News

Bloomsbury House on AJ Retrofit Shortlist

Bloomsbury House on AJ Retrofit Shortlist

Our recently completed retrofit and restoration of an 1820’s Listed Georgian townhouse in Bloomsbury has made it to the shortlist for the AJ Retrofit Awards, ‘Listed Building less than £5million’ category.

Off to Venice Biennale!

Off to Venice Biennale!

25 May 2016

As part of the Venice Biennale 2016 Graham will be discussing the rich history of architects creating their own living spaces with Albert Hill of The Modern House at 11am Friday May 27th in the Ballroom of the Bauer Palazzo. All welcome.

80% House Featured in New Renovations Book

80% House Featured in New Renovations Book

20 May 2016

We are pleased that the recently published RIBA book 'Renovations: an inspirational design primer' by Richard Wilcox, includes our 80% house completed in 2010.

The house is living up to its name year in year out, requiring even less energy than we predicted. For those who are interested it uses around 70 kWhr/m2 annually (primary energy excluding the PV), well below the passivhaus target we were aiming at during its design!

New Architects 3

New Architects 3

30 March 2016

We are delighted to be included in New Architects 3, a book commissioned by the Architecture Foundation to celebrate the work of the most interesting architectural practices established in the last 10 years. The book is published by Merrell and was launched at an event at the Barbican this week.

Devon House

Devon House

27 February 2016

Very exciting to see the interiors of our almost-Passivhaus project in Devon coming together as the timber frame goes up.

Switch – Frome

Switch – Frome

15 February 2016

Rob Prewett will be speaking at Switch to a Renewable Future, an all day event at the Cheese and Grain in Frome on Saturday March 5th. The speakers will explore how emissions can be cut from buildings, how energy can be generated cleanly and how Frome can move towards becoming a renewable town. Tickets are available here.

Best Eco House

Best Eco House

27 November 2015

We are delighted to announce the Dundon Passivhaus has won the Best Eco House category in this year's Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards.

Grand Designs – House of the Year

Grand Designs – House of the Year

4 November 2015

The Dundon Passivhaus is featured in a new 4-part TV series looking at the most inspiring homes completed in the past year. We are in the first programme, Country Living, on Wednesday 4th November at 9pm.

Retrofit 1960's House Air Tightness Test

Retrofit 1960's House Air Tightness Test

26 October 2015

We were delighted that our retrofit to a 1960’s house in Sydenham achieved an air tightness test result of 0.6 ach. Congratulations to the build team from Borisa Ristic & Co and to Paul Jennings who kindly carried out the test. Here’s to completing the project and proceeding to passivhaus certification next year!

About Us

Prewett Bizley Architects have established a reputation for producing well crafted, high quality architecture with a very low associated energy use. Through a creative dialogue with our clients we seek to create engaging, atmospheric spaces that are a pleasure to use, responsive to needs of their users and that bring lasting improvements to the quality of people’s lives.

We give practical and useful advice that enables our clients to understand the design process and make informed decisions. We are committed to achieving best value for our clients according to their particular needs. We try to observe the nature of places to understand their qualities, patterns and nuances in order to propose interventions that might heal or provide continuity with the existing context.

Having pioneered some of the lowest energy retrofit projects to date in the UK we are passionate about the need to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment. We offer consultancy services to building owners and other professionals on low-energy construction and Passivhaus design. We have a hands-on approach through which we continuously seek to improve the quality of construction on site.

Our architectural work is rooted in the wider activities of teaching, writing and research which allow us to combine thought and technical innovation with a practical approach to the realities of development and construction. In 2010 we won the Architectural Practice of the Year at the Builder & Engineer Awards and were finalists in the 2009 Young Architect of the Year Award. We have offices in London and Somerset.

Awards

Prewett Bizley Architects:

Builder & Engineer Awards 2010, Architectural practice of the year - Winner
Young Architect of the Year (YAYA) 2009 - Finalist
BRE Passivhaus Competition 2012 - Finalist

Dundon Passivhaus

RIBA National Award 2015 – Winner
RIBA Regional Award 2015 (Southwest) – Winner
Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2015, Best Eco House – Winner
Wood Awards 2015, Private – Runner up
Passivhaus Awards 2015 - Runner up
Structural Timber Awards 2015, Best private housing project – Highly Commended

Retrofit for the Future House

Retrofit Awards 2012, Housing (small) - Shortlisted

80% House

Retrofit Awards 2010, Domestic building (single house) - Shortlisted
Hackney Design Awards 2010 - Shortlisted
Sustainability Awards 2009, Sustainable project of the year (under £2m) - Shortlisted

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Builder & Engineer Awards 2009, Turning to timber award - Winner
Civic Trust Awards 2009 - Shortlisted
Wood Awards 2009, Commercial and public access - Runner-up
Wood Awards 2009, Best use of panel products - Runner-up

Sky Edge housing, Sheffield

Europan 9 - Winner, 2007

Newington Green House

RIBA Awards 2005 - Shortlisted
Brick Awards 2004, Best single house - Runner-up

Press

Prewett Bizley Architects:

YAYA 2009 Shortlist Announced, Building Design – 9 October 2009
Jay Merrick, 'The Faces to Watch in 2006', The Independent - 31 December 2005
Peter Kelly, 'Portfolio' feature, Blueprint - December 2005, p50-51

Retrofit for the Future House

Marion Baeli - Residential Retrofit: Twenty Case Studies, RIBA Publishing, 2013
Paul Ruyssevelt – Future Proofing: Upgrading the UK Housing Stock, Architecture Today – May 2011, EcoTech p16-18
Stephen Kennett, ‘Passivhaus Diary’, Building – 4 June 2010, p44-45
Robert Prewett, ‘Passivhaus Diary’, Building – 6 August 2010, p42-43, Building – 3 September 2010, p44-45, Building – 8 October 2010, p68-69

80% House

Marion Baeli - Residential Retrofit: Twenty Case Studies, RIBA Publishing, 2013
Barbara Chandler, ‘Our eco Home’, Evening Standard, 26 January 2011, Homes & Property p18-19
Katy Dunn, ‘Pioneering Spirit’, Grand Designs Magazine, October 2010, p76-84
‘89 Culford Road’, The Victorian – March 2010, p8-9
Graham Bizley, Architecture In Detail vol II, Architectural Press, 2010
Thomas Lane, ‘A Haus in Hackney’, Building – 22 January 2010, p44-48
James Parker, ‘Just How Low Can We Go?’, Delta T – December 2009, p8-12
Simon Schama, You & Yours, Radio 4, 17 December 2009

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Naomi Stungo, ‘Bottom, thou art translated’, RIBA Journal – August 2008, p40-42
Graham Bizley, Architecture In Detail vol II, Architectural Press, 2010

Balfour House

Home – Investing In Design by David Littlefield, Wiley, 2008
Katarina Burrows, ‘Inside Out’, Homes & Gardens, April 2010, p153
Zoë Blackler, ‘Anything Goes’, Evening Standard, Homes & Property - 18 March 2009, p7

Europan 9 – Sky Edge

FX Magazine - June 2008, p30
Building Design - 9 May 2008, p3

Newington Green House

Kieran Long, ‘A Home to DIY For’, Evening Standard - 11 September 2013, p36-37
Jonathan Bell and Ellie Stathaki, The New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism, Lawrence King, 2010
Oliver Bennett, ‘Its Time to Start Thinking Big’, The Independent – 15 October 2010, Living p52-53
Rocky Casale, ‘A Big Idea Fit for a Tiny Lot’, New York Times – 7 October 2010, pD08
Cathy Strongman, 100 Houses:  Modern Designs for Contemporary Living, Merrell, 2009
Ro Spankie, Basics Interior Architecture: Drawing Out the Interior, AVA Publishing, 2009
Arne Barth, ‘Residential House with Office in London’, Architektur + Wettbewerbe – September 2008 p60-63
Abigail Edwards, 'All Rooms with a View', Daily Telegraph magazine - 28 July 2007 p64-67
Kenneth Powell & Cathy Strongman, New London Architecture II, Merrell, 2007
Graham Bizley, Architecture In Detail, Architectural Press, 2007
Fiona Sibley, 'Libraries', Grand Designs Magazine - October 2006, p139-141
Marcus Fairs, 'I Visited This House', Icon - August 2006, p21
Fay Sweet, 'A Very Clever Plot', Evening Standard - 19 July 2006, Homes & Property p22
Anne Hultzsch, 'Fenster zur Stadt', Baumeister (Germany) - B4, April 2006, p54-59
Andrea Campioli, 'Tutto a vista', Constuire In Laterizio (Italy) - 110, March/April 2006, p70-73
Rob Gregory, 'The House: New Paradigms', Architectural Review - March 2006, p37, 50-51
Noriko Takiguchi, 'Architects Own Houses', Pen Magazine (Japan) - March 2006
Cathy Strongman, 'Neighbourhood Watch', Grand Designs Magazine - February 2006, p53, 60-68
Jan Carlos Kucharek, 'No Place Like Home', RIBA Journal - January 2006, p48-52

People

Graham Bizley BSc(Hons) BArch ARB RIBA - Director


Graham studied at Bath University and the ESTAB in Barcelona. Prior to establishing Prewett Bizley Architects in 2005 he worked for several offices in the UK, India and Zimbabwe. At Panter Hudspith Architects (1996 - 2002) he was project architect on several mixed use urban regeneration projects on constrained sites, involving listed buildings in historically sensitive city-centre locations in York, Leeds and London.

Graham sat on the Hackney Design Review Panel (2007-11) and on the Islington Conservation and Design Panel (2009-11). He has been a judge for the Hackney Design Awards, an assessor for the Civic Trust Awards and an assessor on the RIBA London awards short-listing panel. He is a regular contributor to the journal Building Design and from 2004-11 produced a regular ‘In Detail’ feature which looked at the construction of a recently completed building with a 3-dimensional detail drawing. Two books of these studies have been published under the title Architecture In Detail by the Architectural Press.

Graham has lectured widely at UK Universities. He is currently a visiting tutor at the University of Bath.

Robert Prewett BSc(Hons) MArch ARB RIBA - Director


Robert studied at Bath University and the Technische Universiteit in Delft. Before setting up his own practice with Graham Bizley in 2005 he worked for Feilden Clegg Bradley (2001-5), Christian Kieckens in Belgium and for Jo Coenen in the Netherlands.

At Feilden Clegg Bradley, Robert was responsible for design and implementation of a student hall of residence for Queen Mary’s University that won a Housing Design Award in 2005. In his work at Feilden Clegg Bradley and through continuing research Robert has developed considerable expertise in low-carbon construction. He has presented his experience with low energy retrofit at Passivhaus conferences, RIBA CPD and CoRE (centre for Refurbishment Excellence).

Robert was Course Co-ordinator for Construction at the University of Greenwich for 4 years (2007-11) and ran a Diploma level design studio in 2010-11. He is a founder member of the Passivhaus Trust and a trustee for the charity RESET, which aims to deliver training and knowledge sharing to increase resilience within our built environment, particularly in areas facing severe climate change impacts.

Vacancies

Vacancies

We are looking for enthusiastic, talented and practical people to work in our Somerset office on detailed design of residential projects. An ideal candidate would have at least 2 years post-part II experience producing construction information and dealing with projects on site. Proficiency in Vectorworks, Photoshop, InDesign and 3 dimensional visualisation would be an advantage.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We do not accept enquiries from agencies. Please send your CV, covering letter and examples of your work to somerset@prewettbizley.com

Contact

Somerset Office

 

 

Beacon View
Peak Lane
Compton Dundon
Somerset
TA11 6NZ

Telephone 01458 273778
Email somerset@prewettbizley.com

London Office

 

 

Second Floor
118a London Wall
London
EC2Y 5JA

 
Telephone 020 7256 2195
Email london@prewettbizley.com