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January 11th, 2019

Hancock House submitted to planning

We have submitted a development for affordable housing on behalf of Footstep Living. The scheme forms part of the Brewery Square development in Dorchester. The design achieves high impact on a relatively low build cost and explores our ‘boring, boring, bang!’ concept. Undulating parapets, facetted facades and stitched brickwork create a highly distinctive yet low cost design.

 

January 11th, 2019

Clovers secures planning permission

We are delighted to have received planning permission for Clovers, a contemporary one off house located in the Milford-on-sea Conservation Area. The new home replaces an existing dwelling and provides a generous modern home that celebrates its landscape setting and site. Conceptually two split level brick bookends enclose generously glazed living areas that sit under an angled timber box that spans between the bookends and steps up the site.

January 11th, 2019

The Snug Story – Designed Success

Here is a video of a presentation given by Snug’s founding director, Paul Bulkeley, delivered in Winchester to the RIBA South. It explores our approach to success and provides an overview of our core values.

December 11th, 2018

RIBA Smart Practice Conference

Snug’s founding director, Paul Bulkeley , was speaking at this years RIBA Smart Practice conference in Cambridge. Here is the video of his presentation which focused on the importance of aligning architects services to clients business models.

December 7th, 2018

Published in this weeks Architects Journal

Pleased to see our Milford-on-Sea Beach huts gets a mention in this weeks Architects Journal.

December 7th, 2018

Annual Social Housing Conference

This week we attended the annual Social Housing conference in London. The conference draws together the key players in the social housing sector to ‘debate, discuss and grapple with the latest strategic challenges.’ It was great to hear about some of the emerging innovations that are improving both productivity and choice. We are excited about our continued collaborations in the sector and the role good design plays when aligned with innovative finance and delivery mechanisms.

December 7th, 2018

Great night at the AJ Awards

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening at this weeks AJ Awards at the Roundhouse in London. We were glad to have been shortlisted for the Infrastructure Project of the Year.

Congratulations to BDP for winning with their scheme for Ordsall Chord.

November 17th, 2018

Spending on design fast tracks company growth

Global business consultants McKinsey recently conducted what they believed to be (at the time of writing) ‘the most extensive and rigorous research undertaken anywhere to study the design actions that leaders can make to unlock business value.’ Its core findings are that investment in good design, regardless of your business sector, increases company performance significantly. These are their key findings:

The McKinsey Design Index highlights four key areas of action companies should take to join the top quartile of design performers where the greatest impact is achieved. These are:

  1. From the top of the organization, adopt an analytical approach to design by measuring and leading your company’s performance in design quality with the same rigor the company devotes to revenues and costs.
  2. Put the user experience front and centre in the company’s culture.
  3. Nurture your top design people (including external consultants) and empower them in cross-functional teams that take collective accountability for improving the user experience.
  4. Iterate, test, and learn rapidly, incorporating user insights from the first idea until long after the final product is launched.

Companies that tackle these four priorities boost their odds of becoming more creative organizations that consistently design great products and services. For companies that fully implement these four principles, ‘the prizes are as rich as doubling their revenue growth and shareholder returns’ over those of their industry counterparts. That would suggest budgeting for comprehensive investment in design is worth every penny.

Companies in the property development industry should consider increasing their expenditure on design by 50%. If one assumes design is roughly 3% of the gross development value of the final product, increasing expenditure on design to 4.5% of GDV could take typical 20% returns to in-excess of 30%. Perhaps someone is courageous enough to give it ago. Give us a ring and we can put this theory to the test.

You can see the full article here:

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-design/our-insights/the-business-value-of-design

 

November 12th, 2018

Winners of the Architecture Masterprize 2018

Our Milford-on-Sea Beach Huts project has continued its run of award success with a win at The Architecture MasterPrize (AMP).

This international architecture award aims to become one of the most respected architectural awards and set a new benchmark for the architectural and design professions globally.

The AMP celebrates the very best in design excellence and innovation from the worlds of Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design. Their website states; The Architecture MasterPrize stands:

  • To advance the appreciation of quality architectural design around the world,
  • To celebrate the greatest achievements in architecture, interior design and landscape design,
  • To showcase the world-class talent and visionaries in these fields.

The MasterPrize honours and awards the talents of those who push boundaries and set new standards, who turn the ordinary into the truly extraordinary and inspire others, today and for generations to come. We are delighted to have been selected alongside some amazing projects around the globe. The details of the award can be viewed at:

https://architectureprize.com/winners/winner.php?id=3380&count=4&mode=

and the other winning projects can be found at:

https://architectureprize.com/winners/2018.php?utm_source=sendy&utm_campaign=winners&utm_medium=email

October 13th, 2018

Shortlisted for the AJ Architecture Awards

It has been a good week for Milford-On-Sea Beach huts. Having won the BCI Awards the project has now also been shortlisted for the Architects Journal Architecture Awards. The shortlisted schemes can be see at https://awards.architectsjournal.co.uk/2018shortlist