Halsall Charity Bike Ride

Jeremy & Colin joined in on Halsall Constructions charity bike ride last week. A total of £1,100 was raised from this event in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.

DfS Project Published in ICE Civil Engineering Journal

Further to our post in November 2016 regarding gcp's support on this project, please find attached the updated version.

Design for Health Task Group

gcp have been invited to be part of a body of industry experts advising the Constructing Excellence, Construction Clients Group. gcp will be working alongside organisations including Safety in Design, Mace, HSE, Land Securities, Imperial College, Jaguar Landrover, Skanska and others.

The CCG Health and Safety Group have recognised that Clients and Designers can do more to put health at the forefront of their considerations and have recommended the establishment of a task group to move this forward. The purpose of this Group is to equip clients with what they need to specify to achieve the highest standards for Health & Safety during decision making and design, by setting clear expectations to the industry.
— gcp blog post, November 2016

Join our team! Wanted: Part-time Administrative Assistant

We are looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks, providing general office administration and support.

Part-time: 10am – 2pm, 3 or 4 days per week. Up to £17,500 (pro rata, per annum), fixed term maternity cover.

Closing date: 26 April 2017. All successful candidates will be contacted by 4 May 2017 to arrange an interview. Interviews week commencing 8 May. Please contact Natalie Lock on mail@gcparch.co.uk to request further information or an application form.


CV’s alone will not be accepted. No agencies please.

Throwback Thursday: West Street, Bedminster

The West Street project began in 2010, as a collaboration with Knightstone Housing Association and gcp Chartered Architects. The scheme trained homeless ex-service personnel to build a community, gain new skills and qualifications and meet like-minded people. The Homes and Communities Agency provided £660,000 of funding to help kick-start the project, which features 14 homes for social rent.
— Community Self Build Agency, Projects

Handing over at Cotford St Luke, Taunton

Handing over at Cotford St Luke, Taunton; the first tenants cut the ribbon on their new homes.

gcp worked with South Western Housing Society and Kier Living to design and deliver 28 affordable homes on this sensitive site. The opening was attended by Local and Parish Councillors and SWHS Board Members.

Feedback on the design was very positive. Particular features commented on were: spacious design, positive relationships to neighbouring properties and integration into the structure and character of Cotford.

Colin Powell speaking @ Low Carbon Business Breakfast

Colin Powell of gcp is speaking at the following event next week !


Low Carbon Business Breakfast - Lessons in Domestic Efficiency


7:45 am – 10:30 am, Tuesday 21st February 2017, the Future Economy Centre, Bristol


Domestic housing presents a potential opportunity for national CO2 savings of 20% and currently accounts for 30% of all energy use, but housing stock contains almost infinite variations. What has been learnt from past measures, what is being utilised currently and where is domestic efficiency heading?


Book your space here

Successful pre-completion air-testing

Successful pre-completion air-testing today at our Stoke Bishop low energy project; achieving 0.68 air change per hour - well below our EnerPHit target of 1.0.

Another success for the Nudura ICF construction method and the care taken installing gcp’s carefully considered air tightness detailing.

Wanted: Architects + Part 2 Architectural Trainees

gcp would be pleased to receive applications for minimum 4 days per week or full time employment from part 2 qualified architectural trainees or fully qualified architects. 

Experience of designing multiple unit schemes in the affordable housing and open market sectors and experience of revit would be desirable. 

Keenness to design and have direct client contact as well as the enthusiasm to run small teams will be important.

Rates of pay will be subject to circumstances and experience. 

In the first instance, please e mail jeremy.pilling@gcparch.co.uk with a cv and examples of some recent work.

No agencies please.

Certified for AECB CarbonLite Retrofit

gcp director Colin Powell was among the first group of students undertaking (and passing) the new AECB CarbonLite Retrofit training course developed to deliver robust low energy retrofit solutions for existing buildings.

AECB CarbonLite includes detailed understanding of the moisture risks in existing building retrofits and the particular requirements for servicing in existing buildings. With this qualification Colin will be able to certify projects under the AECB CarbonLite scheme.

Completion: Waste Transfer Depot, Gossington

Tercon Ltd have just completed a new domestic waste transfer station for Stroud District Council at Gossington.  The project involved the construction of a new 1,200m2 high bay sorting area with a single storey office facility.  An existing transport workshop on the site has also been refurbished as well as the completion of an extensive external works package.  gcp chartered Architects supported Tercon Ltd through the construction phase of the project which is due to be open for business in the new year.

Do you want a low energy, low impact building?

If the answer is yes then gcp Chartered Architects recommend the AECB as a fantastic source of information and guidance. As members of the AECB and certified PassivHaus Designers gcp are ideally placed to assist in delivering both new and refurbished low energy buildings to the AECB Silver standard.