Our principles of design

These are our principles, what we stand for as a practice, how we gauge our success, and the principles we are happy to be judged against. They are also principles that I hope to instill in my students.

They are inspired by two things; a recent presentation I attended by Sarah Castle of IF_DO Architects and a book I recently read by Claire Nash on Contemporary Vernacular Design.

1.    Embrace Simplicity and the Ordinary
If it can it be built simply, with common materials in standard sizes, it should be.

2.    Respect for the planet
Sustainability is not a choice, it is inherent in everything we design

3.    Honesty in the use of Materials
If it looks like wood, it should be made of wood

4.    Celebrate Craft
We aim to express how the building is put together in an honest way through the detail

5.    Abhor the pastiche
A building or place should reflect its own era and not have a veneer of another

6.    Create and sustain Communities through building
Not divide and diminish them

7.    Encourage Cooperation, Collaboration and Learning
Understanding our weaknesses and learning from others’ strengths is vital to our development as a practice – “every day is a school day”

8.    Design for People not Profit
We design buildings to bring joy and happiness to the people and communities who use them, not to makeprofit to the people who build them.

9.    Respond to Context
Our buildings should reflect people, location, scale, history, culture, landscape, community

Planning submitted for Bakers Corner...

This week we submitted to Wiltshire County Council a planning application for a large extension to Hannah and Hugh's family cottage at Bakers Corner near Neston. We worked closely with Hannah and Hugh to understand their requirements and also the wider context for the project and we are chuffed to bits with the result.

Nestled within a conservation area we have proposed an unashamedly modern addition to their cottage, removing previous 20th century additions along the way. The materiality is firmly grounded in tradition with extensive use of stone and timber which will allow the building to age gracefully and settle into the surrounding area of Bakers Corner.

We are looking forward to taking it on to site (subject to nice people at Wiltshire Planning Department) later in the year.


Extension to 70's house in Bradford on Avon


We have just submitted a planning application for a modern, light filled, two storey side extension to a 70's house in Bradford-on-Avon for Gethin, Lizzy and family. The final design will make a great family home with space for the children to bounce around in and even a space for Gethin to lock himself away with his guitars! We are looking forward to taking it from the drawing board to on site later in the year.