Making Old Become New, and Efficient

Constructive Thinking Studio, based in Liverpool, is a design-led practice which has quality of design at the heart of its role. Very experienced in sustainable design the Practice is fully accredited Code for Sustainable Homes, On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (ONDEA), and advises on early-stage energy strategies. This project is the reinstatement of a pair of three storey... more

Faculty of Engineering Heartspace

The Engineering Heartspace project is the third phase of the University of Sheffield’s 15-year Faculty of Engineering Development Framework, established via a strategic Study undertaken by Bond Bryan during 2010. The project is designed to encourage communication and collaboration whilst providing a new identity and self-image for the faculty. This design is in the early stages of... more

Affordable PassivHaus

Using PassivHaus construction principles to create affordable, energy efficient homes. Axis Design Architects is a Birmingham based architect and urban designer firm with a reputation across the West Midlands as a leader in the field of social housing design and construction. We work on projects of all scales; from urban design and master planning, estate and neighbourhood... more

Rural Regeneration Centre

The Rural Regeneration Centre in Kent, designed using , is the UK’s First Certified Passivhaus Educational Building. The drive for sustainable architecture is pushing architects to develop designs that not only deliver on appearance but also take account of energy consumption, carbon emissions and operational costs. This requires the modelling of intricate detail, with sustainable... more

Combining Technology and Tradition

Traditional timber frames are currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. With recent decades displaying a trend for modern, man made materials in the construction of buildings, we are now witnessing a counter movement in design tastes that favours more ‘traditional’ materials such as wood and natural stone. Traditional, however, does not mean low-tech – in fact, quite the... more

BIM interview with Tom Jacques of Jacques Partnership

“There is, quite possibly, a leveller playing field for practices of any scale  to play a meaningful role. If they’re able to step up to the challenge and embrace the new ways of working Tom Jacques, Jacques Partnership Q: Tell us a bit about the size and scope of Jacques Partnership Tom Jacques: We’ve been active since 2000. Much of our work is with existing and... more

Taking the strain out of exacting environmental design

Richard Swann has developed a scheme for a sensitive site in Somerset, using and a complementary environmental analysis tool that he’s built himself. Primrose Lane is an architectural scheme for a 0.45 hectare development of five houses on the edge of Yeovil in Somerset. Richard Swann’s design for the homes goes beyond the conventional to create properties that respond to the... more