Business Description

Southpoint is a small architectural practice in Bristol offering experience in a wide range of buildings and construction methods, a track record in combining imaginative ideas with technical expertise, and flair for designing elegant and environmentally conscious buildings.Projects include developments of new flats and groups of houses for urban infill sites and rural fringes. These are generally in sensitive locations such as Conservation Areas or near to Listed buildings. New buildings and extensions for medical practices; training centres, education and the voluntary sector; individual self build projects; one off houses and conversions of existing buildings to houses and precision designed extensions optimising space, daylight, sunlight and views.

40 Ham Green

BS20 0HA
United Kingdom
Ralph Mews, Bristol

scope: Full architectural service including planning permission,building regulations approval, tenders and administering contract, lighting and landscape design.

aims: The site was occupied by some unattractive garages and a large carport. The brief was to provide one-bedroom flats, and garages to replace those being lost. The owner wanted retain the building and rent the flats. Low maintenance and long life materials were important, together with low energy costs.

measures: Compact building shape to reduce area of external envelope.Long life, low maintenance materials.Insulation in excess of building regulations standards.Low energy lighting throughout including well controlled external lighting.Sufficient window and rooflight area for good daylighting but not to large to incur excessive heat loss.High performance windows and doors in excess of building regulations standards.Dense tree planting to provide amenity and help air quality.

monitoring: No monitoring has been carried out.

Private House near Bristol

scope: Full architectural service from inception to completion.

aims: A detached house built around 1935 in a large mature plot with a favourable southerly aspect and good views across fields had suffered from lack of maintenance and poorly considered alterations.The client wanted to extend and upgrade the building to create a stylish contemporary house that would need little maintenance and be economical to run.

measures: Upgrading of all thermal elements of the existing building including external wall insulation, underfloor insulation and roof insulation.New construction insulated in excess of building regulations standards.High performance windows and doors.Larger area of glazing situated on private south side to take advantage of solar gain, with overhangs to prevent summer overheating.Low maintenance long life materials externally.Permeable paving to areas of hard standing.

monitoring: No monitoring has been carried out.

Lydegreen Farm

scope: Planning permission,listed building consent and building regulations approval. Advice on details and materials. Co-ordinating work of specialist consultants. aims: A historically important group of buildings around a farmyard had been blighted by planning application for a motorway services area. In order to finance conservation of the Grade II* listed farmhouse planning permission was obtained to convert the two listed barns into three dwellings. Other buildings on the site were retained for parking, storage and services. measures: Reuse of existing resources – retaining buildings and giving them a new use to prolong their life. Included retaining buildings and parts of buildings of no historical performance.Reuse of building elements including stone and timber.Use of recycled materials including stone and roof tiles in preference to new materials.Use of natural low embodied energy materials such as lime mortar, lime plaster, lime render and green oak. monitoring: None.