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3W

UK ARCHITECTURE/ MIPIM 2006

3W is an innovative, design-led practice working a wide range of fields.

It provides the most suitable and sustainable architectural solutions with a rigorous approach to production and implementation. A15-strong practice with offices in London and Bristol, 3W is available to carry out work throughout Europe.

A brief look at a handful of 3W's current and recent projects demonstrates the diverse sectors in which the company works, which include education, housing, mixed-use, offices, student accommodation, retail, and leisure.

In Bristol, a continuing mixed-use scheme for Mail Marketing includes the reconfiguration and extension of an existing industrial warehouse into 250 residential units, a newbuild 121-unit very-sheltered housing block and the reinstatement of the street along West Street. 3W sees the whole development as a walled hilltop town, a collection of buildings of differing scales and functions linked by streets, colonnades and squares.

It has looked at a number of Tuscan villages as models.

Won in a two-stage competition, Pavilion Parade in Brighton is another notable new mixed-use project. Key drivers for this doctor's surgery and apartment building were to produce a buildable, sustainable and economic development, responding to local context and scale as well as exploiting the outstanding views of the sea and the Royal Pavilion opposite.

The layering of Regency terraced facades has been reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion using the steel balconies, balustrades and glazing. Fully glazed winter gardens at the lower floors along Pavilion Parade provide a buffer zone between inside and out. They reduce road noise and pre-heat ventilation air.

3W's scheme at Westbourne Grove in Bristol (2003-2004) won the National Homebuilders Design Award for the best small housing development. It comprises 14 two-bedroom flats in a development in Bedminster, . The development is in a conservation area and adjacent to a listed building. The design maximises the plan form while retaining a sense of spaciousness.

The flats are timber-framed with a rendered blockwork outer skin.

Bristol City Council now uses the development as a precedent for future development in the area.

An unusual recent residential project was Jessops Farm in Horsham. This contemporary country house for a sculptor was designed as a showcase for the client's collection of boats and sculpture. Resting lightly on a reflecting pool, and built into the natural slope of the farm, the enclosure houses a full-size collection of boats, that are used as bedrooms and are linked by series of suspended slender ramps. Construction materials include concrete, local stone and coppiced hazel. Ancillary accommodation includes a biomass CHP which provides heat and power, and is contained within the insulating earth mound at the rear of the house.

Contact: Stuart Walker, 3W, Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, tel 020 7835 5552, fax 020 7835 5525, email mail@3w. org, website www.3w. org

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