Rogue’s Gallery

creative pointing over a crack
another space saving idea....!!
another space saving idea….!!
nice bit of pointing….?
one way of saving space !

Thought I’d put a few interesting (!?) photos on the blog of stuff I come across whilst out on site. Enjoy

nice hip tile….?
nice bit of plumbing….?

The Old Vicarage, South Essex

Recently completed project involving repairs, refurbishment and extensions to Grade II Listed Building The Old Vicarage.

Also, outbuildings and stables designed and all now built as shown in the photo.

Main House view

Garden Views and KitchenNew Outbuildings and Stables

The Best Apartment in London….?

Tower Bridge apartment
Tower Bridge Apartment
from the bedroom

View from the master bedroom

View from the roof terrace

Here’s a few pics of a project I was involved in a while back.

The apartment is the first one East of Tower Bridge on the North bank of The Thames.

A privilege just to be there.

My involvement however was not as glamorous….

I was called in to prepare a defect report for the Junckers flooring laid, very badly, in the lounge.

In the end, the whole lot had to come up and be relaid by another firm who knew how to do the job properly.

Still, it was nice just to be there, and I grabbed some photos of the view, not just the faulty floor.

New PD Rules – Driveways / Pavings

Porous or non-porous…..? 

keep clear of the concrete pump next time

Permeable or non-permeable……? 

Tricky subject indeed so how does the Local Authority decide whether it is or isn’t, and of course if it isn’t, then a Planning Application may be required. 

So DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government), the people that wrote the new PD rules, have, just once, published some [useful ?!] guidance to help LPAs with such interpretation questions. 

So here’s one FAQ:-   ”  Query the impact on enforcement in particular the checking of porous / non-porous surfacing     “ 

DCLG response:-  “On permeable paving, we believe it should be relatively straightforward to determine whether something complies, for example, by tipping a bucket of water on to the surface   “

So, the photo shows a ‘man from the ministry’ who’s job is to check such things. 

Unfortunately, after he had determined that the beautiful brick paved driveway was not porous and therefore all of it needed to come up, he was quite close to the cementitious grout pump the [very upset] builders were using at the time ! 

The relevance of the apple on his head was not reported……Answers on a postcard please. (or, more probably these days a blog comment)

Housing Development in Billericay

Some Google Street View images of a group of houses I designed in Billericay a few years back.

The development is in a prominent position on a roundabout and is in effect a ‘gateway’ development.

The concept behind the design solution was for the three storey gambrel roofed dwelling nearest the roundabout to appear to be the original farmhouse with more modern, differently styled ‘enabling’ development in it’s garden.

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