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West Waddy win Oxford Preservation Trust Conservation Award

At  yesterday’s on line Awards event we were delighted to receive a 2020 Conservation Award for our work in managing the repair of the High Street  facade at All Souls College Oxford. The Awards – granted annually by the Oxford Preservation Trust – include both repair and restoration as well as new buildings and extensions in heritage settings. We were one of four winners this year in the Conservation category for our work which formed…

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Gavin Fraser achieves Passivhaus Accrediation

Congratulations to Project Architect Gavin Fraser who recently achieved accreditation under the Passivhaus scheme and is now a Certified Passivhaus designer. The concept of Passvhaus  design is to reduce heat loss in a building  so much that it hardly needs any heating at all. Passive heat sources like the sun, human occupants, household appliances and the heat recovered from extract air provide a large part of the heating demand. This ultra low energy design approach…

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Government plan to transform Oxford-Cambridge Arc into UK’s fastest growing economic region

Announced today (18th February) by Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher is an ambitious plan to unleash the economic and cultural potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, to transform it into one of the world’s premier growth corridors and a world-leader in sustainability. A spatial framework plan will be developed by 2022 helping to create thousands of jobs, drive investment, and protect and enhance the environment. Most importantly for delivery the Government intend to establish a…

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The one that got away… but the journey is as important as the product.

In architecture you don’t always get to see your dreams realised and sometimes the project you put the most passion into… is ‘the one that got away’. The design for a replacement dwelling at the site of Tetsworth Barn is a prime example. After traversing an immensely challenging town planning  journey to secure permission for an ambitious and aspirational design, the site was sold with the permission to a new owner, and sadly our involvement…

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Inclusivity, accessibility & equity in the design of post Covid-19 housing – A Round Table Discussion

This afternoon we hosted a virtual Round-Table event on the subject of ‘Inclusivity, accessibility & equity in the design of post Covid-19 housing’. Attended by a number of housing associations, charities, and stakeholder representatives, the discussion covered many of the common design challenges facing the sector. Hosted jointly by West Waddy and Archadia, the meeting was chaired by Architect and academic Ralph Saull, with presentations by Architect Kathryn Gundry and Urban Design Associate Johnathan Headland….

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