A Contemporary Approach To Architectural Design

No one can accomplish anything without first imagining it. With a design team now spread across the UK and Europe, through shared imagination and experience we pursue our client's vision with the latest technology and traditional hand sketching.

Our creative solutions and detailed design review process have resulted in building a reputation for successful planning campaigns in both Green Belt and many Conservation Areas.

Simple. Elegant. Refined.

The cultural consensus behind a common trend of contemporary architecture has long since dissolved, neither a single individuals response nor the mass market is a reliable indicator of what is or isn’t contemporary. What remains fascinating is the ability to reveal what a client desires, when designing a home, vision or legacy, it is critical we understand what a client wants.

As a chartered practice, we follow the RIBA Plan of Work, organising the process of briefing, designing and delivering projects into 8 stages. This allows a legible and transparent process that embeds the client into the project and ensures that clear milestones are established.

The Process.

The RIBA plan of work provides a set framework for new design or construction projects:

  1. Strategic Definition
  2. Preparation and Brief
  3. Concept Design
  4. Spatial Coordination
  5. Technical Design•
  6. Manufacturing and Construction
  7. Handover
  8. Use

Every project, regardless of scale or complexity, starts with a site analysis, where our architects look at the site in question in the context of its immediate surroundings: these surroundings play an important part in determining the final design and dimensions of the building.

The design team will discuss the site analysis and constraints with the client and a wider group of stakeholders if appropriate. The resulting feedback will inform the later stages of design.

Brief development. Site appraisals. Expert guidance.

Observation during site analysis pushes us to subtract, rather than to add ideas we find the site constraints and opportunities allowing the interrogation of the right idea.

Shared knowledge of those in the extended design team and reviews with key stakeholders soon reveals concepts to pursue.

Transparency throughout this process and constant alignment with local policy results in contemporary design in-keeping with its surroundings.

Architectural Design Project

Case Study

Client: Kingsley Healthcare

Contract Value: £6.2m

Procurement: Competitive Tender Design & Build

Duration: March 2018 - March 2020

Services: RIBA stages 0 - 7

Design & deliver a flagship Dementia Care facility, from site identification and land acquisition to completion.

Kingsley required a 66 bed flagship specialist dementia care home with associated facilities providing care for dementia sufferers far beyond the statutory requirements and exceeding the standards set by the existing competition.


  • 47sqm bed GIA
  • Room with Ensuite 19sqm
  • Car parking space for 31 cars
  • Maximising useable external space for gardens
  • Café to become a key meeting node for visitors and residents,
  • create a homely feel within an institutional setting.

The site forms part of a larger care development parcel with relationship with a GP surgery, pharmacy and cottage hospital and is located on the western edge of the campus extending to approximately 0.65 hectares.

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I would definitely recommend them, especially if you want a design which is stylish and contemporary, but also in keeping with its setting.

Managing Director The Tree and Woodland Company

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