Long House

The local stone remains of a rural Welsh Long House. Not as randomly organised as I anticipated. You can still see the neat stone stairs inside & the orderly arrangement of window & door openings.

Timber Frame Renovation

One of the practice’s current projects on site involves the expansion, renovation and repair of an old timber framed building. Great to be involved on a characterful old building like this. The timbers shown had rotted away and will be repaired with a new oak sole plate above the new plinth.

#retrofirst

In support of the AJ campaign championing (sensitive) reuse in the built environment. The demands of which are: Cut VAT rate on refurbishment, repair and maintenance from 20 per cent to 5 per cent; Promote the reuse of existing building stock and reclaimed construction material by introducing new clauses into planning guidance and the building regs; Stimulate the circular economy and support a whole-life carbon approach in construction by insisting that all publicly funded project look to retrofit solutions first.

Waste & consumption needs to be reduced (& incentivised by government policy) if environmental concerns are to be followed through.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53642581

Storm the asylum

Congratulations to Simon Allford (one of the founding directors of the Stirling prize winning practice AHMM) for being elected as the next RIBA President. A leaner, more open, productive, engaged and reinvigorated RIBA will now be created.

AHMM The Yellow Building, Monsoon Village P1, 2008