Category Archives: Knowledge and Advice

CDM 2015 – our role as a Principal Designer

CDM 2015 seeks to remove the barriers to improvements in the construction industry set up at the beginning of projects. For example, H&S policies, pre-qualification questionnaires and competence schemes can all provide an illusion of safety but in fact burden … Continue reading

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Colour in Architecture

Colour has a big impact upon our perception of everything around us, including the buildings we occupy. Architects are often criticised of painting everything white, grey or black – and whilst we are not guilt-free in this respect it is … Continue reading

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Computer Generated Imaging – taking design beyond 2 dimensions.

Computer generated images (CGI’s) help architects to communicate what is not immediately obvious to people looking at traditional design drawings such as plans, sections or elevations. Shown in perspective, they display a scheme as it would be seen in reality, … Continue reading

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Re-ordering a Catholic Church

Obtaining permission (Ecclesiastical Exemption) to carry out works to a Listed Ecclesiastical Building is complex. The proposed re-ordering works at the church of Our Lady and St Patrick, All Saints Parish, Teignmouth involved a lengthy negotiation, design & construction period … Continue reading

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Quiet Space – Ensuring Acoustic Comfort in Buildings

The new Performing Arts Centre for the University of Plymouth is now well under way with construction progressing at a pace. Grainge Architects are working with Midas Construction and acoustic consultants ‘Redtwin’ on this £4 million project located in a … Continue reading

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Holsworthy Livestock Market under Construction

Work on the new Cattle & Livestock Market at Holsworthy, Devon has commenced in earnest. The huge undertaking of earthworks began back in June after Morgan Sindell of Barnstaple were selected as the successful tenderer. The site was cleared and … Continue reading

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More to Bats than just Bat Surveys & Bat Boxes…..

Commencing a new development can be complicated enough without the additional consideration of what might be lurking in roofspaces and voids within an existing building. Bats are a common lodger of many existing buildings, probably more so than many people … Continue reading

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Increased Permitted Development Rights means larger house extensions

For a period of 3 years, commencing 30 May 2013 and expiring 30 May 2016 householders will be able to build larger single storey rear extensions under new permitted development rights. This in effect doubles the size of extensions permissible … Continue reading

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Living Green Roofs in Devon & Cornwall

There’s more to a green roof than meets the eye. Under the surface of a modern green roof lies a hidden build up that not only waterproofs the roof, but protects it from root damage, provides adequate drainage as well … Continue reading

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Listed Buildings, alterations and work to them.

English Heritage maintain a list of buildings, monuments and other such structures. This list is generated by the Secretary of State (for Culture, Media and Sport). The listing is to offer additional protection of historically important or interesting buildings and … Continue reading

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