Native Architects are involved in unusual and inspiring projects across a range of sectors. Our work is broadly divided into two main categories; environmentally sustainable design, working with natural materials such as hemp and straw to design environmentally sustainable and truly inspirational buildings, and heritage works. These specialities go hand in hand in towns like Beverley, with its rich history since the 7th century.
Beverly was originally known as Inderawuda (meaning “in the wood of the men of Deira“). Its first buildings were a church accompanied by a school, now the oldest state school in England. The church founded by The Bishop of York, who was believed to perform miracles in his lifetime, was later named John of Beverley and venerated as a Saint. The town’s name changed in the 10th century to Beveriac or Bevereli, meaning Beaver Clearing or Beaver Lake. The town’s coat of arms is dominated by a beaver, on an azure background. Much like the beavers that once lived in the area, Native Architects are specialists in building with natural materials, such as straw, hemp and other innovate materials. These materials made locally and inherently renewable allow us to design buildings that reduce energy, whether that be through their construction or in their use and materials that can be transported using the minimum amount of energy and locally sourced, much like the beaver’s dams and homes of yesteryear. Biobased materials, green rather than petrochemically derived, have the added benefit of low toxicity and promote good air quality. Materials that cause less damage to public health, wildlife, water use, land use and have a minimal effect on global warming. In other words, Native Architects design buildings that are good for your health!
Native Architects experience of working on listed buildings also lends itself perfectly to Beverley. With over 450 listed buildings from the gothic Beverley Minster, famous for its 13th century stone carvings to Butchers Row. Our comprehensive research into the legislation of historic properties, preparation of heritage statements, historical research, materials analysis and liaising with governing bodies such as English Heritage, Historic England and Conservation Officers to ensure your project runs smoothly from start to finish. Whether you are repairing a historic house or adapting a listed building for a new use, contact Native Architects for results that are not just practical, but individual, imaginative and inspiring.