborne, to work on two special needs accomodation buildings. We look forward to this exciting challenge.

Victoria Education Centre, Poole


Harry Redknapp, Patron of charity Livability, visted Victoria Education Centre to  honour the official start of the building works on site.

The works include a new Hydrotheraphy pool and therapy suites which will provide much needed facilities to the children who have severe physical disabilities.

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Contemporary Pavilion gains planning permission


Planning permission has been granted for this contemporary pavilion in Dorset

Cherry Orchard featured in Dorset Magazine


November's issue of Dorset Magazine features the contemporary Cherry Orchard located Poole.

Article 1   Article 2

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WDA win Best Architecture Single Residence South West


We are pleased to announce that Western Design Arcitects has won a 5 Star award for Best Architecture Single Residence South West at 'The UK Property Awards 2012-2013' for the exciting tree house scheme at Clay Lane, Beaminster, Dorset.

Woodland Burial Ground


Western Design are pleased to announce that Woodland Burial Chapel, Upton has gained a further planning approval to incorporate an underground crematorium to the already approved scheme. The location  will provide a wonderful setting for both cremations and burial services.

Construction is hoped to commence Spring  2013

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Dorset Holiday Let


Planning permission has been approved to convert a derelict barn located in Silton near Gillingham, into a beautiful 2 bedroom holiday let with open plan living and a large gable end window. 

Lytchett Minster School, Dorset


Western Design are excited to be designing a new clasroom block at Lytchett Minster School in Dorset.

The school is due to grow by 220 students, the majority of whom will arrive in September 2013.  The accommodation needs to increase by ten classrooms (some specialist and some general) together with office, social space and toilets.

Western Design meet HRH Princess Anne


Sean, Ric, Matthew and Phil were privileged to meet HRH The Princess Royal yesterday at Victoria Education Centre in Poole. Princess Anne is a patron of Livability - A charity providing for the needs of disabled and disadvantaged people.  

HRH and Western Design were invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hydrotherapy pool, which is part of the first phase of works to dramatically improve the school and facilities.

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