More great news - we've just heard that our Arts Space for Hereford College of Art has been shortlisted for a 2015 Surface Design Award
The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.
Inspiration for the illuminated exterior surface of the Arts Space was found from precedents of linear facade lighting and the patterns found in pianola music. The pianola converts what appear at first sight to be random lengths of line into a harmonious sound - similarly our surface aims to create a harmonious visual effect from what appears to be a random distribution of light sources.
Award winners will be announced on Thursday 12th February during the 2015 Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre, London.
We have just received the fantastic news that we are finalists in the Architect of the Year Awards 2014.
We have been shortlisted in the sustainability category for our recent work on low-carbon projects like the Limpley Stoke Eco House and Ralph Allen Yard.
The winners will be announced in December.
Hewitt Studios' concept for a Severn Estuary Research Community Hub (SERCH) is the subject of an article in the latest issue of Schnittstelle architektur_wasser magazine.
This German publication focuses on the relationship between architecture and water, with our concept describing how the old Severn Road Bridge could be transformed into a sustainable research station.
Hewitt Studios are collaborating with a leading industry supplier to develop an exciting concept for a sustainable new transport infrastructure.
This has lead to some off-beat encounters, including that pictured above!
We hope to be able to announce the first demonstration project later in the year.
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) (pictured above) 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.
Preparations for our sustainable crosslam workshop have 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 good 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.