bere:architects

 
Address   bere:architects
The Muse
54A Newington Green
LONDON
N16 9PX
United Kingdom: England 
 
   020 7241 1064   
Email   justin.bere@bere.co.uk  
Website   www.bere.co.uk 
Contact   Mr Justin A. G-H Bere 

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1: Project Name63-69 Exmouth Market
Dates: 2012 - 2014
Location: London 
Gross Area: 500 to 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Mixed Use Projects
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Art & Architecture,  Building Services Engineering,  Building Technology,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Conservation & Restoration,  Construction Techniques,  Ecological Architecture,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Full Architectural Service,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Research,  Sustainable Design
 
Description:
This 5-storey low energy mixed-use development was designed in 2007 - 2008, as we were developing our Passive House approach and completed in 2014 after it was put on hold during the economic recession of the intervening years. It is part facade-retention, but the Exmouth Market elevation consists of new, traditionally bonded London stock brickwork with a gritty, wire-brushed lime mortar. The two-storey penthouse at the top of the development is clad in zinc. The high quality facades contribute strongly to the enhancement of the public realm. With a planning requirement for traditional sash windows, the development could never have achieved full Passive House performance, but the building will be comfortable, healthy and economical. We were successful in turning the council around from single glazing to triple glazed traditional sashes on first and second floors and contemporary windows in the penthouse, although the planners did bizarrely insist on just double glazing on the old facades. All the brickwork is internally insulated and thermally broken, and on testing, the building was found to have excellent air-tightness, although not to the PH standard. This building shows how a developer can build healthy, comfortable, economical buildings that meet current conservation area planning requirements, while also looking after the environment and the interests of future generations.
 
2: Project NameMayville Community Centre
Dates: 2008 - 2011
Location: london 
Gross Area: 500 to 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - Civic Centres,  Civic Building - General,  Community Participation,  Conservation - General,  Conservation -Victorian Buildings,  Culture & Entertainment - Community Centres,  Culture & Entertainment - Dance Facilities,  Culture & Entertainment - General,  Culture & Entertainment - Recording Studios,  Culture & Entertainment - Visitors' Centres,  Education - General,  Education - Nursery Education,  Education - Primary Education,  Education - Special Needs,  Education - Training Centres,  Food and Beverage - General,  Health - General,  Health - Special Needs,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - General,  Managed Workspace,  Mixed Use Projects,  Sport - General,  Sport - Leisure Centres
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Brief Writing,  Building Services Engineering,  Building Technology,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Competition Entries,  Construction Techniques,  Contract Administration,  Contract Advice,  Design for Special Needs,  Design Management,  Ecological Architecture,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Exhibition Design,  Feasibility Studies,  Full Architectural Service,  Interior Design,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Lottery/Grant Bid Advice,  Model Making,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Post Occupancy Evaluation,  Refurbishment,  Services Co-ordination,  Space Planning,  Sustainable Design
 
Awards:
Constructing Excellence Awards 2012 - Performance Winner
UK Passivhaus Awards, Retrofit, 2012 - Winner
Green Build Awards, Leisure, 2012 - Winner
Architects Journal Awards, Best Public Building 2012 - Winner
Description:
The Mayville Community Centre was the first ultra low energy, Passive House retrofit community centre in the UK, completed in 2012. Government funded research has found overall energy savings of 85.5%, while providing 35% extra space and in spite of greatly increased occupancy. The additional cost over a minimum standard building regulations refurbishment was only 7%. This multi-award winning project is the sole UK representative in the International Energy Agency's report on the world's most successful retrofits, due for publication in 2016. With two roofs planted with wild meadow seeds and sitting within carefully landscaped, ecologically sensitive gardens complete with areas for growing fruit and vegetables, the refurbished community centre looks cleaner, brighter, and more open and inviting for all. The refurbishment of the existing building focused on providing more usable space without increasing the overall size of the building, and on reducing the building's energy consumption so that running costs will be considerably reduced. The result is a community resource that is both comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer whilst acting as a welcoming hub for the local community. The refurbishment has been designed by bere:architects in accordance with the German Passivhaus standard with the result that the building will consume 95% less energy than it currently does if occupancy remained the same as pre-retrofit. The Passivhaus principle was developed in the 1980s by German physicist, Dr Wolfgang Feist. The main improvements being made to achieve certified Passivhaus standard are: High levels of insulation: Triple glazed windows: A draft-free building envelope achieving no more than 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals with an efficient heat recovery ventilation system installed to ensure a plentiful flow of fresh air, warmed by the extract air in the winter and a comfortable living environment. These measures save a lot of heat energy that would otherwise go to waste and enables other forms of renewable energy production to become viable, the following of which are being employed at the community centre: 116 m2 of photo voltaic panels fixed to the roof will generate 18kWp of electricity; 3m2 of solar thermal panels on the roof will provide most of the hot water the community centre will require; a ground source heat pump installed under the garden will heat the radiators when space heating is required. Ultimately, Mayville is a community centre that local residents can be proud of and a building that will serve their needs without wasting financial resources on large energy bills: a building that will stand as an icon for urban sustainability.
 
3: Project NameThe Muse, Newington Green, Islington
Dates: 2002 - 2016
Location: London 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Development,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - General
 
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Building Technology,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Construction Techniques,  Ecological Architecture,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Full Architectural Service,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Post Occupancy Evaluation,  Product/ Component Development,  Self Build,  Sustainable Design
 
Awards:
MIPIM / Architectural Review Future Project Prize; Comm£ 2003
Description:
The Muse in north London is an energy efficient, solar, family home started as a self-build 8 years ago. It is one of the most 'rounded' ecological buildings in the UK, built close to Passivhaus ecological and energy saving standards and also built as a wildlife sanctuary and an oasis for neighbouring taller buildings to look down upon. Design and construction began before Justin Bere was fully aware of the Passivhaus standard being developed in Germany at the time, but it has been designed to an almost identical specification. The Muse firmly sets the standard for future housing with an apparently effortless amalgamation of its many and varied environmentally responsible solutions with its beautiful forms. The Muse's ecological features include: a 3000 litre underground rainwater storage tank for supplying the wcs and the garden; 50cm or 20" thick super-insulated walls (11" insulation); low CO2 concrete foundations and first floor slab (made with ground granulated blast furnace slag to replace most of the cement) provide thermal mass for stable temperatures and natural summer cooling effect; heat recovery ventilation throughout, uses just 70watts of power to provide ample ventilation whilst saving 95% of the winter heat that would otherwise be lost by opening windows; triple glazed windows throughout, including some german passivhaus; very good airtightness; whole house water filtration for bathing as well as drinking; solar thermal hot water heating with sufficient panels to dump excess heat into an 11m (36')long swimming pool in the summer, so there can be enough panels as a result to heat a much larger proportion of hot water in winter months than normally possible. Water will be treated ecologically (without chlorine) and waste water from the pool will be supplied to the rainwater tank and recycled for use in lavatories and the roof gardens if necessary. As the project is an on-going self build and currently houses the practice's office, only the exterior has so far been photographed but the striking design with four green roofs featuring native meadow, coppice and thicket habitats have been widely published nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines (including National Geographic), text books, press, government and local authority publications, statutory authority publications etc.
 
4: Project NameCamden Passivhaus
Dates: 2009 - 2010
Location: London 
Gross Area: 100 to 249 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - General,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Building Technology,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Ecological Architecture,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Full Architectural Service,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Model Making,  Multi-disciplinary Consultancy,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Post Occupancy Evaluation,  Production Information,  Project Management,  Services Co-ordination,  Sustainable Design
 
Awards:
Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards, Best Small House 2011, Finalist
Description:
Ranulf Road is London's first certified Passivhaus, setting a new benchmark for energy efficient design for the city. The insulated, timber frame structure was built on a tight site and over-shadowing of adjacent buildings had a major impact on the energy balance and design decisions, with PHPP used from the start of the project to determine the optimum position of the house on the site and the optimum percentage and orientation of glazing. Biodiversity was very important for this project which incorporates two wild flower meadow green roofs, a south facing planted garden and an ivy covered gabion stone wall. With the primary objective being to achieve a comfortable home for a young family, whilst minimising energy consumption, the house was designed to use 13kWh/m2/a for heating (a typical new home in the UK is likely to consume nearer 100kWh/m2/a) and annual heating bills are projected to be less than £65 (at standard occupancy maintained at 20 degrees centigrade in winter). This is achieved by high levels of insulation, overall negative psi values, triple glazing, Passivhaus sliding windows, draught free construction, and 92% efficient heat recovery ventilation. Summer comfort is maintained by blinds, natural ventilation, a well insulated structure, and two green roofs. Healthy air and water quality is prioritised by using non-toxic materials, heat recovery ventilation and water filtration for drinking and bathing. Mains water use is supplemented by an underground water harvesting tank providing water for irrigation. All junction details are designed to prevent thermal bridges and the results form part of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) energy calculations.
 
5: Project NameWelsh Passivhaus Prototypes
Dates: 2009 - 2010
Location: Ebbw Vale 
Gross Area: 100 to 249 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - General,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses,  Houses and Housing - Public Housing,  Houses and Housing - Sheltered Housing,  Houses and Housing - Special Needs Housing,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - General,  Urban Planning & Design
 
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Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Building Services Engineering,  Building Technology,  Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Competition Entries,  Construction Techniques,  Contract Administration,  Cost Estimating,  Design & Build,  Design for Special Needs,  Ecological Architecture,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Exhibition Design,  Feasibility Studies,  Financial & Development Analysis,  Full Architectural Service,  Fund Raising Advice,  Graphic Design & Illustration,  Interior Design,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Materials Advice,  Multi-disciplinary Consultancy,  Partnering,  Planning Applications,  Post Occupancy Evaluation,  Product Design,  Production Information,  Project Management,  Publicity Materials,  Research,  Rural Planning & Design,  Sustainable Design
 
Awards:
Constructing Excellence Awards 2011 - Winner
Sustainable Housing Social Housing Project of the Year 2011 - Winner
Inside Wales Property Awards 2011 - Winner
Constructing Excellence Wales 2011 - Innovation Winner
Constructing Excellence Wales 2011 - Exemplar
Description:
The Larch House is the UK's first zero carbon (code 6), low cost, Certified Passivhaus, built as prototype social housing and launched at this year's National Eisteddfod for Wales. Designed by bere:architects, the three bedroom house has been built 1000ft above sea level in an exposed and misty hilltop location in Ebbw Vale, Wales. In spite of this, most energy needs are met by heat from the sun, occupants and appliances. Indeed the Larch House generates as much energy from the sun in the summer months, from solar thermal and photovoltaic panels (with an estimated feed-in tariff of over £900 a year) as well as by glazing, as it uses for the whole year making it Zero Carbon by UK definition and showing how we can live comfortably with minimal impact on the natural world. The project utilises Welsh construction materials and has involved development of Welsh skills and training in advanced energy saving building techniques. The collaboration with a Welsh timber framing company, a Welsh main contractor, and United Welsh Housing Association has already achieved the UK's best air test for a free standing house with a result of 0.197 at 50 Pascals as measured by Paul Jennings, one of the UK£s most respected air testing specialists and surpasses the Passivhaus standard of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals. This result is over three times better than the minimum required by the Passivhaus Institute and right up there with the very best German results. It is about 50 times better than required under UK Building Regulations. This is all the more remarkable as this is the first time this Welsh partnership has ever attempted to achieve the Passivhaus standard. The whole project will be carefully monitored with research funding supported by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) with tenants moving in after the initial monitoring phase. This specific monitoring will enable us to analyse both the technical performance of the building and the level of satisfaction of the occupants. One spin off from this project has been the production of the UK£s first certified Passivhaus windows which were designed by bere:architects in collaboration with a Welsh timber joinery firm and installed in the neighbouring Lime House at Ebbw Vale. Another development is the possibility of a new Passivhaus low carbon timber research, training and testing centre currently at the early stages. The United Welsh Housing Association, partners in the project, would like to replicate the innovative features of this house in future affordable housing schemes, reducing their tenants£ household energy bills and protecting people from fuel poverty. It is important that we continue to build houses that incorporate sustainable features both in the finished product and in the building process. We are striving for a perfect balance; incorporating greener methods of building and offering benefits to tenants through lower energy bills and improved comfort.
 
6: Project NameFocus House
Dates: 2008 - 2009
Location: London 
Gross Area: More than 500 000 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - General
 
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Description:
RIBA London Awards Winner 2007 Grand Designs Awards Eco House of the Year 2007 British Homes Awards Small house of the year 2007 The second in a new series of ecologically advanced houses, this is a low-maintenance, low-energy, low-cost home in north London for a young couple and their children. It replaced a large Victorian property next door with a compact environment to suit contemporary needs. The house was built towards Passivhaus standards and used non-toxic materials, which ensures a supply of healthy air and water. Super-insulation, air-tight construction and solar thermal water heating, coupled with water filtration, heat recovery ventilation and solid-core wood construction, mean that the house has a low carbon footprint Energy preservation is a key element of sustainable living. It is one of the central principles in bere:architects’ choice of materials and design aesthetics: we combine ecological effectiveness with pleasing forms. All our buildings, both domestic and public, are intended to be exemplars in energy efficiency and to set precedents in sustainable and affordable design. We build to Passivhaus standards. Passivhaus is a German approach, defined by Wolfgang Feist, that requires a high level of insulation and an air-tight construction, and, to maintain a flow of fresh air, an efficient heat recovery ventilation system. This uses very little energy, and saves a lot of energy that would otherwise go to waste. Other forms of energy become viable alternatives to fossil fuels, meaning that zero-carbon building is achievable. It demands a particular approach to design and construction, and demands rigorous on-site testing during the building process. .
 
7: Project NameMonument Pavilion & adjacent public space
Dates: 2008 - 2009
Location: City of London 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - Monuments,  Community Participation,  Culture & Entertainment - General,  Culture & Entertainment - Visitors' Centres,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - General,  Landscaping - Parks,  Mixed Use Projects,  Urban Planning & Design
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Art & Architecture,  Brief Writing,  Building Services Engineering,  Building Technology,  Byelaw Requirements,  CAD Services,  Client Advisor,  Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Computer Graphics,  Conservation & Restoration,  Construction Techniques,  Contract Administration,  Cost Estimating,  Cultural Design Specialist,  Design & Build,  Design for Special Needs,  Design Management,  Ecological Architecture,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Feasibility Studies,  FFE (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment),  Full Architectural Service,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Materials Advice,  Model Making,  Project Management,  Sustainable Design,  Town Planning,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Description:
Our vision for the revitalisation of civic architecture places as much emphasis on improvements to existing infrastructure as on new build. We have consistently adhered to this principle in our work in both public and private sectors and on historic monuments. With each project we make a thorough analysis of social and demographic factors, and use durable, sustainable materials and construction techniques. We strive to create holistic, democratic solutions that are environmentally advanced in their use of energy. They also aim to challenge the traditional definitions of space; public v private, leisure v work. We believe that architecture can be a manifestation of civic pride. The restoration of the Monument, in the City of London, includes a new pavilion with automated public conveniences and staff facilities in a pedestrian square with a landscaped garden. Bere's designs for the pavilion and the paving use dark Caithness stone, the former made of cubes and encased in a sleek glass skin. The inspiration for the designs comes from the Monument itself, and the stone used is taken from cut-offs left over after paving the square. The 50 small panels of glass on the roof of the pavilion are tilted so that visitors at the top of the Monument see a shimmering reflection of the gold orb at its peak. The pavilion is a key element in the City of London's Street Scene Challenge, launched in 2003, to enhance the appearance, function and safety of the City's streets.
 
8: Project NameTower Gateway Station - Mansell Street entrance
Dates: 2002 - 2004
Location: London 
Gross Area: 5 000 to 9 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Government - Other Departments,  Landscaping - General,  Landscaping - Highways,  Transportation - General,  Transportation - Rail,  Transportation - Road,  Urban Planning & Design
 
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Art & Architecture,  Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Construction Techniques,  Contract Administration,  Contract Advice,  Cost Estimating,  Design Management,  Feasibility Studies,  Full Architectural Service,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Model Making,  Planning Applications,  Production Information,  Project Management,  Services Co-ordination,  Surveying,  Sustainable Design,  Town Planning,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Awards:
Selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
Description:
Transport and its infrastructure are an integral part of the built environment. They require specialist design skills to ensure durability and safety coupled with high aesthetic standards. Transport is a social and economic facilitator that connects people with places, and its architecture should make connections with its surroundings, whether upgrading existing facilities or creating new ones. Each of our transport projects has a design strategy for sustainability, passenger safety and comfort. This means that passengers have unhindered access to trains, buses and boats while ensuring maximum safety and a lasting infrastructure. Our redesign of the Mansell Street entrance of Tower Gateway station in east London regenerated its facilities and reduced crime and antisocial behaviour. The site, formerly a derelict piece of land between a bust road, a multi-storey car park and an elevated railway line, was heavily used by the public despite the risk of crime. The redesign improved the lighting, signage and street-level paving, removed hidden corners and introduced new wall surfaces discouraging vandalism. The result is an infinitely better public environment that is safe as well as aesthetically pleasing.
 
9: Project NameThames Riverside Walk & London Bridge Staircase
Dates: 2008 - 2015
Location: City of London 
Gross Area: More than 500 000 sqm 
Sectors:
Civic Building - General,  Community Participation,  Conservation - General,  Government - Other Departments,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - General,  Mixed Use Projects,  Urban Planning & Design
 
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Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Art & Architecture,  Community Planning & Participation,  Conservation & Restoration,  Construction Techniques,  Contract Administration,  Contract Advice,  Ecological Architecture,  Energy Surveys,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Feasibility Studies,  Full Architectural Service,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Master Planning,  Planning Applications,  Project Management,  Refurbishment,  Sustainable Design,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Description:
The City of London commissioned improvements to the North Thames Riverside Walk to improve access and create a better environment for wildlife. The Walk has panoramic views of the river and is made safer and more enjoyable for pedestrians with public access through gardens between Blackfriars Bridge and Tower Bridge, and a new staircase at St Magnus House. A new staircase at London Bridge will link pedestrians at bridge level with the new gardens of the Riverside Walk below, providing a clear destination from either direction and raised viewing platforms suspended dramatically over the water. The footbridge below is widened to create an unobstructed meeting point with views of the bridge above. Delicate woven stainless steel screens lend privacy to nearby offices and function as a windbreak.
 
10: Project NameShadwell DLR Station
Dates: 2008 - 2009
Location: London 
Gross Area: More than 500 000 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Conservation - General,  Government - Other Departments,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - General,  Mixed Use Projects,  Transportation - Rail,  Urban Planning & Design
 
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Description:
Transport and its infrastructure are an integral part of the built environment. They require specialist design skills to ensure durability and safety coupled with high aesthetic standards. Transport is a social and economic facilitator that connects people with places, and its architecture should make connections with its surroundings, whether upgrading existing facilities or creating new ones. Each of our transport projects has a design strategy for sustainability, passenger safety and comfort. This means that passengers have unhindered access to trains, buses and boats while ensuring maximum safety and a lasting infrastructure. Bere’s redesign of the neglected Shadwell DLR station will transform its entrances, concourse and streetscape. Part of a wider programme to improve links between the DLR and East London Line stations, the brief asked for a complete redesign that made it easier and safer for travellers, and a new lighting scheme. The scheme includes sustainable features, such as the disposal of rainwater through a ground water soakaway, and introduces retail space for local small businesses and a new arts programme to bring life to the space. The new materials introduced are durable and low-maintenance, and the coloured glazed facades give the station a distinct identity. Making the spaces open and widening the internal archway makes it easier for the public to find their way around, and a glazed kiosk improves security and generates activity on the concourse.