Hewitt Studios have recently submitted a planning application on behalf of WElink Energy and Barcelona Housing Systems to create an Innovation Centre at Berkeley Green in South Gloucestershire.

WElink and Barcelona Housing Systems have developed a fast-track, scalable and sustainable packaged building solution to address the international housing shortage. They are seeking to establish a UK Innovation Centre at Berkeley, where they can develop and tailor their unique product for the UK market.

Their prefabricated system targets zero-carbon energy in use (with high levels of insulation, efficient services and on-site energy generation) and is assembled without the use of water or cement.

The 'test mule' at Berkeley represents the first stage of their stated promise to bring 8,000 low cost homes to the UK.

Hewitt Studios recently received detailed planning consent for its latest project, a new University Technical College (UTC) at Berkeley Green sponsored by South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS) in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) and a network of regional, national and international employers.

Berkeley Green UTC will specialise in Digital Technologies, Cyber Security and Advanced Manufacturing. It will directly respond to the demand from employers for adaptable, flexible and suitably skilled young people to support the growing engineering and digital sectors in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Bristol. The UTC will provide young people with a unique opportunity to take part in an employer led curriculum in a challenging, fun and supportive environment. The strong links with education and business partners will support learner’s progression to both higher education and employment.

The project is scheduled to open its doors to learners in 2017.

Hewitt Studios will be presenting the scheme as part of a discussion on the Berkeley Green Science and Technology Park at the upcoming Gloucestershire Business Show at 3pm on 18th May 2016 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Hewitt Studios are currently developing designs to re-house a wood recycling charity as part of the Crindau flood alleviation scheme (FAS) in South Wales.

We are working with Natural Resources Wales and JBA Bentley to create new premises for Reseiclo, replacing their old home which currently lies within a flood risk area.

Reseiclo Community Wood Recycling is a Social Enterprise (not-for-profit company) formed in 2007 in Newport and is dedicated to the rescue of waste wood from being needlessly thrown away.

Reseiclo collect 'waste' timber from all over South Wales, mostly construction sites. They work with some of the biggest Construction Companies in the UK, like Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes, as well as collecting wooden packaging from the Industrial and Commercial sectors.

Their new premises will help them to make and sell all sorts of wooden items from this reclaimed timber, whilst also assisting the training and rehabilitation of disadvantaged adults.

The project is scheduled for completion later in 2016.

5th April 2016

Hewitt Studios have recently secured outline planning permission for a number of residential plots in Herefordshire.

The sites present a variety of self-build / development opportunities; detached, semi-detached, apartments, etc.

Some of the plots are now making their way to market - interested parties can find out more information here.

10th March 2016

Our Crosslam Workshop for Herefordshire and Ludlow College at Holme Lacy is a finalist in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016. It has already attracted attention in the press, with Tree Hugger hailing it as 'a model of how to build those B-class buildings with care, with sustainability in mind, and with style.'

Unusually for an industrial building, the workshop sports an innovative and efficient ‘flat-pack’ timber structure, which takes advantage of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)'s omni-directional loading capability to cut all beams, columns, walls, and roof from a single 200mm thick board. This pre-fabricated, sustainable and attractive self-finished material allowed for a rapid on-site build (important as the College had a limited window of construction opportunity) with reduced foundation sizes, the flexibility for services to be fixed anywhere and the creation of a high-quality internal environment (with excellent acoustic properties).

The workshop also has a modest energy requirement in use, thanks to a highly insulated envelope, efficient services specification and 12kW of roof-mounted solar pv panels, all helping to secure its A-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

We are very pleased to have had two projects shortlisted in the 2016 RICS awards.

Our Flatpack Crosslam Workshops and Limpley Stoke Eco House have both been shortlisted in the Design through Innovation category - recognition of their pioneering approach to environmental sustainability.

The winners will be announced in late May 2016.

25th January 2016

Congratulations to Bristol City Council and the North East Combined Authority, both of whom have been awarded funding by the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s (OLEV) £40million Go Ultra Low Scheme for a raft of EV-friendly initiatives, including our K:Port EV charging hubs.

The K:Port hub has been jointly developed by Hewitt Studios and Charge Point Services Ltd and offers a fast-track, sustainable EV charging destination with integrated cafe / education space. It incorporates the latest generation fast chargers (capable of charging an EV in 20-40 minutes) along with associated photovoltaic power generation and battery power storage, water harvesting and sustainable drainage, integrated low-power services and lighting, elements of landscape and planting, and a future-proof laminated timber structure.

Our sustainable design derives from the Japanese notion of ‘Komorebi’; the dappled light which occurs when sunlight shines through the leaves of a tree. The essence of the tree is apparent throughout the design, from the form of the canopy itself and the timbers which make up its structure, to the collection and use of rainwater and sunlight - this is photosynthetic architecture!

We are very excited to be delivering the first K:Port hubs on three sites in Bristol and two in the North East, with other nation-wide locations to follow.

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the B:D Architect of the Year Awards. We are once again finalists in the Sustainability category that we were fortunate enough to win last year.

The shortlisting is based on a portfolio submission of our recent projects including SGS Berkeley Green, KPort and our Flatpack Crosslam Workshops.

The awards will be announced on the 9th March as part of Ecobuild's Architecture day, at a ceremony to be hosted by Stephen Fry.

We are keeping everything crossed..!

20th January 2016

We are delighted to be contributing to the legno architettura (timber architecture) forum in Padua, Italy later this year.

Our HCA Arts Space will be featured in the exhibition alongside works from leading international architects, such as Kengo Kuma and Andrew Berman.

4th December 2015

Hewitt Studios have recently gained planning consent for the conversion and extension of a redundant agricultural barn at Rushall Organics into a multipurpose events space. The space will act as facility for established rural pursuits such as shooting and fishing, as well as providing an education space from which to promote the farm’s unique ‘Organic’ story.

In line with the ethos of a fully organic farm, this responsible conversion aspires to be an exemplar ‘offgrid’ project, with a ‘zero-carbon’ heating target. The sensitive use of local agricultural building materials and a carefully considered landscape design, ensure that it is respectful of its surroundings, whilst allowing its users to enjoy the sublime hilltop location.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

24th July 2015

Hewitt Studios have been working on a concept for a sustainable new education facility designed to support a partnership of schools in the delivery of a broad A-level curriculum.

It will enable the participating schools to offer subjects at partner institutions, resulting in the student staying at their host school whilst still picking up their choice of subject(s), even if their school doesn’t deliver it themselves.

The project will effectively accommodate multiple providers in one location, reducing travel costs, congestion and time for the student, as well as running costs for the providers with a BREEAM-excellent rated facility.

Funding for the proposed facility should be determined by the autumn, with a view to being operational by September 2017.

11th June 2015

Hewitt Studios' proposals for re-inhabiting the old severn road bridge have been Commended in an upcoming RIBA exhibition which seeks to demonstrate how architects can develop innovative methods to create sustainable environments.

The exhibition opens at 18:30 on Monday 15th June 2015 at Benjamin Perry Boat House (Scout Hut), Phoenix Wharf, Lower Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6JT.

Tickets can be booked for the opening event via the Big Green Week website.

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