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Post 16 Building Opens!

We’re delighted that our very own Jess has officially opened the new Post 16 building at John Port Spencer Academy in Etwall, Derby. Jess was invited to open the building due to being a former pupil, and having been actively involved in the delivery of the new Post 16 building. She has personally overseen much…

Spring Revamp for Bloxham School

We’re happy to share that Bloxham Primary School’s new hall will be going to site this spring. Thanks to approved funding, Oxfordshire County Council will appoint Beard Construction to build out the scheme, which got planning approval in April 2023. Thinking Buildings, Solid Engineering, CBG and our other consultants will spend the next few weeks…

Hook Norton Barn

Our new barn design near Hook Norton is progressing well on site with the slate roof now complete. Whilst we are not involved in the site phase it is great to see the build emerging. This new dwelling is part of a farm diversification and improvement scheme. Thinking Buildings has experienced a big growth in…
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New Case Study – Apartment Building, East Oxford

Our latest case study we have shared to the website is this development of nine apartments in East Oxford. Planning permission was obtained in 2022 for this challenging single aspect, gap site. Find out more about this project and how we can help developers get the best return from complex plots in the full case…

Sustainable Office Breakthrough in Falkland Islands

We’re thrilled to announce our continued collaboration with Consolidated Fisheries Limited (CFL) in the Falkland Islands as we embark on designing their cutting-edge new office building. Our journey with CFL began in 2018, exploring possibilities for a groundbreaking office space. After obtaining outline planning approval in 2019 for a prime location on the outskirts of Stanley, we’re…

Jess To Officially Open JPSA Post 16!

Our Technologist Jess, who left John Port Spencer Academy in 2012, has come full circle, having been actively involved in the delivery of the new Post 16 building. She has personally overseen much of the process, from the initial design and planning stages, to construction information, along with regular site meetings.  After leaving the school,…

Congratulations Rachel!

We are very proud to celebrate the fact that Rachel has been an Architect here with us at Thinking Buildings for 10 years!!  It proves we can’t be too bad to work with! Rachel has built up a wealth of knowledge since becoming qualified in 2010 and has worked on some fantastic projects while she’s…

Eco Glamping Pods

The trend of glamping appears to be growing year by year. Glamping, for those who haven’t experienced it, is an increasingly popular type of holiday that combines the freedom and adventure of the great outdoors with the comfort and luxury of a cottage holiday. It’s a way to camp while still enjoying modern and comfortable…

Luxury Cotswold New Build

This wonderful new build house is located in the Cotswolds, towards the edge of an existing village, with enviable views out over open countryside. The site is located within a conservation area and in fairly close proximity to a listed building. The client’s brief was to maximise the site to create a substantial, new build,…

Triple Glazed Windows: Are they the future?

In the ever-evolving world of architecture and sustainable living, the quest for energy efficiency has led to innovations in building materials, with windows becoming more important in the pursuit of greener, more sustainable homes. Walls, floors and roofs have come a long way, so for windows, the next step is triple glazing. The transition from…

Bespoke Oak Framed New Build

Large one off houses and oak frames are one of our main areas of work. This project in Hook Norton builds upon our oak frame expertise, and our experience of designing substantial bespoke houses for our clients. This beautiful house, close to SOHO farmhouse, is situated in a lovely, yet sensitive, edge of village location.…

New pre-school design

A happy way to start the new year by sharing this really fun and interesting design for a pre-school. Notice the green roof, as we have very little opportunity to meet the biodiversity net gain requirements on this constrained site. We suspect that this will become a more popular feature on sites like this, where…

Bloxham Primary work to start

It’s great to see our exciting school project at Bloxham Primary school receiving some publicity in the Banbury Guardian This project will really transform the school providing a new school hall and full production kitchen, together with a multi purpose studio space. The project has been developed with Beard, SOLID Structures & Infrastructure and CBG…

Cirencester School Conversion

Powell’s School House is a Grade II* listed property (particularly important buildings of more than special interest) located close to the centre of Cirencester. Thinking Buildings were initially appointed as architects for a feasibility study for the conversion of the school house from education to residential use. The existing school house was significantly compromised for…

Heat Pumps: Is This The Future of Home Heating in the UK?

As concerns about climate change intensify, heat pumps are much talked about in the media. The spotlight on sustainable low-carbon technologies grows brighter, and heat pumps emerge as potential green heating solutions. But, what exactly is a heat pump and how do they work? You may not know much about them and they tend to…

Season’s Greetings from Thinking Buildings!

“Even sixth formers still believe in Santa!“ Stylised and festivised image of Thinking Buildings project for John Port Spencer Academy, 2023 And so here we are at the end of another great year at Thinking Buildings! Huge thanks for the continued support from our clients, contractors, consultants and suppliers.  There have been some truly memorable projects…

Planning Application for New Post 16

Exciting news as a planning application has been submitted for another new post-16 and teaching building for a large multi Academy Trust in Derbyshire. The project originally started in 2019 as a school development plan and feasibility study to explore options to expand the school to support anticipated demand for increased pupil places from nearby…

Oxfordshire Home Transformation

Ahead of a more detailed case study piece, here’s a snapshot of a recently completed project close to our Bloxham office. This project has transformed a tired, post war house, into a fantastic contemporary home for our clients. This photo shows the re-modeled front elevation with a new covered entrance, over-rendering, new and adapted window…

10 Things To Avoid When Building Your Dream Home

Building a house is a complex and costly endeavor, and mistakes can be both financially and emotionally taxing. It will likley be the most expensive undertaking of your life. Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid: 1. Poor PlanningInadequate planning can lead to design flaws, budget overruns, and delays. Thoroughly plan every aspect of your…

Cotswold School Expansion Planning Submitted

We continue to be busy in the education sector and have recently submitted a planning application for this significant school redevelopment.  This project involves a primary school in the Cotswolds in a conservation area surrounded by listed buildings. It is traditional in shape but with contemporary detailing – making it legible as a new addition…

Contemporary House, Cheltenham

This fantastic new contemporary house in Cheltenham has been submitted for planning approval. Working with the client and James Griffin of Zesta Planning Ltd the design responds to a number of challenging site constraints.  A private driveway leads to the parking area and entrance, and a sense of drama is provided by the overhanging first…

QM Audit Passed!

We are very pleased to announce that we have passed our annual QM audit this year and the practice remains fully QM 9001 and QM 14001 certified through our accreditor QMS Connect. ISO 9001 is a Quality Management System Standard that is recognised throughout the world. It’s a powerful business improvement tool, providing the framework…

New Build Barn, Milton, Oxfordshire

We are delighted with the professional photos we have had done by Andrew Hatfield Architectural Photographer featuring this super cool interior. This is the entrance to our new barn project with the curved oak clad walls providing WC, utility, and storage spaces to support the open plan living space. Thinking Buildings were shortlisted with this project…

Oak Framed Bay, Oxfordshire

We wanted to give you a follow up to our previous post about this project now it’s nearing completion. This is a relatively small and modest project for us, involving a new oak framed bay to a Grade II listed house. Whilst small in scale this type of work is big in terms of detail…

London Sixth Form Planning Submitted

We have fantastic news that this scheme for a new sixth form building at a London secondary school has been submitted for planning. Part of the land is designated as Green Belt Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) and Thinking Buildings and Edgars have been carefully masterminding a ‘needs’ case to gain the support of the Planning Authority with…

Work continues at John Port Sixth Form

Admittedly this is not a particularly glamorous picture, but it does show work continues apace on the expansion to the sixth form building at John Port Spencer Academy in Derby. The steel frame and roofs are now complete and work continues on the external walls, windows and internal fit out. It’s not apparent from the photos,…

The Use Of Zinc For Homes & Houses

At Thinking Buildings we often use zinc elements in our residential projects. It is a versatile material suitable for various architectural styles and design applications. It can be used in contemporary, traditional, and historical building projects, looking equally appropriate and attractive in various contexts. Zinc has a long history of use in construction. Zinc’s earliest…

Berkshire Farm Diversification

Our next farm diversification project is confirmed, and it involves the restoration and conversion of this beautiful and interesting listed building. The wider project involves a strategic masterplan and option appraisal for a courtyard of existing traditional barns; the project will explore and consider conversion to offices, holiday lets, a wedding venue and potentially a…

10 Reasons To Build a Passivhaus

Building a Passivhaus, also known as a Passive House, offers several benefits: 1. Energy Efficiency: Passivhaus design principles prioritise high levels of insulation, airtightness, and high-quality windows/doors. This leads to significantly reduced energy consumption for heating and cooling, resulting in lower utility bills. 2. Comfort: Passivhaus buildings provide consistent indoor comfort throughout the year, with…

Cotswold Barn Conversion

We’re happy to be able to share that this scheme near Fulbrook has recently been granted planning permission. The complex of existing barns are proposed to be converted to a four bed house, with a two bed guest suite, home office or gym space, and extensive garage and storage space. The main house benefits from…

Steel Frame Underway At John Port School

Work continues at John Port Spencer Academy School in Derby, where we are involved in the expansion of the sixth form provision. John Port is undergoing an expansion to increase its capacity for both 11-16 and sixth form students. The sixth form works involve the construction of an extension to the existing sixth form building and other…

Oak framing, Oxfordshire

Not all of our work is large scale. We work on smaller scale projects where our skills and experience add value to the process for our clients. This image is a traditional oak frame for a new bay window and French doors on a listed cottage close to our Bloxham office. Whilst small in scale,…

National Park Barn Conversion

This project is for a new dwelling in a National Park to replace an existing ramshackle agricultural barn. It’s one of two really exciting projects we are currently developing with a large landholder as part of a strategic masterplan for the Estate. The architecture is landscape led, discretely designed to reflect the shapes and materials…

Education, Education, Education….

We have some fantastic education projects in the pipeline including three new sixth form buildings. This particular scheme is for a new sixth form building at a London secondary school. It will provide a new focal point for the sixth form on the site with a fantastic new social space with café and outdoor dining…

New Offices For Falklands

We’re delighted to once again be working with a company in the Falklands to design them a new office building. Thinking Buildings have been working with Consolidated Fisheries Limited since 2018/19, looking at options for building a new office building. Outline planning approval was granted in 2019 for the development of a new site on the outskirts…

The Thinking Buildings Summer Social 2023

The Thinking Buildings team work very hard, but we can also play hard too!  At the end of last month we had our annual summer get together and we took ourselves off to Wales for 2 days.   First up was a very memorable trip to Zip World in Bethesda.  The intrepid team (minus Amanda,…

Secondary School Expansion, Woodstock

We are excited to have submitted a planning application for the expansion of The Marlborough Secondary School in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The project includes a new 2 storey teaching building to provide an additional 6 classrooms plus supporting accommodation, various internal works and an extension of the sports building to provide 2 new sports changing rooms.…

Cottage Project Obtains Consent

We have had the fantastic news that planning has been granted for this cottage project involving a full renovation and significant side and rear extensions in a traditional style. A detached, oak framed out-building provides car parking, garden store and a home office within the loft space. We look forward to bringing you more as…

Listed Buildings Have Many Uses . . .

The core of the Listed Building Consent process is to establish if the proposed works and use are compatible with the historic significance of the existing structure. Part of this is the function of the building. Sometimes changing the function or use of a building is a bigger hurdle than any other part of the…

The Top 10 Passivhaus Myths

In the UK we have become so used to living in high energy consuming, draughty or stuffy buildings that most people find it hard to imagine how they would feel living in a Passivhaus. Here are the 10 most common misconceptions: A Passivhaus doesn’t rely on the occupant to open the windows as the mechanical…

Brilliant Build It Live!

We were pleased to attend the Build It 2023 exhibition at Bicester Heritage in early June.  Having been shortlisted for ‘Best Architect for a Self-Build Project’ in 2022 it was great to attend an event alongside other industry leading professionals providing a wealth of knowledge for the self-build market.  There was a host of informative…

Kingham Hill School Sports Facility

Sports buildings and facilities are a really important part of what a school offers its students. This fantastic project, gleaming in the sun, is the new sports building at Kingham Hill School near Chipping Norton. Thinking Buildings secured this project after winning a limited design competition to replace outdated accommodation with a brief to deliver…

New Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

A sneak preview of our recent new traditional farmhouse project now that the landscape is starting to mature and soften. More to follow on this beautiful project once the professional photographs are completed. Built by Kingerlee Ltd with SWJ Consulting Ltd. providing structural engineering and Infrastruct Cs Limited providing drainage design. 

Seminars And Workshops At Build It This Weekend!

If you come along to Build It Live this weekend using your free tickets above, not only will you be able to see us on stand E4, where we would love to talk about your next project, there is also a wealth of seminars and workshops running all weekend. With our passion for sustainable projects…

Free Tickets for Build It Live!

This is the project with which Thinking Buildings were shortlisted for ‘Best Architect For A Self-Build Project’ at the Build It Awards 2022 and we are giving away tickets for you to attend the exhibition this year! Just click above! We will be on stand E4 and would love to chat with you about your…
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We’re at Build It Live!

Last year Thinking Buildings were shortlisted for ‘Best Architect For A Self-Build Project’ at the Build It Awards. This year we will be exhibiting at the Bicester Build It annual exhibition. For over 20 years, Build It magazine has been the go to publication for those looking to self-build, renovate or extend properties.  The shows…

Dementia Unit Planning Application

A planning application was submitted in 2022 for the extension of this Derbyshire care home facility to create a much needed dedicated dementia unit. Projections for 2017 to 2040 suggest a 74% rise in those with dementia. We need to plan for more support, both at home, but also in dedicated units for those with…

Low Energy House Out To Tender

Thinking Buildings have been working with a private client in Warwickshire to develop plans for a low-energy home. A bungalow occupies the existing site and this will form the basis for a new house. It will undergo a complete renovation and transformation. The roof will be taken off and replaced with a new timber-framed first…

Modern Farmhouse Case Study, Northamptonshire

As promised, we’re pleased to be able to share this case study for a new farmhouse in Northamptonshire. The form is based on agricultural buildings, with a Dutch barn steel frame, which has been elevated by the high quality materials used to clad it. The resulting house is both modern family home and hub for…

Holiday Let Planning Approved

We are delighted to have achieved planning consent for a new holiday let development. This new arrival building will provide communal social space, and 3 new holiday let units alongside a U shaped courtyard of further holiday lets. The design is traditional in shape but using contemporary touches and detailing. This scheme has evolved from…

Elm Tree Farmhouse

We wanted to give you a sneak peek of an upcoming case study we are working on following completion of this replacement farmhouse in a Dutch barn style. The building is clad in Thermowood that is extremely durable with high performance aluminium windows and doors.  The entrance is framed in dark grey metal standing seam…

Modern Barn Conversion

Our latest project on the virtual drawing board is this design to convert an existing modern agricultural building into a fantastic new home. These large format buildings often have lots of internal volume to create generous amounts of living space. This design has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, formal sitting room and a vast open plan…

Renovation work starts on site

It is always exciting to see a project start on site and to see the many months, and sometimes years, of virtual hard work become reality. This project will transform this outdated and awkward looking house into a modern family home for our clients with new front, side and rear extensions and a beautiful open…

Somerset Farmhouse Before and After

We did the snagging inspection at this Somerset farmhouse last week and as it nears completion we thought it would be fun to dig out some photos from our first visit to the property. It’s always rewarding to look back over a project to appreciate the transformation that can be achieved. Who doesn’t love a…

The 2023 TB Summer Social!

It may seem like a long way off, but the TB crew like nothing better than making exciting plans for the year ahead.  This year we are going BIG and we have booked the epic Velocity 2 at Zip World in Wales. Situated over the stunning Penrhyn Quarry this is the fastest zipwire in the…

Contemporary Zinc Roofed Extension

This contemporary extension to a Cotswold home is really coming together as the zinc roofing goes on. The zinc finish was matched to the window colour and has a concealed gutter integrated into the overhang for a seamless finish throughout the exterior. A flush threshold on the sliding glass doors will minimise the transition from…

Planning Approved in Kenilworth

We are delighted to start March with the confirmation that planning approval has been granted at planning committee for two new detached homes in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The new houses are planned for a garden site next to an existing Georgian house. The houses are designed in a similar style so they sit comfortably in an enclosed…

Work starts on site at Walnut Cottage

Our project at Walnut Cottage near Farringdon has started on site. Having successfully discharged the pre-commencement conditions, the remains of the previous dwelling have been demolished and the ground prepared for foundations. The new house will be constructed with Quadlock, a system where the insulation forms the shuttering framework for the concrete structure, to form…

William Morris Primary School Case Study

We are delighted to share this case study. This wonderful new primary school building forms part of the expansion of William Morris Primary school in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The project was delivered with the GLF Schools Academy Trust and Oxfordshire County Council to replace existing temporary buildings and to expand the school roll to meet the…

Natural Ventilation at John Port Spencer Academy

We are excited to be working with ventilation company, Ventive, to install natural ventilation systems in the new science expansion project at John Port Spencer Academy. Natural ventilation supplies fresh air in a building without the need for electricity.  It harnesses passive forces such as wind speed, and internal and external differences in pressure.  There…

New Arrival Barn at Holiday Lets

Here’s the latest visual of the new arrival barn from our holiday let project that has been submitted for planning consent. The design is traditional in shape to match the other farm buildings, but with the glazed gables providing a focal point for the courtyard. The barn provides 3 holiday let units, including a 3…

Derbyshire Net Walk

We recently took to the paths of Derbyshire for a combination of fresh air and networking. We’ve been trialling a new business networking model over the past 10 months or so, a Net Walk. A walk through the beautiful scenery of Derbyshire, with the occasional foray into Nottinghamshire. Our January walk took us along the…

New Hall for Oxfordshire Primary School

This scheme for a new hall for Bloxham Primary School was submitted to planning at the end of last year. The existing school is a mid-century building, with the hall as a central hub space. With an increase in pupil numbers since the hall was built it was now too small, and teaching there was…

Eco-Tourism site – Planning granted

Derbyshire Dales District Council last week granted planning permission for the next steps in the development of an Eco-Tourism site in Derbyshire. The site is set in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, on the outskirts of a market town. The wider site already benefits from a variety of trees, ponds, and other natural features. The owners are…

Passivhaus Fabric Standard House in Weedon

We love this hidden door in the curved timber utility room pod on our Passivhaus fabric standard house – such a clean and minimal look. Click here to take a look at this lovely project https://thinking-buildings.co.uk/houses-and-homes/weedon-buckinghamshire/

Planning for Barn Conversion Scheme

Thinking Buildings have submitted a scheme for a complex of barns in west Oxfordshire in association with Edgars Planning Consultants. The main barn to the north edge of the site is converted and extended to provide a four-bedroom house. The single storey barns to the south east will become a guest suite and a home…

New Barn Conversion Project

Thinking Buildings are currently working on proposals for the conversion a complex of existing barns in the Cotswolds. The barns are located in open countryside, and while not associated to an adjacent listed farmhouse, the setting is still sensitive and the proposals reflect this. The scheme will convert this barn into the main living space,…

London 6th Form Extension

Thinking Buildings have had great success over the last couple of years in expanding its education work in the local authority, academy and independent school school sectors. We have numerous schemes coming forward which is really exciting. This is our latest scheme to provide a new building to expand the 6th form provision at a…

Passivhaus heating bills only £30 a quarter

A new study over 10 years has looked at the performance of one of the UK’s first rural affordable Passivhaus schemes. The report concluded that it is still performing as designed. The study of the 14 homes, built in 2011 Essex, concluded that some residents still only pay £30 per quarter for their heating. The findings are…

Oxfordshire Farmhouse Planning Consent

We had some fantastic pre-Christmas news about this project. Planning consent has been granted for a contemporary, minimally designed, rear extension, to a lovely Oxfordshire Farmhouse. We had no planning conditions or objections for this scheme, despite it being in a conservation area, which is a great outcome for our clients. This highlights the importance…

‘Wall of Curiosities’ – William Morris Primary School

Take a look at our striking and stylish display wall, dubbed the ‘Wall of Curiosities’ at our recently completed William Morris Primary school project. More often than not, new school buildings are functional but lacking in interest and soul. At Thinking Buildings we believe that it is the details that make the difference. Situated along…

New Holiday Lets

We start 2023 with this exciting project which is about to be submitted for planning approval. This scheme is for a number of new holiday lets as part of the farm’s diversification to generate other income streams alongside the client’s core agricultural business. It includes 1, 2 and 3 bed units and communal, social, and…

Seasons Greetings from Thinking Buildings

“Sometimes there just aren’t enough carrots to make it round the world, so Santa appreciates the EV charging points popping up around the UK!“ Wishing you all a very merry end to the year and good start to 2023! Our office will be closed on Friday 23rd December, and reopen on Tuesday 3rd January.

The Thinking Buildings Christmas Party!

We all had a fantastic time last weekend, coming together for our annual festive get together in Birmingham.  After some lovely cocktails and a delicious meal at Sky By The Water, there was some dancing, a bit more drinking and finally a stint in the casino.  A great way to spend a weekend! 

On Site – Cotswold Glazed Extension

Great to see the large minimally framed glazing being fitted to this contemporary glass extension near Moreton-in-Marsh, in the Cotswolds. Wonderfully slim frames and sight lines and a sharp zinc roof to follow. Kitchen is also in so the project is moving forward very nicely. This is the first phase of a larger programme of…

Gateway Retail & Entertainment Park Milton Interchange Submitted For Planning

Thinking Buildings have been working with Glanville Consultants and GR Planning Consultancy on the retail and hospitality development at Milton Interchange, in South Oxfordshire. The scheme required to be redesigned from it’s original granted consent, to respond to the changes in retail and commercial accommodation demands post-pandemic. A revised planning application has now been submitted,…

Planning Consent Granted for Sports Facilities at John Port Spencer Academy

Thinking Buildings have secured planning consent for the restructuring and resurfacing of tennis and basketball courts at John Port Spencer Academy.  The scheme will bring back in use three full size tennis courts, and deliver two multi-use games area’s with markings for basketball, 5-a-side football, and hockey. These facilities will not only enhance the sporting…

Why Use Building Information Modelling

What is Building Information Modelling (BIM) and why doesn’t everyone use it in building design? BIM is a development of CAD, being Computer Aided Design. This in turn replaced almost all hand-drawn architect’s drawings. Thinking Building have been using BIM for almost 10 years. BIM allows us to create accurate models of the buildings we…
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Primary School Extension Case Study

A sneak preview of our latest case study project to be added to our website. Great to be able to compare a photograph of the recently finished building with the design stage visualisation. We think this is simple, bold yet fun……a good combination for a primary school project.
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Part O: Overheating, What you need to consider

A new building regulations document, Part O, has been added to the England & Wales Building Regulations. This came into force 15th June 2023 and has been introduced to prevent new residential buildings overheating in the summer. Instinctively you may think this is due to climate change and temperatures rising but this isn’t the only…

Cotswold New Dwelling

This sensitive scheme to replace an existing stable building with a new residential dwelling has recently been submitted for planning. Located in the Cotswolds, this scheme has a traditional rural character and aesthetic due to its edge of village location. The house has been designed to provide 2 bedrooms and an open plan living area…

Welcome Amanda To Thinking Buildings

We’re delighted to welcome Amanda to the Thinking Buildings team. Amanda joins us to provide admin support, keeping us running smoothly and ensuring we’re all doing what we need to, when we need to do it! Amanda comes from an admin background, having a range of experience working within diverse fields of administration.  Her mission…

Primary School Extension

Another sneak preview of the recently completed William Morris Primary School – ahead of a full case study feature. This project uses colour and vertical panels of cladding to create interest and rhythm to the façade – striking a balance between being fun but not too fashionable…..and it always helps when you get some children…

Redoubling Efforts To Secure New Sixth Form Building

Thinking Buildings are undertaking an options appraisal in a bid to secure the delivery of a new Sixth Form Building for a Derbyshire based Academy.  With S106 funding released over a 10-year period, Thinking Buildings are working closely with Derbyshire County Council and the Multi Academy Trust to consider forward funding, phased development, and modular…

Thinking Buildings Commended at OPT Awards

Thinking Buildings enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) awards. We were absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for best small project and to be presented with a certificate for our new build Bartlemas Road infill scheme, in recognition of it’s positive contribution to the Oxford environment – a simple yet bold design…

Success at Planning for Gap Site Development

We’re happy that this great scheme has received planning permission this week! A gap site on a residential side street in East Oxford, this scheme provides nine 1-bed and 2-bed apartments with easy access to all the amenities of Cowley Road. With adjacent buildings on three sides, the challenge of this site was negotiating the…

Peak District National Park Development Ready For Planning

Thinking Buildings have been working alongside a Derbyshire based developer to bring nine much needed family homes to a small Peak District National Park village.  Part of a wider design team, Thinking Buildings are balancing the developers desire for a contemporary rural aesthetic and strong sustainability agenda with the sensitivity of the National Park setting.…

Modern Extension to Traditional Farmhouse

Our latest scheme to be submitted to planning is a lovely minimalist rear extension to a historic farmhouse in Oxfordshire. The glass, zinc and timber clad extension will replace an ageing conservatory. The oversailing and tapering roof edge dramatically floats over the full height sliding glass doors that will connect inside and outdoor spaces. A…
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Rural Family Home

A quick look back at a previously completed project in the village of Wiggington, near Soho farmhouse. A wonderful project to fully renovate the old farmhouse and to incorporate and convert an attached stone barn to create a luxurious home for our clients. The project includes a new oak frame extension with a new staircase…

Summer Overheating – Can this be avoided?

This is a key topic at the moment due to climate change and the potential increases in temperature in the future. Overheating is a common occurrence in most new and existing buildings and is highly dependent on the actions of the occupants i.e. to open windows or deploy shading methods. Passivhaus looks to minimise the risk…

The Geometric Trend for Bathrooms

Geometric tiles are very popular at the moment – these ones were recently fitted at our new farmhouse project to provide a feature wall of colour and interest – find out more about this beautiful and luxurious farmhouse project on our projects page
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New House, Milton, Oxfordshire

Great to see our Milton project featured as a case study in the NSBRC website.  This is a really lovely house and it was an all round team effort – fantastic when the the architect and client minds meet to deliver something great, sensitive yet interesting. You can see the full details of the project…

Modern Barn Conversion

We’re pleased to confirm the pre-commencement planning conditions have now been approved for this Leicestershire barn conversion. These former agricultural storage barns are set to be converted into modern homes with fantastic views over open countryside. The barns retain an agricultural style, using a mixture of timber cladding, but inside will be very modern and…

Modern Farmhouse

It’s always nice when a satisfied client sends you photos of their completed project. We designed this new farmhouse for a working farm in Northamptonshire, to take advantage of the client’s existing experience in other agricultural building projects. They had already installed their own ground source heat pump system, and built several barns, so the…
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Planning Approval for Affordable Development

We received approval this week for a development of 17 affordable homes to the north of Gloucester. The scheme went to committee and received unanimous agreement to consent. The scheme will be taken on by Gloucester County Council’s own housing team to build out and deliver to their clients.

Modern Cotswold Extension

We had a new project start on site next month, to construct this minimal modern extension to a Cotswold home. Set in open countryside near Moreton-in-Marsh, the original house is mid-Twentieth century, with a later additional wing with a large kitchen, garage and guest annex. This extension settles between the two and doubles the kitchen…

New Traditional Homes in Warwickshire

Thinking Buildings recently submitted a planning application for 2 new detached homes in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The new houses are planned for a garden site next to an existing Georgian house. The houses are designed in a similar style, so that they sit comfortably in an enclosed site. Georgian buildings usually have a symmetrical shape and…

Care Home Works Approved

Our care home portfolio has continues to grow. We have recently received planning approval for works to a nursing home in Derby. Royal Manor Nursing Home is one of 4 homes owned by Pine View Care Homes, operating across Derby and Leicester. We were asked to assist at short notice to apply for approval for…

We Are Passivhaus Trust Members

You may not know that Thinking Buildings are members of the Passivhaus Trust. The Passivhaus Trust (PHT) is an independent industry leading organisation that promotes the adoption of Passivhaus in the UK. The PHT is part of the global Passivhaus movement and the UK affiliate of the International Passive House Association (iPHA). But what is…
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