Often clients come to me armed with their own strong ideas, they generally want to create a gem in the rough. Our task is to negotiate on their behalf with planners and conservation officers, all historic buildings are subject to complex issues. We are always keen to have a transparent and open dialogue about what can realistically be achieved within their budget. We recommend our own team of contacts, historian, surveyor, engineer, ecologist landscape & tree consultant and try and match contractors to clients.
It is always a pleasure to be invited to give career advice to students – this time at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, where there are 700 sixth formers, the biggest in the country. When asked to speak about what I do, I have to remember not to mention the long training (7 years) but to focus on the legacy of building projects. The opportunities for architects now are limitless with options for training full time in University or as an Apprentice. In my career as an architect I have travelled all over the world and gained an incredible insight […]
This week has included a face to face meeting on site with a planning officer, one approved planning application and another opportunity to collaborate this time with an interior designer, recommended by another local female architect, bidding for a local project. A working lunch with a colleague meant we can complete another task and issue it ahead of the programme. Lots of interesting work ahead, including a meeting with the Planning Inspector on Monday morning and another networking event with Connect Bridport on Thursday evening.
Jolly good to be out and about working with a community group in North Dorset, seeking advice about a planning objection on heritage grounds. It is not always obvious what these tasks involve but 3 hours of walking the footpaths, consulting the Neighbourhood Plan, Local Plan and the NPPF usually identifies the key issues. The benefit of such face to face meetings is that we are able to appreciate the wider context, meet the people whose properties and views are affected and gain a better understanding of the area from both ground level and the highest landmark in the settlement, […]