Prewett Bizley Architects have been appointed by Oxford University Estates Services to carry out a Feasibility Study for improvements to the buildings occupied by the Department of Education in Norham Gardens, north Oxford. The Study will look at how the buildings could be altered to provide more flexible, modern and convivial spaces that might encourage a fertile exchange of ideas and project an identity commensurate with a world-class institution.
We are delighted to announce we have been named Sustainability Architect of the Year at the 2017 BD Architect of the Year Awards. Thank you to all our employees and collaborators for your hard work, and our clients for your determination to make a difference through commissioning us.
Our retrofit and refurbishment of a grade II listed townhouse in Bloomsbury, designed in collaboration with Emily Bizley Interior Design is featured in The Evening Standard this evening.
Our extension and retrofit of a terrace house in north London has been completed. The project has reduced the energy use of the house by almost 80% via breathable and ecological insulation approach. See here for more details.
The conference takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington on Tuesday 25th October and tickets are available here.
Our retrofit of a grade II listed Georgian house in Bloomsbury is featured in the Architects' Journal this week. Carried out in collaboration with Emily Bizley Interior Design the project involved conversion of the building from offices to a single family house with an almost EnerPHit level of energy performance. Click here to read the article.
As part of Open House London The Kyverdale House will be open for tours from 10am – 1pm on Saturday 17th September. The Kyverdale house was designed in 2003 and shows how a light and spatially inventive home can be made on a small and awkward shaped site. Around 750 buildings will be open to the public during Open House London over the weekend of September 17 – 18th.
The scaffolding is down on our almost-Passivhaus project in Devon. The house is clad in larch, with triple glazed windows from Green Building Store. The external porch and terrace structures are built using oak and Douglas fir from trees felled on the site prior to construction.
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.