We believe that good architecture has the power to make the world a more positive place – for people, communities and the environment. We exist to create more joy in our world.
We’re redefining good architecture by measuring success in terms of sustainability, belonging and engagement. Sustainability is our starting point: designing for the long-term benefit of the people and environments impacted by a space. We create places with a true sense of belonging for the people who will use it, giving opportunities to connect meaningfully with the place and with others who share it. We also design spaces that engage people’s learning, creativity and optimism – enhancing the everyday. It’s these three principles that form the building blocks of joy.
For every minute spent planning, hours of time can be saved later. We plan the journey as a team before we start, creating a meaningful roadmap that we can check against our progress.
There are no stupid questions. We want to create buildings which embody your vision – so we work hard to understand that vision from the inside out, exploring and refining the brief with you.
Our deep and broad experience means that we can benchmark your project against a whole range of relevant examples – helping you to consider what’s possible, and to test the limits of the brief.
We’re used to leading teams – and we enjoy it. We provide direction and momentum for the wider design team, leading by example with our values of sustainability, engagement and belonging.
We take a robust approach to design. Throughout the process, we use peer reviews to mould and refine our design, sharing ideas to make best use of space and resources.
We believe in bringing the greatest minds to every problem we face. And because we enjoy working together, we create spaces which are more fun too.
The details count, and we make sure that our final designs are technically sound right down to the door hinges. We design beautiful buildings – which means paying attention to every detail.
At the end of the day, it’s a project’s users who truly know whether it’s a success. We always ask people using our projects what they thought, and use those thoughts to guide our future approach.
We are proud to be an employee-owned practice, where every team member is personally invested in the success of each project. We operate both nationally and locally, working from nine different locations across the UK, Cyprus and India – but as one team, with a wide range of experience and expertise to suit any project.
“The collaborative way of working, tireless commitment, flexibility, and focus on delivering solutions whenever issues occurred, were very evident from all concerned.”– Gary Herbert, Project Director, Free Schoools Capital, Capital Group
As an architecture practice, it’s essential that we connect with our communities. Our local studios engage with places and people, and we take part in a wide range of community events – from ArchiKids in London to the Jewellery Quarter Festival in Birmingham.
We aim to deliver real economic and social benefits with every project we design. Projects like Spanish City and the Forum have transformed their communities: Spanish City’s regeneration directly resulted in over 70 new businesses opening in Whitley Bay.
We actively educate others about the built environment, and have partnered with schools in Manchester and Oxford in our role as RIBA Architectural Ambassadors. Our staff lecture at universities including Birmingham City University and Newcastle University.
As a “Friend of Macmillan”, we raise money for centres providing vital services for people living with cancer. We also fundraise for the Marudyan Society, which educates and supports children living below the poverty line in India.
Building Better Healthcare Awards 2018: Best Collaborative Arts (Static) – Winner
Emergency Care Pathway: A new standard of emergency care for this major hospital
Building Better Healthcare Awards 2019: Best Interior Design Project (New Build) – Highly Commended
The Stokes Centre for Urology: Putting patient wellbeing first
Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards 2019 – Commendation
Spanish City: Bringing a national treasure back to life
Civic Trust Awards – Regional Finalist
Stansfeld Park: A centre for science in 18 acres of woodland