Category: Commercial


Timber framed awning to form roof terrace to Dalston Lane

Timber Framed Roof Terrace | Architects for Hackney | forrester architects

With the potential to provide a new vibrant and functioning commercial venture to the rear of the existing warehouse building. There is a desire to introduce an external roof terrace space to allow fresh air and daylight into the large landlocked building. Securing a successful planning approval for the elaborate roof terrace structure and awning will provide the motivation to invest and reinstate new state of the art recording studios. This in return will foster increased local employment and sustain Arts, Cultural, and Entertainment facilities within the local area.

A south facing roof-space offers a perfect location and orientation for a roof terrace structure. To improve the overall visual appearance of the roofscape a sedum garden roof will extend along the length of the building. In addition, a series of beehives will be introduced which will contribute to a balance between nature and the continued light industrial use of the building.

A bank of solar panels will be introduced to contribute to the client’s responsive and sustainable environmental strategy which already involves the use of a newly installed Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP).


Step into the elegance of a new Mayfair boutique

London Boutique | Architects for Mayfair | forrester architects

Delighted  to announce forresterarchitects have completed another retail refurbishment for Rupert Sanderson’s latest boutique in Central London. The refurbishment seamlessly blends style and practicality, with redesigned workstations maximizing floor area and ensuring modern efficiency. The minimalist design of the gallery space provides an elegant backdrop for the latest trends. Reflecting a collaborative effort to meet the client’s needs, the design approach was a light touch, enhancing the existing features of the space and creating a welcoming retail environment for customers. The design of the boutique aims to reflect the quality and craftsmanship of the Rupert Sanderson brand. 


Five floor Townhouse rental property investment in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Townhouse rental property investment | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | forrester architects

forresterarchitects are currently working on a rental property investment project involving a five-storey townhouse located in the heart of Notting Hill. The townhouse is being fully refurbished and upgraded to ensure high-quality accommodation suitable for young professional couples. Each of the one-bedroom flats is individually designed to meet the client’s requirements and comes with improved acoustic separation to ensure maximum comfort and privacy for the tenants.

A new roof extension has been added to the townhouse to create a duplex two-bedroom penthouse with a rear terrace that provides an ideal pied-à-terre for those seeking a central London location. The design of the extension is sympathetic to the existing building, with careful consideration given to its visual impact and the conservation area in which it is located. The overall aim of the project is to create a series of high-end rental properties that will appeal to a discerning clientele. The emphasis is on providing quality, comfort and convenience, with each flat benefiting from a modern, functional layout and high-quality finishes throughout.

forresterarchitects are committed to delivering projects that meet the needs and aspirations of their clients. Their approach is one of collaboration and innovation, working closely with the client to ensure that every aspect of the project is carefully considered and executed to the highest standards. 


Get ready for the boardwalk!

London Boutique | Architects for Mayfair | forrester architects

forresterarchitects have recently completed a refurbishment of the interior of the Rupert Sanderson boutique in Mayfair, London. The design approach was to take a light touch, enhancing the existing features of the space and creating a welcoming environment for customers.

The refurbished boutique will be ready for a summer reopening, just in time for customers to explore the collection of shoes and accessories on offer. With a nod to the iconic boardwalks of beachside resorts, the design incorporates natural materials and textures such as wood and woven fabrics. The layout of the boutique has been reconfigured to improve the flow and functionality of the space. New bespoke joinery has been added to display the products in an elegant and organized manner. Soft lighting has been introduced to create an inviting atmosphere and highlight the details of the products on display.

The design of the refurbished boutique aims to reflect the quality and craftsmanship of the Rupert Sanderson brand. With the reopening of the boutique in Mayfair, customers can look forward to a stylish and welcoming shopping experience.


A new-build patisserie provides a vibrant street presence to North London

New-Build Patisserie | Architects for Park Royal | North London

forresterarchitects have been commissioned to design a new-build patisserie on a busy road in North London. The patisserie aims to increase income and re-establish a popular eatery that was forced to relocate due to the HS2 infrastructure. The new commercial premises have an under-utilised area of adjacent land, which offers the potential for development.

The location of the new patisserie is on a busy, anonymous road in North London, making it an ideal spot for attracting new customers. The simple geometric form and the inclusion of a shisha tent and terrace will provide a unique and visually interesting design that will appeal to passersby. The design will provide a notable new landmark in the area that will attract new customers and offer a unique environment to eat, drink and relax.

The proposed patisserie will be a simple geometric form that will include a shisha tent and terrace adjacent to the highly productive bakery. The design of the building will provide visually interesting framed views through the patisserie and terrace beyond in a simple linear plan. This will create a notable new landmark in the area, attracting both new and existing customers. 



Barrel vaults and glazed brick slips enhance an office refurbishment in Jersey.

Faience Brick Facade | Architects for Jersey | St. Helier, Jersey

forresterarchitects is taking a rigorous design approach to provide a considered architectural solution to the faience brick facade.

The design team will retain the barrel vault as a visually interesting form to draw attention to the building entrance. Underneath the canopy, a series of existing brick piers will be reestablished to create a new regular rhythm across the length of the facade. To enhance the facade, each of the brick piers will be updated with a new glazed brick slip. The facade of Commercial Street in St. Helier, Jersey, will feature a series of shallow barrel vaulted arches and a faience brick facade of blue glazed bricks. The proposed refurbishment will provide a refreshed street frontage for a busy thoroughfare. The design team aims to create an enlivened facade that will enhance the visual appeal of Commercial Street. With a new regular rhythm established across the length of the facade, the street frontage will be visually cohesive and attractive.

The project is an example of how rigorous design can provide an architectural solution that is both visually interesting and functional. By retaining the barrel vault and enhancing the brick piers, the design team has created a new facade that is both attractive and inviting. The new facade will enliven the street frontage and contribute to the overall visual appeal of Commercial Street.


In through the outdoor.

School Library | Architects for Hackney | Clissold Road, Stoke Newington

forresterarchitects has been working on design feasibility proposals for Betty Layward School in North London, specifically regarding the improvement of the school’s library located on Clissold Road, Stoke Newington. While progress has been made in regards to the library’s content, there is an issue with external circulation. The entrance to the school is situated between two townhouses, making it difficult for parents and children to drop off in the morning due to restricted width, leading to bottlenecking at the entrance. In response, alternative strategies are being implemented, such as a large loop around the perimeter of the school to provide some relief. However, this requires entering the school through the car park and exiting through the front gate. While this circular route does alleviate the feeling of swimming against the tide of parents when leaving the school, further strategies are being explored to improve external circulation.

Despite these circulation issues, the library has been well-received by the students and is in high demand, with books flying off the shelves. forresterarchitects have focused on creating a functional and attractive space for the students to learn and explore literature, as well as incorporating modern design elements to enhance the library’s overall aesthetic appeal. The library’s design reflects the school’s commitment to creating a welcoming and inspiring learning environment for its students.

Overall, forresterarchitects is dedicated to working with Betty Layward School to ensure that its facilities meet the needs of its students and staff, while also contributing positively to the surrounding community in Hackney. The proposed improvements to the school, including the library and external circulation, are just one step in this ongoing partnership.


Buying a Victorian workshop for your new office space? Add two floors of apartments to fund the mixed-use redevelopment.

Mixed-Use | Architects for Islington | Clerkenwell, East Central London

Forrester Architects is a London-based architectural practice that has recently submitted a design feasibility study for a mixed-use development project in the bustling Soho district. The project aims to provide a new, dynamic headquarters for a media company looking to expand its business operations.

The proposed development will involve the refurbishment of an existing building to meet the media company’s growing needs, with the addition of two new private residential floors that will provide additional income to fund the project. forresterarchitects expertise in architectural design for mixed-use properties makes them well-suited to handle this project, which seeks to create a space that meets both commercial and residential needs. forresterarchitects specialise in designing mixed-use properties in Islington, Clerkenwell, and East Central London. Their experience in this field is evident in the proposed development, which takes into account the unique challenges of building in the densely populated and highly competitive Soho district. forresterarchitects design feasibility study is a testament to their commitment to creating spaces that are both functional and visually appealing, while also addressing the needs of their clients. The media company’s new headquarters will be a vibrant addition to the Soho district, providing much-needed space for business operations while also contributing to the local community by adding new residential units. The addition of private residential floors will not only provide additional income to fund the project but will also help to address the ongoing housing crisis in London.

Overall, Forrester Architects’ proposed development is a well-conceived and thoughtful response to the unique needs of a media company looking to establish a new headquarters in one of London’s most vibrant districts. Their expertise in designing mixed-use properties in Islington, Clerkenwell, and East Central London will undoubtedly serve them well as they navigate the complexities of this exciting project.


Increase the rental value of your commercial office refurbishment with one simple move. Add a door!

Office Refurbishment | Architects for Hammersmith & Fulham | West London

forresterarchitects have completed the entrance refurbishment of a commercial property in Hammersmith, West LondonA dedicated entrance has been inserted into the East Wing of the newly acquired commercial office building. The new reception foyer to the commercial office floor plate has significantly increased its potential rental value for the client. Add to that a highly visible street frontage the entrance refurbishment presents a new profile for its new occupants, a growing interactive media company. A minimalist language compliments a new frameless glass entrance which improves transparency to the street whilst maintaining key security considerations for the entire building.


A stonemason’s new garden studio added under Permitted Development in Stoke Newington.

Permitted Development | Architects for Hackney | Stoke Newington

forresterarchitects have recently completed a garden studio project in Stoke Newington, North London under permitted development rights. The studio was built for a former client and was designed to be a bright and airy space that also doubles as a terrace in the evenings. It was built as a sculpted form, with one carved feature stone wall, and serves as a stonemason’s studio during the day.

The studio is a stunning addition to the garden and was secured under permitted development rights. This means that the project was approved without the need for a planning application, making the process faster and more efficient. The use of permitted development rights allowed the client to save time and money while still achieving their desired outcome. In the evenings, the studio transforms into a terrace that provides an ideal location for catching the late evening sun and enjoying a gin and tonic. The bright and airy design of the studio creates a relaxing and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for unwinding after a long day.

Overall, the garden studio project in Stoke Newington is a beautiful example of how forresterarchitects have used permitted development rights to create stunning and functional spaces that meet the needs of their clients. The sculpted form and carved feature stone wall are unique and eye-catching, while the versatility of the space as both a studio and a terrace makes it a practical addition to any garden.