Following Jeremy’s visit to the Mayville Community Centre at the beginning of June where he was shown round the building by Rachel Witherick (b:a), Trevor Mbatha (MCP), Jessie White (MCP) and David Ironside (site manager for the contractor), today Jeremy visited our offices and joined us for the daily office lunch. Jeremy is hugely supportive of the passivhaus refurbishment of the community centre, a building he has been personally using for nearly 30 years in his role as Labour MP for Islington North.

Mayville Community Centre Passivhaus

Jenny Jones, of the Green Party and GLA, visited the Mayville Community Centre project this morning which is now weeks off completion. She was hugely supportive of what has been achieved by the Mildmay Community Partnership, bere:architects and the construction team, stating when she received the description of the project she could not believe all that was being done by a small community trust on one building. She was interested to hear how the fund raising efforts and vision of the MCP, with the expertise and technical support of local architectural practice, bere:architects, had translated into such a ground breaking and exemplar community project.


The green roof installation RIBA Flash event on the 4th May was attended by 10 enthusiasts at the Mayville Community Centre all eager to learn from the leading green roof expert, Dusty Gedge. Dusty is the designer of the green roofs at Mayville where two areas of green roof have being installed. The group heard from Rachel Witherick of bere:architects about how the green roof is an integral component of the low energy environmental building ethos and proposals at the Mayville. Improving the ecology of this inner city site is of critical importance for both the architects and the client.

Rammed Earth Not Passivhaus Rural

Christian Senkpiel and Joseph Orchard of bere:architects attended an introductory course in rammed earth construction hosted by bere:architects’ client James Shead at his farm in Antsy, Wiltshire.

The 3 day event was arranged by RESET development and led by Rowland Keable of RamCast CIC with warm mugs of tea, coffee, camp fire songs and inquisitive questioning provided by Blanche Cameron of RESET Development.


The Larch house has won the Sustainability Category at the RICS Wales 2011 awards. The coveted award was collected by bere: architects and United Welsh Housing Association at a ceremony in Cardiff on Friday 13th May. Although much smaller in scale than any of the other shortlisted projects, the Larch House was praised for being a genuine solution for low energy social housing and for providing a significant educational role for building professionals and school children alike through the regular tours that have been organised over the past year.


Paul Jennings of Aldas was on site on Friday to carry out the first air permeability test of the Mayville Community centre. Although a little later than expected, the building recorded a result of 0.53 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (using the rigorous Attma standard 2007 methodology) – the first non-domestic retrofit result that we know of to reach the passivhaus requirement.


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issued a smog alert for England and Wales as the public get into their cars and drive around or fly out of the country.


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