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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

20 Jan 2017

Conference video of Yarrells School

Conference video of Yarrells School

Inspire accountants recently held an entrepreneurs conference at the BIC international. A few videos were made about select local firms and their projects. We were very pleased to be showcased to 200 guests at the event. The video was shot at Yarrells School Greenwood building. This is a newly completed project where we (ECA) designed, […]

16 Dec 2016

Fernheath Community Sports Association – new pavilion

Fernheath Community Sports Association – new pavilion

ECA Architects have designed a new replacement pavilion building for Fernheath playing fields. The proposed new purpose built, sustainable facility will replace the existing building and provide: – new changing facilities – cafe / meeting space – storage The proposals will provide increased parking and cycle parking at the site, and improve play and seating facilities […]

18 Oct 2016

CIL introduced in Christchurch and East Dorset

CIL introduced in Christchurch and East Dorset

Christchurch and East Dorset councils recently adopted their CIL charging schedule with charging expected to commence on 03 January 2017. This means that CIL will be applied to any planning applications approved on or after that date, including any applications in the system at the time. The charges to be applied across both Councils are: Residential (10 […]

16 Sep 2016

Planning committee success

Planning committee success

ECA planners represented clients at the Christchurch Borough Council planning committee yesterday evening and were successful with an outcome of refusal. The scheme involved an extension to the local ‘Noisy Lobster’ restaurant at Avon Beach which would result in an additional 46 covers – a 27% increase. It followed a previously withdrawn scheme that was […]

30 Aug 2016

New Forest: Appeal dismissed for 2 houses deemed more harmful than an equestrian centre.

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This week (30th August 2016) we read with interest an appeal decision where an Inspector, refused permission at appeal for two new houses which he considered would be more harmful to the environment than an existing D2 Use, namely an Equestrian Centre.   The appeal was in the New Forest National Park where housing is […]