Research + foresight

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

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.

Research + foresight

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.

Research + foresight

Passivhaus: world-leading sustainable standard

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

Research + foresight

Air quality in new homes

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

Research + foresight

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.

Research + foresight

Living Steel: recycled and reusable housing

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

Research + foresight

Living Bridge: award-winning inhabited bridge design

MIPIM Future Project award-winning inhabited bridge.

Research + foresight

Nano House: low carbon and earthquake resistant

Introducing our low carbon affordable earthquake-resistant housing prototype.

Research + foresight

Floating Homes: building in flood-risk areas

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

Research + foresight

Nurture Future: learning environments for the future

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