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Architectural Salvage

Salvage and Reclamation Yards

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  …

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Planning delays

Planning delays

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.

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Retirement Home

Flexible living accommodation

A retirement home offering flexible living accommodation for the over 55s is on its way to the South West.  Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) have approved a planning application for 11 flats in Timsbury.  With a maturing population, older people are now key players in the housing market. A new type of housing stock needs to meet this growing requirement.  These self-contained flats and maisonettes hope to satisfy that demand.

More recently, developments in age-friendly housing designs and new features are making a considerable difference. This site, located just outside Bath will provide some much needed flexible accommodation.  Most importantly, these units are thoughtfully designed to deliver suitable housing for the more active elderly. The self-contained, 2-bedroom apartments and maisonettes offer flexible accommodation with shared amenities, including a gym, swimming pool, therapy and treatment rooms, shared gardens, allotments and much more.

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Langport Questionnaire

Langport Questionnaire

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.  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.

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Architecture Student

Architecture Student 2018

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.

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Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine – February 2018 issue

A sustainable listed barn conversion on the Somerset Levels by the creative O2i Design Ltd - dining room

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.

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.

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O2i Design Holiday Closure

O2i Design Holiday Closure

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!

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National LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017.

National LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017.

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

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Commercial Refurbishment

Commercial Refurbishment

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.

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The Telegraph Magazine

The Telegraph Magazine

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)

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