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Earth Field Tests For CobBauge Buildings
Breaking, Shrinking, Swelling, Smelling. Strips, Jars & Cigars... As part of our first-of-its-kind CobBauge house, our team has been learning about the earth field tests for CobBauge buildings! With the support of our European and UK partners, this has involved completing more than 10 different in-house tests on two types of local earth material sourced […]
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Atlantic Beach Regeneration Competition: Lewis Williams Has Made It To The Finals!
We are immensely proud of Architectural Assistant Lewis Williams whose submission to the Atlantic Beach Regeneration Competition has been made it to the final round! The competition’s jury anonymously selected three finalists from a very strong field of designs from all over the world. The final say is now down to public vote! ‘The Waves’ […]
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Houses & Trees #2 - 'Wood-Hoods', 'Neighbour-woods' and a True 'Forest Village'
Written by Head of Housing, Matt Wood My recent post about houses and trees was part of a long-standing interest in the topic which is at least as old as a thought-experiment called ‘Forest Village’, which I carried out over a decade ago. I come back to it from time to time, and I have […]
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Our New Role ‘Head of Sustainability’ Has Been Awarded To Jack Spencer Ashworth!
Sustainability is nothing new to Hudson Architects. Low energy buildings have been a life-long commitment of Anthony Hudson and sustainable principles have formed a cornerstone of the practice since he founded it 20 years ago. However, the world we find ourselves in is a different one to the one it was when the practice was […]
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A Day With The CobBauge Building Specialists!
On the eve before work commenced on the UK's first ever CobBauge home, members of both the Hudson Architects and Grocott and Murfit teams spent a day with Cob & CobBauge building specialists Paul Barclay and his son Sol; learning how to make the perfect CobBauge mix. An insightful training day thoroughly enjoyed by all! […]
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Planning Application Submitted for Mixed Use Rural Development in Frettenham
Hudson Architects and planning consultants LaRonde Wright have submitted a hybrid planning application to Broadland District Council for a new business park and 18 new homes in Frettenham, north of Norwich. The business park comprising 750sqm of office units and 900sqm of flexible business/workshop space will replace 700sqm of existing sheds on the site. Detailed […]
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Duke Street Riverside: Design Insights by Anthony Hudson
The dust has settled on Duke Street, the newest building at Norwich University of the Arts’, and we are celebrating its official opening.  This gives us an opportunity to look back and mull over things we discussed as we designed it… The building brings together many strands of thinking and designing, on many overlapping levels; […]
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Hemp, Earth and Water: We’re Building The UK’s First CobBauge Home 
Hudson Architects has secured planning permission for the UK’s first domestic CobBauge building in Fakenham, Norfolk. This follows the success of the CobBauge Research Building at the University of Plymouth. Our clients for the project are specialist Norfolk building contractors Grocott & Murfit who we collaborated with on recently-completed Coast House. Together, we will be […]
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Senior Co-Housing: 'Right-Sizing' Later-Life Accommodation
McCarthy & Stone have recently published research which suggests a third of older people in the UK would consider moving house to ‘right-size’ their later-life accommodation, but the lack of suitable alternative housing options remains one of the primary barriers to them doing so. McCarthy & Stone certainly offer an option which may be right […]
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Hudson Architects Has Joined The North Walsham Heritage Action Zone Project!
North Walsham's historic town centre has been awarded a grant of over £500,000 to restore high street's traditional shopfronts and reinstate its architectural features! We are excited to announce that Hudson Architects has been appointed as the overarching conservation and heritage architects for the North Walsham Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project. North Walsham HAZ manages […]
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Hickling Passive House warmed up with "only a few candles": Here's How It Works!
In 2019 we visited a Passive House home in Hickling that a family is now heating with 'Just a few candles'. Here's how the house was built...
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Apprenticeship Week : My Road To Becoming Practice Manager at Hudson Architects
Hello! My name is Hannah and I currently work as the Practice Manager for Hudson Architects. As it’s national apprenticeship week, I wanted to share a bit about the pathway to my current role, in the hope of inspiring other young people to seize the opportunity that an apprenticeship scheme has to offer! I started […]
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Low Carbon Group: Measuring Embodied and Operational Carbon In Our Buildings
A cornerstone of the road to Net Zero is for the design & construction industry to take responsibility for the long-term environmental impact of the buildings they create. We have created an internal low carbon group who are reviewing both the embodied and operational carbon associated with our buildings in order to measure and reduce […]
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Cedar House: A Closer Look
Cedar House a new build, two bedroom house and studio using prefabricated construction system. The combination of flood requirements, low budget and an awkward site led to a specific design response. Prefabricated Construction System In the past prefabrication and low budget housing have been given a bad name in the British construction industry for being […]
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Architectural Highlights of 2021
It has been a year of projects and initiatives that we are immensely proud of and so today we are sharing some of the architectural highlights! A staggered return to the office at the beginning of 2021 rapidly accelerated into firing on all pistons here at Hudson Architects HQ! We've been busy across the board […]
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Norwich Guildhall Complete!
Norfolk and Norwich Festival (NNFest) are celebrating 250 years since their inaugural fundraising event in 1772, this coming year. To mark this momentous event the Festival were seeking a new accessible and long-term home within the City Centre. Working with Norwich City Council, and supported by the Towns fund, NNFest identified the potential in the […]
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CobBauge Underway at Plymouth University
The CobBauge research building at The University of Plymouth is well underway! Located next to the University’s Sustainability Hub, it will be the first of its kind in the UK and will act as a 'living lab' for CobBauge. The 32-square-metre building, located next door to the University’s Sustainability Hub, will be the first of its […]
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Business Climate Leaders Programme: Next Steps
This week marks the launch of the The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce’s Business Climate Leaders programme. As we discussed in a previous blog we are working with The Chamber and have signed up to the government’s SME Climate Commitment. We have agreed to halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 and then achieve net zero […]
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Normal Isn’t Working: Join the Norwich Business Climate Leaders and commit to the SME Climate Hub!
As world leaders meet in Glasgow at the COP 26 conference to discuss Climate Change, we thought it would be a good time to share what Hudson Architects is doing to help tackle the emergency! Hudson Architects is already committed to the RIBA Climate Challenge, pledging to design with a climate conscious trajectory in order […]
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First-Completed Home at Octagon Park
Combining state-of-the-art Passivhaus Plus technology with uncompromising luxury to create 7 zero-emission homes. Sustainable Luxury Homes The first of 7 Passivhaus Plus homes at Octagon Park in Little Plumstead is now complete. These exclusive eco properties combine state-of-the-art sustainable technologies with a sleek modern design to create a stunning environmentally-conscious home. Set within 20 acres […]
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Houses and Trees
The latest update of the National Planning Policy Frame (NPPF*), includes an enchantingly simple new requirement that local planning policies and planning decisions should ensure that ‘all new streets are tree-lined…and that appropriate measures are in place to secure the long-term maintenance of newly-planted trees’. If only it were that simple! During lock-down my running […]
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Self Build on a Serviced Plot: Expert Q & A with Architect Matt Wood
A new policy in Norfolk requires all housing developments of 40 dwellings or more to dedicate at least 5% of those 40 as serviced plots for self-build or custom-build. But what does this actually mean? And what are the attractions of a self-build plot on a housing estate? Listen to the Q&A below, or read […]
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Big Steps Forward for Self-Build in Norfolk
Our local MP Richard Bacon continues his tireless work championing self-build in the UK with the publication of his ‘Independent Review On A Major Scaling-Up Of Self-Commissioned New Homes’ – or to use its rather catchier headline title: ‘House: How Putting Customers in Charge Can Change Everything’. Our local MP Richard Bacon continues his tireless […]
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Norwich Heritage | The history and future of Norwich Guildhall
First constructed in 1407-13 as a civic hall to house the courts and prisons of the city, the Grade I Listed building has been adapted and altered many times during its life. Now Hudson Architects will be bringing the building to life as the new home for Norfolk and Norwich Festival. We have been working […]
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Moving from London to Norwich as a young Architect
Moving to Norwich was definitely pro-Norwich - I moved here because it’s a creative and imminently liveable city rather than as a jaded Londoner (the cliche of the 30-something refugee flocking to the ‘Kent Riviera’ with a season ticket back to the big smoke for cheap property prices with a sea view!). Moving to Norwich […]
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A Closer Look: Jersey House
Overlooking the St Ouen bay on Jersey, notorious for its strict planning restrictions, a drab bungalow was replaced with an award-winning, 5-bedroom contemporary new home. Planning permission was successfully won by presenting a low-rise, contextual scheme that was far superior to the house that existed before. Although larger than the existing dwelling, the profile of […]
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At what point do I need an Architect?
A question we're asked often is "What stage do you need to engage an architect?". In this short soundbyte Managing Director Hannah Wooller gives some expert advise on engaging an architect. Find the RIBA guide mentioned by Hannah here. Listen via our video or read the transcript below. It depends whether you are a domestic client […]
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A Closer Look: The Eyrie
A closer look at the Eyrie, an energy efficient, contemporary family home. All in all, electricity, heating and hot water cost our clients just £1000 in the first year. For 30 years our clients had lived in a 16th century oak-framed house in Suffolk. Though abundant in charm and character, such a building comes with […]
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A Bridge to the Future
Sustainable, Long-Term Thinking for the Year 02021 and Beyond. Discussion over coffee in the studio this morning focussed on proposals we have been working on with Norfolk County Council for a new bridge that will connect Duke Street to St Georges Street along the river in front of one of NUA’s studio buildings. It is […]
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Rural Housing: Broadland Housing Association
We are working with Broadland Housing Association to design and deliver 94 new homes on four sites, as part of Broadland’s development programme in North Norfolk. In an era of reduced grant-funding for affordable housing the projects combine affordable and open-market homes, the latter subsidising the former. Projects at Binham and Erpingham are complete, and […]
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Rural Housing - An introduction to Tayler & Green’s mid-century council housing
Herbert Tayler (1912-2000) (left) and David Green (1912-1998). (Image from ‘Tayler and Green Architects 1938-1973: The Spirit of Place in Modern Housing’) As a contribution to Rural Housing Week we thought we might point you at a series of posts by our Head of Housing Matt Wood about Norfolk’s under-sung architectural anti-heros Tayler & Green, […]
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We must build ecologically and responsibly: CobBauge
We are presenting our EU funded earth based research construction project, CobBauge, next week at the De-growth conference organised by the International Society for Ecological Economics. It will show one way that the construction industry could reduce its devastating carbon emissions and impact on the environment. The consumption of materials, the energy needed to extract, […]
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Man of Stones’ Revisited
For only our second all staff get-together since the storm broke last March, we had a fascinating guided tour of the Sainsbury Centre sculpture trail at UEA, led by Head of Collections Calvin Winner. One of the most recent of these is Laurence Edwards’ ‘Man of Stones’, who has been startling those walking around the Broad since he was […]
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Exploring Chimneys
Chimneys, a much more loaded subject that you might imagine A recent article by the Guardian got us thinking about chimneys, a much more loaded subject than you might imagine. Modern buildings need flues and not chimneys, which has a fundamental affect on the shape and design of our roofscapes. The chimney, hearth and home are politically […]
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A Closer Look: Bavent House
Bavent House, a new family home that responds to its spectacular saltmarsh location on the Suffolk coast. Exposed to the full blast of North Sea Winds, Bavent House turns an awkwardly oriented site into a positive attribute. By making the most of magnificent views across the reed marshes, open countryside with glimpses of the sea. […]
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Why aren't we building more 'lifetime homes'?
Research has shown that in the next 10 years, 70% of all new homes will still not have to meet any accessible housing standards. It's time we made all new homes 'lifetime' homes'. I am fortunate to have my parents and my parents-in-law living locally. And even more fortunate that both are now set up […]
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A Closer Look: Feeringbury Barn
A Grade II listed barn conversion built on principles of conservation, reuse and repair. The relationship between design and making is fundamental. Woven into this equation is ensuring we value our resources - both material and human. It is therefore important in a world of diminishing resources that we place more emphasis on thoughtful application […]
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How Can We ‘Future-Proof’ New Homes?
The Covid pandemic has seen unprecedented numbers of us working or learning at home, but very few new homes are designed with this in mind. Larger, 4-bed houses often feature a ground floor ‘bonus room’ that is often labelled ‘Study’, but such provision is not often considered in smaller units. In a competition submission last […]
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COVID and the City
One of Covid's impacts has been to accelerate trends and changes already happening to where we live and work. The obvious one being the continuing move to online retail and shopping from home, both virtually and locally with the concurrent demise of the high street. In business, it has been the move by a large […]
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Could you play a ‘Leading and Lasting Role’ in the provision of your next home?
The UK housing market is dominated by a small number of large PLC housebuilders, whose ‘product’ is remarkably similar – neo-vernacular houses designed and built speculatively for ‘typical’ nuclear families. To maximise return for shareholders they are generally built to minimum technical standards and generic design briefs. Buyers have little choice beyond tile-colours, kitchen worktops […]
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Brutalism and reusing buildings
Brutalism, as Edward Heathcote's recent Financial Times paean to the movement reminds us, has been a much-maligned architectural approach whose appreciation is like marmite, love it or hate it. His writing was prompted both by the continuing demolition of these significant buildings and by Trump's assertion that all new Federal buildings in the US should […]
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Cobbauge Render Testing
To ensure the longevity of CobBauge buildings we've undertaken some testing of suitable renders. It may be quiet outside but inside we’ve been working away on the CobBauge project. With the wall construction of CobBauge being so innovative it’s easy to forget that it’s only part of a building and does not exist in isolation. […]
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First lift of test wall commences
We've started building a test wall at Plymouth university!
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CobBauge At Hudson Architects
Here at Hudson we are now part a research project called CobBauge. This involves bringing traditional Cob into the 21st century.
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CobBauge prototype construction underway again
As lockdown restrictions end, construction is underway again!
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Le Petit Fort features in the RIBA's #Architectsdesignhomes
Le Petit Fort was recently featured in the RIBA's #architectsdesignhomes, head over to their Instagram page to check it out.
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CobBauge wins award!
We are delighted to announce that our research project CobBauge picked up the prestigious Regiostars Award in Brussels. Organised by the European Commission, Regiostars celebrates Europe’s most innovative regional projects and CobBauge triumphed on the night beating off stiff competition to win the sustainability award. CobBauge, an INTERREG research project co-funded by the ERDF, has developed a […]
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CobBauge presenting at EBUKIs Clayfest 2019
Hudson Architects are working with the CobBauge team to develop an optimised cob solution
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Our Antepavilion 3 submission
We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in The Architecture Foundation’s contest to design a ‘beacon’ tower at Columbia and Brunswick Wharf in Hackney, London. Our proposal; ‘A daily response to London’s air pollution levels’ is illustrated above. The Lung of London is a response to the severity of air pollution levels in London. In 2018, London […]
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Our 'Earth House' in Norfolk gets planning permission
The design of the proposed house is based on the wishes of the applicant to build a low energy house both in construction and use. In short a low impact house that is ecologically robust in its thinking and innovative in adapting traditional building techniques to meet contemporary building performance. It is to be an […]
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Building Resilience in the Workplace
Last week marked World Mental Health Day which once again highlighted alarming statistics regarding mental wellbeing in the UK workplace. Reports from the RIBA and Architects Journal earlier this year stated that mental health is a significant issue within the architecture profession. In order to do more to actively promote and support the good mental […]
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DESIGN MATTERS: City Deals:Will they Empower Our Towns and Cities?
This year Norwich became one of the latest participants in the City Deals programme resting back some tax-raising and spending powers for local democracy from one of the most centralised governments in Europe. Effectively 100% of our taxes are controlled by central government (5% being a capped council tax) and in the redistribution 30% is […]
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DESIGN MATTERS: The Use of Our Buildings
The green light has just been given by the government allowing commercial and retail buildings to be converted into homes without planning permission. It is a draconian decision which, despite being opposed by half England’s local authorities, highlights a much bigger problem: the inability a planning system to meet changing needs. This particular initiative was […]
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A HOUSING MESS: What Next?
Two sides of the present housing crisis are nicely illustrated by what is happening in different parts of the UK. In London with an under supply of homes house prices and rents are high exacerbated by foreign investment which last year saw 40% of transactions with foreign buyers. It has made homes unaffordable for many […]
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DESIGN MATTERS: The Nightmare of Winning Work in The Public Sector
When it comes to getting work in the public sector the UK inflicts smaller enterprises with a severe disadvantage in comparison with the juggernauts of big business. Not only is this unfair, it also undermines the country’s economic health as small businesses are the source of our future wealth and often cutting edge. On top […]
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Housing Deregulation – Comment by Anthony Hudson
The Government’s deregulation mania has little to do with real economic recovery: it’s partly a panicked gut reaction, and partly about political philosophy despite the lack of evidence linking regulation with under-investment. The reaction also ignores recent history that demonstrates the consequences of under-regulation elsewhere. Regulation often drives economic growth and research investment - think of […]
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NPPF Review
Now the dust has settled a little it’s worth having a quick review of how new planning legislation, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), appears now that it is in place. The notion that the NPPF was a charter for growth to rekindle house building has been scotched: there are much deeper reasons for that […]
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OUR VILLAGES NEED REVITALISING: A Different Way to Live
David Cameron has just announced the possible creation of new “garden cities” as a further initiative to help meet the housing crisis. While welcoming this initiative since they have become popular places to live I am baffled why we are not encouraging a much more popular settlement type - the village. This is the foundation […]
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DESIGN MATTERS: Do Enterprise Zones Work?
With strikes and a failing economy another echo of the 1980’s is back in vogue again, the Enterprise Zone. This is a further attempt to kick start a lack lustre economy with tax breaks and removal of red tape. Previously, other than Canary Wharf, they give a picture of limited success. Criticised for being at […]
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DESIGN MATTERS: Will The New Planning Changes Make a Difference?
Hailed as the most radical change to planning in over sixty years, the Government’s national planning policy framework published this week has quickly both drawn fire and approval. The National Trust warns of Los-Angeles style urban sprawl, while developers welcome the new pro-development agenda. The Campaign to Protect Rural England predicts “battles against development across […]
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