Living As We Work

January 2018

Martin, an architect here at Millar + Howard Workshop has been telling of his experience building his own home in a community-focused residential scheme designed by Stride Treglown architects.

325 Fishponds Road is a pilot project for Bristol Community Land Trust with the aim of creating a truly affordable communal housing scheme for their members, while giving them an active role in the design and construction process.

Read Stride Treglown's interview with Martin here

Image courtesy of Stride Treglown

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Best Passive House from Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating magazine awards

November 2017

We're really chuffed with this award. Attaining Passivhaus Certification was an achievement in itself but for the design of the house within that to be recognised is brilliant. PassivHaus is an engineering standard and the fact that is so rigorously audited is its great strength. The downside (sometimes) is that Passivhauses can look as if nothing other than engineering has gone into the design. What is wonderful about the treehouse is that it demonstrates what’s possible when adopting a broader, more balanced approach.

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Tomas Millar Shares Knowledge at RIBA Guerrila Tactics Conference

November 2017

One of our founding directors Tomas Millar shared his knowledge of cutting edge technologies which help him design and commuinicate more effectively with clients with attendees at the RIBA's Guerrila Tactics Conference. 

Aimed at small architect practices, the conference gave Tomas the opportunity to share his entusiasim for developing VR and photogramatry technologies which have enhanced the design capability for the whole practice and helped clients understanding of their future space.  

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Treehouse Dursley Recognised with CPRE Award

October 2017

We really believe in the work the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) do, so for one of our projects, the Dursley Treehouse, to be recognised with a CPRE Award feels amazing.

They describe is as a "town centre energy neutral family home, preserving the natural environment, recycling materials imaginatively, using a derelict sire in an innovative manner, supported by the local community". 

We'd like to add "winning collaboration with Stroud District Council and utterly dedicated clients".

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Winner of Build It Magazine Best Self-Build Architect

September 2017

Thrilled to be winners of Build It Magazine's Best Self-Build Architect for our Dursley Treehouse project. 

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Dursley Treehouse Officially Certified Passivhause

September 2017

Dursley Treehouse has been certified by the Passivhause Institut.

Achieving Passivhause status is largely due to building owners Jon & Noreen's unwaivering passion for an ecologically sound home. There were several issues posed by structural design, building material and building layout which we managed to overcome by closely collaborating with expertise from strucural engineers Structual Solutions and energy consultants Greenguage

Gaining such an accolade is an incredible achievement for any building but for this complex build is particularly satisfying.

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Kiln Green gets Planning Permission

August 2017

Kiln Green, a large extension to a farmhouse in Iscoyd, gained planning permission today.

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Horsley Hill Emerges

August 2017

Horsley Hill, a new build home in the Stroud Valleys, is making good progress this summer and is nearing completion.

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MHW Design Circus Skills Training Facility

July 2017

A planning application has been submitted today for the only purpose built circus skills school in the UK.

The proposals for the transformation of the New Mercury Building in Cinderford, Gloucestershire will include an additional space which celebrates light, height and movement for a locally celebrated circus school and other performance arts users run by Artspace Cinderford.

The expression of structure is as much about suspending the acrobats as it is about holding up the building. With an emphasis on natural light and ventilation, we've incorporated internal side balconies to the new training space to give the feeling of watching from within the gantry while simultaneously creating a performance space adding flexibility to the utilisation of the building as a whole.

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Northfield House gets Planning Permission

July 2017

Planning has now been granted for a new home to be built on the site of an abandoned, corregated iron shack on a residential road in Tetbury. 

The new four bedroom house, designed in a contemporary vernacular, is set around a courtyard to maximise the space available on the plot. It allows for large, light spaces which connect and flow with each other as well as the garden which surrounds the building. The use of local stone together with glass and a roof of standing seam sheet metal (a reference to the corrugated roof on the original house) means the proposed building will sit comfortably in its setting: a synchronous addition which blends well with surrounding historical buildings and landscaping. 


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Old Meeting House Features in Evening Standard

July 2017

The Old Meeting House featured in the Evening Standard this week, a converted 18th century chapel for artisan  silversmith Hal Messel. See the article here.

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The photos are taken by Julia Murphy and are subject to copyright.

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Woodlands gets Planning Permission

June 2017

Millar Howard Workshop have gained planning permission for a new home skilfully hidden into the sloping garden of an existing house in rural Gloucestershire. The three bedroom home was designed to be hidden from its neighbours yet maximise the views over a garden and valley beyond for its residents.



Building a School in Ghana

May 2017

Two of our team recently ventured to Kokrobite, a fishing village in Ghana where the local Kokrobite Chiltern Centre is busy building classrooms from used plastic water bottles. Rachel and Rosalyn were able to learn the method of filling the bottles with sand and laying them with laterite, a sandy cement to form the walls of buildings. They hope to use this experience to help generate a future design for Kokrobite. 


Rachel and Rosalyn employed the photoscanning technique we use on most of our projects to generate a 3D model of the bottle building currently under construction which will allow them to re-visit the site in our Chalford office.



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Conversion of a Derelict Mill Building gets Planning Permission

May 2017

Planning Permission has been granted for the conversion of an derelict existing mill building into a residential dwelling on an unusual site framed by two braids of the River Frome.

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Preston Mill Completed

May 2017

Preston Mill, a project designed using our small projects service was completed this week.

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Incorporating an Art Collection into the design of Franaker

April 2017

Millar Howard Workshop teamed with interior designer Siobhan Loates Design to complete work on an extension and home renovation which incorporated artworks including paintings, sculptures and ceramics from a variety of eras and artistic styles.

The collection of largely contemporary pieces, all of which is the client's own, has been successfully incorporated into both the building and interior design to be a prominent feature of the new and existing rooms.

Bespoke shelving was designed to accommodate some sculptures and objects while some of the colours were inspired by the paintings. 

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Old Forge Nears Completion

April 2017

Our project, the Old Forge nears practical completion

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Old Meeting House features in Architectural Digest

March 2017

Old Meeting House featured in Architectural Digest: "The Incredible Live Work Space of One Silversmith in the English Countryside." Read the full article here:

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Rees Farm Site Visit

February 2017

Rees Farm, a replacement dwelling in Gloucestershire, materialises on site.

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Hotel submitted for planning

December 2016

Our 28 bedroom hotel and dining pavilion project on the Fosse Way has been submitted for planning.

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Stroud Valley Scouting & Community Centre Submitted for Planning

December 2016

The project involves the construction of a replacement scout hut and the refurbishment of a Grade 2 Listed "Explorers Den" building along with extensive landscaping to enhance the site for the Scout Group.

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Visit to Harleywood House after Completion

November 2016

We took a visit to Harleywood House today after its recent completion to see how it was settling into the landscape. You can read more about the house on our website.


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Permitted Development Design Approved

October 2016

The Hockett, a single storey dwelling extension situated near Henley on Thames has been approved under permitted development.

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Dursley Treehouse Featured on Grand Designs

September 2016

Our Dursley Treehouse has been featured on Grand Designs.  The brief for the house was to gain planning permission for this unusual site which had twice before been refused planning for conventional houses. The client wanted a dwelling that was very sensitive to both the immediate surroundings of the site and the wider, local community. The client was also adamant that the impact of the house on it's site should be very low and be as environmentally sound as possible.

Office Site Visit

September 2016

The whole office had a site visit to our Rees Farm project today

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Elmore Court Tour by Tomas Millar for RIBA Gloucestershire

July 2016

Tomas Millar gave a tour of our award winning Gillyflower building at Elmore Court to RIBA members today. This event was kindly sponsored by the RIBA local initiative fund.

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Virtual Reality Demostration for RIBA Gloucestershire

July 2016

Tomas Millar also gave a demonstration of our pioneering Virtual Reality designs to RIBA Gloucestershire members after their tour of Elmore Court.

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M+HW Submit Entry for Forest Green Rovers Stadium Competition

May 2016

Millar + Howard workshop have submitted an entry for the design of the new Forest Green Rovers Stadium.

Our design came from combining the beautiful surrounding landscape in which the stadium would nestle with the anticipation and excitement gained from entering a football stadium before a match.

The stadium would sit on rammed earth mound to provide a rake for the seating, and fans would enter through tunnels and elevated walk ways to experience or admire the woodland setting of the stadium.

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Barn Conversion Nears Completion

April 2016

North Ecchinswell Barns nears completion on site

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Planning Permission Granted on Blackwell Meadows

April 2016

Full Planning Permission has been granted on Blackwell Meadows Barns.

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Treberron Hand Over

April 2016

Handover on Treberron Farm happened today, the sympathetic residential conversion and restoration of barns arranged around a large courtyard.


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Handover at Beaudesert Park School Library

January 2016

Beaudesert Park School Library finished handover today

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Millar + Howard Workshop Win RIBA Award

May 2015

We are proud to announce that Millar + Howard Workshop have won an RIBA award for The Gillyflower at Elmore Court.  Tom, Tomas and Milo were joined by Ans and Sarah who own Elmore Court and John and Ken who built The Gillyflower for the award ceremony in Bath.