Plaice are pleased to have received Planning permission for the restoration and conversion of a dilapidated agricultural barn in Blythburgh, Suffolk. The barn is located in the curtilage of a Grade II listed building and the site is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Working alongside consultants Evolution Town Planning consent was secured to transform the barn into a three bedroom property with open plan kitchen, living and dining rooms and first floor mezzanine.

AuthorGlen Read

Plaice Design are pleased to announce that Planning Approval has been granted for construction of three new buildings to replace and supplement facilities / services on offer at the Erasmus Foundation in Laxfield, Suffolk, a Spiritual Teaching and Healing Centre run under charity status.

The principle new building will house a large Meeting Room, Lobby / Display Foyer, Restaurant, Catering Kitchen, Toilets and first floor archive storage facilities. Two further independent buildings are also planned, the first a Library / Reading Room with small Kitchen and the second a Cart Lodge / Hayloft to provide machinery storage and for storage of animal feed.

The project was procured through our association / involvement with Community Action Suffolk who run a Pro Help initiative, assisting voluntary and charitable organisations in finding professional services in Suffolk. We have worked closely with the foundations building committee to develop the brief and designs through RIBA Work Stages 1,2 & 3. Our clients are currently seeking different funding streams to make the project a reality in 2018.

The site has been master-planned by the current guardians. Recent developments have seen the construction of a new Healing Clinic, the construction of The Peace Gardens within the walls of the Foundation and a Herb Garden. The land also acts as an Animal Sanctuary. The Centre is an outward looking organisation and encourages visitors to enjoy the gardens and wildlife through a series of open day events. This site lies in a rural environment at the edge of Laxfield’s physical boundary, its landscape characterised by agricultural Farm Land and open fields. 

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AuthorNick Loomes

Plaice are very pleased to announce that Full Planning Approval has been granted to refurbish and extend this former guest house. The Guest House is located along Felixstowe’s active seafront at the junction of Sea Road and Undercliff Road West, and enjoys close proximity to the towns Leisure Centre and new Pier.

The property is currently used as rented bedsits for local workers, and also contains an independent ground floor flat associated with a self-contained restaurant business run by the Guest House proprietor.

This contemporary scheme will convert the existing late Victorian Guest House into 6 self-contained flats within a courtyard style development.

Three of the flats will be created through the construction of a new extension at the rear of the building. The other three flats will be formed by the conversion and extension of the existing Guest House. In total, we aim to create 5 x 2 bed flats and 1 x 1 bed flat, all accessed by central staircase and access lift

The scheme received positive comments from Felixstowe Town Council with the committee recognising the “good quality of design and materials which supported the juxtaposition of the modern addition to the historical existing building within the conservation area”

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Plaice are pleased to announce that Planning approval has at long last been granted for a contemporary two storey extension to an existing property in Ufford, Suffolk.

The scheme was originally turned down at committee against officer recommendation, but consent was secured through the planning appeal process.

The new addition (although fairly modest in size) will transform the internal layout of the property, breathing new life back into this previous art gallery and will make for a very unique and interesting family home, with a dramatic double height galleried landing.

All being well work should begin on site early next year.

AuthorChris Game