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  • Square House 'One of our best schemes'

    A T A Fisher development of just three homes, which proved to be one of its most challenging, has emerged as one of its finest.

    Rather than demolish the historic Square House, a four up, four down detached property in Peppard Common, T A Fisher chose to refurbish, modernise and extend the property, while at the same time build two new family homes in the grounds.

    The result has been a stand out scheme with projected prices achieved on all three homes in an uncertain pre-Brexit market.

    Square House, built in 1900, just a few years after T A Fisher was formed, presented a number of challenges, one of them being a highway safety issue.
    Its original entrance in Stoke Row Road was yards from a busy skewed junction. Cars taking the left fork off the B481 Gravel Hill would often enter the road at speed, making a right turn out of Square House a significant hazard.

    Land consultant Jeremy Fisher said T A Fisher’s first priority was to improve safety and this was achieved by creating a new access in a more favourable position with a kerb build out acting as both traffic calming whilst enabling enhanced visibility for vehicles entering and leaving the new development onto the B481. This discretionary work was entirely funded by T A Fisher.

    In renovating, restoring and modernising Square House, a balance had to be struck between what was possible to retain, what was essential work and the specification today’s buyer expects in a modern home.

    Retained features include the original staircase, the veranda which was restored and reinstated, together with several original fireplaces. Only the more modern fireplaces were removed and a wood burning stove installed in the lounge.

    The windows which were a variety of types and styles were replaced with UPVC sash windows.

    Now Square House has all the benefits of a modern T A Fisher home including a high-spec kitchen/breakfast room and a main bedroom with en suite bathroom, yet it retains the charm and style of Victorian Oxfordshire.

    The two new homes built in the grounds are exceptional too. Cassini House has three storeys and three of its five bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.

    Torus House has four bedrooms including two en suites; its rear garden is enclosed by the original garden wall of the Square House.

    Mr Fisher said: “I think the scheme is arguably one of the best T A Fisher developments. It looks stunning but there is so much more to it.

    “Moving and redesigning the access was essential, then we sought to keep features in the Square House itself which involved considerable restoration.

    “We would like to have kept more features but today’s buyer is very discerning so it was essential to weigh those requirements with retaining the essential charm the house offered and I think we have succeeded.

    “The fact we have achieved our projected sales prices on all three homes appears to back up our faith in this scheme.”

    The house has a long connection with the medical profession. In the early days it served as a doctor’s home and surgery and was later bought by the Department for Health. Eminent psychiatrist, Dr Gerald O’Gorman, the former Medical Superintendent at Borocourt Hospital lived there until he died in 1998.

    His widow, Katy O’Gorman, remained in the house until she decided to downsize in 2016 and sold it to T A Fisher.

    One remnant of its medical significance sill exists next to the front door. Although no longer in operation, the night bell for medical emergencies was retained in the refurbishment.

  • Insurance refund because T A Fisher homes are so good

    At a time when quality of new homes is being questioned in the national news, T A Fisher has been refunded insurance premiums because of the lack of claims made against its properties.

    The Thames Valley housebuilder has been paid a refund on contributions to the NHBC, the body which sets standards in house construction and which provides 10 years of cover for new houses.

    Refunds are made to ‘long serving builders with very good claims records’ and T A Fisher was sent a significant refund because its homes attracted no claims against those it registered during the financial year 2002/3.

    Managing director John Fisher said: “One of our greatest strengths is the reputation we have built in the Thames Valley.

    “The quality of our homes is widely known but this is a genuine endorsement, showing that the people who buy the homes make very few claims compared to those in the wider industry.

    “People can move into one of our homes in the knowledge it has been built by a local company with an excellent name dating back more than 120 years. Very few housebuilders can say that.”

  • Developer T A Fisher wins permission for 25 new homes

    Plans for much-needed new housing in a South Oxfordshire village have been given the go-ahead after extensive public consultation.
    Developer T A Fisher obtained the permission after securing a housing allocation in the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Plan for the 1.5-hectare site on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    The plans allow for substantial landscape buffers to soften the transition to the countryside and existing housing in the village.
    The development, on land behind Kennylands Road, will comprise 15 open market and 10 affordable homes and will include relocating existing overhead power lines that cross the site, underground.
    South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) approved the scheme for 25 new homes under delegated powers.
    T A Fisher development director Steve Davies said he was delighted planning permission had now been granted.
    He said: “Our team here at T A Fisher, along with our planning consultants Pro Vision, has worked closely with the local community and council officers to achieve this outcome, demonstrating that a patient approach, working with local residents and parish representatives, can overcome obstacles and deliver much-needed new homes even in the face of initial resistance.
    “We look forward to delivering a high-quality living environment for our future residents that I am confident will be a positive addition to the local area.”
    Construction of the access road is due to start in Summer, 2019.
    The developer has withdrawn its planning appeal on a previous application for 30 homes on the site that was refused by SODC’s planning committee despite having officer support.

  • Occupiers take E-Centre stage

    A new letting at the E-Centre in Bracknell has brought the total space taken there over the last year to around 13,000 sq ft.

    In the latest deal, US software developer Embarcadero will relocate its EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) head office from Maidenhead to Unit 2 of the E-Centre which is owned by T A Fisher. Embarcadero is fitting out its space ready for occupation early next year.

    Hannah Taylor-Brewin of Page Hardy Harris which, along with Campbell Gordon, acted for T A Fisher, said: “We are very pleased to welcome another new business to the E-Centre.

    “Following the opening of the nearby Lexicon shopping centre, Bracknell has become a real destination of choice in the Thames Valley.”

    Embarcadero is behind some of the most successful software developer tools.

    A spokesperson said: “Together with access to the Lexicon and other amenities, the E- Centre offered Embarcadero refurbished space and the most compelling and competitive rates when compared to the market in other surrounding areas in the Thames Valley.

    “The Embarcadero team is excited about this move and we look forward to working and being part of the E-Centre community in the new year.”

    Campbell Gordon acted for Embarcadero.

    Previous deals over the last 12 months at the E-Centre involved:

    • KTM Online which took the first floor of Unit 5 last December.
    • Buckingham Schenk, a wine importer which took the ground floor of the same building in July.
    • IT and telecoms provider Electra Networks, an existing occupier which renewed its lease, also in July, for the whole of Unit 4 for a further 10 years.

    John Fisher, managing director of landlord T A Fisher, said: “Potential tenants are being attracted to E-Centre, not just because the product and environs are very appealing, but also because the overall cost terms, including rent and service charge, are probably the most competitive in the area.”

    The refurbished business park in Easthampstead Road now has just one 2,762 sq ft space remaining on the ground floor of Unit 2.

  • An opportunity to join a very special Fleet community

    An exclusive chance to be part of a small town centre community will be unveiled on 22nd – 23rd September at TA Fisher’s latest apartments in Fleet.
    This highly select development comprises of just 15 apartments on the first and second floors of Bridge House, benefitting from an unbeatable location just off Fleet’s High Street. With such a unique and appealing location, plus the option of Help to Buy being available, these brand new apartments are likely to appeal to both first time buyers and commuters in the well-connected Hampshire town. The apartments also start at a highly competitive £197,500, with a mix of studios, one and two bedrooms offering flexibility of choice.
    Bridge House, in the centre of Fleet, Hart, provides a highly sought after lifestyle, proven with Hart having been awarded the UK’s best place to live for the fifth time, by the Halifax quality of life survey.
    Steve Tetlow, Managing Director of Mackenzie Smith, who are responsible for the marketing and sales of Bridge House, couldn’t think of anywhere better for first time buyers or commuters. “The location is simply superb, at Bridge House you’re just a stone’s throw from the High Street, just a minute’s walk from all the local shops, restaurants and cafes, along with being a short 15 minute walk to Fleet’s train station with its direct service to Basingstoke or London Waterloo. The M3 is also just a mile or so outside of the town, making Fleet a great place to connect to the wider road network.”
    Although each apartment benefits from allocated parking, plus the benefit of the town centre car park nearby, the location is an easy place to enjoy and access for anyone without a car.
    Another unique aspect of this development is the scale, with just 15 apartments available it’s a select community, which would be ideal for those who perhaps grew up in Fleet and want to stay in the area, getting a high quality home at a competitive price. “The apartments at Bridge House naturally lend themselves to first time buyers, single people and professional couples, but could also be perfect for a mature audience perhaps looking to get more centrally located. Ultimately, the residents are going to be living near like-minded neighbours, within a safe and exclusive environment.”
    TA Fisher are renowned for building high specification homes, and Bridge House is no exception. Mr Tetlow adds, “For us this is a great opportunity to work with the reputable firm once again. We know from experience how happy buyers are with the end result of a TA Fisher home.”

  • Consultation helps shape new plans for homes in Kennylands Road

    Theale-based housebuilder T A Fisher is hopeful its latest plans for homes in Sonning Common will be approved after an extensive round of consultation with residents and councillors.

    The developer’s initial plans for 30 homes on a site, known as SON5 in Kennylands Road, were refused by South Oxfordshire District Council in October 2017.

    An appeal was lodged but T A Fisher also drew up a new proposal for 25 homes (10 of them affordable) and began an extensive consultation process with Sonning Common Parish Council and nearby residents to try to ensure the latest proposal would satisfy concerns and meet the requirements of the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Plan.

    A number of modifications have been made as a result.

    These include:

    • An agreement to submit a full planning application as opposed to an outline application so all details would be presented at the same time.
    • Reduced heights of some of the homes.
    • A three-metre landscape buffer provided on the eastern boundary.
    • A redesign of the layout to avoid overlooking of existing homes.
    • Use of varied materials to maintain the character of the area.

    The site is allocated for development and is one of the few remaining sites in the area which does not fall within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    T A Fisher development director, Steve Davies, said: “We have worked intensively with both the parish council and local residents to address their concerns surrounding the future development of this site and I believe the scheme we now have represents the optimal solution for all parties that addresses all the issues which have been raised.”

    The new planning application has now been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

  • Go Ahead For 110 T A Fisher homes At Mortimer

    Theale-based housebuilder T A Fisher has won approval for 110 homes, including 44 affordable units and new community facilities, at Mortimer.

    West Berkshire Council’s planning committee approved the proposals for a 20-acre site, south of St John’s Church in The Street, at its meeting on July 26.

    The masterplan for the land, which includes a wide variety of home types and sizes, was drawn up by planners and architects Pro Vision on behalf of T A Fisher. The developer is working in conjunction with the Englefield Estate which owns the land and is represented by Savills.

    The scheme’s approval, which is conditional on a section 106 agreement being entered into, followed lengthy consultation with the local community. It is designed to reflect the ambitions of the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Plan which was adopted after a local referendum in June 2017 in which almost 90 per cent of people voted in favour.

    The application includes a primary school, GP surgery and public open space and is adjacent to T A Fisher’s Tower House development of 17 homes which is due for completion in Spring 2019.

    The homes will be a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, two and three-bedroom bungalows and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses.

    T A Fisher managing director, John Fisher, said: “We are delighted to finally have the ‘green light’ on what is a truly fabulous site.

    “Our team successfully navigated a very rigorous planning process which has involved much consultation and engagement with the Neighbourhood Plan Group and other stakeholders.

    “As local housebuilders it is now our responsibility to deliver a development that fits with the landscape and local environs and which, moreover, achieves a high quality in terms of design and standard of workmanship.”

    Edward Crookes, Estates Director of the Englefield Estate, said: “This proposal is very much in line with the wishes of the people of Mortimer and their Neighbourhood Plan.

    “It is also very much in keeping with the Estate’s traditions of helping to provide local people with homes and community facilities, as we have been doing for centuries.”

  • Desirable Loves Wood Looked Attractive To Buyers

    A standout property goes on the market in August in a standout location.

    Loves Wood, a leafy cul-de-sac in sought-after Mortimer is the location of the latest T A Fisher development. The tucked-away spot is on the edge of one of the most active village communities in the Thames Valley.

    Comprising two high-specification homes have been developed, one of which has already been sold, leaving just one five-bedroom, detached property in this highly-desired and well-connected, village.

    Not only does this large family home boast a host of features including underfloor heating on the ground floor, a log burner fitted in the living room and bi-fold doors to a magnificent rear, the plot is 0.3 acres. Of its five bedrooms, four have built-in wardrobes and two have en suite bathrooms.

    The kitchen/dining room boasts the kind of high specification you would expect from a T A Fisher property and there is also a utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor in addition to a large living room, hallway, study and garage.

    Sansome & George have worked with us from the start, helping acquire the site, and will now help us find a buyer.

    Managing director, David Sansome said: ”Properties rarely come on the market in the desirable lightly-wooded setting of Loves Wood in Mortimer Village.

    “It’s fantastic to see what T A Fisher have created, two fantastic executive homes set on generous plots, which have blended into Loves Wood and are in keeping with surrounding properties.”

    “We always jump at the chance to work with T A Fisher, being a highly respected local builder who always strive to provide the best quality and specification.”

    Our Loves Wood home will be launched on the weekend of August 4 and 5.

    Sansome & George’s Mortimer office can be contacted on 0118 933 1773.

  • Massive interest in Tower House scheme

    “The best site in a long, long time” is how estate agent Graig Robertson describes T A Fisher’s Tower House development in Mortimer.

    Mr Robertson, director at David Cliff estate agent, says the diverse mix of 17 homes, ranging from two bedroom apartments to five bedroom detached houses, has attracted well over 100 enquiries since the T A Fisher board went up on site.

    He said Mortimer is already much sought-after but Tower House offers a rare combination of easy access to all the essential services along with a wide mix of properties in a village with precious little development.

    He said: “From my point of view this is the best site I have seen for a long, long time. There really is something for everyone; first time buyers, upsizers and also downsizers who are moving from bigger houses but want to stay in Mortimer.

    “You tend to find once people come to Mortimer they want to stay. People aspire to come here from the surrounding villages.

    “Mortimer is still what you call a proper village. You’ve got everything for day-to-day living and you don’t generally have to get the car out which is quite nice.

    “It’s a good family area. There’s a really big community here, there’s always lots going on. It’s a really good village.”

    As well as shops, restaurants, coffee shops, a large Post Office and the Horse & Groom pub, popular for its food, the site offers easy access to the railway station, countryside walks and is almost directly opposite Mortimer Common.

    There is also good transport access to Reading, Newbury and Basingstoke.

    Mr Robertson said David Cliff’s Mortimer office handles enquiries about Tower House on a daily basis. The site is due for completion in November.

  • T A Fisher has promoted Alex Chapman promoted to Construction Director

    Alex Chapman has been promoted to Construction Director for housebuilder and development business T A Fisher.

    Alex, who joined the firm as a surveyor in 2008 and later became commercial manager, has developed his technical knowledge since joining the company.

    Managing director John Fisher said the new role recognises the increased knowledge and responsibility Alex has taken on as the company’s housing activity has grown.

    He said: “The appointment will allow Alex to engage with the wider development team in shaping new projects to our renowned high standard and, at the same time, achieving competitive build budgets and commercial programming.

    “All of this is crucial as the company enters a period of undertaking more substantial projects.”

    Since joining the company back in 2008, as a Surveyor, my role has been varied and I’ve been involved with all aspects of the construction process from pre-start through to after sales.

    In 2014 and following a restructure internally, my role evolved to Commercial Manager, this gave me more responsibility whilst still continuing to be involved with the day to day running of projects.

    My recent promotion to Construction Director is greatly appreciated and underpins my developing role within the company.

    This new role will allow me to continue with my previous responsibilities but also to become involved with higher level decisions, inclusive of land buying and strategic decision making, which will hopefully keep the company on track to meet the expectations of our Managing Director, John Fisher.

    I would like to thank both John Fisher and Robert Price (Commercial Director) for this opportunity and look forward to what the future brings!

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