what we're up to

It is always a great delight to see projects being built and finished and we have seen a good number of projects on site this summer.

These projects include a local barn conversion, located adjacent to the main house in Beckington – The original barn has been designed, converted and finished to provide flexible guest accommodation designed as a two bedroom apartment with central living and kitchen areas.

Extension and refurbishment projects at Home Farm completed at the end of July. This beautiful house is located in a Grade II historic parkland, and as you may expect benefits from fantastic views! The design carefully served to update and unite original Georgian architecture and a more recent 1940’s development at the rear; and to create generous, well planned, flowing and naturally lit spaces throughout the house. Early design proposals for further ancillary accommodation and outbuildings are underway. Engineer: South Stoke Structures. Contractor: Snibor Ltd.

Reaching completion is a large stone clad and slate roofed garage and outbuilding development in Frome. Building within the root protection area of a very large and beautiful oak tree on the garden, piling and ground beam designs, together with a cellular webbed matting floor system have been adopted to both protect the tree and prevent potential root damage to the building. Engineer: South Stoke Structures Main contract: Martyn Peters, Beckington.

We have successfully prepared design proposals with full planning permissions for many other projects:- which in particular includes a new-build two storey house in Holcombe. Previous permissions for this development site had been limited to single storey development only. Our new scheme met the requirements of a larger accommodation brief, within a smaller and more efficient footprint. Careful setting out on the site and an appropriate one and a half storey design ensured that planning policy including the need to maintain and improve existing amenity, transport safety and views could be achieved. Planning permission was given in May 2011, and the project is now on site.

Further successful planning permissions this summer include:
• Ground and first floor extension to the rear of a terraced cottage within the Frome Conservation Area;
• New timber framed and clad rear extension to a semi detached dwelling in Frome;
• Conversion of a previous Dental practice to 3 apartments and ground floor shop on Catherine Street, Frome; Currently on site.
• New extension to the front of a 1980s house in Frome. Start on site at the end of October. Contractor: Snibor Ltd.
• Listed Building Consent for redevelopment and refurbishment works to Grade II Listed Garden House, Frome; Full sets of details were submitted with the application avoiding any conditions requiring a discharge from Mendip Development Office.

Ongoing projects include a barn conversion near Bath; and a number of local extension schemes.

Abi McGillivray is also currently taking part in the RIBA Architect in the House annual project, raising money for Shelter. Participating architects have offered their time, to visit clients in their homes in return for a £50 donation – all of which goes to the work of Shelter.

What We're Up To

'We are delighted with all the work you have done for us’
Home Farm House client

'Abi turned our dated one bedroom converted Victorian terrace, with a dark hall way which dominated the flat, into a desirable two bedroom with a wow factor. We love living in our light modern and spacious open plan conversion. Family and friends think we've had an extension. No it's just clever design.'
Sammy and Stephen Hebert

'Thanks for all your help’....’We had lots of really positive feedback.’..’[Estate agents] were very complimentary about the quality and standard of the drawings and the supporting information. Cooper and Tanner said it was some of the best work they had seen.'
Michael Gratton

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