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Lake House (Para 79) Foundations

Covid may have delayed the start of works on site but we’re delighted to be underway. Thanks to the efforts of Engineers HRW we’ve adopted a linear strip foundation beneath a suspended raft slab on highly plastic clay. This solution minimises the volume of concrete to reduce embodied energy. A high cement replacement spec. is…

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Exciting New Projects

The team at Hawkes Architecture have worked tremendously hard since Covid-19 disrupted every aspect of our lives. We’ve just refreshed the website content to reveal some of the exceptional Para 79 projects we’ve been working on these past few months. Last month we celebrated our 19th Para 79 consent with Scots Pines in rural Derbyshire….

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Lake House Starts On Site

Having taken some advantage of the dry weather since the hiatus created by the Covid-19 lockdown and getting the oversite excavation works well underway today was a lovely day to cycle over to site for a socially distanced pre-start meeting with Trevor & Andy from Harry Barnes Homes and the clients in the lovely sunshine…

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Scots Pines Granted Planning Consent

Yesterday Derbyshire Dales D.C. granted planning consent for Hawkes Architecture’s 19th Paragraph 79 exceptional new dwelling set within a compact network of grazing pastures near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. At a modest 239m2 (G.I.A.) this is the smallest Para79 house we’ve had approved to date and will provide an exceptional quality home for a local family who’ve…

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Another Site In The AONB!

Have just returned from another interesting Paragraph 79 site appraisal in the High Weald AONB. There are many interesting ingredients at play here and it would undoubtedly make an exceptional setting for an outstanding Para 79 dwelling, but there’s lots more weighing up to do yet!

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Thanks Tesla!

Thank you Tesla for the very useful app! Since installation its been great to monitor the energy that Crossway’s new Tesla Powerwall 2 stores. However, whilst browsing the app it made us spot something not quite right with one of the PV systems. Note that on a perfectly sunny and clear June day, we generated…

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A Magical Para 79 Site

Just returned from Northumberland where we visited a magical Paragraph 79 site! A rare beauty with tons of potential and a setting to die for. Lots to consider here, we may need to think about setting up a solar kiln & saw mill for this project. First & foremost the appraisal research!

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C02 & Energy Consumption

Watch Richard’s first Youtube video, discussing embodied energy and things Hawkes Architecture have learnt from monitoring & measuring the energy consumption of everyday devices. Understand how this translates into annual running costs, yearly energy consumption and also how this translates into CO2 emissions. Also how this relates to CO2 emissions from a car! It’s the…

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Site Appraisal In The Weald Of Kent

Interesting site appraisal visit earlier this week in Kent. A land promoter failed to secure outline consent for multiple dwellings on this edge of settlement site then had an appeal dismissed. The application was destined to fail IMHO as the team hadn’t sufficiently got to grips with the site’s defining character in formulating their case….

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Chichester Proposals Submitted To Planning

We have today submitted proposals to Chichester District Council for an exceptional new Paragraph 79 dwelling. The proposals have undergone a high degree of scrutiny by the LPA and various consultees through extensive pre-app engagement. The scheme has also benefited from and been fully endorsed by The Design Review Panel along the way. It’s been…

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Sympathetic Landscaping

Despite suffering with terrible hay fever from summer grass pollen, Richard can’t resist letting the surrounding meadows go to seed during May and June at Crossway. Whilst this does create heavy work mowing in the months of July and August, its well worth the hard work, to see this splendid Passivhaus bedded into the surrounding…

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Scots Pines Para 79 Application

Hawkes Architecture have submitted plans for a modest Paragraph 79 isolated dwelling set within working farmland near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The house has been designed for a family who have been involved with farming their whole lives. Working with Hughes Planning and Squires Young Landscape Architecture, these elegant, modest and sensitively conceived proposals have been…

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