Category: C+A Design Ltd
2017 Petrol Station Schemes

It was another busy and successful year in 2017 for the petroleum team at C+A Design, who were involved in over 130 PFS schemes with locations throughout the UK, as illustrated by the location map.

This was made up of;

  • 18 new sites/knockdown rebuilds
  • 14 re-pumps
  • 100 rollout of 24-hour trading

C+A Design are specialists in the design of petroleum dispensing facilities. Not only are we able to provide all the usual architectural services, our experience allows us to offer support throughout the process of building and modifying petrol facilities in areas such as Petroleum Officer Liaison (Part B permitting) discussions with the Environment Agency, fuel pipework design, vehicle tracking, hazardous zone plans and Stage 1 DESEAR risk assessments.

Our skills in the petroleum sector make us the designers of choice for a number of retail clients and contractors.

Happy Christmas

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and new year from all of us at C + A Design.

This Christmas we have sponsors a star for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

October Update

We are delighted to announce we are now ISO 9001 registered. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised Quality Management System.

In other news we welcome a further addition, Joshua Fanthome has joined as an Architectural Engineer having previously worked at a London based practice.

Two new job opportunities

C+A Design are delighted to announce two new job opportunities in our Hathersage office.

Architectural Technologist / Architect

Exciting opportunity to join our busy and fast paced Architectural Practice, established since 2009. Experience in Revit would be an advantage but not essential as training would be provided to the successful applicant.
Job Title: TBC dependant on experience
Wage: POA
Hours: 9:00 – 17:30 (Flexibility possible)
Additional benefits: Westfield Cash Plan, Vitality Health Insurance
Please send your CV and relevant portfolio to

We are looking for an administrator to undertake general office duties. Hours flexible to suit applicant.
Applicant must be proficient in both Word and Excel and have a general understanding of basic accountancy and invoicing.
Job Title: Administrator
Wage: POA
Hours: 15 – 20 per week (Flexible)
Please send your CV to

Architectural CV’s: An informal view

Adam Slade provides his throughts on CV’s

Throughout the year, we receive a steady flow of CV’s to our company email address. They are generally non-personalised (Dear Sir/Madam) and tend not to include our company address on the covering letters. Nothing screams ‘half-hearted’ than a non-personalised cover letter; why should we take the time to find out about you when you didn’t take the time to find out about us?

It does make me wonder why a large percentage of CV’s we receive look like they have only taken a couple of hours to put together. The amount of grammatical errors, poor layouts and hideously oversized text used to fill two pages is unnerving; it really shouldn’t need to be said that you need to take extra care to ensure none of these are present when sending your CV.

With regards to the supposed need to completely fill two pages; you don’t. A concise and considered CV will cover all the points required for a potential employer to make up their mind on whether you would be suitable to interview; ultimately making the length of your CV irrelevant.
– If you have a degree in architectural technology, is it appropriate for you to list all your GCSE results?
– Does the fact that you achieved grade 1 on the recorder have any relevance to the job position?
– Does that 2-month summer job at the local supermarket 20 years ago, really need to be shown?

It must be said, that being an Architectural Design practice, our expectations may be different to those of other business sectors. The key for me is that a CV should embrace the career that you are entering into. A CV is no different to viewing a piece of Architecture, for example, would you rather look at Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye or a generic house on an estate? Clearly only one stands out.

Take pride in your CV, make it a personalised project rather than just a common hand out. A good starting point is to Google ‘design CV‘ this should begin to get your creative juices flowing (don’t copy the first one you see; we use Google too). Start working on it well before you begin looking for jobs let alone before applying to a specific company, and come back to it don’t be fooled into thinking that because your old CV got you a job once before that it will do it again.

A CV is the first impression we have of you. That piece of double sided A4 paper could be life / career changing / defining, this is the one part of getting a job that is the easiest to manage! There’s no interview nerves in a CV…

– Take your time to carefully consider the content of your CV
– Think about how your CV will stand out from the crowd
– Have a professional check your CV
– Ensure you follow up your letter with a great phone call
– Check what you have written on your social media sites
– Provide a separate portfolio of work
– Incorporate your personality into the design

– Send an impersonal covering letter
– Use a generic CV
– Include incidental / irrelevant details (I love playing hockey as a hobby – but clearly haven’t in 10 years)



Planning secured for 28 new houses

C+A Design are delighted to have secured planning consent for the development of 28 new houses in South Yorkshire. The scheme was warmly welcomed and unanimously approved at the local authority planning committee meeting.

The scheme is a mixture of both 2 and 3 bedroom houses and is 100% affordable.

The development is due to begin later this year.

Our new website

Welcome to our new website and here’s our first blog!

After a short time under construction (if you can call a year and a half short), we are delighted to launch our beautiful new website!

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