Since Austin-Smith: Lord was founded in 1949 sustainable design has been integral to our practice. Mike and Innette Austin-Smith were committed to these principles, so much so that they owned and renovated a historic water mill, using the restored water wheel mechanism to generate their own electricity. We try to continue their legacy today by considering sustainable design in all of our projects. Over the years our practice has expanded to include urban design, masterplanning, landscape architecture, conservation and interior design. We have an integrated, collaborative and holistic design process, to which the BREEAM process provides an additional layer of rigour to benchmark our design concepts against. It assists in developing a proactive design methodology and a framework within which to develop, test and integrate design solutions.
Our practice ethos and heritage is imbued with a longstanding commitment to sustainable design. We are committed to fusing design quality with optimum environmental performance.
Our track record demonstrates an ability to combine inspiring design innovation with pragmatic and effective construction solutions for numerous building types – housing, schools, universities, healthcare, arts and culture, office and industrial. We adapt and transfer skills and knowledge across all sectors. We are committed to enhancing the places within which we work, in collaboration with the communities involved. We relish realising projects with our clients and end users, ensuring that buildings and places we design enable them to make a positive contribution to the environment and their communities.
In the last fifteen years we have submitted over fifty projects for BREEAM assessment, achieving twenty four Excellent and two Outstanding ratings. Almost everyone in the practice has been involved in a BREEAM rated project, which has increased their sustainability knowledge and generated all manner of discussions within the practice.