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And we are back......

July 2020

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Throughout lock down it was business as usual for Acanthus WSM with us catching up on Zoom 3 times a week to check everyone was fit, healthy and coping in these strange times. It didn’t take long for them to become very sociable events with Fridays meeting shifting from early morning to late afternoon, allowing us to share a cheeky glass of wine whilst we quizzed, scavenge hunted and even recreated famous paintings!


July has seen the office re-open with a structured return to work. Whilst we still have people based at home the team have been keen to get “back to normal” with a core back in residence. Many of us are now cycling into the city centre resulting in an alarming amount of lycra appearing!

Acanthus Architect's Zoom Ahead

March 2020


What a difference a month makes!

In these difficult times we are determined to keep going with business as usual or as close to it as we can. Our office closed officially on Tuesday and the team are all now working remotely. We are embracing  video conferencing and having used Zoom with the other practices in the Acanthus WSM network for some time it was an obvious choice.


It’s not just helping us with formal meetings and ensuring we continue to meet deadlines but is also proving invaluable to keep in touch with each other. We are a sociable team and working alone at home for us is a new experience. Technology however, is making it so much easier and the usual good office humour continues, including us checking to see who is still in their PJ’s at our daily 8.45 coffee session. The race is also on to impress with our virtual backgrounds although it’s so much more entertaining when random pets and children sneak onto frame.


We are all in good health, all working hard but all eating far too much. We hope you are too and please get in touch with one of the team if we can be of any assistance.

Kendal Road, Hellifield

February 2020

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In collaboration with Vistry Partnerships, Wakefield and District Housing and after lengthy discussion with Craven District Council we have successfully secured approval at planning committee for a new build residential development in the Yorkshire Dales village of Hellifield. The proposals which sit adjacent to commercial premises and a school include 23 one, two and three bedroom houses. All will have direct access to open green space which is designed to unify the settlement. The design aesthetic respects the local vernacular style of the area and provides much needed family housing in the village. It is envisaged that work will start on site in the Spring with the properties being completed within a year.

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