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November 18, 2019

After a rather drawn out planning process we are delighted to announce that we have secured planning and listed building consent for conversion of a listed barn on the outskirts of Wheathampstead to provide ancillary living accommodation for the main house.

Visit our project page for more information on how we plan to make this space habitable. 

September 20, 2019

Last night Heather was given the opportunity to talk to the Sustainable St Albans group at their AGM about Passivhaus social housing and non-domestic buildings as part of a trio of talks on Passivhaus for their speaker hour. 

Despite being a bit nervous beforehand, she thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the group and answering specific questions at the end. 

If you've not come across this group please do look them up, they do some fantastic projects an...

September 12, 2019

We are thrilled to welcome Nimmiya into our design team!

To support her passion for creating designs that are sustainable and environmentally friendly, Architectural Designer Nimmiya moved from India to London to pursue her Masters in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association. After her studies, Nimmiya has worked for practices in Cambridgeshire and London furthering her learning and experience in retrofitting existing buil...

September 6, 2019

We are so excited to announce that we have secured planning for five dwellings inside the Listed Turners Hall Farm Barns after a long planning process. 

This picture is an internal view of Unit 1 which is one of two in the main central barn spaces. 

Watch this space for project updates or visit our project page!

August 9, 2019

Yesterday we went to visit a fantastic award-winning local passive house in Trowley Bottom, Hertfordshire as part of a building tour put on by the Hertfordshire Association of Architects.

It's great to see the appreciation for these types of buildings growing and how well they perform 18 months down the line and meet the needs of a young family.

The house itself is beautifully detailed and a joy to be in and provides the perfect machine for family...

July 23, 2019

We have just received the fantastic news that Julie has been offered a place on Masters in Sustainable Architecture course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales. 

Julie will start her studies in September but will still be in the office two days a week (when not at CAT) to keep an eye on us! 

We wish her luck and know she'll excel and look forward to her bringing new knowledge and skills to the practice. 

May 21, 2019

Due to an increasing workload we have a need for an additional staff member, which we feel would be ideally suited to architectural students. It is incredibly important to us that we find a candidate with the right attitude and qualities to complement our small friendly team and further develop the practice.

The ideal candidate would have some, or all, of the following qualities and skills:

  • Previous UK practice experience

  • Experience in Rev...

May 16, 2019

We are excited to announce a planning approval on our first foray into Passivhaus design. The proposals are to renovate a 1960s detached house in Harpenden, add a small rear extension and meet the EnerPHit retrofit criteria as well as going 'gas free' and harnessing renewable energy with an entire roof pitch dedicated to solar pv. Watch this space for project updates! 

April 23, 2019

We have recently been asked to help with another local disused railway station restoration, this time at Nast Hyde Halt in Hatfield, and are pleased to announce that the scheme has been submitted for planning. The proposals involve installing a short stretch of railway track between the end of the platform and the road and have so far had a fantastic amount of local support.  

March 7, 2019

A little bit out of the ordinary - we have just secured retrospective planning permission for an advertisement on the side of this locally listed building, in the centre of St Albans Conservation Area.

We can also personally recommend the excellent food - and, yes, Tom Cruise did visit and had the lobster curry!

We are also working on an application for re-laying a short section of railway track at Nast Hyde Halt, on the Alban Way - so if you have...

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