Design

We believe in understanding the past to design for the future. Our historic environment is a precious resource and our aim is to enhance through design a better understanding of our environment.

As conservation architects the basis of our approach is simple: understanding place and the people that lived there, assessing significance and responding with sustainable sympathetic solutions.

The design process is an iterative and collaborative process. Good design comes from testing and reviewing different options as a team.

As a small practice design is part of our working culture and all our projects are reviewed in weekly design meetings to ensure the highest possible design, sustainability and conservation standards.

We have an excellent track record of gaining listed building consent for alterations to traditional buildings and historic houses. We are often successful in getting consent where other consultants couldn’t.

We work exclusively on old buildings and houses in a conservation area and understand what is likely to achieve consent.

As conservation architects our starting point is carrying out research - understanding the history, the local landscape or townscape. We follow this with a visual assessment – visiting the building and identifying elements of the building that tell us how old it is. This work allows us to understand what is important and where there is scope for change. We test our solutions together, placing an equal emphasis on interior design as well as the exterior.

Case Studies

What our clients said about us

“Thank you for both the email containing the renders, and listed build consent drawings; both Abigail and I are absolutely thrilled with them! The renders do look brilliant, and there isn't really any aspect of the proposal that we haven't fallen in love with.”

 

james mackintosh architects limited

studio@jmackintosh.com

First Floor, 21 The High Street,

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
OX7 5AD

01608 692 310 / 07880 727 150