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The Lud Gate, Bath

Posted 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

Joel Smith RIBA Director/Senior Architect writes an eye opening account of the Lud Gate in the city of Bath, for Bath Life Magazine...

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A Night with Bath Philharmonia

Posted 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

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, having dedicated many years to ensure as many people as possible could enjoy the music...


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Wadswick Green Ground Breaking Ceremony

Posted 6/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

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 Green has to offer.

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base

Posted 1/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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, relying almost entirely on public donations and receiving no regular funding from the government.

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The World Triathlon Champions

Posted 9/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

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 triathlon and has been training specifically for this event since January due to the high level of the competition and the intense heat expected during the races.

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A CMS Group Champion

Posted 7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

This year Peter is embarking on a new adventure in Mexico after qualifying for the World Championships in his Age Group category. Paul Coleman’s (CEO) and Peter Blake’s (MD) aspirations for CMS are always to support and help their employees achieve their personal as well as their career goals. After all, Paul always underlines the importance of being satisfied and happy in your personal life and how that immediately affects peoples work performance. That is why CMS has been supporting Peter’s new venture in Latin America. 

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CMS's Breakfast Morning!

Posted 7/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group hosted their annual breakfast event at their offices in Corsham last month. Clients and colleagues from the property industry attended joining our multi-disciplinary architecture team of architects, project managers and surveyors in an informal and relaxing atmosphere.

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Skills shortage – Myth or Reality?

Posted 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

Research conducted by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 1 demonstrated that although there was a 6% wages increase in 2015 in the property sector there is an unprecedented skills shortage in the industry.

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Something Old, Something New

Posted 6/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

"When it comes to architecture, the question of whether Bath should embrace modernity or remain faithful to its historical roots has long divided the city".

Is there potential in Bath for both old and new to co-exist in a way that doesn't undermine the city's architectural heritage?

Joel Smith, CMS Architects Director

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Showered with blessings

Posted 2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. The magazine comments in depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, property, the arts, gardens and gardening, the countryside, schools and wildlife. This eclectic editorial mix, combined with stunning photography and high-end property advertising ensures that week after week, Country Life is read by people who live the real country house lifestyle.

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Future Proofing GP Practice Premises

Posted 2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Start 2016 as you mean to go on.

The NHS is facing mounting challenges. Doctors are under increasing pressure to perform and, here at CMS Group, we’re finding that this is being keenly felt among our GP Clients. With suggestions of longer working hours, and the ever-present need to remain competitive, GPs often turn to their bricks and mortar for answers. Capital development and refurbishment are fast becoming a baseline requirement in meeting clinical needs and statutory compliance. With this in mind, and having spoken with a number of GP practice managers in recent weeks where, it’s clear that there are indeed ways that GPs can face their future with a healthier outlook.


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London Nursery School

Posted 1/22/2016 12:00:00 AM


Each child in England at the first school term after their third birthday, is entitled to 15 hours per week free childcare funding. Nursery schools and classes staffed by teachers and assistants, provide a non-compulsory phase of education suitable for children in the year before they immediately go to primary schools. They are sometimes attached to a primary school. Both types intend to provide a grounding for the child to start school, offering a range of structured educational experiences based on learning through play. A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves.  What does a school do with 4- and 5-year-old kids? How should be the nursery of the future? How children should spend their days in these structures?


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Life Cycle Costing – Building Lasting Value

Posted 12/18/2015 12:00:00 AM

SOMETHING we always stand by here at CMS Group is giving our clients genuine, meaningful value for money. And we’ve always strongly believed that true value should be as durable as the buildings we create. It has to last.

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Indoor Environmental Quality

Posted 11/20/2015 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group recently exhibited at the annual Care and Dementia Show at Birmingham’s NEC. It was a highly successful two days for us, and some of our conversations with delegates turned to maximising Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and, more specifically, how this can be optimised during design and build.


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CMS Group News

Posted 10/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

It been a great year moving from our offices at High Street to our new offices at 26 Martingate in Corsham, watching our team grow constantly and becoming a “one stop shop”.

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A Construction Consultancy with Education at its heart

Posted 9/7/2015 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group is part of this year's Bath Life Education Feature (p121) underlining Schools' challenges concerning budgets and increasing pupil numbers that consequently drive demand for more space, new facilities and the enhanced use of existing space.


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Bills of Quantities – The Return?

Posted 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM

A BUOYANT UK construction industry can only maintain upward momentum on a firm, balanced foundation of positivity and pragmatism. Which is why we believe that, for clients commissioning any new construction project, the watchwords must surely be value, quality and precision.

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Ironman Bolton UK

Posted 6/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group’s Director Peter Blake will be participating this year at the Ironman Bolton UK 19 July. The course includes a beautiful lake swim in Pennington Flash.The cyclists will embark on a 112-mile, two-loop journey from Pennington Flash into the breathtaking Lancashire countryside.

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Constructing the Future

Posted 6/15/2015 12:00:00 AM


THE Global Construction market is forecast to grow by 70% by the year 2025. Great news for our sector, naturally. But it got me thinking… about how this notional figure might materialise here in the UK. And, more importantly, how?


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Boarding Schools Architecture

Posted 5/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

WHILE our children happily burn through those after-school hours becoming the musicians, chess champions or Centre-Court legends of the future, mum and dad are buckling under the added pressure of making it all happen. It’s all part of parenthood, right? We want the very best for our kids and will stop at nothing to give them the finest learning opportunities we can. That said, we’d be forgiven for feeling a little like a taxi service; struggling to juggle our own careers with the rigours of responsible parenthood.


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Wiltshire Business and Sports Legacy Dinner 2015

Posted 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM

Paul Coleman was pleased to be invited to the Wiltshire Business and Sports Gala Dinner held in The Atrium at County Hall. The event proved to be very well attended with those from Local Authority, local businesses and local sports personalities.

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Corsham Means Business Show

Posted 3/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

We look forward attending the next one!

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QEH Careers Fair

Posted 3/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

To supplement CMS' ongoing relationship with Redmaids School, last week Ryan and Pepper had the pleasure of attending the Redmaids & QEH Careers Fair in Denmark Hall representing the fields of Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Architecture, and Architectual Technology.

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“A Structured Approach to Teaching Architecture…”

Posted 2/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group Architect, Pepper Barney, shares her experiences as an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England.

“ I’m an Associate Lecturer at UWE and this year I have been involved with tutoring 1st years in their studio module. The opportunity arose after I expressed an interest in how architects are trained in the UK, and my ongoing association with the RIBA Validation Panel, who monitor the quality of architecture courses around the world.
The studio module is the core of any architecture course, from the 1st year right the way through to the 5th year. In this module, students have the opportunity to implement the skills they’re developing across their other modules regarding: structure, environmental comfort, construction methods, statutory compliance (building regulations), and theory (the strategies that go into how a building is sited, entered, moved through, and worked/lived/played in, along with any social/community impacts that a building may have).

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How can UK schools better facilitate rising pupil numbers?

Posted 2/9/2015 12:00:00 AM

SCHOOLS across the UK are facing an increase in pupil numbers unseen since the Baby Boom of the last century. In fact, 2013 saw the highest number of births in a single year since 1972. A new ‘boom’ is in full swing and the pressure this is placing on classroom sizes is a growing problem. It’s the kind of challenge that construction consultancies like us are called on to help resolve.

To put it in context, a staggering 729,400 future pupils were born in the year to 2012. This resurgent birth rate, along with the additional demand of net immigration, is putting many a head teacher in a tight spot when allocating teaching space and resources.

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Santa visits CMS Group

Posted 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

Santa visits CMS group to hand out 'Secret Santa' gifts following the staff 'Christmas Curry'

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Soft Landings - No Hard Sell

Posted 11/15/2014 12:00:00 AM

by Peter Blake - Senior Project Manager


Managed right, Soft Landings will optimise building performance.

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Free School Dinners

Posted 9/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

HEAD TEACHERS the length and breadth of England have always had a lot on their plates, but from September 2014, in state-funded schools, each child in years 1 and 2 is entitled by law to receive free school dinners.

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Strategic Partnerships in Private Education

Posted 8/4/2014 12:00:00 AM

by Peter Blake. Director/Senior Project Manager

WITH the recent cabinet re-shuffle and the appointment of Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary, we can’t help wondering what trickle-down impact any policy shifts might have on Independent Schools. Particularly where decisions need to be made on infrastructural expansion and the consequent effect this will inevitably have on building budgets in an increasingly competitive sub-sector. (That’s assuming, of course, that there are any significant changes to Michael Gove’s reform agenda prior to the General Election in May next year?)

The likelihood is that Morgan will stay on-message and not do anything to further fuel the controversy that surrounded the Gove ‘era’.

Whether or not Gove’s agenda for the creation of more free schools goes ahead is one for Morgan to ponder, but it has got us thinking about some of the private school schemes we’re involved in, and what challenges are driving new-build, refurb or extension projects.

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What does an Architectural Technician get up to on the weekend?

Posted 8/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

FOR MANY of us, weekends are about kicking back and shrugging off the rigours of a long working week. A leisurely walk in the countryside. Maybe a lazy pub lunch that lingers all afternoon. Hazy barbecues that drift into long summer evenings. Or, if you’re Matt Bath (CMS Group Architectural Technician)... straddling a screaming 250cc motocross bike and off-roading in full gear until your bones rattle and you’ve lost several pounds in body fluid!

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Up with the best

Posted 7/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group was nominated as a Finalist (Best Education Building) in the recent West of England LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Quality Awards 2014, held in Bristol.

The recognition was for work undertaken on behalf of Corsham Primary School, near Bath. We were asked to design a permanent extension to the existing school, allowing for the removal of the sub-standard temporary classroom buildings.

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A Powerful Partnership!

Posted 6/28/2014 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group are proud to announce our sponsorship of one of Bath Rugby’s star talents, number 8 Leroy Houston.

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Building our Profile in Bath

Posted 6/28/2014 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group have featured in the latest edition of Bath Life. Our full-page advertisement, ‘Partnership’, appears within the publication’s annual Architects Feature, where our Senior Architect, Joel Smith, discusses one of his favourite iconic Bath buildings (page 33). This activity marks the start of a five month-long advertising campaign within Bath Life, so keep watching this space!

Building Partnerships

Posted 6/21/2014 12:00:00 AM

CMS Project Managers & Surveyors Ltd, in a joint initiative with Mitchell Taylor Workshop and Beard of Swindon, recently completed the new teaching block at Kingswood School in Bath.  READ MORE

Connected Learning

Posted 6/21/2014 12:00:00 AM

We recently completed the delivery of an exciting new extension to the teaching block at Neston Primary School, taking an existing planning permission and developing the design to meet the school’s evolved brief. 

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Canalside residential scheme

Posted 6/21/2014 12:00:00 AM

Home-owners and businesses move into latest phase of Charles Church canalside development in Stroud.  READ MORE

Creating an air of calm in A&E

Posted 6/6/2014 12:00:00 AM

Senior Architect, Paul Rogers, was recently interviewed by BBC Radio Wiltshire following the opening of the new Children’s Emergency Unit at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital. 

Listen to his interview here:-   Interview

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Fully integrated construction consultancy transforms By Brook Primary School

Posted 5/22/2014 12:00:00 AM

CMS Group acted as Architects, Project Managers and Lead Consultant for a newly completed extension at By Brook Valley Church of England Primary School in Yatton Keynell, Wiltshire.

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Oxfordshire country house

Posted 5/20/2014 12:00:00 AM

Main contractor Cordles are putting the finishing touches to the first phase of this refurbishment in preparation for handover to the client early in June.

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CMS Group Launch Event Music to Clients’ Ears

Posted 4/10/2014 12:00:00 AM

Newly re-branded CMS Group held their launch event at the Arnolfini Gallery on Tuesday 25 March. The group consists of CMS Architects Ltd and CMS Project Managers and Surveyors Ltd (formerly trading as CMS Bath Ltd and Bishopston Stephens). The launch heralded a bold new commercial and strategic approach from the group, and this was amply reflected in the content and mood of the evening! Former Bath Rugby and England Rugby Union Prop, David Flatman, entertained over 100 guests with an amusing account of how he first had professional contact with CMS Group. Dave explained why he genuinely believed in the company’s vision and philosophy, underlining that it is entirely focused on people and putting clients’ needs at the top of the agenda on any project.

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