We are delighted to report that the first phase of our exciting new renewable energy and engineering Skills Centre at Berkeley Green was handed over to South Gloucestershire and Stroud College today.
The project is supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership and Skills Funding Agency to drive economic growth through the provision of critical construction infrastructure skills.
It utilises a vast existing Engineering Hall to create a dynamic and sustainable new education facility, and will generate a surplus of electricity from a 100kW solar PV array when fully complete.
MP and chairman of the Education Select Committee Neil Carmichael said of the project 'It’s a fabulous achievement, it’s emblematic of... the importance to think big and be visionary'.
The project has been featured on websites like ArchDaily, Architizer, BBC News, BDonline, DesignBoom, Domus and TreeHugger where you can read its story in more detail.
If you are a Part I architectural student and are looking to join an award-winning Bath-based practice to work on a widening portfolio of sustainable projects we would be delighted to hear from you.
We are in a position to offer excellent experience and involvement across a number of interesting projects, including several starting on site in the next 12 months. These include a number of sizeable Further Education and Regeneration projects, a growing portfolio of retail sector design and a nationwide rollout of a unique sustainability infrastructure.
Please contact us via the usual means.
Hewitt Studios have been commissioned to develop an exciting cycle hub concept to be located on the shores of the Bristol Channel.
Working with partners including Sustrans and North Somerset Council we have designed a sustainable destination for visitors and locals along the coastal cycle route from Brean Down to Portishead.
The scheme forms part of ongoing improvements being made to the cycle network in the South West and seeks to act as a catalyst to promote year-round use of the infrastructure and to attract additional funding.
The project is currently undergoing stakeholder consultation.
Hewitt Studios have recently developed a model for a sustainable football stadium which is designed to be:
IMMERSIVE: the Match-Day Experience will be fully immersive from the moment of arrival, with a vibrant and active communal spaces, typified by the central winter garden, which will draw home fans and visitors together in an atmospheric environment.
INCLUSIVE: beyond the match-day use the stadium will be transparent and outward looking, both socially and architecturally, acting as a community resource for the wider area. An outstanding facility and a destination in its own right.
INSPIRING: in use, the stadium will become an landmark, inspiring and encouraging visitors to return whilst enhancing the reputation of the football club and its wider, green aspirations - raising the bar for the architectural, environmental and social impact of stadium designs.
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.
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.
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.
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..!