17 Oct 2017

‘The ultimate marine residence’

‘The ultimate marine residence’

ECA have been very excited to be involved in a local project within a stunning location on the edge of Poole harbour. Our client has described our designs as creating the ‘ultimate marine residence’ ! We have been very inspired by the use of a varying palette of materials including copper cladding timber louvres that […]

17 Oct 2017

Planning for the right homes in the right places

Autumn 2017: We have provided feedback to the RTPI on their response to the Government’s current consultation on a reform to the planning system. The latest reform seeks to increase the supply of new homes by assisting local authorities in managing growth. Here at ECA we are particularly interested in how neighbourhood planning groups can […]

9 Aug 2017

Permission in Principle

Permission in Principle

ECA planners have been very interested to read the latest guidance on Brownfield Land Registers (BLR) and Permission in Principle (PiP) and hear about the pilot Councils who have published their Brownfield Land Register. Particularly as Wigan is one of the Councils and their BLR includes a site we have been working on at ECA. […]

15 Jun 2017

Raising the roof on creative thinking

Raising the roof on creative thinking

ECA have been commissioned to design a new classroom building within a sensitive historic context for a local independent school. The site is located adjacent to the walled gardens of a Grade II* listed house, now the main school building, built in the 1600s. The courtyard space is currently occupied by several temporary prefabricated classrooms which […]

19 May 2017

ECA joins Borough of Poole in celebrating our Maritime History

ECA joins Borough of Poole in celebrating our Maritime History

ECA are excited to be part of the Poole Maritime Festival taking place in various locations including Poole Quay and Baiter Park this weekend Fri 19th May – Sun 21st May. The Poole Maritime Festival website tells us that ‘Poole’s fishing and merchant trade heritage has played a key role in developing Poole into a thriving coastal town and port […]

9 May 2017

Arts and Crafts extension approved

Arts and Crafts extension approved

ECA have recently designed and gained planning permission to update and improve a large detached family home built in an Arts and Crafts style within the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire. The house had previously been extended in a piecemeal fashion, including a large conservatory, which lacked coherence and unity. ECA have worked to create a modern, open-plan and flexible […]

3 May 2017

“An exceptional architectural building”

“An exceptional architectural building”

ECA architects and planners are excited to be involved in proposals for a low impact dwelling in the Surrey countryside. The scheme gained pre-application support from Waverley Borough Council who praised the design as an “exceptional architectural building”. The site is in an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV), within the setting of the Surrey Hills […]

29 Mar 2017

Planning and Listed Building consent approved

Planning and Listed Building consent approved

ECA architects and planners have recently succeeded in gaining planning and listed building consent for a project in the heart of Winchester. Regency House is Grade II listed building located on the western side of Southgate Street. ECA analysed and assessed the significance of the listed building and planning history of the site in order […]

7 Mar 2017

Review of CIL

Review of CIL

At a recent RTPI seminar focussing on large scale developments, S106 obligations and CIL, the recent review of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was discussed and the recommendations put forward by the CIL review panel were presented. The principle behind CIL is simple; it seeks to capture the value uplift gained from a planning permission, […]

27 Jan 2017

Conversion of Grade II listed building in Winchester

Conversion of Grade II listed building in Winchester

ECA architects and planners are currently working on a project to convert a Grade II listed building in the historic core of Winchester from offices to residential flats. ECA planners have prepared a heritage impact assessment which assesses the significance of the building and immediate locality as required by para. 128 of the NPPF. In […]