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  • VuCity: A Virtual Parallel World

    VuCity is a software that contains a virtual 3d model of currently 18 major cities in the UK including: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, Brighton, Cambridge, Sheffield, Oxford, Cardiff, Nottingham and Portsmouth. Buildings are modeled from aerial data allowing a high degree of accuracy for representations of the existing context. The software…

  • Planning a Creative Sustainable Environment in West Norwood

    Mark Fairhurst Architects is working with landowners, Norwood Planning Assembly, Norwood Works and other stakeholders in West Norwood at transforming the former industrial area in the town centre into a new creative business hub. This followed engaging with Lambeth Council with their Manual for Delivery in 2017 which looked at future development with an evidenced…

  • London Festival of Architecture Pecha Kucha

    Mark Fairhurst Architects were invited in June to participate in a public consultation looking at the ‘Power of Norwood High Street’ organised by A Small Studio in conjunction with Norwood Works (BID) as part of the London Festival of Architecture.   A Pecha Kucha presentation was organised with local artists, planners, designers and architects to…

  • Mews Development for Slough

    Located in the heart of Slough, Mark Fairhurst Architects has recently designed a residential development set between existing residential and commercial properties on a former car park back-land site. The flats are ideally situated to allow easy access to the High Street and shopping area and are in close proximity to the main line railway…

  • Two New Mews Houses, 42-43 Chagford Street, Westminster, NW1

    Mark Fairhurst Architects has designed two new town houses for a mews site in Westminster NW1. The houses will have four and five bedrooms with areas of 239 and 270 square metres respectively over six levels. They will replace an existing office building and continues the line of established houses along the street, incorporating a…

  • Approved Planning for Family Home in Chigwell Essex

    Unanimous approval has been given from the planning committee of Epping Forest for our new build seven-bedroom home in the leafy suburbs of Chigwell, Essex.     There was a former approval from 2007 entailing a two-storey rear extension and loft conversion, which had since expired. Initially, our company were brought in to review the…

  • RIBA Client Advisers

    ‘RIBA Client Advisors are highly trained, experienced architects and construction professionals who can advise on how to get the best out of all phases of your project, including the procurement process. Having a RIBA Client Adviser on board from the earliest stage can help bring certainty, minimise risk and maximise the value of your investment.…

  • Pelham Street Self Build Project

    Pelham Street is a residential self-build refurbishment and house extension project. It is located on the south side of Pelham Street with views of ‘Albertopolis’ opposite South Kensington Underground Station. The existing house dates from the mid-19th Century built on the north eastern edge of the Smith Charity Conservation Area forming part of a line…

  • RIBA Conservation Architect

    Growing up spending many hours in the grade I listed St. Mary’s Parish Church, Stockport with his father who was the vicar, Mark became familiar with historic buildings from an early age. In November he attended the RIBA Conservation Course in London. The purpose of the course is to achieve accreditation as a Conservation Architect…

  • Neighbourhood Planning

      ‘Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.’ (gov.uk)   Neighbourhood Planners London, is a volunteer initiative that was formed out of the emergence of neighbourhood planning in London. According to a recent study by the Ministry of…

  • ‘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…

  • Designing within a Historic Context: 40-41 b Chagford Street, Westminster, London, NW1

      Designing new buildings within established urban environments requires a thorough understanding of existing context, historic pattern of growth as well as local and national planning legislation. We work closely with planning authorities to ensure new buildings will be sensitive to their surroundings enhancing the historic environment as well as providing exciting contemporary architecture.  …

  • 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 on…

  • 23a George Street, Croydon, CR0

    Mark Fairhurst Architects has received the ‘go-ahead’ for an ingenious mixed-use development in a unique Croydon town centre location. The new mews scheme will provide seven maisonettes above independent work spaces allowing for a live-work community whilst generating a new urban thoroughfare acting as transition between the old town and the future Westfield Centre redevelopment.…

  • Permitted Development 10 Years On

    This year; 2018, marks 10 years since the end of the Financial Crisis. During this time of recession, an important change was made to planning legislation for buildings. This was the extension of Permitted Development rights, which allowed certain building works and changes to be implemented without the need for a planning application. Since this…

  • Civic Trust Awards Assessing

    The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment. The aim is to encourage the very best in architecture and environmental design, to improve the built environment for us all through design, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility, but also to reward projects that offer a positive…

  • Mixed Use High Street Scheme for East Ham

    This month we are happy to announce that planning has been approved for a new residential scheme in East Ham town centre on behalf of Kundra Holdings LLP. East Ham itself is a commercially vibrant area but has lost some of its original character due to the removal of original shop fronts. With this project…

  • 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…

  • 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

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