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  • T A Fisher reaches property awards finals

    A stunning T A Fisher development has made it to the finals of the Thames Valley Property Awards.

    Our Square House scheme has been included on the shortlist in the Residential Development of the Year category for TVPA 2019.

    Square House, a 120-year-old former doctor’s home and surgery in Peppard between Henley and Sonning Common, was brought back to life by T A Fisher as a remarkable family property.

    The four-bedroom detached house now has all its original charm, yet the interior boasts modern hi-spec facilities and appliances.

    In its ample grounds we built two further large family homes, both unique in their architecture but carefully paying tribute to the arts and crafts style of the early 20th Century.

    But the scheme was not just about the new homes. We moved a dangerous access to a safer part of the site with built up kerbs either side to further aid safety and visibility.

    The result is three high quality family homes, better use of the site and a significant upgrade in safety which will benefit the new owners and all users of the roads around the site.

    Winners of TVPA 2019 will be announced at a black tie dinner at Ascot Racecourse on May 2.

    T A Fisher managing director, John Fisher, said: “We are incredibly pleased with the end result of our work at Square House.

    “It’s one of our smaller schemes but it’s one which stands out and, we feel, is worthy of recognition.

    “It is unusual for us to enter awards but have made an exception this time around.

    “There is a certain degree of satisfaction in preserving older, distinguished buildings and if one can achieve that alongside the creation of sympathetic new build designs then that’s very rewarding indeed.”

  • 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.