We champion a design process that is rigorous in its exploration and scrutiny of ideas. We are curious, discursive, solution seekers – we explore, suggest, listen, test, guide, anticipate and resolve.
During the early stages of a project we concentrate on information gathering, feasibility studies, density/development issues, planning history, site surveys, precedents. Consideration is given to existing structures, immediate boundary issues, physical relationships, infrastructure and planning policy. This provides a platform for the concept and brief: it is the foundation upon which the next stages of the project are implemented.
We collaborate closely with clients, fellow design professionals, local planners and building control officers, contractors and suppliers – all of these are valuable partners who collectively deliver the successful outcome of a project.
Landowners and Developers
Our existing relationship with developers continuously informs our expertise in the planning conditions and constraints within central London. We understand the complexities of a development project, where value can be added and where costs and risks might lie – we have a commercial edge and design ability – we can deliver a high quality building within an ideal development scenario.
We are particularly knowledgeable and experienced in maximising the value of mixed-use developments in central London and suburban boroughs and also provincial counties where many building typologies can be imaginatively and economically adapted to new uses and occupancies. Whilst we are able to work with developers to achieve the uplift in value of a site, property or land from a successful planning permission, we are more interested in staying in for the longer term to see out projects built and therefore to connect with those clients that return to repeat the success of the experience of working with us.
When working with private clients whether with a fixed modest budget for a small-scale intervention, or a new-build project on a larger scale, or a refurbishment and development project, we are aware of the emotional and financial value that is at stake and endeavor to surpass clients’ expectations.
We consider practical issues such as neighbourhood and orientation, ceiling volumes, daylight optimisation, low energy systems, storage, functionality, insulation and design preferences such as colour, texture, material and connectivity.