23rd March 2015

We are delighted to have received planning permission our new renewable energy and engineering Skills Centre at Berkeley Green with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

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, generating a surplus of electricity from its 100kW solar PV array.

The project starts on site in the summer with a rapid 12 month construction programme targeting completion in September 2016.

18th March 2015

Our Crosslam Workshop at Holme Lacy was handed over to Herefordshire and Ludlow College this week.

Unusually for an 'industrial' building, the workshop’s structure was formed in cross-laminated timber (as opposed to conventional steel). 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) and gave us the flexibility for services to be fixed anywhere.

The workshop will have a modest energy requirement, thanks to a highly insulated envelope, efficient services specification and 12kW of roof-mounted solar pv panels.

A big thanks to all involved in achieving this successful project outcome.

2nd March 2015

We are looking for a qualified architect who is able to demonstrate comprehensive job running ability and delivery of high-quality design outcomes.

If you have up to 3 years post-ptIII experience and are looking to join an award-winning Bath-based practice to work on a widening portfolio of sustainable projects we would be pleased to hear from you.

Please contact us via the usual means.

12th February 2015

Earlier today our Arts Space for Hereford College of Art was awarded the 2015 Surface Design Award for Best Light and Surface Exterior.

Big thanks to all involved, particularly our colleagues at The Lighthouse Design Partnership with whom we developed the unique 'pianola' facade lighting scheme.

It builds on our interest in creating dramatic, hard-working, surface finishes within our environments; such as the high-performance textile acoustic panels we have developed within the practice.

20th January 2015

Our Arts Space for Hereford College of Art is featured as an innovative case study in a new book entitled “Sustainable Timber Design” by Michael Dickson and Dave Parker.

This new resource covers the material selection, structural design and connections detailing of timber buildings - presenting the essential design principles involved in the creation of elegant, user-friendly timber buildings that are practical, economic, and thoroughly sustainable.

Designed to support specialist study into the benefits of 21st Century timber engineering, this book also offers architects, engineers and other construction professionals practical advice on all aspects of modern timber design.

The authors describe the Arts Space project as “a delightful composition of different types of timber components, creating a very stimulating three-dimensional structure for its users - teachers and students of art. The case study shows clearly just how successful this has been, both conceptually and in the innovative detail of its structural engineering.”

The book can be purchased on Amazon

We are delighted to have been crowned Sustainability Architect of the Year 2014 at last night's packed Architect of the Year Awards ceremony at The Brewery in London.

The event was hosted by actor Stephen Mangan and a collection was held to raise money for Article 25 which designs and builds projects in areas devastated by natural disasters.

The judges said: "Hewitt Studios’ work achieved recognition for the seamless and successful combination of sustainable and architectural design features present throughout their submission. Its ‘fabric first’ approach extended to an imaginative use of natural materials and clever manipulation of spatial, structural and technical characteristics to achieve maximum environmental results."

A big thanks to all our clients, colleagues and collaborators who have made this possible!

1st December 2014

Our Ralph Allen Yard project, incorporating the Cornerstone Museum and Community Centre, is a regional finalist in the 2015 Civic Trust Awards.

The awards are given to projects that make a significant contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. Commendation level schemes demonstrate a good standard of architecture or design, sustainability, inclusive design and provide a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.

Winners will be announced in Spring 2015.

26th November 2014

Hewitt Studios are delighted to have our product design referenced in A. Briggs-Goode and K. Townsend’s fantastic book ‘Textile Design: Principles, Advances and Applications’.

Gill Hewitt’s striking Strata series of modular, sound absorbing acoustic panels is discussed as an example of best practice in the application of new technology to textile based surface design. Gill combines her keen eye for colour, rhythm and textural subtleties with tested acoustic benefit to complement the contemporary architectural interior.

Described as an ‘essential reference work for design professionals’, the book is published by Woodhead Publishing in association with The Textile Institute, and is part of a series exploring the future of textile technologies.

Keep an eye out for Gill’s latest product design work, coming soon!

10th November 2014

Hewitt Studios have recently gained planning permission for an innovative low-energy dwelling in North Somerset.

The proposed home sits within the grounds of an existing property, its unique L-shaped plan encloses a secluded and private garden, whilst allowing the bedrooms to take advantage of spectacular views over the fields adjacent to the site.

7th November 2014

Planning permission has just been granted for our refurbished Range store in Plymouth.

It provides additional facilities and retail space to Chris Dawson's first store, opened under the CDS banner, back in 1989.

The proposals include a projecting cafe on the prominent south-west corner of the extension, with large windows affording its occupants elevated views towards the creek to the south and River Plym to the west.

Construction will begin in the new year.

14th October 2014

Our Crosslam Workshop for Herefordshire and Ludlow College is now taking shape at Holme Lacy...

...walls will be up in a day or two and the roof on within a week!

7th October 2014

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.

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