Over the years, our team has amassed a unique blend of knowledge and experience of how people interact with the built environment. And that unique blend underpins all our design work, from the first germ of an idea to each completed project.
We believe in taking a sustainable approach to design and construction at every stage - never as an add-on or optional extra. We bake sustainability into our work from the outset and, where possible, encourage our clients to choose materials from sustainable sources and to use renewable building technologies, including air and ground source heat pumps, wind turbines and solar thermal systems.
Whether for a small domestic project or a large commercial operation, experience is the key to good project management - and it can make a vast difference to quality, programme and budget.
From initial written briefs, project programmes and budget estimates, we make sure the client’s expectations are understood. We can help appoint other members of the design team and recommend structural engineers, quantity surveyors, planning consultants, services engineers, interior designers and landscape designers.
We liaise with the relevant local authority and statutory authorities to make sure all the planning and legal requirements are in place.
Before projects move onto site, we can put together a formal building contract between employer and contractor. Based on an extremely thorough foundation of information, it includes a full cost breakdown and package of construction information.
Then, we make sure any changes are formally recorded and understood by everyone concerned, that payments are properly made, that the timing of the works is managed and that the quality of the work is up to scratch.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
We are working towards BIM level II, which means all the information we produce about the construction of a building is set out in a standardised format that’s transferable and usable for the life of that building.
As well as complying with regulations, it helps collaboration between professions and reduces clashes between disciplines.
Conservation work is at the very heart of what we do, from projects in conservation areas, featured on Historic England’s list grades II, II* and I, on scheduled ancient monuments and in historic parks and gardens.
We have successfully submitted buildings for inclusion on Historic England’s list and have worked directly for English Heritage.
We work closely with landscape and buildings archaeologists as well as specialist trades and conservators. Conservation projects are led by Stephen Calvert, a specialist conservation architect on the RIBA conservation register, and Sebastian Rowe, a member of the AABC.Our practice also includes members of SPAB, EASA and various diocesan advisory committees.
Our specialist services include:
- Asset Management Plans: These reports help owners and managers plan and keep records of the maintenance, repair and development of their buildings.
- Quinquennial Inspections: Helping guardians of ecclesiastical buildings to maintain them and meet diocesan requirements.
- Conservation Advice: Providing specialist conservation advice to other architects, including heritage assessments for planning purposes or full conservation management plans.
- Expert Witness: Liaising with lawyers to provide their clients with specialist architectural advice where needed for legal claims.
From inner cities to rural communities, from housing estates to schools, from high streets to health facilities, we bring communities together to explore ways they can develop.
We love to bring both enthusiasm and proven methods to these projects - making a strong connection between the design and the people we’re designing for.
Construction Design Management (CDM)
Certain types of building projects need a Principal Designer (CDM 2015 Regulations). As corporate members of the Association for Project Safety, we can fulfil this role.
We can also provide wider health and safety services, including audits and workplace risk assessments.