Zumtobel Photographic Competition 2017

Zumtobel Photographic Competition 2017

For the third time Alchemilla Architects have been successful in the Zumtobel Photographic Competition. The winning shot this time features home-made pasta on an equally home-made drying rack in our kitchen. The winners lunch was held at Quaglinos Restaurant back in June 2018.

Devon Business and Education Centre Achieves Passivhaus Certification

Devon Business and Education Centre Achieves Passivhaus Certification

Alchemilla Architects are pleased to announce that their office building for the Devon Business and Education Centre in East Devon has just been granted the seal “Certified Passive House”. The building passed its final air-test with a result of less than 0.6 air changes per hour. The heating demand is limited to 15kWh per square meter of living area and the total primary energy demand is less than 120kWh per square meter of floor area per year. The main source of heat in addition to the sun is a small wood-burning stove, with some complementary heaters for the teaching rooms for particularly cold, overcast days.

Devon Business and Education Centre

Devon Business and Education Centre

The new building for the Devon Business and Education Centre was pre-opened on the 1 September 2017. We designed it and it was constructed to Passivhaus standard, certification is currently pending. The project took two years from inception to completion, a large part of this was the planning process. The super-insulated and air-tight building, which was constructed in timber frame, features a sedum green roof and is heated almost solely by the mechanical ventilation with heat recovery unit. A small wood-burning stove provides extra heat on exceptionally cold and overcast days. The contractor, JH & AL Hancock, worked meticulously to provide this exceptionally well executed building.

Happy Landings Start on Site

Happy Landings Start on Site

Wednesday 1 March 2017 marked the start on site of a new kennel building for Happy Landings Animal Shelter, a project Alchemilla Architects Ltd has been involved with right from the start, five years ago. The new kennel is the first phase of a larger re-development of the popular and well known shelter. A new cattery building and reception area are also part of the plan. The buildings have been designed to be as energy efficient as possible, whilst giving the animals the most comforting environment, with their carers being able to concentrate on their welfare.