futurebuild 2020

Highlights A few highlights we found at futurebuild 2020 in London last week to keep an eye out for: New Building Regulations are due this year for Part L (energy efficiency) & Part F (ventilation) Consensus is we have just 10 years left to get Co2 emissions on a downward trend to keep climate change… Read more »

UK Climate & Policy Timeline

Futurebuild Conference: UK Climate & Policy Timeline One of our team will be heading down to the Futurebuild Conference next week. The 3 day event gathers a wide range of built environment professionals, academics and students to discuss the biggest challenges ahead. The event is divide into in six sections: Buildings Energy Infrastructure Interiors Offsite… Read more »

How can we make our homes warmer and more efficient?

Winter weather highlights the issue of inefficient & cold homes. For some it can be difficult retaining comfortable conditions without breaking the bank, however, cost is not the only issue. Currently, buildings account for 20% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions and as many of these are homes which will still be in use in… Read more »

Passivhaus : has it’s time come?

Each year the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awards the Stirling Prize to the ‘best’ architecture project in the UK (or & EU pre-2015). The award is arguably the most prestigious in the UK. Previous winners include: Foster + Partners ‘Gherkin’, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and The Scottish Parliament; all of which have become iconic examples… Read more »

Finishing Touches

A small development of 7 houses has been completed in recent months on a windfall infill site in Lymm. A few finishing touches are currently being made by the Developer Forward Properties in order to refine the garden landscaping. To enhance the street scene a set of new trees have been planted to the front gardens, which add… Read more »

Stripped Back to a Shell

Having now been stripped back to a shell, the interesting part of this build is well under way, in the very capable hands of Andy and his team at Beech Joinery.   The project concerns a complete overhaul of a dormer bungalow which includes extending both to the side and to the rear. With the master… Read more »

New Entrance & Ancillary Spaces

A detached family dwelling in the Scottish Borders sees New Entrance & Ancillary Spaces progress to give a greater sense of arrival to the property where once the entrance was obscured.   The scope of works includes: a timber clad garage extension; new entrance porch to accommodate the trappings of a busy family life with generous, separate… Read more »

Autumn Greetings

  Hello again! We’ve been a little quiet online with our online updates of late, but along with the usual madness of juggling summer holidays and projects, we’ve recently had an office move in Peebles and an office refresh in Lymm.   The Peebles office has not moved far, just down a floor (1 less flight of… Read more »

LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018

Several projects from our Cheshire office have been shortlisted for a number of categories in the regional final of the Local Authority Building Control ‘LABC Building Excellence Awards’  2018.   The projects are shortlisted in the following categories: Best Small New Housing Development Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion 2 entries in… Read more »