Jun 2019

Want to extend your bungalow with a first floor?

by Ross Carpenter

This bungalow conversion and extension came with a brief for open-plan living within a new first floor.

Drafting software to a dd a first floor to a bungalow Using modern analysis and drafting software, PCA was able to achieve a fantastic open and vaulted space.

Existing foundations and walls needed to be verified for the addition of a first floor and the upper new floor incorporates a fairly slender steel frame with timber infill panels.

The architect’s client is aiming for a ‘passive house’ level of insulation and air tightness, so the integration of new and existing structures has been carefully detailed.

We’re very pleased to be working with JSD Architectural Design on another exciting and rewarding project.

New premises for Selworthy Veterinary Group

by Ross Carpenter

This existing agricultural building has been converted into a veterinary practice for Selworthy Veterinary Group.

Architects Andrew Lethbridge successfully gained planning approval to convert the redundant steel framed farmer’s shed.

Selworthy Vets beforeThe challenge was designing the new elements of the building, such as the first floor, insulated walls and roof, around the original steel framed structure.

This was all achieved with careful thought and use of different building solutions and additions to the structure.

Selworthy Vets duringLilburn & Elliott Construction was the main contractor on the project, who successfully undertook the building and conversion work to give Selworthy a great building designed around their needs and future growth.


PCA has undertaken many building conversion projects over the years, mostly for residential purposes, but also commercial, office use and retail. Working with a local veterinary practice was a learning curve and one which we’re proud off. We wish Selworthy all the best in their new premises.

Award success for PCA projects

by Sophia Darke

PCA is pleased to announce that two of their projects were winners at the recent LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards.

The award ceremony was attended by 350 guests at the Crowne Plaza Plymouth on May 24.

Dar Gwenen view from aboveThe winner of the Best Individual New Home was Dar Gwenen. We worked with contractors Doyle & Whitley Ltd and Harrison Sutton Architects on this project to build a unique coastal home in Downderry, Cornwall.

The Farmers ArmsMeanwhile, the winner of the Best Small Commercial Project was The Farmers Arms in Woolsery, Devon.

We worked alongside Anthony Branfield Carpentry & Building Ltd, Jonathan Rhind Architects, MXB Devon Operations Ltd, Hannah Lohan Interiors, Michael Grubb Studio and Rathbone Partnership to rescue a dilapidated village pub bought by tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Bebo, Michael Birch.

This project had also been highly commended at the RICS Awards, South West held on May 22.

Dar Gwenen front viewBoth projects will be entered into the LABC Grand Finals, which will take place in London on November 8.

Director Andrew Horton said: “These projects demonstrate the diversity of expertise within PCA. We are equally happy working on a conservation project as we are on a new build. We will keep our fingers crossed for the Grand Finals and extend our congratulations to all the other firms that we worked alongside on Dar Gwenen and The Farmers Arms.”