Design & Process

Each project brief is specific and individual, the solution integrated, taking into account many factors and influences that shape the design. These include the site, requirements of users and occupiers, client and budget. We believe that by adopting an open minded, project specific approach to analysing and developing the brief, we are able to design better environments and uplifting places for living and working.

Skills & Expertise

Our specialty is unlocking the potential of complex sites often sterilised or restricted by planning policies or issues such as flooding, contamination, neighbouring buildings etc. Our proactive approach continues to win us awards, commissions and repeat business from a wide variety of clients including national developers, local authorities, housing associations, schools, churches, hospitals, the Environment Agency, the R.N.L.I. and many others.

Diversity

Our portfolio includes master plans for the regeneration of Newhaven, the first £11m phase successfully completed with grant funding from SEEDA, a £65m mixed waterside development in Gibraltar, 340 seafront houses and apartments in Poole, a 4 star 100+ room hotel with spa and leisure facilities in Sussex, a 177 room hotel, restaurant, bar, health spa and conference centre in London Waterloo, a new boutique shopping lane & mixed use development in the heart of Brighton’s historic lanes. Other areas of expertise include office developments, hospital projects, schools, churches, community buildings and bespoke one off houses. Our directors sit on the Mid Sussex and Lewes District Council Architects Panel, taking part in policy debates in the region. We have close links with the University of Brighton through our student mentoring and annual design awards. We celebrate our 60th year in business in 2017

Stakeholders

We have proven ability as lead consultant coordinating the design team, engaging local communities and stakeholders. We believe in teamwork and work closely with associated disciplines and key development team members to deliver robust, economic solutions that meet or exceed the requirements of the brief.

Our Team | Delivery & QA

Our expertise draws upon our team of architects, designers, technologists and technicians. We are technically skilled and experienced in project management and delivery.
Core to our ethos is an inclusive approach to ensuring quality and consistency in our work, supported by QA project start-up audits and monitoring, CAD/BIM group workshops and training, in-house CPD’s and support for staff in their career through part time academic study. We are ISO 9000 accredited and CHAS registered.

Intelligent Working

Essential to our work is the integration of IT and specialist skills within the practice. We have developed a suite of intelligent assets and templates incorporating the office QA standards for CAD, project administration and marketing. An increasing number of projects are BIM based. This workflow provides benefits at all stages of a project, production of advanced CGI visualisations and option appraisals at design stage. Collaboration, coordinated production and exchange of drawings and schedules at construction stage. We are excited by the future of mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone, their potential for reimagining design and presentation, particularly in relation to marketing and the communication of complex architectural concepts.