Haines Phillips Architects

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Haines Phillips Architects is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
24 | HAINES PHILLIPS ARCHITECTS
Partner Stanley Haines
New-build town houses
Crouch End, London, N8
Haines Phillips Architects is a firm of experts that delivers
tailored architectural services. Its projects are mostly
residential and frequently in the heritage sector. Around
a dozen people make up the firm at any given time, and it
prides itself on its agility and closeness of contact with both
clients and contractors. It believes that close involvement with
its clients and proper understanding of their requirements is
an important component of a top-quality service. Moreover,
it has distinguished itself by showing great problem-solving
abilities and creating customised solutions. Its goal is to create
a splendid environment according to the client’s brief and
aspirations. Partner Stanley Haines tells the
Review
more about
the firm and the sector it operates in.
The work we carry out happens in stages, from preliminary feasibility to the
completion of the building works and the fit-out of the interiors. Our clients have
the choice of utilising our full, start-to-finish services, or opting for a partial service
– this could include, for example, starting from the receipt of planning permission
(in accordance with the requirements of the project). Key to our success are the
passion and personal commitment that drive our work, and the imperative that
everyone feels involved and invested in the project’s outcome.
Breadth and depth of experience
We can advise clients on the appointment of consultants – such as those relating
to structural engineering, quantity surveying, party wall surveying or services
FACTS ABOUT
HAINES PHILLIPS ARCHITECTS
»Partner: Stanley Haines
»Founded in 2007
»Located in Kings Cross,
London
»Services: Architectural firm
»No. of employees: 10
Haines Phillips
Architects
25HAINES PHILLIPS ARCHITECTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
engineering – and the best way of
going about appointing a building
contractor. Moreover, our in-house
interior design services guarantee a
high-quality design and specification of
the internal fit-out, as well as finishes
and decorations – carried out with the
help of a specialist interior decorator
should the project require this.
Where necessary or appropriate,
we work on projects from the very
beginning in close association with
a contractor with whom we have
successfully worked on previous
projects. This helps us to bring a whole
team of specialists together quickly,
with the aim of starting building work
as soon as possible; bringing about
fast, streamlined turnkey solutions; or
designing and building options with
the benefits of a one-stop shop.
Best practice underpinned
by technology, people and
creativity
Important to our operational success
is the use of computer modelling and
visualisation. This helps us significantly
with the design process and the analysis
of buildings and spaces, as well as with
the communication of these to other
consultants in the design team and to
the client. The software we use is the
latest version of Vectorworks Architect;
we fully utilise its BIM capabilities as
the design’s development requires.
The software helps us refine the design
aesthetically and streamlines the
production of technical information in
a co-ordinated manner. Ultimately, this
leads to a desirable outcome.
Our commitment to close relationships
with clients and contractors means
that there is an exceptional degree of
consistency to the quality of our work.
As most of our work – roughly 75 per
cent – is repeat custom, and as we’re a
RIBA Chartered Practice, our clients can
have a large degree of confidence that
the firm conforms to all professional
guidelines, including RIBA’s, and that
their projects will comply with all current
statutory and regulatory requirements.
But perhaps the most important trait
we have as an architectural firm is the
ability to solve problems creatively. No
two projects or clients are the same.
Each new building brings a whole
host of unforeseeable issues that we
have to be prepared to surmount
and circumvent. These difficulties are
more easily overcome by a practice
like ours, because we have wide-
ranging experience with so many
different clients, building types, towns
andcontexts. Lauderdale House arts
centre Camden, London,
N6
Our commitment
to close
relationships
with clients and
contractors
means that
there is an
exceptional
degree of
consistency to
the quality of
our work
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
24 | HAINES PHILLIPS ARCHITECTS
Partner Stanley Haines
New-build town houses
Crouch End, London, N8
Haines Phillips Architects is a firm of experts that delivers
tailored architectural services. Its projects are mostly
residential and frequently in the heritage sector. Around
a dozen people make up the firm at any given time, and it
prides itself on its agility and closeness of contact with both
clients and contractors. It believes that close involvement with
its clients and proper understanding of their requirements is
an important component of a top-quality service. Moreover,
it has distinguished itself by showing great problem-solving
abilities and creating customised solutions. Its goal is to create
a splendid environment according to the client’s brief and
aspirations. Partner Stanley Haines tells the
Review
more about
the firm and the sector it operates in.
The work we carry out happens in stages, from preliminary feasibility to the
completion of the building works and the fit-out of the interiors. Our clients have
the choice of utilising our full, start-to-finish services, or opting for a partial service
– this could include, for example, starting from the receipt of planning permission
(in accordance with the requirements of the project). Key to our success are the
passion and personal commitment that drive our work, and the imperative that
everyone feels involved and invested in the project’s outcome.
Breadth and depth of experience
We can advise clients on the appointment of consultants – such as those relating
to structural engineering, quantity surveying, party wall surveying or services
FACTS ABOUT
HAINES PHILLIPS ARCHITECTS
»Partner: Stanley Haines
»Founded in 2007
»Located in Kings Cross,
London
»Services: Architectural firm
»No. of employees: 10
Haines Phillips
Architects
25HAINES PHILLIPS ARCHITECTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
engineering – and the best way of
going about appointing a building
contractor. Moreover, our in-house
interior design services guarantee a
high-quality design and specification of
the internal fit-out, as well as finishes
and decorations – carried out with the
help of a specialist interior decorator
should the project require this.
Where necessary or appropriate,
we work on projects from the very
beginning in close association with
a contractor with whom we have
successfully worked on previous
projects. This helps us to bring a whole
team of specialists together quickly,
with the aim of starting building work
as soon as possible; bringing about
fast, streamlined turnkey solutions; or
designing and building options with
the benefits of a one-stop shop.
Best practice underpinned
by technology, people and
creativity
Important to our operational success
is the use of computer modelling and
visualisation. This helps us significantly
with the design process and the analysis
of buildings and spaces, as well as with
the communication of these to other
consultants in the design team and to
the client. The software we use is the
latest version of Vectorworks Architect;
we fully utilise its BIM capabilities as
the design’s development requires.
The software helps us refine the design
aesthetically and streamlines the
production of technical information in
a co-ordinated manner. Ultimately, this
leads to a desirable outcome.
Our commitment to close relationships
with clients and contractors means
that there is an exceptional degree of
consistency to the quality of our work.
As most of our work – roughly 75 per
cent – is repeat custom, and as we’re a
RIBA Chartered Practice, our clients can
have a large degree of confidence that
the firm conforms to all professional
guidelines, including RIBA’s, and that
their projects will comply with all current
statutory and regulatory requirements.
But perhaps the most important trait
we have as an architectural firm is the
ability to solve problems creatively. No
two projects or clients are the same.
Each new building brings a whole
host of unforeseeable issues that we
have to be prepared to surmount
and circumvent. These difficulties are
more easily overcome by a practice
like ours, because we have wide-
ranging experience with so many
different clients, building types, towns
andcontexts. Lauderdale House arts
centre Camden, London,
N6
Our commitment
to close
relationships
with clients and
contractors
means that
there is an
exceptional
degree of
consistency to
the quality of
our work
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
26 | HAINES PHILLIPS ARCHITECTS
A planning system and an
education system fit for
purpose
If you were to ask architects what the
primary issue in the industry is, the
most common answer would likely
be “the planning system”. The fact
is, getting local authorities to consent
to a proposal can often be an overly
and needlessly convoluted task. Of
course, part of our most valuable skill
is in overcoming the challenges in
the planning system. However, the
inconsistency of the application of
planning policy by local authorities can
place a considerable hurdle in the way
of a successful outcome.
Some clients are surprised to hear
that – starting from a blank sheet of
paper – it can take upwards of 18
months for a developed proposal to be
fully approved by a local authority. The
upside is that we rarely fail to receive
permission, but the sheer time it takes
can often be unpleasant and have
serious implications for the project and
our work. What makes this situation
especially bad is that the system seems
to be getting more complex as time
goes on.
Another fundamental issue we face
is the lack of architectural skills in
the UK. As the industry increases in
complexity, it’s all the more necessary
that we train young people to work
in this sector. At present, however,
we find that too many university
graduates lack the entry skills to start
in a firm like ours. A more practical
and thorough understanding of
architecture needs to be more widely
taught; otherwise, practices like ours
will suffer in the future. Our firm
invests heavily in upskilling the young
graduates we employ to make up for
areas of shortfall in their education,
with no surety that the investment will
pay off.
Moving forward whatever the
case
Any industry concerning buildings
will always be cyclical – it’s simply the
nature of the sector, as sometimes
more and sometimes fewer projects
are being built. The goal of business
is to survive in the good times and the
bad – an ability which we possess. As
the economy rises and falls, we ensure
we adapt to the needs of the time,
even if this entails the unfortunate task
of having to reduce staff size.
Nevertheless, this means that even
when times are less than great – such
as at the time of writing this, when
our turnover is currently around 20 per
cent less than it was in 2017 – we can
still operate smoothly and provide our
clients with the top-quality, tailored
service they expect of us. In short,
we are confident in our future health
andsuccess.
As the industry
increases in
complexity, it’s
all the more
necessary that
we train young
people to
work in this
sector
Extension of Grade
II listed house,
Kensington, London,
SW7
27BACA ARCHITECTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
The UK’s first amphibious house
Room for the River project,
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Founded by Director Richard Coutts in 2003, Baca Architects
is a specialist in waterfront and water-based architecture.
Since then, Baca has delivered many firsts, including a flood
resilience policy for the London Borough of Sutton, robust
planning principles for Defra, planning permissions for large and
small developments and the UK’s first amphibious and building
regulations-compliant floating homes. In addition to being
director at Baca, Richard is also a member of the RIBA’s Policy
Team and supports Defra’s Core Cities Flood Advisory Group at
Downing Street. He tells
The Parliamentary Review
more.
Flooding is one of the greatest environmental threats in the UK, causing an average
£1.4 billion in damage a year to businesses and households. The impact of flooding
is far greater than the resulting financial costs – it disrupts thousands of lives and
livelihoods and has a profound impact on health and wellbeing.
These effects are often long-lasting and extend far beyond communities that were
originally flooded. They include direct injuries and infections, but also long-term
problems resulting from the impacts of damage to homes, displacement until
properties are habitable, and delayed recovery and loss of value of properties.
Currently, one in six homes is at risk of flooding but, with a combination of extreme
storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels forecast to hit the UK in the next
30 years, this number is expected to double by 2050. Flooding will become the new
norm; the Committee on Climate Change warns that “severe flooding somewhere in
England in any given year is almost to be expected”. The implications of this are huge.
FACTS ABOUT
BACA ARCHITECTS
»Director: Richard Coutts
»Established in 2009
»Based in London Bridge
»Services: Masterplanning and
architecture
»No. of employees: 15
»Richard is the co-designer of
the Dover Commonwealth
War Memorial
»www.baca.uk.com
Baca Architects

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