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. Read More
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. Read More
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:
Services (plumbing, electricals, ventilation etc)
Landlord’s / Freeholder’s Consent (License to alter)
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
3 areas an architect can add value at the planning application stages
This post identifies 3 key areas where an architect can add value in the work stages leading up to and including submission of a planning application Read More
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. Read More