Several interesting projects from recent years
Le Kasbah du Toubkal
Now an award winning hotel, this former chieftain’s stronghold was restored following the local vernacular using local tradesmen to a design which achieved low energy consumption.
The dramatic setting is a peaceful and well run base for exploring the Atlas Mountains. Highly commended in the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow awards in the built environment category.
A field barn in a lonely valley but only a few minutes away from Herefordshire’s cathedral city. Original features maintained but introducing passive energy efficiency and stylish slim framed windows. The impact of the change of use has been minimised by a discreet parking area and gardens behind stone walls.
Retaining the imposing facade of a former United Reformed Church, this imaginative and resourceful piece of design work has created 31 flats around a pleasant courtyard in a restricted site. The french windows of the flats open out onto a private, shared community courtyard. The facility is managed by Brighton YMCA
The Old Crown
Sensitive addition to old terraced house / pub in the Lake District to provide a new kitchen and dining room for the Old Crown Co-operative in Hesket Newmarket.
An ambitious project that attempts to create a living and working environment within the built up area of Thurrock. Trying to meet all the conflicting wishes and aspirations of local people and lobbyists continues to stall the final stage of development
Cross ventilation helps to make this small boarding hostel bearable in the plus 100 degrees heat of Tamil Nadu. Small minimal dormitories and break-out spaces for boys aged 8 to 18.
The Growing House
A project to provide starter homes for young people incorporating a self-build element in Herefordshire. Too much bureaucracy and trying to meet all the conflicting interests of local people scuppered this innovative proposal.