15 Dec 2017

Passiv Doors – Urban Front Visit

Passiv Doors – Urban Front Visit

ECA recently visited the incredible showroom of Urban Front to discuss the final finishes and specification of our Passivhaus Project currently on site in North Dorset. It is exceedingly difficult to find a supplier of high-quality, design-focused external entrance doors, particularly with natural hardwood finishes. Urban Front are one of a very small number of suppliers […]

4 Dec 2017

Passivhaus Update – Slab

Passivhaus Update – Slab

The groundworkers have been busy working up the reinforcement within the concrete slab ready for the concrete pour this week. As the entire ground floor and timber frame are entirely supported by the slab, which in turn rests on the polystyrene insulation, it is very important that the concrete slab is sufficiently rigid to ensure […]

24 Nov 2017

Passivhaus Update – Raft

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Passivhaus Update – Raft

Work has been progressing on the Insulated Slab former for Hilltop- produced by Isoquick and supplied by local company Logix ensures that neither the ground floor slab nor the timber frame touch the ground, therefore avoiding any cold bridges (direct paths for heat to be lost through the building fabric) which are really difficult to avoid in traditional […]

17 Nov 2017

Passivhaus Update

Passivhaus Update

Progress is picking up pace on our “groundbreaking” Passivhaus in North Dorset! The foundations have now been dug, inspected and cast, with all the service pipes, ducts and drains positioned carefully to integrate with the timber frame at a later stage. The insulated raft former by Isoquick is arriving on site after the weekend, which […]

9 Nov 2017

Para. 55 house approved in Surrey countryside

Para. 55 house approved in Surrey countryside

ECA architects and planners have gained a planning approval for a low impact dwelling in the Surrey countryside ! The scheme gained pre-application support from Waverley Borough Council who praised the design as an “exceptional architectural building”. Para. 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows dwellings to be built in the countryside outside […]

25 Oct 2017

Breaking New Ground – Hilltop Passivhaus

Breaking New Ground – Hilltop Passivhaus

We are very excited to report that our pioneering certified Passivhaus has broken ground on site! The new dwelling will be designed to the very rigorous and exacting German Passivhaus Standard (http://www.passivhaus.org.uk/). This is a rapidly growing and accepted building standard, forming the de-facto model of high-performing eco-friendly buildings which achieve fantastic real-world performance, as […]

17 Oct 2017

‘The ultimate marine residence’

‘The ultimate marine residence’

ECA have been very excited to be involved in a local project within a stunning location on the edge of Poole harbour. Our client has described our designs as creating the ‘ultimate marine residence’ ! We have been very inspired by the use of a varying palette of materials including copper cladding timber louvres that […]

17 Oct 2017

Planning for the right homes in the right places

Autumn 2017: We have provided feedback to the RTPI on their response to the Government’s current consultation on a reform to the planning system. The latest reform seeks to increase the supply of new homes by assisting local authorities in managing growth. Here at ECA we are particularly interested in how neighbourhood planning groups can […]

9 Aug 2017

Permission in Principle

Permission in Principle

ECA planners have been very interested to read the latest guidance on Brownfield Land Registers (BLR) and Permission in Principle (PiP) and hear about the pilot Councils who have published their Brownfield Land Register. Particularly as Wigan is one of the Councils and their BLR includes a site we have been working on at ECA. […]

15 Jun 2017

Raising the roof on creative thinking

Raising the roof on creative thinking

ECA have been commissioned to design a new classroom building within a sensitive historic context for a local independent school. The site is located adjacent to the walled gardens of a Grade II* listed house, now the main school building, built in the 1600s. The courtyard space is currently occupied by several temporary prefabricated classrooms which […]