Mixed Success in Andover

Planning permission and Listed Building consent have now been received for a challenging development in Andover.

Two existing connected Grade II listed buildings on East Street, with various more recent extensions as well as parking at the rear, are currently used as offices.

The owners approached us for our assistance earlier this year, having twice failed to gain Planning permission for conversion to Residential dwellings. We carried out a new survey, picking up various unrecorded features, and prepared a more relevant Heritage Statement. Armed with these, we were able to produce a more appropriate layout for Residential conversion, ready to discuss with the Planners.

However as is often the case, the brief was about to change!

On the basis of some new sketch layouts we prepared for the owners, the Chiros Clinic made an offer for the building our client couldn’t refuse, and appointed Studio Four to obtain Change of Use permission for a Chiropractic Clinic in part of the buildings, and for Residential conversion of the remainder.

Despite some last-minute neighbour issues with a brick boundary wall, we were very pleased to receive consent earlier this month for the proposals, and our new client now has permission to use part of the building as a Clinic, and to convert the remainder into three new dwellings.

Our Conservation specialists are now looking for their next challenge!

Portland Street, Southampton

After obtaining planning and Listed Building consent – and a lengthy enabling works package – work is finally underway to convert a former bank into student flats in the centre of Southampton.

The upper floors will provide 15 self-contained studio flats, whilst the ground floor will accommodate a new flagship coffee shop. Construction work was complicated by the need to remove, out-of-hours, a 1-tonne locked safe through a first-floor window!

Developments on site

our barn conversion project in Sherfield English is taking shape as the building becomes weather-tight this week

we were also excited to see the installation of our wine cellar in a private house in Wellow

new build house

Our Romsey office have just submitted a re-design of a new build house in Braishfield, within the existing grounds of the client’s existing house. To the North of the site are large mature oak trees and within close proximity to the site are a protected species. The application was submitted with supporting report from an ecologist and arboriculturalist. The proposal although 2 storeys, matches the ridge lines of adjacent bungalows utilising ground level differences. A mixture of traditional and contemporary materials are used and the Western Elevation is heavily glazed to maximise views across the fields.

Annexe in the South Downs

We have just submitted an application for a large annexe to an existing house on the South Downs National Park, part of the proposal reflects the current buildings on site, with a contemporary structure adjoined with views across the countryside.

Barn conversions

Phase 2 of our farmyard conversion is progressing quickly, having already completed the conversion of the adjacent buildings to form a 2 bed holiday cottage, this phase will provide a 3 bedroom unit and will complete in Spring 2018

Developments on site

Our large private house extension in Wellow is progressing with the internal spaces starting to take shape

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Latest Operating Theatres in Southampton completed

Theatres 8 & 9 at Southampton General Hospital were officially opened by Joann Hall, (Theatres Services Care Group Manager) on 12th October.











The two theatre suites were handed over to Brymor Construction on 14th July and the area was completely stripped out, including remodelling to include some redundant areas into the scheme. One of the theatres has been equipped with the latest endoscopic AV equipment, and the other designed to take a mobile radiation treatment machine. Both have been brought in to the 21st century in their finishes and services. The work was phased, which included updating the air handling equipment in the plant room earlier in the year, ready to swap over in the quieter summer period for the theatres to be able to close.









Taking the design from feasibility to completion, including user briefing, we designed the project in 3D with an information-rich model, aiding in co-ordination and scheduling. The design had to allow for the work to be carried out in the live theatre department.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

We were pleased to host coffee mornings at our three offices on 29 September as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.












As well as raising £217.55, it was a great opportunity to meet all our neighbours and we’d like to thank them and all our staff for contributing to this worthy cause.

Find out more about the Macmillan Coffee Morning here.

Penlee lifeboat station receives Planning permission and public acclaim

Our proposals for Penlee lifeboat station, which featured in the BBC’s Saving Lives At Sea series this week, have now received Planning permission, and were well-received at a public exhibition yesterday evening at the Newlyn “Boathouse”.










More information on the exhibition and public’s reaction are available here and here.

Technical drawings for the new replacement station are underway, using Revit software.

Cornerstone Church

The mayor of Bournemouth officially opened our latest church building project at Cornerstone Church. The scheme provides a new entrance foyer and meeting rooms and replaces a tired and dated lobby. A certain director also crashed the worship band and joined in for the thanksgiving service!

Recent Planning successes

We are pleased to have obtained planning permission for a 4-bed contemporary new-build house near Winchester.

Technical design has begun and works will start on site by the end of the year.


















Permission has also been received for a large reconfiguration, first floor addition and extension to an existing bungalow near Newbury.
























Gambledown Farm

Phase 1 of our holiday cottage conversion in Sherfield English was handed over to the clients today.


































The project involved the conversion of 2 barns on an existing farm site to form a 2-bedroom holiday cottage with large open plan living / kitchen / dining area.


































Phase 2 begins on the 1st September and involves the conversion of an existing brick building to form a 3- bed cottage with a large open plan, double-height living space located centrally within the building, as well as landscaping and external works for all buildings

And Operational at Selsey!

The RNLI’s new Selsey lifeboat station is now operational.













It replaces the offshore station that was carefully demolished following completion of the new on-shore facility.













The new building is another station based on the ‘Catalogue’ range designed with Revit software by Studio Four in partnership with the RNLI.













It contains a number of renewable energy features, in common with other stations, including PV panels and a ground source heat pump.

More information about this station can be found here.


Operational at Llandudno

The new lifeboat station on the North Shore at Llandudno in North Wales is now complete and handed over to the RNLI and their volunteer crew.


Following a protracted effort to secure Planning Permission on this “iconic” site, the building represents the culmination of extensive discussions with the Local Authority and the Design Commission for Wales, of which accurate photomontages were an essential part.
























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Clad with local limestone, Siberian larch and copper, the bold design sits proudly on the storm beach to the east of Llandudno’s Victorian promenade and between the limestone headlands of the Great and Little Orme which shelter the bay.













The scheme is based on one of the new ‘Catalogue’ lifeboat stations designed with Revit software by Studio Four in partnership with the RNLI.

























More information about this lifeboat station can be found here.

Photomontages by Studio Four / Olive Creative. Photos courtesy RNLI.


Penlee Planning

On behalf of the RNLI we have recently submitted a Planning Application to Cornwall Council for a new building to replace the existing Penlee lifeboat station. This application marks the next stage of the RNLI’s upgrade to provide modern crew facilities in Newlyn Harbour, including a larger Crew/ Operational Room, Training Room, Changing Room and Workshop. The new station will also house a Visitor Engagement area allowing the RNLI to convey the sea safety message to locals and visitors alike and be constructed to allow greater community use of its facilities.

The contemporary two-storey building is to be located on the same site as the existing station which will operate from temporary facilities during construction. With features in line with current RNLI operational standards and highly energy efficient, it will be timber clad with a monopitch roof and large timber windows enabling the RNLI to survey Newlyn Harbour and south and east into Mounts Bay and beyond.

Park Prewett News

The Rooksdown GP Surgery at Park Prewett, Basingstoke is now complete. Whilst the building was completed and handed over in May, works continued demolishing the portacabins which housed the old GP practice in order that car park works could be completed for the new surgery.

The new centre has become home to four doctors and a community health facility, supported by a new commercial pharmacy. The part single/part two story building, with contemporary shape and matching colour finishes reflect the more civic/contemporary status that the site and surrounding housing development required.  


Wide Lane Sports Enclosure

The Wide Lane Sports Enclosure in Eastleigh, for the University of Southampton is complete. The new timber structure and roof now disguise what were a pair of dilapidated portacabins and boiler house used as a storage facility. The new structure houses a series of new WC’s/changing facilities whilst also providing shelter and an area of seating for those watching sports on the adjacent playing fields.



Thruxton Karting Day a winner

We hosted our annual fast and furious karting event at the Thruxton circuit on 20th July.












12 teams of  guests and staff enjoyed a 2-hour Le Mans-style endurance race around this testing outdoor track, with some close racing and ever-improving lap times!













As well as the excitement on track, we were very pleased to raise £290 for Naomi House, our chosen charity for the event, so we’d like to thank all who attended for a thrilling race and their generous support.













Celebrating our birthday by the river

We had a glorious day at the Leckford Estate on the River Test to celebrate our 25th anniversary.













Studio Four staff and 70 guests spent the day trying their hand at fly fishing and touring the wonderful water gardens at Longstock.













Longstock Park and Testside lakes created a perfect venue for first-timers to try casting flies, under the expert tuition of deputy head keeper Andy Bryan and his team from the Estate.













Lunch al fresco on a sunny day, with a delicious hog roast by Fat Hog and Big Pan Catering, was topped by Nick Lockyer and George Rankin cutting our “25” birthday cake. With traditional scale rules of course!














We were fortunate to have exclusive access to the water gardens all day and enjoyed the magnificent display of lilies and aquatic plants, all beautifully tended.













The Estate promised they would try to ensure everyone caught a fish to take home, and they very nearly succeeded!


Here’s Charlotte Malone from DBK having some luck in the morning..






















and James Pinchon from Stephen Penfold Associates with his afternoon catch!
























Ian Dunkley from ITD (assisted by our Emma McMullan) won a bottle of bubbly for best fish caught in the morning, and Mark Maffey from Studio Mode in the afternoon when he landed the biggest trout of the day.













To end a perfect day, all fish caught could be taken home, so most attendees had fresh fish for supper!

We’d like to thank our client Waitrose for allowing us to spend the day at this wonderful spot in the heart of the Test Valley.













Thelma Cumberland promoted to Associate

We are pleased to announce that Thelma Cumberland, our Practice Manager based in the Romsey office, has been promoted to Associate as of the 1st July.

Thelma joined Studio Four shortly after it was founded, in 1995, and as such has been a key member of staff during the adaptations of the practice over the years.

Recently she has been adjusting her role to look after the company at a more strategic level and her promotion reflects the role she is now undertaking.

Top of the range kitchen

Our kitchen and family dining area extension for a private client is now completed, with kitchen fittings by Darren Jenner.

Developments On Site

Our large extension to a house in West Wellow is taking shape with a prefabricated timber frame structure now installed on site. The swimming pool hall has had its roof rafters installed ready for roof coverings this week.


Just around the corner our Romsey office are also seeing a barn conversion to holiday cottages through on site and glazing is being installed this week


Modern Barn Conversion

Our Romsey office have submitted a planning application to convert a modern farm structure into a contemporary holiday cottage for a repeat client. The building is situated in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, North of Andover and will provide a 2 bed holiday let for our client. The proposal seeks to maintain the industrial and lightweight feel with the use of zinc and corten steel cladding with glazing that maximises the view across the valley.

The application was submitted with the assistance of planning consultants; Kernon Countryside, and local Structural Engineers; Andrew Waring Associates. A planning decision is expected at the end of July.

For more information click here

Bitterne Parish Church

Studio Four’s design for Bitterne Parish Church were unveiled at a public exhibition over the weekend:

For more info click here: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15339763.Multi_million_pound_plans_to_redevelop_church/


West Country Sites

Following success in the Test Valley, we are pleased to have been asked to review the development potential of Previously Developed Land sites across Somerset for Tony Langridge Consulting, on behalf of Aster Group.

Contemporary barn conversion

Our Romsey office have just submitted a Class Q planning permission to convert an existing agricultural barn into a contemporary dwelling

The proposal provides a modern aesthetic that reflects the existing materials on site. The view from a quiet but public track will be similar to what currently exists. Whilst the private side of the house will be heavily glazed and provide a modern open plan living space that connects to the open landscape. 

A guest bedroom is provided downstairs and 4 bedrooms on the first floor. 

Although open plan in nature the separate living spaces on the ground floor have their own individual characteristics so to define the space and enclose the living room and kitchen into more intimate spaces.

The application was submitted via the assistance of Advoco Planning and local Structural Engineers, Andrew Waring Associates.


Contemporary dwelling in Winchester

Our Romsey office have submitted plans for a contemporary dwelling on the outskirts of Winchester. The proposal involves removal of a low quality bungalow and construction of a 2 storey contemporary dwelling that provides a young family with a modern open plan building to reflect their living aspirations. Windows are carefully placed to maximise views and natural light whilst maintaining privacy.

Contemporary dwelling renovation

Our Romsey office have just submitted a planning application for a private dwelling in West Berkshire. The existing bungalow on this large site will be extensively modified to provide a first floor and a new large rear extension. The property sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and looks to create a high quality contemporary aesthetic for the clients. The application was submitted in collaboration with Jackson Planning Consultants.

Timsbury Extension

Our Romsey office have just submitted a planning application for a side and rear extension to an existing dwelling in Timsbury, complete with a new oak porch to the front door and an internal reconfiguration of the existing house.

Steve Robinson promoted to Director

We are very pleased to announce that from 1st June Steve Robinson, who has worked in our Winchester Office for 15 years, is now an Associate Director of the practice. 

Steve joined Studio Four in June 2002 as a Part II Graduate from Brighton University and went on to qualify as an Architect, gaining his Part III and full RIBA title in 2004. He was promoted to Associate in 2015 and today joins the other directors in managing the running of the practice.

He has worked on a wide variety of projects covering many sectors during his time with the practice, from Primary Healthcare work on GP Surgeries at Whiteley and Bognor Regis, to University and Leisure projects both locally and as far afield as Lancashire.

Since 2006 Steve has been responsible for building a very close relationship between the practice and the RNLI, having successfully completed new lifeboat stations at Hayling Island, Cowes and Selsey, and with Llandudno imminent. He is now working on many of the RNLI’s other key projects, including Margate, Penlee and various others around the British coastline. His expertise in putting together successful designs and Planning applications for sites in remote marine locations and coastal towns is now second to none!

He is an avid promoter of Revit and BIM, working with the RNLI to develop protocols for all their new buildings going forward. He manages the Design Team in most cases, reporting back to the RNLI monthly on progress and budget. This workload obviously also involves a lot of travelling, which Steve undertakes with good grace despite the demands of a young family! And the call of a Saints home game!

We wish him continued success as he takes on this new position and hope all our colleagues will join us in congratulating him on a very successful career.

Another Permission for Previously Developed Land

Planning permission has been received at Committee for three dwellings on Previously Developed Land in the village of Kings Somborne. This is the second successful application of a number of similar schemes being submitted for various other PDL sites across the Test Valley area with Tony Langridge Consulting, on behalf of Aster Group

Steel Framing

Our large house extension in Wellow, Hampshire is progressing well on site this week with installation of half of the ground floor planks and assembly of the steel frame which forms the swimming pool hall and contains an indoor pool, spa, sauna and bar area.

The prefabricated  timber frame element has also started on site and will take about 2-3 weeks to assemble.

Our Romsey office have also just been commissioned to design a large garage for the clients car collection which will be partially submerged into the ground

for more information on this project click here

Lauren Honey receives her MSc in Historic Building Conservation

Congratulations to Lauren on receiving confirmation of her MSc in Historic Building Conservation from the University of York!

She is currently working on historic building Heritage Statements for the Leckford Estate and other listed buildings across the southern region.

Farm Development Progress

Our conversion of 3 existing barns into 2 holiday cottages has now been on site for a month and things are progressing well with the majority of the underpinning now complete and 1 of the new floor slabs installed. The existing roofs are being stripped with a watching eye from our ecologist as the barns have been hosting a number of bats over the years. for more information on this project click here

Winchester extensions

Our 2 contemporary extensions in Winchester are now complete on site. for more information click here

Selsey Lifeboat Station nears completion

The new RNLI lifeboat station at Selsey is nearing completion, with final touches now being applied. 


The station includes a circular window depicting the original offshore station, to be demolished on completion of the new. For more information click here.

Watch the last launch of the lifeboat from the old station, together with pictures of the new replacement, here, here and here

London Clinic works complete

The alterations to main reception, new staff entrance and alterations to administration areas have now been completed at The London Clinic in Westminster.

More work at Frimley Park Hospital

We are very pleased to have been appointed by the Frimley Health Foundation Trust to act as Principal Designer on a range of projects to be carried out at the busy Frimley Park campus over the next few years.

We are already in the process of arranging tenders for the Phase 2 and 3 refurbishment works to Ward F9 as the Trust’s Architects and Principal Designer, working alongside Aecom as QS and Gurney as Structural Engineers.

Paul Veysey promoted to Associate

We are very pleased to announce that at the beginning of January Paul Veysey, who has now worked in our Romsey Office for 10 years was made an Associate of the practice.

Paul joined Studio Four in June 2006 as a Part II Graduate from Portsmouth University and went on to qualify as an Architect, gaining his Master’s Degree and full RIBA title in 2011.

Paul has worked on a wide variety of projects covering many sectors during his time with the practice from NHS work on the mainland and Isle of Wight to residential and commercial projects as far afield as Oxfordshire. Paul is very experienced in dealing with awkward planning applications including listed buildings and buildings within conservation areas.

Of recent Paul was the project Architect for the Smile Centre in Waterlooville and is currently carrying out the same role at the Rooksdown GP Surgery, Park Prewett, Basingstoke

We wish him continued success as he takes on this new position.

Progress at Llandudno

Work is well under way on the new lifeboat station at Llandudno for the RNLI. The copper roof is progressing and the external local stone cladding is virtually complete.

Steve Robinson took these photos on site last week.

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More information on this project can be found here

Consents at University of Winchester

Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent have been received for external works in a rundown area of existing car park at the West Downs Student Village of the University of Winchester, to create additional cycle and bin storage, and a defined area for takeaway pizza and online shopping deliveries!


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Our large domestic project in Wellow has started on site. This contemporary project will provide the client and his family with a swimming pool, gym, music room and cinema room.

for more information click here

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Farm project planning success

Our Specialist Projects division have successfully obtained planning permission for the conversion of 3 brick farm buildings into holiday cottages in Sherfield English.

The project will commence on site shortly and this project will be one of a number of developments on the site.

For more information click here

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Another successful framework appointment

We are pleased to have been appointed as architects for the Waitrose Leckford Estate, and are now looking at a number of possible developments and refurbishments at properties and sites within this 4,000 acre estate spanning the River Test, on behalf of the John Lewis Partnership.

Southampton General – Paediatric ED & Children’s Hospital

Studio Four are working with Kier under the Procure 21+ framework, on the Paediatric Emergency Department project at Southampton General Hospital. This project has restarted after an interruption to provide a temporary Ambulance Assessment unit within the same space. The project is to generate a new Paediatric Emergency Department within the existing neighbouring shell building to create a new enlarged service and in doing so, provide much needed expansion space for the Adult Emergency Department. The shell building is also to be the base of the future Southampton Children’s Hospital.

for further information click here

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Barn Projects

Our Specialist Projects Division has been appointed on 2 new projects to provide Architectural services in converting agricultural buildings into dwellings. One is located in Whitchurch and will look to design a new build house on the footprint of the existing building. The other in the South Downs National Park and will look to reutilise an existing structure. Both enjoy stunning views across the countryside.

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Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre new facilities now open

Gold medal Paralympian Andy Lewis officially opened the new sport and leisure facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre yesterday.

The works include a 17-wall adventure climbing experience, children’s softplay area, enlarged gym, café and studios, improved library accessibility and an additional 130 parking spaces.

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The project also included a new canopy to highlight the main entrance.

For more information click here.

Last News of 2016

Time to shut the Studio Four computers down again until the New Year.

As we do so, there are two offices sharing our dedicated Cloud server, and by this time next year we’ll all be sharing the same central IT resources.

Our offices will now be closed until 3rd January 2017.

“2017” – that will be Studio Four’s 25th year. Watch out for news on special celebratory events!

We wish all our clients, colleagues and contacts Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year, from all at Studio Four.

Making Winchester University more accessible

To enhance the accessibility of the University of Winchester campus, a new bridge has been introduced from Burma Road to the top floor of the Design & Technology Building.










An original metal fire escape ramp has been replaced with a new gently inclined bridge, designed to match our previous link bridge to the Kenneth Kettle Building.