News

Retrofit Coordinator Diploma

Retrofit Coordinator Diploma

1 December 2014

The Retrofit Coordinator Diploma that has been developed by CoRE is now taking off. Having recently presented at the FMB Bob will repeat the Risk Management module on Tuesday 2nd December.

15-40 Architecture Collective

15-40 Architecture Collective

29 November 20144

We were delighted to see so many people attend the launch of the 15-40 architecture collective on 28th October at the building centre. For information on what that is go to www.15-40.co.uk.

High Ham House Nearing Completion

High Ham House Nearing Completion

20 November 2014

The scaffolding has come down on our latest project in Somerset, a house in the hill-top village of High Ham. By enlarging some openings and replacing the windows with single pane sliding doors the connection between the house and the landscape has been transformed. The house now enjoys magnificent views across the Somerset Levels.

Planning Permission

Planning Permission

23 October 2014

We are delighted to announce that our retrofit and extension project to a house in Kentish town has been granted planning permission. As well as being underpinned by a fabric first low energy approach, there is a strong ecological bent to this project. This ambitious project includes internal wall insulation throughout and a modest extension to the rear that transforms the internal planning at ground floor.

UK Passivhaus Conference 2014

UK Passivhaus Conference 2014

15 October 2014

Bob presented a 20 minute seminar entitled 'Retrofit- how far to go?'. This was a personal reflection of our experience to date. He is pictured here answering questions following his presentation.

Passivhaus Open Day

Passivhaus Open Day

15 October 2014

We will again be taking part in the annual International Passivhaus Open Days. The Dundon Passivhaus will open to visitors between 1 and 5pm on Sunday November 9th. The open days offer a chance to see how a Passivhaus works and speak to the owners about the experience of living in one. Graham will be leading tours on the hour and will be available to answer questions. The house is very nearly finished but hasn't been certified yet. To book a visit please contact Graham at our Somerset office.

Green Register Talk

Green Register Talk

13 October 2014

Bob delivered a retrofit seminar with Marion his partner to a great audience with lots of pertinent questions. We hope to repeat this event in due course.

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:

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

Retrofit for the Future House

Housing (small) - Shortlisted, Retrofit Awards 2012

80% House

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

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

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

Sky Edge housing, Sheffield

Europan 9 - Winner, 2007

Newington Green House

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

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

 


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Beacon View
Peak Lane
Compton Dundon
Somerset
TA11 6NZ

Telephone 01458 273778
Email somerset@prewettbizley.com

London Office

 


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Unit 3L
Leroy House
436 Essex Road
London
N1 3QP

Telephone 020 7359 2692
Email london@prewettbizley.com