Designing in context
How a building responds to its surroundings, whether urban or rural, is as important to us as the appearance of the building itself. More often the two are directly linked. Time is taken to understanding the context: architectural, historical and topological. This approach can provide the seeds of a design that is characterful and respectful of its surrounding, a quality of fine siting.
Planning policy and guidance may require a specific approach to context with descriptions of acceptable scale, style and materials. Understanding local planning policies and the intent that lays behind them is critical to having a positive dialogue with the planning authority. Whether a project is local to our office or in a new setting this care and attention gives our architecture a consistently high standard.