Archive for November, 2016

Portsmouth Elephant Cage

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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Really looking forward to seeing what Richard and the other participants have come up with for the future of Portsmouth’s sea defences at #ECage16. Early indications are very promising. KEEP THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.

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It’s decision time at the Solent Design Awards

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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Only a few hours to go until the winners of the #SolentDesignAwards 2016 are announced. We are pleased to be shortlisted, now to winning. Come on Parkwood……

Congratulations…they qualified

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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Congratulations to Matt and Duncan for passing their professional exams this month. Duncan has qualified and a Chartered Architectural Technologist with CIAT and Matt has passed his Part 3 exams. Very well done and well deserved.

Now back to work chaps!

Milford Beach Huts coming together one C-section at a time

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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It was impressive to see 8 tons of beach hut being lifted into place, one c-section at a time. Raymond Brown, the contractors, are doing an excellent job in challenging conditions. Still a beautiful spot for the day job!

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Portsmouth Elephant Cage

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
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Richard Harrison, architect at Snug Architects, will be joining the Portsmouth Elephant Cage design charter over the next three days. The event is hosted by Portsmouth University and organised by Project Compass CIC. Project Compass has been developed and funded by a dedicated group of architects over the last 30 months, who have now formed it as a CIC (Community Interest Company), with the aim of opening, promoting and making access to a high quality built environment easier, simpler, more economical and more importantly transparent. The Project Compass service, whilst developed by architects has a wider aim of promoting higher standards and qualities across all sectors of the built environment, from engineers to landscape, surveyors to managers and clients.

The Portsmouth Elephant Cage is a 3 day charrette with a shortlist of architects, engineers and landscape architects from the UK and NL as well as postgrad architecture students from UoP to look at coastal defences for Portsmouth and Southsea seafront.  We are delighted that Richard will be representing Snug as the only UK architect invited to attend.

An Elephant Cage competitive procedure derives its name from the idea that big young beasts from different countries are put together in competitive teams to elicit a creative ferment of new, fresh and informative design ideas over a short time. In this process they are supported by mentors having expertise and specialisms in the field.

Project Compass state that ‘Elephant Cage competitions have a successful established history as a competitive design ideas procedure developed in the Netherlands. This Anglo-Dutch competition will be the first held in this country and will brings together unique expertise to work in competition in collaborative teams of young Architects, Engineers and Landscape architects supported by eminent mentors from both countries.’

The competition will focus on design of coastal defences and resilient public realm and infrastructure which could create solutions for cities vulnerable to coastal flooding through multidisciplinary international collaboration.

There will be a presentation to PCC, local politicians, press and representatives from the Dutch Embassy will be held on Friday. We can’t wait to see what the team produces.

11 Queensway goes to planning

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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Our scheme for the erection of a six storey building at 11 Queenways has been submitted to planning and will provide the City of Southampton with 59 new apartments. The proposal comprises the conversion of the existing building and the addition of up to three further storeys.  34 flats are located within the existing building conversion and 25 units within the additional floors.

Access to the building will now be provided by a generous external steel framed covered walkway. This allows transverse dual aspect apartments and creates external amenity space for all deck accessed units. 

The building has a restrained pallet of materials that subtly reveal old and new. The new building will form a prominent addition that better defines the junction of Bernard St and Queensway St whilst also protecting views to St Michael’s church.

 

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Re-visiting the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Back in 2013, Snug Architects were commissioned by Petersfield Town Council to develop a conceptual masterplan for the future of the town as part of the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan. This formed part of an exemplary programme of public engagement that would underpin the successful adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Petersfield Neighbourhood Development Plan now forms part of the Local Plan policy used by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA)when determining Planning Applications in Petersfield. It was formally adopted by the SDNPA on the 21st January 2016.

Snug Architects undertook a comprehensive review of the town and its context, located at the centre of the South Downs National Park ,as well as work previously prepared by the PNP Steering Group. We then helped to developed and deliver a public consultation strategy that engaged with both residents and landowners. Our approach was to clearly articulate the core issues and options in graphical form. Initially we prepared supporting material for an Option Weekend.

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This was the culmination of the previous 8 months of community engagement activities and marked a milestone in the PNP project. The intent was to present a number of aspects of the emerging plan to the public and gauge their opinion. The event was heavily promoted through the local press, an email distribution list, mail shot to all households (circa 6000) in Petersfield, banners at key locations around town and bus shelter branding was updated with “strap stickers”. Following the Options Weekend all of the information on display could also be viewed and comments submitted on the PNP website. Over 500 people visited the event and provided over 1500 comments.

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As a key part of this day we made a series of rolling presentations with space for questions and answers. This provided a critical opportunity for peoples opinions to be heard and validated and, importantly, for clear and specific responses to be articulated. This significantly improved the depth of public understanding for the proposals. Following this we worked in conjunction with Allies and Morrison to host a participatory Planning Design Event. We also developed more detailed proposals for key housing sites where visual impact was a specific concern. Petersfield was the first town in the South Downs National Park to have it’s own Neighbourhood Plan. It was a privilege to work with such an engaged and motivated community to help plan the future of their settlement. The people of Petersfield clearly know what it means to ‘love where live’ and it made all the difference.

 

 

Milford-on-Sea Beach Huts on site

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Great to see the concrete C-sections on site at Milford-on-Sea. Ominous stormy clouds gathering in the background ahead of the arrival of storm ‘Angus’! Lets hope the contractor battened down the hatches.

Self Build has never been easier…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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New legislation that comes into effect on 31 October 2016 marks the commencement in full of The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016. It is hoped that the new legislation will boost the number of self builds in the UK each year by giving thousands more people access to much-needed land.

The Regulations mean that within the next three years, local authorities in England are responsible for granting planning permission forsufficient shovel ready plots to meet the demand gathered by the Right to Build Registers.

Since 1 April 2016 local authroties throughout England have had a responsibility to create and maintain a database of members of the public who are interested in purchasing land in their area in order to self build be that on an individual or group basis.

Earlier this year NaCSBA’s Right to Build Portal was created to ensure the public has easy access to their local demand register.

People build individual homes for all sorts of reasons, but mainly because they want to create something tailored to their family’s unique requirements; or something architecturally appealing that responds to their tastes. For others it is about living in a home that they might not be able to afford on the open market. There is something uniquely rewarding about building a home for you and your family, it harks back to the most basic of human instincts. Nowadays, however, self-build homes are not just about shelter and security, they are about expressing yourself and changing your lifestyle. For many, self-build is a chance to create the life they have always dreamed of. If that is your dream please give us a call. Despite the rewards, building your own home is a huge challenge. We have spent 15 years helping self builders design and build their dream home. In our experience, it is worth the challenge and we are here to help make it a little easier.

 

 

Consultation underway at The Valley, Winchester

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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Yesterday we held our consultation event with the Winchester City Council New Homes Team for 95+ social housing units at The Valley in Stanmore, Winchester. This is an exciting development of houses and flats that develops new typologies within the Stanmore arts and crafts vernacular. The scheme was well received by local residents.

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