Congratulations to Heather on her graduation!

Despite receiving her degree certificate in June, Heather finally graduated with a distinction from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) last weekend. She was also awarded the Technical Report Prize for her technical design and sustainability evaluation of her final thesis project. This was a retrofit education centre set in Machynlleth, CAT's nearest town, and has prompted the Town Council to liaise with CAT and evaluate how they can make the town more sustainable for the future.

Every Day's a School Day

Architecture and the built environment is an ever-expanding field of knowledge and we are constantly learning. To further structured learning within the office, we sent Julie on a Green Register course run by Tom Dollard, Head of Sustainable Design at Pollard Thomas Edwards yesterday. The half-day seminar was based on his new book 'Designed to Perform: an Illustrated Guide to Delivering Energy Efficient Homes' and involved discussing common detailing and construction issues on new housing projects as well as drawing details of projects attendees were currently working on. The principles of thermal bridge-free construction Tom discusses within his book are very much along the lines of PassivH

Planning Appeal Win!

Manege found to be acceptable in Green Belt Location, irrespective of whether the land was agricultural or in equestrian use. We have just won an approval for the erection of a manege and associated fencing on a site outside Wheathampstead where there was an argument as to the planning designation of the land. The District council claimed that an approval some 12 years ago indicated that it was agricultural, whilst evidence was submitted that it had been used for keeping horses for over 10 years. The Inspector ruled that the use was irrelevant as the erection of a Manege was unlikely to be detremental to the Green Belt status of the land.