As our Ralph Allen Yard project nears completion, we are delighted to report that is has been Highly Commended in the 2013 HouseBuilder Awards in the category of Best Zero and Low-Carbon Initiative.
Congrats to all involved!
We are fortunate enough to have a practice interview and in-depth feature on our Straw Bale Cafe for Herefordshire and Ludlow College in the latest issue of Legnoarchitettura - the Italian architecture magazine.
Time to fire up Google Translate...
Hewitt Studios have recently obtained planning permission to refurbish the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) on Herefordshire and Ludlow College's Holme Lacy Campus .
The LRC adjoins the award-winning Straw Bale Cafe and shares its environmental focus on energy-efficiency, as well as its site-derived architecture - using materials and labour from the Holme Lacy Campus. It also creates a new external social space between the Cafe and LRC for the benefit of all College students.
We've just achieved practical completion on our Hemp House in the Gower.
The project is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gower. It enjoys a spectacular coastal vista, taking in the ruins of nearby Pennard Castle (a Scheduled Ancient Monument) and the Three Cliffs Valley (containing designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest). These are sensitive surroundings which demanded a carefully-considered approach.
This is a house of negligible environmental and visual impact, designed to exceed Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes (with the incorporation of passive, low-energy technologies like hemp insulation, natural ventilations and solar gain), whilst forming a discrete addition to the coastal landscape.
We're sure that the new occupants will be very happy there!
Our Limpley Stoke Eco House project is featured in an article on pages 36/37 of this month's Essential Install Magazine.
The article features an interview with Option One communications, custom installers of Telecommunication Systems, multiroom audio, TV and cinema rooms, who have been working with us on the project.
The house features a raft of high-tech installations, including four zones of Control4 audio and some gorgeous Anthony Gallo drivers (pictured).
Our Arts Space for Hereford College of Art is featured in the 'Built 1:1' book and exhibition at the Building Centre in London from the 6th until 27th September 2013.
The exhibition showcases the work of timber design and engineering specialist EURBAN , who introduced Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction to the UK 10 years ago.
Featuring a collection of drawings, photographs and scale models documenting key moments of the development and use of CLT in the UK, its well worth a look if you are in the area.
We currently have quite a few projects currently nearing completion on site, so we've added some recent photos to their web descriptions so you can see how they are coming along!
Please follow these links to have a look at progress on our Mining Interpretation Centre and Zero-Carbon Housing development at Ralph Allen Yard, our Eco House in Limpley Stoke (pictured) and our Hemp House in the Gower.
We are delighted that our fast-track classrooms were the proud recipient of a regional LABC Technical Innovation Award last night.
Designed for the Herefordshire College of Technology, the project was intended as a model for fast-track, prefabricated classroom design - it was delivered in short (3 month) window of opportunity during the College's summer shutdown and for a very modest £1,225/m2.
LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said “Our regional building excellence awards are an opportunity to celebrate good practice. All our winners demonstrated how attention to detail and a positive working relationship with Building Control departments can achieve high quality and sustainable buildings fit for the future. Our awards are unique because they recognise how the work of local authority surveyors helps to improve building standards and boost sustainability and efficiency.
“This is the latest project in a four way partnership between the College, architect Hewitt Studios and the building control teams at Herefordshire and Bath and North East Somerset councils. They have a common understanding that means meeting the technical challenge of providing state of the art classrooms at austerity level budgets are seamlessly overcome.”
We are pleased that this long-established collaboration continues to deliver exemplary outcomes and we hope that this project serves as a wider model for fast, affordable and sustainable classroom design.
Congrats to all those involved!
Next step the nationals - here's who we are up against... hmm, the the Shard...
Hewitt Studios recently achieved a draft allocation of 511 houses in response to a call for sites made by the City of York Council as part of their new Local Plan process.
Acting on behalf of the Moor Lane Partnership (a consortium of local landowners) and in collaboration with the City of York Council, we formulated a proposal for a sustainable new urban extension which will ultimately support up to 1000 units of much-needed family housing, together with essential community facilities and extensive areas of public open space.
The 350 acre development is located near Askham Bog, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Our proposals seek to protect and enhance this unique habitat through a series of carefully considered hydrological measures, which include the introduction of a transitional water body (LAGG) and the establishment of a hydrological protection zone (HPZ) designed to benefit the Bog in the long term. Askham Bog is owned and managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
A development partner is currently being sought for the project, with further representations to be made to the City of York Council over the coming months.
An illustrative masterplan pack can be downloaded here
Hewitt Studios were invited to contribute a 'dream project' for a full-page feature in May's edition of FX magazine.
The feature is titled 'If Only...' and the brief suggested that we imagine a concept that’s free of practical constraints (e.g. budget, deadlines, etc.)
Our submission asks 'If Only... the old Severn Road Bridge could be transformed into a sustainable research station'.
Read all about it the latest issue or online.