Visitor centre artist's impression

How UP STRAW and teamwork is creating a new flagship visitor centre for Hastings Country Park

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Since 2019 Huff and Puff Construction have been hard at work on an exciting project to deliver a new flagship straw-bale building for Hastings Borough Council – a new Visitor centre at Hastings Country Park. This centre will house information about the park, its habitats, geology, heritage and species, together with a café and new […]

We’re ‘Breaking Ground’ this May for Hastings Country Park new Visitor Centre!

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Huff and Puff Construction are ‘breaking-ground’ in Hastings this week as we kick start work on the new Country Park Visitor Centre which is due for completion in Summer 2020. Hastings Country Park – Background Hastings Country Park, owned and managed by Hastings Borough Council, is a beautiful nature reserve on the south-east coast of […]

Huff Puff House has arrived!

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We are delighted to launch Huff Puff House!  An eco-friendly, energy efficient and truly affordable self build home. Visit to find out more. Over the last year we have been working closely with Brian Waite, the talented designer, to be able to bring this stunning design the largest possible audience.  Previously called ‘strawbalehouse’ we have rebranded the design to […]

Shaftesbury Build and Training Course

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I’ve been busy this month working with all the wonderful folk at Bittles Brook Farm in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, in preparation for the building and training course we are running there in a couple of weeks. I’ve come to know the farm through Jonathan Davies, who is a recently graduated Master of Architecture, educated in Australia, […]

This week we have been mostly digging holes…

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Week four of the Sherborne build and the first week of young people and Youth Centre staff helping on the site.  The main focus this week has been digging the holes for the car tyre piers. We needed 11 holes in total and, as mentioned previously, the clayey and rocky soil had been baked rock […]

First weeks of the build…

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Well it’s been an extraordinary month on the Sherborne build.  You may remember we are building a straw bale roundhouse.  It’s being built with community involvement and will become a community building.  Going from so much planning and preparation into actually being on site has been very exciting indeed.  Here is an update on the […]

Sherborne Big Build – Go, Go, Go!

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Our Sherborne big build will be – drum roll please…  at the Sherborne Youth and Community Centre! The project is for a seven metre diameter straw bale roundhouse, and will run from now until October.  The centre, on Tinney’s Lane in Sherborne, is a community hub for both the young of Sherborne and the local […]

Sherborne Big Build – Launch Tomorrow!

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The Sherborne Big Build is officially launching tomorrow!  Beg, steal or borrow a copy of the Western Gazette to find out the location! Or alternatively check back here because I’m bursting to tell you more! In the meantime here is a photo of the site marked out ready to go.  Can you guess where it […]

Sherborne Big Build

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I am truly delighted to say that Huff and Puff Construction will be in Sherborne this summer helping the local community build their own straw bale community building! I can’t give too much away at the moment as the official launch is just about to happen, however suffice to say this project has been a long […]

Working with the seasons…

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Traditionally this is the time of year that the straw bale builder makes sure all projects are finished off or shut down for the winter and gets on with myriad other things until the weather picks up in spring. I have been very keen to keep going with Apple Tree Nook to push our boundaries […]