Siyathuthuka for Christmas

As we approach Christmas we, at Stonewood Design, have decided to do something a little different this year - instead of our usual fun and games with cards and the odd bottle of wine - we are hoping to donate the equivalent money to a fantastic small rural NGO in South Africa. We are going out to South Africa in December to spend a week working with them to improve their buildings and the environment for the children. The NGO is called Siyathuthuka who work with outpatients at their home - covering a large area by foot. Whilst attending their patients, the care-workers have identified approximately 100 children who are in vulnerable situations and in need of additional care and nutrition.  Siyathuthuka has been given a piece of land to develop some buildings to house a safe haven for these children but also the wider community they are serving. At present they have managed to build the first building - basically comprising a double garage with a small area to the rear acting as a kitchen. These children are able to come here after school - be safe and get a good meal. The “Gogo’s” [older folk] are also involved which is exactly the right thing!  What we often see in situations like this is that there is little money available - the quality is not great and the environment is not thought about at the outset. The result is that there is a space which has minimum windows and only two garage doors - so when its hot its HOT and when its raining - its DARK - and when its cold - its FREEZING! Simple interventions like a verandah to keep the strong sun away from the building helps, glazed doors / windows behind the garage doors would allow some light and ventilation [security is an issue and hence the garage doors], insulating the corrugated iron roofs, planting trees outside to allow natural shading of the building and a external play space for the children, can all work together to help improve the situation for the staff and the users…see attached some initial ideas on what we have in mind to achieve externally. But also keen to explore building a solar cooker - using the sun to cook their food! NICE! Stonewood Design has roots in volunteering our skills for those in less fortunate positions - so this is right up our street and we are all very excited to get involved and do something awesome! 

As we approach Christmas we, at Stonewood Design, have decided to do something a little different this year - instead of our usual fun and games with cards and the odd bottle of wine - we are hoping to donate the equivalent money to a fantastic small rural NGO in South Africa. We are going out to South Africa in December to spend a week working with them to improve their buildings and the environment for the children.

The NGO is called Siyathuthuka who work with outpatients at their home - covering a large area by foot. Whilst attending their patients, the care-workers have identified approximately 100 children who are in vulnerable situations and in need of additional care and nutrition. 

Siyathuthuka has been given a piece of land to develop some buildings to house a safe haven for these children but also the wider community they are serving. At present they have managed to build the first building - basically comprising a double garage with a small area to the rear acting as a kitchen. These children are able to come here after school - be safe and get a good meal. The “Gogo’s” [older folk] are also involved which is exactly the right thing! 

What we often see in situations like this is that there is little money available - the quality is not great and the environment is not thought about at the outset. The result is that there is a space which has minimum windows and only two garage doors - so when its hot its HOT and when its raining - its DARK - and when its cold - its FREEZING! Simple interventions like a verandah to keep the strong sun away from the building helps, glazed doors / windows behind the garage doors would allow some light and ventilation [security is an issue and hence the garage doors], insulating the corrugated iron roofs, planting trees outside to allow natural shading of the building and a external play space for the children, can all work together to help improve the situation for the staff and the users…see attached some initial ideas on what we have in mind to achieve externally. But also keen to explore building a solar cooker - using the sun to cook their food! NICE!

Stonewood Design has roots in volunteering our skills for those in less fortunate positions - so this is right up our street and we are all very excited to get involved and do something awesome! 

Timber_Mill_Box goes public

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We are preparing a planning application for 20 new homes and a flexible workspace in Box, Wiltshire. We are working with Real World Studios and Stonewood Properties to create fantastic new housing complemented by modern business space to encourage forward-thinking companies in Box to thrive. The digital revolution has seen a wealth of opportunities created in the region and our scheme looks to embrace this change.

The two sites, known as Timber Yard and Millside, are owned by Real World Studios.

The Timber Yard, as its name suggests, is currently a working timber wholesaler. For this site a sustainable community of 20 homes is being proposed. 

Millside currently incorporates office space within an existing stone building, and large Nissen hut type buildings which are no longer fit for purpose. For this site a development of flexible workspace (1700 sq m) is being proposed to complement Real World Studios and to replace the Nissen huts.

Public Consultation took place this week

http://timbermillbox.co.uk/friday/TimberMillBoxExhibition.pdf

 

Our Wichelstowe Housing Project goes public...

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Image above of one of our terrace designs

http://www.wichelstowe.co.uk/planning-application-submitted-for-new-homes-in-wichelstowe/

"A detailed planning application for 85 new homes in the Canalside area of Wichelstowe has been submitted by architects Metropolitan Workshops on behalf of Swindon Borough Council. The choice of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed homes for sale will be located to the north of the existing Waitrose store and be situated along both banks of the canal.

Subject to planning permission being granted, construction will start early next year and the first residents should move in during Autumn 2018. Site preparation will commence this month with advanced works to improve the canal.

The design of the homes has been led by architects Metropolitan Workshop, who were voted Building Design’s 2017 Architect of the Year in the masterplanning and public realm category. Working in partnership with local architects Stonewood Design who themselves won the Small Project Architect of the Year award in 2016 the proposals will deliver a unique, and quality, housing offer for Swindon.

The homes will be set in four semi-private landscaped garden squares to maximise the views over the canal. Each home will have its own private garden and terrace but will also have access to the shared communal gardens, places to gather socially and for children to play safely. 

Cllr Toby Elliott, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, said: “Earlier in the year I promised diggers in the ground at Wichelstowe; and we are already seeing this. This high quality development sets a benchmark for where I want the rest of Middle and West Wichel to go. Swindon deserves the very best quality homes and this development delivers this in spades. These plans are testament to the hard work of my team over many months.”

“The new development is the next phase in our ambitious Wichelstowe project. It is ideally located adjacent to the heart of the district centre; with the Waitrose store, new secondary school under construction, a new Hall & Woodhouse pub/restaurant currently in the planning process and a proposed primary school.”

Matt Vaudin, Partner at Stonewood Design, said: ‘Wichelstowe provides a great opportunity to design something special and different. The canalside location is unique for Swindon, and the brief allowed us to challenge the status quo for local housing. Having been born and bred in the town, and now with a local architectural practice, the aspirations for the project are very close to my heart.’

Nick Phillips, Associate Director at Metropolitan Workshop, said: ‘The layout offers opportunities to physically connect the gardens with the canal, further reinforcing the objective of creating a walkable neighbourhood with easy access to the facilities within Wichelstowe, the wider town and the surrounding countryside.’

If approved planning permission should be granted in December."

Small Project Architect of the Year 2016

RIBA National Award Winner 2015