Big announcement coming soon

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Baca Architects and Craft: Pegg Landscape Architects have won a major UK competition of national importance. It’s very different to what we’re best known for plus it’s funded by the Chancellor.  

More news coming soon.


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104 Bedroom hotel in South Yorkshire

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Baca have commenced designs for a new eco-friendly hotel and spa resort in South Yorkshire. The Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa will offer a unique luxury experience where visitors get back to nature in a resort that will minimize its impact on the environment. The hotel is being considered with several site-specific renewable power and heat generation systems and will be 70% off grid. The resort will form a completely closed water system without connection to mains water.

Director Richard Coutts said: “We are creating a hotel that is good for you and for the environment. It makes me feel good.”

 The hotel provides 104 luxury rooms, fine dining restaurant, conferencing and meeting facilities, pool, superior spa and state-of-the-art gym, and picturesque party and wedding venue. Suites and a top floor bar provide panoramic views of the lakes and countryside beyond. Conferencing in the countryside will be a perfect space to free the mind and think those big ideas. The spa will feature an outdoor, and indoor swimming pool, six treatment rooms, and deep relaxation spaces. Guests will also be able to enjoy wild swimming in the lake.


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Baca’s retrospective in Dezeen

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Baca Architects have been featured in Dezeen as part of their x MINI Living video series. This retrospective explores the “Aquatecture” of Baca Architects, which includes plans for floating houses, villages and even a Grand Prix track. 

 This article highlights Baca’s interest in research and innovation which has driven the practice to its current position as one of the most innovative architectural practices in the UK.

 To watch the video, click on following link


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RIBA President’s Awards for Research – Publication

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‘UK’s First Amphibious House, the Can-float Amphibious Building’, by Baca Architects research leader Richard Coutts, with Robert Barker, has been published by RIBA.

 Baca Architects was shortlisted for ‘Design and Technical’ award by the RIBA President’s ‘Awards For Research’ 2016. As part of this commendation, the RIBA has published a paper which collects the principles established by Baca Architects after years of research on how to build in, on or with water. 

 The 2016 judging panel said: “This is a very interesting and timely project that very clearly demonstrates the importance of research to design. The wider discussion of flooding, an important topic, is well-presented and the project is an intriguing way of meeting planning regulations by building “underground” in a flood risk area. This exemplar design is a very useful piece of research, that is unique to the UK and is useful in pushing the specific boundaries of amphibious design. That the research component is taken through to a full build, adds value to this research. It has been concluded with rigour and reflection. ”

 You can download our publication on the following link The full notice can be seen in

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New Role for Baca Director at N° 10

newsletter-feb-20177-2Richard Coutts attended the inaugural meeting of the Floods Advisory Group at N° 10, Downing Street last week, chaired by minster’s Andrew Percy MP, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse and Dr Therese Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

The National Flood Resilience Review sets out the Government’s commitment to develop and pilot a new model of self-financing investment, which is intended to increase local flood resilience and enhance urban regeneration.

The Advisory Group will now establish a framework in order to establish these objectives and will report back to Government over the forthcoming months. Sheffield has been identified as the pilot scheme.


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Dover Waterfront Masterplan Win


Dover District Council, in partnership with the Port of Dover and a number of local land and property owners, have appointed Baca Architects, with an expert consultant team, to develop a planning and regeneration framework for the wider Dover Waterfront area.

Baca Architects are lead designer for the overall masterplan and are working in collaboration with the Olympic Park design team at LDA, who are leading the route corridor studies.

A core objective is to improve the connections and the public realm from Dover Waterfront to the Maison Dieu (Dover Town Hall) and Dover Priory railway station. Part of this strategy will be to propose solutions, which reduce the severance caused by the A20, already being enhanced by the Port Authority with junction and underpass improvements. Together with improving the existing connections, the new proposals will also enhance the connections between Dover’s main historic assets, Dover Castle and the Western Heights.

Tim Ingleton, Head of Inward Investment at Dover District Council, stated that: “The vision for this key part of Dover is to create a more welcoming, contemporary image that better connects people and places whilst retaining the distinctiveness for which Dover is world renowned.”

Barbara Buczek, Director of Corporate Development at Port of Dover, said: “The Port is committed to delivering Dover Western Docks Revival, that includes an exciting waterfront transformation that will be a catalyst for creating Destination Dover. Ensuring that the local benefits of this major opportunity are maximized through additional masterplanning, to improve connectivity, is a further demonstration of our commitment to deliver for Dover.”

The core consultant team comprises WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baca Architects and LDA Design, who are supported by Bilfinger GVA and Currie & Brown.

Baca Director, Richard Coutts, said “ This is a great coup for the practice and we have some very exciting strategic and architectural propositions to help re-energize this historic and cultural frontline to Europe”

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Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa and Resort

newsletter-feb-20178Planning permission has been granted for the development for a luxurious lakeside leisure resort in Hatfield, south Yorkshire, which will eventually include 200 eco lodges plus a boutique 110-bedroom spa hotel.

Located in the heart of the Humberside Peatlands, Hatfield Moor and the National Nature Reserve, the Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa & Resort will deliver a unique development of avant-garde floating architecture set within 65 acres of lakes and surrounded by 100 acres of natural woodlands.

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council approved the application on 8th December 2016 to build the unique green resort; commencing with the first phase of 50 eco lodges, which will all be constructed from timber and incorporate the latest environmentally-friendly technologies providing a tranquil escape in a beautiful natural habitat.

Daulton Byfield, managing director of Rothgen, says: “The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa & Resort will be the first of its type in the UK. We are planning to invest around £25 million to create a first class eco holiday village where visitors can relax amongst nature and enjoy a quiet break from hectic modern life”.

Baca Associate, Andrew Scrace, adds: “The scale and ambitious nature of the plans will ensure the resort is one of the most luxurious, fun and relaxing holiday destinations in Europe. This green development will be as sustainable as its currently possible to build and be an exemplary case study for other developers. We are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting, forward looking, project.”

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