About This Live Project

Foxholes is a small village on the busy B1249 mid-way between Driffield and Scarborough in the Yorkshire Wolds. It has a semi-derelict village hall and no funds to renovate it. Their best option appears to be to sell off part or all of the existing site for development and build a new hall elsewhere, though renovation of the existing hall may be possible if funding becomes available.

The purpose of this project is to prepare a hard-nosed assessment of the short- and longterm Sustainability potential of the four options to assist decision-making and fundraising.
This is the kind of assessment that will become increasingly important for architects on all projects as every form of energy
becomes scarce and expensive.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Community day

The community day was a resounding success. We had a full village hall with lots of enthusiastic villagers giving their views on the proposed feasibility studies. We had lots of tea and biscuits and mingled with the locals of all ages.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Renewable Energy Sources

Rural environments present a great opportunity to mine renewable sources of energy. However, with a variety of options on the table, it’s really a matter of being site specific and applying the most contextual possibility in order to achieve maximum output and performance.

Here’s a proposal for Site B. Sitting pretty on the highest contour of all three sites, it’s the most ideal spot for a wind turbine. Now if we could only convince the locals to cut down a couple of those trees and fashion them into furniture...

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Did you know ??

The best insulation is a vacuum and next to that, still air. Penguins somehow manage to maintain a temperature difference of 90 degrees C across a 25mm thick layer of down feathers, the equivalent of 500mm of fiberglass!!! 'Andy Coolding' courtesy of Tom Marsh reaserch

Wednesday, 22 October 2008


The project is a feasibility study and so we need to look at what type of building works on the sites and which parts of the site can be sold for funding. Here are a few proposals for site A - the existing hall, looking at the adantages and disadvantags of a proposal on the site.

The flyer has been sent to Foxholes and we are looking forward to our day with the community!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Get with the programme!

So here is our programme for the beginning of our project. All these images/documents are remaining open so that as the live project evolves so too can our documentation!

Time to get out the thinking caps!

Following this initial meeting it was back to the studio to have a good hard think and discuss what we had heard, seen and learnt.

In discussions with Evan Almighty we were able to form a plan of action and create a structure to the project with specific areas that were going to study in order that we could proceed with.