I’m a fully qualified Architect based in Bristol, specialising in low energy homes and community projects having set up my own practice in 2018. I’ve been passionate about the environment since I was a teenager, and started learning about eco construction and building physics back in 1995 at Nottingham University. I spent much of my student years also volunteering on eco-builds around the UK, and became particularly fascinated with Earthships around 1999. This led to becoming a founder member / director of the Low Carbon Trust and work on the design and construction of Earthship Brighton – the first in England. I then worked at ZEDfactory with Bill Dunster for 12 years, where I worked on a range of bigger projects in the UK and further afield, and gained extensive experience of delivering zero carbon projects. I have a particular passion for community led development, and my first completed project as a solo practitioner was a new-build zero carbon project for a housing co-op in Bristol.
Completed in 2019, this was TL Architctures first full commission. Built for Somewhere housing co-op, the building has 3 x 1 bedroom flats, plus communal areas and facilities. The design follows Passive House principles, with a superinsulated timber frame structure, triple glazing, MVHR and a solar assisted heat pump. The homes are grid connected, but the large roof-integrated PV array generates more power over the course of a year than the residents consume to meet their heating, lighting and other power requirements.
Small domestic extension in East Sussex completed in 2019, with high levels of insulation, triple glazing, an ecological green roof, and scorched larch cladding.
Final project Taus completed whilst working at ZEDfactory – this terrace of 5 houses sits on one of the most prominent sites in Hastings, opposite the castle and overlooking the town in both directions. Prefabricated timber frame structure, with roof integrated PV arrays to each home, and heat pumps providing hot water and underfloor heating.