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This month's newsletter includes articles on new apartments in Bodmin, a high end barn conversion and the shortlist for the RICS Awards. If you require any further information or would like to give us feedback, please email Anne Marshall at or call the office on 01752 388 888.

New apartments spring up in Bodmin...

Parcside, Bodmin has been recently completed for Coastline Housing. Following demolition of two semi-detached pre-fabricated houses, which were thermally inefficient and in a poor state of repair, eight new affordable one-bedroom units have been provided.

The new building is configured internally as two groups of four apartments each of which has its own access and stair core. The scheme also includes a “Garden Room” for use by the residents.

ADG developed the site layout, massing and elevation treatment with careful consideration to the building’s prominent corner location and the varied nature, in terms of scale, materials and age, of the adjacent residential buildings.

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Barn conversion hits the mark...

ADG have recently overseen the design & conversion of two redundant farm buildings into high quality family dwellings.

The remote former Woodlands Farm site overlooks the river Fowey valley & Lanhydrock estate, with access proving to be a logistical challenge for the main contractor, Ryearch Ltd.

It was the client’s wish to maximise the use of renewable energy technologies and this resulted in the adoption of a ground sourced heat pump based underfloor heating system, backed up with photo-voltaic cells, triple glazing, highly insulated structure and a sustainable drainage system.

Prior to construction, measures had to be put in place to temporary re-locate the resident bat population and thereafter, in conjunction with English Nature, the provision of permanent access & roosting points within the finished buildings.

A lot of the existing stonework from the original barns was retained and re-used in the new sections of the buildings in addition to locally sourced matching stone and natural roof slating. This, combined with high quality fixture & fittings has resulted in two very unique, energy efficient, private residences in the heart of the Cornish countryside.

The top image shows the original barns in the dilapidated way they were, and below are the progress images of the barn.

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Godolphin shortlisted for RICS Awards...

We are delighted to announce that The Godolphin Arms, Marazion has been shortlisted in the Tourism and Leisure category of the South West Regional Awards for the RICS.

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the built environment.

The redevelopment of the Godolphin Arms has had a positive impact upon its local community, enhanced its core business, improved the quality of its food offer, provided important flexibility to respond to demand and seasonal variations, and further contributed to the wider local economy.

View the Shortlist here >>

View the full project on the ADG website >>

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The Zero Carbon Legislation...

The UK government is committed to sustainable growth and the green agenda. This is demonstrated through various legally binding targets and standards, from which the Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA) is considered one of the most important. The Act mandates an 80% reduction in CO2 from the 1990 levels, which are used as a baseline, by 2050.

The Zero Carbon Buildings policy forms part of Government’s wider strategy to achieving the CCA target, while at the same time assists in tackling other important issues including energy security and fuel poverty.

The policy, as set out today, requires all new homes from 2016 to mitigate, through various measures, all the carbon emissions produced on-site as a result of the regulated energy use. This includes energy used to provide space heating and cooling, hot water and fixed lighting, as outlined in Part L1A of the Building Regulations. Emissions resulting from cooking and ‘plug-in’ appliances such as computers and televisions are not being addressed as part of this policy.

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CDM (Design & Management) Regulations Updates 2015...

For clients who are thinking about construction projects this year you should already be aware of some significant changes that will be taking place in relation to the Health and Safety management. This places a few more obligations on clients that must be addressed at the outset of any new project so please have a look at the HSE website where you will find a full explanation or contact ADG and we can talk you through the proposals.

The HSE plan to introduce new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations on 6th April 2015 (although this is still subject to Government approval). It is the HSE’s intention that, after the introduction of the new regulations, there will be a six month transition period for existing projects to allow for CDM co-ordinator appointments to be terminated and for a principal designer to be appointed.

Proposed changes:

  • The role of the CDM co-ordinator is replaced by that of a principal designer.
  • Domestic clients are now covered by these regulations.
  • There is an increase in the client’s duties and obligations.
  • The Approved Code of Practice is replaced by L-series industry guidance.
  • Projects requiring an HSE notification have changed. A notification now only has to be made for projects lasting more than thirty days and involving more than 20 workers simultaneously.
  • Explicit competence requirements have been changed and there is now a requirement to have the correct attributes to deliver a healthy and safe project.
  • A Construction Phase Plan is now required for all projects that fall under CDM.

For further information refer to the HSE website:

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Have a redesign in 2015...

Adgective Graphic Design is a Plymouth based multi disciplined, creative design company, working alongside the Architects Design Group, who believe in the power of graphic communication.

In 2015, Adgective wants to help businesses to grow by helping them portray themselves as the leader in their industry. Individuals are increasingly influenced by design and respond to sophisticated graphic messaging.

Adgective can provide a wide range of design services, and includes, brochure design, leaflets and booklets, to branding exercises, html websites and exhibition stands. Equally, we can offer our clients a full design and development package by working with highly talented individuals who include designers, copywriters and photographers.

For more information visit our website at or call 01752 388949.

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