Heritage

Sensitively crafting the past.
There is a balance to be struck between an historic building and the ever-demanding needs of contemporary society. With sensitive and careful reinterpretation, existing buildings can work harder and with greater clarity than if they were merely demolished or extended and amorphously ‘modernised’ throughout. 

As a practice, we are known for the sensitive conservation and creative re-use of historically significant buildings. Established in Oxford in the 1990s, our founding clients were prestigious Oxford colleges.  From London’s Grade I listed Natural History Museum to modernist Powell & Moya architecture,  we continue to design modern interventions within or alongside historic buildings – many listed, and all with significant heritage value. In 2015, we won an invited competition to design a new visitor centre for Canterbury Cathedral within the gated cathedral precinct, which is a World Heritage Site.

We create pragmatic, sensitive and harmonious architecture in this sector. If you would like to know more about our work in historic settings, please email Director, James Roach:
175+ 
Heritage projects for 25+ University Colleges in Oxford
50+ 
Design awards for our work in historic settings since 2010