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Andrew Brownsword Hotels Ltd Bath Priory Ltd Benugo Ltd Berkeley Square House City Fusion City Retreats (Hotels) Daventry District Council Docklands Light Railway Ltd East Midlands Development Agency Emco EstatesFairmont Hotels Gleeson MCL Ltd Gordon Ramsay Holdings GVA Grimley

Ipswich Borough Council Jarvis Construction Plc Jones Lang LaSalle Knight Frank LaSalle Investment Management Leaside Regeneration Ltd London Borough of Barking & Dagenham London Borough of Brent McKinsey & Company Network Rail North West Estates The Oriental Club Persimmon (City Developments) Ltd Rocco Forte Hotels

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40 Under 40

40 Under 40 Winner

Liz Pickard was selected as one of the Europe 40 Under 40 Architects in 2010. "Europe 40 Under 40" is an annual initiative that spotlights the next generation of successful architects who will impact Europe's future living and working environments, cities, towns, and rural areas in the decades to come.

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Oriental Club opens

The new extension to the Grade 1 listed Straford House, home to the Oriental Club has opened and has been warmly received by the members. The project provides 11 new bedrooms and extensive modernised facilities for members and was awarded planning and listed building consent in Westminster without a single objection raised and with the full support to the design from English Heritage.

iCon BCO Winner

iCon success continues with British Council for Offices Win

A great year for the iCon was capped off by winning the prestigious BCO Awards 2012 Commercial Building fo the Year for the East Midlands Region. We are pleased to announce that the iCon has also been recognised by the following awards and is featured Wood Architecture as only 3 UK based projects - Building Awards 2012: Public building of the year Finalist - Civic Trust Awards 2012: Regional Merit - RIBA Awards 2012: Shortlisted

iCon Environment

iCon awarded for environmental excellence

Consarc Architects' iCon Innovation Centre has been recognised for its impressive environmental credentials by picking up a host of awards throughout the year. The BREEAM rated excellent building was named Winner of the 'Environmental Sustainability Award' at the East Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards. The building was also named winner of the Green Apple Award and scooped third place at the International Environmental Green Dot Awards.

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Practical Completion on ERC Equipoise

The new office for specialist consultant firm ERC-Equipoise achieved practical completion in August 2012. Consarc Architects were appointed as design advisors for the refurbishment of the firm's new offices. We assisted with due diligence required to meet the client's spatial brief and also provided consultation with regards to the design development and appointments.

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Stoneleigh Park Headquarters On Site

The Consarc designed office headquarters for a large government department within Stoneleigh Park has commenced on site. The project follows the successful delivery by Consarc of a major planning consent for the overall redevelopment of Stoneleigh Park as a specialist Agri-Food & Equine specialist, Research & Development Science Park.

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Liz Pickard appointed as UCL Bartlett Module Director

Consarc Director Liz Pickard is pleased to have been appointed as Course Leader on the Bartlett School of Architecture's Postgraduate Diploma of Architecture (Advanced Studies). She leads the module on Practice & Management. The appointment follows over 18 years as a Part III external examiner at this leading school of Architecture.

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800 year old Ancient Monument Amberley Castle consents

Consarc have successfully secured several new listed building consents on this complex nationally important Castle. Individual consents have been carefully planned to enable the full refurbishment of the 800 year old Amberley Castle Hotel; a Grade I listed building and ancient monument, within an area of outstanding natural beauty and national park.

Wood Architecture Now! 2

Taschen's Wood Architecture Now! 2 features The iCon Innovation centre

Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 is Philip Jodidio's compilation of pioneering works where the main construction material is wood. The iCon is one of the selected innovative projects featuring in this international prestigious publication.

Brent Civic Centre

The new Brent Civic Centre opens to the public

Director Liz Pickard was initially appointed to produce a comprehensive brief for this key Civic and workplace headquarters. Her role evolved to key advisor to the Civic Centre project board and Leaders of the Council, strategic advice on procurement and technical client advice for the first three years of this prestigious project. The building was designed by Hopkins and built by Skanska. We are delighted the building is true to the original vision and wish Brent success in their new home.

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Oriental Club, Grade 1

The Oriental Club approached Consarc to look at the possibility of extending their current premises, Stratford House - a Grade I listed building, to occupy an existing courtyard site. The proposal was to re-develop the existing courtyard site with a new 5 storey building to contain new members facilities and 8 members bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms. The brief also provided for the relocation/upgrading of any back of house services compromised by the installation of the new accommodation. As well as the relocation of staff accommodation at the basement level compromised by the removal of an existing two-storey cottage.

Wans Barn, World heritage site

As part of the Dorset farm diversification scheme this barn shelter formed part of a pair of hay storage barns. Located in the jurassic coast world heritage site the original construction of the barn was dilapidated concrete portal frames with asbestos sheet cladding. This structure was, on one of the barns adjacent to an original stone and brick wall. Using this wall as a key device in the re-imagining of the barn we maintained the original openings and key open walls but infilled the inside of the barn to create a four bedroom, four bathroom dwelling with dramatic full height living and hall spaces. It employs air source heat pumps and whole house ventilation as part of its environmental strategy. The external conditions of planning required the building to look exactly as it had as a barn shelter to maintain this ‘essential character’ of the landscape. The sustainable location, the sensitivity to the landscape and the use of high quality local materials and workmanship were all important elements which contributed to the successful completion of a contemporary solution in a highly sensitive rural context.

Knight Frank HQ, London

With over 900 staff located in over 7 different buildings, Consarc worked for property consultants Knight Frank to create an open plan working philosophy in a new central headquarters building. Knight Frank expressed a need for their new office to have a clear sense of unity, to ensure that each of their 50+ departments were easily connected and could achieve greater communication/collaboration. All of this despite being spread over three floors. This challenge was overcome by designing a helical staircase within the working floorplan to link the floors, encouraging cross departmental interaction. Acting as a focal point, and highlighted by an adjacent three-storey ‘light wall’, the staircase visually links the three floors together. The fit out was managed effectively over 3 weekends with the total project duration being just 20 months from start to finish. The project went on to be awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status and was a finalist in the BCO Awards 2010 for the Best Fit-Out Category.

Ipswich Council HQ

Consarc have delivered a sustainability-led mixed use building in the heart of Ipswich Village for Ipswich Borough Council. The client wished to achieve excellence in design by exceeding benchmark standards of the British Council of Offices UK (BCO) office specification and respond to the accredited BRE Environmental Assessment Method standards to achieve a ‘very good’ level of performance. Wherever possible environmentally-friendly systems, materials and methods of construction were employed. Throughout the development and construction process the architectural philosophy has been one of subtlety, restraint and composure. The project was completed for £9 million, including new build shell and core, cat A and B inclusive. This project won the Regional BCO Award for Best Corporate Workplace in 2007.

Rocco Forte Hotels: The Lowry

The Lowry Hotel was Manchester’s first ever five-star hotel. An intimate understanding of the hotel market and Rocco Forte Hotels’ brief enabled an uncompromising contemporary approach to the creative challenge of recreating a perception of ‘five-star quality’ into a new architecture. Consarc acted as lead consultant, architect and interior designer. The £30 million project opened successfully having been fully designed and constructed within its original programme of 28 months.

Langdon Park DLR Station

DLR’s latest flagship station, Langdon Park, will regenerate Poplar. By creating an open bridge and transparent ‘beacon’ lift towers the £7.5M station provides a permanent visual connection from the track crossing to lifts and station platforms. Integrating several unique materials, careful consideration was made in the choice of ETFE for Trackside Canopies and structurally integral Fibre Reinforced Composite in the Bridge Roof. This project won a regeneration award from the British Construction Industry 2008.

Benugo Restaurant, London

Benugo “combines the urban cool of New York’s deli sandwich bars with the freshness of Italian produce”. We were appointed to recreate these dynamic interior concepts into an environment that enhances the Benugo brand. Following the successful completion of Benugo's in Berwick Street, Soho, we completed the fit-out of Benugo's next high street deli bar at 23-25 Great Portland Street. We have also provided full architectural services for a number of other Benugo Ltd deli bars across London.

Salisbury Abode, Grade 2

Consarc have been commissioned by hotelier Andrew Brownsword to design their next hotel, a new build 56-room boutique hotel in Salisbury. Incorporating two listed buildings to one side and a facade retention on the other, a new build link will add retail space at ground level and hotel rooms above. Consarc’s experience in hotel design combined with sensitivity to the site specifics led to a solution that both respects the historic building whilst maximising the value to the client.

The Ellington Hotel, Leeds

Designing on a brownfield infill site within a Georgian terrace, we have developed a new-build 36-bed boutique hotel in the heart of Leeds. The scheme incorporates a double-height restaurant and a range of bedroom and suite types centred around a full-height atrium, which acts as the social hub of the hotel. At ground floor level, the entrance, reception and lounge space flows into the breakfast room at the base of the atrium. This project won the Best Altered Building Award at the Leeds Architecture awards 2009.

Sydney House, London, Grade 2

The Sydney House Hotel sits behind two 5-storey Grade II Georgian facades, which conceal the elegant modernisation within. The buildings were dramatically converted into a contemporary 21-bedroom boutique brand. All furniture and fittings were designed bespoke for the bedrooms and light cleverly concealed creating different scenes. Innovative technologies give each user a high degree of control over the guest environment. A separate two-bedroom apartment was developed at the rear of the property.

Abode Hotel, Salisbury

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Consarc have been commissioned by hotelier Andrew Brownsword to design their next hotel, a new build 56-room boutique hotel in Salisbury. Incorporating two listed buildings to one side and a facade retention on the other, a new build link will add retail space at ground level and hotel rooms above. Consarc’s experience in hotel design combined with sensitivity to the site specifics led to a solution that both respects the historic building whilst maximising the value to the client.

Savoy Group, London

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Consarc have had an ongoing relationship over many years with the Savoy Group and associated companies. We have completed a refurbishment of the restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in collaborating with US interior designers Barbara Barry Inc, and refurbished the Savoy Grill. We have worked on over 40 projects at the hotel consistently updating and improving design and space utilisation. The latest project involved developing detailed designs for 270 suites and rooms to update and reconfigure original 1930’s room layouts.

Dagenham Civic Centre

Following a successful OJEU bid, Consarc were appointed to design a new extension to the existing Grade II listed Dagenham Civic Centre which lies at the heart of the community and adjacent to the green belt. The scheme achieves a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, providing 50,000 sqft of new civic building to include workspace for 600 staff, registry, central auditorium space, cafes and exhibitions zones. Consarc were further commissioned to develop and fully refurbish the existing three-floor 1960’s annex building. The open plan working space embraces new ways of working and pilots culture change.

Willesden Green Library

A commission for a multi-faceted strategic brief and feasibility study for an existing library and neighbouring land, but with a wide remit. This covered assessment of the building, its’ operational relationship to the nearby Civic Centre, its’ purpose within the community and its’ funding as part of a business plan/model. Mltiple options and sub-options were provided that ranged from minimal intervention (limited to asset repair) up to mixed use new build redevelopment of the whole site. The report identified key opportunities and strengths in the existing building – both intrinsically and in the community – and focussed on how these could be maximised – while minimising the weaknesses – to the benefit of the community and the Council within a considered business plan/strategy.

Slough Borough Council

Consarc were invited to work with Jones Lang LaSalle on proposals for a new Civic Centre in Slough. Consarc prepared detailed site analysis and designs to demonstrate the potential of the site. The brief from the client was to provide a highly efficient and flexible high quality building with office space, a business centre, a Council Chamber and other support spaces, for 1250 staff in one building in a key accessible area in the centre of Slough.

Brent Borough Council Civic Centre

Consarc worked as Joint Lead Client (Architectural) Advisor to the London Borough of Brent on the development of their new Civic Centre in the regenerated Wembley masterplan. Initially appointed to produce a comprehensive brief for the new centre, site finding analysis, technical advisory and a feasibility study for the existing Listed Town Hall site, the role evolved into a key advsiory role in establishing the criteria and the procurement of the delivery design team and main contractor for the entire scheme. Services encompassed procurement advice, tender evaluation, detailed brief writing, consultancy and planning services. The Civic Centre was delivered by Hopkins and Skanska to Consarc's Building Brief and was successfully completed in 2013. The vision for this complex public development was for a new typology of 'Civic' building that combines flagship public services and modernised working practcies into one fully accessible multi-functional civic hub.

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Super Kingdom

Working in collaboration with artists London Fieldworks Consarc designed three unique animal residencies based on despots’ palaces in part of an ancient forest in King’s Wood. The artists’ brief was extended to develop installations providing shelter for a number of animal species. This was done through analysis of despotic architecture to create these unique installations consisting of water catchers, bird boxes and moss-growing crevasses. The exhibit is designed to change and wear over time as the pieces slowly age with the woodland.

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Environmental Policy

Consarc is committed to the protection of the environment and to achieving high standards of environmental and sustainable design. We view this not as a limitation, but as a global objective that can deliver real added for project and client alike. As a part of Consarc’s commitment to maintaining the highest levels of environmental management, it is the intention that we follow the systems prescribed in ISO 14001.

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Bankside Bikeshed Competition

The competition called for innovative solutions to bicycle storage for the Bankside area in London. Our response to the brief was one of reinvention. Like the red pillar box or phone box we sought to develop a proposal that would add to the lexicon of a new generation of signature street furniture, synonymous with Bankside and it’s cycling agenda. The simplicity of our design is intended to work with and enhance the public realm. Using a series of versatile interlocking modules our proposal can be configured to respond to any number of sites, varying bike capacities and natural environments. Each module is proportioned by the urban parameters in which it’s placed: the parking bay, the dimensions of a flat bed truck, the depth of a typical curb edge. The exact configuration of each installation could be directly affected by its context. A module could be propped against a wall when undercover which in turn could be used as a skate ramp. A configuration placed at the entrance to the Tate Modern might be fashioned from a number of interlocking modules to create a more sculptural form, providing shelter from the rain and incorporating seating for passers by.

Lasalle Investment Management HQ

Consarc worked with LaSalle Investment Management on the relocation of 165 staff to a new office located in the heart of Mayfair, London. Our workplace services improved not only the aesthetics of their new Headquarters, but also dramatically changed their working practices, efficiency and culture. The brief required consolidation of all staff onto one floor, improved internal communication and a strong brand and identity. Consarc responded by incorporating extensive collaborative breakout spaces, supported by a dedicated set of booths for concentration space. The fit out utilises variable density desking between work teams for an efficient use of space, enabling the furniture to ‘flex’ ensures all users have workstations only as they require. Consarc fused a classic palette of colour, materials and furniture with a bold and witty use of graphics to deliver an environment that is stylish, functional and integral with the identity of the company.

Chengdu Towers

Consarc were invited by Cartwright Pickard Architects to collaborate on the submission for an international competition in Chendu, China. The brief was to provide a vibrant and land-marking mixed-used urban complex to include retail, entertainment, serviced apartment and luxury hotel facilities, in the centre of Chengdu.

Savoy Group, London, Grade 2*

Consarc have had an ongoing relationship over many years with the Savoy Group and associated companies. We have completed a refurbishment of the restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in collaborating with US interior designers Barbara Barry Inc, and refurbished the Savoy Grill. We have worked on over 40 projects at the hotel consistently updating and improving design and space utilisation. The latest project involved developing detailed designs for 270 suites and rooms to update and reconfigure original 1930’s room layouts.

Amberley Castle, Grade 1

Working with longstanding clients, Consarc have successfully secured over 12 sepearate approvals for adaptation and enhancement projects for the long term refurbishment of this grade 1 listed Ancient Scheduled monument. The works will be progressively phased over the next 3 years as sequential listed building approvals are established. Consarc acted as client advisor and architect to the hotel group and undertook extensive liasion with English Hertitage and the South Downs planning team to maximise the success rate of interventions into the historic fabric and this nationally important monumnt which is over 900 years old.

Desert Eco Hotel

Consarc Architects have developed the detail design for an innovative 4 star eco-hotel and leisure resort; to be situated at the foot of a rocky mountain range. The proposal provides across two floors, 53 double rooms, 3 wheelchair accessible double rooms, 3 family suites and 1 presidential suite. The hotel acts as a base from which the surrounding desert can be enjoyed and explored.The building is designed to be a focus of leisure activities in the surrounding desert including desert excursions, ballooning, stargazing/astronomy and visits to cave engravings.

The Dairy, Dorset

Situated in an AONB and World Heritage Site this small project formed part of a wider Farm Diversification scheme in Dorset, and is the sister scheme to the Wans Barn project. Planning policy at national level is highly supportive of diversification of Rural farms to support the sustainability of small-holdings but Local planning policy is often entirely unsupportive of this strategy. Both this building project and the Wans barns only achieved permission on the grounds that the existing building would be ‘substantially reused’. This was at the same time as the structures were acknowledged in the Local Plan as ‘Eyesores’. Through sensitive, lengthy and often highly frustrating resubmissions the consents were finally achieved. This project converts a formal cow stall of block and asbestos cladding into a 3-bedroom holiday cottage.

Solicitors HQ, London

Consarc are currently working with a firm of leading UK solicitors to assist with the reconfiguration of their Central London office, with a view to moving to an open plan office layout. Through a series of interviews with all the legal partners, we were able to produce a detailed report on culture change and new ways of working, alongside design studies of the existing workplace to identify the potential challenges and solutions for the re-design of the office.

AHDB Headquarters

This new build 36,000 sq ft headquarters is due for completion in 2014 and will form the new home of the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board. The project follows the successful delivery of the approved masetrplan development of Stoneleigh park into an agri-science specialist business park. Consarc have been appointed by the landlord to design the shell and core as architects and by the incoming tenant to undertake the full fitout. The building is currently under construction. Services include full architecture, workplace design and consultancy and furniture selection and procurement.

The Oriental Club, London

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A long established member’s club in Stratford House, a grade 1 listed Georgian building in the central of London requires additional bedroom accommodation to a 5 star hotel standard. These will be located in an existing courtyard on 3 levels of a new build extension and will also require the demolition of an existing cottage at the rear of the building. Although modest the project is a complex one requiring careful consideration of a number of issues; planning/listed building consent, historical impact, adjoining owners, very restricted access as well as fire, acoustics and structural issues.

iCon Innovation Centre

Consarc won an open competition organised by the RIBA and the BRE to design this multi-award-winning Innovation Centre in Daventry. The iCon houses The Sustainable Construction Innovation Network (iNet) and provides 54 incubator spaces for innovative start-up companies in the field of environmentally focused construction, public exhibition space, conferencing facilities for 300 people and a cafe. The 4000m2 building was awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status. This exemplar project uses only 12.2 kg of CO2/m2 per year and showcases the feasibility of achieving maximum energy efficiency and zero carbon status via sustainable design and construction techniques and integration of renewable energy technologies. The building has full environmental monitoring equipment installed and is undergoing a two-year post occupancy evaluation analysis.

Amberley Castle, Sussex

Amberley Castle is a unique luxury hotel located in the picturesque village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs. The castle is a Grade I listed building and a schedule ancient monument. The 900 year old castle is enclosed by a 60 foot curtain wall and working portcullis behind which operates an award winning luxury hotel offering the highest standards of food and service. Consarc are acting in a design and advisory capacity on a number of sensitive refurbishments to upgrade the existing hotel rooms as well as key improvements to the back of house areas. Consarc are also advising on a number of new-build interventions and heritage regulatory considerations.

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The Carlton Club, London

In addition to restoration work to this Grade I listed civic building following terrorist bombing in 1990, extensive alterations to the basement area were made, adding library, billiards room and members’ changing facilities. Consarc liaised with an architectural historian, the Museum of London and archaeologists to support the production of accurate specification of details whilst considering refurbishment of doors and walls to meet contemporary fire safety standards for a public building. The RICS awarded Consarc “The Crafts in Building Conservation” Award for this project.

Interchange Design, Leeds & Stoke

The objective of these feasibility designs was to respond to and identify specific interventions that can be implemented in the near future at the existing Leeds Station and Stoke Bus Station. The designs identify some larger scale interventions that would serve to maximise the commercial potential of the existing station, as well as proposing new development areas of the stations. These outputs combine as a new Station Masterplan. For Leeds a standalone retail pod that could be modified to suit the various conditions within the station areas was created. A planning and listed building consent was granted for development of the pods in the Grade 2 listed hall.

Hanley Bus Station, Stoke

Consarc developed design proposals for a new bus station in Stoke city centre with a view to regenerating the surrounding area. Consarc's proposal sought to establish a high quality benchmark ito form part of the cities wider development projects and public realm improvments in order to create a strong positive brand for the City Centre as a place to visit and invest.

Chengdu Towers, China

This proposal, developed in collaboration with Cartwright Pickard, is for a twin tower design above a 5 storey retail complex in the equivalent central crossroads location in Chengdu - the largest city in the world, to Oxford Circus in London. The towers contain residences, 2 major hotels, spas and offices.

Canon Street Station, London

Consarc was appointed by Network Rail to undertake extensive refurbishment of Cannon Street Station in the City of London. The client’s aspirations for the Cannon Street Station refurbishment were clear: to transform the station into one belonging to that of its ‘major station’ portfolio; to greatly improve the retail opportunity offered by the concourse; to enhance the customer experience of the station; to develop a clear and consistent branding message through architecture and signage; and finally to carry out all of the essential repairs identified, including the removal of asbestos. The intention was to achieve all of the above with minimum disruption to the daily passenger flow through the station. Consarc’s design solution was to deliver the client’s requirement through identification of various areas for potential improvement throughout the existing facility. The aim was to bring a cohesion and consistency to what was a visually cluttered environment and to enhance the station’s connection to the surrounding urban context. Initial proposals looked at giving the main entrance facade a distinctive identity with a large-scale ‘supagrahic’ frieze using overlay mesh cladding.

Cannon Street Station, Concourse

Following a successful OJEU submission, Consarc was appointed by Network Rail to undertake extensive refurbishment of Cannon Street Station in the City of London. The client’s aspirations for the Cannon Street Station refurbishment were clear: to transform the station into one belonging to that of its ‘major station’ portfolio; to greatly improve the retail opportunity offered by the concourse; to enhance the customer experience of the station; to develop a clear and consistent branding message through architecture and signage; and finally to carry out all of the essential repairs identified, including the removal of asbestos. The intention was to achieve all of the above with minimum disruption to the daily passenger flow through the station. Consarc’s design solution was to deliver the client’s requirement through identification of various areas for potential improvement throughout the existing facility.

Leeds Station, Leeds

The objective of this feasibility design was to respond to and identify specific interventions that can be implemented in the near future at Leeds Station. In addition, the project also identified some larger scale interventions that would serve to maximise the commercial potential of the existing station, as well as proposing new development areas of the station. These outputs combine as a new Station Masterplan. The team developed the design of a unique retail pod that could be modified to suit the various conditions within the station areas. A planning application was granted for development of the pods in the listed hall of the station.

Bankside Bikeshed, London

The competition called for innovative solutions to bicycle storage for the Bankside area in London. Our response to the brief was one of reinvention. Like the red pillar box or phone box we sought to develop a proposal that would add to the lexicon of a new generation of signature street furniture, synonymous with Bankside and it’s cycling agenda. The simplicity of our design is intended to work with and enhance the public realm whilst providing a catalyst for cultural interventions to ensue. Using a series of versatile interlocking modules our proposal can be configured to respond to any number of sites, varying bike capacities and natural environments. Each module is made of a material that performs to suit its needs to ensure that they are robust, recycled and beautiful.

Most Holy Trinity Church, Grade 2

This concept design for this significant post war Grade 2 listed chuch in the Docklands provides a new community hall for the outreach programme of this active congregation.

Pylon Competition

Consarc worked collaboratively with leading consultants to develop a proposal for the RIBA pylon international competition. The design reduces the visual effect of the pylon against the landscape, whilst bridging the gap between engineering and nature by developing a design that is not only functional and economically efficient but one that is also sculptural and sympathetic to its natural context. The base of each pylon is designed to afford an opportunity to create a series of wildlife nodes within either urban or rural landscapes. These nodes can provide sanctuary, shelter and support for some of Britain’s most endangered wildlife.

Superkingdom, King's Wood

Consarc Architects collaborated with artists London Fieldworks to design these unique woodland animal residencies. The installations are based on despots’ palaces, offering a somewhat startling imposition on this patch of ancient forest in King’s Wood, Kent. The original artists’ brief of a film-set was extended to develop installations providing shelter for a number of animal species. Consarc developed the dominant characteristics of buildings associated with dictatorshiip into a hybrid architecture – a progeny of imposing, regimented structures and the organic context of the forest that take form through the analogy of clamping, enveloping, suspending and parasitic growth. The result is these unique installations consisting of water catchers, bird boxes and moss-growing crevasses. This exhibit is designed to change and wear over time as the pieces slowly age with the woodland.

Media City

The project is a fully serviced television, radio and sound production facility with all ancillary accommodation to support the primary purpose, along with office spaces, a preview theatre, drama, music and rehearsal studios as well as staff welfare facilities. The main production studios (4 no.) include 1 that accommodates invited audiences for live/pre-recorded productions. The studios are the building’s core with ancillary accommodation on the periphery. Common staff facilities and executive offices are above the studios. This arrangement allows for smaller scale articulation of the facades with larger scale elements at the corners of the building.

The Oriental Club Redevelopment

The Oriental Club approached Consarc to look at the possibility of extending their current premises, Stratford House - a Grade I listed building, to occupy an existing courtyard site. The proposal was to re-develop the existing courtyard site with a new 5 storey building to contain new members facilities and 8 members bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms. The brief which Consarc formed also provided for the relocation/upgrading of any back of house services compromised by the installation of the new accommodation. As well as the relocation of staff accommodation at the basement level compromised by the removal of an existing two-storey cottage.

The Wildflower Centre, Liverpool

Through our proposal for the National Wildflower centre, Consarc attempted to expose and expressing the dynamic processes of nature and conservation to anyone who visits the centre. The character of this exciting design aspires to reflect the simple mathematical principles underlying the myriad aesthetics of nature. The circlular form of the buildings suggest the most basic natural cycle: from seed, to plant, to seed. The design aims to mimic nature’s endless iterations, where successive degrees of scrutiny repeatedly reveal the same patterns, molded in response to environment and over time through evolution.

Global Gourmet, London

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Consarc developed a series of evocative visualisations as part of a proposal for a new signature restaurant for an internationally renowned chef. In order to create a visceral and unique dining experience, the proposal aimed to celebrate the richness of raw ingredients used in the meals served at the restaurant.

Global Gourmet, London

Consarc developed a series of evocative visualisations as part of a proposal for a new signature restaurant for an internationally renowned chef. In order to create a visceral and unique dining experience, the proposal aimed to celebrate the richness of raw ingredients used in the meals served at the restaurant. A series of spaces would take the diner through a sequence of global cibarious sensations: from the spice markets of Marrakech, to the butchers of Smithfields, the Yakatori bars of Tokyo and the Highland whisky houses. The proposal aimed for diner's to understand, first hand how food is sourced and prepared through to the final meal.

Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Stoneleigh Park is currently a dedicated site for agricultural and equestrian based businesses and facilities. As part of the proposal masterplan, the park is set to become the “Home of Rural Excellence” and a central hub for the transfer of knowledge, communication of information, initiatives and best practice. Stoneleigh Park is unique – in terms of its scale, its central location, its long history, its focus and the range of activities taking place. It is at the heart of England’s rural economy. Consarc's proposal looks to reaffirm Stoneleigh Park as a powerful draw for any business interacting with the agricultural or equine sectors.

The Carlton Club, Grade 1

In addition to major restoration work to this Grade I listed civic building following a terrorist bombing extensive alterations to the basement area were made, adding library, billiards room and members’ changing facilities. Consarc liaised with architectural historians, the Museum of London and archaeologists to support the production of accurate specification of details whilst considering refurbishment of doors and walls to meet contemporary fire safety standards for a public building. The RICS awarded Consarc “The Crafts in Building Conservation” Award for this project.

Langdon Park DLR Station

DLR’s latest flagship station, Langdon Park, will regenerate Poplar. By creating an open bridge and transparent ‘beacon’ lift towers the £7.5M station provides a permanent visual connection from the track crossing to lifts and station platforms. Integrating several unique materials, careful consideration was made in the choice of ETFE for Trackside Canopies and structurally integral Fibre Reinforced Composite in the Bridge Roof. This project won a regeneration award from the British Construction Industry 2008.

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We are at the forefront of sustainable design, specialising in cutting edge environmental thinking, with expert knowledge in the green specification of materials and construction techniques. Our expertise in environmental and social architecture has been developed over 20 years of innovation, practical experience and rigorous research. Talented designers, experienced contract administrators, and effective managers work together collaboratively in a vibrant atmosphere designed to encourage lateral thinking and promote creativity. This collaborative approach is extended throughout the design process. We create positive and dynamic working relationships with our clients and fellow consultants. We listen and encourage user and community participation to ensure inclusivity and a sense of ownership. Our work is primarily in the social sector encompassing education, community, cultural, housing and health buildings, with particular expertise in Early Years, and Progressive Learning Environments. Current projects range in size from £1m to £18 million. We currently employ 37 people, and operate throughout the UK from two offices, located in London and the west of England.