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

SGS Berkeley Green Corten BPIV Solar PV

Berkeley Green Granted

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.

2015 Surface Design Awards HCA Hub Arts Space LED Lighting David Moore

Surface Design Winner

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.

Sustainable Timber Design HCA Hub Michael Dickson and Dave Parker

Sustainable Timber Design

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

2014 BD AYA Sustainability Architect of the Year Award Hewitt Studios; Paul Younger, John and Gill Hewitt

Sustainability Architect of the Year 2014

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!

Ralph Allen Yard Cornerstone Plywood Display Cabinets

Civic Trust Finalist

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.

HCA Hub Arts Space Gill Hewitt Textiles Strata Acoustic Panels CLT Laminated Timber

Textbook Textiles

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!