Archive for May, 2012

The quintessential extension

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Modern Extension in Winchester by Snug Projects


Views to the garden

We have recently had the opportunity to return to our extension at Fordington Avenue in Winchester to see it inhabited. This is in many ways the quitessential modern extension with a strong inside outside relationship, well configured open plan family spaces and a modern aesthetic. More images can be found on our website.

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.

Ask an Expert at Grand Design Live tomorrow

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Snug Projects will be bringing their expertise to the Ask an Expert stand at the Grand Designs Live exhibition. We will be there all day on bank Holiday Monday. Any self build questions welcomed and we will see what we can do to help.

Our new company profile available as a download

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Snugs comapny profile is now available as a PDF download from the front page of our website. Please pass it on to anyone you now who needs a good architect –

Controversial extension gets planning endorsement

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Contextual Modernism


Our proposal for a contemporary two storey extension in the Winchester Conservation Area has been commended by the planners as a good example of design developed in consultation with the planners and the Local Design Review Panel. The proposal had been oppossed by the Conservation Officer and some local residents at the planning stage. Having been refused at Committee the scheme was ultimately granted at Appeal. Both residents and planners have now recognised its qualities and are pleased with its sensitive relationship to the context. More photographs will be coming soon.

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