WE ARE A SMALL ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO SPECIALISING IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED NEW HOMES.
Mark Hines was the project architect responsible for the £1.4bn remodelling and conservation of the BBC’s grade two* listed Broadcasting House. He is a former design director of highly respected London design practice MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and is one of the UK’s few Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Scholars, which was set up in 1877 by William Morris.
Working on listed buildings often requires the involvement of a design architect and a conservation expert. Our background in both worlds unites high-quality design and conservation expertise in a single practice, allowing us to breathe new life into all types of historic buildings.
We see architecture, restoration, interior design, and conservation work as discrete strands of a single discipline, rather than separate specialisms in their own right. This approach can help enhance the experience and image of the building and create places where historic architecture, later modifications, carefully judged restoration work and successive redevelopment projects all merge and blend seamlessly into a single harmonious whole.
Our experience in the design, conservation, and commercial worlds allows the development of new proposals that are directly informed by a thorough understanding of the specific historical, cultural, social, economic and physical context of each situation and helps us simplify the design and construction process, balance competing demands and minimise costs.
At the same time that Morris was setting up his Society, the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain was emerging as a reaction against the trend for mass manufacture and aiming to seek a more grounded and aesthetic way of work and life.
We continue to work within this tradition. Born out of a passion for craft and making, our new projects combine the qualities of historic buildings but meet contemporary needs. We like to do simple things well. In architecture, that means buildings that respect their context, with good proportions and a human scale, informed by a thorough understanding of materials and the history of architecture.
We try to give all our buildings an air of timelessness and durability with a focus on warmth, comfort, and character and use beautiful, traditional materials like brick, stone, and timber in different ways to create cosy, humane and atmospheric buildings. We are inspired by the familiar forms, natural materials, functionality, timelessness and modest simplicity of vernacular architecture- everyday buildings that are directly connected to their surroundings.