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AI as a tool or something more?


The advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) prompts us to ponder the possibility of being supplanted by computers, sparking debates about the future of practice, the ethical implications of AI and the need for a balance between technological advancement and human well-being. While the progression and integration of AI is unfolding, its potential is unknown.

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Penny for your thoughts – Views on the loos


So what is the public’s response? ...we had the opportunity to speak with the local community, to find out what they think of the newly refurbished toilets…

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The Next Storey


Having built the foundations and developed the company with Clive to the 37th floor, our friend and colleague Richard Boon is handing on the plans to new partners. Richard is due to retire at the end of April.

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Going Public; reviving the Crystal Palace Park loos


Check out this blog written by our Associate Architect James Krikler to find what's Park, Palace and Public have in common.

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Howay and beyond: A trip to Newcastle


One of the joys of being part of the LDN Collective is the opportunity to explore cities and places with passionate people and varied perspectives. This winter we took on Newcastle, where an eclectic mix of architects, video-makers, social and well-being specialists, urban designers and others, were led by LDN Collective CEO Max Farrell on a circular walking tour around the city, capturing many of the city’s interesting masterplanning and architectural projects.

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Brixton Reimagined: A Glimpse Behind the Exhibition


As we bring 2023 to a close, we reflect on our participation in the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) earlier this year…it feels fitting to share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of our Re-Imagining Brixton Exhibition. This year was our first year participating in the festival. Our team are already excited about what 2024 will bring, with a new opportunity for ideas and fresh thinking for our second LFA exhibition! See you there!

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Steps towards a Sustainable Future


As part of BoonBrown’s Social Value Strategy, over the last two years we have been calculating and tracking the Carbon Footprint of our Southwest and London Studios. Check out our latest blog which explains the process and our achievements to date.

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New pathway to becoming an architect


Written by our Level 7 Architectural Apprentices, Martin Bignell and Sydney Wheeler, our latest blog shines a light on their experience studying towards becoming fully qualified architects at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

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All under one roof: a home for generations


Great news – we have secured planning permission for one of our biggest home transformations yet…!
Our project at Thorpe Avenue in Peterborough extends the existing 240sqm dwelling to 610sqm, providing three receptions, an open kitchen/living/diner, swimming pool, nine bedrooms and ten bathrooms.
Check out our latest blog which talks you through the brief and the design principles we adopted.

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Buckle up for Buckeroo or Preparing for Complexity?


So, what sort of complexity and change is coming down the track in relation to architecture and planning? Setting aside the macro impacts of the cost-of-living crisis and the failure of the post-Brexit economic phoenix to rise from the ashes, there are a few suggestions...

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BoonBrown welcomes RIBA President Simon Allford to Brixton!


Our London Studio team (alongside several southwest studio visitors!) had the pleasure of welcoming inspirational architect and RIBA president, Simon Allford to Brixton last week.

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Re-imagining Brixton | Collaborations


We are thrilled to share this fantastic short film produced by You See Media…giving a glimpse into our Re-Imagining Brixton Exhibition, which was part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Due to the positive response we’ve had and continuing popularity, the exhibition has been extended for a few more days, so please do come down and check it out!

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Reflections from Chelsea


Chartered Landscape Architect Josh George discusses one of this years’ themes for the Chelsea Flower Show, which was the use of different substrates within planting designs, setting out how this may benefit your project.

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Elephant Park Tour with LDN Collective


Architectural Director Abigail Baggley and non-exec Director Ed Watson make observations about the successes in architectural detailing, and discuss how the development has anchored itself within the community, creating a really exciting bustling working and living hub within Elephant and Castle.

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Re-imagining Brixton Goes Live!


We are thrilled to be unveiling our Re-imagining Brixton Exhibition, as we play a part in this year’s London Festival of Architecture! Check out some of our launch party highlights and find out more about our exhibition - we are welcoming visitors until Friday 30th June, so please come on down to Brixton!

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Doubling Up: Tall buildings and two stairs


Our Associate Architectural Technician Tom Kimber discusses the recommendations and mandating of second staircases in new residential buildings over 30 metres tall. So there are many questions... but fundamentally, how will this impact our plans and layouts?

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New Numatic production and distribution facility gets the go ahead


The new building will provide circa 24,000m2 of new floor space dedicated to the production of the much-loved Henry family of vacuum cleaners. The aim of the development is to streamline the process into one facility incorporating raw material storage, manufacture, assembly, storage and distribution, to ultimately improve sustainability and increase productivity.

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Mandatory changes to the planning process: Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)


As of November 2023 (TBC), it will be mandatory for developments requiring planning permission to achieve Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). The Environment Act 2021 introduced the requirement that new planning applications for development meet the following objective 'biodiversity value attributable to the development exceed the pre-development biodiversity value of the on-site habitat by at least 10%'.

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Designing Equitable Spaces


Firstly, what is equitable design? The dictionary definition of equity, is to provide equal treatment to everyone whilst still acknowledging the differences between individuals. This implies that there are inherent differences between individuals’ circumstances, and for everyone to achieve the same equal outcome, they must be given tools and opportunities specific to their needs.

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Adaptive reuse; how old stories find new expression in North London


Adaptive reuse – how does this differ from refurbishment and renovation and what does it mean for our existing building stock? Sensitive transformations may be the key to cost-effective and sustainable solutions, while maintaining relationships between property owners, tenants and those who simply inhabit our constructed world.

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Planning permission secured for 67 apartments


BoonBrown are delighted to announce that alongside clients Allerton, we have now secured planning permission for 67 apartments across three blocks on the Cherry Tree Pub site in Peterborough. Our application was recommended for approval by the Planning Officer, and later approved under delegated powers without going to Planning Committee.

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Insider SW Property Awards 2022 | Sustainable Project of the Year


BoonBrown’s recently completed scheme for 20 new affordable homes at Mendip View, Axbridge, has won ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ at the Insider South West Property Awards!! The ceremony in Bristol on Thursday evening was overwhelmed by cheer and applause by the great news. To be given recognition for all the hard work through this prestigious regional award was a great delight.

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BoonBrown appointed on Chelsea Embankment Gardens


BoonBrown Landscape Architects are extremely excited to be working alongside the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Chelsea Steering Group and Chelsea Physic Garden to develop and enhance the Chelsea Embankment Gardens. Our vision for the gardens centres around visually uniting the two spaces, through the use of repetition in planting types between the sites, using naturalistic, drought-tolerant planting – creating a strong design language between the gardens.…

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LABC Building Excellence Awards 2022 | Regional winner of Best Small Social Housing Development


We are delighted that our Elderton Fields project has been selected as regional winner for the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2022 in the category Best Small Social Housing Development. Working with our client Stonewater and contractors Winsley White Ltd, we have delivered fourteen new affordable homes within a wider landscaped scheme including school parking, wildlife corridors and public art.

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AI as a tool or something more?


The advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) prompts us to ponder the possibility of being supplanted by computers,…

Read More

Penny for your thoughts – Views on the loos


So what is the public’s response? ...we had the opportunity to speak with the local community, to find out what they…

Read More

The Next Storey


Having built the foundations and developed the company with Clive to the 37th floor, our friend and colleague Richard…

Read More

Going Public; reviving the Crystal Palace Park loos


Check out this blog written by our Associate Architect James Krikler to find what's Park, Palace and Public have in…

Read More

Howay and beyond: A trip to Newcastle


One of the joys of being part of the LDN Collective is the opportunity to explore cities and places with passionate…

Read More

Brixton Reimagined: A Glimpse Behind the Exhibition


As we bring 2023 to a close, we reflect on our participation in the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) earlier this…

Read More

Steps towards a Sustainable Future


As part of BoonBrown’s Social Value Strategy, over the last two years we have been calculating and tracking the Carbon…

Read More

New pathway to becoming an architect


Written by our Level 7 Architectural Apprentices, Martin Bignell and Sydney Wheeler, our latest blog shines a light on…

Read More

All under one roof: a home for generations


Great news – we have secured planning permission for one of our biggest home transformations yet…! Our project at…

Read More

Buckle up for Buckeroo or Preparing for Complexity?


So, what sort of complexity and change is coming down the track in relation to architecture and planning? Setting aside…

Read More

BoonBrown welcomes RIBA President Simon Allford to Brixton!


Our London Studio team (alongside several southwest studio visitors!) had the pleasure of welcoming inspirational…

Read More

Re-imagining Brixton | Collaborations


We are thrilled to share this fantastic short film produced by You See Media…giving a glimpse into our Re-Imagining…

Read More

Reflections from Chelsea


Chartered Landscape Architect Josh George discusses one of this years’ themes for the Chelsea Flower Show, which was…

Read More

Elephant Park Tour with LDN Collective


Architectural Director Abigail Baggley and non-exec Director Ed Watson make observations about the successes in…

Read More

Re-imagining Brixton Goes Live!


We are thrilled to be unveiling our Re-imagining Brixton Exhibition, as we play a part in this year’s London Festival…

Read More

Doubling Up: Tall buildings and two stairs


Our Associate Architectural Technician Tom Kimber discusses the recommendations and mandating of second staircases in…

Read More

New Numatic production and distribution facility gets the go ahead


The new building will provide circa 24,000m2 of new floor space dedicated to the production of the much-loved Henry…

Read More

Mandatory changes to the planning process: Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)


As of November 2023 (TBC), it will be mandatory for developments requiring planning permission to achieve Biodiversity…

Read More

Designing Equitable Spaces


Firstly, what is equitable design? The dictionary definition of equity, is to provide equal treatment to everyone…

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Diversity Matters


Could architects be doing more to address and provide solutions to the world’s current social, cultural and…

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Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2023 | Shortlisted for Best Innovative New Build


We are pleased to announce that the Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2023 has shortlisted our affordable housing…

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Adaptive reuse; how old stories find new expression in North London


Adaptive reuse – how does this differ from refurbishment and renovation and what does it mean for our existing building…

Read More

Planning permission secured for 67 apartments


BoonBrown are delighted to announce that alongside clients Allerton, we have now secured planning permission for 67…

Read More

Insider SW Property Awards 2022 | Sustainable Project of the Year


BoonBrown’s recently completed scheme for 20 new affordable homes at Mendip View, Axbridge, has won ‘Sustainable…

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BoonBrown appointed on Chelsea Embankment Gardens


BoonBrown Landscape Architects are extremely excited to be working alongside the Royal Borough of Kensington and…

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LABC Building Excellence Awards 2022 | Regional winner of Best Small Social Housing Development


We are delighted that our Elderton Fields project has been selected as regional winner for the LABC Building Excellence…

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Rise of the EV


As you may or may not be aware the Government has decreed that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned by…

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‘The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World’ – Oliver Milman


It is Mother’s Day 2022, my husband is renowned for the selection of novel presents, and so I begin to carefully unwrap…

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Building Regulation Changes – The perceived impact!


Associate Architectural Technician Tom Kimber, discusses the significant updates to Parts L & F, and two new…

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South West Tourism Awards 2022 | Bronze Award


We are delighted to announce that one of our technical projects, The Dorset Museum, has won bronze in the Large Visitor…

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