forresterarchitects

Specialising in

New Build Houses

Townhouse Refurbishments

Building Conversions

Innovative Extensions

Listed Building Consent

Conservation Area Consent

based in London

| Practice |

Every project is a challenge. Every solution the result of working towards a balance for living, working and the environment.

Specialising in new build houses and residential & commercial building refurbishment projects. We offer a personal service which provides individually tailored design solutions.

A full or partial architectural service can be provided depending on your requirements.

| Services |

Our architectural services are described briefly below. Each icon represents a description of the architectural services you can expect from the inception of a new build house or residential & commercial building refurbishment or extension through to project completion.

Depending on your project we can fine tune the most appropriate level of architectural services to suit your requirements. Click on each icon below to give an brief indication of each work-stage.

    • We will identify and incorporate the requirements of your brief into the design
    • We will prepare design feasibility studies and cost analysis to enable you to proceed with confidence

    Architectural Services

    • From the outset we discuss and review the client’s requirements
    • We provide a variety of services to meet your individual requirements
    • Our services, responsibilities and fees are defined on the Services and Fee Schedule

    Architect’s Appointment

    • We provide the technical and production information necessary in the preparation of tender costing documentation
    • We obtain and appraise tender cost submissions from building contractors and provide recommendations to clients
    • We assist, identify and evaluate potential building contractors for the project works

    Before Construction

    • We advise and prepare appropriate building contracts for the project works
    • We advise of the appointment of your preferred building contractor
    • We prepare and issue technical and production information

    During Construction

    • We provide contract administration throughout the building works
    • During construction we will inspect the works and certify appropriate payments to the building contractor
    • We will certify and issue practical completion for the project works

    Works to Completion (Contract Administration)

    • We prepare drawings for Landlord and Freeholder approval
    • We advise and prepare Planning Appeals
    • We prepare drawings for measured surveys
    • We provide services in connection with Party Wall negotiations

    Other Architectural Services

| Projects |

‘ We didn’t know exactly what we wanted, but we did know we wanted to start with the inside and work outward.’

The London based architectural practice was established in 2007 by Kenny Forrester. Kenny studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, one of three campuses which form the Glasgow School of Art.

Since then forresterarchitects have completed a variety of new build houses as well as residential & commercial building refurbishment projects across London and the South East region.

Here are a selection of some completed projects.

  • All
  • Refurbishment
  • Commercial
  • Interior Design
  • Building Conversion
  • New Build
  • Listed and Conservation

| News |

09
Sep

Ground source heat from an English country garden.

English Country House | Architects for South Bucks | Forrester Architects

We’re working on a new build seven bedroom English country house for a young family in South Buckinghamshire. The client has adopted a renewable energy strategy for the house, swimming pool and car garageTo the rear ground source heating, solar PV and solar thermal provision are integrated into the house design and garden. It is traditional in every detail but modern in outlook.

 

12
Aug

A view from our new loft space in South London.

New Loft Office | Architecture for South London | Bermondsey

We’ve moved into a new loft style penthouse office in Bermondsey. With all sorts of exciting opportunities to look forward to we share our space with interior designer Callender Howorth. The former tannery is going through an extensive but sensitive refurbishment. The exposed beam ceiling and timber floors remain, as do the steel framed windows but it’s a very considered redevelopment.

 

01
Jul

A peek over the parapet.

Infill Parapet Extension | Architecture for Tufnell Park | Islington

A new infill extension to a townhouse in Tufnell Park, Islington takes a sneaky peek over the parapet wall to catch the setting sun. The extension is set within a fine mature garden. The new kitchen has been relocated to frame views of the garden. To the West the sun setting is framed with a high level skylight which catches the warm setting sun.

25
Jun

A Grange in Yorkshire with a sustainable future.

Sustainable Grange | Architecture for Leyburn | Yorkshire Dales

A traditional Grange and barn in Yorkshire has been neglected for many years. The new owners are very excited by their find; an extensive refurbishment will be necessary. Its location and off grid status makes a sustainable heat strategy the most viable solution for the futureSet within remote farmland it will provide ground source heat as the most cost effective solution for a self-sufficiencyThe house has some wonderful features with exposed timber beams, a stone tiled roof and half a metre thick solid walls all to be retained as originalThe character of the house will be complimented by a full house refurbishment and insulating the property is a priority. The barn will be used by the boys as a bunk room and will function away from the house.

13
May

Avoid the conventional and there is no Downside!

House Refurbishment  | Architecture for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

The fine semi-detached Villa’s of Belsize Park, North London are close built houses. Separated by only the small side passages between the houses. Only the neighbouring houses form a boundary to the gardens, which are long, wide and mature in foliage. This is the setting for our latest full house refurbishment. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden.
 
An accordion arrangement is explored as a concept for the extension. A series of angled facets have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to the kitchen. Expressed as solid and void walls the facets provide a level of transparency and privacy between the house and gardenThe staggered configuration of the extension creates framed views of the garden and a unique architectural solution. For an extension it avoids the uninspired full width house extension. The shift in geometry allows the extension to reveal a series of layered materials to reach out and touch the garden. All contained beneath the asymmetrical roof form. The roof is formed in timber and painted with a special Swedish preservative paint treatment. It produces a beautiful matt red finish. The roof projects beyond the building edge to provide a simple solar shading device to south facing aspect of the extension.

| Experience |

Our experience has been gained from involvement in a selection of significant architectural new build houses, residential & commercial building refurbishment projects in London over the past decade…

Stonehenge Visitors Centre, English Heritage for D C M

Retail & Exhibition Centre, Lend Lease Bovis for D C M

Office Refurbishment, Central Government for D C M

New Build Office Development, Derwent London for Harper Mackay

Bank Refurbishment, NM Rothschild & Sons for Harper Mackay

Digital Broadcast Facility, Ondigital for Harper Mackay

New Build House, Private Client for Webb Architects

| Contact |

Do contact us if you are considering a potential new-build house or building refurbishment project and would like to talk to an architect. We would be pleased to discuss your thoughts and requirements further.

Please call or email with a brief description of your requirements on the link below and we’ll get back to you today or tomorrow.

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