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  • ‘Brickfields’, extending a house in the Norbury Estate Conservation Area

    The Norbury Estate Conservation Area is one of the earliest London County Council state aided housing estates covering an area of 30 acres. This house on Tylecroft Road was part of the second phase of development built between 1919 and 1921 after the First World War. The site was a former brick field which was…

  • Urban Renewal in Hoe Street, Walthamstow

    When approached to assess the potential to develop an existing car park behind a Victorian terrace on Hoe Street, Walthamstow, we analysed the existing building and saw a larger opportunity to transform the existing flats at the same time.   The existing building consisted of a solicitor’s office on the ground floor facing Hoe Street…

  • Knolly’s Road – Construction Images of a Domestic Extension

    These recent site photographs show our residential extension project in Knolly’s Road, Lambeth. The work on this semi-detached Victorian home began earlier in the year following a tender process.   The client was seeking to increase the space in their kitchen and to create a better link with their garden and other living spaces. Located…

  • Chingford Road Contextual Design

    Mark Fairhurst Architects has designed a scheme of nine residential maisonettes and flats to transform an existing garage site located north of Walthamstow town centre. The site is flanked by residential buildings, a two storey Grade II Listed former offices of the Tramway Company and a converted warehouse. The proposal provides comfortable, spacious living accommodation…

  • Belair Cottages, the listed Duliwich residency recently sold

    Cottages is a Grade II listed building in Southwark, renovated fifteen years ago and was recently on the market. Obtaining Planning, Listed Building and Dulwich Estate Scheme of Management Approval was required to both convert and extend the existing building transforming 4 council flats into a single private dwelling.     The residence is located…

  • Construction begins on N16

    We are excited to announce that our latest residential scheme has recently begun construction on site in N16. The proposal is located on a plot of vacant land on the corner of Albion Grove and Milton Grove in Stoke Newington. The area is surrounded by an eclectic mixture of recent, mid-20th century and Victorian buildings.…

  • Project No.1, Tonsley Place, Wandsworth

      Tonsley Place is a residential scheme designed for a bomb damaged infill site in Wandsworth, London. Completed in 2004, the scheme comprises of three five-bedroom terrace houses and was the first commission for Mark Fairhurst Architects. The design’s contemporary, modern appearance takes inspiration from its Victorian street front and residential apartments to the south…

  • New Mixed-Use Sustainable Development for Walthamstow’s Action Area Plan

    Adopted in 2014, Walthamstow’s Action Area Plan is a long term strategy to deliver a high quality shopping and visitor destination making the most of unique development opportunities, creating a sustainable neighbourhood. One such new example is the proposed redevelopment of a corner site to the north of the town centre on Hoe Street designed…

  • Planning Approval for Office Building Conversion in Newham

    Mark Fairhurst Architects are excited to announce we have recently received planning approval for the conversion of an office building at 585 Barking Road in Plaistow, Newham. The building is a former late Victorian detached villa with two storeys, an attic and basement levels which had been converted to a hotel. The site also includes…

  • Garden Studio, Bushmore Crescent

    Located in the Shrewsbury Park Estate Conservation Area, a 1930’s estate designed on the Garden City principal and constructed by the house builder, John Laing and Son near Shooter’s Hill, Mark Fairhurst Architects has designed and obtained planning consent for an ingenious garden studio to a family house.       The client wanted a…

  • Knight’s Hill Square Regeneration, West Norwood

    Mark Fairhurst Architect is involved with designing an exciting new development in the Key Industrial Business Area (KIBA) in West Norwood. It consists of the redevelopment of the Portico Gallery, 1 and 3 Knights Hill Square and 8 Beadman Street. The Portico Gallery was a former Public Hall and currently hosts a range of activities…

  • A Closer Look at Hafer Road

      Hafer Road, a housing development project in Clapham of 16 flats and maisonettes, was completed in 2016. Working closely with the developer Kuropatwa Limited, Wandsworth Council, On the Rise Housing Cooperative, Mark Fairhurst Architects carried out the technical design for the building achieving Building Regulations approval and applying for alterations to the planning scheme.…

  • Design Development: New Infill Development, Hertford Road, Enfield

    Developing the design of a building, especially one situated within a historic context, requires patient liaising with local authority planners and design officers. We have been designing the redevelopment of a prominent corner site in Enfield. The wedged shaped site is located to the corner of Hoe Lane and Hertford Road, opposite a four storey…

  • Completion of a new Domestic Extension in Tottenham

    Completion of a New Domestic Extension in Tottenham. We are excited to announce the recent completion of a domestic extension, interior refurbishment and loft conversion to a terrace house in Tottenham in London. The Victorian terrace property was purchased in 2015 in need of improvement giving significant scope to improve the existing compromised layouts, planning…

  • New Mews Development in Ilford

    We are happy to announce the recent submission for planning approval to Redbridge Council of our Cranbrook Road project north of Ilford town centre. This sustainable car free development consists of seven new residential flats, two mews houses and two new commercial units and intends to help revitalise the high street attracting new investment into…

  • Planning Consent for two new Domestic Extensions in Lambeth

    Mark Fairhurst Architects has recently gained planning permission for two domestic projects in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth. A project at Knolly’s Road is an extension to an Edwardian house and the project at Lansdowne Hill is a refurbishment to a Victorian terraced house. Both locations are characterised by sites with unique…

  • A Bird’s Eye View of Koops Mills Mews

      Koops Mills Mews is a mixed use development completed in June 2015, it consists of around 2,500 sq/ft of ground floor commercial units, seven residential flats and a standalone studio house.   Situated on a Grade II Listed 19th Century former tannery mill, the site was met by very tight constraints. The site is…

  • Shirland Mews Revisited

    We recently revisited a residential project we completed in 2004 at Shirland Mews located in Maida Vale consisting of two single aspect mews houses. One of the houses was being refurbished and we assisted the contractor in advising on the original specification and design. It was a fascinating insight to see how the building had…

  • Principal Designer Services

    Following the introduction of the new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 Mark Fairhurst Architects successfully completed a course run by the RIBA to encourage architects to carry out the new role of Principal Designer since then we offer this service alongside our architectural services. Principal designers have an important role in influencing how risks…

  • External view at dawn of a new office building on Troy Wharf Rickmansworth WD3

    A Bird’s Eye View of Troy Wharf

      Our client Marble & Granite Centre recently emailed us this fascinating video taken of their business premise which we are sharing with you 9 years since the successful completion of their new sustainably designed offices. Located adjacent to the Colne Valley Park, the Marble & Granite Centre is one of the UK’s largest wholesalers of…

  • Transitioning to BIM – Case study: 2 Albion Grove, N16

    In 2017 Mark Fairhurst Architects started the transition from the CAD based technology to the BIM methodology representing a completely new approach to building design and the creation of architecture documents. BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a design process based in the creation of a computer 3D model where all relevant information can be added,…

  • CPD – SOUTHBANK PLACE

    Mark Fairhurst Architects were invited by South London Procurement Network along with reForm Architects to visit the £1.3bn redevelopment of the Shell Centre located behind the London Eye. We were introduced to Glyn Hibbert, the Community Liason Manager from the Canary Wharf Group, who gave us an introduction to the site including its use for…

  • Hall Place, W2

    Mark Fairhurst Architects have obtained planning consent from Westminster City Council for a full width roof extension, ground floor extension and three new elevated roof terraces to the former park keeper’s house at St. Mary’s Gardens, in Paddington Green. The building is the only detached dwelling within an area characterised by blocks of 6 storey…

  • Albion Grove, Stoke Newington, N16

    Mark Fairhurst Architects are delighted to have gained planning consent for an ingenious residential infill scheme consisting of 1 x three-bed, 2 x two-bed and 1 x one-bed flats between two historic Victorian terraces on Albion Grove, Stoke Newington, London, N16. The new building allows access to the existing two maisonettes situated on site sharing…

  • Extension completed at Riversdale Road, London, N5

    An existing Victorian terrace property with lower ground, ground and first floors was renovated and extended create a more flexible and practical living space, to improve the quality of the finishes and strengthen the visual relationship with the garden to the rear. The kitchen was relocated to the centre of the plan between the existing…

  • Cooperative Housing Scheme completes on 4-8 Hafer Road, SW11

    As architects appointed in 2014 by Kuropatwa Ltd. the developer/ contractor for the technical design of the 16 residential apartments at Hafer Road, featured in AJ 14.07.16, we were challenged to deliver what was a relatively complex design by Peter Barber Architects who have a track record of designing innovative and idiosyncratic residential schemes. What…

  • House extension in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea completes.

    The new basement, rear and roof extension to a terrace house in Kensington & Chelsea has now been completed with just some purpose made furniture to go! The rear elevation to the property was completely remodelled to increase the floor area to all floors whilst at the same time protecting the amenity of existing neighbours. A…

  • Successful Lawful development certificate for Greyhound Road

    We have successfully obtained the Lawful development certificate for a loft extension and alterations to an existing Victorian two bedroom two storey house in the London Borough of Haringey. The project consists of the reconfiguration of the internal layout at ground and first floor and a roof extension for  a new double bedroom and a…

  • Technical Design – Koops Mill Mews, London, SE1

    The commencement of the RIBA stage 4 Technical Design with part RIBA Stage 3 Developed Design modifications began in October 2013. The duration of construction has lasted 14 months, completed in June 2015.   Types of Construction Owing to its site constraints, the building was constructed in steel framed primary structure with precast concrete hollowcore…

  • LISTENING TO CLIENTS

    The RIBA Client Liaison group has embarked on important work in assessing client perceptions of architects and have published the first findings of their research gathered from discussions and interviews with clients from a range of client sectors in the ‘Client and Architect- developing the essential relationship’ along with further details of the research (contact…

  • Hafer Road Site Visit SW11

    The construction of the in-situ concrete frame has almost been completed. The preliminary form of various features, such as the courtyards, lightwells, first floor glazed bay windows and second floor projecting balconies, manifest themselves subtly leaving rooms for spectators’ imaginations.    

  • Successful Planning Permission – Phoenix Road NW1

    We have successfully obtained planning permission and a Grade II listed building consent for the refurbishment, conversion and extension of the existing public house ‘The Cock Tavern’ which forms part of the Ossulston Estate. The estate was constructed in 1929-30, to designs of the LCC Architects’ Department under G Topham Forrest, to provide social housing…

  • Successful Planning Permission – Southwark Bridge Road

    We have recently received planning permission for a restoration and alteration to the existing residential three bedroom house in Union Street Conservation Area on Southwark Bridge Road. The project includes internal layout alterations as well as restoration of the front facade: removal of an existing render to expose original brickwork and replacement of the ground…

  • CPD – Southwark Tour

    A tailor-made walking tour of our local area of Union Street organised by Reform Architects, whom we shared our studio space, has been one of our top summer events, alongside with the softball and the Friday regular visits to locals. The tour was led by an experienced local historian, Stephen Humphrey, who is also the…

  • London Met Degree Show Opening 2015

    We were delighted to be invited by Julija, who joined us recently, to the degree show opening for the London Metropolitan University yesterday. Bustling as usual, the opening was packed with young talents and full of excitements and inspirations.  

  • New Build: Hafer Road Site Photo

    A residential new build project is now on site! It comprises 4 maisonettes featured with internal courtyards and gardens and 12 no of apartments with characteristic balconies and terraces. Most of the sheet pilings are installed. Temp works and pops are on getting ready for more concrete pour!   To find out more about the…

  • Koops Mills, Abbey Street, London, SE1

    To find out more about Koops Mills, click here »

  • 3d Model renders for proposed basement, pool, rear and mansard extension.

    Located within the Thurloe Estate and Smith’s Charity Conservation Area, Mark Fairhurst Architects has designed alterations to an existing Victorian three storey terraced house in South Kensington including: new mansard roof, basement, swimming pool and rear extension. To find out more about the Pelham Street project, click here »

  • Neckinger Mills (Koops Mill) soon to completion!

    Some more features such as glass balustrades, planting and the glazed roof are yet to be installed… the project is coming in shape! To find out more about Neckinger Mills, click here »

  • Seasons Greetings *

    One of our clients greeted us with a box of flavour some chocolate wishing us a happy xmas! mfA handpick two of them to share with you the jollies!

  • Neckinger Mills – Snaps In Construction

    An industrial warehouse style new build mixed use scheme is currently under construction in Bermondsey.  It comprises two ground floor commercial units with seven residential flats at the four upper storeys above + a standalone studio house.  * The grey brick and block cavity wall with recessed joint is appreciatively maintained in the design after…

  • Moved into a new location!

    We have moved in to our current location at 48A Union Street at the end of this autumn, around the same time as the opening of a delightful coffee house, The Gentlemen Baristas, opposite the road.  A good coffee can make a good start of the day; a new studio will lead us to an…

  • New Build Residential Scheme Receives Planning Consent

    We have recently received planning consent for a new build residential scheme consisting of two 1-bed duplex, one 1-bed and one 3-bed apartments in the Star Hill to Sun Pier Conservation Area, Chatham. The new build scheme was developed in conjunction with Chatham Council’s planning team on a vacant corner site in front of the…

  • Extension Appeal Allowed, 2-3 Duck Lane

    The extension appeal for the existing planning permission for two 1,700 sq/ft houses in Soho has been allowed on 2nd July. The proposal creates an additional shear storey extension with internal mezzanine. The new houses will achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable homes and include a new rear sloping skylight flanked with photovoltaic…

  • Grand Designs Live, Excel, 4th – 12th May 2013

    Do you want to discuss your ideas for your own ‘Grand Design’ or maybe extending or improving your existing home? You can now book a free 30 minute design consultation slot with Mark Fairhurst at Grand Designs Live at Excel Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL on 9th or 10th May, see details…

  • Successful Planning Permission: Forster Road Bromley

    Planning permission has been granted for a single storey home extension to a terrace property on Forster Road, Bromley. The proposal removes an existing smaller kitchen extending across the rear of the property and opening up internal walls to create a large open plan kitchen and living area with new WC.

  • Grand Designs Live London 12 – 4 May 2013

    Mark will be working at this years Grand Designs Live Exhibition as an RIBA architect  ‘Ask an Expert’ on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May. You can book consultations, simply visit the Ask an Expert area at the show and speak to the front desk for available time slots. Pre-bookable consultations will also be available prior…

  • Update: Reform of Change of Use from Office to Residential

    A government notice regarding the proposed relaxation to the change of use from office to residential has been issued by the Department for Communities & Local Government: – ‘New permitted development rights which will allow offices to be converted into housing without the need for planning permission have been formally announced by the Department for…

  • Successful Planning Permission – 1 Duck Lane, Soho

    New planning permission granted for the construction of the five storey residential building with basement into one 2-bed and one 1-bed apartments.              

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