Date posted: Friday 12 November 2021
With world leaders currently looking for political solutions to the climate crisis at COP 26 (we’re keeping everything crossed!), closer to home we have been talking to clients and fellow consultants for many years about the importance of low energy design and the integration of sustainability at the core of the building design process. This was given greater impetus in 2017 when we hosted a Green Sky Thinking event promoting the use of Passivhaus on large buildings which we termed MassivPassiv, which was followed up in 2019 and 2020 with our Climate Strike Events.
Date posted: Friday 23 July 2021
Every year we present one final year Masters student from the University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture with the ArchitecturePLB sustainability prize. The prize is designed to celebrate, challenge and explore concepts of sustainability. The prize is judged by a selection of the ArchitecturePLB team in conjunction with the student’s tutors. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 graduates faced a challenging end to their masters programme, however as ever, we were impressed with the quality of the work. The 2020 winner was announced at a virtual ceremony this week. Congratulations to Glyn Whibley, who has been awarded the prize for his final Thesis Design Project, A Promotion of Wellbeing: Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Centre.
Date posted: Thursday 1 April 2021
We are proud to see Quebec Park featured as a case study in the new Plan for Use guide from the RIBA which was released on the 25th March The guide, which sits alongside the Architects Plan of Work 2020 was created to encourage a more outcome-based approach to the design and construction process with the aim, of achieving greater client or occupant satisfaction.
Date posted: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Climate Strike ‘One Year On’ event. It was a good opportunity to refocus on tackling and adapting to the climate crisis.
Date posted: Thursday 10 September 2020
Date posted: Friday 22 May 2020
The A-Z of ArchitecturePLB is a series of posts sharing some of our past projects, skills, and events, C=Climate Emergency.
A sustainable approach is central to our ethos and the practice has a long track record of inventive sustainable design solutions. We won The Independent ‘Green Building of the Year’ as far back as 1993, this commitment to low energy design continues in our current work.
Date posted: Thursday 30 January 2020
This week, The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) launched the Climate Emergency Design Guide and Embodied Carbon Primer which sets out how new buildings can meet UK climate change targets. LETI is a network of over 1000 built environment professionals that are working together to put London on the path to a zero carbon future. The guides were developed by over 100 members including ArchitecturePLB Senior Architect Wyn Gilley who attended the launch earlier in the week. We look forward to acting upon Clara Bagnal George’s words in launching the guides, “before we reduce, we need to learn”. The Guides can be downloaded from LETI’s website: https://www.leti.london/cedg
Date posted: Tuesday 3 December 2019
Since signing ‘UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency’ earlier in the year, ArchitecturePLB has been working to embed its commitments into our everyday practice. Last Wednesday, two of our team; Director Rupert Cook and Senior Architect Wyn Gilley attended a full day of workshops at Battersea Arts Centre, on behalf of the practice. Over 300 architects and engineers participated in working groups and listened to inspiring talks and presentations, including a keynote from renegade economist Kate Raworth about her Doughnut Economics theory. The focus of the day was on shifting from ‘business as usual’ and embracing regenerative practices to transform the industry away from its destructive paradigm.
Date posted: Wednesday 9 October 2019
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our multi-disciplinary Climate Strike Workshop on the 27th of September. Participants on the day included council members and officers, landscape and sustainability consultants, local climate activists, project managers and contractors.
Over the course of the session, we asked our participants to discuss three key themes; new development, reuse of existing buildings and lifecycle / whole-life carbon. The areas of discussion were drawn directly from the commitments set out by ‘UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency’.
We have put together a short report summarising our discussions. This can be found here.
Date posted: Tuesday 8 October 2019
ArchitecturePLB is now a member of the Passivhaus Trust, an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to promote Passivhaus as an effective way to reduce energy use and carbon emissions from buildings, as well as creating comfortable conditions for their occupants.
Date posted: Thursday 3 October 2019
Congratulations to Architectural Technologist April Rapley, who has recently qualified as a BREEAM Advisory Professional. As a BREEAM AP, April will provide expert support to our project teams working towards achieving their BREEAM target ratings and sustainability goals. She will also ensure that ArchitecturePLB and our clients are getting the maximum benefits from the BREEAM process by helping to set priorities and advise on the trade-offs required to achieve the target BREEAM rating.
April has also recently joined ArchitecturePLB’s Green Office Group who work to ensure we are running a sustainable office and maintaining our ISO 14001 accreditation.
Date posted: Thursday 29 August 2019
To mark the week of the Global Climate Strike (20th – 27th September), ArchitecturePLB will be stopping work for an afternoon to host a multi-disciplinary climate workshop. We will debate the issues and work towards agreeing to some priority actions we can take as professionals within the construction industry.
Date posted: Tuesday 16 July 2019
Now in the 16th year, the ArchitecturePLB sustainability prize for Masters students, at University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture, gives us an opportunity to enjoy the work of the Graduating cohort whilst reflecting on the designs. The prize seeks to celebrate, challenge and explore concepts of sustainability. The work and focus of units did not disappoint, with a strong year on display.
Projects included large scale masterplans, food-production, urban intensification, and later-living. We saw homes for bees, buildings which use bio-mimetic slime, botanical gardens, and regeneration at a large and small scale.
Date posted: Thursday 14 February 2019
We are excited to announce that Associate Paul Phasey will be speaking at the upcoming futurebuild event in London. Paul and Head of Radian Build, Jonathan Rickard will be talking about how we have used the new Assured Performance Process developed by the National Energy Foundation to reduce the energy performance gap between design and construction at Quebec Park.
Date posted: Tuesday 11 September 2018
Quebec Park, the first major housing scheme at Whitehill and Bordon – Hampshire’s Green Town, has been shortlisted for ‘Sustainable new build project of the year’ in the SHIFT awards 2018. The SHIFT Awards are the sustainability awards for the housing sector recognising outstanding sustainability projects and achievements that have made an impact in the sector.
Date posted: Monday 25 June 2018
Now in its fifteenth year, the ArchitecturePLB Sustainability Prize is awarded to a final year University of Portsmouth student who exemplifies a sustainable ethos within the roots of their project. The 2018 degree show had a distinct social and economic sustainable agenda with projects tackling a wide range of contextual issues to improve the urban realm. In many projects, we observed the principles of passive sustainability being at the forefront of the design rather than being an afterthought added on.
In September 2019 ArchitecturePLB held a workshop to coincide with the Global Climate Strike. We challenged our participants including, council members and officers, landscape and sustainability consultants, local climate activists, project managers and contractors to make meaningful changes in response to the Climate Emergency.
One year on we are hosting on online event where we will hear from some of our participants about the progress their organisations have made over the last year. There will also be an opportunity for debate and discussion.
This event will be held on Zoom, Thursday 24th September, 3:30pm. Please book your place here.
Paul Phasey – Director and Passivhaus Designer, ArchitecturePLB
Adrian Fox – Strategic Planning Manager – Winchester City Council
Kay Lung-Kendall – Technical Director – fabrik landscape
Simon Gill– Associate Director – Arup
Paul Ciniglio Ciniglio – BM3e – Boulter Mossman
We hope you can join us.