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Architecture that promotes biodiversity

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Architecture that promotes biodiversity

This year, biodiversity has climbed developers’ list of priorities. Although the government has delayed biodiversity net gain legislation again, from February those creating large schemes will have to provide a biodiversity net gain of at least 10%. For smaller developments – ten homes or fewer – the new rule will apply from April 2024. This is a great...

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Tags: Finished Projects, Design, Planning, Architectural process

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Architects turn to spoon carving

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Architects turn to spoon carving

The TAS Architects team can boast a new skill: spoon carving. We took some time out of the studio to learn about types of trees and how to create a spoon from a simple block of wood. Our workshop was led by Jonah Maddox of Hertswood, who makes beautiful items from many types of wood, from bowls and vases to bird tables and shelves. And, of course, spoons. He often...

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Planning submitted: 9 new low-energy homes in Hertfordshire

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Planning submitted: 9 new low-energy homes in Hertfordshire

We are excited to have submitted a planning application for a scheme of nine low-energy homes in Hertfordshire, in a beautiful village setting just outside Tring. As well as the mixture of three-bed and four-bed homes, the scheme will provide a communal garden and planting zones to enhance biodiversity across the site. TAS Architects’ designs for the new dwellings...

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We’ve gained planning for two new low-energy homes in the Hertfordshire greenbelt

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We’ve gained planning for two new low-energy homes in the Hertfordshire greenbelt

After a two-year process, Three Rivers Council has granted planning permission for a scheme of two detached houses designed by TAS Architects, and in collaboration with Base Developments. The inventive, low-energy homes are set within the Hertfordshire greenbelt that surrounds the village of Kings Langley. This is the second scheme that TAS Architects has worked on...

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Now on site: A new sustainable home in Hertfordshire

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Now on site: A new sustainable home in Hertfordshire

TAS Architects has designed a new low energy sustainable home in Hertfordshire for a couple and their four children. Our brief was to provide spacious and versatile living areas that maximise natural light and provide a feeling of a cozy, warm home that’s comfortable and functional. The home is orientated to make the most of the sloping south-facing garden and...

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Tags: Construction, Design, On Site

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RIBA’s new drive for sustainable architecture

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RIBA’s new drive for sustainable architecture

Today, sustainability needs to be central to the design process. We were delighted that RIBA has created its 2030 Climate Challenge, which we’ve signed up to. This campaign aims to help architects design with a “climate conscious trajectory”. It’s a set of voluntary performance targets in three areas for sustainable architecture: operational energy use, water...

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TAS wins two Hertfordshire architecture awards

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TAS wins two Hertfordshire architecture awards

2021 was a great year for architecture awards for TAS Architects! Following on from winning two RIBA awards for Woodside Mews and Manor Ridge Barns, we have won two awards with the Hertfordshire Association of Architects (HAA). In an online awards ceremony, the HAA team announced that our new build scheme Loxley Stables, located just outside Tring, won in both the...

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Garden flats could be a sustainable solution for villages

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Garden flats could be a sustainable solution for villages

When people reach retirement age, they often start to consider their living situation. They might choose to downsize, to relocate to somewhere they’ve always dreamed of living or to move to a home that they know will suit them no matter what the future holds. For someone opting for the latter move, they will probably have several priorities. Single-storey living is...

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We’ve gained planning permission for a highly sustainable new home

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We’ve gained planning permission for a highly sustainable new home

We recently gained planning permission for an exciting project: the creation of a highly sustainable, new-build, single-storey dwelling in a secluded location in Hertfordshire. Our client is extremely keen to take a pioneering approach, using the most sustainable techniques and materials possible. When complete, Long Barn will be a shining example of how carbon...

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The evolution of gutters: a reflection of our feelings towards functional design

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The evolution of gutters: a reflection of our feelings towards functional design

Gutters are functional. They collect water from the roof of a building and transport it away, to a designated place. But how necessary are they? The way their design has evolved is an interesting reflection of how our feelings towards water and function have changed over the years, including areas such as sustainability. The Georgians and Victorians didn’t want to...

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Designing a nursery and exploring acoustics for a village school

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Designing a nursery and exploring acoustics for a village school

TAS Architects has been working on a sketch design for a new nursery and multi-use space in the grounds of a village school. The school is lucky to benefit from a forest school area, ecological pond and running track, which are all important elements to consider in the design development. We were asked to create a design for a nursery to accommodate 20 children, with...

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Resolution to grant planning: Dickens Square Park Surgery, Southwark

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Resolution to grant planning: Dickens Square Park Surgery, Southwark

We’re thrilled to have successfully secured a resolution to grant planning permission for a new sustainable development at Dickens Square Park Surgery, Southwark, comprising a new 1,000 m2 medical centre and 39 new homes. The development will provide a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bed dwellings, including 41% affordable housing. The GP surgery will cater for 85% more...

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Woodside Mews wins RIBAJ ‘Best on Show’ vote

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Woodside Mews wins RIBAJ ‘Best on Show’ vote

A huge thank you to everyone who voted in the RIBA Journal ‘Best On Show’ poll. We’re delighted that Woodside Mews has won the East region vote! Check out more photos of the project page, and the full RIBAJ article...

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Tags: Awards, Finished Projects, In The Media

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Planning permission granted: Surbiton Road

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Planning permission granted: Surbiton Road

On its way! We’re thrilled that this mixed-use scheme on Surbiton Road has been granted planning permission. Behind the listed façade, the existing buildings will be partially demolished to make way for nine residential units with flexible retail and coworking space on the ground floor. Roof gardens will top off the four storeys and a communal courtyard at the...

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Architects’ fees explained

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Architects’ fees explained

Once you’ve relayed the details of your project, hopes and goals to an architect, next comes the fee proposal. Architects’ fees depend very much on the scope of the work and the involvement you wish the architect to have – do you want them to only create the design, oversee the planning process or take the project through detailed design to on site? The...

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Tags: Architectural process, Profession

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Loxley Stables shortlisted for the Brick Awards 2019!

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Loxley Stables shortlisted for the Brick Awards 2019!

We’re chuffed that Loxley Stables has been shortlisted for the Brick Awards 2019, in the Small Housing Development category! These three timber frame houses feature York Handmade Brick Co Ltd bricks at ground floor level, with some lovely details including a climbing wall and concealed sliding door openings. Expertly built by Thompson Build and Developments, photos...

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