Planning submitted for new house in the South Downs

Planning has been submitted for a new contemporary dwelling with spectacular views to the surrounding landscape of the South Down National Park.

The dwelling is based upon a farmstead vernacular and is broken down into a collection of single and two storey pitched roof forms, linked by a single storey ‘planted’ flat roof element.

Planning approval in Hindhead

New planning approval for a single storey, 2 bedroom home on a challenging site in Hindhead, Surrey.

The site came with two previous planning appeal refusals before Re-Format became involved. Planning permission was gained by adopting a unique contextual response based around the large existing trees on site.

Chanida passes Part 3

Congratulations to Chanida Barrett for passing her part 3 exams to qualify as an architect.

Chanida has worked tirelessly towards her final qualifications and has grown immensely in confidence and experience during the long process towards becoming an architect.

Well done Chanida!

Prince Philip Park, Bordon

Planning has been submitted for a 56 dwelling McCarthy Stone retirement living scheme along with 10 affordable apartments as part of the Prince Phillip Park regeneration project at Whitehill & Bordon. The scheme is being put forward as a Reserved Matters Application under the hybrid approval and design code. In accordance with the Design Code, the design of the new buildings is intended to be modern, uncluttered, and simple, with a balanced mix of materials and textures and clear lines.

Buckmore Farm North

A Reserved Matters Application has been submitted to the South Downs National Park for 51,000 sq. feet (4730sq. metres) of employment floor space at Buckmore Farm North.

From the outset a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) was central to the overall layout. This was designed to manage the stormwater close to its source, to mimic natural drainage and encourage its infiltration and attenuation.

The team has developed the appearance of the buildings to reference the local rural vernacular whilst introducing contemporary design and materials to provide an simple and restrained response.

Planning permission granted in Haywards Heath

Re-Format is delighted that planning permission has been granted for our 50 apartment Retirement Living development for McCarthy Stone in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. From the outset the design team have developed a scheme that is generated by its unique location and responds to the local urban fabric of mixed use development.

Three contemporary townhouses proposed for Liphook

We have applied for permission to construct three high-quality, sustainable, homes on an unused brownfield site in the town of Liphook, Hampshire. Our design is sensitive to the local context, whilst also being contemporary and distinct.

Rather than repeating the same elevation, we have created a triptych composition, with a variety of appearances, read as an ensemble to add visual interest to the street scene.

Warmest wishes this holiday season!

​We are so grateful for the incredible work and ​dedication ​of our clients, consultants, and contractors throughout ​this past year.

We wish you all a happy and successful 2023 ​and ​look ​forward to continued collaboration ​i​n the year ahead. 

Planning submitted to Isle of Wight Planning Authority

We are very pleased to have submitted plans to the Isle of Wight Planning Authority for the restoration and conversion of the grade II listed East Dene House, Ventnor into a boutique hotel.
In addition to the sensitive conversion of the listed house, the proposals include 16 luxury guest lodges, which are delicately positioned within existing tree clearings throughout the woodland, and a new guest pavilion with communal pool terrace overlooking the Solent.

Work commencing in the New Forest

Work is to commence on our new independence hub for Brockenhurst College in the New Forest.

The building will incorporate a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) “independence hub” and house its existing foundation studies department.

Re-Format are working with project managers Peter Marsh Consulting, contractor Ascia, and structural engineers Paul Basham Associates on this exciting addition for the college.

Lisbon Study Trip 2022

Re-Format enjoyed their time in Lisbon on this year’s study trip. A really beautiful city with so much to see! We visited the Santa Justa Lift, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, EDP Headquarters, Castello de S Jorge, Jose Saramago Museum, and the MAAT Museum. We offset our carbon footprint with a donation to The Woodland Trust.
A big thanks to our guide Nelson.

Planning Permission Granted

We are delighted to have been granted detailed planning permission for a substantial 8,000 sq. ft. replacement dwelling in the South Downs National Park.
Through careful visual impact studies, we were able to demonstrate that an increase of 3 times the size of the original house was contextually appropriate. The house has been laid out as a cluster of forms around a central courtyard, this creates a pleasing architectural composition whilst referencing the precedent of local farmsteads.

New Contemporary Dwelling

Works are nearing completion on site for our contemporary dwelling set in a woodland clearing site within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Planning Approval Granted

We are delighted to have been granted planning permission in April for our masterplan in Tenterden, Kent, following appeal inquiry. The proposals comprise 141 homes together with a new country park, sports pitches and pavilion set in a series of landscaped greenways for our client Wates Developments.

Innovative self-build development

We are delighted to have won outline consent for an innovative self-build development for the Petersfield Community Land Trust, in our home town.

Permission involved extensive and collaborative dialogue with the South Downs National Park, in particular our case officer Rafa Grosso Macpherson to deal with complex ecology, drainage, highways, and landscape issues.

We very much look forward to developing the reserved matters applications to bring forward these new self-build homes to our locality.

Planning Approval Granted

Detailed planning approval granted for Re-Format’s contemporary ‘Retirement Community’ of 36 retirement living appartments for McCarthy Stone. Responding to its ‘transitional zone’ location, the design sensitivity acknowledges the height and density of the adjacent urban fabric.

Civic Trust Award

We’re delighted Guildford Baptist Church has been recognised as 2022 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist, congratulations to the whole team!

The Civic Trust Awards, est. in 1959, celebrate excellent architecture, planning & design. Winners will be announced in January.

Housebuilder Awards 2021

Re-Format are pleased to be finalists in two categories at the Housebuilder Awards 2021 with our Green Haven scheme for McCarthy Stone for best retirement scheme and for our collection of contemporary dwellings at Wingate Meadow Long Sutton for best housing design (below 4 stories). Looking forward to the ceremony on 24th November.

Low energy dwelling

Planning consent has been granted for our adaptable, low energy dwelling in Dockenfield.

The proposed single storey house replaces a collection of outbuildings within the grounds of a large Edwardian home.

Planning was agreed despite the location being outside of settlement an in an area of countryside beyond the Greenbelt.

Planning Granted

Detailed Planning Approval has been granted by the South Downs National Park for 10 new homes in the Meon Valley for Metis Homes. Alongside much-needed housing, including four affordable homes, the plans feature a number of local benefits such as significant landscaping and footpath links.

Country Dwelling

Exciting proposals for a new country dwelling in the heart of the South Downs. The project used rammed chalk to create a series of monolithic forms.

Guildford Baptist Church

Lovely to see the café and terrace at Guildford Baptist Church being enjoyed while the sun’s still out!

New Housing Scheme

Our cluster house scheme in East Hampshire develops the theme of communal farmstead courtyard.

Planning approved for Alitex

Re-Format has won planning in the South Downs National Park for renowned glasshouse maker, Alitex, to expand the campus with a welcome building, exhibition park, and production building enlargements.

Referencing its agricultural surroundings the simple form is communicated through a contemporary interpretation on a traditional ‘cart shed’ entrance.

Haybrook College Planning Submitted

Planning application submitted on behalf of Slough Borough Council for a new Alternative Provision facility for Haybrook College Trust to house a performing arts hall, specialist science and technology suites. The proposed state-of-the-art facility will provide a new ‘gateway’ to the Trust’s Slough site.

Ash Manor School Starts on Site

Our new Performing Arts Centre for Ash Manor School has begun on site this month with Morgan Sindall.

Providing the school and local community with a purpose-built theatre, music, drama and science teaching facilities, the scheme enables the school to expand from 7FE to 8FE.

Planning Granted for Brewery House

We are delighted that planning consent has been granted for the conversion of Brewery House in Southsea, a former brewery bottling store, into 17 one and two bedroom apartments.

This is the first development to be undertaken by Portsmouth City Council, creating excellent quality Build to Rent homes and restoring a neglected but important piece of historic fabric within Southsea.

Planning Submitted for Alitex

Plans have been submitted for our new welcome building and design studio for local manufacturer Alitex at their workshop site near Petersfield. The new building, conceived as a contemporary ‘cart shed’, addresses the site’s show garden and will be used to host public events and workshops as well as providing new office space.

Planning Submitted for Ash Manor School

Our latest school expansion project has been submitted for planning approval. The new building at Ash Manor School in Surrey will house the performing arts department, with the theatre also operating as a community facility. Imaginative use of standard materials will provide the school with a striking building within their budget.

Hillside Barn Starts on Site

Our dramatic new house near Farnham has started on site. The house is set into the hillside and has stunning far-reaching panoramic views over Frensham and Hindhead.

Best New Building Award for Ivy Close

We have received the ‘Best New Building’ award from The Portsmouth Society for Ivy Close, a sustainable council housing development of 51 flats and 6 townhouses which forms part of the Somerstown & North Southsea Area Action Plan. The judging panel remarked that the development felt like a village within the city.

See the full project details here

South Downs National Park Design Awards

Re-Format’s offices, Buckmore Studios, were highly commended in the Conservation category at the 2019 South Downs National Park Design Awards. Our sensitive restoration of derelict farm buildings, together with contemporary interventions, has created a
fantastic workplace.

Planning Approval for Sheldon House

We’re delighted to have been granted planning permission for this contemporary replacement dwelling near the village of Steep.

The key conceptual driver for the Steep home was to create a stronger relationship between the living spaces and the south-facing garden.

The project architect, Ruth, is a certified Passivhaus consultant and has advised the client on a fabric first method.

Prince’s Mead Completes

Our extension to the grade II* listed Prince’s Mead School completed in September, in time for the start of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Pupils and teachers at the independent preparatory school are now enjoying the state-of-the-art teaching spaces and striking dining facilities. Our sensitive design was supported by Historic England and we secured listed building consent where previous proposals had been rejected.

Planning Approval for The Oaks Leisure Centre

Our community leisure centre for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Charters School has received unanimous approval at planning committee, despite being located within the Green Belt.

The dynamic cladding is a response to the sports facilities within, which include a six-lane 25m swimming pool, and eight-court sports hall, a dance studio and a 60-station gym.

Penn Hill Retirement Living Update

Our development of 37 retirement apartments within the Branksome Park conservation area in Poole has recently started on site.

Permission for the scheme, which replaces 3 bungalows, was granted following an appeal inquiry. The Planning Inspector described our design as a “well considered and high-quality response to the site” and commented that the scheme would result in “an overall enhancement of the conservation area’s character and appearance”.

Study Trip 2019 – Berlin

Re-Format have just returned from our annual study trip!

This year we visited Berlin where our guide, Luis Kann, led us around Grimm Zentrum library, Museum Island, Pariser Platz and the Parliamentary District.

We loved the Grimm-Zentrum’s cherry-clad reading room and Chipperfield’s beautiful restoration of the Neues Museum was another office favourite. It was interesting to see some early, and surprisingly rational, Gehry at the DZ bank.

Planning Success for Contemporary Dwelling

Re-Format has received planning permission for Keeper’s Cottage, our new dwelling on a steeply contoured woodland site in Surrey.

The main house and its ancillary accommodation are read as a small collection of 1 and 2 storey structures to form a contemporary farmstead.

The Reeds Update

The Humphrey Munson kitchen has been installed at our contemporary extension to a country house in the South Downs National Park. Lovely to see the kitchen opening out to the garden as designed.

Planning Granted for Contemporary Dwelling

Detailed planning permission has been granted by Waverley Borough Council for Re-Format’s dramatic new house near Farnham. The house is set to the hillside and has stunning far-reaching panoramic views over Frensham and Hindhead.

Wendover Woods completes

Our recently completed visitor centre for the Forestry Commission is already looking at home in Wendover Woods thanks to its Sioo treated larch cladding and delicate support structure.