Experience shows that buildings' quality is rarely limited by
low budgets nor assured by large ones. We take a broad and flexible
view of how best to spend what is, after all, not our money!
Careful consideration of some of the fundamental decisions have
given an extremely economical building.
Quantity Surveyor, Waite Associates, Bristol.
design and built cost per sq m offers excellent value for money
- Costs in some cases are half of similar size projects around
Terry Osmond, Avon Fire & Rescue Service.
Careful resolution of construction helps to make buildings easier,
cheaper and quicker to construct and to construct well. We try
to make simple, well thought through buildings, using straight-forward
techniques and durable materials. Buildings which are well-resolved
are usually better built, easier to maintain and longer lasting,
all of which help to save both money and resources
A timber frame proved cheaper than the more obvious steel, no
fireproofing needed, carbon neutral. The result is both robust
Structural Engineer; Structural Solutions, Bristol.
Most modern buildings are inherently complex, often with numerous
materials, components and disciplines involved. Lack of care in
detail and co-ordination can give clumsy, untidy and badly-made
buildings which are difficult to build and difficult to supervise
under construction. The pleasure in good detailing is not just
visual, but gives durability and clarity which are valuable in
the long term.
Lido: Pre-cast concrete (treads), hardwood, steel. Robust materials,
Cambridge Architectural Precast.
The "Green Agenda" is awash with exaggeration, misinformation
and plenty of plain lies. But the issues of sustainability of
materials, energy and other resources are serious and not simple.
We try to look carefully at proven and promising products and
technologies and to use clear workable methods. We question doubtful
claims and try to discourage spending limited funds on very slow
Retaining and adapting existing buildings can be a valuable saving
of both culture and resources.
720 evacuated tube solar collectors provide savings on energy
with both rapid payback and freedom from unpredictable subsidies.
Large, simple moveable blinds control solar gain.
Services Engineer, Hoare Lea, Bristol.
We try to avoid "style", believing that buildings which
are well thought-out, carefully detailed and well built, preferably
in good materials, tend to have an inherent quality which no amount
of gratuitous contortions and architectural gesticulation can
give. Buildings are inevitably "of their time"; there
is no need to add further signs.
installed steel panels and a robust brick plinth.
Cladding contractor, S & J Roofing.
Even relatively simple modern buildings have large numbers of
components, materials and design disciplines which give an inherent
richness and complexity. Careful and calm resolution of this complexity
can compensate for loss of richness which is often perceived to
diminish modern architecture.
On site, simple details get built and perform better than complicated
Insulation placed on the outside is easier to install, supervise
and finish well.
Project manager, Matthew Webb.