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John Groom Chartered Architect, Emsworth Hampshire


Project One off detached chalet bungalow

One off detached chalet bungalow  individual design for private  client.  Located in Prinsted near Emsworth in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Description of project: The client bought a detached bungalow which was built 30 years ago, and was in substandard condition: the brief was to design a new dwelling, and he would manage the construction.

Site history: The original bungalow had replaced a previous one destroyed by fire. The site is raised and had a number of small trees which had to be removed. A full land survey was completed by consultants, and a structural engineer employed to dig trial holes and carry out soil analysis.

Design and planning: Over a period of a couple of months a design was produced to the clients requirements. The floor area of the new building was increased from 72m2 (775ft2) to 165m2 (1800ft2). A planning application was submitted and permission was granted in eight weeks. Further applications were made for minor changes to the design, and for a timber framed double garage. In addition a planning appeal was made against an onerous condition in respect of landscaping. The Planning Inspector allowed the appeal. (see Recent Consultancy Projects)

Outcome: The client organised the construction of the project as a self builder. The NHBC were involved in certifying work as it progressed so that a completion certificate could be issued.


Project  Comprehensive refurbishment of Listed Building

Queen Street
, Emsworth The client wished to make many alterations to his 18th Century Listed House which is also in the Conservation Area.

Description of project: The client bought the house, and did not initially realise that most internal and external alterations required Listed Building Consent and in some cases Planning Permission.

Site history: Although the building is narrow, it has a cellar and is on three stories. It was extended at the rear with a large living area and garage underneath. Although Listed only for its external 'street scene' value, the Listing means that any new work and alterations require permission.

Design & planning: There were many alterations that required Listed Building Consent and Planning Permission. Negotiations were held with the Havant Borough Council Conservation Officer. Work included new steps, handrail, doorcase and dormer window to Queen Street elevation. To the rear a leaking flat roof was replaced with a single pitched slated roof, and a rear bedroom needed a new roof and reconstructed balcony.

Outcome: The client (while still living in the building) carried out much of the work himself using subcontractors where necessary.


Project Chichester Canal Basin

Description of project: This concerned the purchase of a semi-derelict house with space for another house adjoining. The site is close to the Chichester canal basin and in the Conservation Area.

Site history: Research reveals that there has been a small structure on the site since about 1850. The surrounding area was originally the Chichester gasworks and the structure was expanded to become the overseer’s house. The gasworks closed some years ago and the house is all that is left.

 Chichester Canal Basin before redevelopment

Design and planning: A scheme was devised to mirror the design of the existing building. The internal layout of the new house was changed which resulted in a better use of space. Planning permission was received within about eight weeks.



Chichester Canal Basin after redevelopment

Outcome: A full refurbishment was carried out on the existing house and the new dwelling.

Project Houses at Hambledon

Conversion of Listed shop to dwelling: refurbishment of Listed house

Description of project: To refurbish an existing house and convert a timber framed shop into a dwelling. The properties are both Listed Buildings and in a Conservation Area.

hambledon listed building

Site history: In the square in the centre of Hambledon existed a Georgian house, with an older structure which had been used as a butcher's shop for many years. The house needed a complete internal refurbishment, but the structure of the shop was in very poor condition and needed extensive structural work. There was no accommodation at first floor level.

Design and planning: Planning permission was only required for the conversion of the shop to a dwelling. Work included reconstruction of the rear part of the oak timber frame and replacement of most of the roof, with the addition of two dormer windows. Planning permissions were obtained after detailed negotiations with the Local Planning Authority.

Outcome: The construction work was carried out by the development company of which John Groom was an owner and director. Both houses were successfully refurbished to a high standard.

Project Single Story Extension.

A residential property in Emsworth.

Description of project:

he brief for this project was to design a single storey extension for an Edwardian house in Emsworth. It provides a single space which includes a dining area part under a conventional pitched roof, part with a substantial area of glazing which can be used in the summer. It has the advantages of a conservatory giving good light, but avoids excessive heat gain.




John Groom, Chartered Architect,
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32A High Street, Emsworth,
Hampshire PO10 7AW

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