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We are starting the year with work on the early stages of a varied range of exciting new commissions.

  • One is the full renovation of a grade II listed house in Pembroke Square, Kensington. This will include the rebuilding of a mews structure for garaging with a guest suite above.
  • A second challenge, also in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, takes on the redevelopment of a derelict house on Ladbroke Road, Notting Hill. The building has the solid geometric bones of a Victorian end of terrace building and our concept sketches are pointing towards long lateral spaces, dissolved walls facing south and the creation of an independent secondary house.
  • We are also continuing our work at the magnificent grade II listed West London Synagogue near Marble Arch. The building has a Romanesque/Byzantine façade in very fine carved portland stone from 1870 and Historic England’s listing describes it as ‘The most important Reform synagogue in Victorian London and, together with Davis and Emanuel's East London Synagogue, ranks as one of the finest Victorian synagogues in the country’. Our work is to significantly upgrade security but with the utmost design sensitivity.
  • Our Australian portfolio continues to expand with the design of a country house on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, outside Melbourne. Initial drawings conceive the house as a spreading U shape, placed at the centre of an existing historic garden axis. We are working with Australian architect David Wilkinson, and informing our design by looking through the lens of his grandfather’s work – Sydney University’s first Professor of Architecture Leslie Wilkinson.
  • At a thoroughly different scale, we are working towards a pre-application planning submission for a 135 unit housing scheme in south-east London. It is gratifying to see emerging designs that build on our long and extensive history of fine residential architecture painted on a bigger canvas.

More details and images of these and other projects will follow as planning applications are made in the spring. Watch this space.

Live the Dream

We designed Coorparoo 15 years ago for the Halliday family. It is the centrepiece of their grazing property near Canberra in New South Wales. The house synthesises influences from the Australian vernacular, modernism and even the English country house. It commands its setting overlooking and engaging with the valley of the Yass River below. The house was featured in journals in Australia and Britain and is now for sale.

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New Website Launched

Welcome to our new website.....

Our intention is to continue to show finished examples of our work, but to also to show more of what we do as it progresses through the fascinating creative process of design, from instruction to completion, with important milestones along the way. Instagram posts add another dimension of our observations and interests in architecture, design, landscape, interiors and art, and occasionally we will include writings on wider subjects. 

The new site includes photographs in black and white. By removing colour, these images can distil the essence of the architectural values in the individual projects and can show more clearly how they relate to each other as a body of work.

Please do let us know if you think the site can be improved in any way.

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Telephone 020 7723 0075


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