As my second summer working at AAL comes to an end, my departure for university feels bittersweet as I am deeply grateful to start the final year of my Part 1 qualification with valuable experience, however, I am going to miss the working environment. Over the past 3 months, I have been closely involved with at least 11 applications for planning and listed building consent across Dorset, Devon, and Somerset. The work has been extremely varied – from CAD drawings and heritage reports to site visits and working lunches. I have also been fortunate enough to work on projects of […]
This week we have received planning permission from South Somerset District Council for alterations and the erection of a two-storey extension and cladding of and re-refenestration of existing extensions at Park Lodge in East Coker 7 months after validation. The application was held up by a bat survey which can only be carried out during a small window between March and September. The Building Regulations package is in production with a view to building in spring 2022.
Tackling multiple projects simultaneously can prove quite difficult, but fortunately, we have a team of reliable colleagues who are managing their own areas of expertise. We are part way through a survey of a house near Stogumber, designing alterations to numerous listed buildings and writing reports to support these with input from our building surveyor, tree consultant and historian. Loads of applications in the system but almost all ‘stuck’ with extensions of time being requested daily. It seems as if the projects which were scheduled for commencement this year will be waiting until 2022 due to the long lead-in time […]
According to Aristotle, “the whole is greater than a sum of its parts”. Collaboration is at the heart of our practice and has a myriad of benefits, such as the ability to pass on and receive ideas, skills and opinions, as well as building strong relationships within a multi-disciplinary field. Collaboration allows us to improve our efficiency and productivity in order to meet the needs and aspirations of our clients through clear communication, willingness and negotiation.