Exceptional award-winning design
Pioneers in Passivhaus and low energy retrofit
Exceptional award-winning design
Pioneers in Passivhaus and low energy retrofit
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 availablehere.
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.
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!
Work started on site this week on a new timber frame house on a beautiful sloping site in Devon. The house is being built to Passivhaus standard for a young family who work from home, so the house provides a series of living, playing and working spaces over 3 stories.
Very pleased to announce that the Dundon Passivhaus has been short-listed for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence prize, an annual award set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993. The prize rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million.
After lengthy negotiations with the local planning authority, we are delighted that secondary glazing has been permitted for a grade II listed building project in Bloomsbury.
This will allow this deep retrofit of a Georgian townhouse to be completed on site later this year, and will mean that the space heating requirement of the house will be within passivhaus retrofit design standards.
The photo realistic view alongside indicates how subtle we expect the secondary glazing to be.
The finalists for the 2015 Passivhaus Awards were announced today and the Dundon Passivhouse is one of two finalists in the Small Project catagory. Voting is by Passivhaus Trust members (who know their stuff) and the winner will be anounced at an event to celebrate the Passivhaus Trust's 5th Anniversary in London on July 7th.
The house was featured in the Architects Journal in April and in the March issue of Architecture Today.
The results of the RIBA South West Awards were announced at a ceremony in Bath on Friday evening. We are delighted that the Dundon Passivhaus has won an award.
The house was featured in the Architects Journal on April 24th and in the March issue of Architecture Today.
Prewett Bizley Architects has gained planning permission for a new low-energy house on a beautiful wooded site on the banks of the river Exe in Devon. The timber-framed house will be built to near-Passivhaus standard, with large areas of glazing to take advantage of solar gain and the view across the river. Work is due to commence in the Summer.
We received planning permission today for an extension to a grade II listed house in Bruton, Somerset. The project involves reconstruction of the rear portion of the house with a new zinc-clad upper storey and reconfiguration of the external spaces to better connect the deep-plan interior to the rear garden. Work is due to commence in the Spring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The west London mews house we designed in collaboration with Jill Scholes Interior Design is featured in the September issue of Homes & Gardens magazine.
There is also a post about it on our blog here.
In April we gained planning permission for an extension to a Somerset farmhouse. A new kitchen-dining room with a dramatic tilted roof will re-orient the house towards its garden, providing a tall, glazed, open space to contrast with the more enclosed traditional rooms of the farmhouse. The steelwork went up this week and completion is due in September.
Robert will be leading a workshop on 1st May with Mark Elton ofSustainable by Design for the Passivhaus Trust entitled Masterclass - Passivhaus Retrofit. The workshop will focus on what to look out for when designing, specifying, building and commissioning EnerPHit projects. The event will be held at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Places are still available - see the Passivhaus Trustwebsite for details.
Working from studios in London and Somerset, 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 are part of the 15:40 Collective of architecture practices that share a commitment to radically reducing the energy consumption of buildings through a 'fabric first' approach, with extensive experience in delivering sustainable new-build and retrofit projects using Passivhaus construction methodologies. 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. Our work has been recognised by a number of awards, most recently the Dundon Passivhaus which won RIBA Regional and National Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Prize.