The team met at the C16 Mapperton Manor House (Grade I) and Gardens for a working lunch in the converted C17 Coach House, which received Leader Grant Funding (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development). This is a fantastic resource and a great vents space and venue on a par with Manor Barn at Symondsbury. The Practice has projects in Netherbury, Broadwindsor and Corscombe so this was a central location to all 5 sites.
An application for planning permission for a Solar Port at Plottingham Fields car park in Bridport has been submitted to Dorset Council, the first of several solar port schemes to be commissioned by Bridport Town Council, in partnership with Low Carbon Dorset. The cantilevered solar port provides solar charging for electric cars, motorbikes and bicycles, comprising 4 bays with space for 6 vehicles to be charging simultaneously. The scheme also provides additional panels on the adjoining garage roof which can be stored or used to generate electricity to flood light the adjacent tennis courts. This is part of an extensive council […]
In recent news, the RIBA has urged the government to stop the demolition of buildings, which plays a key factor in contributing to severe climate change issues. It takes a lot of polluting energy to make cement, steel, and bricks, so instead of demolishing old homes and rebuilding with more pollution hungry materials, developers should be obliged to retrofit, refurbish, reassemble buildings and salvage materials arising from demolition. This is a hot topic, especially as 50, 000 buildings a year are being demolished, accounting for 2/3 of British waste. Simon Alford, president of the RIBA, has expressed a view that […]
This week the team have been busy concentrating on our individual projects, with a focus on getting various applications ready for Planning and Listed Building Consent. A CPD through the RIBA gave us new insight on slate, with 95% of slate not being acceptable or fit for purpose on our buildings, which illustrates the importance of why slaters need to get sufficient training to prevent various problems with the roofs such as checkerboarding and too much moisture leading to moss growth and deterioration. Fine examples of excellent slating on buildings can be seen on Grade II Listed Physics Laboratory at […]