Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Open House 2016 London website is LIVE

On the 17th and 18th of September Open House London will be giving exclusive access to the capitals most engaging and admired projects.  This year SPA will be featuring 2 projects as a glimpse into the aesthetic and ecological ideals of the practice.

We are delighted to re-open the doors of our award-winning project in Belsize Court Garages and for the first time give a rare glimpse into a unique North London residence, Elizabeth Mews. 

Similar to previous years at Belsize Court Garages both properties will be offering architect-led tours every 45min on first come basis. Look forward to seeing you there!

Belsize Court Garages

When: 17th and 18th September, 10am to 1pm
Where: 8a Belsize Court Garages, NW3 5AJ, London
(Tube: Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage; Bus: 168, 268, 24, 46, 113, 82)

Elizabeth Mews

When: 18th September, 10am to 1pm
Where: Elizabeth mews, NW3, London
(Tube: Belsize Park, Chalk Farm; Bus: C11,168)

Please visit the Open House websitefacebook or twitter (
@openhouselondon) for up to date information on participants and activities surrounding the event. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Construction is moving forward!

After the new slab and services, the zinc roof and boundary wall have now been completed!
A few more weeks to go for completion!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Our next project has started on site!

A lot of excavation and a lot of steelwork for the moment, with a lot of help from Charlie Wedgwood from Pryce & Myers Consulting Engineers!
Keep tuned to see this contemporary extension taking shape over the next few months! 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Works near completion at Sibhaven in Highgate

We are delighted to see our project, a remodeling of a Grade II Listed home at Sibhaven in Highgate, smoothly taking shape after six months of busy site works.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Check out our Museum Gateway proposal!

Our exciting competition entry for The Alval Aalto Museum and The Museum of Central Finland Extension in Jyvaskyla, Finland is now in the project list on our website - HAVE A LOOK!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Planning Approval Granted!

We are happy to report another successful planning approval!

The house at 12 Daleham Mews was originally built as two-storey Victorian terraced stables with coachman’s quarters above, which would have served a home on the neighbouring Daleham Gardens, similarly to the other stables on the mews.
The stables occupied the ground floor and were accessed directly by a 3-double door width entrance. The upstairs coachman’s quarters, now a flat, has its own independent entrance and has three projecting bay windows onto the mews.
Although the new two storey extension would be slightly wider than the existing first floor extension, it would feature the same height and roofline as the existing and is not considered to cause any additional impact to the amenity of neighbouring residents than the current arrangement. The extension would be clad in zinc which would match the new dormer window and help to differentiate the new development from the original house.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

An International Architectural Competition for an Extension Between the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland

It appears our work is following the trend!

...although not chosen as finalists from 689 entries.

8 February 2016

"An entry called Silmu (Finnish for a leaf bud) by a team of young Finnish architects is the winner of the international Ruusupuisto design competition.

The popularity of the public architectural competition run by the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Jyväskylä exceeded all expectations. A total of 689 entries were received. The prizes were awarded on ‘Architecture Day’, Alvar Aalto’s birthday, 3 February 2016, at the Museum of Central Finland in Jyväskylä.

The Finnish working group behind the winning entry are Sini Rahikainen, Hannele Cederström, Inka Norros, Kirsti Paloheimo and Maria Kleimola. "

Thursday, 28 January 2016

NW3 CLT: Founding partners with first North London Community Land Trust

Today we are pleased to announce that we are founding partners of NW3 CLT, a new local branch of The National Community Land Trust Network! 

To commemorate our announcement, today we have submitted our first bid for an exciting residential conversion in Hampstead. The project is for a redevelopment of Wells Court, a prominent Victorian housing block on Oriel Place, right in the centre of Hampstead Village. The owner is LB Camden and the building is a recently decommissioned shelter for the elderly, and ripe for redevelopment for some new housing. NW3 CLT thinks it is a perfect opportunity to provide affordable housing by gently adapting the existing layout to create 15no new units for Immediate Rental, and 6no units for sale (2no of would be new rooftop penthouses).

Here are some sneak peak details and illustrations of our proposal:

Wells Court, Oriel Place, Hampstead NW3

Summary of development

Proposed floor plans for redevelopment of Wells Court

Proposed 1- and 2-bed units for Immediate Rental

Thursday, 14 January 2016

First site visit to Sibhaven in 2016

The refurbishment at Sibhaven, the grade 2 listed home in Highgate, is coming together both inside and out! The new stairs to the loft with central bookcase and daybed create a much more open area in what was a previously cramped servant's stair (the new skylight above also helps). The roof is nearly complete with new solar thermal panels, leaded dormers, and the new clay pan tiles. Being airtight should help keep site warmer, just in time as the 'arctic chill' arrives!