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.
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!
Hewitt Studios have been working with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to develop proposals for an exciting new renewable energy and engineering Skills Centre at Berkeley Green.
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 has just been submitted for planning permission, with completion scheduled for September 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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...