Archive for July, 2015

Vision for the Winchester Station Approach

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Snug Architects have been working with students from the University of Southampton to develop a vision for the Winchester Station Approach. The area has been the focus of increasing attention, triggered in part by our wider vision for the future of Winchester, which raised its prominence as a catalytic area for development.

The vision establishes the area as a vibrant business district and gateway to the city centre.  We have taken a holistic view and seek to balance the many seemingly conflicting priorities for the area. By focusing on re-organisation of land uses and improvements to the public realm the value of commercial property is increased, thus ensuring long term income from business rates is increased in perpetuity and viability is improved. Parking is retained and better located. Viable commercial developments occupy key sites and frame the public realm. Wider contextual concerns are addressed, retaining key views to the cathedral  and appropriately locating larger scale developments as a perimeter to a new public park. The park sits over the retained Cattle Market carpark. Improved enclosure and increased functionality of the public realm also increases spatial friction and encourages people to dwell. Pedestrian, cycle and vehicle flow is improved and congestion eased through subtle changes to the highway and a more permeable and legible townscape.  Snug Architects director Paul Bulkeley, who tutored the students, says; “It has been a pleasure working with the students. Their willingness to engage with local context and priorities  is commendable.  Many of the ideas are small but carefully considered and powerful in their impact. Larger more ambitious proposals are well integrated into their context. They have demonstrated an impressive level of maturity and grounded their proposals in research.” These are concepts with potential and we are looking forward to building on this work in the coming months.

Below is a video of the vision.



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Milford-on-Sea Beach Huts

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Snug Architects and Ramboll have won the bid to design the replacement beach huts at Milford-on-Sea. We are looking forward to working closely with Ramboll and New Forest District Council to develop a design that enhances the waterfront experience for beach hut owners and visitors. Our approach will balance visual elegance, sitting comfortably with the surroundings, and the need for a robust and durable solution that can withstand future storms and wave impacts.

The project was triggered by the destruction resulting from the February 2014 storm event shown below.

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More information can be seen at


City of Winchester Trust Awards 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015



We are delighted that Parkwood has been shortlisted for the 2015 City of Winchester Trust Design Awards. Our design for Bargate Homes comprises of five detached townhouses and six apartments. The design is contemporary and contextual, sitting comfortably on its corner plot and set amongst mature trees.

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A radical house refurbishment in Hampshire

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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Our refurbishment of a tired bungalow into a stunning modern home is now complete. Wow, what a transformation. The result is not only a larger, more functional home. It is now a beautiful place to live, full of light, volume and new dynamic relationships with the garden. This project really demonstrates the power of a visionary client and good design to create great architecture.


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Bridge to the Future – Transforming the Itchen Bridge

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


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We are delighted that our vision for the transformation of the Itchen Bridge has been featured this year’s copy of The Southampton Magazine. The magazine highlights the first class research and development which is taking place in Southampton, referring to the city’s heritage and how future innovations will have a global impact.  Previous editions of the magazine have focussed on the Marine, Environmental and Retail and Leisure Sectors.  Edition 5 of the Southampton Magazine has the theme of “Innovation”.

One of the key features of edition 5 will be on the Master Plan that is currently being prepared for Itchen Riverside.  Snug Architects director, Paul Bulkeley, was interviewed for a feature in the magazine that focuses on our vision for the transformation of the Itchen Bridge. We see this project as a catalyst for the river fronts wider regeneration.

Bridges often form a central ingredient in our perceptions of great waterfront cities, think Sydney Harbour Bridge or even the ‘winking eye’ in Newcastle/Gateshead. Despite being one of the most prominent structures in the city, the Itchen Bridge is far from having icon status. It does however have potential.

Our vision is for the existing structure to be transformed through the addition of a series of lightweight structures that re-position the bridge in peoples consciousness and with it, our perceptions of the city. The project includes three key elements. Foremost is the ‘sky beach’. Expanses of undulating decking cantilever from the sides of the concrete structure, transforming its appearance and creating a public space at the heart of the city. It is intended to be a space akin to the deck of a cruise liner. Our vision  is for a meeting place at the logical junction between the two halves of the city. Elevated high above the river, it will offer the public a place to sunbathe and enjoy the panoramic views over the city and its changing waterfront.

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Suspended below the deck of the bridge we are proposing a world class restaurant and ‘info box’. This is a space to do business and exhibit. Similar spaces were created at the outset of both Berlin and Cardiff Bay’s transformation.

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This work forms a continuation of our previous thinking and provocation on the Itchen River’s wider potential and we are pleased to see that work is now progressing in earnest on a masterplan for the Itchen Riverside.  We are also interested in hearing from any visionaries with the means to see this project realised. A digital copy of the magazine can be viewed at



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