Archive for November, 2012

Constructionline

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

We are pleased to annouce that Snug Projects Ltd is now registered with Constructionline, the UK governments certification scheme. This is an important recognition of our quality assurance systems and provides a important assurance  to prospective clients of the robustness of our office systems. More information about Constructionline can be found at – http://www.constructionline.co.uk/static/about-us.html

 

ProCon Awards 2012

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Snug Projects are looking forward to attending the ProCon Awards night in Leicestershire this evening. Our project Fennylands Barn, completed with Claire Hart has been shortlisted for the Small Project of the Year Award. Fingers crossed!

Creating without imitating

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Open Meeting 2012 – Creating without Imitating

Snug Projects director Paul Bulkeley will be speaking at the Salisbury Civic Society Open Meeting 2012 on the subject of ‘Creating without Imitating’. The event is held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th November at Salisbury Guildhall.

VAT madness

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

 

In a moment of madness the EU has sought to quietly scrap the UK’s zero VAT  rating on new homes in a move to standardise tax rates across Europe. They really know how to create a purfect storm.

A consultation document has been issued that proposes bringing in a standard 20% VAT on all new-build homes. BOOM goes the UK housing market if this one goes ahead!

Fundamentally this will either raise the cost of new build houses by 20% (not possible the banks won’t lend), reduce the cost of land by 20% (not a bad outcome but land supply is likely to suffer and most land is already committed at existing prices), developers profits drop to zero (if that happens no one will build at all) or drop the quality of new build houses by 20% (the most likely outcome and not in anyone’s interest and certainly not the environments!) The reality would probably be a bit of all these outcomes.

Either way the house building industry goes BOOM. Here’s hoping the politicians see sense. If your thinking of building a house we suggest you consider doing it sooner rather than later. We are here to help.

Goodbye SCAD

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

This week we said goodbye to the Solent Centre for Architecture and Design at the Portsmouth School of Architecture migration event. It was an enjoyable trip down memory lane, having ourselves been involved in many of the successful design advocacy, education and arts events they have delivered over the past 7 years. Particular highlights were 24hrs to Save Winchester, Places from Spaces and the Education Partner Programme.

Well done on a job well done and bon voyage in your new adventures to Paul Grover, Mark Drury and Phil Smith. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Contextual Design Workshop in Winchester

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Snug Projects delivered a successful evening workshop on contextual design for officers and members at Winchester City Council. The evening was facilitated by Paul Bulkeley with a series of presentations and interactive workshops supported by local architects and urban designers. This was a hands on workshop providing participants with an opportunity to explore the relationship between site context and design. There was a series of presentations on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of site analysis, examples of best practice and an overview of the way in which high quality design is derived from context. Using this knowledge, participants were encouraged to take part in a live design exercise, working in small groups to develop an outline proposal for a significant site in Winchester. This provided a practical opportunity to engage first hand with the issues of contextual design and, we hope, proved to be an enjoyable and productive evening. Our thanks go to John Hearn for organising the event and DHUD, Design Engine, T2 Architects, Architecture Plb, Hampshire County Architects and CH Design for their enthusiastic involvement.

 

A copy of the presentation can be found at – http://www.slideshare.net/paulbulkeley/site-responsive-design

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