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Leighton’s unique journey to becoming an architect

Leighton’s unique journey to becoming an architect

The path to becoming an architect is quite stringent. But whilst many take a direct route to qualifying, others choose to take a longer journey and qualify later in life. One of our Senior Architectural Assistants, Leighton Williams, is a great example of taking the...

Considering Natural Light in Interior Design

Considering Natural Light in Interior Design

We all know that natural light is good for us. It can boost your Vitamin D levels, improve your metabolism, influence positive sleeping habits and have positive impacts on our moods. But how can we utilise natural light in interior design to enhance the myriad...

ISO 14001 Certification – CMS Group’s journey so far

ISO 14001 Certification – CMS Group’s journey so far

With every passing year, it’s becoming increasingly important to lower our environmental impact. This is something we are taking continuous action on, recently achieving ISO 14001 certification and aiming to become carbon neutral by the year 2030. At CMS, we have made...

Brenainn’s journey from school to Chartered Quantity Surveyor

Brenainn’s journey from school to Chartered Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyors play a key role in construction projects. Their job is to keep the project on track financially, estimating and managing the costs of materials and labour as it develops. Our team of Quantity Surveyors here at CMS work on a huge range of projects,...

Listed Building refurbishments – what are the key challenges?

Listed Building refurbishments – what are the key challenges?

Listed Building refurbishments bring with them many challenges. As buildings considered to be of special historic or architectural interest, the process of renovating such a property can be complex. Here we’ll explore the main challenges involved. But before we...

Life as an Architectural Technician – Grace shares her perspective

Life as an Architectural Technician – Grace shares her perspective

What sort of work does an architectural technician do? What skills do you need? What's it like working in the architectural team at CMS? If you're curious to find out the answers to these questions and more, read on. We caught up with architectural technician Grace...

CMS Group celebrates a wonderful 35 years

CMS Group celebrates a wonderful 35 years

As CMS Group today celebrates it's 35th anniversary as a company, we've taken a look back over the years to see just how far we've come. What a journey it's been! Let us share it with you... Where it all began Starting as a one-man-band, Construction Management...

CMS Group sponsors Weston-Super-Mare academy football team

CMS Group sponsors Weston-Super-Mare academy football team

CMS Group are proud to be sponsoring Weston-Super-Mare AFC's academy football team. In connection with our relationship with Optima Care Partnership and the proposed development of football club, we are proud to be offering support to the academy team. Our sponsorship...

Conservation repair works preserve the historic Corsham Almshouses

Conservation repair works preserve the historic Corsham Almshouses

CMS Architects recently completed a significant project at the Grade I listed Corsham Almshouses, built under the instruction of Lady Margaret Hungerford in 1668. These beautiful 17th Century buildings had suffered from the deterioration of  timber lintels and beam...

The Power of Colour – colour theory in interior design

The Power of Colour – colour theory in interior design

Ever wondered how interior designers find the perfect colour combination? Our interior designer Emily attended a great course on colour theory recently at KLC Design College at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. Titled Power of Colour, it delved into the...

Congratulations Tyler – Part II architect qualification completed

Congratulations Tyler – Part II architect qualification completed

Congratulations to architectural assistant Tyler, who has officially handed in his last project submission for his Part II architect qualification! Since joining us at CMS, Tyler has learnt and progressed so much, making valuable contributions to our architectural...

Lyme Disease Awareness Month – what you need to know

Lyme Disease Awareness Month – what you need to know

Did you know that Spring is peak tick bite season? Since we began supporting Lyme Disease UK as our charity of the year, we have learnt a great deal about Lyme disease and believe having an awareness of it is vital. Lyme Disease UK is a charity run by a wonderful team...

Earth Day – a day of sustainability and action for the planet

Earth Day – a day of sustainability and action for the planet

Every year on 22nd April, Earth Day celebrates the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to prioritise sustainability and protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Uniting people across the world, it’s a day that...

An architect’s toolkit – 7 top traits for new architects

An architect’s toolkit – 7 top traits for new architects

There's so much for new architects to learn, but it's possible for anyone to become a skilled architectural professional over time. Here we've brought together seven top traits that can help you forge a career you find meaningful and enjoyable.  Learn from...

Celebrating one year since The Arc’s launch

Celebrating one year since The Arc’s launch

It’s been a year since Chippenham’s climbing centre The Arc officially opened! Now a popular activity centre within the local community, this was a fantastic project to work on and has proved a great success.  We took project management responsibility for the centre’s...

The 8 RIBA Stages explained

The 8 RIBA Stages explained

There’s a lot involved when it comes to construction of a new building. With many different tasks and processes, it's important for a construction project to be organised in a structured and time-efficient way. Fortunately, the RIBA Stages provide the answer to this...

Interior Design – 6 things to think about when designing your home

Interior Design – 6 things to think about when designing your home

When it comes to designing your dream home, it can be hard to know where to begin. We caught up with our interior designer Emily to gather some tips on how to approach this process and create an environment that fits your lifestyle and brings your vision to life. Here...

Educational architecture – 6 key factors in effective school design

Educational architecture – 6 key factors in effective school design

Schools are places where students spend a large part of their day, thus creating a pleasant and engaging environment is important for fostering students’ learning and development.   The way we create our educational spaces has the power to transform teaching methods...

Hotel Indigo – a historic Bath hotel beautifully restored

Hotel Indigo – a historic Bath hotel beautifully restored

The Grade I listed Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel set in a historic Georgian terrace in Bath. Recently reaching completion, we are pleased to share the end result of this stunning project! As part of the conclusion of Hotel Indigo’s major restoration project, CMS...

2022: Our year in review

2022: Our year in review

Wow, what a year it’s been! This year has seen a number of developments for us, from projects reaching completion, to exciting new projects, to new staff members joining our team. Here we’ve brought together some of our highlights of 2022. On the project front, this...

A 3,000-mile journey for Lyme disease UK

A 3,000-mile journey for Lyme disease UK

At CMS Group, we are supporting a team of amazing men who will be rowing across the Atlantic in 2024 to raise awareness of Lyme disease and raise funds for Lyme Disease UK. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge will see Niall, John and Sam row 3,000 miles from...

Edd Parsons & Paul Rogers promoted to Directors

Edd Parsons & Paul Rogers promoted to Directors

Congratulations to Senior Project Manager Edd and Senior Architect Paul, who have both been promoted to Directors of CMS! Having contributed a great deal to the company over their time with us so far, Edd and Paul are thoroughly deserving of their new positions. Edd...

Environment & Ethics – keeping sustainability in mind

Environment & Ethics – keeping sustainability in mind

Sustainability. It's a word we hear a lot about, and for good reason. With the need to collectively reduce our carbon emissions growing more urgent every day, this topic is one not to be overlooked. Of course, the issue is complex and multi-faceted, with no one single...

Architecture – what’s it’s about and why we love it

Architecture – what’s it’s about and why we love it

Architecture is a key pillar of our organisation, so we thought we would delve into this area of the business a little more. What is architecture? What does a day in the life of an Architect look like? What do our Architects like most about their work? Let’s catch up...

The Circus, Bath – hidden heritage treasures uncovered

The Circus, Bath – hidden heritage treasures uncovered

Taking two years from start to finish, our renovation of a large property in The Circus, Bath was a great project to work on. Transformed from an old, rundown building to an absolutely stunning family home, this is an outcome we’re proud to have contributed to! The...

Snapdragons Nursery – a new and thriving educational space

Snapdragons Nursery – a new and thriving educational space

After completion in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, Snapdragons Nursery is now thriving with activity and full of happy children. Back in 2016, we were tasked to undertake feasibility studies for a new-build nursery project on a 1-acre site located in Cribbs...

The Forge & Fern – a vibrant new venue for Bristol

The Forge & Fern – a vibrant new venue for Bristol

A recent success for the CMS Group, construction of The Forge & Fern is now complete and being utilised to great effect. Taking a year from start to finish, we are thrilled to have been part of this project on Staple Hill, Bristol. Historically a blacksmith’s, the...

Gloucester Road Medical Centre: before & after

Gloucester Road Medical Centre: before & after

CMS Group provided the roles of Architect, Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Principal Designers on this complex development of the existing Gloucester Road Medical Centre. CMS have previously undertaken a modest extension project however following closure of...

Alternative Provision Special Education Unit

Alternative Provision Special Education Unit

CMS Architects worked with Beard Construction in successfully delivering this new Alternative Provision Special Education unit for Wiltshire Council within the Hope Farm Nature Centre, Trowbridge.  Follow CMS Group to keep up with our latest news...

Westmead Activity Centre project nears completion

Westmead Activity Centre project nears completion

Check out these recent project photos taken of the Westmead Activity Centre, a unique and exciting new facility for Chippenham which opens early 2022!  The plans include: Climbing Centre The climbing centre plans feature interior and exterior climbing walls,...

Bath Property Awards 2021 Finalists

Bath Property Awards 2021 Finalists

Each year the Bath Property Awards are held in the centre of Bath, giving the local businesses a chance to showcase their company and win a popular Bath Property Award. We are delighted to say that CMS are confirmed finalists! This year we have been announced as...

Welcome to the team Leila

Welcome to the team Leila

We are excited to announce the newest member of the CMS Project Managers & Surveyors team, Leila Rolfs. As a chartered building surveyor, Leila brings a wealth of building knowledge in both the residential and commercial sectors, with her particular interest in...

CMS are now Cyber Essentials accredited

CMS are now Cyber Essentials accredited

CMS are now Cyber Essentials accredited, having been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus status in the UK, with the help of our IT support company Mintivo. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme designed to help businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks, as...

Weston-Super-Mare AFC redevelopment plans announced

Weston-Super-Mare AFC redevelopment plans announced

We are delighted to announce that we are working closely with Weston-Super-Mare AFC. CMS Architects hope to achieve planning permission to provide new facilities for facilities for fans and the community as part of a major redevelopment on the Optima Stadium site....

Staff Spotlight – Edd – Senior Project Manager

Staff Spotlight – Edd – Senior Project Manager

Following on from the Staff Spotlight last month, this month we will be talking to our Associate Director and Senior Project Manager, Edward. Name – Edward Parsons Job Title – Associate Director, Senior Project Manager Time in practice – 15 years Education – Civil...

CMS to manage Climbing Centre in Chippenham

CMS to manage Climbing Centre in Chippenham

CMS Project Managers & Surveyors is proud to be managing the UK's first purpose-built climbing centre in Chippenham. The climbing centre plans include interior and exterior climbing walls, bouldering walls, changing areas, and indoor and outdoor café areas. The...

Staff Spotlight – Grace – Architectural Technician

Staff Spotlight – Grace – Architectural Technician

Following on from the Staff Spotlight last month, this month we will be talking to Architectural Technician, Grace Brooks. Name: Grace Brooks Job Title: Architectural Technician Time in practice: 4 years Education: HNC in Construction and the Built Environment...

CMS complete charity abseil for Bath Mind

CMS complete charity abseil for Bath Mind

CMS abseil the facade of John Wood's Circus for Bath Mind The CMS team descended the outside of a 60ft tall, Grade I listed Georgian property at The Circus, Bath to raise funds for a local mental health charity Bath Mind. Over 60 people committed to a charity abseil...

Revisiting a luxury Dorset home three years on

Revisiting a luxury Dorset home three years on

Nearly 6 years ago, we started working with these lovely clients to help them realise their dream home on the South Coast. Nigel and Susie wished to downsize by creating a contemporary dwelling nestled into a wooded hillside surrounded by spectacular sea views across...

RIBA Student Mentoring

CMS Architects participated in this year’s RIBA Student mentoring scheme, in collaboration with University of the West of England, Bristol. The mentoring scheme is intended to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience. CMS feel...

Staff Spotlight – Paul – Senior Architect

Staff Spotlight – Paul – Senior Architect

Following on from the Staff Spotlight last month, this month we will be talking to our Associated Director & Senior Architect, Paul Rogers. Name Paul Rogers Job Title Associated Director & Senior Architect Time in practice 23 yrs with 19 at CMS! Education...

Staff Spotlight – Ben – Senior Architectural Technician

Staff Spotlight – Ben – Senior Architectural Technician

Following on from the Staff Spotlight last month, this month we will be talking to one of our Senior Architectural Technicians, Ben. Name – Benedict Coulthard Job Title – Senior Architectural Technician Time in practice – Over 10 years in total. Education – HNC in...

Staff Spotlight – Ryan – Senior Quantity Surveyor

Following on from the Staff Spotlight last month, this month we will be talking to our Director and Senior Quantity Surveyor, Ryan. Name – Ryan Perry Job Title – Senior QS, Director Time in practice – 6 years and counting! Education – King Edwards School, Bath Hobbies...

Staff Spotlight – Tyler – Architectural Assistant

Staff Spotlight – Tyler – Architectural Assistant

Each month we are going to delve in deeper to the CMS team and put a spotlight on a different member of staff to learn a little more about what makes them tick! So, to start off the New Year is our Staff Spotlight on Architectural Assistant Tyler. Name – Tyler Scott...

Congratulations Hannah

Congratulations Hannah

We’re delighted to announce that Hannah Gorvin is now a fully qualified Architect. Congratulations Hannah on your hard-earned achievement, we wish you every success with your future here at CMS.   What was the most challenging part of your course? Hannah: It was...

Peter celebrates 25 years!

Peter celebrates 25 years!

Peter Blake, Managing Director of CMS Group, looks back at his time and development over the last 25 years… From the early days and the initial start at Box Hill… 1993 – ‘The Scout Hut’ or as it was known as, The Institute. To the move to Corsham High Street… 1995 -...

Meet Beth & Gemma, our Interior Designer and Landscape Architect

Meet Beth & Gemma, our Interior Designer and Landscape Architect

September was an exciting month for the team at CMS Group. Not only did we have our Interior Designer Beth return from maternity leave, but we gained a new member of the team, Landscape Architect Gemma. As a multi-disciplinary practice, we are always keen to highlight...

CMS Become a Bloom Accredited Supplier

We’re delighted to announce that we are now Bloom accredited suppliers. Bloom specialise in bringing together a community of buyers and suppliers to help the public sector buy and manage professional services better.  

Welcome to the CMS Family

Welcome to the CMS Family

CMS welcomes another young member of the CMS family into the world. Congratulations Ed Parsons and Cath on the birth of their second child from everyone at CMS! Here's a picture of CMS managing director, Pete Blake with Ed and Cath's new arrival...

Etons of Bath interview CMS Group’s Paul Coleman

Etons of Bath, specialists in Georgian Interior design and Georgian property renovation, recently interviewed CMS Group founder Paul Coleman, about our work on Georgian architecture in Bath and beyond over the last 30 years. Etons are the UK’s only specialist in...

Wiltshire Search and Rescue

Wiltshire Search and Rescue

Throughout 2018 CMS was fundraising for Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR), a local charity that coordinates a team of ‘professionally trained volunteers who provide specialist assistance to Wiltshire Police in the search for vulnerable missing persons.’ We held...

CMS Group celebrates 30th anniversary

CMS Group celebrates 30th anniversary

CMS celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday 9th November! To mark the special occasion, we held a party at the beautiful Roman Baths in Bath, accompanied by dinner and dancing in the stunning Bath Pump Room. We had over 130 guests join us to help celebrate, made up...

ITU World Triathlon

ITU World Triathlon

Peter Blake, Managing Director of CMS Group visited the Gold Coast in September to join ‘5000 of the world’s Triathletes’ including elite professionals in Queensland for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. This was Peter’s second time in competing for the ITU...

Working in construction – a woman’s perspective

Working in construction – a woman’s perspective

,In 2017, women in construction made up approximately 13% of the overall work force and whilst we don’t yet know the exact percentage to date, it feels safe to say that number may not have changed drastically yet. However, with groups such as Women in Property and the...

Bath Life Awards Finalists 2018

Bath Life Awards Finalists 2018

Each year, the Bath Life Awards are held in the centre of Bath, giving the local businesses a chance to showcase their company and win the coveted Bath Life Award. On January 16th the events were in full swing with the finalists being announced, and we are delighted...

Architecture in the city of Bath

Architecture in the city of Bath

CMS Architects were recently asked by Bath Life magazine to provide an glimpse into our favourite architecture feature in the city of Bath. You can read our response below. “The city of Bath has more than its fair share of architectural gems, both historic and...

A night with Bath Philharmonia

A night with Bath Philharmonia

This year CMS were headline sponsors for Bath Philharmonia’s annual concert for the people of Bath, in memory of the great Brian Roper. Brian was the patron for the Philharmonia orchestra, having dedicated many years to ensure as many people as possible could enjoy...

Wadswick Green Ground Breaking Ceremony

Wadswick Green Ground Breaking Ceremony

Today we joined the team at Wadswick Green for the very exciting Ground Breaking Ceremony for the second phase of the retirement village. The new phase will consist of 45 additional new apartments that will allow more people to enjoy the comfort and luxury Wadswick...

Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an essential helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in Wiltshire and surrounding counties, helping to save lives alongside the medical teams on the ground. But some people may not be aware that WAA is a registered charity,...

The World Triathlon Championships

The World Triathlon Championships

The CMS Group champion Peter Blake (Managing Director) has returned triumphant taking 5th place out of all Brits and 30th out of all 81 competitors in his race at the demanding World Triathlon Championships. Peter flew out to Cozumel, Mexico to compete in the...