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A housing odyssey

Sunday, January 29th, 2017


This week we went on an epic urban design odyssey with @BargateHomes in search of great new housing schemes. Our 12 hours in a landrover took us first to Newhall in Harlow before heading up to Accordia, @GreatKneighton and Trumpington Meadows in Cambridge. Ahead of schedule we were even able to fit in an old favourite in Guildford on the way home by @jtparchitects. Our quest was to search out the best urban design and the best modern house types. It was hugely rewarding, often surprising, definitely challenging, with many a well published scheme disappointing. It was certainly inspiring and well worth the effort. Scroll down to enjoy the tour and discover the winning development….

we loved seeing a car jacked up at Stirling prize winning Accordia!

on balance and after all that there was unanimous agreement…….the winner in the ‘Snug architect best new housing development where everyone is a winner’ is Trumpington Meadows by @Barrattplc and @alliesmorrison.  It really shows just what a difference the @HCA_UK can make.

Inspiring discussions with the LICC

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

LICC kingdom business

It was an inspiration to join Roland Reim and Mark Collinson from Winchester Cathedral in discussions with the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity’s Executive Director,  Mark Greene, and his team. For me, with my Business Champion for Churches Together in Winchester hat on, it was an opportunity to learn more about their resources and hear from their experience of helping people transform their work into a fruitful vocation. We are developing a short course that helps business leaders realise the potential for business to be a source of peace and prosperity in their community. Following a pilot in Lesotho next month we will be inviting local church, charity and business leaders to join the discussion in the Spring.

Making the Villa Savoye

Monday, August 10th, 2015

This weekend we made the Villa Savoye…….good old lego.

Villa savoye 2

Making villa savoye 1

making villa savoye 2

Making villa savoye 3.5 making villa savoye 3

Villa savoye 2

Villa Savoye lego 1

Villa savoye lego 3

Villa savoye lego model

The Futures of Capitalism City Walks

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Snug Architects director, Paul Bulkeley, launched the first event of Futures of Capitalism last night. The City Walks event was the first in a year-long series of events, sponsored by Winchester Cathedral, the University of Winchester and Winchester Business Improvement District, culminating in a major conference in April 2014.

The series, conceived in the wake of the Occupy protests, aims to make a positive contribution to the national debate on the reform and renewal of the economy. The series includes lectures, discussions and opportunities for informal learning, and connects to the City’s agenda for economic prosperity and wellbeing.

The walk looked at the development of the city and how the buildings and the environment are driven by and interact with the economic issues of the times, providing an opportunity to consider the future of the high street. The hour long walk was followed by a stimulating discussion on the future of the high street and generated some exciting new ideas which we now hope to progress with the city council and BID.

Key ideas were:

Increasing ‘friction’ – creating a city centre where people want to dwell, extend their stay and take their time.

Rapid Reaction Economics – a place where the institutions and entrepreneurs respond diurnally, weekly and seasonally to opportunity. Can our retail spaces react at short notice to realise the potential offered by a sunny day for example?

Pop-up – can we create the policies and infrastructure that allow pop-up shops, pop-up events and flexible opening hours that allow us to seize the extra economic opportunities offered by temporary events and build on the success of the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, London 2012 big screens and Hat Fair.

City Living, City Working – Can we get more people to live and work in the city centre. They are the ones who will use the city centre throughout the day.

City Living Room – can we cultivate a culture where people leave the privacy of their living room and spend their evenings enjoying the city ‘living room’. A place to relax, browse and meet.

Easy Access – can we make it easier to get to town in the evening by bus, bike and foot. Perceptions are everything.

Thank you to all those who attended and to the Winchester Discovery Centre for hosting the event.

You can find out more about the upcoming events in the series at



Goodbye SCAD

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

This week we said goodbye to the Solent Centre for Architecture and Design at the Portsmouth School of Architecture migration event. It was an enjoyable trip down memory lane, having ourselves been involved in many of the successful design advocacy, education and arts events they have delivered over the past 7 years. Particular highlights were 24hrs to Save Winchester, Places from Spaces and the Education Partner Programme.

Well done on a job well done and bon voyage in your new adventures to Paul Grover, Mark Drury and Phil Smith. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Contextual Design Workshop in Winchester

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Snug Projects delivered a successful evening workshop on contextual design for officers and members at Winchester City Council. The evening was facilitated by Paul Bulkeley with a series of presentations and interactive workshops supported by local architects and urban designers. This was a hands on workshop providing participants with an opportunity to explore the relationship between site context and design. There was a series of presentations on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of site analysis, examples of best practice and an overview of the way in which high quality design is derived from context. Using this knowledge, participants were encouraged to take part in a live design exercise, working in small groups to develop an outline proposal for a significant site in Winchester. This provided a practical opportunity to engage first hand with the issues of contextual design and, we hope, proved to be an enjoyable and productive evening. Our thanks go to John Hearn for organising the event and DHUD, Design Engine, T2 Architects, Architecture Plb, Hampshire County Architects and CH Design for their enthusiastic involvement.


A copy of the presentation can be found at –

Snug Team Challenge 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Snug Team completed their summer challenge on Friday, kayaking around Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. The increasingly competitive pace resulted in a time of 2.5 hours and included a tour of the Sandbanks mansions.  Our thanks to the guys at for a great day out.

International Business Training

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Paul returned to South Asia this month to deliver two more business development conferences. A two day conference included both the MBA in a Day and Kingdom Business Course. Both days were filmed with translation and will be made into a DVD in the coming weeks.  Our aim is to help participants develop successful businesses based on ethical foundations.  To find out more about the courses call Paul at our Winchester office.

The Good Business Guide

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Snug Projects director Paul Bulkeley was invited to delivered a new training course he has developed on ethical business to the Governance Team Meeting at Vodafone’s International Headquarters in Newbury. It was a good opportunity to refine the way we do business and encouragingly the course was well received- the team voted it one of most informative and interesting ever!

Facing up to Rising Sea Levels

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Student Photomontage - Retreat


Snug Projects have recently been working with Civil Engineering and Architecture students at the University of Southampton on developing proposals for that respond to the challenge of urban flooding. The coat line of Britain faces significant challenges from rising sea levels. This is particularly challenging in urban areas. This project required students to explore the challenges the city of Southampton faces from rising sea levels. The project involved two elements – Group research into the issues and urban design implications that led to the development of a group strategy as well as an individual design proposal that demonstrated the application of that strategy in a specific location. Students researched the issues and establish the implications for the city. From this understanding an urban design strategy was developed. This group research and vision then formed the context for individual proposals for a specific site within the wider group strategy.

Many of the schemes were particularly relevant toSouthamptons emerging City Centre Masterplan which the council are due to launch later this summer. This work showed that the city needs to look at a coordinated approach to flood protection that realises the huge potential this engineering problem offers as a catalyst for much wider spatial improvements to the city. The students grasped that dealing purely with the issue of flood protection  was only partially dealing with the issue and that a more complex approach to flood management was required, one that opened up the possibility for a new way of thinking about the cities relationship with the water. That requires bold visions delivered over a prolonged time frame that combine strategies of Retreat, Attack and not just Defend. These were mature observations for undergraduates that challenge the often fragmented and tunnel vision approach of policy makers. Facing up to rising sea levels will also represent a significant opportunity to transform the Itchen River frontage.

Student Photomontage - Attack

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