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14 new homes delivered for Sovereign Living

September 2018

Mullins House, designed by coombes:everitt architects, has now been completed, delivering 14 quality new homes.

The development purchased by Sovereign Living contains a mix of one and two bedroom apartments built to a high quality and design. With free flowing open plan living, high quality kitchens and large bathrooms these apartments offer their new residents modern contemporary living.

The new homes are located within the established residential area of Swindon Road, less than a mile from The Brewery Quarter, offering easy access to the shops and leisure facilities.   

John Everitt, Director at coombes:everitt architects commented on the new homes. “Prior to us working on this development planning had been secured for 10 homes, but we could see that there was a lot of potential in the site and with the local housing shortage we felt it was important to get the most out of the site. By reworking the scheme we secured an additional 4 homes for the development as well as much needed parking. It is great to see the homes being filled through Sovereign Living and we hope the residents enjoy their new contemporary homes.”

The new scheme has some interesting design details, predominantly built using a timber frame construction, the building has a large concrete deck to accommodate three flats and the under croft parking.

Tony Quigley, Home Ownership Director at Sovereign Living, commented: “This is a great development, with 14 new quality and contemporary homes, designed and fitted to a really high standard.”

“Mullins House is a great example of what can be achieved by regenerating disused and abandoned spaces with cleverly designed buildings.”

Ode to a willow tree - Architects create arboreal home in the Cotswolds

October 2017

Cotswold architect, coombes:everitt, has secured planning permission for a new 4,500 ft contemporary home in Cowley, Gloucestershire. The new home will replace a poorly situated 1960s bungalow. Inspired by the weeping willow tree within its grounds, the aptly named Willow house has an 80-foot curved wall which wraps the house around the tree and its surroundings. 

The beautiful home, neatly blends contemporary design with traditional materials. The curved building will benefit from open plan living spaces, large expanses of glass to take in the views and will be faced in locally sourced Cotswold stone.

John Everitt, Director, coombes:everitt architects commented on the new home:

“A lot of people often want to remove trees in order to improve the position of their new home or view, but this house takes its inspiration from the willow tree which will become a centre piece for the new five bedroom dwelling”

“The original bungalow sat on a two metre plinth above the drive, poorly positioned it didn’t take advantage of the wonderful views of Cowley and the surrounding area. Our design nestles the house into the hill, gently stepping up to respond better to the contours and topography of the site. 

But it’s appreciation of the environment doesn’t stop there and Willow house has many sustainable design credentials.

John added “Not only is the house considerate of its environment but it is very energy efficient and it will be one of the most sustainable houses within the area. The house will have a green roof, solar heated hot water and mechanical heat recovery, which reduces heat loss and provides the family with clean fresh air.  The house is also super insulated and will be constructed using insulated concrete.


Planning permission granted for new development near Cheltenham train station

October 2017

Planning permission has been granted for eight new properties close to Cheltenham train station. Located on a disused site, the new properties are another step forward for the regeneration taking place in the area, which already benefits from a vibrant community of restaurants, shops, homes and a popular gym.

Planning was secured for the development by Gloucestershire architect, coombes:everitt, who were also behind the design of the nearby Queens Rd mixed use development which includes the Tesco metro, 14 flats and the much loved Green Coffee Machine.

John Everitt, Director, coombes:everitt commented on the planning success

“This planning success is really positive for the continued regeneration of this area. It is the second development we have undertaken here. It’s a really great location with lovely local shops and cafes, not to mention the great travel links or the fact that is only a stone’s throw from Montpellier.”

“Our design brings six flats and two houses into a location which was previously an unattractive part of the area. It is an underused brownfield site sat across from the train station and for new visitors to Cheltenham it wasn’t a great first impression. The new building will help to act as a transition between the differing neighbouring buildings. It will be an attractive building which we hope will provide much needed housing, bring in more clientele for the local shops and cafes and help to improve the visual aspect of the area”.

Renovation projects: should I refurbish my home or knock it down and rebuild it?

July 2017

So, you’ve bought your first renovation project, but now the question is, do you refurbish the original building or knock it down and start again? John Everitt, Director at coombes:everitt architects discusses the options…

Trying to decide between a major refurbishment or a knock down and rebuild can be a very difficult decision with home-owners needing to balance both emotional and objective considerations as well as the commercial realities that underpin any construction project.

Of course, if you are simply looking at a basic extension and a quick lick of paint, then it is unlikely to make financial sense to knock your house down. However, if your new home requires a major refurbishment then the re-build route may offer you some significant cost savings.


First and foremost is budget. Unless you are one of the lucky ones to have hit the jackpot on the Euro Millions, the first port of call is likely to be setting out how much money you have available to spend.

Perhaps surprisingly, making the most of your budget is one area in which the new build route can have clear advantages. Any new, self-contained house or flat can be undertaken with zero rate VAT on the construction costs of the project including kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings.

This means that you can spend all of the budget on your home rather than having to give away up to 20% to the tax man.

For example, if you have a budget of £500k for your dream home, all of this budget can be spent on the project. If you take the same budget for a refurbishment project, 20% of the budget, £84,000 would be paid in VAT leaving you around £416k to spend on the project.

These figures of course don’t take into account other costs such as professional or Local Authority fees where VAT applies, or renting a home while you undertake the project, but they do go some way to highlighting the impact VAT can have on your budget.


A refurbishment project is often going to restrict you in terms of what you can achieve with the existing layout and room proportions. In contrast with a new build you have a blank canvas and can create a bespoke home designed around your wants and needs. All of this comes with the benefits of modern methods of construction and improved environmental and acoustic performance. So why doesn’t everyone start from scratch?


In the UK, we have so many different and wonderful styles of home and these all come with their own individual architectural charm, heritage and history. With a refurbishment, you can preserve these elements and this authenticity is not something you can simply replicate. These features can also demand a premium price and by adding a contemporary extension to a heritage property then you may create a building with a higher end value to that of a similar size new build. This does depend very much on individual house type and location.

Within an existing building depending on any site-specific planning restrictions i.e. a listed building, within a conservation area there are certain works that can be carried out under permitted development or without planning approval. As such it may be possible to make an immediate start on your project.

A new build project does come with additional challenges, for instance you will need to apply for planning for both demolition and replacement at the same time and you will need to present a robust argument as to why the new build home is better suited to the site.


There is also the environmental aspect to consider. Generally, studies have shown that less energy is used refurbishing a property than is used to demolish and build a new property from scratch this is somewhat dependant on the extent of the works proposed however it is certainly true that in the demolition of a property a lot of embodies energy will be lost.

However, the long term running costs are often lower for new build projects than refurbishments. Even if you retrofit an original property and bring it up to modern standards with improved energy efficiency, the reality is, it’s still going to use more energy and cost you more to run. With a new build project, you can make it air tight, include mechanical heat recovery and build in sustainable energy technologies and energy generating technologies to help offset the running costs.


Budget aside, a new build project offers you a number of advantages. The first is the ability to get a ten-year warranty on your new home, this can offer welcome peace of mind when spending large sums on a building. The warranty makes a new build property more marketable and will be a requirement of any mortgage lender if you are having to borrow against the value of the property to help finance the project and while you can get warranties on refurbishment projects, in my experience they exclude so many aspects of the project that they are rendered ineffective.


Clearly there is no right or wrong decision and the choice is very subjective. Ultimately it will come down to the state of the original property, its location and personal preference of where you see value.

Some may view it as wrong to demolish a building that is structurally sound simply for the financial benefits. In our experience 70% of the bespoke dwellings we have been involved with, end up as replacement dwellings even if that was not the original intention.

In all cases, our advice would be to talk to an architect before making a decision, this way they can help to draw out what it is that you desire in you dream property and help you to realise these aspirations.


New family homes for Cheltenham

June 2017

coombes:everitt has secured planning permission for five large family homes in Cheltenham.

Located on the picturesque Harp Hill and set within the Battledown Estate, all five homes were designed to terrace up the hillside and maximise the wonderful views the site affords across Cheltenham, the Malverns and Cleeve Hill.

Toby Coombes commented on the design: "The homes have been designed to complement the area and will be made up of two contemporary flat roof houses and three with a more traditional building form. The contemporary homes will have white brick with detailing in Cotswold stone, while the other three traditional homes will be finished in timber, red brick and have pitched zinc roofs."

The planning was secured for two developers SPM Homes ltd and Savignac Developments.

Medieval Burgage design overcomes planning issues to deliver new homes for Tewkesbury

May 2017

Planning has been approved for nine new homes in Tewkesbury. Close to the Historic Abbey, the nine new flats have been sensitively designed to reflect the local area while also raising them well above potential flood levels.

Set within a conservation area and subject to five years of planning applications and appeals the site had seemingly come to an impasse with the local planning department. The client then bought us in to develop a new design for the site.

Toby Coombes, coombes:everitt architects, commented on the project:  "It was clear that this site is in a very sensitive area and from the start we wanted the development to enhance the area. Our solution was to develop a series of buildings which reflected the historic 'burgage plots' common to the area. Dating back to mediaeval times, 'burgage plots' were how towns such as Tewkesbury were first laid out in long strips of land with narrow street frontages."

Using natural materials, the development will provide high quality and contemporary living for local people.

Chris Partrick, Conservation Officer for Tewkesbury Borough Council commented on the application: "the present scheme has made a conscious effort to analyse and understand the area's characteristics and to reflect them in its language, massing and materials, but without falling into the trap of historicist pastiche. This approach is considered to fulfil the objectives for modern development in sensitive historic contexts."


coombes:everitt architects receives Cheltenham Civic Society Commendation for Leckhampton development

April 2017

We have received a Cheltenham Civic Society Commendation for the contemporary design of Leckhampton Place in Cheltenham. 

John Everitt, Director at coombes:everitt commented: "It’s great to see Leckhampton Place recognized by the Cheltenham Civic Society Awards. From an architectural point of view, the brief was to regenerate the commercial site in Leckhampton which was previously occupied by the Kier Group."

"We felt that there were a wide range of different house types within the Leckhampton area and so our design vision was to create a scheme that had its very own architectural style. We hope that the new residents feel we achieved this."

Working alongside SF Planning, coombes everitt architects designed a range of 33 contemporary homes including three storey town houses, flats and semi-detached houses.

John added: "Crest Nicholson have built the scheme out over the past 12 months and it is great to see one of our largest schemes in Cheltenham now complete."

Panoramic Cotswold stone home to be created in Cheltenham

April 2017

Planning consent has been given for a new contemporary home on the Battledown estate in Cheltenham. The site, called Sunnyhill, has been designed to capture the renowned and far reaching views that Cheltenham is famous for. The new home’s panoramic design means it can take in views which range from the Malvern's, across Cheltenham and all the way across Cleeve hill. It replaces a 1960s bungalow which made little use of the views the location commands.  

John Everitt, Director at coombes:everitt architects commented on the design: "Set in a fantastic location the original property is quite poorly located within the site. In the new design, we've moved the building forward to capture the stunning views and give the home more private garden space at the rear of the property. 

"Battledown has quite an eclectic mix of building types and the client was keen for something modern and contemporary. With a triple height glass atrium, a lower section of Cotswold stone and Ashlar stone cladding to frame the balconies and give the building more definition - it will complement the estate and surrounding properties."


Coombes everitt architects to create contemporary home above Cheltenham

March 2017

Coombes:everitt architects has secured planning approval for a replacement dwelling in Woodmancote near Cheltenham.

The 3,600ft2 new house will provide a high quality, low energy use dwelling. The new dwelling has been positioned to make the most of the spectacular views over Woodmancote and the local church, where the clients were married.

Client, Jane Lucas, commented: "We loved the approach coombes everitt took to the design of our new home. John Everitt really took the time and effort to understand what we wanted and has created a home that is totally unique and which has taken advantage of the wonderful views.

"We had an idea of what we wanted the house to look like, but when they came back with the final designs we are incredibly excited by them. They were better than we could ever have imagined"

The proposed construction materials and the building’s form pick up on the historical buildings and their materials found in the locality. The new home will also be low energy with high levels of thermal insulation, mechanical heat recovery, low water usage and low energy fittings.

Work starts on state of the art data centre in Barnwood

January 2017

Andrew Bence, managing director at Indectron said: 'After a thorough site selection, design and planning process we have started construction of one of the most advanced data centres in the UK.

'This design will allow us to deliver cost-efficient, accredited and environmentally friendly data centre solutions, offering significant cost reductions to our clients in power, cooling, connectivity and services charges.

'Shield House will help customers provide innovative and flexible digital IT services at lower cost by benefiting from its highly connected, resilient and secure infrastructure.'

The site will serve companies not only in Gloucester but as far as Bristol, Birmingham, Swindon and Oxford. The centre, which will employ 10 people, is expected to be opened at the beginning of 2017. With cutting-edge cooling technology and heat management solutions alongside highly efficient power systems being installed, Shield House is also being touted as one of the most energy efficient data centres in the UK too.

The site will deliver 1.5megawatts of power and have 20,000 sq ft available to customers. Gloucester MP Richard Graham said: 'Indectron's data centre at Shield House is a good example of new investment in Gloucester, providing in turn a critical service for managing other businesses and organisations' data over a wide area.'

The facility will have three data halls, capable of being subdivided, allowing clients to have anything from a single server rack in a shared space to their own secure pod of racks or caged off area. The site will be highly secure with around the clock security every day of the year as well as technical support and monitoring facilities. Indectron is taking advantage of Gloucester being located on the UK's figure of eight fibre optic network which will provide high speed internet for residents and businesses when opened.


Coombes Everitt commended in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards

November 2016

Designed by local design practice coombes:everitt architects, Poachers Cottage has been commended in the ‘One off House and Extension’ category at this year’s prestigious Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The awards celebrate the UK’s most impressive homes.

The local practice, based in Winchcombe, was commended for their extension to the cottage. The judges chose to commend the scheme, because of the way the design not only preserved the nature of the cottage and its conservation setting, but on how it added a contemporary and modern space to a historic Cotswold cottage.

The owners of Poachers Cottage wanted open plan living, with lots of natural light and a better relationship between home and garden. Now living in their new home the owners spoke of how the property has completely transformed the way they live through its relationship with the outside space.

Well known A40 development receives new lease of life as planning consent is granted for new residential development

August 2016

The A40 from Burford to Cheltenham is a well-travelled route for thousands of commuters every day. But one well known spot is about to change forever, as planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the former Windrush Heights hotel site alongside the A40.

Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 2845m2 derelict site has long raised questions about its future. These have now been answered as planning consent has been granted for a new residential development of 32 homes.

Designed by local architect coombes:everitt architects, it is being developed by bespoke home builder, Westfields Homes with planning support provided by Plan A Planning. Coombes:everitt was chosen to design the scheme due to its long standing experience of delivering beautifully designed homes within the Cotswolds.

John Everitt, Director from coombes:everitt architects, comments on the design solution: “It takes its inspiration from the local farmsteads and small hamlets which sit along the A40. The new development will really complement this part of the Cotswolds and become a new community of high quality energy efficient homes.”

“‘The site has been derelict for over ten years and has become a well-known blot on the landscape for this reason.  As a local practice we are incredibly proud to be working with Westfields to transform the site and provide much needed additional housing within the area.”

The scheme will be constructed using local materials and will include a small retail unit along with 24 apartments and 8 houses.

James Varley, Director at Westfields Homes talks about the site: “This planning consent is great news for both us and the local community. There is a shortage of family homes in this area and we pride ourselves on creating exceptionally designed, quality homes where they are needed. We are looking forward to starting construction and bringing new life and energy back into this site.”

For more information or to register your interest in the scheme please visit the development website at


coombes:everitt architects wins Cheltenham Civic Society Award and Local Authority Building Control Award for National Star scheme

May 2016

coombes:everitt architects has won a Cheltenham Civic Society Award for the design of the National Star’s new residential accommodation, Bradbury Gardens in Cheltenham.
Architect, John Everitt, Director, coombes:everitt commented:

“It’s wonderful to see the National Star’s new residential accommodation recognized by the Cheltenham Civic Society Awards. From a design point of view, the vision was to create a residential scheme that feels like a home from home for the students. We hope that the students feel we achieved this.

“Sympathetic to its surrounding, Bradbury Gardens acts as a perfect transition between the manicured school playing fields of Dunally primary school and the Grade II listed Pittville park. The retention of existing trees and use of green roofs, means the building reflects its location with an established landscape from day one.”

The development, which was constructed by Speller Metcalfe, is home to 25 young people with a range of disabilities and support needs and was officially opened by The Duchess of Gloucester last year. The Duchess praised the design of Bradbury Gardens and how it enabled young people to be independent.

"Bradbury Gardens is beautiful," said The Duchess. "You said you wanted to create a place where we'd all like to live. You have achieved that. It's been uplifting to meet the students."

Resident Josh Reeves agrees. The 19-year-old lives in one of the flats and says it has grown his independence. He now hopes to go into independent accommodation with some support, when he finishes at National Star in July.

"I can prepare my own meals and I like to do my own shopping and making my own choice about what I want to eat," he said.

"The flat feels like home. Thanks to how it is designed I can do things for myself and it is near Pittville Park and the centre of town. It's like Centre Parcs but with the added bonus that it is designed to enable people to be independent."

Designed in consultation with users and staff, Bradbury Gardens enables young adults with disabilities to live as small peer groups and with access to areas for independent living as well as a centre for accessing education, personal development and therapy support.

As further testimony to how well designed and constructed the scheme has been it has recently won the ‘Best Inclusive Building’ at the LABC West of England Awards.

The specialist facilities include ceiling tracking hoists, ensuite bathrooms, assistive technology, and height adjustable kitchens and baths. Bradbury Garden was funded through a combination of government support, private donations and support from trusts, foundations and the community.

Warner's Budgens open their new store in Winchcombe

April 2016

coombes:everitt directors’ Toby Coombes and John Everitt, joined the residents of Winchcombe to celebrate the opening of the new Warner’s Budgens in the Cotswold town. The shop was officially opened by three primary school pupils from Winchcombe Abbey Primary school and the chairman of the town council, Cllr Jim Mason.

The new Warner’s Budgens store replaces an old bus and coach station and is the latest in a number of retail outlets delivered by coombes:everitt. The main challenge for the project was to maximize the square footage of the building for retail space and parking, while at the same time creating a building which would sit comfortably within the context of a Cotswold town.

Toby, who led the project for the company talked about the design considerations:

“Winchcombe is a beautiful Cotswold town and the primary objective for us was to create a new store that reflects the community and its history.

“By minimizing its scale, orientating the building between its neighbours and by using traditional materials such as natural Cotswold stone, we delivered a building which is sympathetic to its surroundings.”

Budgens stores are independently owned and for Warner’s Budgens this is their sixth store in the local area. Warner’s Budgens MD, Guy Warner, commented on the new building:

“For Warner’s Budgens our strength lies in being part of the local communities. coombes:everitt’s design has delivered a store which fits seamlessly into the community. Our customers have welcomed the store as a great addition to the town.

“What we have found in coombes:everitt is an architect who creates schemes fitting to its surroundings, maximizing the retail floor space and helping us to create the very best shopping experience for our customers.”


Green Electricity

March 2015

We are really committed to designing sustainable and energy efficient buildings, but our efforts to positively promote environmental responsibility do not stop there. This month coombes:everitt architects have switched energy suppliers to fellow Gloucestershire based company Ecotricity for their offices near Cheltenham. We felt that this move to green electricity was a great idea as conventional electricity is responsible for 30% of Britain’s carbon emissions and is our biggest single source as a nation and therefore the biggest single thing we can change. Over the past 10 years Ecotricity has spent on average £265 per year per customer on building new sources of green energy which equates to more than all of the other energy companies in Britain put together!

Scheme Approval - Andoversford Primary School

March 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have just received approval for the scheme we have designed for Andoversford Primary school, Gloucestershire. The scheme comprises a new entrance, library and reading area and an extended classroom.


Architects Journal Small Project Competition

February 2015

coombes:everitt are pleased to have submitted an entry for the Architects Journal Small Project Competition. The project chosen for submission is a recently completed new dwelling to the rear of a listed building in a conservation area

The client purchased a small site in a conservation area, to the rear of a Listed building. The brief was to create a light and airy two bedroom unit.

A two-storey dwelling was created by setting the building down into the ground by 1.6m.

The plan is arranged around a courtyard which is accessed through the boundary wall. Within the light well, steps lead down to the courtyard and the dwelling's entrance.

A key objective when designing the scheme was ensuring plenty of natural light entered the dwelling and an increased sense of space was achieved.

An abundance of light enters the property thorough the glazed courtyard walls which also afford extended views through the dwelling.

The living room wall is a folding screen which allows the internal space to flow out into the courtyard. Glazed floor sections in the terrace bring light into the extremities of the lower ground floor.

Rural Diversification

January 2014

coombes:everitt architects is pleased to be supporting a local gloucestershire farming family to diversify their commercial activity from one which, to date, has focused purely on farming. Diversification is growing in popularity amongst UK farmers who are seeking to diversify to supplement their incomes which are being affected, in part, by falling subsidies, unreliable weather patterns and pressure from large buyers such as high street supermarkets. 

In May 2013 the government made changes to the permitted development rules that allows agricultural buildings to be changed to a number of alternative uses. Diversification can take many forms, including the development of tourist accommodation, establishment of retail outlets and catering, storage, development of rural tourism centres, the conversion of farm buildings into offices, as well as the supporting of energy markets with renewables such as solar and wind.  It comes as no surprise that with generous floorspace, redundant farm buildings lend themselves particularly well to a multitude of uses without any adverse impact being caused to the local environment. However, currently the right to develop is subject to a number of restrictions including; namely 

• The floorspace cannot be greater than 500 square metres.

• The building must have been used solely for agricultural purposes since 3rd July 2012 or, where the agricultural uses only started after that date, that use must then continue for a period of 10 years before the use can be changed under these rules.

• Prior notification must be given to the planning authority.

• Where the floorspace exceeds 150 square metres, the planning authority's prior approval is required within the limitations of highway/transport impact, noise, contamination or flooding.

Since the new rules came into effect last year, the government is now considering the viability of extending permitted development rights so as to allow redundant farm buildings to be converted into homes to address the extreme under-supply of affordable homes in rural areas.

coombes:everitt architects have been following these developments closely and liaising with trusted planning parters to understand the opportunities that lay ahead for farming communities. Having undertaken careful business planning, one Gloucestershire family have set upon the exciting path of developing a leading destination wedding venue in the heart of the Cotswolds. coombes:everitt architects started working on this project some 12 months ago and anticipate that the project will be completed by late 2014. Having worked tirelessly to develop a scheme that utilises the existing space and farm buildings without significant impact on the surrounding area, planning has recently been approved and we are now developing working drawings in readiness for tendering to the most suitable contractor to deliver the works. The design sees the installation of a biomass boiler for heating, rainwater harvesting as well as special measures to mitigate the disruption of bats and owls. 

The site is also located in the AONB and the buildings, although not listed, were of historical note due to the complete nature of the existing farmstead. As such the scheme we developed had to respect the historic setting of the farm and pay due regard to the wider context of the valley in which the development sits to ensure that light and noise pollution were not an issue. 

The scheme involves the conversion of some historic stone farm structures as well as more modern agricultural buildings and the construction of two new build elements which are in a style sympathetic to the original farmstead.


New Yearbook Launched

January 2014

To mark another year in practice, we have published a third yearbook to showcase the projects we have worked on during 2012-13. If you would like a printed copy, then please get in touch and we'll send one to you, otherwise you can view a PDF copy of our architects yearbook.

Architect Joins Practice

December 2013

Simon Willis joins our practice this week as a qualified architect. He brings with him over 15 years experience in retail and commercial sectors, where he has worked on projects up to a value of £50m. Partners and staff, now totalling 9, welcome Simon to coombes:everitt architects and look forward to another strong year in 2014.


Supporting Architecture Students

May 2013

coombes:everitt architects are delighted to announce the arrival of a new addition to the growing team.

Abigail Murphy recently joined our architects practice as an Architectural Assistant and will undertake a 6 month placement running until the end of September, at which time she will return to complete her BSc Architecture studies at the University of Bath.

Founding Partners, Toby and John were both impressed by the high standard and originality of her project work work as well as her involvement with other respected practices.

Abigail will be working alongside our experienced architects and technicians to gain a comprehensive understanding of how we work to create great spaces where our clients can live, learn, work and play.

We Care About Design!

April 2013

coombes:everitt architects are pleased to be a main sponsor of the 2nd Cheltenham Design Festival which runs from Thursday, April 11 through to Sunday April 14.

We are sponsoring "Why Not in Britain?" in which Architect Robin Lee and landscape architect Andrew Grant present their recent award-winning work at home and abroad and explore some of the successes and failures of British design procurement from Ireland and the Olympic Park to Singapore, Sheffield and Cambridge.

More information about the Design Festival is available online at and through Twitter @cheltdesignfest and the hashtag #YellowSofa.



January 2013

After another great year, we have produced our Yearbook, which has now become an annual tradition.

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January 2013

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coombes:everitt architects deliver seminar about converting commercial space to residential

June 2012

coombes:everitt architects delivered a seminar, in conjunction with SF Planning and Hazlewoods, which sought to explore options open to owners of redundant commercial property space.

coombes:everitt architects CGI of SIPs Residential Scheme

February 2012

coombes:everitt architects have designed a new residential scheme in Monmouth to provide 3 new low energy contemporary dwellings set in the grounds of an existing house.  The scheme was designed to maximise the value of the site and provide high quality houses with a minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Construction commenced in September of 2011 and is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2012. Architectural CGIs and more


coombes:everitt architects Christmas Photo Competition

December 2011

With the Chrsitmas season upon us, coombes:everitt architects have launched a fun Christmas Competition. The competition which will run through December invites individuals to send in their photo entries to be judged for the best Festive Structure. A prize will be awarded to whoever we feel submits the best photo. Selected entries will be uploaded to our Flickr page for you to enjoy. Entries may be submitted either via email to or via Twitter @ce_architects with the hashtag #bestchristmasstructure. Good luck!

coombes:everitt architects Launch Architects Yearbook

November 2011

To mark the completion of their first year, coombes:everitt architects have produced an Architects Yearbook to showcase their work.


Senior Architectural Technician Joins coombes:everitt architects

September 2011

Following their strategy for growth, coombes:everitt architects have recently appointed Richard Moores as a Senior Architectural Technician. Richard is the second technician to join the practice this year. more

coombes:everitt architects are in the Architects Index

August 2011

Cheltenham based architects practice, coombes:everitt architects LLP, now appear in the Architects Index. The index is an indispensable guide for homeowners, businesses and organisations to find the right architect for residential or commercial projects of any size. more


coombes:everitt architects Approved for 2011 Architect in the House Scheme

July 2011

Local architects practice, coombes:everitt architects LLP, have been approved as an architect for the 2011 Architect in the House scheme. Architect in the House is an innovative scheme run by Shelter. more

coombes:everitt Appoint Senior Architectural Technician to Meet Growing Demand

July 2011

coombes:everitt architects, based near Cheltenham, are delighted to welcome Andrew Hilton to their practice as a Senior Architectural Technician. Andrew, who joined the growing practice at the beginning of July, brings with him a wealth of experience and provides additional capacity to service the rapidly growing work load, without compromising the high quality standard the practice prides itself on. more


Architects Journal to Rank Top 100 Architects on Twitter

June 2011

The Architects Journal is working in conjunction with the Construction Network (tCn) to pull together a list of architects who have ventured into the world of Twitter. They are working with Peerindex, who undertake authority ranking and measure the online social capital of organisations and individuals and rank them against their peers. more

Architects opt for Structural Insulated Panels system

May 2011

We have commenced work on our first (Structural Insulated Panel) SIP project. The scheme is for three large, contemporary, high value houses on a steeply sloping site in Monmouthshire, UK. more



September 2018 - 14 new homes delivered for Sovereign Living

October 2017 - Ode to a willow tree – Architects create arboreal home in the Cotswolds

October 2017 - Planning permission granted for new development near Cheltenham train station

July 2017 - Renovation projects: should I refurbish my home or knock it down and rebuild it

June 2017 - New family homes for Cheltenham

May 2017 - Medieval Burgage design overcomes planning issues to deliver new homes for Tewkesbury

April 2017 - coombes:everitt architects receives Cheltenham Civic Society Commendation for Leckhampton development

April 2017 - Panoramic Cotswold stone home to be created in Cheltenham

March 2017 - Coombes everitt architects to create contemporary home above Cheltenham

January 2017 - Work starts on state of the art data centre in Barnwood

November 2016 - Coombes Everitt commended in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards

August 2016 - Well known A40 development receives new lease of life as planning consent is granted for new residential development.

July 2016 - job opportunities - we currently have an opportunity for both PART I and PART II Architectural Assisstants and would welcome any candidates to send us their CV or contact us to discuss an interview.

May 8, 2016 - coombes:everitt architects wins Cheltenham Civic Society Award and Local Authority Building Control Award for National Star scheme.

April 23, 2016 - Warner’s Budgens open their new store in Winchcombe.

March 2, 2015 - coombes:everitt have just switched to Green Electricity supplied by Ecotricity.

March 2, 2015 - We have just received approval for the scheme we have designed for Andoversford Primary school, Gloucestershire. 

February 10, 2015 - coombes:everitt submit an entry for the Architects Journal Small Project Competition

January 2, 2014 - coombes:everitt publish third yearbook.

December 10, 2013 - We welcome Simon, our new architect, to our practice.

April 10, 2013 - We are pleased to be a main sponsor of the 2nd Cheltenham Design Festival which runs from Thursday, April 11 through to Sunday April 14.

February 1, 2013 - Planning approval for 4 contemporary homes on Aylestone Hill Hereford, increased numbers and GDV.

February 25, 2013 - Our latest planning approval in Cheltenham is a scheme for 33 residential units on a former light industrial site

June 25, 2012 coombes:everitt delivered a seminar which sought to explore options open to owners of redundant commercial property space.

February 5, 2012 coombes:everitt architects CGI of SIPs Residential Scheme

December 1, 2011 coombes:everitt architects Christmas Photo Competition

November 10, 2011 coombes:everitt architects Launch Architects Yearbook

September 12, 2011 Senior Architectural Technician Joins coombes:everitt architects

August 8, 2011 coombes:everitt architects are in the Architects Index

July 26, 2011 coombes:everitt architects Approved for 2011 Architect in the House Scheme

July 7, 2011 coombes:everitt Appoint Senior Architectural Technician to Meet Growing Demand

June 23, 2011 Architects Journal to Rank Top 100 Architects on Twitter

May 4, 2011 Architects opt for Structural Insulated Panels system

job opportunities

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