Research + foresight

We undertake major government-funded research projects and are constantly looking ahead to harness emerging technologies and create better buildings.

Research projects

Creating buildings that are ten or twenty years ahead of their time and perform better than their contemporaries is a way of getting our clients ahead of the curve. But it’s also about having a positive influence and shaping the wider market, responsibly.

We're unashamed early adopters of innovation, but we’re not slaves to novelty. We work from a position of knowledge and insight that comes from sustaining a continuous programme of our own research.

Explore our current and past research projects below.

7D BIM: integrating whole life costs with BIM

An innovative way of predicting whole life cost over a 30-year period from the earliest stages of design.

Passivhaus: world-leading sustainable standard

Our research into the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world.

Air quality in new homes

Why are new homes failing to achieve basic levels of air quality?

Optima Homes: sustainable, affordable, flatpack homes

A joint venture to design and engineer a modern way of making and delivering homes for the 21st century.

Living Steel: recycled and reusable housing

Our winning design for this international competition for sustainable living maximises recycled materials and reusable components.

Living Bridge: award-winning inhabited bridge design

MIPIM Future Project award-winning inhabited bridge.

Nano House: low carbon and earthquake resistant

Introducing our low carbon affordable earthquake-resistant housing prototype.

Floating Homes: building in flood-risk areas

Designing for a changing climate and the challenges of potential flooding in our towns and cities.

Nurture Future: learning environments for the future

A building system that rethinks the way we design and construct learning environments for young people.