Various sketch designs for clients

The Veterinary, Hungerford

The builders are hard at work at The Veterinary in Hungerford, where our design is really starting to take shape! This extension will create a lovely new public entrance, comfortable waiting area, dispensary and consulting rooms.  The size of the car park has also been increased and the next phase of the project will see the operating rooms rearranged.  You can see the spectacular new entrance in progress to the left of the photograph and there is currently a temporary entrance to the Veterinary which can be seen to the right - at last we had a beautiful sunny day in Berkshire!

Designing an affordable house

This is a slideshow which shows different methods of construction that can be used, including SIPS panels, beco system build and traditional construction

New House

New House recently completed. Built on a small site it has been very economically constructed

Replacement dwelling in a Berkshire village using SIP panels

This house replaces a large bungalow in a Berkshire village and is constructed partly utilising the existing foundations and ground floor slab. 

The owners with their family moved in to  a mobile home in the front garden and managed the project themselves.  It comprises pre fabricated SIPs (structural insulated panels) from SIPs Industries who supplied and erected the building in 7 working days during the summer.  Within a further three weeks the roof was completed, fully tiled with soffits and fascias, all in natural cedar.  The finish to the walls is a flexible render on backing panels or cedar, all of which the owners fitted;  windows are by Velfac.  The owners completed sufficient of their home to move in at the end of November, dispense with the mobile home and take two weeks off for Christmas.  They are continuing to fit out the house with specialist help only where needed.

They anticipate having their home fully completed by Easter and work could progress more quickly if they were not frequently showing interested visitors around!


Oxfordshire house under construction

A self managed, traditional construction but with a high degree of insulation and high performance windows on a site near the river Thames in Oxfordshire. 

 

 

The ground floor is raised 600 mm above the ground level but even in these present conditions the site is not flooded.   


In time for Christmas!

 

New kitchen/ rear garden room extension in Inkpen reached Practical Completion in time for Christmas.


New Wiltshire manor house has reached roof level !

 

A new 6000sq ft traditional stone built manor in the grounds of a historic walled garden in Wiltshire is currently under construction and has reached roof level.  The build is expected to be completed early next summer and more photographs will be posted here as soon as the main scaffolding has been removed.

New commercial projects underway

Village Hall for Boxford which has been designed to be as cost and energy efficient as possible with solar panels and water from bore-holes heating the building.

 

 

Work in progress-New House

Work on the new house at Priddles Farm is starting to catch up time following one of the worst building weather periods for some time. Heavy rain and long spells of cold weather has hampered progress on site but now the sun is out the project can progress. The traditional construction includes a basement and boasts air source heating throughout. Particular attention has been paid to the detailing of the works with sash windows and a double helical staircase passing up through the curved stair tower.

 

MWA has progressed the project through from concept sketches through to planning and the building regulation stages. The scheme was tendered competitively and now is on site and due to be completed by Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HRH The Princess Royal's visit to Mathewson Waters project in Somerset

Following one of the longest planning processes MWA have undertaken, their success was formally recognized by the client’s President in a recent visit to the site. HRH The Princess Royal made a private visit to Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset to view the site for the new West Country headquarters for the Equine Charity, World Horse Welfare. She spent some time with MWA and has taken real interest in the project, which she has personal affinity with.

After over four and a half years the first phase of the £2m scheme is now due to be on site in August  with the rest of the second phase, which includes a visitors centre and 65x35m indoor arena continuing on into 2014/15. MWA were heading up a full team of specialist consultants have had to overcome the many problems ranging from flood risks, roman roads crossing the site, major highway concerns and strong local opposition. A two day public consultation exhibition, site visits by the planning committee and two formal planning committee meetings concluded in a favourable result for the client.HRH 

Although it was a very lengthy process MWA were able to steer the scheme through to its conclusion and HRH has already made a promise to open the new facilities when they are finished.

 

To see details of the visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmQ00A29eiA

 

 

Bat Roost Award for Mathewson Waters project

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2012

BSG Ecology wins Bat Roost Award

BSG Ecology was delighted to receive the inaugural award for best roost mitigation project from the Bat Conservation Trust for our work at Totterdown Barns in Gloucestershire. The award not only recognises BSG’s role in delivering this project, but also that of the architect Mathewson Waters and the developer Rivar Ltd.  Effective collaboration was essential to arrive at a winning design for the conversion to residential use.

The judging panel for the award included a number of bat conservation experts from the Bat Conservation Trust, Vincent Wildlife Trust and specialist independent consultancies.  BCT said “The judges were impressed by the sensitive nature with which the works were carried out to avoid disturbing bats and how the building was designed to accommodate both the bats and people in a variety of ways.”

Senior Ecologist Karen Lunan, who has overseen the implementation and monitoring works, said, ”It has been a privilege to be part of this innovative project and exciting to see the emerging results of the post-conversion monitoring programme and to experience first-hand the success of the mitigation design.”