Archive for April, 2011

Facing up to Rising Sea Levels

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Student Photomontage - Retreat


Snug Projects have recently been working with Civil Engineering and Architecture students at the University of Southampton on developing proposals for that respond to the challenge of urban flooding. The coat line of Britain faces significant challenges from rising sea levels. This is particularly challenging in urban areas. This project required students to explore the challenges the city of Southampton faces from rising sea levels. The project involved two elements – Group research into the issues and urban design implications that led to the development of a group strategy as well as an individual design proposal that demonstrated the application of that strategy in a specific location. Students researched the issues and establish the implications for the city. From this understanding an urban design strategy was developed. This group research and vision then formed the context for individual proposals for a specific site within the wider group strategy.

Many of the schemes were particularly relevant toSouthamptons emerging City Centre Masterplan which the council are due to launch later this summer. This work showed that the city needs to look at a coordinated approach to flood protection that realises the huge potential this engineering problem offers as a catalyst for much wider spatial improvements to the city. The students grasped that dealing purely with the issue of flood protection  was only partially dealing with the issue and that a more complex approach to flood management was required, one that opened up the possibility for a new way of thinking about the cities relationship with the water. That requires bold visions delivered over a prolonged time frame that combine strategies of Retreat, Attack and not just Defend. These were mature observations for undergraduates that challenge the often fragmented and tunnel vision approach of policy makers. Facing up to rising sea levels will also represent a significant opportunity to transform the Itchen River frontage.

Student Photomontage - Attack

Plot for Sale

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


A unique  opportunity to build your own Snug Project. This is one we prepared earlier – a classic snug design accomodating 4 bedrooms and two off road parking spaces on the end of a victorian terrace. The project is spatially complex and cleverly eeks out every bit of space from the site. The plot is being marketed through Belgarum estate agency, see for more details or give us a call to find out more.

The Kingdom Business Course

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Snug has just returned from delivering 6 days of business development courses in South Asia. The new course, developed by Paul,  is helping leaders of charities in to engage in their rapidly changing economy. Over 100 people attended the course  and some key contacts were made. The course was well received and we have been asked to develop our resources and extend the program of training courses to new cities. It was a grueling but very rewarding trip.

Contemporary Conservation

Monday, April 18th, 2011


This subtle addition to a house in the Winchester Conservation Area has received planing approval. The contemporary addition wraps around the side of the house opening up views and adding character to the street scene.  City of Winchester Trust commended the application stating, ‘This seems an ingenuous solution to the constrictions of the site.’

An appealing victory

Monday, April 18th, 2011


6 Ranelagh Rd_comittee presentation

Snug Projects has won a significant Appeal for a contemporary extension in the Winchester Conservation Area. The application was appealed after the modern design was rejected by the planning committee on the carrying vote of the chair after a 50:50 split in opinion from councillors. This is a significant victory for our clients and a victory for high quality modern design. See the link above for images of the proposal.

The worker is worth his wage

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The rest of the architectural profession seems to be failing to pay its younger employees a fair wage, with a recent survey by the RIBA suggesting that 1/3rd of junior staff are being paid less than the minimum wage.  Snug Projects is proud to be bucking the trend with the wages it pays to its up and coming staff being amongst the top 20%. – we think this is a fair reflection of the value they bring to our clients.

Salisbury Civic Society Awards

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Snug Projects attended the Salisbury Civic Society Awards to pick up a Commendation for their convertion of a victorian warehouse into new offices for Innovate Design. At the awards ceremony Sir Christopher Benson, chairman of the society and one of the most prominent businessmen in the UK, suggested that the scheme provided as good an office interior as any he had seen.  Not a bad commendation on a budget of less than £500/m2.

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