Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
During their construction and operation buildings consume large amounts of natural resources. They account for half the UK’s primary energy consumption.
We see sustainable design as an integrated and collaborative process to support good design and construction and the operation/management of buildings not as a tick boxing exercise. We are committed to sustainable design in our work through the appropriate use of design methods and technologies to address the four strands of sustainable architecture: energy, use of materials, human health and the global environment.
Guidance and standards may at times seem fragmented, contradictory and bureaucratic. By taking sustainability into account at the inception of a project and by working closely with the client and other members of the design team we can maximise the opportunities for a sustainable design.
Conservation includes the preservation, renovation, repair and adaptive re-use of older buildings.
Preservation of the historic built fabric of a building requires an understanding of local materials and techniques, crafts, culture, history and context. It requires competence and experience.
Our approach to the adaptive re-use of a building is to couple preservation of the existing fabric with a sympathetic and imaginative intervention to secure the economic sustainability of the building with a new use completed to modern standards.
We are committed to using the appropriate criteria and essential skills from the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Guidelines.