Converting offices and retail space into new homes without planning permission
In August 2021 the Government introduced a new class of permitted developments rights that enable offices and retail space to be converted into new homes without the need for planning permission.
The COVID pandemic has changed our lives forever, including the way we work. With flexible and remote working now the norm, a lot of office buildings are redundant. COVID has also accelerated the acceptance of online shopping and the demise of the traditional high street, again leaving retail premises sitting vacant. Given the current housing shortage, what better way than to use excess office and retail space than for housing?
The long overdue Topping Out ceremony for the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) has eventually taken place. The ceremony, which had to be postponed several times due to COVID, was presided over by John Collier, Director of the Central Laser Facility (CLF) who applauded the world leading project as “perhaps one of the most interesting at Harwell today”.
Glanville is providing structural & civil engineering design services, working alongside Mace for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to deliver EPAC which is a brand new purpose-designed research facility at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire that will house a unique, state-of-the-art high power laser system. [+]
Speculative development opportunities in South Oxfordshire
A recent planning decision has opened up a flurry of opportunities for speculative development in South Oxfordshire.
At the beginning of July, an independent Planning Inspector ruled that SODC is failing to maintain its housing land supply. The ruling related to an application to build a retirement village in Sonning Common but has implications for the entire South Oxfordshire district. The Inspector concluded that the Council has a housing land supply equivalent to 4.21 years, which SODC continues to dispute.
Team Glanville is a phrase we use a lot. It’s about the bond that we have, the support we give each other, and the values we share. It’s an important part of our team culture, and a phrase that perfectly sums up Office Manager, Karen Josey, who we bade a fond farewell to last month as she heads-off to a retirement in the sunshine.
At Glanville we are very proud of the fact that so many of our team stay with us for such long periods of time.
We value the knowledge and experience that these ‘stalwarts of the industry’ bring, and the wisdom they happily share with those at an earlier stage of their careers, particularly trainees and graduates.
Last month, we bade farewell to one of these great assets to Team Glanville.
Utilising the latest in airborne imagery technology
Utilising the latest in airborne imagery platforms and processing techniques, the Geomatics team at Glanville continue to help clients manage and market their assets through the provision of oblique, panoramic and ortho imagery.
The sight of cranes towering above the city skyline is commonplace and are a positive sign of a buoyant economy. For property developers, the benefits of building up, rather than out are well-known. By purchasing comparatively small areas of land, developers can maximise the value in the footprint of their properties by building to a great height.
However, this form of development creates its own set of challenges. New construction techniques are required to meet the demands of the UK’s ever heightening skyline and there are complex legal challenges around building in such confined, built-up spaces.
For the last 12 years, Glanville has been advising on the highway access strategy to help facilitate the development of land to the southeast of Milton Interchange, off the A34 in Oxfordshire.
In 2010 we acted for a group of landowners who sought to secure consent for a range of land uses compatible with ‘trunk road services’. As part of this work, we helped to secure consent for a new signal controlled junction onto the A4130 to serve the land in question, along with a new loop road that links the junction to the existing BP forecourt.
Glanville prepared the Transport Assessment, Flood Risk Assessments and Surface Water Drainage Strategies to accompany the subsequent planning applications for a hotel, pubs/restaurants, fast-food takeaways and commercial floor space for offices and general industrial purposes. [+]
Inspecting ceilings of ODEON cinemas
For almost 20 years, Glanville has been providing the ODEON with engineering services to assist them with their compliance of the Cinematograph (Safety) Regulations 1955 and subsequent health and safety legislation and regulation by inspecting and certifying the condition of their cinema ceilings and working alongside the ODEON in their repair.
Our Chartered Engineers and Surveyors carry out routine inspections of all of the ODEON cinemas across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, on a predominantly annual basis, from the flagship cinema in London’s Leicester Square to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin and over 100 smaller towns and cities in between. [+]
Residential development at Sunningdale Park, Ascot
Sunningdale Park is a residential development based around a unique collection of restored listed buildings set in a stunning country park in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
The Berkeley Homes development of 168 new houses and apartments, including 38 affordable properties, is set in a 79-acre historic county estate with public open spaces and access to a previously private Park and Garden.
Our Civil Engineering and Transport teams undertook the preliminary design work for the planning application producing reports, including a Transport Assessment, Flood Risk Assessment (including sustainable drainage), a Travel Plan and Utilities Statement. [+]
1,200 new homes for Cambridgeshire
Contracts have completed for Bellway and Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, to acquire a parcel of land on which it will build 1,200 homes as part of a joint venture in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire.
Glanville have been working with Bellway and Clarion to provide structural engineering design and consultancy throughout the due diligence period up to the purchase of the site.
Every year Glanville employees take part in a survey to gather their thoughts and experiences on what it’s like to be part of Team Glanville. The annual Employee Voice survey is completed in confidence and allows the staff to express their very honest views on a various areas like rewards, the office, communication, strategy, appraisals and careers.
Traffic calming and pedestrian improvements to Goring-on-Thames High Street
Creating safer high streets for pedestrians and mobility impaired people is a key way to improve footfall to our local shops, restaurants, cafes and other businesses who have been hard hit over the last year.
Many of the UK’s towns and villages have historic centres that have evolved over time and are not ideally suited for the volume of cars and pedestrians that now require access to them.
Finding design solutions to these challenges is a particular area of expertise for our talented Transport & Highways Team.
Building an inclusive culture is the right thing for Glanville (and any business) to do
By John Birch, Director
For around 18 months I have been working closely with one of our long-term clients, MEPC, and other key members of their supply chain as part of an initiative to encourage more women into the construction industry and promote diversity and inclusion more widely. The initiative is the brainchild of MEPC’s Commercial Director, Roz Bird, supported by Julia Muir, CEO of Gaia Innovation and founder of the Automotive 30% Club.
Having recently attended the Automotive 30% Club’s 2021 virtual conference where the theme was ‘Change the Game’, it seemed like a good time to capture some of the lessons and insights I’d gained over the last year and a half.
Glanville has been involved in the Pennyfeathers development on the Isle of Wight since the initial planning application was submitted 10 years ago.
Plans to build up to 904 houses, a school, community centre, commercial buildings and a sports building on the edge of Ryde were approved in September 2017 but construction has not yet commenced. An application for reserved matters for Phase 1 of the development was made in August 2020 and, once approved, building works can begin within 2 years of that permission.
Glanville played a key role in providing evidence that the whole development is deliverable in terms of highways. Unlocking the traffic issues was a crucial factor for developing the site in a conventional way. Glanville’s Transport & Highways team came up with a viable solution that solves the issue of traffic congestion in the area by designing a road layout that incorporates both the strategic through routes and the local roads in the development itself. [+]
Topping Out at IDRM, Oxford
The sun shone for the Topping Out Ceremony on Tuesday 15 December 2020 at the Institute of Development & Regenerative Medicine (IDRM) building in Oxford.
IDRM will be a specialist, world-leading, medical research facility which includes laboratory and write-up spaces for each of the three research themes, cardiology, neurology and immunology, with shared meeting/seminar rooms and specialist, ancillary labs for the purpose of life sciences research. The project will bring together more than 200 world-leading scientists to tackle serious heart problems.
The project is a partnership between University of Oxford, the British Heart Foundation and a philanthropist uniting 220 leading researchers from Oxford and across the globe.
Silverstone Park Phase 3 gets reserved matters approval
Now that reserved matters approval for Phase 3 of MEPC’s development at Silverstone Park has been granted, we reflect on our input into this major new technology park.
Silverstone Park is situated in Northamptonshire, at the heart of the Silverstone Technology Cluster, and provides a global destination for innovation, business development and high-tech engineering. Owners MEPC are developing the site into a technology park with approximately 2.1 million sq. ft. of primarily light industrial floorspace for engineering and technology companies.
Team Glanville profile: Marta Delgado, Civil Engineer
Meet Marta, a Civil Engineer with our Transport & Highways Team based at our Didcot office in Oxfordshire. We asked Marta to tell us about her career path so far and what she finds most interesting (and challenging!) about her job.