Sustainability as longevity

Allies and Morrison is committed to advancing sustainability, in the work we do, in the buildings and places we create and in every facet of our practice. In doing so, we are proactive, progressive and results-oriented. Our approach is guided by an eye on the long term, a respect for our planet’s diversity, and an understanding that we have a stewardship role to play, as designers as well as individuals.

Among the most responsible things an architect can do is to design buildings that have a long life, buildings which age well and can adapt over the generations. If we get the fundamental, often intangible, decisions right the first time, such as a building’s relationship to its context and its usability, or material choices and fabric efficiency, we reduce the need for energy to be spent to re-work, or re-build, the building in the future. These ‘high performance’ buildings can and should be beautiful as well. And in being so, they further help to secure their own longevity because buildings that continue to please and engage users over time will endure.

It is also important that a building reflects where it is in the world. There are cultural and social dimensions to sustainability, which is why places that engage with local traditions are often the most radically sustainable. Geography matters. We work with the climate, taking advantage of local natural conditions whilst ensuring buildings are resilient to future global climate change and flexible enough to accommodate unanticipated circumstances. In our masterplans too, we strive to look beyond present realities, developing strategies that can adjust to changes in market conditions or adapt to social, ecological or even political externalities.

We embrace a holistic view of technology, materiality, humanity and ingenuity, recognising that while good design is a constant, innovation is dynamic, ever-changing. This drives us to incorporate the latest in environmental thinking in our projects, and, in our operations, to behave sustainably and responsibly. Yet it is through focusing on the long term that we hope we are intrinsically sustainable. We hope to safeguard the successes we have enjoyed for future generations. This approach enriches our architecture and it is the right thing to do.

Muscat, Oman, 2017
A new low-carbon city

London, 2015
BREEAM Excellent lab

King's Cross, London, 2014
BREEAM Outstanding offices

Girton College, Cambridge, 2013
Passive university building

Southwark, London, 2013
Recycling an old building frame

Stratford, London, 2012
The greenest Games ever

Doha, Qatar, 2010
A LEED Platinum neighbourhood