We've dusted off our glad rags and we're ready!
Friday 12th May 2017, several hundred building industry professionals will gather together for a glittering event. The LABC Excellence Awards celebrate building projects that demonstrate outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and high performance.
Contractors, architects, designers and local authority building control surveyors will come together in Plymouth to celebrate the best projects across the South West.
And we are delighted that our Langport-based architecture practice has 2 Somerset projects in this year’s finals, up for 6 Awards in total.
The first project was overseen by South Somerset Building Control for the extensive refurbishment of a single storey on a period house, designed by Duncan Pyle and built by Colegrave Construction Ltd is up for 2 awards.
The second project was the complex 3 storey refurbishment of a community building. This high street building was gutted, leaving only the front facade and some spectacular new steel propping in place. That project was endorsed by Somerset Building Control Partnership (SBCP). This redundant building was reclaimed for the Engine Room on Bridgwater’s High Street, with a new steel and concrete framework forming three exciting and flexible studio spaces. The latter project is up for 4 awards. Taunton contractors, Qube Construction Solutions Ltd carried out the building work. SBCP is the newly established partnership delivering building control services across Mendip, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset.
The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards are the largest business to business awards in the UK, covering all local authorities in England and Wales. The Awards are split into 12 regions and the South West Awards cover Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.
The nominations have been assessed by an independent judging panel and the winners will be announced at this splendid event.
Congratulations to all the Finalists and good luck tonight.
O2i Design ltd, has just been awarded a prestigious industry award for Environmental Best Practice at the Houses of Parliament in London, where Duncan Pyle was presented with the Gold Award at the Green Apple Environment Awards ceremony on 11th November. The winning project was the design of two ingeniously designed homes with low running costs. Solar thermal panels and PV cells were integrated into the roofs, whilst ground source heat pumps on 60 metre deep bore holes, backed up with wood burners, allow the houses to run entirely on renewable energy.
This project competed against more than 500 other nominations to win the highly regarded award. You can read more about the project here.
Our small team is often joined by architectural undergraduates looking for a short work placement during their holidays. The aim is to provide them with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge in a busy work environment. Our experience has always been that we gain as much from our students, as we hope they do. They know cool stuff and have nothing to lose. This year we have enjoyed our time with Jake and wish him every success in his studies.
If YOU are interested in a work placement, please email us your cv and portfolio.
This June, O2i Design ltd celebrates 15 years in business. We are looking forward to the next 15 with more exciting new build projects, renovations, restorations, extensions, conversions and listed buildings!
This is always an exciting time for us and we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for 4 projects which have been nominated and made the shortlist across 5 different categories in the SW LABC Building Excellence Awards. You can find out more about our finalist projects here.
Is April 2016 time to dust off our tuxedos?...Maybe not just yet, but tension is building at O2i Design's HQ. We've just been notified that several of our recent projects have been nominated for various 2016 awards, being judged later this year.
Do you know about Houzz? It's a website and online community talking about architecture, interior design, landscape design and home improvements featuring photos, articles, products, and a user forum.
You can now find a few of O2i Design's most recent projects here.
Our project for Somerset Film at The Engine Room in Bridgwater is nearing completion and we could not be more excited to see the first stage of this extensive refurbishment come to fruition due to finish in May 2016.
Our design for a new build eco home in North Somerset has just been granted planning approval. A new dwelling will replace a tired bungalow. The new house will be a light and airy modernist-inspired family home.
A Centrally located building plot with Planning permission granted for a modern home, designed by O2i Design. Look out for it at the Cooper & Tanner Property Auction on 23rd Feb 2016 in Frome.
If you are a jazz fan - here is something to look forward to in March - O2i Design Ltd is delighted to sponsor another "Drayton Events" music night with a 9 piece band comprising solely of top players from the UK jazz scene in a re-creation of Norman Granz's legendary concerts at the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Thank you to all our lovely customers for the projects we have shared over the last year. It has been a pleasure to work with so many of you, on such exciting projects ranging from historical Nissen huts to a refurbished convent. We would like to wish you a very happy new year and hope that 2016 brings you much happiness in your new homes and work premises.
The Royal Bath & West Society has just approved further feasibility into establishing a unique Agri-Tech & Food Innovation Centre on The Showground to support the business development of aspiring food & drink manufacturing businesses. O2i Design Consultants have been commissioned to undertake this significant piece of work for the Society and are delighted to be carrying out this innovative project. More information here.
An unmissable event. O2i Design are proud to sponsor Drayton Events' next concert on Tuesday 1st December 2015 in Langport. Hot from London's jazz scene, this is a rare event and O2i Design are delighted to support this evening of world class music with Pete Long, James Pearson, Laurence Cottle and Ed Richardson. Join us for an unforgettable evening of Jazz from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington.
Currently on our (virtual) drawing boards for the year ahead, you will find an old convent, residential conversions, commercial alterations, new-build low energy homes, conference & wedding venue, design guides, a community centre and many more. We are excited by all these projects and continue to take on new work (both large and small). If you wish to discuss your potential plans, please do contact us either by phone on 01458 253050 or email.
We began championing the O2i Design crane in March 2014. This is not a construction hoist but a majestic native wetland bird. As part of the Great Crane Project, Skye hatched in September 2013 and spent last year as part of the non-breeding flock on the Somerset Levels. We think, we occasionally see Skye flying over our Langport office, as her favourite feeding spot is close by on Aller Moor.