22nd April 2014

It is really encouraging to see so many of our projects shortlisted for awards this spring.

We have just received notification of the following:

Limpley Stoke Eco House
Shortlisted for 2014 Grand Designs Award
Shortlisted for 2014 WoE LABC Individual Dwelling Award
Shortlisted for 2014 Green Apple Sustainability Award

Ralph Allen Yard
Shortlisted for 2014 CIOB SWBE Sustainability Award
Shortlisted for 2014 Green Apple Sustainability Award

HCA Arts Space
Shortlisted for 2014 Green Apple Sustainability Award

Straw Bale Cafe / Fast-Track Classrooms
Shortlisted for 2014 Green Apple Sustainability Award

That is a very promising selection indeed!

11th April 2014

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)

Tailor-MADE

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

27th February 2014

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.

29th January 2014

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!

15th January 2014

Hewitt Studios have begun work on an innovative mixed housing scheme in the village of Brompton Ralph, West Somerset.

The proposals consist of six new dwellings, three of which will provide affordable housing to help meet the local requirements. The entire development will be designed and constructed to achieve Passivhaus; the leading standard in highly insulated low-energy buildings.

The practice will be working closely with the planners, sustainability advisors and the local community in delivering proposals that are both innovative and sympathetic to the rural environment.

7th November 2013

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!

1st November 2013

We are fortunate enough to have a practice interview and in-depth feature on our Straw Bale Cafe for Herefordshire and Ludlow College in the latest issue of Legnoarchitettura - the Italian architecture magazine.

Time to fire up Google Translate...

31st October 2013

Hewitt Studios have recently obtained planning permission to refurbish the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) on Herefordshire and Ludlow College's Holme Lacy Campus .

The LRC adjoins the award-winning Straw Bale Cafe and shares its environmental focus on energy-efficiency, as well as its site-derived architecture - using materials and labour from the Holme Lacy Campus. It also creates a new external social space between the Cafe and LRC for the benefit of all College students.

1st October 2013

We've just achieved practical completion on our Hemp House in the Gower.

The project is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gower. It enjoys a spectacular coastal vista, taking in the ruins of nearby Pennard Castle (a Scheduled Ancient Monument) and the Three Cliffs Valley (containing designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest). These are sensitive surroundings which demanded a carefully-considered approach.

This is a house of negligible environmental and visual impact, designed to exceed Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes (with the incorporation of passive, low-energy technologies like hemp insulation, natural ventilations and solar gain), whilst forming a discrete addition to the coastal landscape.

We're sure that the new occupants will be very happy there!

25th September 2013

Our Limpley Stoke Eco House project is featured in an article on pages 36/37 of this month's Essential Install Magazine.

The article features an interview with Option One communications, custom installers of Telecommunication Systems, multiroom audio, TV and cinema rooms, who have been working with us on the project.

The house features a raft of high-tech installations, including four zones of Control4 audio and some gorgeous Anthony Gallo drivers (pictured).

4th September 2013

Our Arts Space for Hereford College of Art is featured in the 'Built 1:1' book and exhibition at the Building Centre in London from the 6th until 27th September 2013.

The exhibition showcases the work of timber design and engineering specialist EURBAN , who introduced Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction to the UK 10 years ago.

Featuring a collection of drawings, photographs and scale models documenting key moments of the development and use of CLT in the UK, its well worth a look if you are in the area.

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