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Snug are recruiting a Part 1 Architectural Assistant

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Snug are looking to recruit a new Part 1 Architectural Assistant. If you are looking to work in a dynamic and energetic design led practice and don’t fancy London come and join the team at Snug. We love what we do and guarantee a wide range of experience in a supportive environment.

Please send in your CV/Portfolio to info@snugarchitects.co.uk

Snug is Recruiting an Office Manager

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Snug Architects are looking to recruit an Office Manager. The practice is growing and we are looking for someone to support the directors in the administration of the office.

THE ROLE

The office manager will help to ensure the office runs efficiently and effectively. They will actively lead in the creation and implementation of office systems under the oversight of the directors. They will provide support to the management team and fee earning staff in the delivery of their responsibilities. They will also be responsible for the day-to-day management of the premises. In addition, they will maintain a welcoming and presentable office environment and assist in the broader promotion of the practice.

The position will be based at our offices in Totton and can be either full or part-time with minimum hours of 10.00-2.30pm, Monday-Friday.

Snug is a dynamic and energetic architects practice with a strong commitment to design quality and ethical business practice. More about the practice and our culture can be found on our website and blog.

We would be grateful if you could forward this to those you think might be interested and suitable. If you or someone you know is interested please email info@snugarchitects.co.uk with an expression of interest and we will forward a full Job Description.

Snug shortlisted for the RIBA South West Awards

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

We are delighted that Woodlands has been shortlisted in the RIBA South West Awards 2017 alongside entrants that include Eric Parry, WilkinsonEyre, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Mole Architects, Hawkins Brown, Glenn Howells and near neighbours Design Engine, AR Design Studio and Strom Architects. Woodlands is one of only two housing schemes shortlisted. The project comprising 17 spacious later living apartments for PegasusLife and was constructed by Midas Construction. The design concept is informed by the geometry of the prominent corner site and the surrounding mature trees in Canford Cliffs, Poole. The scheme develops our ideas for ‘shrink wrapped function’ with the juxtaposition between the gently undulating skins of brick and timber contextualising the scheme within its built and landscape context. We’re very proud of the scheme which has been delivered by an excellent team and, looking at the high calibre of other entries, we are amongst good company. You can see all the entries at:

Footy for lunch today

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Its a lovely sunny day, anyone fancy joining us for footy in the park. That’s what we call work…..

Thoughts on Winchester Station Approach

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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In the red corner, Hopkins Architects with their urban design prowess. In the blue corner, Design Engine, the local team, modern architecture at it’s best. Ding ding, let the battle commence…. What is clear both propositions are towering giants, the effort has been huge, but someone has to be knocked out, it’s going to hurt. Perhaps it was better not to have fought at all? May the best titan win.

‘Building the Dream’

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Our project called Point Pleasant on the river Hamble will soon be featured on the Channel 4 show ‘Building the Dream‘. The show will air on the 2nd episode of the new series which will go out on the 7th of June at 9pm on More 4.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Milford-On-Sea beach hut plans go on show

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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Our initial ideas and options for the Milford-On-Sea beach huts were presented to the public at a well attended exhibition at the local community centre. Over 600 people attended the one day event. A copy of the exhibition and video of our presentation as well as a copy of the questionnaire can be found at – http://www.newforest.gov.uk/beachhuts

We were very encouraged with the positive response and productive comments and suggestions. Once all the comments are processed they will form a helpful basis on which we will progress the design. We were also delighted to see the proposals made the BBC news. See – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-33931304

Accordia – Revisiting a great place to live

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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I had the opportunity to call in on Accordia recently, the first housing scheme to win the Sterling Prize. This is one of those rare modern housing developments that has improved with age. Hugely impressed.

The community was clearly vibrant, the landscape well established and the houses weathering beautifully. This was a place I could happily call home.

Perseverance pays

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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Snug Architects have won planning permission for the ultimate snug house. The two bedroom detached dwelling, located on the edge of the Winchester Conservation Area, finally won planning permission after 7 planning applications and 3 appeals. It really is an example of how perseverance pays in the end. Despite the obvious frustrations for all involved, there is no doubt that the design improved with each iteration. The end result is a beautiful example of contemporary contextualism and balances respect for context with creative contemporary design.

The site is highly constrained, located on the site of an existing double garage, is in a prominent position within the Conservation Area and is surrounded by homogenous Edwardian properties. It was a real challenge to balance the scale and geometry of the site with that of the context. Tensions between the clients brief and the distinct approaches to building in context held by the Conservation Officer, Case Officer, Design Review Panel and residents, not to mention the appeal inspectors, made for a challenging process.  In the end issue by issue we resolved peoples concerns and pre-conceptions and consensus was achieved. The approach taken neither copies nor contrasts with the context. The result was worth the wait and we look forward to moving the project more swiftly to construction.

The design creatively wraps the accommodation around views, garden, terrace and parking. By creating a split level plan and flipping the living room to the first floor we have been able to accommodate a generous 2 bedroom house largely hidden behind a garden wall. Only the bronzed copper clad living room and terrace pop discretley above the wall to enjoy views across the flood plain. The house is full of light and spatially dynamic with a double height entrance hall running through the centre of the house, making visual connections between the inside and outside living areas. The house is a technical as well as a spatial challenge and tested the limits of fabric energy efficiency. The result is that it will be just shy of Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.

The real test for us of any design is; would we love to live in the houses we design? There is no doubt in our minds that this will be the premier pad in town when it is completed.

You might ask why we would spend a little over 6 years persevering with such a small project. A good question. Well we love the site and always believed a scheme could and should be built here. We also knew that the end result would set an important precedent for the approach to design we believe in. Building in existing much loved contexts is always challenging and it is essential that positive precedents are set. We are passionate about designing in context and seek  to proactively pursue locally distinctive character rather than merely preserving the status quo. This is not an easy path but one we believe is essential if our much loved neighbourhoods are to continue to grow and adapt. Quality is always hard won but worth the wait. The final reason is its part of our DNA. As a company we have sought to ensure there is always an element of calculated risk taking in our business plan. We were founded on the basis on an adventure of faith and don’t want to throttle back. For me, my Christian faith hits the road at work, pursuing what we believe matters to us and is often an adventure that takes an element of faith. We have made a conscious choice to press on in this adventure and we are finding that in the end perseverance, in the things you believe in, pays.

Good news for Self-builders

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Good news for all our self-build clients. Self-builders will now be exempt from paying a community infrastructure levy in a bid to get 3,000 stalled homes underway.

Communities secretary, Eric Pickles, announced the changes to the levy, which will save self-builders thousands of pounds in charges. A council would previously charge around £100 per square metre for residential developments, meaning a four-bedroom house would incur a levy of £15,000.

Mr Pickles said: ‘Building your own home is always a challenge and we are doing what we can to help people realise their dream and provide a home for their family. This change will save self-builders thousands of pounds and help many more in the future.

‘By boosting the numbers of people building their own home we can help increase the number of new houses built each year in this country and support local businesses. There are too many levies and charges on housing. By cutting these, we can help build more homes.’

The exemption will cover homes that are owner-occupied and built or commissioned by individuals, families or groups of individuals for their own use.

From April, family annexes will also be exempt from the levy and from council tax.

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