WE ARE A SMALL ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO SPECIALISING IN THE DESIGN OF BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED NEW HOMES AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS.
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.
Having gained valuable experience in a large office, we wanted to create an intimate architectural practice that unites contemporary design and conservation. Working on listed buildings often requires the involvement of a design architect and a conservation specialist. Our background in both worlds unites high-quality design and conservation expertise in a single practice, allowing us to recycle architecture to create new experiences and breathe new life into all types of historic buildings.
Born out of a passion for craft and making, our new projects combine the qualities of historic buildings but meet contemporary needs. 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 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.