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APRIL 2022

We are proud to join the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge. In the summer of 2019, the RIBA joined the global declaration of an environment and climate emergency. Climate change and the inequalities of its consequences are the biggest challenges facing the world today.


It is vital that all sectors shoulder their responsibility to minimise their contributions to climate change and limit global warming to within 1.5°C rise. The costs of failing to do so are high. The remaining 9 years until 2030 play a critical role in achieving this ambition, but the journey doesn’t end there. Meeting the UK Government legislated net zero goal by 2050, means that the construction industry, alongside other sectors, must deliver an unprecedented programme of carbon reduction.

The Challenge The RIBA has developed voluntary performance targets for operational energy use, water use and embodied carbon. These performance targets have been developed in consultation with other professional UK construction bodies and align with the future legislative horizon. They set out challenging but achievable trajectory to realise significant reductions necessary by 2030 in order to have a realistic prospect of achieving net zero carbon for the whole UK building stock by 2050. 

Further information on the 2030 Climate Challenge can be found here RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge

We are excited to be starting our first project to meet the 2030 Climate Challenge - watch this space!


MARCH 2022

The specialist thatching contractor has completed his work on the renovation of the stunning 16th century listed cottage located in Oxhill. When the builders cleaned up the stonework, one of the stones was packed with fossils as shown below. A fascinating historical find.......


A full case study of the project can be found here. Please click on the link below to see the full PDF

Oxhill Case Study



We are delighted to introduce another detailed case study, highlighting the extensive tange of projects we cover. This case study outlines this rear extension and front porch extension at Hampton Lucy, please click on the link below for the full PDF.

Hampton Lucy Case Study





We are currently working on a garden room and landscape design project to  large detached house with a large south facing garden.  The design uses the same materials internally and externally to create flow between the internal and external spaces.  The levels in the garden have been graded to provide gently sloping planting beds and pergola planting to provide summer shade to the outdoor seated kitchen area. The proposed design includes a number of adaptations to mitigate climate change, for example use of native planting species and use of planting to provide summer shade.

The modern garden room design includes a overhanging roof for additional summer shading to the property and to integrate the extension to the existing property.



We have been project managing a scheme to provide a range of improvements to a stunning grade II listed 17th century cottage located in Oxhill. The scheme involved coordinating a number of specialist contractors to provide services. To date, the stove has been installed making the cottage warm and cosy over the winter months. The builder has completed remedial works to the chimney and we are currently waiting for the master thatcher to become available to complete the project.



We have created a range of case studies detailing the wide range of projects we work on. Please click on the links below  to see the full PDF.

Brailes School Case Study                            Heritage Building Signage Case Study


Shipston residential Case Study                   Welford residential Case Study



We are delighted to introduce this stunning new advert. Created for the Stratford Herald's Shipston Victorian Evening feature this advert is aimed at supporting and assisting our local clients.



Busy times ahead - we are busy completing survey's on our new commissions, undertaking a defects inspection at Brailes School, preparing tender documents and organising contractors for a residential project. 


Stolwood Architects are expanding! Commercial architecture is the primary activity in Stolwood Architect's office in Coventry.

Situated in Friar's House in the centre of Coventry and close to Coventry Railway Station, we undertake commercial architecture projects both large and small, and for all sizes of businesses and organisations.


Our Coventry team provides exceptional customer service for commercial projects and we can design, plan and deliver architectural solutions for your organisation.

Creative and innovative design is what we specialise in at Stolwood Architects in Coventry. You can rely on us to take care of every aspect of your commercial requirements, from health and safety to buildings regulations.

Every type of project from structural alterations to planning interior space and all handled by our Coventry architectural practice. You want your project delivered on time and to budget; so put your project in the hands of our chartered architects and you'll get peace of mind, as well as an exceptional end result.





We have begun work on an exciting barn project this month. The Mistals is one of two rebuilt barns completed in 1992.  Stolwood Architects have been appointed by the client to provide easy access to full bathroom facilities on the ground floor, because the only existing facility is a toilet situated in the utility room.  The clients have lived in the property since 1999 and wish to continue living in the property maintaining an independent lifestyle in the long term.  





JUNE 2021

Another heritage project this month.....assisting the clients applying for Listed Building Consent on this beautiful 17th century Grade II listed cottage located in Oxhill Conservation Area. The cottage requires remedial work to the thatching and heating system, Stolwood Architects are going to project manage the whole scheme, taking the stress away from the clients.


MAY 2021

We have begun our fantastic schools marketing campaign. Using our shiny new postcards to send to local schools, which highlight our fabulous Early Year Extension scheme at Brailes C of E Primary School, we are aiming to develop links with local schools to assist them with future developments.



APRIL 2021

We have begun work on many exciting new projects, including this stunning Grade II listed cottage in Shotteswell, where we are applying for Listed Building Consent for a cellar conversion.



MARCH 2021

In 2019 we were commissioned to design a new 26m² classroom extension to the existing early years space at Brailes C of E Primary School.


The classroom had a large, covered outdoor area which was cluttered and unusable, the brief was to create this into a new outdoor classroom canopy area for outdoor learning and add a new disabled access ramp.  The brief also included internal alterations to include accessible shower, WC and changing area.

 We designed the extension and after approval by the school, it was submitted for planning approval by Stratford DC. Once planning approval was gained the Building Regulations application was submitted, contractor appointed….. And then an unknown/unplanned element hit…. A global pandemic! Obviously this caused considerable delays to the whole process – e.g. sourcing materials, construction workers self isolating…… but we got there in the end and the results are fantastic!


Yet more planning applications.... including this exciting barn conversion scheme at Bishop's Ichington.  The client wishes to take advantage of the stunning views from the property, therefore we created an upside down living space with the bedrooms on the ground floor, living space with balcony on the first floor. The clients are delighted with the innovative contemporary design. This project has just been submitted for planning permission. 





2021 began with an extremely busy month of new enquiries, surveys and planning applications. We submitted a planning application for a rear extension in Hampton Lucy. This was an interesting application as the planning officer required an archaeological report to support the planning application. The archaeological report was required to the location being close to the boundary of the Hampton Lucy conservation area. Much to the client's relief, the report concluded there was no requirement for an archaeological excavation in the back garden and the project could proceed through the planning application process!


Our completed Early Years classroon extension project. A challenging scheme as the whole build was completed during an unexpected global pandemic! The school are delighted with the extra indoor and outdoor space the extension provide, enabling them to expand their Early Years provision to the community. The canopy will provide a valuable outdoor learning space which can be used to provide an outdoor classroom in the rain - a regular event in Brailes!



We are thrilled with these completed photos of our exciting domestic regeneration project in the idyllic Warwickshire village of Welford on Avon. We began working on this in August 2019. The  building work is now complete and the residents are delighted with the results. 




We are delighted to announce our participation on the High Streets Task Force. The High Streets Task Force has appointed over 150 experienced professionals to work with towns in England over the next four years, supporting their transformation efforts and helping to tackle complex barriers to change.




We attended our first virtual conference provided by the Landscape Institute 'Tackling Climate Change Emergency' CPD. This has reinvigorated our passion to increase the levels of green infrastructure in order to mitigate the devastating impact of climate change.


Busy taking on new projects, including this residential extension and landscape design in Claverdon



Brailes school Early Years Classroom extension project starts on site!!!!!

Site visit to this stunning barn conversion in beautiful Earlswood



JULY 2020

Busy times with exciting new projects; New workshop/garage at Ettington, 2 residential extensions in Shipston


JUNE 2020

We are delighted to have been comissioned to complete a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for a new housing development at Fold Farm, Chaddersley Corbett




MAY 2020 

A new exciting, challenging design project. The client has requested ideas for the most efficient utilisation of this interesting cottage space in Brailes. Watch this space...... We found some fascinating rubbings inside the 15th century property..... what could they be....



APRIL 2020

For most businesses this has been a quiet time, not for Stolwood Architects.....we have been busy catching up with enquiries, tweaking the website and most importantly, the Brailes C of E School project is now out to tender. As this project is classed as essential works, it will be allowed to continue, regardless of any future restrictions on construction work.


MARCH 2020

We are currently working on a Statement of Interest for the complete redevelopment of Aspley Guise Scout Hut.  This is a rare, exciting opportunity to combine my scouting expertise and architecture work to help a local scouting community to develop a design to meet the diverse needs of the local community.



Planning permission granted for a kitchen extension scheme on this beautiful property in Tredington.


Busy completing surveys on our exciting new projects - details to follow......


Our Shipston rear extension project is completed and handed over to the client.  The client is delighted with the result, as are we! 




Brailes School project has been submitted to Stratford DC for planning permission



Stolwood Architects have been commissioned to design a new 26m² classroom extension to the existing early years space at Brailes C of E Primary School.

The development will include a new disabled access ramp, new outdoor classroom canopy area 54m² and internal alterations to include accessible shower, WC and changing area. The project has been submitted to Stratford DC for planning approval.


           EXISITING                                                                                  PROPOSED



Construction work is progressing well on the Shipston project.....


Planning permission granted for the Welford on Avon scheme!



We are delighted to display our site board as construction work bgins in our latest construction project in Shipston!




We began working on an exciting domestic regeneration project in the idyllic Warwickshire village of Welford on Avon. This was a challenging scheme to provide disabled adaptations whilst respecting the original character of the property.  The planning officer required a heritage statement to be submitted to  support the planning application.


Another fantastic testimonial from a happy client:

"Following a site visit to discuss the requirements for our extension, John was able to make valuable suggestions which were incorporated into an initial design scheme. John then took the agreed design through planning and building regulations processes, culminating in producing the tender pack of information which was sent to 5  potential contractors.  The extension was subsequently constructed by one of the five, Micheal Dunne Construction (01926 772549).  At all times John acted in a professional and entirely competent manner and we are very pleased with the outcome, both design and construction. I would have no hesitation in recommending Stolwood Architects if you have a project in mind"

Geoff Olsson, Shipston on Stour


JULY 2019

Emma's Shipston Riverside Regeneration Scheme is featured on the front cover of July's Shipston Forum







MAY 2019

Construction work has begun on our latest project.....



APRIL 2019

Our new advert to be posted in Stratford DC Building Control leaflet


We attended the Homebuilding and Renovation Show at Birmingham NEC. Lots of exciting new ideas.....




MARCH 2019

We are delighted to be celebrating the 2nd birthday of Stolwood Architects


Another successful planning application for a single storey rear extension......



Meetings with clients in the delightfully tranquil Cotswold  village of Naunton


3D printer model used successfully at today's sketch design meeting



Happy New Year! We continue to grow and are looking forward to the new year and new opportunities ahead.  We currently have 4 projects in for planning permission (1 new build bungalow and 3 residential extensions). One project on site (Parsons Lane extension and internal alterations) and one project out to tender.....


Fantastic testimonial from a happy client;

Would like to say a massive thank you to a wonderful local business Stolwood Architects

We needed some help, advice and plans done at very short notice due to a planning issue. They came out the very next day, advised me accordingly and submitted the plans to the Local Authority within a very short timescale.

Thank you again.... (Lee Williams, Shipston-on-Stour)

The cattery and new residential bungalow has been put in for planning permission.... We have consulted with Badsey Parish Council who have no objections to the proposals.

We have been working on a internal alterations and extension project on a Bovis Homes estate. We are delighted that Bovis Homes have agreed to the application! We have now submitted a planning application to Cotswold DC and are now working on a similar scheme to the house next door!

Excellent news - we have been granted planning permission for a project in the idyllic village of Butlers Marston!


Another busy month.....client consultations, surveys, planning applications


Busy, busy, busy: surveys, client consultations, planning applications. Building Regulation applications.....


Exciting times ahead..... we have begun work on a commercial project to create a cattery and new residential bungalow.....


We enjoyed some fantastic summer days out, we visited the stunning landscape of Cornwall - hughlights being the spectacular Eden Project and St Michaels Mount.

and locally, the Rollright Stones....

JULY 2018

Check us out in the Residential 2018 RIBA Directory of Chartered Practices!

JUNE 2018

Busy times; working on 3 exciting new projects..... Our Weston-sub-Edge project has now been submitted for Building Regulations approval, its going to look great as these draft 3D images show....

MAY 2018

We have been successful in gaining planning permission for the garden cabin project at Bitham Hall, Avon Dassett!!!! The client is delighted and has given us a positive testimonial: 'After going through a very long winded process with planning for a garden cabin, in a listed building, within a conservation village, Emma was really helpful in supplying the reports and drawings that finally got us our planning permission' - Dr S Crompton.

An inspiring and inspirational day out today at The National Self Build and Renovation Show, gathering ideas and making new contacts for our upcoming exciting projects.


We completed a survey for a new client wishing to create a new garage/occasional garden room in their garden.

We are proud to have completed the Brailes 3 Hills Walk. We enjoyed a fantastic 6 mile hike in beautiful weather through the stunning Oxfordshire scenery surrounding the picturesque village of Brailes.

APRIL 2018

Having successfully gained planning permission for our renovation project at Weston Sub-Edge, we are now busy working on the Building Regulations submission....

Construction work has begun on our garden room project in Shipston....Photos coming soon....watch this space......

Emma organised a hugely sucessful and well attended seminar by Colin Moore for the Landscape Institute Midlands Branch on 'Health and Safety in the Construction Industry'

MARCH 2018


We are proud to be based in one of the best places to live in the UK. Shipston-on-Stour has been voted the 'best place to live in the Midlands' by the Sunday Times for the second year in a row!

Sunday Times 18th March 2018

We have begun working with a new client at Bitham Hall in the stunning Warwickshire village of Avon Dassett. We are writing a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment to support a planning application for the siting of a garden cabin in the stunning grounds of the Grade II listed building.


We are proud to be celebrating the first birthday of Stolwood Architects. We would like to say a big thank you to all our clients and associates and most importantly our family and friends who have supported us throughout the last 12 months. This year has been extremely challenging, but ultimately has proved to be the most rewarding, productive years of our careers to date, we look forward to many more.....


Stolwood Architects are proud to be included in 'The List 18'. The Royal Institute of British Architects Directory of Chartered Practices. Check us out on p358!!!


Fantastic start to the new year! We are busy meeting prospective clients and working to visualise their dream home.

We both completed a 2 day Revit course, organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme. Revit is a innovative piece of design software. We recognise the importance of keeping on the cutting edge of advancements in design software

Emma attended the first 2018 commitee meeting of the Landscape Institute Midlands Branch, and is busy organising a programme of exciting events for 2018.

Along with members of the 1st Shipston Cub group, we endured the wind, rain and MUD to plant trees this morning at the Heart of England Forest. We planted over 300 cherry, sweet chestnut trees. We are working to leave a legacy for future generations and create future homes for nature to thrive.


We are busy working on our exciting new residential renovation project, a beautiful, rustic cottage in the stunning Cotswolds village, Weston Sub-Edge. We have completed the survey and are working closely with the clients to design their vision.

Emma has begun work preparing a brief for Shipston Town Council to use to gain funding to make environmental improvements to the existing River Stour riverside area. She has completed a site visit, accompanied by members of Shipston Town Council to establish at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the site.


This years tree planting season has begun! John has been volunteering for the Heart of England Forest where a group of amazing voulunteers planted 1000 trees as part of National Tree Week.

We have been very busy delivering our shiny new flyers;


Emma has joined the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG), The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) is a world first and TDAG brings together a pioneering group of individuals, professionals and organisations from wide ranging disciplines in both the public and private sectors to increase awareness of the role of trees in the built environment www.tdag.org.uk

What an excellent start to a Monday morning - we are delighted to have recieved planning permission for a domestic extension project!


Busy, busy, busy times ahead. Visiting new clients, sketch designs, submitting planning applications......

Emma visited her home patch of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire on behalf of SAFAG (Shipston and Area Flood Action Group) to watch the premiere of 'High Water, Common Ground'




JULY 2017

Proud sponsors of Shipston Primary school football team - building valuable community links

We enjoyed a exciting, busy, sunny weekend at the Stratford Upon Avon District cub camp held in the beautiful, lush Oxfordshire countryside at Horley, Banbury. A great time was had by all

JUNE 2017

Today we visited the Shipston on Stour Scout Hut to provide them with valuable advice regarding the acoustic and long term general maintenance of the building of this essential community resource

We are excited to discover hedgehogs visiting our garden every evening, John has been busy building this luxury hedgehog house (complete with carpet!) for them to hibernate in preparation for the forthcoming winter. We also have discovered a newt living in the pond-a wildlife oasis in our garden. See the full article in the Shipston on Stour Bugle:


MAY 2017 

Stolwood Architects hit the press!!!

Emma attended a Landscape Institute Midlands branch commitee meeting, the evening included planning exciting events for local architects and landscape architects. Watch this space.......

Emma has joined Shipston Flood Action Group (SAFAG) which is a community based organisation launched within the auspices of the National Flood Forum Pathfinder Programme, they have regular meetings with:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Stratford District Council
  • Severn Trent
  • Warwickshire County Council

They are working to identify what resilience measures householders under threat of flooding are taking and seeking to develop an action plan to reduce the risk of flooding to the approximately 100 businesses and residents affected.

Loving our new signage...

APRIL 2017

MAY DAY WEEKEND - John and Emma will be visiting the Heart of England Forest Bluebell Woodland Charity weekend, visiting usually closed area of woodland, Alne Wood, where the forest floor bursts to life with colour every spring, and bask in the sight and scent of the Heart of England Forest’s very own ‘Bluebell Wood. John has volunteered his valuable time to this worthwhile charity and has planted hundreds of trees for future generations to enjoy.

Emma attended the Landscape Institute Midlands Branch AGM held at Birmingham City University. This included a very interesting, enlightening talk from Merrick Denton-Thompson, our LI President who presented the vision and plan for the Landscape Institute in the future. Emma volunteered to become a commitee member and is looking forward to playing an integral role in the promotion and development of the profession of landscape architecture in Warwickshire.

John and Emma have begun initial talks with Shipston Town Council to make environmental improvements to the riverside spaces and open space provision to the town.

MARCH 2017

John and Emma will be attending the Leamington Business Show on 31st March 2017, to build exciting, new relationships within the business community of Warwickshire.

Emma has been out and about conducting site surveys for LVIA (Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment) reports for new care home developments in Berkshire, Essex and Hampshire.