Hewitt Studios recently co-hosted a public consultation event 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 specilise 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.
Our Crosslam Workshop at Holme Lacy was handed over to Herefordshire and Ludlow College earlier this year.
Its now beginning to attract attention around the globe, 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).
A big thanks to all involved in achieving this successful project outcome!
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.
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.
Hewitt Studios are pleased to have gained an outline planning consent for a socially responsible development near Tewkesbury, which includes provision of 11 new low-energy houses, 5 of which are affordable dwellings that will become available to the local community.
The scheme sees detached dwellings of various sizes, linked together by carports, around two informal landscape courtyards. The proposed houses adopt a ‘one and a half’ storey section, with the upper floor occupying the roof void; this arrangement helps to reduce the scale and visual impact of the dwellings, whilst maintaining the steep 45 degree roof pitches characteristic of the local area.
The landscape design incorporates a series of communal and private orchards are planned across the site, tying the development into unique characteristics of the local landscape.
Hewitt Studios' Limpley Stoke Eco House is featured in issue 19 of Legnoarchitettura - the Italian architecture magazine.
The latest edition of the timber-centric publication also features projects by the likes of Kengo Kuma and Alejandro Soffia.
Our innovative 'zero-carbon' house is the subject of an in-depth 14-page article.
Hewitt Studios are confirmed speakers at this years Large Scale Solar conference, taking place in Bristol between 28th-30th April 2015.
Conference partners and attendees include the NHS, Local Authorities, Contractors, Consultants, Technology Providers, Energy Providers and Commercial Energy Managers.
On the morning of the 28th, we will be discussing our plans for Berkeley Green and presenting our strategy for better integrating solar PV into construction and infrastructure projects.
If you are interested in attending, there are a limited number of tickets available on the Large Scale Solar website.
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.
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.
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!
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.