Archive for December, 2013

Happy Christmas 2013

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Happy Christmas and a fruitful New Year to one and all.

Poynton Shared Space

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The new shared space at Poynton has finally demonstrated that the half century grip of the car over our public realm is coming to an end. If a major junction on a trunk road can become a shared space so can most of the junctions in every town. Its time to reclaim the streets for people. Not only does the traffic flow better at Poynton, the public can also cross whenever they want and the pavements have increased by 100%. Well done to the councillors and officers for having the courage to see this project through and to the consultants for making is a success. This link to the video on the project is well worth a look. Inspiring stuff. –

AJ publish the Snug House

Friday, December 13th, 2013

We were pleased to see the Snug House got published in this weeks Architects Journal. Our design was shortlisted in the Sunday Times Britain’s Future Home competition and featured alongside the winning scheme by Dwelle and the other shortlisted entries. Our proposal was somewhat humbler and we believe, more deliverable, than most entires and was intended to make carbon neutral housing genuinely accessible to the mass housing market. The design reinvents the classic 1930’s semi achieving 17.5% more floor area in a smaller volume and critically a third double bedroom replaces the infamous box room. The house has been sized and detailed to be inherently flexible, easily changing from a generous 3 bed into a 4 bed student house and, through the addition of a ‘room on the roof pod’, into a 5 bedroom house. The ubiquitous semi is finally a house for life and fit for the 21st century.

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