26th February 2017
Friends of ours have for some time been supporting the village of Chalizya in Malawi. Their work has included building new classrooms so school can continue no matter what the weather is, providing malaria prevention nets and other enabling support. They have plans to re-visit next year to continue to expand the primary school and provide staff accommodation so that, when the river floods, there are still teachers on site and school is not cancelled. Other work includes drilling boreholes [...]
8th January 2017
Whatever your dreams are for this new year, we hope they take flight for you. Whether you have clear ideas of a new project for your home, or need some help crystallising your thoughts and teasing a brief into shape, give us a call, we’d love to help you along the way. We are delighted to have concluded some lovely projects this last twelve months and pleased to have new works about to go on site, as well as more [...]
7th December 2016
November 31st is our end-of-year, and as always it’s arrival has given us cause to reflect on the past twelve months. We’ve been as busy as ever with new commissions as well as seeing a range of projects come to their conclusion. This includes projects we have helped administer on site as well as those for which we have simply provided design drawings for clients to take forward themselves. All of the projects we have seen to conclusion have come [...]
1st December 2016
Please note our office will be closed from Monday 19th Dec to Tues 3rd Jan incl. All phone or email messages will be dealt with as swiftly as possible on our return.
Whatever your plans for the festive season, we hope you have a fabulous time and look forward to speaking in the New Year.
11th November 2016
As figures emerge from the government that the rate of new home-building is falling behind their target of 1,000,000 by 2020, the CPRE offers an interesting take on the hidden potential of brown-field sites across the UK. They claim in their press release here that there is sufficient brown-field land available to meet a significant proportion of that target. This would certainly remain a favoured direction for development, densifying existing urban areas and using infrastructure already in place, [...]
7th November 2016
Take 15 minutes to be inspired here by Cormac Russell’s frank plea to ‘shift the focus from what’s wrong to what’s strong’. He’s encouraging a pro-active and positive approach to sustainable community development, working closely with communities to build on their strengths and help them respond and develop in ways that are close to their heart, and can be sustained with the support of their inherent skill-sets. In a refreshing and heartfelt talk given at TEDxExeter earlier this [...]
7th July 2016
Hot off the press, this report outlines the detail of a robust and fair planning decision on proposed out of town development on the edge of Exeter. When properly applied, one of the strengths of a sound planning system is its focus on sustainable community, guarding against the negative impact on the city centre as well as an increase in car-reliant traffic movements; specific concerns referred to by the Secretary of State in this appeal case.
26th June 2016
We all know that light pollution is at a minimum in the least developed parts of our country; now the Campaign for Rural England has released interactive maps revealing the country’s least and most light-polluted areas. It’s not a surprise that London contains 19 out of England’s 20 brightest areas; we’re pleased to note that West Devon is near the top of the list in dark spots. So, get out on Dartmoor and enjoy the view – upwards, at night! [...]
23rd January 2016
CRASH are celebrating their 20th anniversary this month; they do fantastic work bringing together designers, constructors, and sponsors from the construction industry to provide caring environments for people in homelessness projects. See their latest News bulletin here.