Signatory: Bristol Women in Business Charter

Congratulations on becoming a signatory to the new Bristol Women in Business Charter. We are delighted that you plan to make progress towards gender equality in your organisation. [...] Thank you for being part of the movement to make Bristol business gender equal, developing better business and improving the city for all those who live and work here.
— Bristol Women in Business Charter

Mark Affordable Housing wins Somerset LABC Award

Recently completed affordable rural housing designed by gcp Chartered Architects has won the ‘Best Affordable Housing’ category in the Somerset Local Authority Building Control Awards. The project, designed for South Western Housing Society and built by EG Carter Construction, provides 12 new homes for local families. gcp designed the homes to be comfortable and cheap to run, incorporating high levels of insulation with heating and hot water provided by ground-sourced heat pumps. Residents will enjoy low energy costs from a simple technology that is easy to operate and maintain.

Winner – Best Affordable Housing

Winner – Best Affordable Housing

Spencer and Norton get new lease of life

gcp are working for specialist contractor Rateavon on this is an external restoration project for two early 1960’s Bristol City Council tower blocks in sight of St Mary Redcliffe. This scheme includes window replacement, new roofing and complete redecoration.

Working within the constraints of two adjacent conservation areas, colour options to change the identity of the blocks away from established colour palette normally associated with affordable housing in the city have been carefully considered and discussed with the council’s conservation and planning officers before offering then to residents for comment.

Spencer and Norton are the 6th set of tower blocks we have worked on in the city since 2015 and over that time we have developed a detailed understanding of the issues associated with refurbishing these iconic buildings.

A planning application will be made before end of 2018 and works started October 2018 and are scheduled for completion by November 2019.

Spencer House from Bedminster Bridge roundabout

Spencer House from Bedminster Bridge roundabout

Handover at Mark, Somerset

Our latest rural housing scheme was handed over this week at Mark, Somerset.

The 10 new homes for South Western Housing Society are located on the edge of the village and form a lovely courtyard development providing a range of homes that include bungalows, houses and apartments, to cater for a range of housing needs.

The development is already fully let to people from the local area - excited to be moving in to these light and spacious homes. The development has been constructed by EG Carter Construction with a really excellent standard of finish. The homes have heating and hot water provided by Ground-Source Heat Pumps; which will keep energy costs to a minimum.

This development provides an excellent benchmark for affordable rural housing.


Welcome Olia Kyritsi!

gcp is pleased to welcome Olia Kyritsi to the team!

Olia is a Chartered Architect, with 5 years working experience on residential, retirement living and commercial schemes, work spaces and leisure centres.

She holds a MArch from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSC on Environmental Design of Buildings from the Welsh School of Architecture.

Both she and Matt Bonney join at the start of a busy - and exciting - summer period for gcp.


Welcome Matt Bonney!

gcp is pleased to welcome Matt Bonney to the team!

Matt is a recently qualified architect who previously worked for 360 Architecture in Glasgow. He graduated from Strathclyde University in 2016, where his studies focused on developing sustainable buildings with inter-seasonal energy storage.

Next stage for Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park funding application!

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park has been invited by the Rural Development Programme to the next stage of grant funding application, which will help to provide new and improved facilities at the park. We’re excited to continue supporting Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park in this, with the detailed application due in late September.

gcp working with the ECB

gcp are working with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), to support the delivery of their recently launched 11-point action plan to better engage with South Asian communities, which aims to diversify the game, remove barriers to participation and use cricket to make a positive difference to society.

Through the creation of the action plan, ECB identified that the most significant barrier to South Asian participation is limited access to cricket facilities in urban areas – where the vast majority of these communities live.  To address this, ECB plans to provide year-round access to facilities, tackling the challenges of availability, quality and cost, by installing affordable community cricket facilities in urban locations where demand is highest.  A key component of this action, is the piloting of three indoor Urban Cricket Centres during the next two years, with the ambition of creating more than 20 Centres over the next five years.

gcp have worked alongside ECB to develop the Urban Cricket Centre delivery model, and Ridge and Partners have worked with gcp and ECB to advise on costs.

This exciting opportunity follows up on gcp’s previous work with the ECB to develop the technical guidance note for indoor cricket facilities.

20+ new Urban Cricket Centres to be developed by 2024

Building on Quality

You'll know from previous blog posts and correspondence that gcp are really proud of our Quality and Environmental Management System. We are committed to continually improving our systems and procedures. At the core of this is a drive to be innovative, efficient and forward-facing - we are dedicated to a high standard of customer service.

Following on from the integration of ISO14001 to our system in 2016, we have just completed a successful transition audit for ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 in line with the new Annexe SL format.

This continues a long-running history of successful compliance audits and builds on a continued desire for this system to be a robust management tool.

We would like to thank all members of staff, who always approach audits with diligence and good humour; continuing to be at the heart of the extended success of our system.

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Consultations for 185 new homes in Lawrence Weston

gcp have been appointed by Curo Group to develop proposals for two large residential developments in Lawrence Weston, which will deliver 185 new homes in this part of the city. The proposals at Henacre Road and Corbet Close will provide a mix of new homes for sale, affordable rent and shared ownership. Lawrence Weston is one of the first areas in the city to have adopted its own Neighbourhood Development Plan and both sites are key to delivering the residential objectives of this plan.

Having had detailed discussions with Ambition Lawrence Weston; the local neighbourhood planning group, the proposals were presented to the wider community at two separate open consultations in March. The proposals were generally well received with useful feedback and comments from the local community – with a lot of interest expressed in the opportunity that new affordable homes for sale and shared ownership will give to local families.

Further details of the consultations for Corbet Close and Henacre Road are available on the Curo Developments pages at

Careful inspection of proposals at a well-attended consultation

Careful inspection of proposals at a well-attended consultation

Consultation boards set up & ready to receive feedback at Corbet Close

Consultation boards set up & ready to receive feedback at Corbet Close