The external walls being built for a new barn the practice has designed. Black mortar & black bricks in the tradition of East Anglian black barns & the original outbuilding it replaces. Excellent work by Langdon Construction https://www.langdonconstruction.co.uk
Timber stud work now in place for light wells, wall framing and vanity units. Ongoing restoration work to the original timber frame. Great work on site by Gatward & Sons https://www.facebook.com/Gatward-and-sons-LTD-1920305554916382
It has taken approximately a hundred years for human activity to accelerate to the point where our impact is screwing the planet and causing mass extinction and destruction to those non human living things that we “share” the world with. It is a shame we are not more considerate. We have very little time to fix this (if fixing something like this is at all possible), scientific opinion is 10 years before (further) catastrophe, and it will take a massive change of attitude from industry, governments and big business. Construction and buildings are only part of the problem. So we should all take on the responsibility to minimise our impact, stop using plastic, and kick some ass (raise awareness). It’s also a shame when a practice such as Foster + Partners decide to quit Architects Declare putting their commitment to environmental impact low on the agenda and sending out such a disappointing (and $eemingly $elfish) message. Architects Declare recently called for certain signatory practices (ZHA) who “appeared determined to continue with business as usual” to either change and get with the correct programme or withdraw and stop undermining the effectiveness of tackling this. Good call.
Today is a day for a mini celebration (wheelie?). Planning permission was granted for a property the practice is working on in one of Cambridge’s conservation areas. A nice result for a Wednesday after a lot of time & work on this scheme. The technical design & compliance Work Stages now beckon…
Firstly congratulations to new Institution of Civil Engineers 156th President Rachel Skinner. This virtual address & contained film is definitely worth a watch (and your action). I am hoping Simon Allford, as the RIBA president elect, will have a similar message. https://www.ice.org.uk/eventarchive/ice-presidential-address-2020