Category: News
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 two further additions, Sue Wicks joins as finance administrator and Joshua Fanthome has joined as an Architectural Engineer having previously worked at a London based practice.


Welcome Jack & Placement Students Excelled

Welcome to Jack who recently joined our team on a year placement from Sheffield Hallam University. More details on Jack can be found on our people page.

Jack takes over the placement position from Alicia who will be returning to Sheffield Hallam University in September – thank you for her efforts here in the past year.

Previously placement students have gone on to achieve great results in their final year:

– Nathan Saulle 
1st Class Degree BSc (Hons)
CIAT  2016 project winner
CIAT 2016 report commended

– Gerard Langley
1st Class Degree BSc (Hons)
CIAT 2017 project – nominated
CIAT 2017 report – nominated

Director Adam Slade was a guest critic at the final year crits where a very high standard of work was observed.


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 info@cad-ltd.co.uk

Administrator
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 info@cad-ltd.co.uk


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…

DO:
– 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

DON’T:
– 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.


Mixed use feasibility study

We recently undertook a feasibility study for a mixed use development in the North East, one of the many professional services we offer. Utilising cutting edge technology C+A Design were able to offer rendered images to bring a concept design to life at an early stage. The Client described the results ‘incredible.’

If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us.

 


Archaeological finds in London

It’s not often when digging around in the ground anything of Archaeological interest appears. At a recent project, South of the Thames, several Victorian pots were uncovered as well as foundations from a turn of century brick chimney stack. A shallow ditch has also been uncovered, though to date from either Middle-Late Bronze or the Late Iron Age.

MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) were on hand to record the interesting finds as part of their watching brief.


C+A Detail, Design & Deliver 25 Petrol Sites in 2016

As the end of the year nears, we thought it would be a good time to have a look back over the past year. As one of the UK’s specialist petrol station designers over 2016 we have Design, Detailed & Delivered 25 petrol stations throughout the UK. This has included 18 brand new petrol locations and 7 sites which have been knocked down and rebuilt.

Developments have varied from automated sites of 2 to 10 pumps through to PFS’ with shops one of these schemes was in Hereford.

Please get in contact with us if you would like any further details or information on the services we can offer you.


Calleywhite completes

The warehouse scheme in Dronfield (Calleywhite) has reached completion. C+A Design provided building regulation drawings, 3D visualisations and Principal Designer services.

For full details of the scheme please click here