18 APR

PART-I ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED

Hawkes Architecture are recruiting!

We need of a PART-I (would consider Part-II) architectural assistant to join the team in Kent, UK.

Hawkes Architecture are the only architectural practice in the UK to exclusively specialise in the design of “Paragraph 55” houses of exceptional quality and innovative nature of design.

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 PREFERRED:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe illustrator
  • SketchUp
  • Microstation (we appreciate you are probably used to using other CAD software, so don’t worry!)

Our ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate high aptitude for creative design, 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.

SALARY
Negotiable (in line with RIBA salary guide).



APPLICATIONS SHOULD CONSIST OF:

  • A cover letter, reasons why you would like to join us and date from when you are available
  • Your CV
  • A reduced size portfolio, including examples of work, both academic and in professional practice, that demonstrate the skills required



Contact Us: APPLY HERE

The foundations ready to pour at Crossway. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
12 APR

CROSSWAY REVISITED

10 years ago today the footprint of Richard's family home (Crossway) was clear, several layers of insulation and damp proof membrane were in place and the family were getting ready to pour lots of concrete!

Project: CROSSWAY

Landscape Architects: Squires Young
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Aerial view of Headlands & its amazing zinc roof fully completed. Headlands is a Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
06 APR

HEADLANDS

The recently completed Headlands (Para 55) project, now starting to mature into the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Landscape Architects: Davies Landscape Architects
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

09 MAR

NPPF PARAGRAPH 81 CONSULTATION

The Draft revised National Planning Policy Framework has been published for consultation. It includes the existing paragraph 55 bullet 4 provision, now at Paragraph 81.


NEW - PARAGRAPH 81
Planning policies and decisions should avoid the development of isolated homes in the countryside unless one or more of the following circumstances apply:

  • there is an essential need for a rural worker, including those taking majority control of a farm business, to live permanently at or near their place of work in the countryside;
  • the development would represent the optimal viable use of a heritage asset or would be appropriate enabling development to secure the future of heritage assets;
  • the development would re-use redundant or disused buildings and enhance its immediate setting;
  • the development would involve the subdivision of an existing residential property; or
  • the design is of exceptional quality, in that it is truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; and would significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area.


We welcome the inclusion of the additional circumstance, "The development would involve the subdivision of an existing residential property".

Also interesting that the circumstances are no longer referred to as, "special circumstances". The 4 "tests" within bullet 4 remain unchanged in this draft albeit combined into two.

Find out more about NPPF Paragraph 81 here:
Government National Planning Policy Framework - Paragraph 81

Tesla P85D outside Crossway. A PPS 7 | Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
24 MAR

IF EVER A CAR SUITED A HOUSE!

What a week. 1,000 miles in a Tesla P85D including visits to sites in Plymouth, Cheltenham, Cambridge, Essex & Berkshire.

Enjoyed every insane minute. What an incredible machine. Long trips, short breaks to charge & check emails, free fuel all week - simply staggering. Smitten doesn’t come close.

Project: CROSSWAY

Tesla: P85D

09 MAR

NPPF PARAGRAPH 81 CONSULTATION

The Draft revised National Planning Policy Framework has been published for consultation. It includes the existing paragraph 55 bullet 4 provision, now at Paragraph 81.


NEW - PARAGRAPH 81
Planning policies and decisions should avoid the development of isolated homes in the countryside unless one or more of the following circumstances apply:

  • there is an essential need for a rural worker, including those taking majority control of a farm business, to live permanently at or near their place of work in the countryside;
  • the development would represent the optimal viable use of a heritage asset or would be appropriate enabling development to secure the future of heritage assets;
  • the development would re-use redundant or disused buildings and enhance its immediate setting;
  • the development would involve the subdivision of an existing residential property; or
  • the design is of exceptional quality, in that it is truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; and would significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area.


We welcome the inclusion of the additional circumstance, "The development would involve the subdivision of an existing residential property".

Also interesting that the circumstances are no longer referred to as, "special circumstances". The 4 "tests" within bullet 4 remain unchanged in this draft albeit combined into two.

Find out more about NPPF Paragraph 81 here:
Government National Planning Policy Framework - Paragraph 81

The elegant exterior of Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The finished interior lounge at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
06 MAR

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

Two weeks from the handover pre-snag meeting. This magnificent Para 55 house now feels like it's ready to be lived in.

Landscaping will continue in time to take advantage of this Spring's growing season. This will help stitch the building back into its landscape.

Project: HEADLANDS

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

The lounge render of Lake House. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The en-suite bathroom at Lake House. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
04 MAR

LAKE HOUSE (PARA 55)

The design narrative for this elegant Para 55 home draws upon simple forms that relate to the historic former railway whilst exploring distinctly different experiences the site offers; from an intimate lakeside view to elevated long framed views across a series of lakes & ponds.

The material palette draws upon the strong heritage of brick and clay products whilst linking to the strong woodland character that borders the site. In both cases the materials are explored and expressed in some unique and contemporary ways. It has provided a rare opportunity to employ the use of timbrel vaulting for the sturdy base of the first floor timber object.

Project: LAKE HOUSE

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

The exterior render of Lake House. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The hallway render of Lake House. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
04 MAR

LAKE HOUSE (PARA 55)

We're working on design proposals for an elegant new Paragraph 55 dwelling set within 40 acres of the High Weald AONB, adjacent to former fishing lakes and a derelict railway line.

Project: LAKE HOUSE

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

The exterior of our Walled Garden project. A passive eco-house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The rear cladding of our Walled Garden project. A passive eco-house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
02 MAR

WALLED GARDEN

It's been a while since we've had up-to-date pictures of this self build dwelling set within a Grade 2 listed walled garden.

It's still a work in progress, requiring the grid of metalwork to dress the front elevation across the full width of the walled garden but now that the building has all its clothes on and has been pumped full of foam insulation the client is progressing with the fit out.

They've done a brilliant job!

Project: WALLED GARDEN

Planning Consultant: SJM Planning
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design
Window Supplier: Ecohaus Internorm

The installation of the Glulam beams at Brooks Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Craning in the large glulam beams at Brooks Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
12 FEB

BROOKS BARN (PARA 55)

The roof glulams are almost complete, with the majority of rafters also fitted. This is giving us a much better feel for how the overall form feels in the setting.

This Para 55 building always intended to play a game whereby from the entrance the house presented as being very small and simple in its form, relating directly to the existing stable building it sits alongside.

As you move up the drive closer to the house the changing topography and line of sight opens up the entrance courtyard and more clues about the dynamic geometry and split personality of the house.

With the roof taking shape its already very clear how brilliantly well these distinctly different personalities are working together!

Project: BROOKS BARN

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

Excavation work at View Point. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
04 FEB

VIEW POINT (PARA 55)

The old stable buildings have been demolished, hardstandings removed and crushed, ground level reduction largely complete and the lowest section of sub structure works (the basement) are underway.

It might have taken 6 years to get this mammoth Para 55 project from consent to construction but now it's full steam ahead!

Project: VIEW POINT

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Structural Engineer: Engineers HRW
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

Aerial view of the finished zinc leaf roof at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of the finished exterior at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
29 JAN

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

Landscaping around this magnificent Para 55 house has now been suspended until after the winter rain has subsided.

Project: HEADLANDS

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

The finished cladding detail at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The finished entrance at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
29 JAN

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

This stunning NPPF Paragraph 55 house in Prestbury is now close to completion, with second fix trades working hard to finish off the internal spaces.

We're desperate to seed and plant the landscape surounding this beautiful house and stitch this amazing building back into its AONB landscape.

Project: HEADLANDS

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

The exterior of Brooks Barn timber frame under construction. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Fitting the large glulam beams at Brooks Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
27 JAN

BROOKS BARN (PARA 55)

The frame erection is progressing well despite the bad winter weather. The glulam beams have been erected ready for joisting and covering as soon as practically possible, which will free up the interior trades to push forward.

We're loving the way this Paragraph 55 building has nestled into its surounding landscape. From a very discreet appearance upon entry this house has loads of surprises up its sleeve and will be a joy to experience!

Project: BROOKS BARN

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

13 DEC

PART II  ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT - KENT

Hawkes Architecture are the only architectural practice in the UK to exclusively specialise in the design of "Para 55" houses of exceptional quality and innovative nature of design. We are currently seeking an experienced Part-II with exceptional creative skills to join our studio, which is based on a farm in the Kent countryside.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Organised
  • Pro-active and an independent thinker
  • 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 (we appreciate you are probably used to using other CAD software, so don’t worry!)

Our ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate high aptitude for creative design, 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.

Salary is negotiable / in line with RIBA salary guide.



Applications should consist of:

  • A cover letter, reasons why you would like to join us and date from when you are available
  • Your CV
  • A reduced size portfolio, including examples of work, both academic and in professional practice, that demonstrate the skills required



Contact Us: APPLY HERE

12 DEC

COMPETITION WINNERS !

Hawkes Architecture are delighted to have won a Para 55 competition to design an exceptional new dwelling near Cambridge....

More details coming soon.....

Concrete retaining walls being constructed at Bigbury Hollow. A PPS 7 | Para 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
20 NOV

BIGBURY HOLLOW (PPS 7)

The reinforced concrete retaining walls are underway on this extraordinary subterranean PPS 7 dwelling. Once these are in place we'll be installing a few pieces of steel to support the pre-cast concrete roof planks.

Its quite difficult to understand the building form at this stage but once the backfilling happens it should be far more legible architecturally.

Project: BIGBURY HOLLOW

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction

The zinc leaf roof finished at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The bedroom block construction in progress at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
29 OCT

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

A planning Inspector once said, of a Paragraph 55 dwelling, that buildings can, and often do, enhance the landscape within which they are set.

This project is a perfect demonstration of this truism. There's no doubting the positive quality of this AONB site before the introduction of a new dwelling.

The introduction of our para 55 dwelling is elegantly celebrating and drawing attention to the positive contributing elements of the site's character whilst unapologetically introducing a new exceptional dwelling.

The landscape will need time to stitch the development back into the context but, once healed, this scheme will be an exemplar of what paragraph 55 can achieve.

Project: HEADLANDS

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

Elevated view of Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Elevated view of the garden and landscaping at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
26 OCT

ECHO BARN (PARA 55)

Echo Barn is an interesting case study for the role a Paragraph 55 (4) house can or should play in the setting of a listed building.

There was a clear hierarchy of buildings at this listed farmstead; The original listed farmhouse (principal building), the peg tiled oast & barns (secondary) and (our site) with its post WW2 concrete, asbestos & corrugated tin sheds (tertiary buildings).

It seemed appropriate to respect this hierarchy so our architecture developed through a detailed and sensitive understanding of the defining characteristics of this relationship and development of an architectural language which respected this whilst satisfying the requirements of the para 55 (4) policy.

Project: ECHO BARN

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

Street view of Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of the garden landscaping at Echo Barn. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
25 OCT

ECHO BARN (PARA 55)

Now that the swimming pool, front outbuilding and perimeter wall have been built the landscaping around this Para 55 house is nearly complete.

Now it needs plants and time to mature and soften into its setting.

Project: ECHO BARN

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

Halfpenny House - in Smarden | Kent. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
20 OCT

HALFPENNY HOUSE (PARA 55)

Charles Hosea has taken some lovely photos for Ecohaus Internorm, the triple glazed window supplier / installer for this elegant and refined Paragraph 55 dwelling close to the centre of Smarden village in Kent.

Project: HALFPENNY HOUSE

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Window Supplier: Ecohaus Internorm
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

01 SEP

MAIL ONLINE | KENT ONLINE NEWS

Our Bigbury Hollow PPS 7 underground house has made local and national news, with features in the Daily Mail and Kent Online.

A great headline "Eco-house will be hidden underground next to an Iron Age fort - walkers will be clueless a £1.1m home by Grand Designs architect is beneath their feet".

Read these features here:
DAILY MAIL  |  KENT ONLINE

Project: BIGBURY HOLLOW

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction

The zinc roof in progress at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The build construction underway at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
31 AUG

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

The zinc roof at this Para 55 house is taking some time but it is well worth the wait. It looks magnificent. Great work by the guys at Varla.

Activity inside and out is intensifying by the day with more and more trades having to be coordinated to ensure the project is completed on time.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Zinc Work: Varla
Landscape Architects: Davies Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

The new Granite set, resin bonded driveway at Crossway. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
28 AUG

CROSSWAY (PPS 7)

Crossway now has a fabulous curved driveway! Built from Granite set edging and resin bonded gravel.

A big thank you to Paul Watts for project managing the quality work that was completed by Wilson Tarmac.

Project: CROSSWAY

Contractor: Wilson Tarmac
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

27 JUL

PART II  ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED

We are looking for a Part 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 NPPF 55 (Paragraph 4) 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

Excavation work in progress at Bigbury Hollow. A PPS 7 | Para 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Aerial view of the excavation work in progress at Bigbury Hollow. A PPS 7 | Para 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
24 JUL

BIGBURY HOLLOW (PPS 7)

The excavation works have continued and we now have a working site level from which to begin constructing the PPS 7 house.

The resulting hole is nothing short of staggering in its scale and depth! This project is going to be packed full of surprises as it takes shape in real scale. One thing that's assured is that this house will be flooded with light from the large sunken courtyards that act as discreet sunken sun traps sheltered from the wind above.

Project: BIGBURY HOLLOW

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction

The supporting structure for the leaf roof at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The stonemason's cotswold stone wall being built at Headlands. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
24 JUL

HEADLANDS (PARA 55)

The leaf roof at this Para 55 house is simply magnificent. It's construction is a slow and painstaking task for Point 6 Projects and Barnfield joinery but it's looking incredible.

The stonemasons are doing a brilliant job with the dry stone serpentine retaining walls. Each curve corresponds with the undulating ridge & furrow landscape and helps to stitch the building into the AONB landscape.

Project: HEADLANDS

Main Contractor: Point 6 Projects
Carpenters: Barnfield Carpentry
Landscape Architects: Davies Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Barry Honeysett
Steico Timber Frame: Cullen Timber Design

22 JUL

PLANNING RESOURCE MAGAZINE FEATURE

A great piece published today in 'Planning Resource Magazine' explaining the planning inspectors appeal decision at Cliff Top House.

Our latest project to be granted planning consent under the unique planning policy 'NPPF 55 (paragraph 4)' maintaining our outstanding record of thirteen successful applications over the past 10 years!

Read more:
PARAGRAPH 55 HOUSE APPROVED ON KENT COAST

Project: CLIFF TOP HOUSE

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

The landscaped garden at Crossway. A PPS 7 | Para 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. The Hawkes Architecture team celebrating. Crossway's (PPS 7) 10 year anniversary.
22 JUL

CROSSWAY (PPS 7) 10 YEAR CELEBRATIONS

On the 19th July 2007 Maidstone Borough Council's planning committee unanimously approved our application to build Crossway.

I remember the ecstatic feeling coming out of the council chamber that evening. This was an important day for Sophie and I as it enabled us to fulfil our dream to build our own Para 55 home.

We couldn't have dreamt that it would have led to where we are now, celebrating our 13th consent under the same policy provision that enabled us to live our dream 10 years ago, we are now enabling others to fulfil their dreams.

So humbling and satisfying. We're so grateful to all those we've met and worked with during this time to make Hawkes Architecture what it is today.

Onwards and upwards!

Project: CROSSWAY

Main Contractor: Ecolibrium Solutions
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

22 JUL

PART II  ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED

We are looking for a Part 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 NPPF 55 (Paragraph 4) 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

Richard Hawkes and the cycling team at Land's End. Richard Hawkes in John O'Groats.
20 JUL

LAND'S END TO JOHN O'GROATS COMPLETED

On Saturday 15th July Richard, along with seven other team members plus support crew who set out 8 days earlier from Land's End, rode into a wet & windy John o'Groats to mark the completion of 930 miles of cycling over 8 days riding the full length of this fine land.

Climbing the equivalent of 9.8 vertical miles with a moving time of 2 days and 14 hours and only 3 punctures and no mechanical issues in the combined 7,440 miles ridden, technically at least the ride was glitch free.

Increasingly depleted sleep along with sore legs and bottoms made for a demanding physically and mentally challenging 8 days but spirits were high and the support crew and the van were incredible throughout!

I expected to think I'd had enough of the bike by the time I finished but nothing could be further from the truth. I can't wait to get out again! I will, however, enjoy a few day's rest first!

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

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

Cliff Top House - At the Leas in Dover. An architectural render of the finished dwelling. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Cliff Top House - At the Leas in Dover. An aerial render of the finished building. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
19 JUL

Cliff Top House (PARA 55)

We are delighted to anounce planning consent has been granted, for 'Cliff Top House' our 13th successful Para 55 proposal!

Located adjacent to the iconic white cliffs of Dover, this stunning new dwelling is set within the Kent Downs AONB and is immediately adjacent to the Saxon Shore Way SSSI.

Respecting it's Heritage Coastal setting, the principal strategy was to stitch the site and building into the calcareous grassland landscape, whilst providing stunning east facing seascape views.

Construction at The Leas is due to begin in early Spring 2018 and more news will follow shortly.

Project: CLIFF TOP HOUSE

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

Halfpenny House - in Smarden. Completed during 2017. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture. Halfpenny House - in Smarden. Completed in 2017. A Para 55 | NPPF 55, passive house designed by Hawkes Architecture.
16 JUL

HALFPENNY HOUSE (PARA 55)

The landscaped ponds at Halfpenny House look fantastic and provide additional flood capacity beyond that which existed before the development.

The Para 55 house is built upon a slightly raised plinth so as to be beyond one in a thousand year flood events.

Rainwater from the house is fed directly into the network of new wildlife ponds on the site of the former chicken shed and hardstanding.

Project: HALFPENNY HOUSE

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Landscape Contractor: Open View Landscapes
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

Bigbury Hollow PPS 7 (Para 55) site excavation. Bigbury Hollow PPS 7 (Para 55) site excavation wide vista.
10 JUL

BIGBURY HOLLOW (PPS 7)

We are delighted that work has begun building this magnificent house set within a Scheduled Ancient Monument on the outskirts of Canterbury.

We obtained consent under the PPS 7 policy provision (the former policy to Paragraph 55 bullet 4) back in 2012. The site has since changed hands and we've been working with the new client to realise this exciting and challenging project.

The first stage is to dig out vast quantities of fill material that was put here after the former gravel extraction had ceased.

The project is being closely followed by Kevin McCloud and the Grand Designs team and is scheduled for completion in March 2018.

Project: BIGBURY HOLLOW

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction

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

WATER LANE (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: WATER LANE

Planning Consultant: Hughes Planning
Landscape Architects: Squires Young

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

HALFPENNY HOUSE (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: HALFPENNY HOUSE

Main Contractor: Harry Barnes Construction
Landscape Contractor: Open View Landscapes
Metal Roofing: TLC Industrial Roofing
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 timber frame leaf roof 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 timber frame leaf roof 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

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