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Orchard House completes

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Orchard House, our latest one-off house, is now complete and looking great. Here is a sneak preview of perhaps the most modern new addition to Winchester’s housing stock. We are looking forward to seeing the final professional photography in a few weeks. #modernisthouse #modernism #modernhouse

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.

Congratulations to JTP

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

 

Congratulations to JTP for being named Architectural Practice of the Year at the 2017 Building Awards.  It has been good to have been involved with them in several projects this year. Marcus Adams, JTP’s Managing Partner, and his team are great to work with and we feel a tiny little bit of their pride.

Civic Trust Awards 2018 – Regional Finalist

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

We are delighted that our Milford-on-sea beach hits have been selected as a Regional Finalist in the Civic Trust Awards 2018. The awards have been “Celebrating excellence in the Built Environment since 1959”. The national winners will be announced in March. @CTAwards.

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.

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

 

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!

 

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

Planning won for Winchester’s largest social housing scheme

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Snug have just won planning permission for Winchester City Council’s largest affordable housing scheme. The project consists of 76 new affordable homes at The Valley in Stanmore and forms part the council’s ambitious New Homes Delivery programme. The scheme was unanimously approved at Committee with councillors commending both the innovative design and the consultation process.

The scheme provid​​​​​​es a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom houses and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats. The site nestles into the steeply sloping topography of The Valley and creates a new edge to the existing park landscape. The buildings are positioned in response to existing and proposed patterns of movement through the site, serving to reinforce views and vistas. The design utilises Snug’s theory of Shrink Wrapped Function to reduce the perceived scale of the buildings, soften their impact on the landscape and relate well to the human scale. The approach to the buildings form and appearance is derived from a contextual analysis of the existing Stanmore estate’s arts and crafts vernacular and results in a significant new development that sits comfortably in its setting.

The application was developed through a comprehensive process of public engagement with the local commun​​ity and will deliver much needed affordable housing for the city by realising the potential of an under-utilised open space.

This is going to be an exciting new addition to an established estate that balances design innovation with contextual sensitivity. It is great to have been part of a development that delivers housing whilst also making meaningful enhancements to the landscape in which it sits.

We are Prior Approval experts

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

One has to be cautious saying one is an expert. With some caution we do however feel we have built up considerable expertise in Prior Approval projects.

We have come to both enjoy and believe in the Prior Approval system. It was not always that way. In the early days Prior Approval looked like it was going to be a race to the bottom. There seemed to be no limitations, no rules, no standards that had to be upheld. It was supposed to be very simple. Cram them in, stack them up and flog them quickly. Of course life is never quite that simple. In the end a market is only as good as its product. Units that no one wants to buy, no matter what the spreadsheet says they are worth per square foot, won’t last long.

Property development is not a cost focused industry. It is always a customer focused one. No matter how we enter property development the outcome must always be the same. We must create a product that people want to buy that can be created at a margin.

By its very nature Prior Approval requires a bespoke approach to design, in order to realise the maximum development potential of each site. No two office buildings are ever the same and with a fixed structural grid and external envelope it can be much harder to achieve a quality product than traditional new build products. This requires creativity and experience. Tried and tested typologies cannot just be regurgitated. Units must be created from first principles every time. It takes experience to do this efficiently.

We have now worked on over 20 projects and designed in excess of 500 units over the past 3 years. Projects that vary in scale and size from 9 units to 90. This has given us a host of experience to build on.

We have come to believe that Prior Approval is a good thing, when it is done well. It is bringing truly affordable housing to the market and it is making efficient use of redundant office buildings. It is also side tracking an often slow and frustrating planning system, bring housing to the market quickly and efficiently. Prior Approval has also allowed a new generation of developers to enter the market. This can only be good for competition and delivery. Prior Approval may yet prove to be one of the best things that happened to the housing market.

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