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Planning Permission Approved for the Forest of Dean Project

After receipt of Planning Approval from Forest of Dean Council, preparatory enabling works have commenced at Rock Cottage.
The existing flat roofed sun lounge and porch have now been demolished and this area will be replaced with a new Kitchen Dining open plan extension.
A new porch to replace the existing will also be constructed to the front of the property to create a focal point for the cottage.

Rock Cottage – St Briavels Common, Forest of Dean


Built circa 1880s Rock Cottage was originally 2 separate cottages recently amalgamated to form a single dwelling.

The cottage had been enlarged previously with a two storey extension to the North and a single storey flat roof extension to the South. Neither of which related architecturally to the original cottage.

Clients Brief

To refurbish the original cottage to reflect its parsimonious past and to extend sympathetically to suit the lifestyle of the new owners namely

  1. A large Kitchen and Dining area with views to the Southern part of the garden
  2. To relocate the ground floor Bathroom to the first floor
  3. To provide Utility area and ground floor WC
  4. To create additional space for home working
  5. To create a Master Bedroom facing East over open countryside
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Planning drawings were submitted to The Forest of Dean in March of this year with a determination date of 29th April 2016

The Planning Officer visited the property early in the process and was appraised of the background and reason for the design.

To date there have been no objections received from neighbours nor The Parish Council.

2016 West of England Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for the 2016 West of England Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards taking place on Friday 6th May under the following category(ies):

Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion, Best Individual New Home, Best Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team.

Our Best Individual New Home entry is for 1 Pound Drive, Fishponds, Bristol. Take a look at our completion photos below.


It’s our anniversary!

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Specialising in architectural design Maddox Design Ltd was formed in 2000 by Paul Maddox an Architectural Technologist with over 30 years experience in commercial, retail and residential projects.

Our team are proud to have worked on so many interesting projects in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

This month we’re celebrating our one year anniversary in our new office! We thought it would be interesting to look at the history of the site and show how it has evolved.


The above photographs show the site circa 1960’s and 1970’s being used as a grocery store with accommodation above. Due to the poor state of repair it was demolished in order to build our new office.

Visit our office today

Maddox Design Ltd
315 Two Mile Hill Road
BS15 1AP

 to enquire and find out what we can do for you!

How CAD Modelling Works

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Computers have today completely revolutionised the work of designers. Efficiency and speed have increased dramatically, as well as the ease at which communication is possible. For example, previously, working on drawings was time consuming and it took even longer to work on revisions.

Computer-Aided Design or the CAD technology has not just cut down on the time being spent on drafting to a small fraction of previous times, but now drawing alterations can also be effected quickly without necessarily having to redraw everything. Additionally, diverse views can now be easily generated utilising the same drawing.The WorkingToday, CAD and CAM software that is highly affordable has become fully main-stream among lots of dependent industries. The software is available easily from several provider companies in Bristol and getting access to free demos as well as downloads is not too difficult.

In generating the actual component model, Computer-Aided Design (CAD designs) works alongside Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM numerical coding) in operating the machine that generates the desired product.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing or CAM generates physical models, a very useful feature when manufacturers need to check a component or part for proper fit against other parts.

The Importance of CAD Software

Computer-Aided Design is an innovative computer technology that helps in technical drafting and drawing of products including buildings. Experts use it in the development of 3D drawings of their architectural designs, although its core function is creating 3D solid and surface models including 2D vector-based models.

Manufacturers are employing the capabilities of CAD to look at a particular component part and its designs prior to its production. This aids in checking for defects and if necessary in the re-designing.

Software Considerations

While obtaining free downloads and demos are useful methods of exploring your software options, it is to the best interest of your company to invest some resources in the more expensive versions of the software. Establishing the most suitable software for your company specific application needs calls for some planning and forethought. What you can achieve with software from a free download will be limited, hence why it is important to consider a bigger financial investment in line with your application requirements in Bristol.


Today, Computer-Aided Design systems are accessible in all the major online platforms such as Mac OS X, Linux, Windows and UNIX. Several of the packages will even support and are compatible with multiple platforms. As of now, you don’t require any special hardware for operating most CAD software. Nevertheless, some of the CAD systems can perform computationally and graphically intensive tasks, and that’s why it may be recommended that you acquire a high speed CPU, an advanced graphics card and larger RAM capacities.