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Proud supporters of BizMin

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

We are pleased to support the launch of a new organisation called BizMin which launched its website www.bizmin.org on the 31st October, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The organisation is committed to promoting ‘business as ministry’, encouraging entrepreneurs to lead companies based on service rather than self interest. The organisation is founded by Paul Bulkeley, Snug’s founding director, and provides resources and workshops that explore how to do business based on the teaching of the Bible, the same Christian teaching that underpinned the emergence of modern capitalism and the Protestant Work Ethic and informed the business ethic of many of our greatest entrepreneurs and their companies, including Joseph Rowntree, William Laing, and the Rank’s.

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 architecture.com, 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; https://www.architecture.com/campaign/practice-role-models

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 https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/resources-landing-page/practice-role-model-characteristics

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.”

Our page can be viewed at;

https://www.architecture.com/campaign/practice-role-models/snug

 

Snug work placements 2017

Friday, July 28th, 2017
Over the last 2 weeks and earlier in the year Snug has played host to four work experience students; Matthew, Dan, Jonah and Anna, all from different schools and at different points in their education – GCSE and AS Level.    Each student was given the same ‘lose’ brief of creating a small off grid living pod for a quarry site in Cornwall.  The brief came from SPUD Youth Group, a local architectural youth group which a member of our team helps out with regularly.
The project allowed the students to form their own project briefs from a rough client brief presented to them at the start of the week, then work through the initial project stages and produce their own proposals, all in a week.  Each student was mentored through the week they spent with us but effectively worked independently to research, analysis, and create their designs.  A final deadline was given to the students for the end of the week to present their designs and research to a few of the Snug team, including one of our Directors – as a mock ‘crit’ or client presentation.
Each student produced brilliantly creative designs and very impressive bodies of work for the short time they had.  Most are going forward and seeking to progress with a career in architecture and we are greatly excited to see what these impressive young people come up with in the future!
Anna presenting to Amy and Matt

What a thank you!

Friday, June 16th, 2017

This arrived in the post for us this week…. What a lovely ‘thank you’ from a very happy client, ‘eternally grateful for the amazing home you created.’

It was our pleasure. Nothing is more satisfying then hearing our clients are happy.  We also loved the box, really goes with our branding. Nice one @selfridges.

Symbiotic design

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Snug are starting a national debate on the merits of Symbiotic Design. This is about thinking outside the silo, exploring how multiple functions can be added to a project without compromising the primary function. The result can be significant added value at little or no added cost. It is an inherently sustainable approach to design that creates additional outcomes from what were single function solutions.

Our first application of this approach was our proposal for adding wind turbines to lamp posts. The lamp post already provides the support, the wiring and all the prelim costs of installation. All the wind turbines need is to borrow the existing infrastructure supplied by the lighting columns. The result is symbiotic infrastructure, a net gain at little or no extra cost or impact.


Our most recent applications of this ground breaking approach is in the design of symbiotic sea defences, a prototype applied and now delivered at our Milford-on-sea beach hut project. The concept is simple. Take the costs of essential infrastructure, normally a sea wall, and add value by inhabiting it. In this case we inhabit the wall by adding multiple uses in and around the essential concrete sea defence. In this instance concrete c-sections laid on their sides achieve a robust 1 in 200 year sea defence whilst also providing new beach huts within, and a promenade on the roof.


Symbiotic Sea Defences

99% – Beach huts, promenade, inhabitation

1% – Sea defences

The result is a liability transformed into an asset. A government grant transformed into the seed funding for a major waterfront rejuvenation. Traditionally the money spent on sea defences achieves one thing and one thing only, defence from the sea. It often comes at a high price, cutting people off from the waterfront and destroying the everyday due to fears about the ‘one day’. Our approach ensures that the essential requirement of sea defence is not compromised. Instead it is added to with multiple additional uses being derived from the core ingredients of the project and at little additional cost. We believe this approach could create significant long term revenue for local authorities, leveraging government grants to create cultural and economic transformation of the seafront.

Symbiotic Design is all about thinking across silo’s. Our inhabited sea defences recognise the all important necessity for robust sea defences. Delivering sea defences is not, however, seen as the end but instead becomes the beginning, the seed funding for wider urban regeneration. Secondary uses leverage the primary use in the same way as symbiote’s do in nature.  The result is significant added value and a more holistic and multidisciplinary approach to infrastructure design. We believe it is this approach that will deliver truly sustainable solutions in the future. It is time for cross silo thinking, it is time for Symbiotic Design!

Thinking outside the box

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Now this is what thinking outside the box looks like…a circular runway. This radical and novel airport concept is known as the endless runway. It is not a new idea, but this incarnation is the brainchild of www.endlessrunway-project.eu/ and is backed up by proper research and integrates science and technology in order to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the airport.

Whether it ever comes to fruition is secondary. It is this kind of willingness to think differently about the challenges of modern life that keeps our species on a forward trajectory, or is that a curved one!

Elephant Cage – Part 2

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Following last November’s involvement with the ‘Elephant Cage’ symposium, #ECage17, Richard joined a number of talented Anglo-Dutch Architects and Engineers on an invigorating and inspirational trip to the Netherlands, to reflect on the conceptual proposals for the ongoing strategy for Sea Defence along Southsea seafront.

As part of this trip Richard was able to view and talk to the original designers and engineers responsible for world renowned infrastructure projects that seek to integrate within their environment to enhance as well as protect the urban context.
It was heartening to find so many parallels with these global leaders in design and innovation, sharing many of the values and strategies that Snug has been promoting in our own work and thinking.
And of course, no trip to the Netherlands would be complete without a tour of some of the most sublime and eccentric architecture our planet has to offer! Markethaal by MVRDV; De Rotterdam by OMA; Delft Railway Station by Mechanoo and the Cube Houses by Piet Bloom to name just a few!
Thanks to @ProjCompass @ArchLokaal @arch_port  with our media sponsors the Architects Journal @ArchitectsJrnal 

To The Glory of God

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Good to have finally completed the all important finishing touches to our building, ‘To The Glory of God.’

Building in Context

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

 

This has got to be one of the best quotes I have ever heard on the reason for designing in context. Cllr Gottlieb, we love it.

Extract taken from the Hampshire Chronicle 2 February 2017.

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.

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