Little Kelham, Eco Residential Development Launches

Posted by sam

on January 9, 2014

Categories: Uncategorized

Our friends at Citu, have launched Little Kelham, their low carbon, sustainable property development in Kelham Island, Sheffield.

Consisting of 150 1-4 bedroom homes plus a variety of creative spaces, shops, cafes and galleries.

Houses will use the “Passive Haus” system; a super insulated, timber frame construction to ensure efficient temperature regulation. All in all, it means significantly cheaper energy bills and a smarter way to consume resources…it is the future of sustainable living.


Our Studio were commissioned to produce two CGI for marketing and PR purposes. Architects on the project are a Leeds based practice called Sturgeon North


QDOS Fitness Launches

Posted by sam

on September 30, 2013

Categories: 3D, Interior Design, Visualisation

Our client QDOS fitness have launched their first gym in Heald Green. We produced some interior visuals showing its unique gym concept designed by interior designers NoChintz. We thought it would be interesting to show the CGI alongside actual photography of the finished build.

Here is the cgi we produced:

and here is the final photograph:

Our Studio Planning Wins

Posted by sam

on March 19, 2013

Categories: 3D, Architecture, Visualisation

We are pleased to announce that two of our recent projects have received planning permission.

Willesden Green Cultural Centre by AHMM was issued a resolution to grant planning consent this month. Incorporating a much-loved Victorian library building and responding to the rich architectural context of the local Conservation Area, the Centre’s many facilities include a library, cafe, customer services, training, arts and community function spaces, as well as the Brent Archive and Brent Museum.


Developer London Square’s Upper Richmond Road received planning permission earlier this year. Designed by architects AHMM the mixed-use scheme is composed of a cascading series of dovetailing volumes sitting atop a retail and office space podium, the project will provide 76 double-aspect apartments and an array of balconies, wintergardens and terraces. New landscaping, a public forecourt and a south-facing private garden will complete the mix.

Visit to Liliesleaf in South Africa

Posted by sam

on February 29, 2012

Categories: Architecture, Travel

When in South Africa recently, I visited the Liliesleaf Learning Centre & Heritage Precinct.
Our Studio met Mashabane Rose at The World Architecture Festival in 2009 who were nominated for their work on the project under Culture: Existing Buildings.

Liliesleaf is a place I’ve always intended to visit after meeting with the talented and sensitive architectural practice; and also being South African, it has a significant place in the important history of my country.

The trip out and whole Liliesleaf experience was thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile. Mashabane Rose have done an excellent job at creating modern architecture whilst preserving the Historical structures and activities which took place on the site. One can enjoy the landscape and tranquil setting whilst going back in time taking in the story and events leading up to the Liliesleaf raid in 1963.

The existing Manor House and Out buildings, including the Thatched cottage has been sensitively restored and reconstructed where necessary. Spaces with previously dedicated purposes and known significance are interpreted and returned to their state at the time of the 1963 police raid which led to Nelson Mandela serving 27 years on Robin Island.

The Struggle Library Research and Archive Centre is a concrete structure with brick work that matches the historical outbuildings. Large glazed panels offer the public areas and offices views across the gardens and the historical structures. Formed out of dry stacked ‘African’ stone walling and enclosed by glass and timber screens. An amphitheatre in the grounds provides a place for groups to listen to trained guides relating the story of the site. Stepped terraces nestle the scheme into the suburban neighbourhood with minimal impact.

Mashabane Rose have clearly taken care to ensure that the essence, spirit and soul that Liliesleaf Farm embodies is maintained for current and future generations.

Urbanized Film Screening – A Successful Night

Posted by sam

on January 24, 2012

Categories: Architecture, Events, film, Our Studio, Urban Design

We’d like to thank everyone who attended the Urbanized film screening on Thursday night at the Deaf Institute. We had 120 people join us to watch this inspiring and stimulating new documentary by Gary Hustwit.

We thoroughly enjoyed the film and open debate that followed. We noticed the strong appetite for urban issues in the room and think that this could be the start of something exciting … perhaps an ‘Urbanised MCR” group that could meet up to discuss Urban related topics? We could have:

  • seminar series & talks
  • design workshops
  • guerrilla gardening
  • lobbying on key issues
  • I wish this was… (remember Candy Chang?)

Perhaps, if we gain enough support and momentum, we could help to make some real positive changes, covering some of the issues that we feel strongly about – changes that could improve the city, our environment and the way the community engages.

In a time where councils are having to cut back spend and limit to essential costs, it’s more important than ever that grass roots movements such as this get involved in democratic urban design issues and ensure the importance and value of distinctive placemaking’ is not forgotten. To paraphrase Mark Covington, founder of the Georgia Street Community Garden in Detroit…’You need to get off your butt and take care of your own, if you take care of your own everything else will fall into place’

If you are interested in forming such a group and meeting again to carry on discussions, please email a YES to, and if you have friends or colleagues who were not able to attend but feel they would be interested, please forward on to them and ask them to get in touch.

If we can gather enough support from your responses, we’ll look into a venue where we can meet and discuss how to move this forward.