A specialist in-house technical team works across all projects and at every project stage. We are known for our attention to detail and appropriate technical solutions underpin all that we design and construct.
Strategies for minimising energy use are integral to all projects and supporting sustainable technologies are implemented as appropriate. The practice has a record of achieving BREEAM ratings of Excellent and Very Good for its completed buildings.
Technical and Quality auditing is carried out to rigorous standards. Our sytems have received full accreditation under CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme), BS EN ISO 9001:2008, BS OHSAS 18001:2007, and ISO 140001:2004.
Models are a vivid and direct means of communication. They explain and clarify, bridging between concept and built reality as well as between designer, client and user.
Making models is an integral part of our design process and the most direct and candid way of exploring spatial, structural and formal issues. We strive to make models that are precisely constructed and accurate in representing core ideas.
Our in-house model shop facilitates the act of making as a way of thinking. Models are either sculpted from solid materials or constructed from applied or folded layers. Traditional ways of making by hand are combined with the latest technologies of laser cutting, CNC machining and rapid prototyping. Scales range from 1:5000 to 1:1.
Our in-house graphics team works closely with architects to produce reports, submissions, presentations and exhibition material throughout the life of each project. The team also assists Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners with consultation events.
The team includes graphic designers, architects and product designers with advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator. As well as the design, layout and production of all printed material for the practice, the team develops graphic identities, signage, wayfinding and colour palettes for built work. Their digital presentation also includes the design of our own website.
Our submissions team maintains a cohesive relationship with Graphics, collating projects and ensuring the practice and our ideas are presented and illustrated accurately.
The art of drawing is central to the successful communication of proposals and the practice places great importance on the quality of the drawings it produces.These range from initial freehand sketches which convey the essence of an idea to convincing sets of information to secure planning approval or for construction.
The practice uses Microstation for two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings, as well as Rhino, 3D Studio Max and VRay.
Our in-house visualisation team produces traditional line-drawn perspective views and fully rendered visualisations, as well as films and animations.
The Submissions Team collects, evaluates and responds to new opportunities for work, and tracks outcomes for submitted proposals. The team’s work spans from the collation and updating of standard submissions material, such as staff CVs and project data sheets, to the preparation of highly tailored documents which address specific project requirements.
The team works fluidly, completing some fees and proposal documents itself, in other cases planning and coordinating the work of collaborators and staff from across the practice. Awards submissions and press activities also fall within the ambit of the Submissions Team.