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Goes in for Planning – Barn Extension – Honeydon, Bedfordshire

Our contemporary barn extension project has gone in for planning at Bedfordshire Borough Council Planning Department and we consider our subservient extension to be a high-quality addition that will drastically improve this existing barn residence. The barn extension uses similar materials to the existing building but we have used them in a contemporary manner to show the historical and architectural difference between the two elements. This extension will be coupled with extensive landscaping works to generate a private dwelling that can be fully enjoyed by our clients.

You can see more about the project here, and we will keep you posted about any developments.

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Goes in for Planning – Butchers Lane, Boughton – Exterior Refurbishment

Our external refurbishment project in Boughton has been submitted to Daventry District Council Planning Department and we consider it to be a exemplar scheme for revitalising 1970s housing stock in this modern era and combatting the threat of climate change by making them energy efficient.

The scheme will see a whole new skin to the exterior coupled with amendments to the roofscape and de-cluttering of the external elevations (hiding wires, rainwater goods, etc..). This will dramatically improve the aesthetic appearance of the house and provide the clients with a unique architectural home to enjoy.

You can see more about the project here, and we will keep you posted of any developments.

New Project, extension and alterations – Flaxfield, Linton

There are a considerable amount of 1970s-1980s houses and bungalows that unfortunately look tired and/or need to be updated. When approached to undertake this scheme we wanted to do this justice by bringing in designs that work with themes and ideas of the era it was originally built, but as a contemporary and modern interpretation. We are really pleased with the designs we created from the initial ideas the clients envisioned, and by working with them we have a design that they. both really love.

The design has evolved since these feasibility studies and takes elements of all three schemes to generate a design that will drastically enhance the bungalow, the setting and the surrounding context. We will keep you posted of any further developments, but if you want to see more take a look here!

New Project, new build family home – Radwinter, Essex

This is one of several new build family homes we have on the books at the moment all of which are unique and centred around the site, context and most importantly the client. The envision was for a single dwelling house centred around the focal mature oak tree on this large domestic garden site. We then designed a series of comprehensive feasibility studies to creates a house that the clients can see themselves living in with their future family.

The process to planning has been extensive and detailed to ensure the best outcome for the clients and we are working closely with them to achieve this goal. This project will provide a high-quality family home in a newly landscaped garden that has been tiered, sectioned and with various aspects from wildflower meadows, a kitchen garden to a private terraced area.

We will keep you posted of this development as it progresses through the planning system. You can see more on this scheme – here!

St Neots Extension

Planning Granted, Extension – Avenue Road, St Neots

Our courtyard extension scheme to a semi-detached period property on Avenue Road in St Neots recently achieved planning permission. Really delighted with this scheme as it works around a major issue of these typology of house – dark interior spaces that are underutilised. This courtyard design will optimise the use and enjoyment of this house by this young family. Can’t wait to get building this one!

We have now submitted a homogenous contemporary roof dormer extension to complement this extension at Huntingdonshire District Council Planning Department. We consider both of these additions for the  St Neots extension will drastically improve this period property and the surrounding context.

We will then review how the clients want to proceed following the completion of this latest application. Keep following us for further news. You can see more on this project – here!

Planning Granted – New Street, St Neots

We were recently granted planning permission for this fantastic and unique rear extension to a period property in St Neots Conservation Area. We always work closely with the clients to achieve the right aesthetic, arrangement and style before going to planning for permission. We are really pleased this was approved by Huntingdonshire District Council Planning Department with the local parish council stating:

“We consider that the proposal would assimilate itself to the existing part of the town. Satisfactory proposal in terms of scale and pattern of development. Makes efficient use of its site.”

We are now in discussions with the clients on how they would like to proceed. You can see more on the scheme and the different options we created – here!

‘Behind the design’ – Eaton Socon Preschool

We were recently asked by Lunawood (Timber cladding producer based in Finland) to undertake a video interview for their ‘Behind the design’ series.

We were asked to do an interview with Lunawood about our RIBA award winning scheme – Eaton Socon Preschool in Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire. We discussed the idea of the project, the material choices and the successes of the scheme. The scheme replaced a pair of dilapidated porta cabins and generated a unique courtyard shaped new build home for charity to provide Ofsted Outstanding early years education.

Lunawood – Thermowood – was the chosen product for the external cladding both in black and natural. Millworks Timber Ltd were the UK supplier who assisted in the project implementation.

Video production: Origins of Motion, Medialouhos

Civic Trust Awards 2020 – Assessment

Our RIBA East multi award-winning pre-school building has been selected for assessment by the Civic Trust Awards 2020 – exciting times! We were recently informed the assessors would be visiting the pre-school to review the use and setting of the building in its community context. We were not allowed to be present as they wanted an impartial view from the client, the users and the community to see how this unique building has been received.

We are now awaiting any further news on this awards process but being even selected for assessment has been fantastic news for us and all involved in the project.

In addition, we have been speaking with the client about how the building has been performing and we are pleased to hear it is performing really well and has been widely praised by staff, children and parents a like.

You can see some of the photos of the scheme below in the gallery.

New Project – Extension and alterations, Browning Drive, Eaton Ford

We have published a new project we have been working on for a private client at Browning Drive in Eaton Ford, St Neots. It is a really fantastic project where we have been asked to extend, alter and refurbish a pretty standard detached dwelling into a charismatic piece of domestic architecture!

This shows when you carefully review the brief of the client, understand the existing fabric of the building and then push these boundaries; you can create unique designs for the house. It is a kind of ‘Ugly house to Lovely house’ idea! Onwards to planning!

You can see more here and we will keep you informed of the progress.

Meet – The Team

We recently had a series of new headshots taken for the website and wanted you to meet the team of Devlin Architects Ltd. The photos were taken by the team at Image Development in St Neots – thank you to them!

The team:

Simon Devlin – Director / RIBA Chartered Architect.
Simon started the practice with Gemma McKenzie in 2015 and since then we have gone from strength to strength producing unique and architecturally challenging schemes such as the Eaton Socon Pre-school Building. Recently Simon was awarded the RIBA East Project Architect of the Year 2019 for his work on the pre-school building along with a RIBA East Regional Award.

Gemma McKenzie – Director / Non-Architectural.
Gemma works on all the editorial elements of our work and ensures Simon is grounded by offering a different perspective to the designs produced by the practice. Gemma also trained as a lawyer and therefore helps compose any necessary challenges to local planning departments. She is also undertaking a PhD at King’s College London and writes on topics such as public health and pregnancy rights.

Darren Silk – Part 1/2 Architectural Assistant.
Darren recently joined the practice and is currently finishing his studying at Part 2 level at the University of Lincoln School of Architecture. Darren has been working on several new residential projects in the office and has added to the wealth of knowledge and experience the practice has to offer. In his spare time he is also renovating his own house using traditional techniques and materials to ensure a high quality finish.