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Barcelona Housing Systems Welink Innovation House Berkeley

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.

Berkeley UTC Cybercafe LRC Cafe Steel Deck Timber Beams

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.

Holme Lacy Residential Wilsley House Black Timber Herefordshire Stone

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.

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.