We are committed to being a force for good in the built environment. As a Social Enterprise of architects, designers and practitioners we work closely with our clients and collaborators to design useful, beautiful and sustainable places.
We provide a comprehensive and personal design service for each of our clients and their communities. We enjoy building strong and lasting relationships with local authorities, landowners, developers, schools and universities at all stages of development: from an early strategic level through to completion and occupation.
Our unique position within the Useful Simple Trust allows us to engage leading engineers, sustainability experts and communication designers in every project we undertake, irrespective of scale or budget. Our shared ethos of useful, ethical and intelligent design permeates everything that we do.
We are committed to developing high-quality solutions and are rigorous in our approach with a genuine commitment to sustainable living which generates projects that are contextual and considered, with a timeless elegance and inherent beauty.
Refurbish, repurpose, reimagine
We specialise in the creative reuse of buildings, interiors and the public realm. Combining lateral thinking with rigorous viability assessment, our projects demonstrate the breadth of opportunities that a place can yield without the need to start from scratch.
Future-proof and maintenance free
We and the wider Trust have been drivers of the Circular Economy in the built environment. We design with the core principles of lean – less materials, less layering and re-use and disassembly. We actively reduce the need for ongoing maintenance, saving critical time and money for building owners and occupiers long after the works are complete.
Unlocking potential with agile insight
We enjoy problem solving and finding answers in challenging situations. We pride ourselves on our ability to digest and interpret a project’s constraints so that we can offer sound strategic and deliverable advice on how these may be overcome.