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RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018

Monday, June 25th, 2018

We are pleased to be supporting and contributing to this years RIBA Smart Practice Conference @RIBA. This year the conference is titled Value Added: Making Design Quality Count and will be focusing on’design quality, emphasising the discernible benefits of better communicating its value to clients and the wider public.’ Snug’s Design Director, Paul Bulkeley, will be speaking.


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Please to be published in @RIBAJ

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

We were pleased to see an article on the housing crisis written by our founding director, Paul Bulkeley, published in this months RIBA Journal. The article raises serious issues that we hope both the industry and government will consider carefully. @RIBAJ

Helping clients is helping us!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Snug’s founding director, Paul Bulkeley, has been interviewed for a fascinating article by the Royal Institute of British Architects on architects fees and how these can better align with client priorities. See the link below to the article:



We are an RIBA Role Model Practice

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects @RIBA has selected Snug Architects as one of only nine practices to be a #RIBArolemodelpractice for the profession.

The Practice Role Models, published on the RIBA’s website, were selected to show different characteristics of a role model organisation; and to encourage debate about what it means to be a successful RIBA Chartered Practice.

This is the web link to the page;

Paul Bulkeley, Director of Snug Architects says of his practice’s inclusion; “we are very pleased to have been selected. We are passionate about both the quality of our work and our culture. It is satisfying to have our achievements recognised by our peers. We hope to use this opportunity to continue to champion best practice in the industry.”

Snug was founded in 2003 by Paul and moved from its original base in Winchester to Rumbridge Street, Totton last year. The practice’s work ranges from the new beach huts at Milford-on-Sea to Winchester’s largest affordable housing scheme at The Valley in Stanmore, which won planning permission in July.

Snug’s 14 staff love what they do and in addition to working hard they share coffee breaks and Friday lunches, as well as visit inspirational buildings and generally have fun as a team. Once a year, they all go away together, with their families, as a treat on the company. The practice also allocates 10 per cent of its profits to charitable causes, which are selected by the staff.

The RIBA identified nine characteristics of Practice Role Models, including having a clear social purpose, being client/stakeholder focused and having a pioneering attitude. The characteristics are listed here

Paul stated; “We believe architects need to be as innovative about the way they do business as they are about design. Only then can we run successful businesses that effectively serve our clients in a fast changing industry. Snug has always been entrepreneurial, willing to challenge established ways of thinking, and our clients benefit from this. We hope to facilitate wider discussion about how the interests of the profession, and those of our clients, can be better aligned for mutual benefit.”

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Shortlisted for The Wall

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Snug are delighted to be one of the five shortlisted designs for The Wall, an international RIBA competition to build a national Christian monument to answered prayer. Richard Gamble and his team at The Wall unveiled the five schemes in the Houses of Parliament this afternoon. It’s an exciting project and we’re proud to be a part of it.

Our entry seeks to create a place where believers can gather to pray. More than that, we have sought to create a living wall, alive with the prayers of those who will visit the structure and those whose prayers are tweeted, triggering a multitude of lights that transform the wall into a physical embodiment of the life in the Church.

Our concept is for a wall made of 1 million bricks, donated from across the regions. Together they form a powerful reminder of our unity, one in Christ, forming a single continuous surface without end. We achieve this through the use of a Möbius strip, creating a continuous loop of wall that allows visitors to process through a triumphant arch, the gate beautiful, before encircling the wall. Bricks are arranged to represent prayers of praise, confession, supplication, etc. At the centre is space for many thousands to gather, and we believe, become host to great gatherings of the faithful.

Although beautifully simple and pure in form, it’s twisting arch will rise dramatically but in harmony with Britain’s rolling landscape. It is both gentle and dynamic, secure yet open and inviting. Its form focuses up, in and out. We hope it will not only represent one million answered prayers but also inspire future generations to pray.

The next step is for The Wall team to secure a prominent site. We will then be called to develop our ideas before the winning entry is announced in early 2018. We are thoroughly looking forward to working on the next stage of the competition later this year.

The team at The Wall need all the support they can get and we will now be doing what we can to encourage them in the task of raising both support and finance for the project. To find out more visit or visit their Facebook page at 

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.

Ask an Expert at Grand Design Live tomorrow

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Snug Projects will be bringing their expertise to the Ask an Expert stand at the Grand Designs Live exhibition. We will be there all day on bank Holiday Monday. Any self build questions welcomed and we will see what we can do to help.

Local Design Review

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
In response to the requirement in the NPPF  Snug Projects are working with the RIBA South to develop a new pilot for Local Design Review. The NPPF states:
62. Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design.
This is a significant opportunity for architects to proactively engage in promoting and imporving the quality of design.

RIBA consults on it’s vision for the next 5 years.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The RIBA are consulting on their vision and aims for the next 5 years. As chair of the RIBA South Planning Group, Snug Projects director Paul Bulkeley attended a half day workshop at Wolfson College Oxford to discuss what the institutes priorities should be. There was a sense that in this age of localism the regions should be taking a greater role in promoting design quality. Specific ideas included extending Open House London to the regions and the expansion of Design Review at a local level. We voiced the need for the RIBA to take the lead in showing greater respect for the design talent based outside London and believe the decentralisation of Design Review would help. Our experience on the Winchester and Eastleigh Design Review Panel is that design quality in the region is raised and relationships with the local planning authority are improved. In the end this can only be good for the reputation of architects amongst both clients and communities.

Appointed Chairman of the RIBA South Planning Group

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Snug Projects director, Paul Bulkeley, has been appointed chairman of the RIBA South Planning Group.

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