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Skills Centre Handover

We are delighted to report that the first phase of our exciting new renewable energy and engineering Skills Centre at Berkeley Green was handed over to South Gloucestershire and Stroud College today.

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, and will generate a surplus of electricity from a 100kW solar PV array when fully complete.

MP and chairman of the Education Select Committee Neil Carmichael said of the project ‘It’s a fabulous achievement, it’s emblematic of… the importance to think big and be visionary’.

The project has been featured on websites like ArchDailyArchitizerBBC NewsBDonlineDesignBoom,  Domus and TreeHugger where you can read its story in more detail.

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Cycle Hub Concept

Hewitt Studios have been commissioned to develop an exciting cycle hub concept to be located on the shores of the Bristol Channel.

Working with partners including Sustrans and North Somerset Council we have designed a sustainable destination for visitors and locals along the coastal cycle route from Brean Down to Portishead.

The scheme forms part of ongoing improvements being made to the cycle network in the South West and seeks to act as a catalyst to promote year-round use of the infrastructure and to attract additional funding.

The project is currently undergoing stakeholder consultation.

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Eco Stadium Model

Hewitt Studios have recently developed a model for a sustainable football stadium which is designed to be:

IMMERSIVE: the Match-Day Experience will be fully immersive from the moment of arrival, with a vibrant and active communal spaces, typified by the central winter garden, which will draw home fans and visitors together in an atmospheric environment.

INCLUSIVE: beyond the match-day use the stadium will be transparent and outward looking, both socially and architecturally, acting as a community resource for the wider area. An outstanding facility and a destination in its own right.

INSPIRING: in use, the stadium will become an landmark, inspiring and encouraging visitors to return whilst enhancing the reputation of the football club and its wider, green aspirations – raising the bar for the architectural, environmental and social impact of stadium designs.

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Prefabricated Planning Submission

Hewitt Studios have recently submitted a planning application on behalf of WElink Energy and Barcelona Housing Systems to create an Innovation Centre at Berkeley Green in South Gloucestershire.

WElink and Barcelona Housing Systems have developed a fast-track, scalable and sustainable packaged building solution to address the international housing shortage. They are seeking to establish a UK Innovation Centre at Berkeley, where they can develop and tailor their unique product for the UK market.

Their prefabricated system targets zero-carbon energy in use (with high levels of insulation, efficient services and on-site energy generation) and is assembled without the use of water or cement.

The ‘test mule’ at Berkeley represents the first stage of their stated promise to bring 8,000 low cost homes to the UK.

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UTC Planning + @BizShowGlos

Hewitt Studios recently received detailed planning consent 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 specialise 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.

Hewitt Studios will be presenting the scheme as part of a discussion on the Berkeley Green Science and Technology Park at the upcoming Gloucestershire Business Show at 3pm on 18th May 2016 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Reseiclo Timber Recycling Charity

New Home for Timber Recycling Charity

Hewitt Studios are currently developing designs to re-house a wood recycling charity as part of the Crindau flood alleviation scheme (FAS) in South Wales.

We are working with Natural Resources Wales and JBA Bentley to create new premises for Reseiclo, replacing their old home which currently lies within a flood risk area.

Reseiclo Community Wood Recycling is a Social Enterprise (not-for-profit company) formed in 2007 in Newport and is dedicated to the rescue of waste wood from being needlessly thrown away.

Reseiclo collect ‘waste’ timber from all over South Wales, mostly construction sites. They work with some of the biggest Construction Companies in the UK, like Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes, as well as collecting wooden packaging from the Industrial and Commercial sectors.

Their new premises will help them to make and sell all sorts of wooden items from this reclaimed timber, whilst also assisting the training and rehabilitation of disadvantaged adults.

The project is scheduled for completion later in 2016.

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Self-Build Sites Secured

Hewitt Studios have recently secured outline planning permission for a number of residential plots in Herefordshire.

The sites present a variety of self-build / development opportunities; detached, semi-detached, apartments, etc.

Some of the plots are now making their way to market – interested parties can find out more information here.