Jonny Briggs

Shelter · Structure · Sculpture

The Peach House, Dumfries House Estate

This project has been an amazing experience. It has been a combination of everything I have learnt since being involved with the Princes Foundation for Building Community. I have embraced the opportunity to design, project manage and build a structure which has been a goal of mine for some time. I cannot thank Dumfries House … Continued

Dumfries House Estate Summerhouse Livebuild 2013

The Summerhouse Livebuild 2012 surrounding area has now been landscaped and the structure stands proud in the middle of the vegetable patches.

Princes Foundation LiveBuild 2012

        We also turned the shelter frame and cob jig that was made during the summer school into useful structures. Dumfries House now has its own cob pizza oven next to the new cook school.     The project was a brilliant experience, a stunning place, great local tradesmen, excellent students and … Continued

Colemore House Summerhouse

For the past two month Ben Collyns and myself have been working on an octagonal thatched summerhouse. Ben designed a challenging structure to construct, but the challenge was very enjoyable. The structure is made out of larch with cedar decking and benches. The thatch is Austrian water reed with a combed wheat ridge. The structure … Continued

Ideal Home Show, Prince’s House

After finishing the Building Craft Apprentice I was asked to design and build some furniture for the Arts and Craft Princes House for the Ideal Home Show 2012. It was amazing seeing HRH Prince of Wales sitting in the benches that I had made.


In February I finished the Building Craft Apprenticeship and graduated. The event was held at the Foundation headquarters in London. HRH Prince of Wales attended to present the certificate and chat to us about our time as apprentices. I was awarded the Hancock of London “Apprentice of the Year” award. It was a rewarding and … Continued

The Bird Hide Opening Video

Elliptical Bench Commission

The Brief was simple, design and make a bench that will be in the sun at any time of day. I wanted to try this shape, it was designed by geometry.

The Prince’s House at the Ideal Home Show

I was asked to design and make two benches and panelling for the Princes’s House that features at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court.

Llangorse Lake Bird Hide

On Friday 20th January 2012 the Llangorse Lake Bird Hide Project was completed. This was a 3 month build incorporating all the skills of the building craft apprentices. It was funded by the Princes Foundation for Building Community. During the summer school, craft apprentices graduate fellows and international architect students participated in a design charrette, … Continued