Planning fees increase by 20%

A 20% increase has been applied to planning fees. From 17/01/2018 the new fees are. (via Planning Portal 25.01.18)

Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine - February 2018 issue

We love the February 2018 issue of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.  It features a project close to our hearts - a personal one - Our home. 

Every architect should know what it feels like to be the client with the stresses and excitement involved in a project that that you are sinking your life's savings into!  We kept to our tight budget and timescale (even when the bats had very different ideas) and learned some valuable lessons along the way, which we now share with our clients. 

You can read more about the project here.

Happy Holidays

All of us at O2i Design would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

We also wanted to say "thank you" to our amazing customers and the fabulous projects that we have worked on this year. Designing a new home or getting involved with a building project can be an emotional journey and we have been privileged to share this journey with some wonderful organisations, companies, individuals and their families.

In 2017, we designed, gained statutory approvals, oversaw and project managed works on a great many building projects, conversions, extensions, renovations and new buildings across the West Country.

Amongst the many projects were 2 public house, a chapel and a cluster of retirement homes! Our clients have been individuals, families, commercial clients, community projects and local councils (including Glastonbury, Street and Langport).

We continue to love what we do at the heart of Langport and thank all our customers for making it possible. Thank you.

Our offices are closed from 22 December and we reopen on 8th January - We look forward to working with you in 2018!

National LABC Awards 2017

The National finals of LABC - Local Authority Building Control awards took place in London Friday 11th November 2017. Sadly we could not attend but were proud that our project for Somerset Film at The Engine Room represented the South West as the Regional Winner - Best Public Service Building. You can read more about this exciting Somerset project here

Delighted to have been nominated and many congratulations to the winner: The Word, in South Shields.

Bath & West Rural Enterprise Centre 

Our current project with the Bath & West Showground, near Shepton Mallet, is highlighted in the press today.  The Bath & West Society has revealed their plans to develop a new rural enterprise centre and you can read all about it here here.

Homebuilding & Renovating magazine

Homebuilding & Renovating magazine is the UK's most successful self-build magazine and essential reading for anyone taking on a self build, renovation, conversion, remodelling or improvement project. We hope to have some exciting news to share with you soon. 

The Telegraph feature

The recently completed extension/remodel of a property on the Somerset Levels by O2i Design was featured in the article "The Art of Living" by Jo Leevers in the Telegraph magazine (17/06/2017). Photographs by Penny Wincer. You can read more about the project here

Opening of The Drayton Crown in Somerset

The Drayton Crown has recently re-opened (09/06/2017). This public house is one of our recent Somerset projects. After nearly two years, what was a tired public house has undergone a complete facelift. The newly designed pub look stunning.

You can now enjoy a pint in a thoroughly comfortable, modern public house with a large bar, four B&B rooms, a skittle alley and function room, dining facilities for 40 people, a spacious garden and on site parking. Congratulations to the new Landlords. You can see more information here

Winner - Best Public Service Building awarded for the renovation and remodelling of The Engine Room 2 in Bridgwater!

O2i Design Ltd were thrilled to win the "Best Public Service Building Award" and accept the award on behalf of their client for the renovation and extension of the Engine Room II, for Somerset Film as part of the LABC South West Regional Building Excellence Awards 2017.

The site on Bridgwater’s High Street, had been in poor condition, the staircase to the first floor was missing, the upper floors had become hazardous and the leaking attic was home to a flock of birds, whilst the yard was used to store festival equipment and the rear wall was a patchwork of repairs.

Somerset Film wanted to create flexible new workspaces, provide circulation links to existing offices and studios and create a fully accessible building.  The new scheme achieves this by adding a new three-storey extension with partial demolition of the existing building whilst retaining the original frontage. You can read more about this project here.

Finalist in LABC South West Regional Building Excellence Awards 2017

We've dusted off our glad rags and we're ready!

Friday 12th May 2017, several hundred building industry professionals will gather together for a glittering event.  The LABC Excellence Awards celebrate building projects that demonstrate outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and high performance.  

Contractors, architects, designers and local authority building control surveyors will come together in Plymouth to celebrate the best projects across the South West.

And we are delighted that our Langport-based architecture practice has 2 Somerset projects in this year’s finals, up for 6 Awards in total.  

The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards are the largest business to business awards in the UK, covering all local authorities in England and Wales. The Awards are split into 12 regions and the South West Awards cover Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.  

The nominations have been assessed by an independent judging panel and the winners will be announced at this splendid event.

Congratulations to all the Finalists and good luck tonight.

Winner - Green Apple Award 2016

O2i Design ltd, has just been awarded a prestigious industry award for Environmental Best Practice at the Houses of Parliament in London, where Duncan Pyle was presented with the Gold Award at the Green Apple Environment Awards ceremony on 11th November. The winning project was the design of two ingeniously designed homes with low running costs. Solar thermal panels and PV cells were integrated into the roofs, whilst ground source heat pumps on 60 metre deep bore holes, backed up with wood burners, allow the houses to run entirely on renewable energy. 

This project  competed against more than 500 other nominations to win the highly regarded award. You can read more about the project here.

Work Placement

Our small team is often joined by architectural undergraduates looking for a short work placement during their holidays. The aim is to provide them with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge in a busy work environment. Our experience has always been that we gain as much from our students, as we hope they do. They know cool stuff and have nothing to lose. This year we have enjoyed our time with Jake and wish him every success in his studies. 

If YOU are interested in a work placement, please email us your cv and portfolio.

15th Anniversary (June 2016)

This June, O2i Design ltd celebrates 15 years in business. We are looking forward to the next 15 with more exciting new build projects, renovations, restorations, extensions, conversions and listed buildings!

LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016

This is always an exciting time for us and we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for 4 projects which have been nominated and made the shortlist  across 5 different categories in the SW LABC Building Excellence Awards. You can find out more about our finalist projects here.


Is April 2016 time to dust off our tuxedos?...Maybe not just yet, but tension is building at O2i Design's HQ.  We've just been notified that several of our recent projects have been nominated for various 2016 awards, being judged later this year. 


Do you know about Houzz? It's a website and online community talking about architecture, interior design, landscape design and home improvements featuring photos, articles, products, and a user forum.

You can now find a few of O2i Design's most recent projects here.

Somerset Film at the Engine Room, Bridgwater

Our project for Somerset Film at The Engine Room in Bridgwater is nearing completion and we could not be more excited to see the first stage of this extensive refurbishment come to fruition due to finish in May 2016.

New Build in North Somerset

Our design for a new build eco home in North Somerset has just been granted planning approval. A new dwelling will replace a tired bungalow. The new house will be a light and airy modernist-inspired family home.

A rare opportunity to purchase a single building plot in the centre of Glastonbury town

A Centrally located building plot with Planning permission granted for a modern home, designed by O2i Design. Look out for it at the Cooper & Tanner Property Auction on 23rd Feb 2016 in Frome.

Somerset Jazz Fans

If you are a jazz fan - here is something to look forward to in March - O2i Design Ltd is delighted to sponsor another "Drayton Events" music night with a 9 piece band comprising solely of top players from the UK jazz scene in a re-creation of Norman Granz's legendary concerts at the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  

Happy New Year

Thank you to all our lovely customers for the projects we have shared over the last year. It has been a pleasure to work with so many of you, on such exciting projects ranging from historical Nissen huts to a refurbished convent. We would like to wish you a very happy new year and hope that 2016 brings you much happiness in your new homes and work premises. 

The Royal Bath & West Agri-Tech & Food Innovation Centre

The Royal Bath & West Society has just approved further feasibility into establishing a unique Agri-Tech & Food Innovation Centre on The Showground to support the business development of aspiring food & drink manufacturing businesses.  O2i Design Consultants have been commissioned to undertake this significant piece of work for the Society and are delighted to be carrying out this innovative project. More information here.

Calling Jazz Lovers in Somerset

An unmissable event. O2i Design are proud to sponsor Drayton Events' next concert on Tuesday 1st December 2015 in Langport. Hot from London's jazz scene, this is a rare event and O2i Design are delighted to support this evening of world class music with Pete Long, James Pearson, Laurence Cottle and Ed Richardson. Join us for an unforgettable evening of Jazz from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington.

2015 brought us many wonderful new projects. 

Currently on our (virtual) drawing boards for the year ahead, you will find an old convent, residential conversions, commercial alterations, new-build low energy homes, conference & wedding venue, design guides, a community centre and many more. We are excited by all these projects and continue to take on new work (both large and small). If you wish to discuss your potential plans, please do contact us either by phone on 01458 253050 or email.

Championing a Crane 

We began championing the O2i Design crane in March 2014. This is not a construction hoist but a majestic native wetland bird.  As part of the Great Crane Project, Skye hatched in September 2013 and spent last year as part of the non-breeding flock on the Somerset Levels. We think, we occasionally see Skye flying over our Langport office, as her favourite feeding spot is close by on Aller Moor.