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Snug wins a Civic Trust Award

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

We are delighted to have been awarded a Civic Trust Award @CTAwards #CTA2018 for our Milford-on-Sea Beach Huts and Public Realm Improvements. The Civic Trust Awards were launched in 1959 and are the oldest architectural and built environment awards scheme in Europe, committed to ‘recognising the best in the built environment.’ 

It is a great moment for us and we are humbled to be one of only thirteen UK award winners. A huge thank you to Ryan Bond, the project architect and our design partners, Ramboll. This sort of project would not be possible without a great client and we want to thank New Forest District Council for believing in us and our ideas. It was not always easy. Knights Brown, the contractors, were also excellent and a pleasure to work with.

What was of note at this years ceremony was the strength of architectural talent now residing in Hampshire. No less than two awards and one commendation went to Hampshire firms; Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, Design Engine and Snug. An achievement our region should rightly be very satisfied with.

A final surprise for us was to discover our project was on the front page of the awards publication!

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:



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.

Planning secured for retirement housing in the New Forest National Park

Monday, May 8th, 2017


We are delighted to have secured planning permission for specialist property developer, PegasusLife’s first scheme in The New Forest. Situated in The Rise Conservation Area in Brockenhurst, within the New Forest National Park, the development will comprise 24 one and two bedroom apartments exclusively for those over sixty.

The apartments will be split between three villas and a coach house to transform the site of the disused Watersplash Hotel. Sympathetically designed to fit seamlessly with the local landscape, the development will also include cleverly designed internal and external shared spaces designed to help residents and neighbours to easily socialise and create a thriving community.

Commenting on the development, Howard Phillips, CEO, PegasusLife said:

“Brockenhurst is a beautiful place and we’re looking forward to creating homes that are right for the local area and will enrich the lives of the people who will choose to live within our development.

“Having revised the scheme, we are particularly pleased that the Planning Inspectorate has agreed on a proposal that preserves and enhances the character and appearance of this wonderful Conservation Area and is also respectful of the existing hotel building.”

The defining features of the site are the historic house, prominently fronting The Rise, and the mature planting, which features two veteran oaks. To ensure the new development complements the spirit of the surrounding area, the design is a contemporary interpretation of the arts and crafts tradition.

The new accommodation is formed from three new buildings, all subservient in scale to the refurbished and extended character property. Positioned in response to the site constraints, and to fully utilise the site levels, the new buildings have familiar forms and use local materials to achieve a locally distinctive feel to the development. Rather than standard balconies, Snug designed an interstitial space, between gables of louvered timber cladding with traditionally proportioned punched hole apertures and the more generous contemporary openings from the interior. The result is an outside space for each apartment that enjoys a playful dance of light and mediates the interface between modern apartments and this sensitive context.

Snug Architects design director, Paul Bulkeley, commented:

The design makes a progressive contribution to the New Forest vernacular. We worked hard to create a place that responds sensitively and creatively to the context, enhancing both the period property and character of the area. It will be a stunning place in which to enjoy later living.”

PegasusLife is on a mission to make a fundamental change in the way that retirement property is understood and delivered in the UK. In addition to a focus on desirable locations that appeal to those in later life, the business is committed to developing high quality, flexible, well-proportioned living accommodation. PegasusLife offers all homes on a 1000-year lease and will not charge customers exit fees. Property management is provided on a not-for-profit basis.

We are grateful to the team who worked with us to develop the design and secure what is a significant provision of much needed housing in the National Park.

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.

Mature Attitude – Snug gets a mention in Riba Journal

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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There is a great interview in the RIBA Journal this month with John Norden, Design Director at PegasusLife. It is a privilege to be one of the select architects working with John and his team to reinvent retirement living in the UK. We have two of the first batch of projects currently on site in Poole, Dorset.

We love the way PegasusLife work with their architects. They have a clear vision for their buildings and how their end users will live. Their commitment to the value of good design is clear and they are comfortable with the merits of good modern architecture.  Of course its not all down to the architects and they have an equally talented team of consultants who are involved from the outset. Great projects require a mature attitude and a a commitment to the value of good design that runs through from inception to completion. You can read the full article at:

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Watersplash goes to planning

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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We are pleased to announce that our proposal for the redevelopment of the former Watersplash Hotel in Brockenhurst has been submitted to planning. The proposal is for high quality retirement apartments on behalf of PegasusLife.

The proposal includes for significant enhancements to the local interest building and the addition of three new buildings set within the grounds. The design has been well received by local residents and fits comfortably in the grounds of the former hotel, making a positive contribution to the conservation area.

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Congratulations Enhabit

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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Congratulations to the team at Enhabit on the launch of their new brand and website. We love it and have enjoyed playing a small part in helping you get to this point. In their own words:

‘Formed in 2010, Green Tomato Energy was set up with the idea of doing something about our millions of energy-inefficient buildings. There was, and still is, a massive amount of public interest in energy efficiency and the last five years have seen us help many people in achieving their aspirations for a low energy home.

We have completed well over 400 projects and estimate that we have helped reduce the UK’s overall emissions by more than 1000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to date. Our completed projects will continue to save over 400 tonnes of CO2 every year from today.

That’s the equivalent of taking 30 car journeys from London to Manchester off the road every single day.

We’re hugely proud of what Green Tomato Energy has achieved.

But over the past couple of years we’ve realised that to ensure a project actually delivers the planned energy efficiency and comfort benefits, we have to take end to end responsibility.

This is what Enhabit has been created to do; to ensure that what was envisaged at the beginning is what gets built. Enhabit takes our experience as consultants, project managers and engineers to deliver what people really want: comfortable and efficient homes that simply work.’

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