Architecture

We’ve designed many eye-catching, award-winning buildings. But to us, architecture is more than skin-deep.

 

What makes a successful building?

Its main purpose is to meet human needs - for shelter, education, entertainment, comfort, pride, a sense of place and a safer, cleaner planet. And it must reach to the core of every building - what it's made of, the way it's put together and how it's ventilated and powered.

We believe buildings are only beautiful when they perform beautifully and when they resolve all of the complex demands put upon them with elegance and economy.

That’s something that demands expertise, innovation and a shared vision from many quarters. So we work as equals, as a team, to design and build buildings that are highly integrated, in which the architecture, structure and services come together seamlessly and work as a balanced, efficient, high-value machine.

Above all, architecture should improve the lives of the people that use or inhabit it.

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"Cartwright Pickard put a lot of resources into the project, not only getting the concept right at planning, but making sure that the project used the right materials, was well detailed and built to last."

David Wood, Development Director, Octavia Housing - on Sulgrave Gardens

Should architects be prophets?

We are constantly looking ahead to understand how emerging technologies and innovative processes can create opportunities for better buildings.

It’s something we’ve been doing for a while. Our very first project launched our expertise in offsite construction. Murray Grove, a scheme of 30 key-worker apartments in Hackney, London, used innovative, steel-framed modules custom-built in the UK, to improve build quality and reduce time on site to just six months. Murray Grove won awards from the RIBA, the Design Council, the Civic Trust and the Royal Fine Art Commission, and paved the way for modular construction techniques across the residential sector. Today we're leading the way with pioneering research into the advanced use of BIM.

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"Cartwright Pickard did a fantastic job of blending the uses. They brought a high level of expertise, understood the key drivers, what local authorities are looking for and the complexity of refurbishing a Grade II listed building"

James Stockdale, Senior Development Manager, Muse Developments - on Lambeth Town Hall

Recent award-winning projects

Albert Works

Albert Works  Sheffield

The Boilerhouse

The Boilerhouse  Egham, Surrey

Lambeth Town Hall

Lambeth Town Hall  Brixton, London

XYZ

XYZ  Spinningfields, Manchester