Barbara Hepworth Studio

1 July 2023

We are working with Tate St Ives and Adam Kahn Architects to transform the Palais de Danse, a Grade II listed workshop used by Barbara Hepworth in St Ives, Cornwall.

The project involves a careful restoration and reinvention allowing the building to open to the public for events, performances and exhibitions. We are developing a new environmental and building services strategy for the building. 

Tate Liverpool

1 October 2022

We are working with Tate Liverpool and 6a Architects on the major reimagining of the landmark gallery on Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. 

The project involves a complete upgrade and replacement of the buildings services addressing the need to eliminate fossil fuels and preparing the Grade I listed building for a zero carbon future.

Bedford School

1 October 2022

The New Academic Building at Bedford School has been granted planning approval. The new teaching facility is arranged across two-storeys and will host 21 classrooms for Maths, Economics and Computer Science along with smaller rooms for group working and seminars.

Working with Niall McLaughlin Architects we have developed an environmental and building services strategy for the new building which prioritises natural light and natural ventilation.

Worshipful Company of Skinners

4 May 2022

Skinners Hall has started on site. The project involves a once in a generation refurbishment of a Grade I listed livery hall in the City of London.

We have designed all new building services for the building.


4 April 2022

We're participating in the #endgasnow campaign launched today and pledging that we will only design heating systems that don't directly burn gas or other fossil fuels.


Church Grove Housing Starts on Site

28 January 2022

Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) start their self-build community housing project to make 36 new affordable homes - the largest of its kind in London.

Shinfield's School Green Centre Open

27 January 2022

Shinfield's School Green Centre is now complete and home to new community rooms, Parish Council offices, cafe and library.

New Vacancies

14 December 2021

Are you looking for a job designing high-performance buildings that make a positive change? 

We have job opportunities for people to do just that working with us. Our design-led practice has many advantages for your development, such as close involvement in high-quality projects, teamwork with great architects and designers, and the variety of learning all environmental building design disciplines in our informal studio atmosphere.

Whether you're a recent graduate or you're working already and looking to make a change, see our recruitment page for details of how to apply.

Holborn House re-opens

10 December 2021

We first made designs on this building 8 years ago. Today the refurbishment and extension of Holborn House is complete and it's ready to welcome back the Holborn Community Association with natural light and ventilation coupled with heat pumps for energy-efficient heating.

Downing College Student Centre

10 December 2021

Downing College's new Student Centre has been granted planning approval. The three-storey structure, close to the College entrance is part of the first phase of a wider master plan. Designed with Caruso St John the design is informed by the College’s original buildings by William Wilkins. 

The BREEAM Excellent rated building will include water to water heat pumps utilising the ground as a thermal bettery. The building will operate 24hours a day and as such has been designed with mixed modes of ventilation with almost all spaces able to be free-running and naturally ventilated.

New vacancies

20 February 2021

We're inviting job applications for the following immediately available roles:

Graduate Engineers: Opportunities for recent graduates.

Intermediate Engineer: Opportunity for an engineer with 1-3 years’ experience of mechanical or electrical engineering design.

Building Physics Engineer: opportunity for an engineer with 3-5 years’ experience of analysing buildings.

See our recruitment page for details of how to apply.


1 November 2019

Shinfield's new community centre has been granted planning consent and is moving into the construction phase early in 2020. The BREEAM Excellent building, designed with AOC Architects, has a cafe, library and multi-functional halls all heated with an air-source heat pump. Other sustainable design features include a rainwater harvesting system.

Abbey Wood

1 October 2019

Planning has been submitted for this new housing development designed by a Bell Phillips Architects-led team for Peabody. The 10-storey building incorporates 66 new homes and commercial units. Our energy strategy features Air-Source Heat Pump communal heating, and a 64kWp Photovoltaic array on the roofs.

Hampstead House preview in Wallpaper

1 October 2019

Stanton Williams’ Hampstead House is complete and has been previewed in Wallpaper Magazine. This new home is heated by ground source heat pump supplemented with solar water heating that stores excess summer heat deep underground. 

Photography: Jack Hobhouse
Photography: Jack Hobhouse

Carlton & Granville project : New London Awards 2019 winner

3 July 2019

The Adam Khan Architects project for London Borough of Brent has been awarded 'Unbuilt Winner' in the mixed-use category. The project includes a nursery school, housing and a community centre with a natural cooling labyrinth.

St Margaret's House granted planning consent

2 April 2019

St Margaret's House, designed by Sergison Bates Architects including Ritchie+Daffin, has now been granted planning consent.

Image: Sergison Bates Architects
Image: Sergison Bates Architects

A day in The Lab

11 March 2019

Click here to see a short video by AY Architects on life in The Lab at Eleanor Palmer School

Join our Studio

22 February 2019

We're inviting job applications from recent graduates and students graduating in 2019 to work on some exciting new projects. See our recruitment page for information on how to apply.

Lisbon Prospects

21 February 2019

Visiting a potential new site in Lisbon with Jose Selgas

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Opens

30 January 2019

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum has opened to the public. It offers visitors an experience of the history of Britain’s most famous airfield during the Second World War. The building's 'A' rated Energy Performance Certificate is achieved with the underground thermal labyrinth we designed to cool the building without air conditioning. 

New building viewed through a secure ventilation hatch
New building viewed through a secure ventilation hatch

St Margaret's House

18 June 2018

Appreciating the daylight through a saw-tooth roof at St Margaret's House - new studios, offices and a performance space for artists and social entrepreneurs.

Affordable self-build housing project granted planning

14 June 2018

This innovative and low cost self-build 33-home project in Ladywell, Lewisham has been granted planning permission.The scheme for the 800-strong local community organisation – the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) will cost £8.6m and has been designed by a team led by Architects Architype, with Ritchie+Daffin as environmental and building services engineers.

St Augustine's Church Refurbishment RIBA Award

15 May 2018

Refurbishment of St Augustine's Church given 2018 London RIBA Award

Image: John Maclean
Image: John Maclean

The Lab at Eleanor Palmer School Opens

1 May 2018

The new science and technology classroom space for children at Camden's Eleanor Palmer School opens.

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum On Site

24 January 2018

The building of the new museum and the conservation of the historic St George's Chapel have commenced with the excavation of the thermal labyrinth, which will naturally warm or cool the ventilation air.

Image: Robin Lee Architecture
Image: Robin Lee Architecture

Second Home Holland Park Opens

24 January 2018

Second Home's West London workspace is now open in Holland Park.

"Second Home is reinventing office life. Is yours next? Step inside its world of vintage chairs, froth insulation and zig-zagging walkways."  Read Olly Wainwright's The Guardian article about the project here

Photo: Iwan Baan
Photo: Iwan Baan

Projects in El Croquis

21 January 2018

Spanish publisher El Croquis has produced a new monograph dedicated to 6a architects that includes many collaborations with us: Sadie Coles HQ, Coastal House, Mews Gallery and two new homes in Hackney and Islington. 


12 January 2018

We're inviting job applications from recent graduates and students graduating in 2018 to work on some exciting new projects. See our recruitment page for information on how to apply.

Worshipful Company of Skinners

12 January 2018

We're helping The Worshipful Company of Skinners re-think the building services of their home in the City of London.

Bespoke Ventilators Assembly Line

14 November 2017

We made these. Bespoke acrylic ventilators assembled and ready for fitting at Second Home Holland Park

Lyndsey Ingram Gallery

6 November 2017

Lyndsey Ingram's new London gallery opens with a beautiful new interior designed by Simon Jones and engineered by us. The heat pump is integrated into the grade II listed facade. 

Lyndsey Ingram Gallery Facade
Lyndsey Ingram Gallery Facade

Clandon Park Competition Shortlist

24 May 2017

Six practices have been selected to take part in the final stage of the competition to restore and reimagine Clandon Park following the fire in 2015. We are developing environmental design ideas with the Sergison Bates / AOC Architecture-led team. The winning team is expected to be announced in autumn 2017.

Second Home Lisboa Opens

19 December 2016

Our second project for Second Home is now open in Lisbon.  This refurbishment features 1000m2 of radiant floor - heated in winter and cooled in summer using a reversible heat pump.

Radiant floor under construction

Augustinian Centre Extension

1 May 2016

Some initial sketches for the refurbishment of the church and construction of a new residential building for the Order of St Augustine in Hammersmith.

St Hilda's College, Oxford. Competition

1 March 2016

We worked with 6a Architects on this competition proposal for a £10m project to increase the amount of accommodation for students and live-in fellows, as well as providing new teaching spaces, a common room, porters' lodge and entrance. Our idea was to use the nearby River Cherwell for heat exchange to either warm or cool the building.

6a Architects Visualisation
Environmental Strategy Diagram
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Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon

4 January 2016

Our second collaboration with Second Home and SelgasCano Architects, this time in Lisbon. Creative reuse of the Mercado de Ribeira.

Hampstead House Demolition

26 September 2015

The old house was demolished this week marking the start of the construction phase.


Morpeth Road gets planning go-ahead

10 September 2015

The new houses on Morpeth Road designed by Urban Salon Architects & team for Peabody gets planning consent from Hackney Council.

Morpeth Road Visualisation
Morpeth Road Visualisation

Studio visit to Munich

2 July 2015

While on a study tour of museums and galleries in Munich we popped into the innovative Museum Brandorst to see various active daylight controls first-hand.

Museum Brandhorst
Museum Brandhorst

Raspberry Pi

16 March 2015

We've been testing Raspberry Pi cloud-based environmental monitoring in the studio.


15 January 2015

We worked with Gibson Thornley Architects on their community building, sports pavilion and landscape in Sessay, North Yorkshire, which was short-listed for the RIBA Competition

Aldabra House Visitor Centre for Seychelles Islands Foundation

20 November 2014

We’re delighted to be part of the winning team to design Aldabra House Visitor Centre for Seychelles Islands Foundation. The client's brief for the centre is that it "be built to the highest international standards of sustainable architecture" and will give visitors an experience of one of the most unique coral reef ecosystems anywhere in the world. The reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also home to a large population of giant tortoises.

Cromwell Tower

19 November 2014

The lower four floors of part of the Cromwell Tower in the famous Barbican Estate have remained empty since the building was completed. We have recently begun work to turn this unusual lost space into a contemporary home.

Morpeth Road, East London

14 September 2014

Selected to Peabody's Major Projects M&E consultants framework and started work on the new housing on Morpeth Road, East London