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Bangladesh Government Delegation visit to Milford-on-sea Beach Huts

Friday, October 6th, 2017

New Forest District Council and Snug Architects hosted a delegation of visitors from Bangladesh today (Friday 6 October 2017) interested in UK coastal defence measures.

Representatives from the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) met with representatives from the council and Snug Architects, who designed the beach huts, to hear how the council is taking a holistic approach to coastal sea defence.

The twelve visitors then went on to see the recently-completed beach huts at Milford-on-Sea as part of the senior officials’ visit to the UK, Holland and Germany to look at examples of coastal engineering, infrastructure development, and emergency management.

Bangladesh has a difficult coastline with many rivers and distributaries which are often affected by natural hazards such as cyclones, coastal flooding and tidal surges. The Bangladesh government believes that by focusing on these key areas, the country will better be able to cope with the extreme flooding which at times covers 26,000kms of the country.

The visit to the Milford-on-sea beach huts was to see how they have been designed and built as inhabited infrastructure  able to both withstand severe coastal weather and provide for various types of value added inhabitation. It is hoped this will help when designing this type of infrastructure upon the officials’ return to Bangladesh.

Steve Cook, Coastal manager at NFDC said, “We are extremely proud of the beach huts, which had to be rebuilt due to severe weather damage which destroyed the huts that were here in 2014.  Working with the architects we have built the replacement huts so that they can withstand a 1:200 year storm event.”

The project demonstrates that through creative engagement between funders, authorities and their design teams, significant added value can be achieved when delivering essential infrastructure. The project, although small in scale, represents some big ideas. Our hope is that it will inspire others to take a similar approach elsewhere. Perhaps and not least in Bangladesh.

Speaking at the M&CEE Expo

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

The Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo, the UK’s leading marine and coastal exhibition, is fast approaching on the 27th & 28th September and Snug’s design director, Paul Bulkeley, is speaking!

The entire event combines 100 seminars, 150 exhibitors, masterclasses, live demos, interactive features, and more over two incredible days. There’s a lot to get involved in so make sure you don’t miss our talk on Inhabited Infrastructure at the event.

Tickets for the M&CCE Expo are completely free, you just need to register via the website – http://bit.ly/2uxFQSo

I look forward to seeing you @MCCE_Expo!

 

Re-visiting the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Back in 2013, Snug Architects were commissioned by Petersfield Town Council to develop a conceptual masterplan for the future of the town as part of the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan. This formed part of an exemplary programme of public engagement that would underpin the successful adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Petersfield Neighbourhood Development Plan now forms part of the Local Plan policy used by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA)when determining Planning Applications in Petersfield. It was formally adopted by the SDNPA on the 21st January 2016.

Snug Architects undertook a comprehensive review of the town and its context, located at the centre of the South Downs National Park ,as well as work previously prepared by the PNP Steering Group. We then helped to developed and deliver a public consultation strategy that engaged with both residents and landowners. Our approach was to clearly articulate the core issues and options in graphical form. Initially we prepared supporting material for an Option Weekend.

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This was the culmination of the previous 8 months of community engagement activities and marked a milestone in the PNP project. The intent was to present a number of aspects of the emerging plan to the public and gauge their opinion. The event was heavily promoted through the local press, an email distribution list, mail shot to all households (circa 6000) in Petersfield, banners at key locations around town and bus shelter branding was updated with “strap stickers”. Following the Options Weekend all of the information on display could also be viewed and comments submitted on the PNP website. Over 500 people visited the event and provided over 1500 comments.

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As a key part of this day we made a series of rolling presentations with space for questions and answers. This provided a critical opportunity for peoples opinions to be heard and validated and, importantly, for clear and specific responses to be articulated. This significantly improved the depth of public understanding for the proposals. Following this we worked in conjunction with Allies and Morrison to host a participatory Planning Design Event. We also developed more detailed proposals for key housing sites where visual impact was a specific concern. Petersfield was the first town in the South Downs National Park to have it’s own Neighbourhood Plan. It was a privilege to work with such an engaged and motivated community to help plan the future of their settlement. The people of Petersfield clearly know what it means to ‘love where live’ and it made all the difference.

 

 

Re-imagining retirement living

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Roger Black Archiboo

 

We really enjoyed this talk by Roger Black from PegasusLife. http://archiboo.com/event/creative-director-of-pegasus-on-designing-for-the-baby-boom-generation/

His emphasis on ending life well is inspiring and beautifully captured in a simple and compelling graph that depicts the increased quality of life offered by an emphasis on improving the experience offered by retirement homes.   It is an approach that re-imagines retirement living in the UK by going beyond architecture. It is a privilege for us to be playing a small part in their story.

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 http://futuresofcapitalism.com

 

 

Creating without imitating

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Open Meeting 2012 – Creating without Imitating

Snug Projects director Paul Bulkeley will be speaking at the Salisbury Civic Society Open Meeting 2012 on the subject of ‘Creating without Imitating’. The event is held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th November at Salisbury Guildhall.

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 – http://www.slideshare.net/paulbulkeley/site-responsive-design

South Downs National Park Local Design Review

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Snug director Paul Bulkeley was asked to provide the key note address at a recent workshop to develop Local Design Review arrangements for the South Downs National Park. The workshop was well attended and the broad experience of participants will help to ensure that the SDNP put robust LDR arrangements in place in line with the requirements of the NPPF. This will help to ensure a high quality of debate on design quality in the important and challenging context of the national park.

Well-Being Well Built

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Snug Projects director Paul Bulkeley was invited to speak at the Churches Together in Winchester AGM on, a vision for well-being in the city. It is significant that the church community are recognising the important contribution the quality of the built environment makes to the well-being of  citizens. The Good Foundation recognises that ‘some of the basic assumptions that drive our understanding of success, and therefore the way we approach the development of our built environment, are flawed. The amount invested or the profit made, are not strong indicators of success when it comes to how people experience their day-to-day lives. By contrast, our research found that certain planning and design features – such as access to green space and the provision of social hubs – matter to residents, affecting how people function and how they feel on a day-today basis.’ Snug Projects is not only committed to playing our part in promoting and delivering quality places. We recognise that the framework for life that buildings create can only be successful through the adoption and active inhabitation of those who live there. We were encouraged to see the Church recognising its role, not only as the continuing patrons of great places, but also in pro-actively stimulating both their adoption and inhabitation. This is not the easy community life of sameness but the more challenging potential for maturity offered by city life and wonderfully captured in Richard Sennetts book, The Uses of Disorder. He states, ‘it is in the building of purposely diverse cities that society can provide men the experience of breaking from self slavery to freedom as adults’ – In other words places can help us work towards maturity and wholeness of character, a deeper well-being, and something the Church and its environment can both aspire to enable.

A Vision for Winchester

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Last night Snug Projects architects presented their vision for the future of new housing in Winchester, Hampshire. The presentation was to councillors and officers from Winchester City Council. It was well received with positive comments coming in this morning, ‘Congratulations, your presentation last night was excellent and it gets better and better! It also seemed to get a good reception which is excellent and gives us more to build on’. That is what we now need to do, see it built. We are passionate about the potential of these ideas to transform the city and want to see them realised. The next challenge is how to maintain this momentum. We will now be working with WINACC, City of Winchester Trust and other architects in the city to continue promoting the ideas, building wider public support and a  strategy for delivery. To see the full presentation please go to:

http://www.slideshare.net/paulbulkeley/snug-projects-a-vision-for-winchester-2020

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