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Spring Newsletter

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Welcome to our Spring 2024: BNG and Sustainability Newsletter.

Before we discuss the recent legislative changes to major planning applications as they relate to Biodiversity Net Gain. Here are somethings SMR Architects has been involved with since January:

We welcomed three new starters: Philip, Nick and Richard and gained planning approval on three exciting new projects.


We have also been involved in some fun Wellness Wednesday activities including making our own terrariums and going on an educational tour around Harrogate.

In our latest community engagement, SMR Architects sponsored the Harrogate Beer Festival, providing an excellent opportunity for our team to engage in valuable networking activities.

At SMR Architects, we embrace these challenges as opportunities to innovate and lead in sustainable design. Our expertise in BNG planning ensures that projects not only meet legal standards but also contribute positively towards the environment.

Explore the full article on our website for an in-depth understanding of BNG and its implication for your projects.

After nearly five years of dedicated service, SMR Architects is saying goodbye to one of its most esteemed team members, Paul, who is set to retire at the end of the month. As he steps into this change, his legacy at SMR Architects will remain and the impact of his work and strength of the relationships he’s built will continue to resonate within the firm. We thank him for his invaluable contributions and wish him all the best.

Read the full interview here

SMR are currently reading…

At SMR, our love for books knows no bounds, and our diverse tastes cover many different genres. We’re excited to share some of our top picks with you!

The RIBA Climate Guide is your comprehensive resource for executing sustainable projects, aligning with the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge. It offers strategies for adopting green practices and meeting the 2030 climate goals set.

Unlock the secrets to sustainable, energy-efficient building design with the Environmental Design Pocketbook. It’s the comprehensive guide you need, conveniently compact and always at your disposal.

Fiction Reading Recommendations:

  • The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory
  • We are Legion – Dennis E Taylor
  • The Institute – Stephen King
  • Rage of Dragons – Evan Winter“It’s a compelling story with lots of magic and dragons, about a man on a journey of revenge and the cost he’s willing to pay to get it. It’s set in a world that’s on the brink of war. I personally loved the worldbuilding the author did with it and the unique magic system that involves.” – Jess
  • The Match – Harlen Coben
  • The Island of Missing Trees – Elif Shafeak
  • The One Impossible Labyrinth – Matthew Reilly
  • Still Life – Sarah Winman“A beautiful novel of friendship, community, belonging, love and loss, and art. Set in London and Italy and told over 4 decades starting during WW2, an interweaving story of unlikely, but ultimately redemptive, alliances and devotion. The times set in Florence will make you want to move there AND there is a Shakespeare quoting parrot, what’s not to love.” – Paul