We’re recruiting!

by Paul.


Part 2 Architectural Assistant


Our design-led and environmentally driven architectural practice seeks an experienced Part 2 Architectural Assistant to work on a variety of new build projects, including residential and community based work, as well as a number of refurbishments.

We are looking for a design-focused and enthusiastic Part 2 Architectural Assistant to assist on the development of design proposals and detailed planning applications. The ideal candidate would be proficient in Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite as well as hand-sketching. Preferably with a minimum of 2 years UK project experience. A thorough working knowledge of RIBA stages, building regulations and site experience would be advantageous.

We have created a supportive working environment that encourages personal development whilst still enjoying a good work/life balance. If you are interested in joining our team, please send us your CV and portfolio detailing your relevant experience and enclosing no more than 10 pages of examples of your work to info@thomasandspiers.com.

We are looking for the role to commence as soon as possible so please outline any working notice you may require. This is a full time role in our Borough office, with salary to be appropriate to experience.

Best of Houzz 2019

by Paul.

 

TACTILE HOUSE, LONDON

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly users, the annual BOH badge highlights home renovation & design professionals with top ratings and most popular home designs.

Tactile House has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®! Our project portfolio was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community, from portfolios of more than 2.1 million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. 

Check out the other winners here or the rest of the project here.

Don’t Move Improve, 2019!

by Paul.

We’re delighted that three of our projects will feature in the Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 showcase of London’s best home improvements, in both the exhibition and magazine. Whilst it’s a shame we didn’t win, it’s an honour to be featured alongside such an impressive range of high quality projects.

Keep an eye out for the #dontmoveimprove exhibition and magazine, launching 22nd Jan 2019! We can’t wait to see them.



Timber Frame House, Suffolk

by Paul.

Check out the progress of our new timber frame house in Suffolk, which is being built by Harrison & Wildon. Overlooking the River Stour, Hidden House is a new sustainable family home. Set against a wooded backdrop and orientated to maximise views, daylight, and passive solar shading, the timber framed building will be clad in naturally weathering larch.

Have a look at the project in more detail here.

CONSTRUCTION WEEK 2018

by Paul.

 

CAN WE MAKE HOUSING AFFORDABLE?

We were delighted to be invited to sit on the expert panel and be part of a challenging debate at UK Construction Week 2018 in Birmingham.

Thank you to Kunle Barker for hosting the event and to fellow participants Ross Gilbert of QED Sustainable Urban Developments and Christian Ducker of Gundry + Ducker Architects.

 

“With interest rates rising, demand on housing increasing and prices still high, affordable housing is an endangered species. So what should affordable mean? In the simplest of terms an affordable house should be 3 times the value of the average salary as this is how many lenders evaluate affordability. Taking London as an example the average house price is roughly 13 times the average London salary*. (Sources office of national statistics) So how can the government tackle this problem? Generational mortgages? Tax/Stamp duty breaks, rolling out shared ownership to include all market properties?” – UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK

Yorkshire Farm Conversion featured in Living Magazine

by Paul.

Thanks to the lovely people at Living North Magazine for featuring our listed farm conversion in Yorkshire in their October 2018 issue, as part of their ‘DIY home builders’ article. You can view the full magazine online here (we’re on page 39). All the beautiful photos are by Lucy Saggers.

To look back over the progress of this project from the beginning, check out the on site photos here.

Combining Design & Fabrication: Technical Lecture Series

by Paul.

On 17.10.18, David Knight of Cake Industries will be speaking about ‘the transformative process of integrating design, structural engineering and fabrication via digital workflows’ as part of the technical lecture series at The Institute of Structural Engineers. David is a chartered structural engineer who has worked on some amazing projects around the world, and also a few closer to home which you might recognise from our own portfolio! The lecture will use current examples of designs under construction, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for a guest appearance from a certain staircase…

The event is free to attend, or you can watch the live stream free online – it promises to be an interesting evening. For more info and to book a place, head over to the Institute of Structural Engineers website here.


Check out some projects we’ve collaborated on with Cake here and here.


With thanks to Nash Partnership for the fab photo.

Enki Magazine

by Paul.

The brilliant team over at Enki Magazine have featured our Tactile House in their current issue, Volume 5 – September 2018. Thanks Enki! Check it out to see beautiful photos of the finished house, and interviews with both project architect Emily Seymour-Taylor and our client, Emma.

Enki is available at Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, WHSmith and a selection of good independents – let us know if you pick up a copy.