We currently have two projects on site at the Holme Lacy campus of Herefordshire and Ludlow College.
The refurbishment of the existing Learning Resources Centre (LRC) will be complete for the start of the autumn term. This project adjoins the award-winning Straw Bale Cafe and creates a new external social space between the Cafe and LRC for the benefit of all College students.
Construction of our sustainable crosslam workshop has also begun - this utilises is a pre-fabricated timber structure which will allow for an extremely rapid on-site build.
More photos as the projects develop...
We just received the fantastic news that our Limpley Stoke Eco House has been shortlisted in the 2014 Wood Awards.
The national Wood Awards is the UK’s premier award scheme with over 40 years of supporting excellence in architecture in the world’s most popular naturally sustainable material.
The Limpley Stoke Eco-House was shortlisted against nearly 200 entries in the building category, so this is a significant achievement in itself.
The full Wood Awards Shortlist 2014 will be exhibited at 100% Design from 17-20 September at Earl's Court in London.
The winners of the Wood Awards 2014 will be announced on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 during a ceremony at Carpenters' Hall in London.
Our Ralph Allen Yard Cornerstone Museum and Community Centre enjoyed its official opening ceremony on 15th July, attended by Mayor of Bath, Cherry Beath.
The project has been designed to complete the Legacy of the Combe Down Stone Mines Stabilisation Project and ensure that the history of the Combe Down stone is fully presented. Its functions fall into three main sections:
The stone quarrying heritage lives on through the village and is illustrated through lively digital presentations together with tools and other artefacts retrieved from the mines.
Inspirational interactive educational material continues to be developed and added to by teachers and students and other specialists in fields such as transport, engineering, and conservation.
The Centre offers an attractive space well equipped for individual and group study as well as being suited to exhibitions, meetings, classes and film shows.
Its first public open day will be held on Saturday 19th July, 10am-4pm - free admission, everyone welcome!
Hewitt Studios swept the board yesterday at the Green Apple Sustainability Awards in London, picking up no less than 4 awards!
The Green Apple Awards have been running for over 20 years now and were set up to reward and promote environmental best practice in the UK and around the world.
Against stiff national competition, with over 500 entries, we managed to scoop the following accolades:
GOLD Award (Residential) - Limpley Stoke Eco House
SILVER Award (Residential) - Ralph Allen Yard
SILVER Award (Public Building) - Straw Bale Cafe
BRONZE Award (Education Building) - HCA Arts Space
A delighted team pictured above includes collaborators from Ridge LLP and Integral Engineering Design.
Congratulations and thanks to our clients and the wider team who all made this possible.
Our Limpley Stoke Eco House was Highly Commended in the LABC Building Excellence Awards last Friday night.
The awards are judged not only on design, but also on the "excellence" shown from a construction and technical point of view. They recognise design and construction teams that have tussled with technical issues, difficult sites and found innovative and creative solutions.
Well, that certainly sums up our experience on this one - congratulations to all involved!
We have just received planning approval for a new-build agricultural workshop in Herefordshire sporting an innovative timber structure.
The project is situated on the Holme Lacy campus of Herefordshire and Ludlow College and is designed to complement our recent award-winning project for the College, including the Straw Bale Cafe, Fast-Track Classrooms and Learning Resources Centre (LRC).
Unusually for an 'industrial' building, the workshop’s structure is formed in cross-laminated timber (as opposed to than the more usual steel). This is a pre-fabricated, sustainable and attractive self-finished material which allows for an extremely rapid on-site build (important as the College has a very limited window of construction opportunity) and gives the flexibility for services to be fixed anywhere.
The project is scheduled for completion early in 2015.
Today we handed over our Mining Interpretation Centre at Ralph Allen Yard from the Homes and Communities Agency to Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The centre is to be run the local community and it celebrates the history of stone mining in Bath. It concludes the HCA's £154m mine stabilisation programme in Combe Down, literally underpinning the future of the area.
Our Arts Space for Hereford College of Art made an appearance on BBC2 last night.
In the first episode of "Digby Jones - The New Troubleshooter", the College is used to help inspire staff of a local furniture design and manufacturing business with some hands-on prototyping.
Catch up with the episode on BBC iplayer (about 48 mins in)
23rd March 2014
Hewitt Studios will be presenting Ralph Allen Yard at a seminar hosted by MADE in Birmingham on Friday 28th March.
MADE have invited a handful of innovative design professionals to describe their recent experiences delivering sustainable residential projects and discuss their take on housbuilding for the future.
Ralph Allen Yard is a unique mixed-use development, in a sensitive location close to Bath, for the Homes and Communities Agency and Cox Development Partners Ltd. The brief describes two distinct elements - a cluster of 'Code 5' sustainable houses and a BREEAM-rated stone mining interpreatation centre.
More details of the other speakers and their presentations are available here
Its a busy time for Hewitt Studios as the first residents move into our Code 5 Zero-Carbon Houses at Ralph Allen Yard.
There are still a couple of properties available, so if you fancy a slice of low-energy living in the heart of Combe Down, please head over to the project's dedicated website.
We achieved Practical Completion on our Eco House in Limpley Stoke earlier today.
The project delivers a responsible family home, with ‘zero-carbon’ energy use, extensive use of local materials and a low-impact form, which is respectful of its neighbours and surroundings, whilst allowing its users to enjoy the stunning location.
We hope that its new occupants will spend many happy years enjoying their spectacular view!
As our Ralph Allen Yard project nears completion, we are delighted to report that is has been Highly Commended in the 2013 HouseBuilder Awards in the category of Best Zero and Low-Carbon Initiative.
Congrats to all involved!