25th January 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..!

20th January 2016

We are delighted to be contributing to the legno architettura (timber architecture) forum in Padua, Italy later this year.

Our HCA Arts Space will be featured in the exhibition alongside works from leading international architects, such as Kengo Kuma and Andrew Berman.

4th December 2015

Hewitt Studios have recently gained planning consent for the conversion and extension of a redundant agricultural barn at Rushall Organics into a multipurpose events space. The space will act as facility for established rural pursuits such as shooting and fishing, as well as providing an education space from which to promote the farm’s unique ‘Organic’ story.

In line with the ethos of a fully organic farm, this responsible conversion aspires to be an exemplar ‘offgrid’ project, with a ‘zero-carbon’ heating target. The sensitive use of local agricultural building materials and a carefully considered landscape design, ensure that it is respectful of its surroundings, whilst allowing its users to enjoy the sublime hilltop location.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

17th November 2015

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.

10th August 2015

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!

24th July 2015

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.

11th June 2015

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.

10th June 2015

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.

12th May 2015

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.

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.

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.

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