Our DLR cycle shelter design has received another award at the London Transport Awards 2009.

London Cycling Campaign (November 2008) – Best Cycling Facility

London Transport Awards (March 2009) – Cycling Improvements Award


 Justin Bere describes how his rooftop wildflower meadow is providing vital support for the local house sparrow population as well as evidence of how native planting benefits  ahealthy ecosystem.


bere:architects equal opportunities policy includes giving a child genius the opportunity to work on one of the UK’s first Passivhaus designs.




Since taking up cycling for all trips, sometimes in combination with the train, the car has been sitting in a friend’s garage without even seeing it for 6 years and then for 2 years since I had it back, I used it just a couple of times. Also my motorcycle has just been sitting in the garage unused apart from taking it for an annual MOT. Although I knew I didn’t need either vehicle, it’s been very, very hard to let them go for sentimental reasons.


Wednesday July 1st 10:00 - 14:00 – Early booking essential

We have aimed this CPD at those people who want a detailed and practical introduction to Passivhaus design, but who are not ready to do a full PHPP course (see AECB website for info about a full course). We aim to give attendees a good understanding of what it is like to design using the German Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP).

We understand that the event may sell out early but we have offered to do another at a later date if RIBA London keeps a waiting list.


I am attending the excellent annual beekeeping course at Roots and Shoots, following in my father’s footsteps as a beekeeper. However unlike most of my fellow students, I’m NOT becoming a beekeeper because of an interest in maximizing a supply of honey for family and friends. My father and other beekeeping relatives made me aware years ago of the difficulties caused by the spread of the Varroa which has wiped out 30% - 50% of UK honey bees since 1992.


Thursday and Friday 11 & 12 of June at Oxford Brookes University

Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passivhaus Institute, will present a series of workshops at this year’s conference. You won’t get him personally presenting workshops even at the German Passivhaus conference, so this truly a unique opportunity


Containing 39 projects from around the world, I found this is a rewarding book because all the projects are compact, fascinating, jewel-like and the photographs are complimented by good layout drawings and contextual diagrams. We are pleased that Focus House was one of four UK houses selected for the book.


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