Our tips on finding the right architect for you and getting the most out of them by Taylan Tahir

Our tips on finding the right architect for you and getting the most out of them

No one sets out to make a film without a script, a budget and a program. This might sound obvious but building is no different, though we so often see people making it up as they go.

This article outlines our tips for finding the right architect for you, avoiding disaster and helping things turn out the way you imagine on your building project.

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Why Great Real Estate Developers Should Be Great Story Tellers by Taylan Tahir

Why Great Real Estate Developers Should Be Great Story Tellers

As our cities and neighbourhoods densify, they become more complex and interesting. The challenge for real estate developers is to create a positive legacy with commercially viable projects. The opportunity is for them to strive beyond this; to become developers of complex and interesting narratives for the built environment.

This article outlines eight opportunities developers should consider exploring to tell the story of their next project.

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Black Box: An Extension That Will Actually Make Your Life Bigger and Better by Taylan Tahir

Black Box: An Extension That Will Actually Make Your Life Bigger and Better

We are delighted that Black Box, our residential extension in Islington, London, has been featured in a recent article in the Sunday Times Homes Section: Extensions That Will Actually Make Your Life Bigger and Better by Martina Lees.

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Redevelopment of Flats in Existing Central London Mansion Blocks - Three Key Areas to Consider by Taylan Tahir

Redevelopment of Flats in Existing Central London Mansion Blocks - Three Key Areas to Consider

This post addresses key areas for consideration when redeveloping flats in typical central London mansion blocks. By ‘mansion block’ we are referring to purpose built (often at the turn of the 20th century) blocks of flats. However, many of these considerations would also apply to conversions of period houses to flats.

The post covers the following key areas:

  1. Services (plumbing, electricals, ventilation etc)

  2. Structure

  3. Landlord’s / Freeholder’s Consent (License to alter)

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Designing Density for the Suburbs by Taylan Tahir

Suburban development should challenge the contemporary suburban vernacular

In areas characterised as suburban, there are a multitude of opportunities for land owners to bring forward sites proposing unique, contemporary and contextual residential developments. By offering a genuine alternative to the generic ‘cookie cutter’ new-build apartments that flood the property market, smaller boutique developers might set themselves apart in the marketplace.

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BIM in a Small Architecture Practice by Taylan Tahir

BIM in a Small Architecture Practice

BIM is a collaborative process to create and manage all of the information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. A key component of this is the Building Information Model, a three-dimensional, digital description of all of the information within a building project. This digital model develops as a project evolves to coordinate architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical detail, allowing architects, consultants and contractors to work using the same information.

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Parametric Design at MATA Architects by Taylan Tahir

Parametric design at MATA Architects

Parametric design is often associated with giant stadia and tall tower design however it can also be implemented at much smaller scales as a way to test, iterate and evaluate designs, as well as streamline the design process.

We utilise parametric design processes at early stages of design to allow us to experiment with our proposals at concept design stage to quickly generate and appraise multiple iterations of a design concept.

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Our Recently Completed Project for Monty’s Deli Features in Wallpaper* Magazine by Taylan Tahir

Our recently completed project for Monty’s Deli features in Wallpaper* magazine

We are excited to see our recently completed project for Monty’s Deli in Hoxton featured in Wallpaper* magazine.

As our first completed restaurant project Monty’s Deli has been a great learning process, if a little fast paced at times.

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Do I Need Planning Permission For My Extension? The Answer Might Be Simpler Than You Think by Taylan Tahir

Do I Need Planning Permission For My Extension? The Answer Might Be Simpler Than You Think

It is important to distinguish between an extension that necessitates a detailed planning application and one that falls under Permitted Development (PD). This post examines some of the criteria for Permitted Development and, conversely, identifies where planning permission should be sought. We then explore a number of extensions that would fall under permitted development and, through diagrams, illustrates some of the constraints of permitted development.

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3 Tips to Help Determine the Maximum Permissible Area of an Extension in Central London by Taylan Tahir

3 tips to help determine the maximum permissible area of an extension in central London

This post is concerned with defining the maximum area of an extension so that it is likely that the resulting mass will fall under the latter category, requiring planning permission.

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