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Listed Somerset Farmhouse

Work is progressing on this handsome Grade II Listed farmhouse near Minehead on the Somerset coast. Having been left unoccupied for several years, and with some some questionable rainwater design (approximately 70% of the roof draining to a single downpipe!), the building had lots of issues stemming from damp ingress as well as general deterioration. …
Affordable Housing Gloucestershire

Affordable Housing Site in Gloucestershire

This exciting scheme for 17 affordable units to the north of Cheltenham and Gloucester is currently making it’s way through the planning process. The site accommodates four 3-bed house, seven 2-bed houses and six apartments, all to HQI standards.  It was a challenging site to develop, as it borders on three sides a much larger…

The Importance of Sunlight

Communicating well with our clients is one of the most important parts of our role as architects. We need to clearly explain our ideas in ways that you can understand. Traditional plans and elevations often don’t connect with people well, and don’t necessarily convey the more experiential parts of a building. For many, trying to…

Sixth Form Expansion Plans

Our education team are busy with many school development plans, planning applications and construction schemes. This image shows a 3D view for an expansion to the sixth form provision at John Port Spencer Academy in Derbyshire. We’ve received outline approval for the expansion of the school and now await the detailed planning consent. We’re working alongside Adair Cost Consultants, ABA Structural…

Mixed Use Scheme in Central Oxford

This is the latest rendered visualisation of our mixed use student accommodation and commercial/retail scheme in city centre Oxford. Planning consent has been secured for this complex infill site, successfully addressing challenging rights of light issues; the use of our 3D BIM model allowed us to fully assess impacts upon surrounding buildings and to develop…

Modern Development for City Centre Gap Site

Completed this autumn, this development was designed for a private client to maximise a gap site in central Oxford. Thinking Buildings provided a design that incorporated two 1-bed houses, and one 3-bed house, all meeting the required Oxford City Council standards for minimum room and amenity sizes. The design is working hard to provide generous…

Conservation Aware Contemporary Home

It is great to see so many Thinking Buildings projects coming close to completion. This one is close to our Bloxham office and is a really interesting design solution and a stunning home. Planning consent was secured at appeal for this new barn that sits within a courtyard of barns in a conservation area. To…

Modern House for the South Downs

Our fingers remain crossed for this project as it moves slowly through the planning system. This contemporary new house is located with a National Park, one of the most challenging environments for designing new buildings. These extremely sensitive projects require a landscape led approach from the outset and the development of a clear design concept…

School Expansion Phase 1 Car Park Expansion Complete

Earlier in the year, Phase One and Two of the John Port Spencer Academy Masterplan commenced with the expansion of the car park and the major refurbishment of the academy’s Art + Design Faculty. The car park is an essential strategic step in delivering the masterplan and last week was completed ahead of the pupils returning…

Post-War House to Contemporary Home

How to create a beautiful home from a tired post war house. We recently visited a nearly complete project and we were so pleased to see such a dramatic transformation. Much of the existing building was retained, over insulated and over rendered and new 2 storey extensions added to the side to create a beautiful…

Somerset Refurbishment Project Update

Works are well underway on a series of projects on a large privately owned estate in Somerset. This is the smallest of the projects, being a former 2-up, 2-down cottage that is being fully renovated and extended to provide a modern 3-bed house. The cottage had been empty for a number of years, and there…

Oxfordshire Secondary School Expansion

Whilst we have a focus on higher end residential projects and exciting educational projects, we deliver a range of projects for our clients to meet a need and to solve a problem – in this instance the brief  was more about an function and basic need than architectural purity. Thinking buildings recently completed this £1.1…

Gloucestershire Affordable Housing Scheme Submitted to Planning

Thinking Buildings are delighted to be the architects on this project for 17 new affordable homes with 11 houses and 6 apartments. The scheme has been developed in conjunction with Zesta planning and Apex Transport planning. The architectural design is simple, elegant and necessarily robust using a mixture of facing brickwork, tiled roofs, vertically proportioned…

A Beautiful Combination of Old and New

Thinking Buildings are delighted to have received planning approval for this fantastic scheme in a village close to Chipping Norton. This scheme incorporates an existing L shaped historic stable block as a bedroom wing. A minimal glass link connects the existing stable to a new pitched roof building that accommodates a vaulted open plan living…
Fairford C of E School

Fairford Primary School Revisit

Fantastic to visit this completed project to expand the capacity and pupil places at Fairford Primary school. This project was completed not long before the Covid outbreak and is now, thankfully, in full use again, which is wonderful to see. This £3.1 million project was provided via the Gloucestershire Country Council framework and was delivered…
Milton Interchange Masterplan

Milton Interchange Update

Really exciting news that Thinking Buildings have received confirmation from GR Planning Consultancy Ltd that the planning conditions for the Milton Interchange have been approved. Working through the detailed infrastructure information with Glanville Consultants Ltd and Glanville Projects Ltd. towards the end of last year, this is significant step forward in securing the delivery a…
Civic Trust Award Winners

We’ve won an award!

Very exciting news! Thinking Buildings win Civic Trust Award for their Loveday Mews development! Every year the Cirencester Civic Society presents an award for the building or development which has made a positive contribution to the town in the previous year and we are delighted to announce that Lovedays Mews, a courtyard style infill development…
Agricultural Barn Conversion

Agricultural Barn Conversion

This week has brought some exciting and long-awaited news. After 4 years we have been able to secure planning permission for the conversion of a pair of steel frame and asbestos-clad barns into two large, very impressive, 4 bedroom homes in Leicestershire. The original application was rejected, but with the patience, goodwill and trust of…
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