Celebrating 25 years…
We are delighted to be celebrating our 25th birthday this year!
Twenty-Five years ago it was 1994. Although there was certainly an awareness of the need for sustainability in architecture there was a large gap in the market for Architects that were interested and motivated to address the issues of sustainable construction. We looked to provide a solution to various building needs for those wishing to live and work in environmentally sustainable and ecologically aware dwellings, or even to simply improve their energy consumption and carbon footprint.
As architects we wanted to build our practice on the ethos of sustainable living, guiding clients whenever possible to considering sustainable solutions for their building requirements. We were one of the first practices in this region to bring sustainable technology into our designs from the outset and as part of the initial brief. This means that we have built up a considerable understanding of what does or does not work in various situations. As time has gone by we have kept abreast of current technologies and developments and have tuned our approach accordingly.
We set out then to, wherever possible, inform our clients of the merits (and demerits) of what is available to them, whether they are considering the construction of an eco house or wanting to use new materials and construction techniques to reduce bills in their draughty historic houses. In short, we set out to educate ourselves and to remain always well-appraised in respect of sustainable building, as that is where we envisioned the future to lie.
25 years on, zero-carbon, Passivhaus and Paragraph 79 houses are just some of the buzz-words we have become used to. The market is flooded with products and technology as manufacturers seek to capitalise on this important movement. Government targets and incentives on carbon reduction have also driven this desire. As a result, most architectural practices today will look to sustainable solutions wherever possible.
We feel that, with 25 years of experience in eco-design, we have a depth of understanding of all these issues which puts us in a unique position to advise in the field of sustainability. We remain at the forefront of eco design, considering the environmental impact of not only the construction but also the future use and carbon footprint of the design.
With the current prominence of global warming in our minds, we wonder on occasion if the local government and councils have the necessary desire to implement many of the sustainable measures that our private clients are committed to. It does seem that many planning authorities are sometimes not in tune with the thinking which we have been championing for some time and is now becoming mainstream.
We will be celebrating our 25 years in business throughout the year with a variety of events and activities, so do link in to our social media posts to keep updated! We will be pushing off, literally, on the 15th June with a 25 mile cycle tour of some of the buildings and clients we have had the pleasure in being involved with over the years. If you would like to join us, please contact Sarah in our office to add your name to our list of dedicated riders. All we ask is that you make a minimum £25 donation to our charity of the year, the Benjamin Foundation, who not only share a 25 year celebration themselves, but are also committed to helping young people experiencing challenges in our community find housing and support.
Please do help us to help them, whether you wish to join our cycle tour or not, by donating here.
Last but by no means least, we would like to thank all our wonderful clients who have helped to make Lambert Bardsley Reeve Architecture the success it is today.