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Forbes magazine quote Studio BAD

We were delighted to get a mention in Forbes this week, the prestigious business magazine, in an article 'Architects Seek to Design both Building and their Business' by journalist Jeffery Steele looking at the changing face of architectural businesses. The article highlights the changes to the design business, changes which were underway but has been accelerated with the impact of Covid. During the past 18 months many practices have seen a downturn in revenue and workload, Rion Willard sums it up perfectly ‘The architect can…
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St Margaret’s Church photos

We had St Margaret’s church photographed by the hugely talented Richard Chivers and are delighted with the images, they really show the essence of this project. It has been an amazingly collaborative project to work on and we could not have been prouder to have been part of the journey and see the rebirth of the church. We have been working together with the Francis and the team at St Margaret’s Church (or Maggie’s as we affectionately call her) for several years now. When we…
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Community Retrofits Webinar

We were delighted to be invited to deliver a talk for MESH Energy on the topic of ‘Community Retrofits’. As social architects this is an area we feel very passionately about. As a practice we are interested in work that is for the good of the people and planet, and are especially drawn to schemes which don’t involve demolition. In this talk we discuss a selection of our community retrofits, from a refurbished church to a reimagined high street. Our largest scale retrofit project we…
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Planning hat-trick

We finished last week with such great news; three of our projects have achieved planning permission. Obviously, this is the outcome we hope for, but until you get the official green light there is always a slight nervousness. All the project are private residential schemes but are all quite different in typology and location, they really are a great showcase of our scope. In central Southampton, Hampshire, the Skinny House is a brownfield redevelopment which creates a new three bedroom house on the corner plot of…
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Making a difference through innovation

It was such a privilege to be asked to contribute to the latest ‘Solve’ magazine, published by Portsmouth University. The publication showcases past Portsmouth alumni who are busy across all sectors, creating a better world for all and it was great discussing our work at Studio BAD, our passions and philosophy around critical thinking and problem solving. It was truly humbling to be included in this impressive list including: Roni Savage BEng the founder of ‘Jomas Associates’ who work with the construction industry to ensure…
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Skinny House submitted for planning

We have finally submitted planning for the most difficult clients, ourselves! Since moving to our family house on Hill Lane in Southampton, I have been looking at the potential idea of redeveloping the corner of the plot and creating a contemporary ‘Skinny House’. The site is currently an overgrown patch of scrubland with unsightly garages on it, underused by us and an ideal brownfield redevelopment site. Our proposal provides a three bedroom house with secret roof terrace and courtyard garden, carefully positioned on the site…
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