Projects: Honeycroft

Honeycroft

Our clients here had a small cottage with extremely narrow stairs to a limited head height loft area. It quickly became clear that a replacement dwelling was the best option. We designed a timber frame flat roof house; this has achieved Passivhaus target for energy efficiency. The completed project is not yet certified, but that is the clients’ intention.

The house was built by local passivhaus / timber frame specialists, Mike Whitfield builders. With some interruption for lockdown in 2020, the house was complete Summer 2020.

The flat roof satisfied part of the brief that the clients wanted space to use their telescope for star gazing; it also gave perfect position for the photovoltaic array.

The compact near-square plan optimised form factor and makes for an efficient affordable build.

All our portfolio projects

Honeycroft

Our clients here had a small cottage with extremely narrow stairs to a limited head height loft area. It quickly became clear that a replacement dwelling was the best option. We designed a timber frame flat roof house; this has achieved Passivhaus target for energy efficiency. The completed project is not yet certified, but that is the clients’ intention. The house was built by local passivhaus / timber frame specialists,...

Tanzanian Eco-Village

The images here are from our stay at the Eco-Village in November 2018; Alan Clarke, Adele Mills and Andy Simmonds joined our clients for a memorable few days on site. Key purpose for the visit was to study the test building built that year; install monitoring equipment in this building and existing orphanage houses; carry out site survey and investigate ground water level; determine specific site for future projects. Next...

Hereford retrofit

Llanforda

A new replacement dwelling in Oswestry was complete in January 2020. A draughty 1970’s bungalow with subsidence issues on the site would have been expensive and difficult to improve to near Passivhaus standards of energy efficiency. After debate on pros and cons, it was decided to demolish the bungalow and build a near-Passivhaus two storey dwelling. This choice gave the chance to place the house to allow increased solar access...

Garway Community Centre

The rural Herefordshire village of Garway finally has its new Passivhaus certified community centre. It has taken many years’ development, but a successful bid to Big Lottery Fund in 2016 made the project a reality.The building was completed with a grand opening in April 2018.  The centre provides many functions for the village, including a large multi-functional hall with full stage / green room etc; an outreach medical centre; a cafe/bar, part-time...

Harold Street

A high-quality deep retrofit. Work carried out by Tom Straker, AECB member. Completed 2015. The clients are committed environmentalists, and were keen to demonstrate best practice in this modest town house.

Church Cottage

Part retrofit, part new-build extension to a small-holding cottage on the Welsh borders. Building work carried out by Mike Whitfield builders, AECB members.

C.A.T.

Since 1998, we have been involved with projects at the Centre for Alternative Technology; working as both design consultants, and on site, as specialist rammed earth building contractors / trainers. We worked with Pat Borer, architect on the rammed earth aspects of the ATEic bookshop and offices; and then as consultants for the WISE building.

Cherry Orchard

Cherry Orchard is a Camphill residential home and farm. The building we designed is for workers and co-workers to have a generous space for their indoor gardening activities; it combines a learning centre / potting shed, with a large south-facing greenhouse. The client group were interested to use the focus of the design process, to also look at the interlinking of all the external spaces between buildings. Adele Mills led...

Huckenden Barn

Conversion of this beautiful historic Chilterns barn into a useful and dramatic, comfortable living / social space. The building work was carried out by Neil May Builders. Neil was then in the process of founding Natural Building Technologies. We had the opportunity, as conservation and ecological specialists, to trial many techniques, using natural insulants, lime mortar plinth to stonework, avoiding underpinning etc. Work was completed in 1996. The project won...