This video of the Solarsense, courtesy of the clever people at Norclad, who used a Phantom III drone to compile this fantastic video.Read More
....of our latest project for a funky fit out of the ground floor of a former cigar factory. The proposal builds on the gritty textural qualities of this brick built Victorian industrial building.Read More
As part of the Smart Homes event, Chris spoke alongside Kevin McCloud this week......Read More
Plotting the future for BCLT -a strategy for finding and assessing sites. Event at Askew Cavanna Architects on Tuesday March 22nd 2016.Read More
A busy year started with Chris and Nerea being interviewed by writer Jon Turney and work beginning on a couple of new projects including a solar energy prototyping pod concept proposal.Read More
"I’m over the moon to have been part of the askew family for a week. I was made to feel welcome from the outset. I mean, on my first day, they cooked me risotto! It was delicious. It’s been a jam-packed week. I got to go along to building sites, sat in on meetings and learnt how to use a drawing board with a parallel rule."Read More
"Given the incredibly broad brief to re-design my home, I opted not for an unnecessary blank slate but instead adapted the original building to best suit our purposes and the land. Taking inspiration from Scandinavian houses, from the minimalist aesthetic and the simple but effective use of wood to the form of the staircases. These staircases proved to be a pain to model in sketch-up, subsequently I spent more time on the two flights than on the rest of the design!
The rear extension, re-design of the roof and the front-facing first floor extension are perhaps the most drastic changes, the latter designed to preserve car parking space, but still utilising an otherwise underused space. Internally, the house is significantly more open plan, with a simpler allocation of rooms. When entering through the front door, the full height of two floors and the two sets of staircases are immediately visible – aiming to impress any visitor.
The placement of windows are, for the most part, designed to maximise the amount of natural light entering during the day. Had I more time, I would have added various environmentally friendly features – solar panels and suchlike. Not to forget a sauna, no Scandinavian inspired house would be complete without one!
Thanks again to Askew Cavanna for having me, invaluable before studying architecture at university."
We we have been working close to home on a couple of cool workspace conversions for some very interesting clients -Willis Newson and Portland Brown. The new hq office refurbishment for Portland Brown was recently completed in Stokes Croft, and the fit out for for Willis Newson is currently on site.Read More
A consortium lead by Askew Cavanna Architects along with Barefoot Architecture and tangentstudio has been successful in winning a place on the Bristol City Council Framework to design 1000 Council Houses over the next four years.Read More
Tenders were returned for the proposed Affordable Housing near Oxford for OCLT and our client AEOB has gone ahead with their purchase of a site in St George to convert and extend as 6 custom build affordable flats.Read More
The month of September kept us that busy that we didn’t even realise it is getting to the end!
After a lot of time and effort invested in all the detailed drawings for the affordable housing scheme for the Oxford Community Land Trust, now we can happily say we went out for Tender. The Contractors will come back with an answer for the end of October, in which we will keep you updated.
The affordable housing scheme for AEOB is starting this month –they are just about to sign the contract to buy the site at 22 Battens Lane in St George. After a year looking for a suitable site, they finally found the perfect empty office building to be refurbished into 6 social flats, and in the right area. We are ready to help them in their new adventure and develop the appropriate scheme.
We also received tender documents for Bristol City Council Housing Framework for which we are shortlisted, and look forward to making our bid.
A group set up to prove that ordinary people can refurbish office buildings, create social housing communities and produce a modest return for investors is exchanging contracts on their first property........Read More
Another busy month -a lot of time spent doing working drawings and specification for the affordable housing for Oxford Community Land Trust. We have been wrapped up with balancing the different criteria -Code for Sustainable Homes (level 5), Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design and meeting HCA Design Quality Indicators. Building is to be constructed using SIPS panels -see the draft detail opposite. All fascinating stuff.
Closer to home, our small project for studio workspaces in Backfields Lane is due on site next week. Tight site and the works include re-roofing….should be interesting.
Meanwhile we were happy to be shortlisted for Bristol City housing framework -ours is a collaborative bid with other local practices -tangentstudio and Barefoot Architecture.
The subject of cost has come up repeatedly in the last few weeks. We are seeing signs of inflation in the construction industry with prices rising sharply as contractors and suppliers seek to make up the losses of recent years. I fear the housing market is overheated again. Just hope it doesn't end in tears again. Either way it doesn't help those trying to provide affordable housing.
Lastly an opportunity came up for an interesting creative workspace development in Bristol, so have made a bid to buy the site. I notice articles appearing on shortage of workspaces -permitted development to convert to housing cannot help. We await the vendors decision.
Looking ahead, next month Joe will be working with Sam to prepare something more out of the ordinary…….watch this space.
"This week has been such an eye opener for me. I didn't realise how much goes into a project for an architect.......Read More
Last week the team took time out along with Sam Goss of Barefoot Architecture for a site visit to Hanham Hall, Barratt Homes substantial ecohome development on the outskirts of Bristol.
Construction is SIPS panels, using Kingspan TEK -Paul Newman of Kingspan was kind enough to show us round.Read More
Deki are a local Bristol Charity that provide micro loans to people in Malawi , Togo, South Sudan, Ghana and Nepal. The loans can be as little as £10 -to the recipients they can be life changers. They help recipients set up or improve a business or make some improvement in their life -it might be related to water, education or supporting the local community.Read More
A useful tool to be able to see full 3d views -take a look at this image of the office today....or for a more impressive image, the Olympic Basketball Arena below.