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News

Scroll down to see the latest news, events and musings from Hewitt Studios

AFCC Shrivenham MoD

Beckett House

Hewitt Studios have recently completed a suite of improvements to the Grade II listed Beckett House in Shrivenham.

 

The C19 Hall and Grounds have now entered a new chapter in their history, becoming the base of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre (AFCC) which provides training in pastoral skills, spiritual resilience and awareness of World Religions. Envisioned as an all ranks environment that promotes open conversations among those attending courses, conferences and seminars. Beckett House will provide a tranquil setting in which all can reflect and experience a degree of respite.

 

In order to enable this change of emphasis to take place, we adapted the existing building to provide improved amenity, with a new Chapel, World Faith Room, Ablutions Facilities, etc. as well as undertaking a raft of pragmatic upgrades inc. new lighting strategy, fire safety measures, structural enhancements and fabric repairs.

Coronavirus Update

During this period of uncertainty, Hewitt Studios are committed to ensuring all our customers can access our usual high levels of service.

 

One of our key responsibilities is to protect the health and welfare of our employees, customers, and everyone else in the Hewitt Studios community; whilst helping to slow the wider spread of the virus.

 

To maintain an uninterrupted service we have taken proactive measures in line with NHS, Government and World Health Organisation advice and all Hewitt Studios employees are now working remotely from home.

 

Our staff remain fully available for you via phone, email and online communication tools, including Skype, Zoom, Circuit, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Facetime, AnyDesk and Team Viewer applications and will implement further communications tools as necessary to suit our clients’ requirements.

 

In summary, Hewitt Studios will play our part with restricting the spread of the virus whilst maintaining our usual high levels of service and minimising disruption to those with whom we are working.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss further.

Refurbished Morgan Visitor Centre Refurbishment Plus Four Launch Event

Morgan Visitor Centre +4

Last night Hewitt Studios were fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of the Morgan Motor Company‘s latest car – the all new Morgan Plus Four.  The launch took place at the Morgan factory in Malvern, UK. Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the Geneva motor show – where the car was due to be launched – was cancelled. But, in a plan typical of the brand’s can-do attitude, the show car was driven back from Geneva – a journey of more than 1000 miles – in a couple of days, in time for a reveal event at the factory.

 

As part of the exclusive event, ably supported by The Balvenie, Morgan also introduced its plans for a revamped Visitor Centre, designed by Hewitt Studios. The planning visualisations of our proposals can be seen at 5:32 on this video of MD Steve Morris’ keynote presentation.

 

The refurbishment has a strong focus on sustainability, with a series of low-carbon interventions designed to improve building thermal performance, increase natural daylight, reduce energy consumption, reduce surface water run-off and provide for end-of-life recycling of materials.

 

The revamped Visitor Centre and Showroom will open its doors to car enthusiasts later in 2020.

Rural Enterprise Centre

Hewitt Studios have received detailed planning permission and listed building consent for a package of campus improvements for the Herefordshire and Ludlow College at Holme Lacy, including a new Rural Enterprise Centre and Equestrian Centre.

 

The campus is already home to several Hewitt Studios projects such as the Straw Bale Cafe, Fast Track Classrooms and Crosslam Workshops.

 

The latest proposals include a new site-wide landscape scheme which will instigate a safer one-way traffic system, restrict parking to fewer (better managed) areas, improve the pedestrian environment, create more student recreation space and enhance site biodiversity.

 

The result on completion in Spring 2021 will be a safer, more accessible and higher quality campus for the College and all its users.

 

Freshford – the community decide

Working with the Trustees of Freshford Village Memorial Hall, we have developed proposals to enhance, modernise and extend the existing Village Hall, providing a welcoming and attractive multi-purpose focus for local community activity within an extraordinary rural setting.

 

The project will significantly improve and ensure the long term viability of a building which acts as the community hub for both the villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke.

 

Development permission for the project is sought under a ground-breaking Community Right to Build Order (CRtBO) –  a democratic process by which the community decide whether approval will be granted via a local referendum. This is the first time a CRtBO has been undertaken within the region.

 

The formal Local Authority (BathNES) consultation on the Community Right to Build order ran from 3rd September to 19th December 2019 and we are delighted to report that the project has cleared this stage with no objections.

 

Our proposals now move to an Independent Examiner for consideration. If approved, the final stage will be a local referendum to determine detailed planning approval for the redevelopment of the Memorial Hall.

 

Full details of the of the proposals and process can be found on the Hall’s website.

EV Charging Hub Smart Energy PV

K:Port Woolwich Planning

We pleased to reveal that our K:Port EV charging hub for Transport for London, ESB and Siemens in Woolwich has been granted detailed planning approval.

 

The K:Port EV charging hub has been developed by Hewitt Studios to offer attractive, safe and sustainable neighbourhood EV charging and is referenced in the Mayor of London’s infrastructure delivery plan as a model rapid charging hub – a priority focus of the plan.

 

The Glass Yard hub in Woolwich will be TfL’s first purpose-built, standalone EV charging hub in the capital and also their largest rapid hub upon completion with 8no. 50kW+ charging units.

 

Project is due to start on site in February 2020.