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  • Understanding Whole Life Cycle Carbon Assessments in the Planning Context

    We have witnessed a significant shift in the construction industry towards more sustainable practices. Among these practices, Whole Lifecycle Carbon Assessments (WLCA) have emerged as a crucial tool in reducing the environmental…

  • Altering Classic Mid-Century Houses: Woodsford Square, Holland Park

    Woodsford Square is a post war housing development of 131 terrace houses located on Addison Road, Kensington and Chelsea. The scheme is one of several developments in the area built at this…

  • Crafting Visions into Reality: Understanding the early stages to successful home improvements.

    Embarking on the journey of home improvements, alterations, or extensions can indeed be a daunting prospect. However, with Mark Fairhurst Architects (MFA) by your side from the very beginning, you’re guaranteed a…

  • Appraisals for Site Developments

    Appraisals for site developments are a critical process in property development that involves assessing a piece of land or property based on various factors related to its development potential. This appraisal helps…

  • Co-Living: A Popular Living Approach in Cities

    Co-living has become increasingly popular with the rise of people living in cities, housing shortages, rocketing rental prices, and widespread awareness of the impact of climate change. While communal living is a…

  • Returning Home to Clapham

    Having worked abroad for 10 years our client wanted to return to their family home which had been rented, however their growing family needed more space and the house required refurbishment. The…

  • Designing within Historic Sites

    The ability to assess a site and understand its historic significance is key in developing a sensitive design approach. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a professional association that…

  • Approach to Sustainability

    Sustainability is considered at all stages of the RIBA Plan of Work and is an integral part of the design process at Mark Fairhurst Architects. We analyse reuse of existing buildings on…

  • The Old Printworks, Nettlefold Place

    We have designed the change of use and alterations to an office building into a two-bedroomed maisonette and ground floor one-bedroom flat both with private terraces, in West Norwood, London, SE27. A…

  • Why Hire an Architect?

    If you want your building project to maximise the potential of a specific plot of land, building or spaces and exceed expectations an architect will help you appraise your site or building.…

  • Maximising space with structural ingenuity

    Knolly’s Road, a residential project in West Norwood, Lambeth demonstrates how thoughtful structural alterations and amendments can transform a living space into a light, spacious and flexible space. The clients, Sue and…

  • Yes in my Backyard

    Hafer Road was recently featured in a BBC news clip about a small pressure group called London Yimby (Yes in My Back Yard) which are encouraging teams of homeowners in suburbs to…

  • Energy Conservation for Homes

    This summer we experienced higher temperatures than usual creating a need for cooling at home and workplace. We face an uncertain winter with energy prices soaring. This has brought into sharp focus…

  • Building Information Modelling at MFA

    We use BIM to streamline the production of drawings and information to provide quality and efficiency within our work streams. We offer our clients this service giving them the opportunity to improve…

  • Mixed use office and residential development, London

    The brief was to redevelop an existing office building located within an industrial estate to maximise the lands development potential. Working closely with the client, Grade Planning, ReForm Architects and the London…

  • New Boutique Hotel Proposed for Tower Hamlets

      Mark Fairhurst Architects has developed a design for a new, 101 room boutique hotel in Tower Hamlets for Ziser London. The site, on Commercial Road between the Isle of Dogs and…

  • Renovating a Grade II Listed Terrace in Bloomsbury

    Leigh Street was set out on former agricultural land owned by the Worshipful Company of Skinners who granted builders permission to build a new row of terraces in 1809. Originally occupied as…

  • Considering Building a Basement?

    Basements provide valuable additional floor area to provide a range of accommodation: office space, conference facilities, cinemas, recording studios, gyms, guest bedrooms, utility rooms, swimming pools etc. Basements can optimise floor areas…

  • UK Government prioritises ‘beauty’ in proposed planning rules

    The UK government has recently issued a response to a report by the Build Better, Build Beautiful Commission in support of their recommendations which include a ‘fast track for beauty’, standard requirements…

  • Backlands Development, Crystal Palace, Bromley

    When approached to assess the potential to develop a vacant backland in Bromley near Crystal Palace, we saw an opportunity to transform the derelict site into a high quality, sustainable, residential development…

  • Academic Technical Building Study: Koops Mills

      Following a recent 30 years reunion since Mark graduated from Newcastle University we were approached by a current third year architecture student Daniel Mijalski there regarding one of our completed projects…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • ‘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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…