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May 20th, 2018

Free business as ministry seminar

Paul Bulkeley, Snug’s founding director, will be delivering a free seminar on ‘Business as Ministry’ in Guildford on the evening of 28 June. Paul is passionate about the economic, social and spiritual potential of business. He says, “It is deeply rewarding when you consistently do business in accordance with your values. Where service rather than self defines the way we do business new bottom lines emerge.

Come and find out more about how business can become an effective ministry. More details on registering for the event can be found at:

https://thisisfamilychurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/122869

May 3rd, 2018

Snug twins toilets

We have twinned our toilets @toilettwinning! Did you know 2.3 Billion people don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet. This is a great charity that saves lives one toilet at a time. Why not consider twinning your toilets. See https://www.toilettwinning.org

It is great to know that when we poo others can too.

 

May 1st, 2018

The Wall is moving forward

Great to see the Wall of Answered Prayer is moving one step at a time nearer to the big announcement on the land deal. See the April Update at: https://thewall.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2d88f4599a594b35be415728a&id=7a5013a863&e=0d91cff74c

We are looking forward to progressing our shortlisted design.

April 27th, 2018

Snug is recruiting Project Architect’s

Snug is looking to #recruit a talented project architect to join our team. The practice is growing in influence, having recently become one of only 9 RIBA Role Model Practices. This is an exciting time to join the practice and, having recently won a series of exciting new projects, we have a robust pipeline of work.

Our offices are based on the edge of the New Forest so if you are looking for a family friendly place to work at the centre of the south coast, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for someone with at least 3 years experience, ideally in the design and delivery of high quality commercial housing.

Applicants should send their CV and a portfolio of their work to the contact details on our website, addressed for the attention of the managing director.

April 25th, 2018

The Ring Of Remembrance

After ​​two days visiting the battle fields of the Somme, a visit to The Ring Of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial Of Notre-Dame-De-Lorette, is all the more poignant. This is a powerful memorial to the sacrifice of life made in the Great War. The structure is designed by Agence D’architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) on behalf of the Conseil Regional Nord-Pas-De-Calais and won the RIBA Award for International Excellence in 2016.

For me this was not only a personal journey of discovery, visiting the battlefield where my great grandfather gave his life 100 years ago this month, it was also an opportunity to study the architecture of remembrance. The majority of the monuments we visited where built in the years immediately after the war and all are of their era. Always monumental, and often neo-classical in design. It was therefore interesting to see how my own generation of architects has sought to contribute.

Unlike most war memorials, where one moves around the monument, the names of the dead lining the outer walls, this structure draws you in, the names enclosing, wrapping and immersing you on all sides. It is a dramatic contrast.  Everything external drops away. There is only the visitor and the 600,000+ names that enclose them.

The only relief to this is the dramatic moment when the ring cantilevers out and across a natural drop in the topography. This opens up glimpses of the battlefields beyond in the plains below. This moment leads to my only criticism. It is the entrance. It feels overly pragmatic that the entrance cuts through the sides of the ring, breaking the purity of the enclosure. It would surely have been more powerful to enter from below, from the ground, where the battle was fought. Entering under the ring one could then emerge fully enclosed and at the centre rather than at a specific point, with the inevitable hierarchy that this creates.

None of this diminishes the beauty, simplicity and power of the Ring of Remembrance. These are only the thoughts of an architect seeking to learn and, when the opportunity arises, try to achieve something greater still.

 

 

April 13th, 2018

Great sketch

We received these two wonderful sketches from site today. We love the power of sketching, what we call ‘thinking on paper’. It is great to see a contractor who is confident to sketch. They may not have intended to create art but we think they are beautiful, as well as practical. Keep #sketching

April 4th, 2018

Snug was the 70th most awarded practice in 2017

If industry prizes are the marker of success, which architectural practices came out on top this year? The RIBA Journal thought it was time to find out. The list was published in this months Journal and we were delighted to see we came joint 70th.

Here is the list of our awards successes from 2017:

Civic Trust Awards – Winner

RIBA Southwest Awards – Shortlisted

MacEwen Awards – Shortlisted

LABC ‘Best Individual Home’ E.Anglia – Winner

GAGA ‘In Detail’ Award – Winner

South Coast Property Awards – Best Practice of the Year – Nominated

ICE Innovation Award – Shortlisted

ICE South Award for Engineering Excellence – Shortlisted

ICE Best Infrastructure Project – Shortlisted

South Coast Property Awards – Regeneration Project of the Year – Finalist

South Coast Property Awards – Development of the Year – Finalist

South Coast Property Awards – Architect of the Year – Shortlisted

Concrete Society Awards – Shortlisted

RIBA Southwest Awards – Shortlisted

 

March 26th, 2018

Designing more than 1% of houses

A quick review of the net housing supply data for last year reveals that we are designing over 1% of the office to residential conversions delivered under Prior Approval.  There were 17,751 in the year 16/17, up from just under 13,000 the year before. If we assume a similar number for this year we will have designed well above 1% of them. It feels good to be making a meaningful contribution to solving the #housingcrisis

March 15th, 2018

A beautiful thing

Models of The Valley, Stanmore. A beautiful thing!

March 15th, 2018

Prior Approval expertise

Snug Architects have built up a wealth of experience in the design and delivery of Prior Approval schemes. The conversion of offices to residential use under permitted development rights is delivering much needed new housing and quickly. It is also repurposing mid twentieth century buildings that are no longer viable as offices. This  approach to housing delivery has its challenges and certainly has its critics but there can be no doubt it is injecting new life into city centres at a pace that cannot be matched b y the new build development industry. It is also bringing forward some of the most low cost housing available. This is in part because it is free from the constraints of minimum space standards. The result is viable margins can be maintained at lower sale prices. Well designed this can provide essential entry level housing to the market.

We have either delivered or are in the process of delivering over 300 Prior Approval units across more than 15 developments. Here are images of two of our most recent projects.

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