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Our Profile
For over 22 years we have created and encouraged an award-winning sustainable approach and accessible attitude to design and research, planning, delivery and management. Our architecture is responsive to each project’s requirements, and we develop our design solutions with an open mind and creative flair, taking into account the future legacy of each piece of work.

We have been involved in innovative and acclaimed projects, both new build and creative re-use, in Education, Housing, Transport and the Arts. Our expertise in sustainability issues is across both the private and public sectors . We are fully conversant with existing and planned government programmes and incentive schemes. We have in-house BREEAM Accredited Professionals who assess the projects early on, enabling us to give sound, cost-effective, practical advice.

Whether we are designing a new building or refurbishing and retrofitting an existing building, we consider and apply practical energy efficient strategies to suit the project. The sustainable approach to designing buildings is to look towards long term viability which means they must be well considered, durable and flexible and adaptable in order to meet the changing needs of the present and future users.

Our extensive experience in designing and delivering our projects in the built environment across a broad range of project types and clients has enabled us to apply practical solutions to difficult problems.

This is illustrated in all of our projects, some of which have been included below.



Urban Regeneration
The Wharves, Deptford
, will see the redevelopment of a 4.5 hectare, underutilised and impermeable urban block in South London. It will be transformed into a genuine mixed-use development with better transport links and a range of amenities critical to ensuring the economic and social sustainability of this large-scale scheme. Our long term ambition is to connect to the nearby South East London Combined Heat and Power energy recovery facility but In the interim, on-site, gas fired CHP, generates 35% of the schemes’s space and water heating requirements whilst absorption chillers deploy waste heat to serve the cooling requirement to commercial space. Higher roofs incorporate PV arrays and rainwater collection whilst lower roofs play host to a mixture of aggregate and meadow planting.


Existing Buildings
Park Hill
, in Sheffield, an iconic 1960s Grade II Listed building, had fallen into disrepair and decline when it was acquired by Urban Splash in partnership with the City Council, Homes and Communities Agency, English Heritage and MMHA. Working closely with the client, we decided the best use of resources was to refurbish the scheme rather than demolish it. The existing concrete frame has been retained and repaired, a new facade has been installed and the existing district heating system has been upgraded to provide high efficiencies. With a density of 192 people per acre, Park Hill is an urban regeneration mixed-use scheme with bars, restaurants, schools, shopping and amenities.


Creating Anew
The Corby Cube
in Corby, Northamptonshire. is a dramatic 21st Century civic hub interlinking council administration, commercial facilities and cultural activities into one efficient building. It is BREEAM “Excellent” rated and uses passive design and low energy alternatives as it’s core approach to the design. Consequently the orientation of the building was carefully considered where the more enclosed parts of the facade relate to the South. This in turn has influenced the design approach to windows, which are operated from the building management system to control the natural ventilation and night purging. Low energy lighting, solar hot water systems and recycled rainwater for the flushing of WCs all contribute to an energy efficient building.


Biodiversity
Highfields Automotive and Engineering Training Centre
, Nottingham, is Seen as an exemplar of joint working, the facilities provide training and research facilities for alternative engineering including hybrid engine technology and biofuels. The site approach explored themes of the relationship between science and nature. The sustainable urban drainage system allows the local ecosystem to thrive while the remaining site – heavily contaminated by previous users - recovers. The building’s brown roofs further encourage local species to re-colonise the site. The scheme successfully connects into and strengthens the local ecosystem and public transport links and in doing so it brings a previously redundant brownfield site back into commission.


Sustainability & Education
Eltham Hill Technology College
is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and seeks to attract ‘Carbon Funding’ by reducing Carbon emissions by 60% compared to 2002 levels. The scheme will also provide 20% of its energy use via renewable sources. The project incorporates both refurbishment and new build where the new buildings are to be naturally ventilated wherever possible. A central atrium space provides daylight from above while also allowing warm air to escape, which in turn draws fresh air in through the adjacent classrooms. An exposed concrete soffit allows the building to retain heat during the day and slowly cool down at night while high performance glass, louvres and blinds reduce the potential heating load.


Sustainability & Transport Infrastructure
We are the architects for the Tottenham Court Road Underground Station Upgrade, Tottenham Court Road Crossrail Station, Stratford Regional Station and Dublin Metro North. A key part of sustainability is to ensure good design which creates safe, accessible, beautiful and popular places and buildings. Large scale engineering led projects often need softer edges to humanise their impact. Our extensive experience in transport in particular and urban design has enabled us to bring art a