We designed and oversaw the refurbishment of a large commercial kitchen at the Grosvenor House Hotel in 2008. The project involved the introduction of new services, the rationalisation of existing services and the reconfiguration of the kitchen to optimise all areas including the pastry kitchen, various preparation areas, cold stores, dry stores, and potwash area. A rolling programme of construction work, that coincided with the off-peak period, allowed the completed of the project on time and within tight budgetary constraints, whilst maintaining an operational kitchen at all times.
Our hilltop scheme for 8 luxury retirement apartments in Loughton provides stunning views south towards London. The site is currently occupied by a large Edwardian house that would be demolished. One of the most remarkable aspects of the site is the expansive view across Epping Forest. We have developed a site plan that not only allows the apartments to enjoy the views but also provides a new and unexpected connections to the landscape from within the public realm. Apartments are arranged in two adjacent blocks that are gently splayed in relation to each other. An inclined planted roof slopes up as the landscape falls away, creating a dramatic stepped section addressing the landscape to the south, allowing each apartment to enjoy the dramatic views whilst minimising the building’s impact to the street.
This scheme for Clare College – the second oldest Cambridge College – was prepared for competitive interview. The will achieve substantial amounts of additional communal space under Old Court and along the northern edge of the college, as well as significant environmental improvements and repairs to the building’s fabric.
We have prepared proposals for a mixed use development on The High Street in Dartford. The scheme will retain the existing building fronting the high street and replace a number of low quality storage units with nine urban apartments above retail units.
Our proposal for five family houses aims to achieve code level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The site is part of an 8 hectare estate, located within the village confines beyond Whittlebury High Street, and is currently occupied by a single house and stable block. The open space directly behind the existing house was formerly part of the hunting ground associated with the manor house, demolished in the 1970’s. A lawn to the north of the site slopes gently down to a heavily wooded area around a lake.
The houses are arranged in an L-shape to create a welcoming courtyard around a new tree. Stone used in the construction of the current house had been salvaged from the demolishion of the manor house. This stone will be incorporated into the construction of garden walls and paving within the proposed development. A combination of local stone and timber cladding will be used for the new houses.
This proposal in Girton for a private developer replaced a small dwelling with a 2 storey villa providing four apartments. Planning permission was granted in 2012.
We obtained planning consent for a developer to create four houses in a suburban backland and build a block of flats on the frontage of his site. The area committee originally refused permission, despite our proposals having gained officer recommendation, but the refusal was turned down by the inspector on appeal.
The houses are substantially one-way facing to avoid overlooking neighbouring gardens, and the flats sit comfortably within the suburban context.
EF Language School currently occupy a large early 20th Century villa on Hills Road that is very unsuitable for use as a school. Our proposal for a new building provides state-of-the-art teaching spaces, improved common room and IT facilities and residential accommodation for up to 90 students. The new school has been designed in two blocks around a central courtyard. Careful planning ensures that the perimeter planting will be maintained and the overall landscape enhanced through additional planting, including a green wall to the east elevation. A total of 20% renewable energy will be provided through solar cells on the roofs.
The principal façade has a playful composition, with non-aligning windows and staggered timber panels reflecting the manner in which surrounding trees create shadows. Careful window placement creates a sense of movement and the deep reveals give the building a sculptural quality. The elevations of the residential block are more domestic in scale with larger expanses of brickwork and smaller openings to provide greater privacy to the residents. Simple, robust local materials have been chosen for the exteernal walls. A combination of full-height buff brick and oak panels are held between horizontal bands of reconstituted stone.
The refurbishment work we have recently completed on the listed 1950s Raised Faculty Building, designed by Casson Conder, is very discreet. Our proposals involved replacing windows and adding a new heating system to greatly improve the environmental performance of the building without affecting its appearance.
“Vibrant and imaginative architecture that not only moves forward the boundaries of innovation but also offers practicality and sympathy with surrounding structures and landscapes.” Ed Jarron, former Bursar at Clare Hall.
West Court is formed by the Paul Mellon Building containing 11 flats for visiting Fellows and the Robert Honeycombe building which provides 13 graduate study bedrooms. The flats are two-way facing, four to a staircase, and with the exception of a disabled person’s flat, have two bedrooms. The study bedrooms are mostly south facing looking over the garden, the first floor rooms having small balconies. They are entered from a generous double-height gallery lit from above and from each end by large high level windows. The project also included refurbishing and extending a swimming pool and gymnasium, and a new tennis court.