Posts by: Christophe

To gain planning permission today, you need the right advice

By Christophe

To gain planning permission today, you need the right advice

Obtaining planning permission for new homes has become more challenging in the last few years. It’s never been more important to work with a consultant who understands the constraints of your specific project and the local planning process. The main reason gaining planning permission has become more complicated is the increase in legislation in many areas of...

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Tags: Architectural process, Design, Planning

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Renovate or Rebuild? The pros and cons

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Renovate or Rebuild? The pros and cons

This is a decision facing many people looking to create their ideal home: should they renovate an existing building or knock it down and start again? There are many factors to consider, not least cost, design potential and sustainability. We’ve pulled together some of the key considerations in the renovate or rebuild debate to help you reach a decision. Each...

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Tags: Architectural process, Construction, Design, Planning

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New homes must now produce 30% less CO2

By Christophe

New homes must now produce 30% less CO2

In June 2022, new Building Regulations came into effect that have a significant impact on new build homes and home improvements. From now on, new homes must produce 30% less carbon emissions than current standards. Those looking to extend or renovate a home will also face more stringent regulations. To mitigate the higher cost of necessary measures, it’s important...

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What is a pre-app and do I need one?

By Christophe

What is a pre-app and do I need one?

All new build projects, and most extensions, require planning permission from the local authority. For some projects this can seem like a leap into the unknown. If the plot or house is in a sensitive area or presents a new style to a neighbourhood, for example, it can be impossible to guess whether permission will be granted. In these cases, one option is to open a...

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Tags: Architectural process, Planning

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Planning permission granted: Striking London house extension

By Christophe

Planning permission granted: Striking London house extension

We’re delighted to have been granted planning permission for the full refurbishment of a beautiful townhouse in Notting Hill. This application for a London house extension was more complicated than some, involving significant liaison with the Westminster planning department and a specific focus on protecting urban greenery. The four-storey family home currently has...

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Planning Permission Granted: Yorkshire Barn Extension

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Planning Permission Granted: Yorkshire Barn Extension

This week we’ve had the fantastic news that Ryedale Council have granted planning permission for the renovation and extension of this stone barn in Yorkshire. The barn, which is currently divided into two dwellings, will be returned to one as part of the scheme. Multiple existing extensions and interventions will be removed as the first phase of the works,...

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Fundraising for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

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Fundraising for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

TAS Architects’ Lizzie is running the Hackney Half on 26th September to fund-raise for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Only research can stop cancer and we have in mind Angus, the young son of a friend of TAS Architects who has a rare and devastating form of leukemia. Please visit our JustGiving page to support our cause if you can. In 2019, Angus, the son of...

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Introducing ‘Collaborate and Build’

By Christophe

Introducing ‘Collaborate and Build’

Traditionally, once a house building project has gained planning permission, the next stage is detailed design followed by a competitive tender process to find a builder. Up to this point, costs are only loosely unknown. The client doesn’t have an exact price for their project until the architect has spent time creating a highly detailed design package. However,...

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Planning submitted: Eight new houses, Suffolk

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Planning submitted: Eight new houses, Suffolk

Just submitted – planning for four 2-bed terraced houses, and outline planning for four self-build plots of 3 & 4-bed houses. Each dwelling is carefully orientated to provide a balance of internal daylight, quality amenity space, and views out to the surrounding countryside. The site has mature boundary hedging which will screen the new houses in views...

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Tags: Design, Planning

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What is the role of an architect after planning?

By Christophe

What is the role of an architect after planning?

Yes, architects design buildings. But the role of an architect can go far beyond the initial sketches and line drawings. An architect can work with you throughout your project, through design and the actual build to completion. We get a lot of questions about what an architect does once a planning application has been approved. The largest chunk of work actually...

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