Burnham, Norfolk

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1478254029346{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Mr and Mrs A Cooper [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Role Detailed planning application in a conservation area and AONB on the north Norfolk coast - Planning consent achieved in 2017 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]The site is in a sensitive location at the edge of the village envelope. We produced a very detailed Design Statement showing extensive analysis of the site and the surroundings. The house and its annex were designed to sit in the landscape and to be factory manufactured as an eco house which is virtually airtight, constructed with natural materials from sustainable sources and engineered to conserve energy. See the video here: https://youtu.be/zW20cmZllpU   We used 3D views and 360 models to develop the design with the client and explain it comprehensively to local authority planning officers. Once the planning consent was achieved the design was passed to Meisterstuek Haus in Germany for fabrication. Construction started on site in August 2016.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][qodef_blockquote text="‘Bluepencil Designs were able to...

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Tiptree, Essex

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1467129442182{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Inland Homes [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Task  Preparation of a detailed Planning Application - Planning consent achieved in 2015 Role Architect [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]Bluepencil Designs were commissioned by Inland Homes to design and achieve a detailed planning consent for 39 new homes on this site in Tiptree. The site is surrounded by residential development and the challenge was to ensure that the proposed new development fitted seamlesly into the existing neighbourhood, whilst also creating a unique sense of place. Colchester Borough Council were keen to see all aspects of the Essex Design Guide applied to the design. The masterplan and individual dwellings were produced in Revit to meet planning policy and also building regulations, making the production of working drawings efficient and straight-forward for the client, with no further adjustments required. Consent was granted in February 2016.   The completed development is now a Case Study in the Essex Design Guide:   The urban design characteristics of the proposed development as...

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Newmarket, Suffolk

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Client Mr G Lambton [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Role Feasibility Study using BIM [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]The client asked us to carry out a feasibility study into the conversion of this house, of which one one wing was designed by Lutyens. The house is situated within a conservation area in Newmarket. The study also proposed three different options for a small development of apartments and mews houses within the grounds of the house, overlooking the Warren Hill Gallops. This information enabled the client to consider various options to generate maximum value. The study was carried out in Revit with areas linked to the net internal floor areas so that build cost and sales value could easily be generated for each of the options.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][qodef_button size="" type="outline" target="_blank" icon_pack="" font_weight="" text="Download project sheet" link="www.bluepencildesigns.com/sheets/Newmarket.pdf"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Colchester, Essex

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1467123990590{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Mersea Homes and Hill (Residential) [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Role Outline Planning Application [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]The 400 home residential development on the south western edge of Colchester was part of a wider strategic growth area. The application involved pre application consultation and the preparation of  a strategic framework document prior to the submission of the application. Bluepencil Designs were responsible for the preparation of the Design and Access Statement, parameter plans, Character area studies and illustrations and the masterplan drawing. Bluepencil  Designs also produced a 3D fully data-linked proving layout to test the densities and to create the character area samples. The site, a former nursery, is surrounded by residential development and the challenge was to create a piece of townscape that would fit seamlessly into the neighbourhood, whilst also creating a unique sense of place. This was achieved through studies of local conservation areas and village greens and replicating the scale and character of these...

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Barnet, Middlesex

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1467190398037{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Oak Hill College(Residential) [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Role A development of student accommodation, affordable housing and housing for sale within the grounds of a Grade 1 listed building. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]The college required new student accommodation which would be funded by the housing for sale. The rent received from the affordable housing would fund the ongoing maintenance of the listed building and its extensive grounds.   Our data linked masterplanning enabled the client to analyse a number of different layouts in order to arrive at the most advantageous solution for the college. Detailed analysis work of the surrounding area supported the successful design proposals.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][qodef_button size="" type="outline" target="_blank" icon_pack="" font_weight="" text="Download project sheet" link="www.bluepencildesigns.com/sheets/Oak_Hill.pdf"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Billericay, Essex

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1555413416406{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Inland Homes [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Role Preparation of a Detailed Planning Application [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]This site lies at the settlement edge of Billericay and was formerly a donkey field in private ownership. The site slopes very gently to the north west which led to the SuDS solution being a combination of rain gardens within the development and a pond in the north easter open space.    The dimensions of the site, as well as the grain of the existing settlement, led to a grid pattern arrangement. The roads are mostly shared surface with textured strips at junctions to encourage slow speeds. The house designs are based traditional Essex architecture with steep pitches, a range of materials including soft pastel coloured render, white weatherboarding and soft red brick. Car ports are designed as traditional cart lodges and are set back from the building line. A detailed analysis of the surrounding area was undertaken and illustrated in the...

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North Heybridge, Essex

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1467130503299{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Countryside Properties [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Role Strategic Framework Document for the Local Authority [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]The preparation of the Framework document was co-ordinated through the Local Development Plan Developer Forum, led by Officers from Maldon District Council and in association with ATLAS (Advisory Team for Large Applications), part of the Homes and Communities Agency   We produced the document on behalf of Countryside Properties, the party with the largest land interest within the allocated development area. The Framework set out a broad spatial vision and key principles against which planning applications for development within the North Heybridge Garden Suburb will be assessed. The Framework will be adopted by the Council as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).   The document defines key development principles and strategic concepts to enable a co-ordinated approach to deliver the proposed level of growth in a garden suburb context. It provides guidance to inform subsequent planning applications.     It is a flexible document that...

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Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1467127910102{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Crest Nicholson [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Task Draft masterplan and feasibility study Role Masterplanner [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]Bluepencil Designs were invited, along with two other architectural practices, to prepare a masterplan proposal for presentation to the Strategic Land team at Crest Nicholson.Bluepencil Designs collaborated with Design7, Studio Y and David Jarvis Associates  to prepare this proposal with a view to sharing the project should it be successful.   The design rationale was to create urban blocks where every home has a view of a green space or a tree lined road. The layout was designed to create a series of linked landscape and townscape features as one moved through the site. These features were based on local village greens and squares that were studied as part of the team’s research and analysis work.   The Constraints and Opportunities plan helped to shape the masterplan and the two most significant mature trees were retained and used as focal points within the layout.   The work...

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Chelmer Mead, Essex

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1467126660781{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"] Client Chater Homes and Home Group [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Role OPA and CfS, Different scales of development, layers of the masterplan [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]Chater Homes’ 55.2 hectare site lies east of Little Dunmow and north of Flitch Green in Essex. The proposed masterplan shows a new mixed use development comprising:   up to 750 homes a village centre including up to 1000 sq m gross for retail (Class A1- A5) use up to 500 sq m gross of floorspace for community use and / or a GP’s surgery (Class D) up to 300 sq m gross of office floorspace (Class B1) a primary school (Class D1) with early years and childcare provision public open space, playing fields (including pavilion and car park) and landscaping highways improvements, enhanced public transport water storage bodies and sustainable drainage associated ancillary development   The design challenge was to create a garden village development appropriate for a variety of 21st...

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Hoo, Kent

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Date June 23, 2016 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Client A and C Goatham and Son [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Role OPA, Sensitive design, Growing the village naturally [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The site at Street Farm is on the edge of the village of Hoo in Kent, on Stoke Road.    Street Farm, owned by A & C Gaotham and Son, has been associated with the storage and packing of top fruit for many years. Recently this operation has expanded and re-located to Flanders Farm.   This site was not within the village boundary. Our Client was very keen to produce an attractive design of medium density. Our approach was to study the growth of the village from 1600 to present day and then to show how our proposal would be an appropriate and logical continuation of this growth.   The proposed illustrative layout shows two character types: a tight-knit, terraced character around the central green space and a looser character of detached houses around the western and northern boundaries.   The key...

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