Portfolio - from plans to planning permission by GMW Design

From architectural drawings to planning permission and everything in between and after, GMW Design helps clients all over the UK with a range of different projects. From conversions to new builds, extensions and renovations, we’re happy to help whatever the challenge. But don’t just take our word for it; here are some examples of our most recent work.

Burns Farm Shop, Kidwelly.

This farm shop has come a long way since its humble beginnings selling eggs from a simple roadside shop. Its building size needed to grow to fit its rapidly expanding reputation and popularity.
The new development required an existing survey and detailed sketches so that the owner, John Burns, could agree on a theme and a layout that would incorporate the new elements of the site; a play area, extended cafe and new pet shop.
John said, “It is a flagship project with a real ‘wow’ factor which will be an asset to the community of Kidwelly and the surrounding area”.
The completed project more than lived up to the high standards at which John conducts his business. With GMW Design handling planning permission and manoeuvring building regulations on their behalf, Burns Farm Shop has now doubled in size, accommodating state-of-the-art facilities in its impressive, newly renovated home.

The Villa, Abereiddy.

This stunning stone cottage in the ancient slate quarry hamlet of Abereiddy is truly a traditional Pembrokeshire cottage in character as well as its traditionally small size. The owner, Philip Parker, wanted to extend the premises to make it more suitable for the holiday rental market. Mr Parker came to GMW Design to discuss drawing up plans and achieving planning permission.

“Recently we completed an extension to an old character stone-built cottage in Abereiddi Bay in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Geraint undertook everything from measured survey all the way to the tendering stage for builders. The work was extensive and included the design of a two-storey extension (complicated by the fact that the build was partially dug down into a basement), the restoration of an old stone barn and landscaping of the grounds. Geraint was great to work with at all stages.
During the design stage, it was good, as the client, to be challenged by him to ensure that the development would be sympathetic to the cottage but also to ensure that the project would pass all the required hurdles to get planning permission. His discipline on ensuring the “I’s” were dotted and the “t’s” crossed was both helpful and reassuring. The plans and all the associated documents were positively received by the PCNPA and permissions were all granted in full.
Subsequently, all the planning permission and buildings regulatory documentation was undertaken and approved in full by the Pembrokeshire County Council.
All-in-all a very positive experience and a great outcome”

Trewellwell, Solva.

This beautiful transformation is now a stunning secluded woodland retreat but once was the laundry to the nearby manor house. Owner Nick had spent a few frustrating years trying to negotiate with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, and GMW Design was more than happy to take over and guide negotiations to help secure planning permission for Trewellwell. Nick works overseas, therefore was confident in leaving GMW Design to deal with the challenges and complexities of building regulations for this type of conversion. Being a competent and approachable sole trader, Geraint of GMW was able to relay information back to Nick throughout every stage of the conversion process. Nick said “Not having any experience in this type of field, Geraint was fantastic at positioning everything. For this project owing to the challenges of a long-distance client/customer relationship, communications were of paramount importance. Geraint was always concise, timely and judicious.”

To speak to Geraint about planning permission, building regulations or to find out more about conversion or restoration projects, please visit our “Services” page.