Progress on Passivhaus Council Housing in North Bristol

Work is progressing fast on our three new build council housing projects for Bristol City Council. The develoment will be Bristol's first Passivhaus housing. These new housing projects will provide twenty units with a mix of one-bedroom flats and two-bedroom bungalows. It was important that the projects had a simple and robust fabric-first approach to reducing energy use and were easy to use and maintain. The Passivhaus approach offered a way to reduce energy use, address issues of fuel poverty and provide a comfortable internal environment with good air quality.


Progress at Triley Court

Work is progressing well with Brownfield Green's development at Triley Court in the Black Mountains. The project involves the conversion of a Grade II Listed former nursing home into 10 houses including this new low energy courtyard house which is built into the hillside.


Elberton Planning Submitted

Our proposal for four new low energy rural houses has been submitted for planning. The four houses are arranged around an open shared paddock. We have examined local farm building typologies in developing the design.

A Time for Place

Emmett Russell Architects will be discussing our Lawrenny Sustainable Housing at the annual conference of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales in December. The 2016 conference is entitled 'A Time for Place' and is dedicated to place-making, exploring the principles of place planning and urbanism and celebrating the best examples in the UK and beyond.

Southsea Frame

The team at Southsea are making great progress on the construction of our development of retirement housing for McCarthy & Stone.

Arnolfini Symposium

We will be discussing the work of the practice at the "Design Thinking : Emerging Practice" Symposium at the Arnolfini in Bristol on 9th November.

Wendover Nearing Completion

Our development at Winterton House Wendover for Mccarthy and Stone is almost complete with the first apartments now occupied.

Southsea Progress

Our seafront apartment building for McCarthy & Stone is making excellent progress. The second floor slab is currently being cast.

Lawrenny Public Consultation

Our proposals for new sustainable housing for the village of Lawrenny in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is currently out for public consultation.

Latest Progress for New Build Council Homes

Our three Passivhaus projects for Bristol City Council are making great progress. The timber frame is up at Satchfield Crescent and is starting to emerge at Peverell Drive.

Romilly Quarter, Barry wins RICS Award

Our church conversion on Porthkerry Road in Barry has won the 2016 RICS award for best residential development in Wales. The citation states "The Romilly Quarter scheme saw a Victorian former Methodist church and Sunday school hall, both Grade II listed, turned into 11 imaginative homes. The development has brought to life an historic building and demonstrates being environmentally friendly usage and energy efficiency, while preserving and enhancing a well-loved local landmark".

New Build Council Housing Starts on Site

Our project for new build council housing built to passivhaus standard has now started on site. The project will deliver 20 new homes across three sites in North Bristol.

Lawrenny Progress

After a seven year hiatus we are really excited to be moving forward again with our proposals for sustainable housing in Lawrenny Pembrokeshire. The development will incorporate a biomass community heating system, workshop units, a new village square as well as 32 new houses.

Wendover Construction Progress

Work is progressing fast on our project at Winterton House, Wendover. The development of 21 retirement homes for McCarthy & Stone will be completed later this year.

Scout Hut Completed

Construction of this new scout hut in Bristol has jsut been completed. The Hut was the result of a long term collaboration with a dynamic and proactive community group to provide a much needed new space for local children.

Romilly Quarter Church Conversion Complete

The conversion of the Listed Church at Portkerry Road in Barry is now complete with all houses sold

Roomily Quarter Wins RICS National Award

Our Romily Quarter Development for Brownfield Green has won the RICS 2016 national award for Best Residential Development. Details can be seen on the RICS website:


Rose House Cover Story

Rose House was featured in Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine's October Issue

Southsea Apartments

Planning was granted earlier this year for this development of 96 flats on the seafront in Southsea for retirement home developer McCarthy & Stone. We are currently working away on construction drawings for the project.

Green Council Homes in the Green Capital

Emmett Russell Architects have submitted planning applications for three developments of new build council homes for Bristol City Council. In keeping with the City's ambitions as European Green Capital, the housing has all been designed to Passivhaus Standards. The three sites are located in the Henbury and Brentry areas of the city. The developments form part of Bristol City Council’s New Build Council Housing Programme which aims to deliver 1000 new council homes over the next 15 years on housing infill sites.