Stories

There are many threads that run through our work linking one project with another. Some of these are obvious, but others are less so. These stories are written by the project architects and so provide an insight into the challenges, excitement, and opportunities we experience daily.

Working with 20th Century BuildingsReviving some of the best architecture of the previous generation is revealing and rewarding.  We have long appreciated the environmental imperative, commercial benefit and architectural riches to be found in re-using, re-furbishing and adding to existing 20th Century architecture of all shapes and sizes.  
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Big DigsOur team brings a great deal of past and current project experience on subterranean and concealed buildings. We understand that these buildings often need to be invisible, carefully designed and constructed, and fully functional for day-to-day use. Through innovation we have also found that building underground can be a virtue providing opportunities for light-filled special spaces that endure, function well, and become an attraction to the occupants. 
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Working in OxfordThe city of Oxford is dense with outstanding buildings that represent a rich architectural heritage dating back to the 11C. In the latter 20C, the likes of Powell + Moya, Alison + Peter Smithson and Ahrends Burton + Koralek lent their expertise to the provision of new accommodation for the University in built forms that broke with those of the past.
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Working with ConcreteThrough our work with new and existing buildings, we have often encountered concrete as a primary building material. Concrete is selected for use in buildings for different reasons and we’ve selected two very different projects to share how and why concrete can be used as more than just a structural material.
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Throwing BricksThe Keble team visited Northcot Brick factory in Blockley, Gloucestershire with the steering group from Keble College and Peter Jones from Bam Construction.
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