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  • “Pastels don’t have to be sugary sweet, as this industrial home shows us”

    Our warehouse conversion refurb lands another feature…
  • Don’t Move, Improve! 2016 Open Day

    Having had one project long-listed and one project shortlisted for the NLA Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016, AO were invited to provide consultations with people looking to develop their homes.
    Both projects also featured in a 3 month exhibition at The Building Centre on Store Street.

    Living Etc featured Cleo B’s place in their February issue over 4 double spreads, exposing AO’s handy work in this warehouse conversion that’s more “gold than grit”.

    Grand Designs magazine got in touch with us to showcase Ollie and Annie’s place in their March ‘Eye Catcher’ feature.
  • The Iconic Grade Listed Fox Building | 118 London Wall | City of London

    Fox Fine Wines & Spirits – a wine bar incorporating a wine shop and full service kitchen over 3 floors – opened in late summer 2015 in the City of London, in the iconic, listed Fox building at 118 London Wall.
    Originally a shop that hand made and sold umbrellas to everyone from British royalty to JFK, the building has a Grade II listed interior and façade for which we needed Planning and Listed Building Consents, as well as a Change of Use.
    The facade includes the only neon sign in the whole of the Square Mile. Widely known to Londoners simply as The Fox Building, the rooms have been carefully and sensitively repurposed to offer three unique experiences. On the ground floor, a bustling shop and bar spills out into the pedestrian area outside where table service is available. On the first floor, the dining room offers a relaxed eating and drinking experience, whilst enjoying the view through floor-to-ceiling windows over the green outside. On top floor is the lounge; with leather armchairs, feature fireplaces, and private spaces, it creates convivial atmosphere.
    On offer are a carefully curated selection of over 300 wines and champagnes as well as signature cocktails, premium spirits and a complementary English influenced food menu.

    A great start to 2016 with a fantastic 9-page spread in February’s Living Etc Magazine out January 1st.
  • NLA Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016

    We are delighted to announce that Craig and Siobhan’s Place and Ollie and Annie’s Place have been selected as part of the NLA Don’t Move, Improve Awards 2016 longlist and will be included in the 2016 Exhibition in January!
  • Craig and Siobhan’s Gets shot

    The newest home in our portfolio for Craig and Siobhan in Balham.

    Externally we installed a small copper canopy to frame the new mono-slide door system and window. This door-set was facilitated by a small cantilever which together with a flush drainage detail, seamlessly links a restrained patio with the new dining area. The mix of copper, brick, timber, and pastel surfaces hopefully provides the rich, bright, and textured palette Craig and Siobhan aspired to, whilst the new glazing floods the space with natural light.

    Photos by Tom St. Aubyn Photography

  • Shortlisted | The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award 2015

    We are proud to announce Ollie and Annie’s Place has been shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award 2015. It’s 1 of 19 projects shortlisted from across the country.
    BUT, there’s a public vote which we means we need as much support as possible, so please follow the link below, click the circle next to the project name  “A Period Home in a Conservation Area with a Copper-Clad Extension”, and press the ‘Vote’ button at the bottom. 
    It’s as easy as that!
    Wish us luck!
  • Craig and Siobhan’s Place is well on it’s way

  • The Resident

    The Resident: Living South Magazine October 2015

    Check out our 3 page feature in this months magazine from Page 20!

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    Real Homes Magazine and Home Building & Renovating Magazine are both to feature Ollie and Annie’s place in two articles to be published this year and next respectively.

    Ollie and Annie were interviewed last week and had their portraits taken with the kids and are now all very excited and proud of the prospect at their beautiful home in not one, but two national magazines.

    We couldn’t be more pleased…there’s no better way to end a project than happy clients and featured articles to boot!

  • Kennington & Conservation

    Ground is officially broken (along with some walls and floors) on our project for Dave and Renato in a Kennington Conservation Area.

    Featuring Pigmento-Zinc, contemporary red-brick detailing, and exquisite minimally-framed aluminium doors, this project should make for a very sophisticated addition to a very beautiful street.

  • Etcetera

    Cleo B and her brand new apartment will be winging their way into Living Etc, Britains best-selling modern homes magazine!

    Look out for her featured interview in the Christmas edition out in November!

  • Housewarming

    Fitzwilliam Road in Clapham Old Town is a beautiful part of London, and sits within Clapham Conservation Area which is noted for the many historic buildings dating from the 18th-19th Centuries.

    Having met at another of our clients housewarming parties post-build, we are now helping these 2 local bar owners to extend and refurbish their beautiful property and make it their perfect family home. What better way to win a new client, than at a housewarming party for a home that you’ve designed?!

    The scheme is to feature traditional as well as contemporary detailing, and is due on site Autumn this year.

  • At Home with Homes

    Victoria Purcell, Editor at The Resident Magazine interviewed us recently for a small piece on designing homes.

    Due to be published in the Autumn!

  • Copper Connection

    Craig and Siobhan’s place in Balham is in full flow.

    A grid of exposed timber rafters, internal brickwork, and external copper detailing is making for an interesting mix of materials.

  • The Architects Journal

    AO get interviewed for a full page feature in The Architects Journal.


    “The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at those who have recently decided to go it alone

    Main people Richard (Alexander) Bridges and James (Owen) Webster
    Based South-east London
    Founded 2014

    Where have you come from? 
    Having studied for our degrees and worked at Norman Foster together, we went to smaller design studios across London in order to work more closely with clients and end-users. Since then we have both been working independently, but last year we decided to merge.

    What work do you have?
    Primarily we work in the domestic market, designing extensions and refurbishments for homeowners, which is really rewarding.

    When the right projects arise, we work in the commercial sector. We really enjoy working closely with businesses to create branded environments and brand experiences, and we would like to do more of this in the future.

    What are your ambitions?
    For the foreseeable future we want to sustain an organic growth, focusing on the quality of our projects. Ultimately we hope the quality of our work will attract clients who want bespoke, creative solutions.

    What are the biggest challenges as a start-up?
    Primarily working with domestic clients can be a challenge. Constantly generating new leads is critical as there is rarely repeat business with homeowners.

    Another challenge is that not all clients are creatively minded so there is often a great void between those who see the value in design and those that don’t. We wholeheartedly believe that great design enhances daily life and so no matter the size or budget, we see it as our job to illuminate and reveal the benefits of creative design for our clients. 

    How did you win your first significant job?
    It was simply a mixture of networking hard for new leads while providing the best possible service on the jobs we had, no matter how modest.  Word of mouth has been a powerful tool for us, which is why focusing on quality is so critical.  You never know who somebody knows.

    What is your approach to winning new clients?
    Being down-to-earth and candid, because beyond approachability and knowledge, ultimately all clients want is trust and value. We simply try to understand what value means to each client, be it cost, speed, or creativity, and then ensure we put that and the client at the heart of the design process.”

  • Shooting

    Our project in an East Dulwich Conservation Area gets shot.

    Featuring a 3m cantilever and 2 lengths of folding doors, this project is all about bringing the outside in….perfect for summer BBQ’s!

  • Green Sky Thinking

    AO and Parity Projects have teamed up once again to extend and retrofit a house in Wimbledon for Ruth.

    The project will feature internal and external wall insulation, solar thermal and PV arrays, upgraded windows and doors, and rainwater harvesting.

    Watch this space!


    Ollie and Annie with their 2 boys and a third baby on the way needed more space space for the kids to run around and a much bigger garden. When they saw this place they instantly fell in love.

    They bought this beautiful family home from a woman who had been born in the house and who had live there for almost 70 years. Needing modernisation they could see the potential in the property, so they commissioned us to help them turn into their dream home…

    A new ground floor rear extension was to accommodate a new kitchen, dining and seating area, whilst a side extension would provide secondary access as well as a utility room. At first floor an extension would accommodate a new walk in wardrobe with ensuite facilities accessed via a hidden door from the master bedroom. The property is located in a Conservation Area and Archeological Priority area, so the design needed to be sensitive to the period of the dwelling, whilst delivering on the brief for ‘a modern family home’.

    The result we hope is a contemporary classic.


    Hannah and Ben’s terraced house in West Norwood got photographed yesterday. All built under Permitted Development policy, we’ve created a huge open plan living/dining/kitchen space with a dynamic folding roof complete with triangular roof windows. Professional shots coming soon!


    The copper roof at Ollie and Annie’s place is well under way. Such an amazing colour now, and it will oxidise into an equally beautiful pale green over the next 25-30 years.


    Rudy and Mary’s amazing detached house in Teddington finally gets shot. Final images of the new 8m extension will arrive in the New Year, but their beautiful new home is certainly ready for festivities!


    This bright pink bespoke lighting structure was designed by Alexander Owen to hang beneath 3 existing roof windows in a warehouse apartment. The light is dimmable so it provides both ‘task’ and ‘mood’ lighting, and is quite the statement piece!







    Planning, Listed Building, and Change of Use consents achieved for young chain Planet of The Grapes.

    Fox Fine Wines Opening in 2015!



    Chris, Nette, Ralph and Ned with the winners trophy for their award winning home.

    Winner, Domestic Retrofit category at the GreenBuild Awards 2014.

  • OPEN HOUSE 2014

    Our award winning Peckham project opened its doors for Open House 2014. Chris the owner booked in 10 people per every hour (without a lunch beak for us I might add!) between 10am and 5pm for a short presentation followed by a tour of the house.

    It was great to meet so many people interested in retrofitting their homes, as well as Chris’ neighbours who just wanted to have a sneaky nose around the place!


    Alexander Owen were proudly asked to speak at RIBA’s HQ on Portland Place to present 3 case studies as part of a seminar on retrofitting historic buildings to a room of architects:

    RIBA Seminar: Retrofitting Historic Buildings

    Alexander Owen Project Case Study: 3 projects –

    Chris and Nette’s Place: Peckham (Green Build – Best Domestic Retofit 2014)

    Cleo’s Place: Westbourne Park

    Luigi and Jane’s Place: Wandsworth (First accredited Enerphit House in London)


    Tuesday 16 Sep, 6-8.30pm

    The RIBA, 66 Portland Place



    Retrofitting traditional and historic is one of the key challenges for the UK built environment. A holistic approach is required to make these buildings environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

    This seminar explores the issues and solutions surrounding historic building retrofits, adopting a practical approach illustrated by case studies and the latest research.

    In addition to quantifiable considerations such as technical options, planning legislation, capital costs and efficiency standards, less tangible issues will also be considered. Occupant behaviour, performance predictions, conservation principles, aesthetics and occupied building retrofit must all be understood. Architects need to know when to engage planning and conservation bodies, how to marry modern materials with old buildings, and what could go wrong.

    This seminar will focus on London, drawing on other UK projects and policy as applicable. It will cover:

    –       Key elements of a successful refurbishment strategy

    –       Constraints (e.g. planning, technical, financial) of upgrading historic buildings, and how to overcome them

    –       Risks of inappropriate interventions

    –       Introduction of modern materials into traditional buildings

    –       What is meant by ‘success’ for sustainable historic building retrofits


    Ireland’s Passive House Plus Magazine has featured our Enerphit Certified retrofit in Wandsworth this month. The scheme was designed alongside Green Tomato Energy who acted as energy consultants and modelled the house in Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).

    In terms of predictions, Green Tomato’s modelling estimated the existing house around 225 kWh/m2.year for the space heating demand, and our target was less than 25 kWh/m2.year which is the EnerPHit standard – that’s an 89% reduction in space heating consumption reduction.

    The building is being monitored so these estimations can be checked as the building matures, so let’s see!

    Check out the article by The Passivhaus Trust :


    Our award winning retrofit in Peckham has been featured on the BBC series ‘Britain’s Empty Homes’. The show reveals the great potential that vacant properties can offer in terms of budget and lifestyle, and our project was used as a show case for environmental retrofit developments. The project is featured from around 8 minutes in….check it out!


    Marte from MLR Photo shot Chris, Nette, Ralph and Ned’s award winning home for us recently, situated in the ever-popular ‘Bellenden Village’, Peckham.

    We were proud to announce back in May that this project won the Domestic Retrofit category at the GreenBuild Awards 2014. It’s been a very successful year having had the house shortlisted for the AJRetrofit Awards 2013, theRetroExpo Awards 2013, and the CIBSE Awards 2014.

    Chris can be spotted gleefully holding the award if you look closely enough!

    Final shots on their way very soon!


    Our project at Barmouth Road, Wandsworth for the Caccavale’s has officially been accredited with achieving the EnerPHit standard of energy efficiency AND it’s the first of its type in London!!

    Here are the guys being shot for Passive House Plus Magazine holding their EnerPHit plaque.


    The light feature we have designed for a double-height space is nearing completion. With it’s first coat of Flamingo Fun now on and the LED diffuser strips being installed, this ‘industrial chandelier’ will very soon be making a very bold statement, in a very spacious living room.


    The shoe wardrobe we designed for Cleo B is nearing completion.

    It’s great to see a final product materialise from a prototype many months ago!


    Make My Home Green, whose mission is to make UK homes warm, comfortable and energy efficient, has assessed our warehouse retrofit in West London.

    Their energy Assessors are fully qualified, insured and accredited by National Energy Services (NES/NHER), and BRE, two of the UK’s leading professional accreditation bodies.

    Upgrading the efficiency of an existing dwelling can be a complex process, and the results are influenced by a homeowner’s aspiration and budget, as well as the building’s suitability to various improvements.

    Below is a basic summary of measures we installed in this warehouse retrofit, and above is an infographic depicting outline stats:


     Existing un-insulated roof deck: 100mm PIR between new joists and 52.5mm PIR below joists

    Existing un-insulated solid external brick walls: 62.5mm insulated plasterboard

    Existing poorly-insulated external timber-frame walls: 100mm PIR between studs and 52.5mm PIR behind studs

    Existing single glazed crittal windows: Single glazing replaced with double glazing

    Existing un-insulated window reveals: Spacetherm PP Panels dot and dab bonded (9.5mm Plasterboard/6mm Plywood/10mm Aerogel)

    Internal Heating and Power Upgrades:

    Removal of 2No. air conditioning units

    Timer + thermostats – separate for hot water and heating

    All separate heating zones (5 for UFH on first floor; 1 zone for second floor; 1 zone for hot water)

    Thermostat with ‘night set back’ for heating

    Timer for radiators and towers rails, all with TRVs

    Boiler has an internal load compensator

  • Annie and Oli’s Place in Streatham

    Stage 1 Analyse has begun on Annie and Oli’s beautiful detached family home in Streatham. The house is need of modernisation and so the Doherty’s are keen to add their personality to the place at the same time.
    So, on the ground floor they are looking to build a rear extension to accommodate a new kitchen, dining and living/seating area, with options for a new play room/snug connected to the main kitchen. To the side they hope to convert the existing garage into a play room/multifunctional room with access to the rear garden, whilst retaining an area for storage with access from the front. At first floor they’d like a side extension to accommodate a new walk in wardrobe with ensuite facilities for the master bedroom accessed via a hidden door.
    By the time we’ve finished with it, this house is set to be an incredible family home for the Anne, Oli, and their children.

    The Passivhaus Trust – the leading international low energy, design standard – have just written about our 120 year old terraced house which has been successfully retrofitted to the EnerPHit standard.

    Check it out here:

  • Nicola and Paddy GET SNAPPED

    Nicola and Paddy’s place in Hounslow – passed at Appeal by the National Planning Inspectorate – has just been snapped by Orde Eliason from Link Photographers. 

    Pop back soon to see his (far more) professional shots soon!



    I’ve actually been working with an architectural firm, Alexander Owen, which has made me an incredible custom-built shoe wardrobe. It uses mechanical car parts, it’s amazing.”

    In an interview with Drapers Magazine – the fashion industry’s business bible – our client and footwear designer Cleo Barbour talks about ‘cracking into the industry, colour-shy customers and moving into her teen idol’s flat’.

    Alexander Owen gets a mention, as does the shoe wardrobe we designed for her as part of her complete warehouse retrofit project!


    We are proud to announce that the project we designed for Parity Projects in Peckham has won the Domestic Retrofit category at the GreenBuild Awards 2014.

    This comes at the end of a very successful year having had the  house shortlisted for the AJRetrofit Awards 2013, theRetroExpo Awards 2013, and the CIBSE Awards 2014.

    One of the great things about the GreenBuild Awards is that the judges really concentrate on actual performance, and the house’s outstanding results, as well as Parity’s transparency in terms of prices and ongoing bills must have impressed them!



    Architects will soon be able to "specify a material's luminosity," claims lead designer at Philips from Dezeen on Vimeo.

    Chief design officer for Philips Lighting Rogier van der Heide explains how advances in LED technology are enabling lighting to be integrated into the surfaces of walls, floors and ceilings.

  • Lee Broom Pendants

    These beautiful creations by Lee Broom are about to feature in a scheme nearing completion.

    Incredible objects in their own right, they throw wonderful light forms onto their surroundings adding depth and visual texture to any space.

    Thanks Mr Broom!

  • Design is complex. Working with us is simple.

    We understand that design is complex – both a pragmatic process as well as a conceptual exercise – but we aim to make our design process as easy and stress-free for our clients as possible.

    Recognised industry work stages organise the process of briefing, designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and using buildings into a number of key stages. The content of these stages may vary or overlap to suit specific project requirements, however our process is underpinned by 4 principle actions – ANALYSE / DESIGN / DETAIL / BUILD.

    Why not take a look at our SERVICES page to find out more about how we work.