South Somerset District Council have just produced a new free publication entitled “Masters of their Craft”. This lovely publication hits the bookshelves today.
The booklet showcases a wealth of talent across the Somerset Levels. Please do take a look. You will discover beautiful artists, designers, artisans, producers and more, right here on our South Somerset doorsteps. These skilled craftspeople fashion the local natural resources that Somerset is so famous for. A chisel, hammer, paintbrush, needle or voice, they are all here. We love this booklet which features many of our suppliers, colleagues and friends. We’re delighted that O2i Design Ltd gets a mention too.
You can see the publication online here.
Happy New Year 2019 to all our wonderful customers, past, present and future. We hope that you have all had a joyful festive period.
We re-opened our offices today, Monday 7th January 2019 and we are back at our desks and virtual drawing boards, rearing to go after a lovely break.
We’re all looking forward to hearing about your potential projects and ideas, so if 2019 has already given you food for thought regarding “New year, new home” … Just pick up the phone for an informal chat and in the meantime, if you want to see what we have been up to over the last year, take a look at our project section here.
Architectural salvage is big business today and it is no surprise. Reclamation yards are the go-to places for unique finds. We often specify reclaimed items for Heritage and Conservation project. The right materials or product will make all the difference to the look, feel and integrity of your project.
There are several immensely helpful yards not far from Langport. For all those hard-to-find building materials and statement pieces, there is nowhere better than an architectural (or marine) salvage yard! Salvage or reclamation yards buy and sells architectural pieces and materials recovered from demolished or disused buildings. Why would you buy a mass-produced item, when you could buy a handmade period piece for the same price? Whether you are looking for reclaimed bricks or a vintage library ladder, look no further than your local reclamation yard.
Of course, finding that specialist item will take time and money but speak to these enthusiastic experts. These specialists source particular items for buyers all the time. It may take a while to locate the right article but, in our experience, they will usually know someone who can and sometimes, you just have to be patient! These yards are well organised. Amongst the vintage signs, reclaimed timbers, bricks and flagstones, the owner will know exactly where to find that particular “thing” you are looking for. They know their stock better than anyone.
Here are a few of our favourites …
Planning delays are affecting South Somerset projects. Changes and restructuring at South Somerset District Council are affecting Planning and Building Control Services timescales and response times.
A “transformation” is taking place across South Somerset District Council. These changes are designed to make the council more efficient. Frustratingly, the interim stages are creating lengthy delays in the Building Control and Planning processes. It is taking several weeks to validate a project. Decisions are therefore delayed and you can expect to wait 12 weeks or so from validation to a decision.
Our local Planning and Building Control Services departments are doing their utmost to clear the backlog, so we just need to factor in the likely delays.
Please do bear that in mind when preparing your project’s timeline.
A retirement home, offering flexible living accommodation for the over 55s, is being developed in the South West. Our design team have recently gained Planning Approval in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) for 11 flats. The site, located just outside Bath, will provide some much needed flexible accommodation.
Retaining an independent lifestyle for as long as possible is key to enjoying retirement. The self-contained, 2-bedroom flats will deliver housing for the elderly (C3 use with minimum age restriction). The apartments offer adaptable, generous accommodation with shared amenities. The local area has a lot to offer with easy access to Bath and Bristol, excellent transport links and a vibrant local community.
Can you answer the Langport Questionnaire? We have had an office at the heart of Langport since 2003. We are passionate about our little town and the community we serve. Situated on the banks of the River Parrett, Langport is at the heart of the Somerset Levels. It is considered to be one of the smallest towns in England.
The Langport Area Business Group (LABG) is seeking the views on what might improve the Langport high street. If you have 5 minutes, please would you answer this short survey. The questionnaire closes on 10th September 2018. Thank you.
The Langport Business group represents 90+ local businesses in the Langport area. Run by volunteers, they promote & support members by providing a forum to meet and network with other business people, circulate info from relevant bodies to keep members informed, provide a united business voice when required and organise publicity drives to promote Langport.
Every year an architecture student joins us for a work placement. We welcome our latest architecture student who joined us in June 2018 for a 3-month summer placement. A talented and enthusiastic Architectural student is gaining valuable work experience.
Every architect and designer has to start someplace and there is no better place than in a busy practice. This is where you can do a little of everything under the supervision of an experienced designer. Whether you are studying or wish to gain experience over the holidays, internships help launch relationships, initiate opportunities and valuable work experience.
It is invariably a pleasure to have students with us. What they lack in experience, they frequently make up with enthusiasm and energy. We love our collaborations with them. Students perceive things differently. They share our passion for sustainable architecture. It is refreshing to have a new pair of eyes on a scheme.
This year our student is a first-year student from the Department of Architecture, Design and Interiors from Falmouth University.
We love the February 2018 issue of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine. It features a barn conversion project close to our hearts – a personal one – Our own self-build project.
We tried to apply our passion and expertise to designing and building our own home. Every architect and designer should know what it feels like to be the client. All the stress and excitement involved in a project that you are sinking your life’s savings into! We experienced everything first hand. We kept to our tight budget and timescale. Even when the bats had very different ideas about delaying the build and learned some valuable lessons along the way. Today we can share those lessons learnt with our clients.
You can read more about the project here.
O2i Design Holiday Closure is nearly upon us. All of us at O2i Design would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
We wanted to say “thank you” to our amazing customers. We have worked on some fabulous projects that we have worked on this year. Designing a new home or getting involved with a building project can be an emotional journey. We have been privileged to share this journey with some wonderful organisations, companies, individuals and their families.
In 2017, we designed, gained statutory approvals, oversaw and project managed works on a great many building projects, conversions, extensions, renovations and new buildings across the West Country. Amongst the many projects were 2 public houses, a chapel and a cluster of retirement homes! Our clients have been individuals, families, commercial clients, community projects and local councils (including Glastonbury, Street and Langport). We continue to love what we do at the heart of Langport and thank all our customers for making it possible. Thank you.
We have closed our offices from 22 December until 8th January – We look forward to working with you in 2018!
https://www.o2idesign.com/projects/somerset-film/O2i Design Ltd represent the South West in the National LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017. The National finals of LABC – Local Authority Building Control awards took place in London on Friday 11th November 2017.
The awards recognise fantastically made buildings from a technical and construction point of view. The Awards look at the technical challenges that the construction and design teams face and the awards celebrate effective collaborative working to overcome the issues.
The O2i Design team were unable to attend but very proud that this exciting project represented the South West. It was a fantastic accolade to be the South West Regional Winner for the Best Public Service Building. You can read more about this interesting project here
The commercial refurbishment of offices for the Bath & West Showground, near Shepton Mallet, is highlighted in the press today. The Bath & West Society has revealed their plans to develop a new rural enterprise centre and you can read all about it here.
Available from early 2018, the Bath & West Rural Enterprise Centre will provide a conference and seminar area for up to 80 people, modern industrial test kitchen, a number of meeting rooms and business office space for agri food or rurally focused companies. The Centre will be an important facility in encouraging the growth of agricultural businesses and food and drink companies.
The Telegraph Magazine has featured one of our more recent projects in their magazine. We could not feel prouder. It is so very gratifying to see this owner’s wonderful family story told in a beautiful space, with so many fine pieces around them. We are extremely happy that this refurbishment project and extension of a family home has had the exposure it deserves. (17 June 2017 Issue)