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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.

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

Proud sponsors of SPUD Youth

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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We are proud to have become corporate sponsors of SPUD.

SPUD are a world leader in developing collaborations involving art, architecture and education.

 SPUD is committed to promoting quality design and increasing engagement for people of all ages in understanding and influencing the nature and quality of the places where they live.

 SPUD believe that a broad understanding within professionals and the public of what makes a good place in which to live and work is vital in creating healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities.  

​SPUD deliver projects with people from all age groups, backgrounds and abilities – often bringing groups together who may not normally collaborate. This approach adds to the vibrancy and creativity of the work we do.  

We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with SPUD in the coming years.  You can find out more about their good work at; http://www.spudgroup.org.uk

We Care for the Family

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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At Snug we care about family life. As part of our commitment to helping our team get the work life balance right we have decided to connect with Care for the Family; ‘A national charity which aims to promote strong family life’. 

Having recently attended ‘The Wisdom House Live’ event we decided it would be great to dedicate a section in the office library to good quality resources on marriage, family and the work life balance. We are also planning to gather, on the occasional lunch break, around some of their video shorts, stimulating and challenging us to do family better. Thanks to Rob Parsons, the founder of @Care4theFamily for inspiring us to action.

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Snug giving 2015

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

As a company we are committed to supporting the good work of various charities we partner with. Every member of staff is given a share of the company giving pot and this past year it was our pleasure to support these charities:Cancer Research

Care International
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Dravet syndrome

Highfield church

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MacMillan

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Sparsholt primary

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Wildlife trust

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@careintuk
@macmillancancer
@MovemberUK

Inspiring discussions with the LICC

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

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It was an inspiration to join Roland Reim and Mark Collinson from Winchester Cathedral in discussions with the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity’s Executive Director,  Mark Greene, and his team. For me, with my Business Champion for Churches Together in Winchester hat on, it was an opportunity to learn more about their resources and hear from their experience of helping people transform their work into a fruitful vocation. We are developing a short course that helps business leaders realise the potential for business to be a source of peace and prosperity in their community. Following a pilot in Lesotho next month we will be inviting local church, charity and business leaders to join the discussion in the Spring.

The Snug Hut is nearing completion

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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The Snug Hut is nearing completion. Snug Architects has provided practical and financial support for the construction of a prototype house in the village of Bambouti, Cameroon. The project is a collaboration with students from Southampton Universities’ Cameroon Catalyst and Mosami and explores the creation of a new housing vernacular using sun dried bricks. The project aims to help give the villagers the ability to improve their homes themselves and create better and more affordable homes for themselves in the future. More images of the project are below.

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Working late

Making mortar the easy way

 

BDTweetup Winchester

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The #bdtweetup in Winchester was a great evening and good opportunity to catch up with other architects in the city. Peter Murray’s talk, ‘So you want to be famous’ on being a successful architect was inspiring and is in aid of Article 25 and the Architects’ Benevolent Society.

Support for CAP

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Snug Projects are pleased to be able to support the work of CAP. Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling charity with a network of 205 centres based in local churches. CAP offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in-depth service. Their work is making a real difference to those in financial difficulty acroos the country at this difficult economic time. Please have a look at their website and consider expressing your support – www.capuk.org

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.

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