Work is progressing well in Weybridge on Feng Shui-influenced family home, The Orchard. Having demolished the existing property in April, in a matter of days the contractor found that the ground conditions would not support the proposed new foundations and had to dig-out the site considerably more than planned.
With great efficiency, the contractor has made the most of May’s reasonably good weather and is currently installing the first floor. Having completed the substantial steelwork frame forming the open plan living room and kitchen, the scale and expressive nature of the space is revealed the first time. Our clients eagerly await completion, keen to implement their plans as to how they will enjoy and utilise their unique new space.
We are fast approaching the National Environment Research Council’s RCUK Water Showcase, ‘Water in Future Cities’. Taking place at The Crystal, London on the 30th of June 2015, the event will see policymakers, businesses and researchers exploring five distinctive visions for these cities of the future:
Green Food & Garden Cityscapes, Flood-proof Cities, Smart Homes & City Networks, Cities & the Underworld and Community Transition Cities
Richard Coutts of Baca will be running a workshop on Flood-proof cities with Dr. Jim Wharfe, one of the parallel workshops on Business of Water in Cities that will explore possible routes to realise these visions.
The Research Councils UK-sponsored event will facilitate dialogue and collaborations between researchers and research users in industry, government and third sector.
If you would like to attend the event, please complete the registration by following this link.
The Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 luxury dwelling in Durham is gaining momentum. Local Ashlar stone is now being laid to the basement’s south-facing sunken garden, creating a lovely sun trap for our client.
In the coming months, we will see further progress made on the main house shell with its central hall curved staircase and large south-facing, double-height glazed windows with bi-folding doors.
Some of the key renewables such as the photovoltaics have now been installed onto the south-facing garage roof to provide free electricity as part of the overall energy strategy to reduce carbon emissions and utility bills.