sustain by design is a multi-disciplinary architectural practice with its roots going back to the 80's,
but its eye very much on 2050 and beyond - and the need to address climate change.
what we do is design buildings and places... for people.
why sustain by design ?
the power of design... to sustain... life, soul, activity, by... quality, integrity, beauty
the power to sustain... the eco-system of which we are part... by conserving energy, water, CO2... using local + beneficial materials
sustainable development - an oxymoron ?
“Ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Brundtland report, 1987
current + recent work
major new multi-use development, coleford, glos - in design development
new eco-house, carmarthenshire - submitted for planning
new houses, newport - in design development
2 new eco-houses, abergavenny - nearing completion on site
enerPHit barn conversion, crickhowell - completed 2016
low energy barn conversion, monmouth - completed 2016
replacement dwelling, monmouth - completed 2015
grade II* listed house alterations, herefordshire - ongoing
solar pv parks, south wales -completed 2013
self-build code 3 houses, hereford - completed 2012
low energy business park, coleford
enerPHit barn conversion, crickhowell >
We converted the grade 11 listed Long Barn, Gilwern, to a two-family four-generation family home... for ourselves.
The project, completed in 2016, features:
design to passivhaus enerPHit standard, currently under performance monitoring
highly insulated + airtight timber-frame house built within thick stone walls
MVHR system for comfort ventilation and heat recovery
triple-glazed doors and windows
2 atria spaces
We are proud of the project, and happy to provide 'warts-and-all' guided tours.
monmouth eco architect
monmouthshire eco architect
hereford eco architect
herefordshire eco architect
ross eco architect
gloucestershire eco architect
forest of dean
forest of dean architect
forest of dean eco architect
brecon beacons architect
brecon beacons eco architect
powys eco architect
south wales architect
south wales eco architect
listed extension, nr. monmouth | 2014
the modern extension design has been carefully considered to complement the listed victorian coach house
barn conversions, hartpury, glos | 2014
we have been working for a while on this project to convert a
group of barns near hartpury, glos, to low energy dwellings.
the design is underlaid by a planning approval from 1998.
the first barn dwelling conversion was approved in late 2011.
the building regs. approval was very rapid.
thermal modelling predicts space-and water-heating costs of
£200-300 using a new wood pellet boiler and underfloor heating
designing super-insulation for such buildings is a particular
challenge, but perfectly possible
kitchen extension, builth wells | 2013
a recently designed kitchen extension for an isolated
mid-wales cottage with 16th or 17th century origins.
the design needed to respond to the existing building
while providing 21st century facilities for the owners
it maximises the stunning views and passive solar gain
to the south whilst providing high levels of insulation
to the north, along with a new bio-mass + solar heating system
the building control approval took one working day
surely a record ?
listed mill conversion | 2012
showing the diversity of our work, this collection of listed buildings has been
converted for residential and teaching use.
the 19th century water mill with its own [now defunct] 2km long mill-race,
has been turned into visitor accommodation, whilst the associated studio
and cottage buildings have been sensitively improved
the listed status required detailed negotiation with the LPA conservation
officers - not always a speedy or easy process - resulting in a commendable
adaptation of worthy historic buildings
our experience of housing work covers the full range of provision - from
domestic extensions and refurbishments to multi-million pound schemes,
swansea student housing [with Architype] 2006 | 5.4m
276 units of en-suite accommodation for swansea university.
smaller housing developments
including pioneers self-build, gloucestershire, an innovative low-energy
post-and-beam timber-framed scheme of 8 houses - originated by dean
design, and project managed for gloucestershire housing association in 1994
individual and small housing groups, barn conversions, extensions + renovations
- hundreds of completed schemes over 35 years.
guardian courtyard, coleford, glos | 2006
10 houses and apartments for older people designed to
use a brown-field site on the edge of a historic town centre
Including the proposed conversion and extension of a grade
II listed building, required archaeological explorations, and
carefully designed suds scheme | not yet built
pioneers self-build, gloucestershire | 1994
an innovative low-energy post-and-beam timber-framed
scheme of 8 houses, this was originated by dean design,
and project managed for a local housing association.
code 3 houses, hereford | 2010
2 spec. houses designed for a select site on the edge of
hereford city, with southern views over the wye valley.
self-built by individual families | c.2010
nissel house, st briavels, glos | 1990,1995,2014
a highly insulated replacement 3 bedroom dwelling,
with slate + stone + oak, open-plan,
built 1990, extended in 1995 + again in 2014
barn conversion, tibberton, glos | 1990
conversion of victorian timber-framed
barn to a luxury 500m2 house
extension + renovation, soudley, glos | 1985
compact two-storey lean-to extension to
forest of dean cottage. highly insulated for the time.
swansea student housing | 2004 | 5.4m
276 units of en-suite accommodation for swansea university completed while with architype.
simon managed the planning, and design development of this innovative 7/8 storey timber-framed build.
the site layout required careful planning around:
- existing protected trees
- a neighbouring listed park +
- existing 10-storey 60‘s tower blocks
the layout of each block was simple + elegant, allowing single stair + lift access, whilst ensuring clear visibility of all flats, and natural daylighting of each short corridor
the scheme featured high levels of insulation + daylighting
miners welfare hall, cinderford, glos. | 1998
feasibility work for a £1m refurbishment for a valued local asset, funded by miners’ penny-a-week subscriptions
belle vue centre, cinderford, glos | 1992 | 750k
detailed feasibility, project management + design of innovative community business centre for town council
brunston surgery, coleford, glos | 1993 | 150k
innovative circular surgery featuring low-energy design, high natural daylighting, recycled stone facing
united reform church, broadway, worcs |2008
feasibility work for a major expansion of facilities
interpretation centre, worcester | 2001 | 3m
feasibility study for landmark visitor centre to revive existing country park. with architype
belle vue centre, cinderford, glos | 2003
this 'community business centre' has now paid back its loan finance, and is contributing to the revenue finances of its town council owners.
this scheme was planned to provide 6MW of electricity, heat + other facilities for monmouth
value ± £15m
stepbridge enterprise park, coleford, gloucestershire
high quality private business park