Our offices in London, Edinburgh and Manchester are lively places to work with a spirit of creativity, good humour and trust. Staff turnover is low and younger architects are empowered to take as big a role in the design process as they can.

People
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Bennetts Associates comprises around 80 architectural staff and 10 administrators. We aim for our design teams to be consistent throughout a project, without changing personnel between concept and delivery stages. We don’t employ technicians and expect our senior architects to be team-players who are well grounded in technical or cost matters as well as design. All architects and administrators are supported through training and mentoring, with career reviews twice a year. Some of our architects also get involved in external activities, such as industry working groups, occasional teaching or sustainability research.

Meet the team
Practice Profile
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Approach
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    • Sustainability
    • Collaboration
    • Method
    • Consistency
 
Studio
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    • Spirit
    • Scale
    • Location
 
Ethos
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    • Excellence
    • Context
    • Evolution
    • Integration
 
Research
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Bennetts Associates is committed to research in a number of areas as a means of developing its thought processes and consistently improving the quality of its approach and outputs.

The practice sees research as being vital to support innovation and continuous improvement. As a result, significant effort is committed through project work as well as study funded by the practice in key areas of interest. The majority of such activity has focussed on sustainability with the development of a range of tools such as operational carbon emission benchmarking for all of its major projects, matrices to inform early stage environmental decision making and sustainability performance measurement tools (M4i Indicators).

Other areas of interest have included topics such as space syntax at the urban and building level. Bennetts Associates was one of the first practices in the UK to work closely with research specialists in this field and implement evaluation on a major project, thePowerGen HQ, Coventry.

Awards
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The many awards won by the firm are for all aspects of design and construction; these include 19 RIBA awards and two ‘Prime Minister’s Better Public Building’ awards – for the Jubilee Library in Brighton and 5 Pancras Square in King’s Cross, London. Bennetts Associates has twice been voted UK Architectural Practice of the Year by Building magazine and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for the third time in 2011, for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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Clients

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    Our client list reflects the exceptionally wide range of projects we undertake – from private individuals to major corporations, from local councils to theatre companies, from contractors to developers, from transport bodies to universities.  More than half of our work comes from repeat business and direct referrals, with some of our current projects having their roots in the relationships established in the practice’s early years.

    • Airport City Ltd (Manchester)
    • Argent Llp
    • Axa Sun Life Properties Ltd
    • BAA Plc
    • BAM Construct UK
    • The Bedford Estate
    • Blackpool Council
    • Brighton & Hove City Council
    • British Land
    • British Waterways
    • Canford School
    • Castle Precision Engineering Ltd
    • Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council
    • Citizens Theatre
    • City of Edinburgh Council
    • City University London
    • The Corporation of London
    • Crossrail
    • Cummins Engine Company
    • Derwent London
    • Dogs Trust
    • EDI Group
    • Exemplar Properties
    • The Grosvenor Estate
    • Groveworld
    • Guardian Media Group Plc
    • Hampshire County Council
    • Hampstead Theatre
    • Heriot-Watt University
    • The Highland Council
    • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
    • International Institute for Environment and Development
    • Inverness and Nairn Enterprise
    • Inverness City Partnership
    • Islington Council
    • Jaguar Land Rover
    • John Menzies (UK) Ltd
    • King’s Cross Central Partnership Ltd
    • Land Securities
    • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
    • London and Continental Railways
    • The London Borough of Bexley
    • The London Borough of Camden
    • Low Carbon Workplace
    • Mace
    • Manchester City Council
    • Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)
    • Miller Group
    • Mint Hotel Group
    • Mitsubishi Estate
    • Mitsui Fudosan
    • The Moray Council
    • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
    • Network Rail
    • New Edinburgh Ltd
    • The Old Vic Theatre Company
    • PARC Craigmillar Ltd
    • Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
    • The Portman Estate
    • PowerGen (now e.on)
    • Resolution Properties
    • Royal Ascot
    • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
    • The Royal College of Pathologists
    • The Royal Shakespeare Company
    • Shaftesbury Theatre
    • Sophos Plc
    • Speyhawk Land & Estates
    • St Antony's College, Oxford
    • Stirling Tourism
    • Stanhope Plc
    • Transport for Greater Manchester
    • Traverse Theatre
    • Turnberry Consulting
    • UK Astronomy Technology Centre
    • The University of Aberdeen
    • The University of Cambridge
    • The University of Edinburgh
    • The University of Glasgow
    • The University of Oxford
    • The University of Stirling
    • Vector Management
    • Visit Scotland
    • Wessex Water
    • Whiteburn Projects Ltd
     
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    People

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    Meet the team
     

    Bennetts Associates comprises around 80 architectural staff and 10 administrators. We aim for our design teams to be consistent throughout a project, without changing personnel between concept and delivery stages. We don’t employ technicians and expect our senior architects to be team-players who are well grounded in technical or cost matters as well as design. All architects and administrators are supported through training and mentoring, with career reviews twice a year. Some of our architects also get involved in external activities, such as industry working groups, occasional teaching or sustainability research.


    Practice Profile

     

    Approach

    • Sustainability
    • Collaboration
    • Method
    • Consistency
     

    For more than twenty years we have been reducing the environmental impacts of each project and our Business Plan identifies sustainable design and behaviour as one of Bennetts Associates’ guiding principles. Achieving high levels of sustainability requires a multi-disciplinary, investigative approach to design, combined with objectivity about the necessary research and its actual results. Moreover, for us the pursuit of sustainability combines art with science.


    Working collaboratively with clients, engineers and others is not only rewarding and productive, but is also a way of enhancing our projects through proper integration of design and construction. We enjoy teamwork and encourage ideas to emerge from all members of the team, regardless of seniority or title. We are acutely conscious that architectural ego can sometimes get in the way of progress.

    Each of our projects originates with a searching analysis of its requirements and context, followed by a transparent examination of design options so that all parties share in the sense of direction. When we have a favoured architectural solution we say so, but we welcome debate and expect good ideas to stand up to scrutiny.

    Design management is embedded in everything we do, enabling us to deliver buildings on time and to budget. We apply a similar rigour to the detailed development of our projects to ensure they are well built and ‘work’ in practice. Much of our portfolio represents repeat business and we pride ourselves in consistent delivery across many sectors, from offices to theatres, universities, hotels, transport, masterplanning and conservation.


    Studio

    • Spirit
    • Scale
    • Location
     

    Our offices in London, Edinburgh and Manchester are lively places to work with a spirit of creativity, good humour and trust. Staff turnover is relatively low and younger architects are empowered to take as big a role in the design process as they can. Open plan studios underpin a culture of openness and an absence of overt hierarchy. We believe that collaborative effort can achieve far more than an architect working in isolation.

    Bennetts Associates was formed in 1987 and we have grown to around 90 people. The resources of the practice allow us to take on projects of any size but with the key directors and senior staff remaining ‘hands on’. To date, our largest project was around £200m but we regularly take on smaller jobs of £1m or less.

    Our main office is in Clerkenwell, London, located in a group of buildings we designed around an early 18th century cattle barn. Our Edinburgh studio opened in 1994 and our Manchester studio in 2015. We work hard to ensure that the three studios function as one practice with a common culture and shared projects. Fortnightly meetings of the whole firm, where the three studios are linked by video-conferencing, are supplemented by twice-yearly ‘CPD’ days and a legendary programme of social events.


    Ethos

    • Excellence
    • Context
    • Evolution
    • Integration
     

    We are passionate about architecture that is timeless, humane and elegant. Across all building types and scales, our objective is always to produce work that is spatially uplifting, visually stimulating and well detailed. Our meticulous approach to design and the way in which we construct our buildings give them a long-lasting appropriateness for their users and an independence from current vogues.

    Underpinning all our projects is a carefully considered response to their context, whether through assimilation or contrast. Historical research and a thorough analysis of the rural setting or townscape composition are essential to the final design. Our pioneering work on sustainability enables us to develop innovative responses to local climate and materials and an understanding of the project’s economic, social and environmental potential.

    We believe in the enduring qualities of modern architecture, but we are not Modernists. We address with conviction urban place-making, genuine functionality and responsible construction. Our awareness of history is important when we make modern interventions in cities and within existing buildings. Our instinct is always to question the balance between fine art and craft.

    Our pursuit of complete integration between internal space, structure, services and external fabric generates a level of authenticity that is very different from much of today’s surface-deep architecture. This requires a highly collaborative way of working and results in an architectural language that expresses the indivisibility of architecture, engineering and construction.


    Research

     

    Bennetts Associates is committed to research in a number of areas as a means of developing its thought processes and consistently improving the quality of its approach and outputs.

    The practice sees research as being vital to support innovation and continuous improvement. As a result, significant effort is committed through project work as well as study funded by the practice in key areas of interest. The majority of such activity has focussed on sustainability with the development of a range of tools such as operational carbon emission benchmarking for all of its major projects, matrices to inform early stage environmental decision making and sustainability performance measurement tools (M4i Indicators).

    Other areas of interest have included topics such as space syntax at the urban and building level. Bennetts Associates was one of the first practices in the UK to work closely with research specialists in this field and implement evaluation on a major project, thePowerGen HQ, Coventry.


    Awards

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    The many awards won by the firm are for all aspects of design and construction; these include 19 RIBA awards and two ‘Prime Minister’s Better Public Building’ awards – for the Jubilee Library in Brighton and 5 Pancras Square in King’s Cross, London. Bennetts Associates has twice been voted UK Architectural Practice of the Year by Building magazine and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for the third time in 2011, for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


    Clients

    Our client list reflects the exceptionally wide range of projects we undertake – from private individuals to major corporations, from local councils to theatre companies, from contractors to developers, from transport bodies to universities.  More than half of our work comes from repeat business and direct referrals, with some of our current projects having their roots in the relationships established in the practice’s early years.

    • Airport City Ltd (Manchester)
    • Argent Llp
    • Axa Sun Life Properties Ltd
    • BAA Plc
    • BAM Construct UK
    • The Bedford Estate
    • Blackpool Council
    • Brighton & Hove City Council
    • British Land
    • British Waterways
    • Canford School
    • Castle Precision Engineering Ltd
    • Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council
    • Citizens Theatre
    • City of Edinburgh Council
    • City University London
    • The Corporation of London
    • Crossrail
    • Cummins Engine Company
    • Derwent London
    • Dogs Trust
    • EDI Group
    • Exemplar Properties
    • The Grosvenor Estate
    • Groveworld
    • Guardian Media Group Plc
    • Hampshire County Council
    • Hampstead Theatre
    • Heriot-Watt University
    • The Highland Council
    • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
    • International Institute for Environment and Development
    • Inverness and Nairn Enterprise
    • Inverness City Partnership
    • Islington Council
    • Jaguar Land Rover
    • John Menzies (UK) Ltd
    • King’s Cross Central Partnership Ltd
    • Land Securities
    • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
    • London and Continental Railways
    • The London Borough of Bexley
    • The London Borough of Camden
    • Low Carbon Workplace
    • Mace
    • Manchester City Council
    • Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)
    • Miller Group
    • Mint Hotel Group
    • Mitsubishi Estate
    • Mitsui Fudosan
    • The Moray Council
    • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
    • Network Rail
    • New Edinburgh Ltd
    • The Old Vic Theatre Company
    • PARC Craigmillar Ltd
    • Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
    • The Portman Estate
    • PowerGen (now e.on)
    • Resolution Properties
    • Royal Ascot
    • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
    • The Royal College of Pathologists
    • The Royal Shakespeare Company
    • Shaftesbury Theatre
    • Sophos Plc
    • Speyhawk Land & Estates
    • St Antony's College, Oxford
    • Stirling Tourism
    • Stanhope Plc
    • Transport for Greater Manchester
    • Traverse Theatre
    • Turnberry Consulting
    • UK Astronomy Technology Centre
    • The University of Aberdeen
    • The University of Cambridge
    • The University of Edinburgh
    • The University of Glasgow
    • The University of Oxford
    • The University of Stirling
    • Vector Management
    • Visit Scotland
    • Wessex Water
    • Whiteburn Projects Ltd
     
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