So, although I’m not exactly the shiny new team member anymore, it is the start of 2017 and I thought I should introduce myself, wish you all a Happy New Year from us here at PAD and update you on what we have been doing over the last few months.
Having graduated from studying my MArch at the University of Portsmouth in June I was delighted to join the PAD studio team; whom I had encountered numerous times throughout my architectural education. I studied in the Emergent studio at Portsmouth, integrating narrative into architecture and drawing upon the teachings of Aalto, Fehn and Utzon. Over the course of my Masters I explored several themes including the role of light in architecture. My Masters studio had a strong holistic ethos and thoughtful approach to architecture, so it is refreshing to see that this methodology is also embodied by PAD studio in practice.
My first months saw the studio move office, new projects take shape and existing projects submitted for planning. I have gained experience working across RIBA Stages on new-build contemporary houses in both the New Forest and North Cornwall. I have also worked on a refurbishment/extension project in the New Forest and been getting stuck into joinery details. Overall an eventful and busy couple of months.
The refurbishment/extension project mentioned previously was a ‘locally listed’ property, meaning that although not listed nationally as grade I or II, the property is deemed to contribute to the appearance of the local conservation area. Therefore, any work proposed to the 19th century cottage should enhance the buildings character. Throughout a turbulent and lengthy planning process, we worked closely with our clients and the Planning Officer to understand relevant policies and liaised with the conservation officer to develop a balanced scheme which we submitted for planning in late 2016. The project culminated with a positive New Forest District Council Committee meeting, where the project was granted permission being described as an ‘imaginative architectural approach’.
Wrapping up 2016, we submitted two planning applications for new build contemporary homes - one in Fordingbridge and the second in Trebetherick, North Cornwall. The first, a scheme for a small contemporary dwelling in the new forest, was submitted following extended dialogue with the Local Authority and took precedent from Peter Aldington’s Turn End. The house in Cornwall was submitted following close discussion with the clients’, understanding their aim to develop a home which reflects its local context and utilizes the sites sloped geography.
With many projects still progressing both on site and on the drawing board, it is safe to say that 2017 is shaping up to continue where 2016 left off, exciting and full of potential.