Aspect House under construction

Brooks Murray obtained Permitted Development approval in 2017 to convert the attractive complex of three office buildings into 121 flats. Subsequently we secured planning permission to add an extra floor onto each building, creating an extra 29 flats, with high quality landscaping between the buildings.

The scheme has been designed to the highest specifications and the interior design combines sleek and modern design with tactile materials. The development also embraces smart technology within the design.

To know more about this project click here.

Essendonbury Farm winner of the Commercial RICS Award

Great success for Essendonbury Farm, winner of the East of England RICS Awards in the Commercial Category.

The judges said:
“This is a fantastic commercial development located in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. The level of workmanship, attention to detail and consideration to the surrounding environment is impressive. The buildings have been used to facilitate the tenant’s business in a highly successful way and the relationship between Landlord and Tenant is a modern customer service focused approach. This commercial propriety leads the way by promoting collaborative relationships which are sustainable and beneficial to all involved.”

Congratulations to all the team involved!

Essenbonbury Farm featured on Premier Construction magazine

Essendonbury Farm has been featured on the April issue of Premier Construction.

“Essendonbury Farm has a strong concept based upon rigorous historic analysis and a thoughtful approach to re-imagining listed barns in the twenty-first century. The project team re-purposed these buildings to a high standard to suit Aston Martin specialists Nicholas Mee & Co challenging requirements. The result is a bespoke, but adaptable, development, which brings new people, and new purpose, to a beautiful corner of rural Hertfordshire.”

Read the full article here.

Essendonbury Farm shortlisted for the RICS and RIBA East Awards 2019

Essendonbury Farm has been shortlisted  for the East of England RICS Awards 2019 and the RIBA East Awards 2019.

Essendonbury Farm is on the eastern edge of the Hatfield Park Core Estate and is owned by Gascoyne Cecil Estates, who take an active role in local and transport planning whilst maintaining a long-standing commitment to preserve and enhance the property or land they themselves own, much of which is listed.
This unique heritage asset hosts Nicholas Mee & Co classic car showroom, workshops and offices.
The Grade II listed seventeenth and eighteenth century farm buildings were sensitively restored and brought back into use, and a new barn was built to reinstate the historic 1896 dual courtyard arrangement.
As part of the work, the external finishes were removed, timber repairs carried out and the building fabric reinstated to meet 21stC standards.

To know more about the project click here.

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The Hut and Liddell Park shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2019

The Hut and Liddell Park are a shortlisted project for the Scotland RICS Awards 2019.

The Hut is a community building in the heart of Liddell Park in the nascent Aberdeenshire town of Chapelton. The growing community needed a flexible space for day-to-day meetings, and focal point for larger events. Combined with Liddell Park the community facilities meet the existing and growing needs of the residents of Chapelton. An external, covered exhibition window affords an opportunity to explain the process and proposals – past, present and future – for Chapelton, showing a model, presentation boards and video. This enables the developers or the CCIC to keep residents and visitors informed on latest news.

To know more about the project click here.

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Brooks Murray win the 2018 Rifat Chadirji Prize

We are really excited to announce that we have won the 2018 Rifat Chadirji Prize – a competition  inviting designs to  transform the currently unused site of the Old Governorate Building, Baghdad, into the Baghdad Design Centre.

“This project offers an example of how urban ruins can be regenerated into new complexes. Its response to the urban and design brief highlights the importance of the original wall, and incorporates it as the main feature of the project. Its transformation into a living function will help create life in the project’s internal space and public plaza, which responds to the traditional local fabric and enriches the urban surroundings.  Covering the façade with trees will also allow the viewer to remember it as an urban ruin. The central courtyard is flexible and adaptable and can be used for many things including events, functions, performances and festivals, while the surrounding indoor activities can also be extended to the courtyard.” 

Find out more about the Rifat Chadirji Prize, and the Tamayouz Excellence Award, here.


Chapelton wins in Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards

Chapelton has won the  Building Communities for the Future prize at the 2018 Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards.

Chapelton is an emerging, sustainable mixed-use new town, embedding diverse housing choice, generous green infrastructure, and employment throughout.

The Building Communities for the Future categoy focuses on larger-scale developments. The work at Chapelton delivers well-designed, attractive housing, demonstrating how a considered layout, with landscaping and green open spaces, can create communities as well as deliver on housing need.

Read more about the Awards, here.

Find out more about Chapelton, here.


BMA shortlisted for the Rifat Chadirji Prize 2018

We are excited to have been shortlisted for the 2018 Rifat Chadirji Prize.

The Rifat Chadirji Prize this year asked participants to transform the currently unused site of the Old Governorate Building, Baghdad, into the Baghdad Design Centre whilst integrating the damaged original facades into their ideas for the new building. The facades will be a memorial for an era in Baghdad’s history. The competition welcomed  the participation of 310 firms and individuals from across 54 countries.

The competition is organised by Tamayouz, an excellence awards programme dedicated to supporting aspirational and transformative projects tackling local and global challenges. The Rifat Chadirji Prize is an annual international award that calls for design proposals responding to local challenges in Iraq. Through its various themes, this prize aims to introduce Iraq and its challenges to the world, inviting architects to submit ideas that might address some of the country’s urban problems, whilst establishing an open source of ideas tackling social issues in Iraq through design.

See the shortlist, here.

Planning Approved at Grove Farm, Robertsbridge

Working with Turnberry Planning, Brooks Murray recently received planning and listed building approval for a mixed use development in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.

The sensitive location of the site within the town, and the complex listed building detailing, meant approval had previously been refused. Brooks Murray were engaged to bring exceptional standards to both the masterplanning and  detailed design, and to achieve a successful planning and listed building approval.

The proposal is a mixed use residential and commercial project which will help sensitively to grow the community and create job opportunities for local residents and businesses in Roberstbridge.


Completion at Churchfield Road

Brooks Murray have carefully restored a residential building in Acton, west London.

Whilst the three-storey building, once accommodating six flats, had been approved for demolition and complete new build, the client preferred to retain the existing building and offer it a more modern look. Brooks Murray were therefore asked to work within the existing fabric,  to preserve the character of the area and yet renew the building with simple, contemporary detailing.

Excited to be asked to develop a fitting approach for reusing buildings with such potential, Brooks Murray redesigned the existing layout whilst expanding the rear and adding a mansard roof to accommodate a total of ten flats.

Local feedback has noted the refreshed  frontage enhancing the aspect from the road, and neighbours to the rear – all of whom have a visual connection – have appreciated the discreet improvements to their outlook.


Essendonbury Barns Near Completion in Hertfordshire

Aston Martin specialists, Nicholas Mee & Co, have moved into their new home at Essendonbury Barns, Hertfordshire.

The listed seventeenth and eighteenth century farm buildings have been delicately restored and brought back into use, alongside sympathetic new bespoke workshop and office space.

Our first step reinstated the historic 1896 dual courtyard arrangement by inserting a new-build barn between the two existing barns to match the vernacular.

The existing grade II listed timber barns were then sensitively restored preserving the historic material and guaranteeing their survival for the next hundred years.

This unique heritage asset now hosts a classic car showroom, customer reception, an  upholstery workshop, office space, four mechanic bays with hydraulic lifts and two separate oblique bays, and hosts thirty specialist jobs.

Brooks Murray have moved!

After more than 20 years based in Shoreditch, Brooks Murray have moved to Finsbury Park!

Over the years, we have grown and we have now burst our seams at New North Place.  Our new physical address is  The Arts Building, Morris Place, N4 3JG, the home of John Jones, and other creative industries. This new space will allow us to grow even more.

The phone number and e-mail addresses will  stay the same. Parking will be similar to the situation in Shoreditch – nearby metered spaces.

Sadigura Synagogue Approved! August 2017

Sadigura Synagogue received Planning Permission in August.  Brooks Murray Architects have been asked to design a new building for the Sadigura Synagogue at 269 Golders Green Road and to coordinate both extensions for the houses on both sides, designed by Studio 25 Architects. The purpose of the redevelopment is to increase the capacity and improve the quality of the shul and its ancillary services. The proposal is to replace the existing synagogue with a larger synagogue to include a multi-purpose space for the community on the top floor. The new building has been designed to work in a harmonious way with the extensions of the adjoining houses and vice versa.

Queens Parade Approved! March 2017

The Queens Parade received planning permission. This scheme was a refurbishment of a 1970’s block. Brooks Murray revitalised the facade by  creating a similar but modern extension of the existing building. Intricate brick and Moroccan fish tile paneling breaks up the long Elevation and  adds colour to the street.  The Culver Road elevation will be treated in the same way as the first floor, with the addition of profiled brick string coursing as a subtle detail that extends to the rear elevation for visual interest.


Brooks Murray famous once again!

Three Barns Farm restoration project and landscaping was featured in the November 2016 issue of another one of Britain’s leading magazines, House and Garden. The article showcases the grounds and the estate in superior photographic quality focusing on the quality of the heritage architecture, interior design and craftsmanship.

Gingerbread city

Brooks Murray were invited by Ecoled lighting manufacturer for festive drinks, to launch their   lighting range  at the Museum of architecture in Kensington, amonst the festive setting of Gingerbread city. Ecoled have a stunning minimalist range of lighting types and systems which illuminated the exhibition beautifully

Gingerbread City is an exhibition and series of workshops that make up the museum’s annual winter fundraiser, masterplanned and sponsored by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Architecture practices such as Foster and partners and Hopkins architects submitted gingerbread buidings to fit their allocated plots. The city was divided into areas such as the historical district and industrial area. The designs reflected the urban typology.

St Paul’s Trip

Brooks Murray architects were generously invited by one of our clients to have a private tour of St Pauls Cathedral. The Brooks Murray contingent was  split into two groups and allowed access into the areas not generally accessible to the  public. We had a tour of the whispering gallery, the archive room replete with the original hand drawn sections and elevations of the original cathedral as well as all the restorative and renewed designs. Finally, we were given  a tour of the library and archive detailing the stone works which have taken place over the years.

Times Article

We are excited to find our work at Chapleton of Elsick featured in The Times.  Find out more about it here.

Homes and Gardens

A Brooks Murray Architects restoration project, the “Three Barns Farm”, was featured in the Christmas issue of Homes and Gardens.

Chapelton of Elsick Approved
Chapelton of Elsick Approved

The full planning application for the first Phase of the new town was approved by Aberdeen Council.

Outline planning for the full masterplan was also approved.