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Melbourne St flat developments

Planning and Listed Building Consents were recently granted for the conversion and adaptation of a substantial building in a central street in St Leonards, Exeter. The building had suffered years of neglect and degradation and therefore significant alterations proposed were acceptable to the planning authority, as they preserved the greater whole for future years. It’s …

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Planning portal fees to be introduced

When submitting a planning application, it is usual to submit all the drawings and written documentation online. The system to date has been through the website www.planningportal.com (a privatized entity) which has been convenient and straightforward. Application drawings and documents are submitted, and then the applicant calls the relevant council to make the application fee …

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Love Local!

Living and working within a small radius is a great feeling, Tom Spriggs Architect Ltd will very happily work further afield, but the nature of a compact city in a rural county means that a large number of clients’ homes are close by. Over the last few years some of these have been very close …

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You must be pretty fed up of hearing about the GDPR by now?

  Firstly, The GDPR isn’t to be confused with the GPDO (The General Permitted Development Order) which is the part of planning legislation that allows certain work to be carried out without formal planning permission. The new (in force 25th May 2018) Data Protection rules (General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR for short) essentially help protect …

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Exeter Cycling Campaign

Tom Spriggs Architect Ltd has been a supporting member of the Exeter Cycling Campaign since its inception over a year ago. The Campaign does good work in promoting cycling infrastructure provision in Exeter’s growth. Many of our streets, parks and new development are very suitable for cycling and walking. Exeter is a compact city centre that can be navigated quickly without resorting to car use. 

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Planning application fees due to rise this January

  It’s been on the cards for a little while now, but the forecasted planning application fee rise of 20% to all applications is coming into effect on January 17th 2018. For homeowner applications this will amount to a £34.40 increase to £206.40 which is not a huge impact, but for larger or commercial schemes …

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New Arrival

Tom is celebrating the safe arrival of a new baby boy this week! The office is running skeleton hours and essentially closed down for a couple of weeks. Emails are the best way to get in touch with the practice as hours are pretty erratic.      

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Stripping out a fireplace and installing a woodburning stove

This was at my own home, a bit of a ‘doer-upper’. Built in 1864 it is a solid Victorian house with some nice features remaining.  We wanted to install a woodburning stove in an existing non-original fireplace and it needed thorough repair and enlargement to do so. Most Victorian fireplaces have what is known as …

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Bespoke Kitchen Factory Visit

I had the pleasure of visiting Touch Design Group’s factory this morning to review the custom built kitchen going into one of my projects currently on-site. Everything is going to plan and the part-complete kitchen looks fantastic! It’s been carefully designed by Touch Design, myself and a very enthusiastic and knowledgable client. The design has evolved throughout the process and TDG’s attention to detail is unsurpassed.

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New website goes live!

Tom Spriggs Architect Ltd is very pleased to announce its new website!

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Heavitree Park Community Centre

Pairing up with Hilary Lawson of 5 Points Architecture again, Tom and Hilary prepared a submission for an invite-only competitive tender for a new community centre in the heart of Heavitree Park. The tender process was mainly fee-driven, but entrants were invited to submit initial designs and siting of the building based upon briefing documents …

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Conversion of offices to dwellings secured

Planning consent has been achieved to convert and upgrade a courtyard scheme, converting some tired office space to new dwellings. Set within one of Exeter’s central residential streets, the owners were keen to see the return from residential use, rather than the limited office use. While the loss of office space within the city is …

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Exeter Cathedral Roof Tour

Right in the middle of Exeter is the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, a fine example of Gothic architecture. Its vaulted ceiling is the longest of it’s type in the world. The roof is formed in two layers; the decorated stone vaulted arches visible from below; and a timber lead-covered roof over this, all told adding up …

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Farm Shop Furniture

A small new farm shop needed some shop fittings. The inside of the barn has been lined with natural finished plywood, and the owners wanted some display furniture to complement this. Wanting to make the furniture themselves a design was required that was flexible, practical, matched the appearance of the surroundings and could be made …

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New York City, NY

During some recent travels I visited New York. Partly built on reclaimed land from the natural harbour, surrounded by water and full of life that never sleeps, it is a great city to visit. The areas of high-rise (where the foundations allow) are subject to constant renewal, contrasting against the more historic low-rise areas such …

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