1 Feb 2018

Paris

Great trip to Paris.. love this city. We stayed in an area called  Boulogne-Billancourt just west of the 16th arrondissement in a superb modernist cité by architect Fernand Pouillon . We journeyed to a very new / regenerated area to the south west, previously the site of the old Renault Factories- Ile Seguin . It […]

1 Feb 2018

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

In November Adam took a quick trip to Amsterdam…….. The city thrives on an amazing mix of  the old; incredible engineering, intricate beautifully crafted houses and the new, super contemporary, high density housing rich in materials and opulent in form….

26 Jan 2018

RNLI Site progress 26th January 2018

The RNLI Floating boathouse at Poole is progressing towards the completion of the external envelope. The first fix of the M&E has begun. The envelope will be completed in the next few weeks.            

19 Dec 2017

Passivhaus Update – Timber Frame Arrives!

Passivhaus Update – Timber Frame Arrives!

We are pleased to report that Hilltop has taken a big- visible- step forward with the arrival of the timber frame! This provides speedy on site construction, avoiding the worst of the weather at this time of year, while achieving great tolerances and finish.     The green internal boarding is Medite Smartply ‘Propassiv’ OSB, […]

19 Dec 2017

RNLI Floating Boathouse progressing on Land

RNLI Floating Boathouse progressing on Land

  We are very pleased to see our floating boathouse project for RNLI progressing well on site in Poole. The roof is now complete. This presented a huge challenge as the steel elements had to be made planar with butterfly roof.  This was achieved through an interstitial timber frame composed of rafters and firring pieces. […]

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 […]

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 […]