St Lukes Church Maidenhead Christmas Tree Festival 2021

This year, after 2 years of Covid related postponement, the annual Christmas Tree Festival has returned to St Lukes Church, Maidenhead, adjacent to the offices of TPA.

The nave of the church is lined with 60 Christmas trees, which local businesses and individuals sponsor and decorate.

Architects Sara Fontana and Win Man organized a workshop of highly skilled staff to design and produce the decorations, under the theme of ‘sustainability’.

Using office waste-paper, a team of dedicated architects has salvaged, shaped, folded and cut old drawings, to create a range of intricate decorations, each imprinted with a small part of a design or construction drawing.

The tree was decorated on 2nd December, for a festival that will run until December 5th 2021.

Each tree has a collection box, with all funds going to the Thames Valley Hospice.

If you are in Maidenhead please visit the church on St Lukes Road and make a donation at the TPA tree.

The box with the most money wins the festival prize!

TPA Director Natasha Gandhi RIBA has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Thames Valley Property Awards, organized by The Business Magazine.

The awards will be announced at the leading commercial property event in the region, recognising the contributions of property agents, developers, planners, consultants, property lawyers, and dealmakers to the success of the sector.

Winners, in 18 award categories, will be revealed during a gala evening of celebrations to be held at The Pavilion, Ascot Racecourse, on 9 December 2021.

Natasha, who is a Chartered Architect, is engaged on a wide range of projects in the southeast of England, including high-end residential, commercial, community buildings and Listed Buildings.

She has been short-listed as a finalist in the ‘Young Property Person’ category.

Fingers crossed!

Natasha became a director of TP Architects in 2020 and is expanding her expertise by training to become a Conservation Architect.

She is highly organised and has used her skills to review and improve the practice operating procedures.

New software has been introduced to record and monitor projects, from initial client contact through to project completion This has ensured all our projects receive attention to detail, are completed to programme and all chargeable time is carefully recorded.

In addition to her own design and planning workload she has the role of allocating work within the practice.

For relaxations she spends the weekends renovating and extending an old house in Maidenhead with her architect husband, Ed.

We wish her every success on 9th December!

The UK housing market is currently experiencing a boom following Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday for properties up to £500,000. For our clients, the average stamp duty saving will be £15,000. Yet perhaps this incentive has been a little too successful – last month, the average cost of a house in the UK rose by over £3,000 as a result of the market hitting all-time record highs. So is moving now really the best option for you?

Last week, the first stage of the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick’s shake up of the planning system took effect, with new permitted development rights allowing building upwards on existing buildings. It is now possible to extend your home upwards without the need for Planning Permission. This includes detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and even blocks of flats. Importantly there are no restrictions on properties in the Green Belt. Adding an additional storey to a property can increase its value by up to 30%, which is likely to be worth more than that saved with the stamp duty holiday.

It is important to be aware that some criteria must be met to ensure your proposal complies with the new relaxed legislation. If you are considering expanding your home and want to find out more about how it could make the most of this new legislation, call TPArchitects at 01628 412388 or email