An article in the Architects Journal this week flagged up a growing concern amongst architects about grass roots campaigns using social media to successfully turn around development plans – most recently at Norton Folgate, a project to redevelop a site which lies in an historically significant area of London between the City and Shoreditch. What […]
If there’s one thing I know about Community Land Trusts now it is that they are made up of people who have got off their backsides and done something. If you put aside your prejudices, that’s pretty much the model of the entrepreneur property developer, really. Something very interesting is going to happen to the […]
Here is the presentation I gave to the RIBA Stakeholder Forum yesterday. Why take your Network Online? View more presentations from Barefoot & Gilles. If you click this link you can view direct in the Slideshare site, and read the presentation notes (there is a tab – “Notes on Slide 1” under the presentation). All […]
All good designers are great at joining things together. A classic example is the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German Pavilion at Barcelona (1929) rather disappointingly alluded to by Kevin McCloud in a recent episode of the UK TV programme Grand Designs. I say disappointing because the essence of the German Pavilion […]
Everyone wants planning permission. Why? Because it adds value to their property and enables them to achieve their objectives. Getting a good planning consent is not as easy as it used to be, and if you are going to reap the benefits, you will also be taking the financial risk of making the application. All […]
Last year one of Barefoot & Gilles Architects’ new buildings became the first in Suffolk to have a Gazelle Wind Turbine, to comply with Ipswich Borough Council’s new 10% Renewables Policy. The building is the New 30,000 sft Headquarters for MSC (UK) Ltd, the agents of the world’s second largest shipping line, Mediterranean Shipping Company. […]
Three unconnected events have got me thinking. Constructing Excellence recently launched their Essex Club in Chelmsford and I attended. The stated objective of CE is to demonstrate that long term, integrated collaborative working in the UK construction industry is better than going lowest-cost, a route that many contractors currently fear we are returning. CE aims […]
For my talk on GreenGauge Homes this week, I tried to find a visualisation of the compulsory introduction of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which came into use in 2007, and the Ecohomes rating which it superseded. When I couldn\’t find one, I decided to make one myself.
Here it is:
What is your experience of dealing with the Code? Is it hard to find information? Are you using assessors to advise you, and are they helping? Lets share our experiences and suggestions.