Residential design has always formed a major part of our mainstream activity, and through the history of the practice we have been involved in the design, construction and conversion of some 20,000 units across the UK and abroad for a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors.
These projects cover all the varied dwelling types that we inhabit. A direct response to context has led to a range of expressions that has evolved over time, but underpinning all of the work is a constant: an understanding of the essence of how people live and an expression of the fact that these are homes for people. The word home implies something more than the word ‘house’, something about wellbeing and belonging. More than just buildings, these projects are about the places where we live, rather than simply visit or ‘use’.
This creation of successful places – sustainable communities creating sustained regeneration – has always been at the heart of our approach to residential design and development. The range of work that we have been involved in, from small refurbishments, through individual and groups of houses, to apartments and large-scale residential-led regeneration projects, has required an understanding of one of the key aspects of residential design – scale. More than any other building type, the arrangement of dwellings must express and embody both a human scale, the home, and also successfully establish or support an urban response.