Our work is strongly process driven. From the outset we strive to understand the needs of our clients and the ways in which they work. This is achieved by extensive brief taking and consultation. Only when we feel fully informed do we set out on the design journey. We believe that, whilst the practice of architecture is an intellectual pursuit, to achieve physical meaning it needs to be rooted in commercial reality and pragmatism. Our approach requires us to exercise the lateral thinking abilities of an architect to the full, taking us into new territories, exploring new forms of construction and drawing upon the full breadth of available technologies.
Our designs are characterised by a sensitive, contemporary architecture of calm and flowing spaces, enriched by meticulous attention to detail and occasional moments of drama. We believe that our transparent, clean, light and airy architecture is uplifting to the spirit.
Our practice has been built around a core of experienced architects who have worked together for a number of years and who understand each other’s strengths and skills. Our work is carried out in a friendly, lively and financially secure atmosphere. Our team spirit allows us to quickly adapt to changing situations. This flexibility lies at the heart of our practice.
Working with AECOM, we won the competition to design the new Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey. This extraordinary project has required us to investigate a wide range of issues crucial in the design of buildings for remote locations subjected to extreme environmental conditions. There are strong parallels which can be drawn between this project and other remote location projects whether globally or within the field of inter planetary exploration. Whilst we continue to develop existing areas of expertise, designing for extreme environments has become an increasingly important part of our work.