Award-winning architects in South West England
more about us…
This architectural practice was established in 1973 by partners James Bruges and Howard Tozer. In 1993 Nigel Honer became principal. Richard Swann joined in 1990 and became practice principal in 2013 on Nigel’s retirement. Katy Duke joined the practice in 2014.
Richard has now been with the practice for over twenty five years, overseeing all the recent award winning projects. The practice has moved from its origins in central Bristol to environmentally benign pv powered offices in Beckington, Somerset. Our ability and focus on satisfying our clients brief with thoughtful and delightful buildings is stronger than ever.
In May 2016 the practice became a limited company – Swann Ltd. (company number 09997335) trading as Bruges Tozer Architects.
Concept, design and construction information is based on ArchiCAD’s advanced BIM software, to create the Virtual Building which generates all building data, fully IFC compliant. All technical, architectural and administrative staff follow an ISO9001 compatible Q.A. and Procedures Manual, RRA and DDA policies are established for staff selection. Resources from the National Building Specification and a comprehensive Technical Library are used on each project.
Professional Indemnity Insurance is £1 million.
The creation of a place that will inspire the people who use it to a more enjoyable, effective and sustainable way of life. Each architectural project is treated as a unique response to its needs, site and resources; often provoking innovative solutions. Value for money, sustainability, energy conservation and inspirational surroundings, are the aspiration of our designs, derived from a team approach of client and designers.
We enjoy a varied spectrum of architectural design from private housing to urban developments. As well as private individuals, Clients include Community Organizations, National Property Companies, Local Authorities, Housing Associations and National Contractors, usually in Frome and the South West.
Projects include restoration of derelict buildings, new houses, repairs and adaption of listed and modern structures, regeneration of housing estates, community facilities in socially challenging environments, Council one-stop shops, offices & space planning.
We aim to create places that will inspire the people who use them to a more enjoyable, effective and sustainable way of life. Each project is treated as a unique response to its needs, site and resources; often provoking innovative solutions. Value for money, sustainability, energy conservation and surroundings are the inspiration of our designs, derived from a team approach of client and designers. Projects are mostly in Wiltshire & Somerset.
We have experience of designing low energy, environmentally conscious buildings over many years. The Avon & Somerset Police Headquarters Operational Offices, which was designed to use natural cooling rather than air-conditioning, one of the first modern office buildings in the UK to use this technique. In 1997 we won an International competition to design and build a public demonstration house encompassing all aspects of sustainable living, the CREATE Ecohome. In 2010 we were awarded the UK Green Building Council ‘Sustainable Housing Project of the Year’ for the Threshold Centre. In both 2013 & 2014 we were awarded Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment & Architectural Heritage.
Recent projects have included the use of Passive Solar, Solar Thermal, PV, Water Turbines and ground source Heat Pumps to supplement the low energy strategy. Projects are mostly in Wiltshire, Somerset & Avon.
We model buildings in 3D from the start and therefore effectively model the impact on a site or neighbour, and can offer accurate visualisations and photo montages at each stage of the design process. We use ArchiCAD for this and can readily integrate our drawings with service engineers and structural engineers.
We have developed in-house expertise in assessing energy performance and suitability of renewables on each project early in the design process. We ensure the buildings use of resources have a minimal environmental footprint and cost. We follow The Natural Step approach to the use of resources, preferring to use natural, renewable materials wherever possible with a minimum of processing. Consumption of water, energy & resources during the life of the building are of primary concern.
Our offices in converted farm buildings near Frome are mostly powered by a p.v. array, depending on the sun! We live close to our offices to minimize our carbon emissions. We minimise our resource use, recycle paper and use electronic contract documents whenever possible. Office cars are hybrids or run on LPG.