Archive for September, 2013

Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Snug Architects are delighted to be working with the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, the South Downs National Park Authority and residents of Petersfield to prepare a spatial vision for the future of the town. This is a significant moment in the process where spatial objectives for the next 20 years will be established. Petersfield’s location as an important gateway to the National Park provides significant opportunities to enhance the towns prosperity. There are also significant constraints and we will be working hard to ensure that progress is not at the expense of the town’s existing assets.


WOW, The Hermitage is looking great

Friday, September 20th, 2013

It was great to revisit our recently completed ‘Hermitage House’. The house is located in Conservation Countryside, in the South Downs National Park and in the grounds of a Listed Building. Getting planning permission for this uber contemporary home was a great moment. Here are a selection of recent photographs.

The Futures of Capitalism City Walks

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Snug Architects director, Paul Bulkeley, launched the first event of Futures of Capitalism last night. The City Walks event was the first in a year-long series of events, sponsored by Winchester Cathedral, the University of Winchester and Winchester Business Improvement District, culminating in a major conference in April 2014.

The series, conceived in the wake of the Occupy protests, aims to make a positive contribution to the national debate on the reform and renewal of the economy. The series includes lectures, discussions and opportunities for informal learning, and connects to the City’s agenda for economic prosperity and wellbeing.

The walk looked at the development of the city and how the buildings and the environment are driven by and interact with the economic issues of the times, providing an opportunity to consider the future of the high street. The hour long walk was followed by a stimulating discussion on the future of the high street and generated some exciting new ideas which we now hope to progress with the city council and BID.

Key ideas were:

Increasing ‘friction’ – creating a city centre where people want to dwell, extend their stay and take their time.

Rapid Reaction Economics – a place where the institutions and entrepreneurs respond diurnally, weekly and seasonally to opportunity. Can our retail spaces react at short notice to realise the potential offered by a sunny day for example?

Pop-up – can we create the policies and infrastructure that allow pop-up shops, pop-up events and flexible opening hours that allow us to seize the extra economic opportunities offered by temporary events and build on the success of the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, London 2012 big screens and Hat Fair.

City Living, City Working – Can we get more people to live and work in the city centre. They are the ones who will use the city centre throughout the day.

City Living Room – can we cultivate a culture where people leave the privacy of their living room and spend their evenings enjoying the city ‘living room’. A place to relax, browse and meet.

Easy Access – can we make it easier to get to town in the evening by bus, bike and foot. Perceptions are everything.

Thank you to all those who attended and to the Winchester Discovery Centre for hosting the event.

You can find out more about the upcoming events in the series at



Another beautiful extension nears completion

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Our beautifully sleek extension to a detached Edwardian property in the Winchester Conservation Area is nearing completion. The full width glazing creates a garden room that opens views to the rear garden and beyond. @FinelineAl windows sit under a zinc roof creating a simple and refined aesthetic that complements the refurbishment of the period property. We can’t wait to see the finished project and will have new images soon.

Voting for Britain’s Future Home closes tonight

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

If you haven’t already cast your vote for the 6 shortlisted entries for the Sunday Times Britain’s Future Home Awards, take a look at

You can see more about our design on the blog under ‘awards’.

‘Snug Projects’ becomes ‘Snug Architects’

Monday, September 9th, 2013


Snug Projects Ltd has changed its name to Snug Architects Ltd. The name more fully reflects our core business and ‘does what is says on the tin’. We are architects and felt it was time to more explicitly celebrate our professional status as an RIBA Chartered Practice.

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