Currently, Design Studio Architects are working on a number of exciting projects, and here is one of our latest developments that is now entering its 11th month; it is due for completion at the end of this year.

The former Cottage Inn Public House has been derelict for many years; Design Studio Architects established the possibility to redevelop the pub. The aim was to begin a residential scheme in which they created housing in a sought after location.

Starting in December 2018, the project is now in its 11th month and is creating high-quality housing with ample amenity space and comfortable modern spaces. Spanning 13 units, the corner site will accommodate the following: there are nine townhouses in total and are three and four bedrooms; as well as four apartments, which contain one and two bedrooms; and offers secure parking. Furthermore, the site is also planned with consideration to the environment and will include solar panels and electric car charging points.

Design Studio Architects are working with a private client on a full-service basis (RIBA stages 0-7), which are:

Stage 0: Project Brief

Stage 1: Project Objectives

Stage 2: Design programme

Stage 3: Project Strategies

Stage 4: Design specification 

Stage 5: Design Queries

Stage 6: Conclusion

Stage 7: Schedule of Service 

As a RIBA Chartered Practice, DSA complies with strict criteria, to ensure we offer a competent and credible service.

The Cottage Mews project will be completed at the end of this year and is already on the market. Currently, in preparation, there is a showhouse, in which people can tour around and see inside one of the properties. Stay tuned for more updates on the projects that Design Studio Architects are involved with on our social media.

In addition, there will be more project updates coming soon on this blog, so watch this space.

Permitted development rights: a guide

 

Working under permitted development whilst renovating your house can save you time and money because you wouldn’t need to apply for planning permission.

Here is a comprehensive guide to understanding what permitted development rights are, and if they can benefit you on your journey to transforming your home.

So, what are they?

Permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works and changes of use to occur without having to put in an application. These rights are not granted by the local authority, but by Parliament.

Whilst permitted development rights apply to most houses, they do not apply to flats and maisonettes, so planning permission would be required. In the case of commercial properties, they have different permitted development rights compared to the rights of dwellings. It is also worth noting that the rights are updated regularly and there are variations of the rules in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

It is essential to check with the local council first, but these rights should provide automatic planning permission for small extensions, single-storey and double-storey extensions, as well as the following changes of use: loft, garage and basement conversions.

Designated areas

There are some designated areas whereby permitted development rights are more restricted, and these include National Parks, World Heritage Sites and Conservation areas. In these cases, you would have to apply for planning permission.

Withdrawn permitted development rights

By issuing an “Article 4” direction, the local planning authority may have removed some of your permitted development rights. This will then mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one. Article 4 directions are made when the character of an acknowledged area is being threatened.

For more information on the limits and conditions of permitted development rights, and advice on your projects, contact the team at Design Studio Architects.

Our new office move

 

The time is finally here! We closed our offices last week on Friday and Monday in order to make the final preparations and make the exciting move to our brand-new office space.

We are, of course, slightly nostalgic about the move from our Salisbury Road office; it served us well and we enjoyed a great many successes there. But as we close one chapter and open the next with this move; it’s an exciting time for Design Studio Architects as we continue to grow as a team and as a business.

Our managing director, Keshiv Sudera, said: “The new office move allows for a state-of-the-art design studio environment within a stunning grade two listed building, for the team to work and enjoy. The clients will benefit from the move as we create an improved visitor experience whilst allowing for future growth for the practice.”

Always striving to look to the future and remain innovative with our business – and with the recent rebrand being a huge success, we feel like we’re making headway in where we want to take Design Studio Architects, and really shouting about what we can offer our customers.

We Think. We Listen. We Design. Placing customers at the heart of everything we do, we aim to fulfil their project visions and produce tailored, high quality, finished products in a way – which not only serves our client’s needs but also creates projects that we are proud of

Now that we’re all settled in, feel free to pop in and check out our new offices if you have any architectural queries or need advice.

It has been an exhilarating few weeks at Design Studio Architects; we have rebranded ourselves, launched our new website and we have our upcoming move to new offices.

For our team, it has been an exciting time; we thought that it was time we had a makeover to really get across our ethos, and what architecture means to us.

We Listen. We Think. We Design. Here at Design Studio Architects, we place our clients at the heart of everything we do, and this is what we wanted to convey in our transformation. We are in tune with our client’s worlds: their industry, commercial imperatives, their needs and vision for the future – and we wanted to showcase that in our rebrand.

Our vision is to promote the importance of sustainable architecture in the built environment that is responsive to the technical, aesthetic and budgetary expectations of our clients.

Our approach is analytical with the aim to engage and solve problems within a specific context. We feel architecture is about the people as well as the buildings and therefore the buildings should be influenced by their surroundings, their use and the end users.

We will also be making a move into our new offices soon; for the team here at DSA, it is the beginning of a new, exciting chapter of growth and development.

If you have any architectural queries, from residential projects right through to commercial and industrial units, don’t hesitate to pop into our new office or pick up the phone for a call.