It’s great to see that our Sustainable Home, Harefield House was included in the December issue of Grand Designs Magazine.

The project was selected as part of ten inspirational timber buildings (focusing on timber construction) showing how working with wood results in strong, dependable homes that look good inside and out.

Plaice worked alongside Mixbrow Construction and Svenskhomes who were able to offer energy efficient techniques whilst providing a flexible off-site pre-manufactured panels to construct the perfect home.

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Yesterday saw the project team and owners of Harefield House along with representatives of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists convene to celebrate the Commended Alan King award for Excellence in Technology.

Plaice and the owners of Harefield House were presented with commemorative plaques from Alex Naraian PCIAT President, along with Kevin Crawford MCIAT Vice President Technical, Francesca Berriman MBE CIAT CEO and Adrian Fleet MCIAT East Anglia Region Secretary.

The presentation was an opportunity for CIAT and the project team to be given a guided tour of the sustainable home, hearing first hand how the owners have settled into the property and how the materials and technology combine to provide a calm and functional family home.

Kevin Crawford MCIAT, Vice-President Technical at CIAT said “I always enjoy visiting our Award winning projects, it is a chance to see the actual building and find out how it is being utilised by the end user. Harefield House is no exception and it is great to see in practice this bespoke, contemporary home created from a prefabricated timber kit. Congratulations once again to Plaice Design.”

Chris Game MCIAT, Co-founder and Director at Plaice said “It really has been the perfect day to invite all who were involved to revisit the home and celebrate the award with the owners, and for them to see their new home being recognised at this level.”

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Plaice are celebrating for the second time this year, after winning the Design Category Award at the recent Suffolk Coastal Quality of Place Awards, held at East Suffolk House, Riduna Park, Melton, Suffolk.

The awards, organised by Suffolk Coastal District Council recognises and encourages an interest in the quality of the built and natural environment of the district and promotes an awareness of the need for high standards in all forms of design, including Building Conservation, Design, Nature & Landscape.

The winning entry, an alteration and extension to a 1960’s property in Sandy Lane, Woodbridge is a bold and dramatic scheme, which set out to completely overhaul the existing property, almost doubling its footprint.

The awards were presented by Suffolk Coastal Chairman, Councillor Chris Blundell with Bronze plaques presented to each Winner. The Judges said: 

“This scheme epitomises what the Quality of Place awards are all about. Here is an ordinary house, in an ordinary area, radically transformed into visual magic by the simple but beautiful use of shape and form, the clever exploitation of structure, views, and light, and the restrained application of colour, all in a way which is readily recognisable, and achievable, by others, in this age of increasing individuality and visual awareness. May we see many more examples of such individual enterprise.”

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Plaice are pleased to announce that one of their first projects undertaken in Woodbridge has been shortlisted for Suffolk Coastal’s Quality of Place Awards.

The project, an alteration and extension to a 1960’s property in Sandy Lane, Woodbridge is a bold and dramatic scheme, which set out to completely overhaul the existing property, almost doubling its footprint.

Our clients were particularly hands on and although a main contractor was used to form the basic shell, the clients project managed the job themselves and also carried out a large proportion of the work, including installation of the insulated render boarding, cladding, plumbing and decoration works.

The end result is a light filled open plan dwelling, which embraces the garden and responds well to modern day family life.

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Plaice are celebrating after winning one of two commended accolades for The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology at The AT Awards, held at the Village Underground, Shoreditch, London.

The awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) recognise outstanding achievements in the industry and highlight how architectural technology achieves efficient and effective construction.

The winning entry, Harefield House constructed in Norton, Suffolk was particularly applauded by the judging panel as “a design exemplar of the use of architectural technologies, energy performance and building management systems with its prefabricated timber kit construction.” The judges continued “The prefabricated dwelling is highly insulated and air tight, and this has resulted in a comfortable environment year round with minimal heating demand during the winter months. An excellent example of sustainable design.”

CIAT’s Vice President Technical, Kevin Crawford MCIAT and chair of the judging panel said “The shortlisted entries for both awards were once again of an exceptional standard and the winners all shared one thing – a clear demonstration of Architectural Technology as a key design function and how necessary it is to achieve buildability, usability and create inclusive environments.”

Chris Game MCIAT, Co-founder and Director at Plaice said “As the AT awards are open to UK and international entries it was great to even be shortlisted, so to walk away with an award really was the icing on the cake. It was also great that the owners of Harefield House were there to celebrate the award with us and to see their new home being recognised at this level.”

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Suffolk based Architects and Technologists Plaice Design Co Ltd are celebrating after learning that they have been shortlisted for The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology at The AT Awards 2017.

The awards which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) recognise outstanding achievements in the industry and highlight how architectural technology achieves efficient and effective construction.

The shortlisted entry, a sustainable house constructed in Norton, Suffolk was manufactured off-site, is highly insulated and air tight and has a number of integrated sustainable technologies, resulting in a family home which has a comfortable living environment all year round with minimal energy demands.

To reach this stage of the competition, a panel of experienced Chartered Architectural Technologists rigorously judged and peer assessed each entry in terms of their design context, concept and creativity against their response to Architectural Technology, relating to function, fabric performance and delivery.

The AT awards are open to all individuals and practices within the UK and internationally, and Plaice have been shortlisted alongside three other entries. Winners will be announced and presented on 15 September 2017 at CIAT’s new Architectural Technology Awards event held at the Village Underground, Shoreditch, London. The event recognises and celebrates the exceptional contribution that Architectural Technology practices and professionals make to the built environment.

Chris Game, Co-founder and Director at Plaice says “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. As a small practice, founded in 2011 it is a great privilege to be recognised by CIAT. We are very much looking forward to the ceremony in September and hope we walk away with an award.”

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