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design philosophy

At Peddle Thorp, we recognise that every project demands a unique response to a particular set of issues. The practice's solid skill-base is built upon a wide range of architectural, interior design, urban design and planning experience.

We get to know you

You have a particular outcome in mind. While we are not mind-readers, we are the next best thing: attentive listeners. Sit down and meet with us and you’ll see – we pay attention and grasp context and subtext quickly.

We will read and re-read your brief, gather more information and seek further insights. We consider the building as well as your organisation’s vision and how we can enhance your operation, branding, and reputation.

We pull everything together in a revised and comprehensive brief that articulates our understanding of what you need, and incorporates our expertise on the most effective ways to achieve your goals.

We are renowned for being both sensitive and strategic – we know you have deliverables, budgets, complicated stakeholder groups – but you also want a building that stands apart and exceeds expectations.

We start designing

Informed by our robust brief, we start to develop ideas. We explore the possibilities: start sketching and thinking about the big picture.

This crucial stage is when the details start to emerge. Depending on your project we may begin by collecting background material to support master planning, or identify stakeholders and start running user group workshops. We also engage with specialists such as: engineers, town planners, builders and cost planners.

We gain a thorough understanding of the site. By investigating the site’s strengths and restrictions, we can consider how to best address the building location. We’ll brainstorm the various ways people will use the building in daily life and start developing conceptual drawings that show the basic shapes and forms – and how everything fits together. We will investigate planning and performance needs and identify any hurdles (like town planning applications) we need to clear so the project can progress smoothly.

research and technology 

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design technology 

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sustainable design 

The value of environmentally sustainable design (ESD) becomes apparent after a building has been designed and built: only after years of use do the true costs of maintaining, repairing and modifying a building start to emerge.

Excellent architects are those that can balance the sometimes conflicting interests of environmental responsibility and commercial viability during the design process. Peddle Thorp approaches this challenge by viewing sustainability as a holistic goal, rather than an added step.

Inspiring design, economical design and sustainable design overlap at many points, and finding the intersections between what the client wants and what will create a lasting, low-impact building is where the expertise of your architect is needed.

Designs that find the right balance

Only by understanding the multitude of factors that influence a project can an architect truly develop solutions that incorporate sustainability.  while also resolving a client’s specific brief, which may emphasise entirely different objectives.

Achieving sustainable deign solutions relies on ingenuity of architects as much as it does on the resolve of clients. We help our clients to define ESD opportunities, find market-ready systems and materials, quantify cost and risk implications, and champion realistic initiatives beginning during the early stage of design stages through to project delivery.

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