Architecture

Our long standing reputation and focus designing buildings specifically for Independent Schools sets us apart from other architectural practices.  We seek always to understand the individual school ethos and style and, in particular, are experienced working within Conservation Areas, Historic Landscapes and with Listed Buildings and the sensitive approach to architectural design this entails.

The varied nature of our clients means we take a diverse, creative and individual approach to school design.  Whether bold contemporary or quietly traditional, there is never a pre-determined style or solution.  We understand the best design comes from developing both a strong relationship with the client and an intimate understanding of the site and brief.  It is our goal to really get under the skin of the school.

This is where our experience in the Independent School sector shows in particular.  We listen:  We listen carefully to the school’s needs and, through a proven sketch design process, skillfully evolve both the brief and design together with all stakeholders to a successful solution.

Principle amongst these interests is of course cost control.  Again, our experience in the sector means we truly understand the meaning of balancing capital expenditure against the school’s requirement.  We take the careful management of costs seriously and work closely together with the Quantity Surveyor right from the point at which our pencil first hits paper to ensure cost management runs closely alongside the design right through to tender.

We hope our varied and wide ranging portfolio of school buildings; be they new-build, extension or refurbishments, illustrates the successful outcomes to our creative yet structured approach to our Architecture and Design.

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