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Paul Cashin Architects | Contemporary Chartered Architects in Winchester, Hampshire / News

Paul Cashin Architects 'PCA' is a creative RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architecture practice based in Winchester, Hampshire. PCA takes a design-led approach to the practise of contemporary architecture, believing that well thought and considered design is essential to the creation of successful architectural space.

The practice undertakes contemporary architectural design projects across residential, commercial and civic sectors of the construction industry. Currently having a number of live projects across Winchester, Hampshire and the South Coast including one-off new build houses, extensions and commercial business projects.


As a small practice, our strength lies in our inclusive and personal approach, working directly with clients, consultants, and contractors, encouraging the cross over between architecture and other areas of art and design.

We are in a consistent state of process, working through a range of media including physical and computer models, hand and computer drawings, sketching and conceptual diagrams, discussions and presentations.

Paul Cashin Architects was founded in 2012 by Paul Cashin. Paul studied Architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Vienna, graduating in 2011 with an RIBA Presidents Medal nomination. He has worked for numerous practices, including Design Engine Architects working on contemporary university, school, housing and one-off house projects between 2008 and 2012. Paul has also taught at the University of Portsmouth and was a member of the Project Office for the school. Paul started PCA in 2012 which has set up offices in Winchester in 2016.

Paul is an RIBA Chartered Architect registered with the ARB.

Paul Cashin Architects - Submits Planning Application for Contemporary Replacement Dwelling

Paul Cashin Architects have been working closely with the clients through several iterations to resolve the final design for Hillcroft, a new build replacement dwelling near Winchester, in Hampshire.

The proposed scheme, which replaces an existing uninhabitable building on site with a new detached contemporary property, will include 3 bedrooms, master suite, open-plan kitchen, living, diner, separate enclosed living space, utility room, WC and an office space situated on a mezzanine level above. Exposed brick, concrete floors, timber walls and the careful composition of views, roof lights and circulation will help to articulate an interesting and considered interior arrangement to the rooms. An open and flexible feel to the communal living spaces draws comparison to the Swedish idea of the ‘allrum’, or family room, and will contrast with the privacy and seclusion of the bedrooms.

The visual impact of the proposal is minimised through the idea of two forms, as opposed to a single, larger mass. The smaller of these is slipped back in plan, making it subservient to the larger, primary form.

The external aesthetics draw influence from Scandinavian styles and the rural architecture of Hampshire. Natural and black stained timber, composite windows, slate tile roofs with overhanging eaves, and dusty grey render-smeared brick walls are proposed. Accents of metal articulate details, such as bespoke gutters that project beyond the building facade. These work to turn the pouring rainwater into a feature to be seen and appreciated.

The finalised scheme has now been submitted to the planning authority to apply for planning permission. In preparation for this, a planning consultant was appointed to produce a report about how the design complies with planning policy. PCA also produced a detailed design & access statement, which explains the proposal within its direct and wider Hampshire context, and an ecologist produced a report about the landscape context of the proposal.

The finished scheme strives to be a considerate, beautiful example of contemporary Hampshire architecture, situated harmoniously within the site, enabling the occupants to enjoy vast and expansive views over the surrounding fields and tumbling Hampshire countryside.

Visualisation 1 - Front view

Visualisation 1 - Front view

Visualisation 2 - Rear view

Visualisation 2 - Rear view

Visualisation 3 - Dining

Visualisation 3 - Dining

Visualisation 4 - Kitchen

Visualisation 4 - Kitchen

Visualisation 5 - Bedroom

Visualisation 5 - Bedroom

For more examples of our contemporary architecture designs please view our selected projects here, or if you would like to discuss a project please view our contact page here.