Hall for Cornwall

The project involved the full refurbishment of all public parts of the BREEAM ‘Very Good’-rated Hall for Cornwall and the creation of a new multi-layered auditorium, which reveals the stunning historic fabric of the building to maintain its core cultural purpose to entertain.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

The project formed part of the Horniman’s wider ambition to create a better link between the museum and its gardens. The aim of the proposed new community and education building was to create an inspirational learning environment, bringing the learning experience to the outside and therefore maximising the full potential of the existing garden site.

Horniman Museum Nature + Love

Pioneering £8.6m regeneration of the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, south-east London, designed to highlight the climate emergency.

Hoxton Hall

Hoxton Hall is a Grade II*-listed and very rare surviving Victorian music hall located on bustling Hoxton Street in East London. The building is used as a community arts centre.

King's School Canterbury Collection

A series of commissions for The King’s School Canterbury £48m plan.


As part of The King’s School Canterbury £48 million development plan, five projects have been undertaken: the Malthouse Performing Arts Centre, Kingsdown House, Mitchinson’s Day House, an International College, and the Precincts project with the Rausing Science Centre and additional dining facilities—all in collaboration with Skelly & Couch.


The 19th-century Malthouse is a new performance centre for the school, comprising drama and dance teaching facilities, a 350-seat auditorium, theatre foyers, as well as science and art teaching accommodation. It also includes commercial kitchen and dining facilities.

Phase 1 of the Kingsdown House refurbishment created boarding accommodation for 30 pupils, including a common room, study area, and kitchen. For phase 2, a new building was constructed for the older pupils of the house. Kingsdown House won three 2019 Canterbury Society Design Awards and a 2018 Civic Trust AABC Conservation Commendation.

The masterful conversion of a Grade II-listed building provided the Mitchinson’s Day House for 70 non-boarding pupils, featuring study and social spaces, changing rooms, and a kitchenette; ensuring high levels of comfort while minimising operational energy consumption through passive design.

The International College is a purpose-built teaching and residential building designed for international students to live and learn in Canterbury. It offers 34 ensuite bedrooms for students, as well as flats for staff and specialist teaching facilities. Constructed in cross-laminated timber, the three-storey building wraps around a private courtyard for socialising and learning.

Resolving two main challenges on the school’s site, the Precincts Project has updated and co-located science facilities to bring them up to a world-class standard and increased dining and social provision to cater for a larger school population.

The Rausing Science Centre is the school’s first new construction since the 1970s. Situated within a World Heritage Site with a rich archaeological history and Grade I-listed buildings, the centre was meticulously designed to blend with its environment. It features six state-of-the-art physics labs, a versatile auditorium for up to 140 people, and dedicated spaces for staff and circulation. it connects with refurbished biology and chemistry facilities, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.

Lastly, the ground floor of the Grade II listed Shirley hall has been reconfigured to create a second lunchtime venue, providing additional space for students to enjoy meals in a historic and scenic setting.

The developments at King’s School, Canterbury bring the UK’s most historic school to a world-class standard by meeting the educational needs of today while respecting the architectural legacy of the past.




Winner of a RIBA National Award 2021.

Winner of three RIBA South East Awards 2021: Main Award, Building of the Year and Conservation

Civic Trust Awards 2023.

Winner of an AJ Retrofit Award 2021: Cultural Buildings £5 million and over.


Kingsdown House

Winner of three Canterbury Society Design Awards 2019: Overall Winner; New Building in a Conservation Area; and best Refurbishment.

Commended at the Civic Trust AABC Conservation 2018.


Mitchinson’s Day House

Shortlisted for an AJ Retrofit Award 2019.


International College

Winner of a RIBA National Award 2021.

Highly Commended at the in the Civic Trust Awards 2022.

King's School Canterbury – Malthouse

A modern performance centre developed within a historic maltings.


A former maltings now hosts drama and dance studios, a 350-seat theatre encouraging pupil involvement both on and off stage. Foyers, carved out from historic barley kilns, connect to a commercial kitchen, dining rooms, science labs, and art studios. Additional spaces include drama department offices, actor changing rooms, and set production workshops.


The King’s School Canterbury is Britain’s oldest public school, a co-educational day and boarding school. Our long-standing professional relationship with the school has resulted in bespoke standard project specifications, simplifying maintenance, and establishing common design standards for future endeavours.

The sensitive repurposing of the 19th century Malt into a new performance centre involved threading services around existing building features, requiring close collaboration with the whole design team, whilst meeting the client’s brief for facilities akin to those found in professional theatre environments.

Significant upgrades to the fabric and insulation resulted in a largely-reused existing building with great sustainability credentials. Secondary glazing was added to improve efficiency whilst retaining the historic windows and a careful analysis determined which parts of the building could be comfortably naturally ventilated, despite it being immediately beside both the train line into London and residential properties.

Where natural ventilation was not appropriate, heat recovery systems were designed to ensure efficient use of energy in operation. Full M&E services were designed to ensure energy-efficient operation and lower carbon emissions.

Winning a RIBA National and four East Awards in 2021, the Malthouse at King’s School Canterbury was praised as an "exemplar of how to repurpose an existing building in an imaginative, honest, and sensitive way." This recognition highlights the successful transformation of the maltings, now a centre for creating and experiencing drama and dance of the highest quality.



Winner of a RIBA National Award 2021.

Winner of three RIBA South East Awards 2021: main award, Building of the Year and Conservation - Full Article.

Civic Trust Awards 2023.

Winner of an AJ Retrofit Award 2021: Cultural Buildings £5 million and over. The conversion of the Victorian brewery maltings into a school theatre and drama centre was described by judges as combining ‘a freshness of approach while sensitively retaining the character of the existing building’.

King's School Canterbury – Mitchinson's Day House

The tight site within the Conservation area of Canterbury, chosen to provide a day house for 70 non-boarding pupils, contains the remains of a medieval hospice (a Scheduled Ancient Monument) which forms one external façade wall. The Grade II-listed day house comprises study and social spaces, changing rooms and a kitchenette.

King’s School Canterbury – Kingsdown House

Heritage-Sensitive Phased Refurbishment and New Boarding Accommodation


Phase 1 involved the restoration and refurbishment of the Butterfield Building and Master’s House to create boarding accommodation for 30 pupils, including a common room, quiet study area, and kitchen. Phase 2 introduced a new building for older pupils, achieving a BREEAM 'Very Good' rating.


Located near Canterbury Cathedral, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the Grade II-listed Butterfield Building, designed by William Butterfield in 1847, was sensitively upgraded and connected to a new boarding house for girls. The project was successfully executed on a rapid timeline, with the facilities required to be operational by the start of the academic year.

The refurbishment included new glazing and insulation to meet modern thermal standards, while the new building featured windows designed to optimise daylight and natural ventilation while minimising heat loss. The structure uses a recyclable steel frame combined with precast concrete planks and a concrete screed to balance thermal mass and lightweight construction, enhancing thermal capacity and reducing overheating.

Drainage was upgraded to HDPE, a more environmentally friendly option compared to PVC or cast iron.

Inefficient heating and lighting systems in the listed building were replaced, significantly reducing carbon emissions, while low-energy systems were implemented in the new building. LED lighting with 'absence control' was installed throughout to ensure lights automatically turn off when not in use. The heating system features automatic central controls, allowing sections of heating and hot water to be turned off when students are absent, while maintaining warmth in staff areas.

Kingsdown House blends modern functionality with heritage sensitivity. The project achieved a BREEAM 'Very Good' environmental rating, all while avoiding intrusive 'green' add-ons that could compromise its historic character.



2018 Civic Trust Awards – commendation
2017 RIBA South East Awards – shortlisted
2018 Canterbury Society Design Awards: New Building in a Conservation Area
2018 Canterbury Society Design Awards: Refurbishment
2018 Canterbury Society Design Awards: Overall Winner

Matfen Hall, Northumberland

Luxury destination hotel and golf club with strong environmental credentials and a bold growth vision.

Mountbatten House

Heritage-led refurbishment and replacement of services in this iconic Grade II-listed office block.

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