Archive for March, 2017

Snug shortlisted for the RIBA South West Awards

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

We are delighted that Woodlands has been shortlisted in the RIBA South West Awards 2017 alongside entrants that include Eric Parry, WilkinsonEyre, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Mole Architects, Hawkins Brown, Glenn Howells and near neighbours Design Engine, AR Design Studio and Strom Architects. Woodlands is one of only two housing schemes shortlisted. The project comprising 17 spacious later living apartments for PegasusLife and was constructed by Midas Construction. The design concept is informed by the geometry of the prominent corner site and the surrounding mature trees in Canford Cliffs, Poole. The scheme develops our ideas for ‘shrink wrapped function’ with the juxtaposition between the gently undulating skins of brick and timber contextualising the scheme within its built and landscape context. We’re very proud of the scheme which has been delivered by an excellent team and, looking at the high calibre of other entries, we are amongst good company. You can see all the entries at:

The Valley, Stanmore submitted for planning

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

We are pleased to have submitted a full planning application for 76 new affordable houses at the Valley, Stanmore on behalf of Winchester City Council’s New Homes Delivery. This will be their largest scheme to date.

The scheme provides a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom houses and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats. The site nestles into the steeply sloping topography creating a new edge to the existing park. The buildings  are positioned in response to existing and proposed patterns of movement through the site. The flats are pitched and facetted in response to the site geometry, reducing the perceived scale of the buildings and softening their impact on the landscape. The approach to the buildings form and appearance is derived from a contextual analysis of the existing Stanmore estate’s arts and crafts character and results in a significant new development that sits comfortably in its setting.

The application was developed through a comprehensive process of public engagement with the local community and will deliver much needed affordable housing for the city.


Monday, March 20th, 2017

Lovely to stumble across an article about our Beach Hut project in Seaview magazine. Only a few more weeks and they will be complete. We can’t wait!

Thinking outside the box

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Now this is what thinking outside the box looks like…a circular runway. This radical and novel airport concept is known as the endless runway. It is not a new idea, but this incarnation is the brainchild of and is backed up by proper research and integrates science and technology in order to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the airport.

Whether it ever comes to fruition is secondary. It is this kind of willingness to think differently about the challenges of modern life that keeps our species on a forward trajectory, or is that a curved one!

Elephant Cage – Part 2

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Following last November’s involvement with the ‘Elephant Cage’ symposium, #ECage17, Richard joined a number of talented Anglo-Dutch Architects and Engineers on an invigorating and inspirational trip to the Netherlands, to reflect on the conceptual proposals for the ongoing strategy for Sea Defence along Southsea seafront.

As part of this trip Richard was able to view and talk to the original designers and engineers responsible for world renowned infrastructure projects that seek to integrate within their environment to enhance as well as protect the urban context.
It was heartening to find so many parallels with these global leaders in design and innovation, sharing many of the values and strategies that Snug has been promoting in our own work and thinking.
And of course, no trip to the Netherlands would be complete without a tour of some of the most sublime and eccentric architecture our planet has to offer! Markethaal by MVRDV; De Rotterdam by OMA; Delft Railway Station by Mechanoo and the Cube Houses by Piet Bloom to name just a few!
Thanks to @ProjCompass @ArchLokaal @arch_port  with our media sponsors the Architects Journal @ArchitectsJrnal 

To The Glory of God

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Good to have finally completed the all important finishing touches to our building, ‘To The Glory of God.’

The Limes

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

It was lovely day at The Limes today so I thought, as I was passing, I would pop in and catch a quick photo. It looked great, nestled amongst the Lime trees on a lovely spring day.

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