Exceptional award-winning design
Pioneers in Passivhaus and low energy retrofit
Exceptional award-winning design
Pioneers in Passivhaus and low energy retrofit
4 September 2019
We have gained planning permission for a new house and artist’s studio in rural Wiltshire. Located in an AONB, the house will replace a 1960s dwelling and will be built to Passivhaus standard. Its form was developed to give specific views out to the landscape from the upper floor living, kitchen, dining and master bedroom areas. The angle of the house creates two distinct zones of the garden, a sheltered south-facing area between the house and the studio, and a west-facing area that includes a shady dell, with a view north up the paddock and north-west to the sunset.
See here for more project details.
Robert Prewett presented a study on his own deep retrofit of a 1960’s house in south London at the IHBC conference held this year at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park. This years theme was From Bauhaus to Brutalism and Beyond. Robert’s aim was to show that conservation of the planet and conservation of our built heritage can be carried out hand in hand. It was especially enjoyable to present after Haworth Tompkins described their wonderful work to the National Theatre. The contrast is scale couldn’t have been much greater. See here for more details on the project.
Work started on the site of our barn conversion project in Berkshire last week with repairs to the brickwork of the 1970 barn. The 450 sqm house is in the green belt and is being built to Passivhaus standard under Permitted Development Class Q. Completion is due in Summer 2020. See here for more project details.
We have just received photos of a house we designed 15 years ago and that was built in 2013. It was recently sold by The Modern House and they have generously allowed us to use their images. It is a project close to our hearts as it was the second house we designed after setting up the practice, for a lovely client who subsequently sold the site to a couple who commissioned us to obtain planning permission for a slightly altered design.
The house replaces a single storey vehicle repair workshop in a street of Victorian terraced houses and 1960s flats in Hackney, north London. A rich sequence of interconnected spaces unfolds around a central staircase to create a four bedroom house with a double-height living area on a tiny 90 square metre site.
See here for full project details.
We are very proud that Patrick McEvoy of our London office is one of 3 winners in a competition organised by the London Festival of Architecture to design a temporary public space for a site within the square mile of the City of London. Architects, designers and artists were invited to submit a design proposal for a parklet that will transform a kerbside area into a place to rest, relax and admire the City – bringing additional life and greenery to the City’s streets and public spaces during the world’s largest annual architecture festival. The proposal will be in place from June 1st - 30th on St Martins Le Grand. See our journal here for more information.
We were delighted to see our Enerphit project in Sydenham achieved 0.67 in air tightness testing this week. The project involves the full retrofit of an existing 1960s terraced house including the super-insulation of walls and roof, replacement of existing windows, installation of two light shafts through the house and construction of a guest bedroom/study at roof level. Many thanks to Paul Jennings for completing the test.
See here for full project details.
Graham Bizley will be speaking in Frome on April 2nd 2019 at the Architecture Club under the title ‘In Search of a Rural Architecture’.
A relationship to the rural landscape is deeply embedded in the British consciousness, yet the debate on architecture and the built environment focuses almost entirely on the city. In this talk Graham will explore the contemporary identity of rural areas, how ideas about the countryside evolve in the face of social, economic and political changes, and how we might build in the countryside in a way that is sustainable and enhances a sense of place.
Do come along.
See the Architecture Club Facebook page for details and tickets.
The concrete work and timber framing are almost complete at our refurbishment of a grade II listed house in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. In the new hallway, three in-situ-cast concrete portals frame the front door and the openings into the rest of the house. At the rear a new extension is being made from an exposed spruce timber frame on a concrete plinth that retains the higher garden levels behind. The extension will be clad in zinc and is due for completion in Summer 2019. See here for more project details.
We are delighted that Prewett Bizley Architects have reached the longlist for the 2019 Ashden Awards. The awards highlight some of the boldest thinking and biggest breakthroughs in sustainable energy and are globally recognised as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy.
Upgrading the UK’s existing buildings is the most effective way of quickly decarbonising our built environment, Retrofitting is becoming more widespread across the UK, despite a lack of government policy to encourage it.
Winners will be announced in July. See the Ashden website for more details.
We received listed building and planning consent last week from Mendip Council for repairs and extension to a grade II listed farmhouse near Pilton in Somerset. The corten steel-plate ceiling of the extension is proposed as a contemporary take on the 15th Century cross-beam ceilings elsewhere in the house.
Robert Prewett will be talking at the Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green on 14th December 9:00 - 10:30am.
Wishing your home wasn't so drafty and so expensive to heat? Dreaming of comfort, low energy bills and a tiny carbon footprint? Then do come and listen to the expertise of two architects who can help you make your home full of comfort and joy.
Tickets are available here.
Our refurbishment of the Common Room at the Oxford university Department of Education opened this week. The space has been re-imagined as a ‘garden room’, enhancing the qualities of the 1960s building and better connecting the room to the garden outside. For full project details see here.
Work is underway on our refurbishment of the Common Room at the Department of Education at Oxford University. This is the final sample board. The design aims to improve the social and learning environment by enhancing the qualities of the 1960s building and better connecting the room to the garden outside. Completion due in September, in time for the autumn term.
Works are proceeding quickly on site on our certified Passivhaus project in Somerset. The first phase of spray-insulation has been applied and the Internorm windows were installed in August. The first air-test was carried out this week and achieved 0.36 ACH, well below the Passivhaus requirement. Congratulations to our hands-on client! See here for project details.
We're delighted that Patrick McEvoy, who works in our London office is one of ten winners in a competition organised by the London Festival of Architecture to design a bench for a public space in the City of London. Installed in Jubilee Gardens, Houndsditch, the bench is a memorial to a dog called Geoffrey Barkington. Cast in self-compacting concrete the bench weighs over a tonne.
Graham's review of Feilden Fowles' Food Production Campus for Charlie Bigham's is in the June issue of Architecture Today. Set in an abandoned quarry, not far from our office in Wells, the building breaks the mould of the typical shed with a bold response to its post-industrial surroundings.
On April 28th architecture critic Owen Hatherley will be leading a walking tour of Poundbury, the Prince of Wales' model extension to the Dorset town of Dorchester. Following the tour Graham will be taking part in a panel discussion in the Brownsword Hall. I'll be trying to get past the issue of style to explore whether it is a real model for sustainable development. Tickets are available from the Architecture Foundation here.
Planning permission and listed building consent were granted this week for our proposals for repair, refurbishment and extension of a grade II listed town house in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The house has been empty for 20 years and is on Historic England's Buildings at Risk Register. See the project page here for more information.
Planning permission and listed building consent have been granted by Camden Council for extension and complete refurbishment of a grade II listed Georgian house in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. We are currently working on detailed design and work is due to start in Spring 2018
The Bloomsbury Townhouse has been selected in a competition for the annual Don't Move Improve! exhibition organised by New London Architecture (NLA). The exhibition runs from 27 January to 29 March at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT.
The competition showcases projects completed in the last two years across Greater London, seeking designs that demonstrate exceptional innovation and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of better living space for Londoners.
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. Read more here.
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.
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.
We are looking for a creative and technically proficient part II architectural assistant and a part III qualified architect to work in our Somerset studio. Please see our Employment Opportunities page for details.
Working from studios in London and Wells in Somerset, Prewett Bizley Architects produce inspiring, energy-efficient buildings with a sensitive approach to context. 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 most extreme low-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. Current research focuses on rural architecture, self-build housing and how the principles of low-energy construction can be applied to retrofit of listed buildings. Please see our Journal for more information. Our work has been recognised by a number of awards, most recently the Dundon Passivhaus in Somerset which won RIBA Regional and National Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Prize. We are winners of the Sustainability Architect of the Year Award 2017.
We work closely with Interior Designer Emily Bizley and can offer a fully integrated service incorporating architecture, interior design and energy analysis. We work throughout the south of England with recent projects in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and London.