Richard Hawkes in his jersey for Land's End to John O'Groats. Richard Hawkes in his jersey for Land's End to John O'Groats. The back.
12 Jun

LAND'S END TO JOHN O'GROATS

Less than a month to go until Richard's 8 day / 950 mile bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats.

To mark the occasion we've designed a team jersey with a bit of a team GB feel to it.

There's no denying that Richard has embraced his inner MAMIL!

Challenge: Land's End to John O'Groats.

Riders: Richard, Al, Trevor, Anthony, Mark and the trio of Davids O,B&S

Architects render of our Hawkhurst projects front elevation. Another Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Architects render of our Hawkhurst projects rear elevation. Another Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
25 MAY

HAWKHURST (PARA 55)

This exceptional new Para 55 dwelling is set within 16 acres of the High Weald AONB.

The architecture explores the organic flowing character of old Kent peg tiled roofscapes and their response to the undulating gill valley landscape.

The tiled roof is expressed as a draping cloak over the building that lifts in places to provide views while also providing shade from the sun.

This exploration of a vernacular characteristic elegantly assimilates the building into the flowing rural landscape.

Project: HAWKHURST

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

The landscaped entrance elevation of West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The completed landscaping at West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
25 MAY

WEST PEARROC (PARA 55)

The landscaping is settling in amazingly well. A brilliant job by Openview landscapes.

We're delighted with how well this Para 55 building responds to and significantly enhances its setting. Bold and unapologetic yet clearly rooted and well placed in the hierarchy of buildings that comprise this farmstead complex.

Project: WEST PEARROC

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Landscape Contractor: Open View Landscapes
Metal Roofing: TLC Industrial Roofing
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

Close up detail of Brise Soleil at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of the landscaping underway at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
22 MAY

ECHO BARN (PARA 55)

Work on the new front boundary wall and outbuilding are progressing well ahead of the pool installation in June.

The courtyard landscaping & driveway surfacing will then complete this great Para 55 project!

Project: ECHO BARN

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Brise Soleil Louvres: Air Design Systems
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

The completed Brise Soleil at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The zinc paneled rear elevation at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
22 MAY

ECHO BARN (PARA 55)

We're delighted with the way the brise soleil unifies the various fenestrations and changes in materials at Echo Barn.

One of many exciting Para 55 Hawkes Architecture projects to be completed this year!

Project: ECHO BARN

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Brise Soleil Louvres: Air Design Systems
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

The foundations completed at Brooks Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of the completed foundations at Brooks Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
20 MAY

BROOKS BARN (PARA 55)

This Para 55 house near Horsham has involved a massive amount of groundwork to form the large pond and re-sculpt the ground to integrate the building into the landscape.

External works around the house are getting ready for the arrival and erection of the timber frame.

Project: BROOKS BARN

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

The leaf roof timber frame under construction at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of the leaf roof under construction at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
18 MAY

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

The assembly of the leaf roof structure has been a much anticipated stage in the realisation of this magnificent Para 55 house in the Cotswolds AONB.

With the main structure in place, the principle element of the scheme are working together beautifully; from the cotswold stone retaining wall which waves in harmony with the ridge & furrow landscape to the discreet composition of the bedroom wing, to the core focus of the proposals, a soaring leaf which provides shelter & shade to the living spaces beneath it and from which this beautiful landscape can be enjoyed and absorbed.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

The entrance to Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The view of Echo Barn from the end of the lane. Echo Barn is a Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
15 MAY

ECHO BARN (PARA 55)

We're delighted with the impact the brise soleil has had in pulling together the various elements of the barn structure.

Echo Barn now seems perfect! We love the diffused blurring effect the Louvre blades have introduced and following this installation, the courtyard landscaping can be completed, allowing this innovative Para 55 house to properly settle into its context.

Project: ECHO BARN

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Brise Soleil Louvres: Air Design Systems
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Aerial view of the timber frame lounge under construction at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Distant aerial view of the timber frame lounge under construction at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
10 MAY

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

Construction of the timber frame supporting walls at Headlands (Para 55) has now been completed ready to begin installing the timber frame leaf roof next week.

The Principal Contractor (Point 6 Projects) are doing a fantastic job constructing this iconic building!

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

The timber frame lounge under construction at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Internal view of the timber frame lounge under construction at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
5 MAY

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

The timber frame erection is well underway and we hope to start flying the roof rafters in over the next few days.

The Principal Contractor (Point 6 Projects) and the carpenters (Barnfield Carpentry) who've taken on the onerous task of erecting this outstanding Para 55 project are wisely taking a methodical approach to the frame's erection.

Good to see lots of dimension checking going on all the time!

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

29 APR

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

Read the Saturday Telegraph's article "Reinventing the bungalow" by Ruth Bloomfield. Which featured Hawkes Architecture's Headlands Para 55 project in the Cotswold AONB.
A great article! (well we would say that wouldn't we).

Here's the online feature; The Daily Telegraph - Reinventing The Bungalow

Thanks John & Ann for your help! Great to see the leaf roof starting to take shape. Exciting times ahead as the building develops.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Richards Birthday with Dusan. Richards Birthday Cake of Crossway made by Dusan.
16 APR

Richard's Birthday

Dusan has blown our minds once again with his culinary talents, this time making a Crossway cake for Richard's birthday - complete with etched brick bonding and timber cladding.

Delicate soft sponge with fresh strawberries & butter cream inside - absolutely delicious!

Thank you Dusan, you're a legend.

Richard Hawkes: 43 Today

Fitting of the Brise Soleil Louvres at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Detail picture of the Brise Soleil Louvres at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
4 APR

ECHO BARN (PARA 55)

We're pleased that the brise soleil veil to Echo Barn is finally being installed and a lovely job too by ADS systems in collaboration with Harry Barnes construction. The Para 55 house has felt unfinished without this but it's taken time to value engineer the system to this point.

We're delighted with the impact its inclusion is having on the appearance of the house both from the finer articulation close up to the unifying effect it has in street scene. Aside of the aesthetic enhancement this delivers it will shade the large south facing glazing from the south facing sun.

The new outbuilding, front wall, swimming pool and courtyard landscaping can progress once ADS & Harry Barnes have completed the louvre installation.

Project: ECHO BARN

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Brise Soleil Louvres: Air Design Systems
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

The Cotswolds curved stone wall under construction at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The leaf roof timber frame has arrived at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
28 MAR

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

The Farmington Cotswold stone walling has begun and is looking beautiful. The curving wall responds to the level changes created by the ridge & furrow from the upper field.

Where the walls are stitching building into landscape we have used a back mortared technique to give the appearance of having been dry laid. Where stone is distinctly part of the building only we are using a course lime mortar bedded random technique.

Also the leaf roof of this iconic Para 55 building has finally arrived at site and erection begins on Monday!

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

The timber frame being insulated, with spay in expanding foam at Walled Garden. A self-built pavilion, passive house, designed by Hawkes Architecture.
12 MAR

WALLED GARDEN

This impressive self-built structure has been insulated using expanding foam. It's the first time we've worked with spray in foam and we're impressed with some of the benefits that come with using something which expands to fill the void it's applied into.

Once the foam hardens it also provides a surprising level of stiffness to the timber frame even before the sheathing boards have been fitted.

Now that the windows are in the internal fit out can move along quickly and free from the onslaught of the winter weather.

Project: WALLED GARDEN

MVHR: Total Home Environment
Glazing: Ecohaus Internorm
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Timber frame construction in progress at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Construction progress building the timber frame at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
2 MAR

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

The timber frame to the bedroom wing has been erected swiftly and efficiently by Point 6 Projects and with thanks to Cullen Timber Design's sophisticated frame manufacturing techniques.

Next step is to sheath the bedroom wing so that 1st fix works can get underway.

The leaf frame arrives on Monday 6th March so in a month's time we should be able to see the skeletal form of this iconic Para 55 building!

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

The timber frame being constructed by the self build client at Walled Garden. A passive house pavilion designed by Hawkes Architecture. The timber frame building being constructed by the self build client at Walled Garden. A passive house pavilion designed by Hawkes Architecture.
5 FEB

WALLED GARDEN (SELF BUILD)

This clients self build is progressing extremely well. The engineered timber frame has been erected and the site is being kept beautifully clean and clear.

The Heat Recovery Ventilation system from Total Home Environment is being installed with the M&E 1st fix and the insulation is due to be sprayed in shortly.

The Internorm triple glazed windows are due to be installed at the beginning of February. This elegant pavilion house is already feeling so right in its listed walled garden setting.

Project: WALLED GARDEN

MVHR: Total Home Environment
Glazing: Ecohaus Internorm
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Foundations work at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The curved retaining wall at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
2 FEB

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

Preparing the site for the erection of scaffolding and delivery of the timber frame next week at this magnificent Para 55 house in the Cotswolds AONB outside Cheltenham.

The curved retaining wall is well underway and really helps to define the spaces around the house. The curves feel great and are a sign of things to follow!

Point 6 Projects have done well to fight through the appalling weather to be ready for the imminent arrival of the timber frame for the bedroom wing.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Exterior landscaping at West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture and built in Smarden, Kent. Exterior landscaping aerial view at West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
28 JAN

WEST PEARROC (PARA 55)

Despite the January weather being so poor, the landscaping at this Para 55 house build is progressing well.

The house itself is looking fantastic and is being universally welcomed and applauded by the neighbours which is great to hear.

Project: WEST PEARROC

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Landscape Contractor: Open View Landscapes
Metal Roofing: TLC Industrial Roofing
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

24 JAN

PART-I & II   ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED

We are looking for a Part-I & II architectural assistant to join our small, collaborative studio based team on a farm in the Kent countryside.

Hawkes Architecture  are looking for someone who is:

  • Organised
  • Pro-active and independent
  • Experienced in 2D and 3D (we predominantly use Sketchup)
  • Exceptional presentation and page layout skills
  • Enjoys model making
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • A great team player
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about architecture and rural landscapes
  • With an eye for detail



Software skills required:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe illustrator
  • SketchUp
  • Microstation

Our ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate high aptitude for detail, the confidence to be involved in all stages of a project, and an eagerness to learn and discover, with an inquisitive attitude toward architecture and landscape.

An exciting opportunity to be part of a very strong design process in an open, happy atmosphere, working on prestigious Para 55 projects around the country. Being an integral part of the team from the outset, the position offers great responsibility, invaluable experience, and the potential for exciting job progression.



Contact Us: STUDENTS APPLY HERE

Exterior of The Bull Pen, Hawkes Architecture's office - since completing the extension. The Bull Pen, Sayden Farm, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0HX The interior meeting room at The Bull Pen, Hawkes Architecture's office. The Bull Pen, Sayden Farm, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0HX
16 JAN

THE OFFICE EXTENSION

The Bull Pen has proven to be a wonderful place to work over the past 5 years. The thing we felt was missing was a meeting room, so once we got planning consent, we got cracking and yesterday the power went on and the carpet was laid and we are in!

Thanks to Shane, Cameron, Jack, Kyle & Liam for all their hard work.

Thanks also to Ecohaus Internorm for supplying the fantastic triple glazed corner window and doors, and to Harry Barnes Construction for supplying various materials.

This space will make such a difference to us. And remarkably, with 200mm of celotex insulation and diligent foaming and taping the whole office feels warmer than before!

Once the weather improves we'll get on with tidying up outside, painting, landscaping and planting.

The lift installed at West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
12 DEC

WEST PEARROC (PARA 55)

The first Hawkes Architecture para 55 house to have a lift installed!

Project: WEST PEARROC

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction

Exterior of West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
10 DEC

WEST PEARROC (PARA 55)

We're really pleased with how this Para 55 build is turning out as it nears completion.

Now that the columns (which also contain the rainwater downpipes) have been installed the logic of the building is complete; two ground floor objects clad in planked timber reflecting the format of silage clamp walls which are still evident on the farm with a single object straddling the grand floor objects to form the first floor.

The dutch barn roof structure & columns then tie these objects together into a simple form which is easily recognisable within the hierarchy of agricultural buildings on the farmstead.

Project: WEST PEARROC

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Landscape Contractor: Open View Landscapes
Metal Roofing: TLC Industrial Roofing
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

Groundwork and slab insulation at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Architects render of Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
30 NOV

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

The reinforcement, DPM and under slab insulation are being installed at our Headlands Para 55 house in the Cotswolds AONB outside Cheltenham.

The building has been set out using GPS coordinates to ensure a high level of accuracy with a complex form and undulating topography.

With the timber frame being engineered & cut off site it's imperative that the sub structure is built to a fine level of tolerance.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Early landscaping and building finishes being installed at West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Cladding being finished off at West Pearroc. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
27 NOV

WEST PEARROC (PARA 55)

Lots going on as this Para 55 house build in Smarden near completion.

Scaffolding is coming down and revealing the finished form of the house which we're pleased feels even better than we'd hoped.

The contrast of the two cladding types to accentuate the horizontal at ground level and express the simplicity of the form at first floor is working really well.

Lovely to see the landscaping works progressing at the same time as the house. Hopefully we'll be able to get some lovely photos in the Spring!

Project: WEST PEARROC

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Landscape Contractor: Open View Landscapes
Metal Roofing: TLC Industrial Roofing
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

14 NOV

PART-I   ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED

We are looking for a Part-I architectural assistant to join our small, collaborative studio based on a farm in the Kent countryside.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Organised
  • Pro-active and independent
  • Experienced in 2D and 3D (we predominantly use Sketchup)
  • Exceptional presentation and page layout skills
  • Enjoys model making
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • A great team player
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about architecture and rural landscapes
  • With an eye for detail



Software skills required:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe illustrator
  • SketchUp
  • Microstation

Our ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate high aptitude for detail, the confidence to be involved in all stages of a project, and an eagerness to learn and discover, with an inquisitive attitude toward architecture and landscape.

An exciting opportunity to be part of a very strong design process in an open, happy atmosphere, working on prestigious Para 55 projects around the country. Being an integral part of the team from the outset, the position offers great responsibility, invaluable experience, and the potential for exciting job progression.



Contact Us: STUDENTS APPLY HERE

Early sketches of our Chichester project. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house being designed by Hawkes Architecture. Early sketch up model of our Chichester project. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house being designed by Hawkes Architecture.
14 NOV

CHICHESTER (PARA 55)

Exciting design development at one of our new Para 55 schemes adjacent to the South Downs National Park near Portsmouth.

The scheme is underpinned by a really strong conceptual philosophy which makes for a brilliant NPPF Paragraph 55 case study.

As is often the case we're working closely with Hughes Planning and Squires Young Landscape Architecture.

Project: CHICHESTER

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

 
Early site appraisal for a Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house by Hawkes Architecture.
12 NOV

POTENTIAL SITE (PARA 55)

Visiting a wonderful potential Para 55 site. Lots of challenges, as always, but plenty of the right ingredients and opportunities in place too so fingers crossed the detailed appraisal concludes positively.

Para 55: HAWKES PARA 55 PROJECTS

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning

 
The Earth Energy Bank (EEB) being installed at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Groundwork at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
10 NOV

EARTH ENERGY BANK (PARA 55)

The Earth Energy Bank boreholes and pipework have been installed at Headlands our Para 55 house in the Cotswolds AONB outside Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.

The black zig zagging pipes will distribute solar energy harnessed during the summer months and store it within the earth beneath the house.

The stored solar energy will then be drawn off during winter months and be redistributed through the house's underfloor heating system.

Thanks to The Carbon Free Group and Caplin Homes for developing this brilliant system. It's great to see it in action at another of our Para 55 projects Echo Barn in Biddenden.

We'll be keeping a close eye on it through the seasons to see how well it performs and identify opportunities to improve the system.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Earth Energy Bank: Caplin Homes

 
New site near Dartmoor National Park for a potential, Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house to be built, Hawkes Architecture.
08 NOV

DEVON (PARA 55)

We're appraising a really interesting site near Dartmoor National Park for a potential Para 55 house.

The site forms part of a valley where two water courses connect & flow through a disused former dairy farm.

It'll be interesting to see what the policy appraisal throws up for this site. I hope it's positive.

I really like the location & feel we could do something very special here.

Para 55: HAWKES PARA 55 PROJECTS

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning

 
Finishing the building work off at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of the landscape work in progress at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
04 NOV

ECHO BARN (PARA 55)

I'm delighted to see Paul & Colin Watts and their team underway with the landscaping at this Para 55 build.

The client moved into the house a couple of months ago even though the external solar shading louvres haven't been installed yet.

Lots of ground reshaping & soil screening to do to eradicate remnants of the former farm yard & barn structures that once occupied the site.

The brise soleil is likely to be installed in the New Year now so hopefully by Spring 2017 the house will be complete and the landscaping and courtyard will be finished to compliment this great project.

Project: ECHO BARN

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction

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