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Prefab Offsite Holme Lacy Crosslam Flat-Pack Workshop Interior CLT Timber

Flat-Pack Finalist

Our Crosslam Workshop for Herefordshire and Ludlow College at Holme Lacy is a finalist in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016. It has already attracted attention in the press, with Tree Hugger hailing it as ‘a model of how to build those B-class buildings with care, with sustainability in mind, and with style.’

Unusually for an industrial building, the workshop sports an innovative and efficient ‘flat-pack’ timber structure, which takes advantage of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)’s omni-directional loading capability to cut all beams, columns, walls, and roof from a single 200mm thick board. This pre-fabricated, sustainable and attractive self-finished material allowed for a rapid on-site build (important as the College had a limited window of construction opportunity) with reduced foundation sizes, the flexibility for services to be fixed anywhere and the creation of a high-quality internal environment (with excellent acoustic properties).

The workshop also has a modest energy requirement in use, thanks to a highly insulated envelope, efficient services specification and 12kW of roof-mounted solar pv panels, all helping to secure its A-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

EV charging hub canopy with timber structure and BIPV

OLEV funding for K:Port

Congratulations to Bristol City Council and the North East Combined Authority, both of whom have been awarded funding by the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s (OLEV) £40million Go Ultra Low Scheme for a raft of EV-friendly initiatives, including our K:Port EV charging hubs.

The K:Port hub has been jointly developed by Hewitt Studios and Charge Point Services Ltd and offers a fast-track, sustainable EV charging hub with integrated cafe / education space. It incorporates the latest generation rapid chargers (capable of charging an EV in 20-40 minutes) along with associated photovoltaic power generation and battery power storage, water harvesting and sustainable drainage, integrated low-power services and lighting, elements of landscape and planting, and a future-proof laminated timber structure.

Our sustainable design derives from the Japanese notion of ‘Komorebi’; the dappled light which occurs when sunlight shines through the leaves of a tree. The essence of the tree is apparent throughout the design, from the form of the canopy itself and the timbers which make up its structure, to the collection and use of rainwater and sunlight – this is photosynthetic architecture!

We are very excited to be developing the first K:Port hubs on three sites in the South West and two in the North East, with other nation-wide locations to follow.

Stephen Fry BD AYA Architect of the Year Awards

Shortlisted for Sustainability Architect of the Year

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the B:D Architect of the Year Awards. We are once again finalists in the Sustainability category that we were fortunate enough to win last year.

The shortlisting is based on a portfolio submission of our recent projects including SGS Berkeley GreenKPort and our Flatpack Crosslam Workshops.

The awards will be announced on the 9th March as part of Ecobuild’s Architecture day, at a ceremony to be hosted by Stephen Fry.

We are keeping everything crossed..!

Rushall Organics Off Grid Events Barn Fire Pit Chain Drain

Green Light for Green Barn

Hewitt Studios have recently gained planning consent for the conversion and extension of a redundant agricultural barn at Rushall Organics into a multipurpose events space. The space will act as facility for established rural pursuits such as shooting and fishing, as well as providing an education space from which to promote the farm’s unique ‘Organic’ story.

In line with the ethos of a fully organic farm, this responsible conversion aspires to be an exemplar ‘offgrid’ project, with a ‘zero-carbon’ heating target. The sensitive use of local agricultural building materials and a carefully considered landscape design, ensure that it is respectful of its surroundings, whilst allowing its users to enjoy the sublime hilltop location.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

STEM Sustainable School Running Track Sports Academy

Sustainable School

Hewitt Studios have been working on a concept for a sustainable new education facility designed to support a partnership of schools in the delivery of a broad A-level curriculum.

It will enable the participating schools to offer subjects at partner institutions, resulting in the student staying at their host school whilst still picking up their choice of subject(s), even if their school doesn’t deliver it themselves.

The project will effectively accommodate multiple providers in one location, reducing travel costs, congestion and time for the student, as well as running costs for the providers with a BREEAM-excellent rated facility.

Funding for the proposed facility should be determined by the autumn, with a view to being operational by September 2017.