Studio

We're Architects and Conservation Specialists. Our RIBA Chartered Practice, based in the Midlands, is formed of award-winning architects, taking a different approach.

Our work is design-led: creating the new and conserving the old.  We approach projects with fresh ideas and open minds, developing imaginative and sustainable spaces. Our enthusiasm for the contemporary is balanced with a deep respect of history, adding value through appropriate and sensitive design.

We’re a friendly, forward-thinking collective: an approachable team with a can-do attitude. Our curiosity and breadth of experience means we can turn our minds to new challenges, combining the need for functionality with a desire for aesthetic value.

Our guiding principle, Change to Improve, is based around three core values: preserve, progress and protect.

Preservetake care of / conserve / keep alive

Managing the process of change, through careful judgement and seizing opportunities to enhance the historic environment, employing sympathetic, adaptive reuse to reinvigorate forgotten buildings and sites.

Progressadvance / develop / go forward

Making change to build better quality new spaces, using purposeful and responsive design, balancing commercial realism to deliver responsible, attractive architecture with a positive impact on people and place.

Protectsafeguard / defend / shield

Being committed and considerate to the natural environment, using every opportunity to improve the world we share, embracing technological innovations to secure sustainable design solutions.

We care passionately about the health and happiness of our team, ensuring they have the freedom to focus on designing beautiful places for our clients.
Our collaborative studio culture is centred around flexibility and wellbeing: putting people at the heart of everything that we do.
Joe PlayerDirector
Oliver RobertsDirector
Aiden BellDirector
Lucy HillierArchitect
Sandra PlayerAssociate Technician
Claire JohnsonStudio Manager
James Cunnington Sr Architectural Technologist
Jenny BayesAssociate Architect
Nilesh PankhaniaArchitectural Technologist

We’re passionate about architecture that is appropriate and accessible, using simplicity and minimalism to create inspirational designs, woven comfortably into their setting, respecting local character and celebrating community.

ConservationFinding beauty in the imperfect

Our Conservation Accreditations are the cornerstone of our practice, enabling us to manage complex repairs, alterations and specialist grant aided works.  It also means we are adept at finding new uses for old buildings, looking for ways to recycle rather than demolish, or retrofit for the future.

ResidentialForming spaces to live in

Our breadth of experience comes from thinking about how people want to live, with connections to nature, light and views, bringing to life homes with a sense of place. We find joy in building the small and large, bespoke and volume, whether for families, developers or social providers.

CommercialFraming quality and character

Producing hand-drawn sketches to technical information using BIM, whatever the sector, scale or scope, we achieve design-led projects that are affordable to build.  We look to modern methods of construction, helping realise viable development at scale and at pace, analysing ways to reduce waste and improve delivery.

Our ideas respond to the fluid, dynamic nature of societal evolution, aimed around the concepts of places to live, history to share, spaces to work, sights to see, and centres to learn.

We’re flexible in how we work, and on-hand as much or as little as you need. Following the RIBA Plan of Work, we offer full architectural services from inception to completion, guiding you through the process every step of the way: from early concepts, through planning permissions and building regulations consent, to effective management and delivery on site.

We're committed to ensuring every project is fit for purpose with a sustainable legacy. Our combined experience has seen us work with a diverse mix of commercial & private clients, residential developers, housing associations and local authorities, church groups, museums and cultural sites, universities and schools, as well as retail, care and health sectors.

01Concept Design
02Masterplanning
03Planning Process
04Technical Design
05Contract Administration
06Visualisations
07On Site Assistance
08Heritage Statements
09Listed Building Consent
10Condition Survey
11Community Consultation
12Stakeholder Engagement
13Grant Funding Process
14Site Analysis
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  • Architecture + Conservation