The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
The competition began in 1971 as the Carpenters’ Award and was rebranded in 2003 as the Wood Awards. The Awards have had an impact on the architectural and design landscape, becoming a ‘mark of excellence’ in wood with past Gold Award winners including Niall McLaughlin Architects, Foster+Partners and 6a architects.
The Awards’ elite independent judging panel of professional experts and specialists not only judges the submitted entries but visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards as meaningful and rigorous a competition as possible.
Big thank you to everyone involved in the project!
Wish us good luck!
We are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s Architect of the Year awards by Building Design, both in the Young Architect of the Year (the prestigious YAYA) and in the Small Projects Architects of the Year category. We are in amazing company for both shortlists and can’t wait for the ceremony in October.
Thank you to all our clients, consultants and team members over the last ten years, just being shortlisted is a massive achievement!
Read the full story HERE.
On Saturday the 27th June as part of the Digital London Festival of Architecture 2020, Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects will be hosting an online consultation day.
It will be a great opportunity for you to have a free 30 minute session with one of our team members to talk about a project that you might be planning for your home.
Whether you are considering adapting your home for remote working, you are tired of looking at your dreary old kitchen day after day or you are planning a big move or an ambitious new build project, we can offer you advice on design ideas, budget and timeline to help you get your plans kick-started.
We have secured planning permission for a renovation and extension to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Music Therapy Centre for Nordoff Robbins. It is the second time we have collaborated with the charity, after refurbishing their headquarters in London in 2018.
The centre will be expanded to provide an additional music therapy room and the exterior of the building will be improved with a new community garden and green roof canopy. Construction of the new centre is to start in the summer.
Delighted to see Two and A Half Storey House featured on Dezeen. Big thanks to our amazing clients, consultant and contractor team.
Two and a Half Storey House is our latest project that circumnavigates a local planning restriction by building a half height roof extension!
Dezeen is one of the most followed architecture platforms in the world.
See the full article here.
Our Trevelyan House project was beautifully featured in The Observer Magazine last Sunday alongside director Ewald and family, Louise and baby Maya.
The article discusses the clever ‘room within a room’ layout which changed the way the space feels dramatically, while in essence, retaining the original apartment layout of this Grade II listed Denys Lasdun brutal butterfly beauty.
Check out Ogee House in this weekend’s Sunday Times ‘Home’ section as part of ‘Home Improve’. The Times’ uses Ogee House as one of many beautiful, simple examples of single storey rear extensions to London terrace properties alongside the likes of Charlie Luxton Design, Mata Architects and Neil Dusheiko Architects.
The softly curved ceiling gets a special mention for its twist on the Victorian terrace extension, as well as the innovative reuse of the existing brickwork as a slip cladding for our Crouch End extension.
Have a look at the full article here.
Featured among 5 other beautiful projects by Dominic McKenzie Architects, Amos Goldreich Architecture, Giles & Pike Architects, The Vawdrey House and Office S&M, our project is described as a more-is-more fusion of art deco, steampunk and Bauhaus. We’ll take that as a review!
Check the full article here.
Our collaboration with interior designer, Katie McCrum has been featured in The Observer Magazine. We assisted Katie to spatially plan the architecture of her beautiful garden extension, brought to life with Katie’s exceptional eye and palette.
For the full article from the Observer, click here.
We are delighted to see a beautiful 11 page spread in Grand Designs Magazine’s Februrary 2019 issue on our Leytonstone House project.
With lots of full colour photos and an extensive explanation of the design and process – the article is a great overview of our clients fun, colourful home and their experience with BVDS.
Click here for the full article.
The article discusses the hotchpotch of different design ideas that can be found through the house. Along with the use of dramatic colours,” it is a joyful, fearless antidote to boring developer chic”
For the full article click here.
We received planning permission this week for our latest Stoke Newington project.
The refurbishment includes a stepped rear and side extension, which houses a crittal fronted pantry room opening onto a new open plan kitchen and a bespoke dining space with exposed timber ceiling structure and framed views to the garden.
The proposals also include an zinc-clad mansard loft extension with ensuite master bedroom and walk-in wardrobe.
Construction is due to begin later this summer.
We are very excited to announce the commencement of construction on our project at the Concert Artistes Association, a members club for entertainment professionals in Covent Garden. Established in 1897, this artistic club oozes warmth and history. We have been commissioned to upgrade of their home of over 50 years, which includes a bar and performance hall, highlighting the heritage and glamour of the club while also bringing it into the future with improved accessibility and way finding.
We are looking forward to working with our experienced project team; GMS Building Services Limited, Constant Structural Design, Optima Building Environmental Solutions, White and Lloyd, Quadrant Building Control and Goddard Consulting.
Alan was recognised for his beautifully detailed ply kitchen with navy blue fronts in the KBB Review category £30 – £50k. Congratulations to Alan and the team at Uncommon Projects on a deserved win!
Ewald and Jessica were on hand last Saturday at The Building Centre for free design surgery to advise and inspire Londoners looking to improve and not move! Run by New London Architecture.
These free consultations are a great chance for a chat with experienced refurbishment architects, set amongst the exhibition of the shortlisted DMI dwellings for 2019- delighted to be in the great company of some lovely firms like Archmongers and Con Form Architects.
Last night, we were delighted to attend the very busy Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Awards where our project Woodworker’s Studio was lucky enough to be shortlisted.
While we weren’t fortunate enough to pick up any of the awards it was wonderful to see our project in amongst such amazing competition. The very deserving winner of the main award was a beautifully repurposed Chapel by Craftworks featuring an amazing origami-like ceiling.
The Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 exhibition is on display at The Building Centre on Store Street until end March.
Following the airing of the first two episodes of Season 2 of Love Your Home and Garden at the end of last year – our directors George + Ewald are back on screen tonight on ITV1 to improve the family home of a very deserving family in Swindon.
George + Ewald, alongside fellow presenters, Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Rushworth and Kunle Barker transform Nina and Steve’s living spaces to make their home work better for them. With Nina and Steve both wheelchair users, George + Ewald’s reworked the layout of the home for ease of use, accessibility and link to the garden.
You can catch Love Your Home and Garden at 8pm tonight on ITV1. You can also read about the making of Episode 3 in George & Ewald’s blog here.
Woodworker’s Studio has received a special mention on Dezeen in their Don’t Move, Improve! announcing London’s best house extensions! We can’t wait for the full Don’t Move, Improve! exhibition, in the meantime, see the full Dezeen article here.
We’re thrilled to announce that Woodworker’s Studio has been shortlisted in the Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Awards. The shortlist sees an amazing line up of home extensions from architects around London. See the full shortlist here.
This evening you can see where our involvement with Love Your Home and Garden started a year ago as the first episode of the show to feature our Directors George + Ewald will be shown again at 8pm on ITV1.
In the show, you can see how George + Ewald transformed the home of Manisha, Rajeev and Aryan, who has cerebral palsy, to create a more open, accessible space and an easy route to the garden.
You can read about the full project and see photos of the finished home here.
You can also read a behind the scenes account of the design process on the two episodes of the most recent series of Love Your Home and Garden from George + Ewald in their blog here.
Following on from last week’s home and garden transformation, our Directors George + Ewald are back on screens tonight in ITV1’s Love Your Home and Garden, to improve the home of Anne & Mike.
At a time when more than 800,000 people now live in the UK with dementia, tonight’s episode will see George + Ewald, alongside fellow presenters, Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Rushworth and Kunle Barker transform Anne & Mike’s home to enable Mike, who has been living with dementia and Parkinson’s disease for the past 10 years, to get around his home and into his garden more easily and find comfort in a more dementia-friendly space.
The team will redesign the back of the property to give access to the garden with George + Ewald redesigning the confusing layout of the ground floor, putting in a new kitchen and widening the bedroom so it’s easier for Mike to get around and for the whole family to spend quality time together.
You can catch Love Your Home and Garden at 8pm tonight on ITV1. You can also read about the making of episode 1 in George & Ewald’s new blog here.
We are really excited to share the launch of our new Video log, staring our very own Directors, George + Ewald.
George + Ewald are passionate about architecture and how it can change lives. Through their new video log and blog – they want to share this passion and knowledge. George + Ewald will share behind the scenes details and stories from our projects as well as insights and tips that we hope you can take to your own design projects or to simply inspire you!
Please click below to hear more from George + Ewald about the motivation behind the video log:
Keep up to date with all of the latest videos from George + Ewald on their YouTube channel here.
Read our first blog post here for a behind the scenes look at the filming and home transformation featured in ITV1s Love Your Home & Garden.
We are delighted that our Directors George and Ewald will be back on our screens tonight presenting a second series of ITV1’s Love Your Home and Garden. Alongside fellow presenters, Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Rushworth and Kunle Barker, George and Ewald will transform the homes and gardens of deserving people across the country.
In the first episode, George and Ewald convert the home of Benita and her 15-year-old son Josh, who lives with multiple disabilities and uses a wheelchair. As it is, the house is challenging for them to live in and prevents them from doing the things they enjoy. Like any 15 year-old boy, Josh loves the outdoors but due to the layout and restrictions in his home, is unable to access parts of the house and can’t get into his garden meaning he is increasingly confined to the house. Benita loves cooking, but the kitchen is too small for her to be together with Josh.
In the programme, George and Ewald create a new layout in the semi-detached house so that Benita can wheel Josh from the front door out to the back garden with ease and relocate the previous tiny, inaccessible kitchen into a state of the art glasshouse so Benita and Josh can cook together for the first time.
‘Working on the show with Alan Titchmarsh and the team has been a real privilege for us as architects. We both believe in the power that good design has to change peoples’ lives. To transform the homes of families who have faced consistent challenges and to be able to empower them, through their newly designed homes to achieve independence, happiness and increased well-being/comfort is why we do what we do” George Bradley, Director
You can catch Love Your Home and Garden on ITV1 at 8pm on Tuesdays.
The shortlisted project is an award winning (RICS 2018) refurbishment of the world’s largest purpose-designed music therapy centre for Nordoff Robbins, housed within a 19th century substation in Hampstead London.
In the AJ Retrofit shortlist we are up against the big dogs in this award and are so happy to see Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre listed amongst some fantastic projects. This is a huge achievement for BVDS with AJ having a record breaking year with the number of entries. Winners will be announced on the 12th of September.
We’re over the moon to receive the RICS Regional Award in the category of Community Benefit for our project Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre. We were proud to be listed within a strong line up of great projects and architects for both the Community Benefit and the Design Through Innovation Category.
Big thanks go out to our fab clients Nordoff Robbins and our trusty team including Freeman Beesley, City Heights Construction, Constant Structural Engineers, Measur and Nick Whitaker Acoustic Consultants.