About the authors
Four architectural practices
This report – like its predecessor – is the product of collaboration between four architectural practices, specialising in the design and delivery of residential and mixed-use neighbourhoods. We have been at the forefront of housing debate, design and delivery for 40 years or more, and are currently delivering a significant proportion of London’s supply of new homes. We are therefore able to take a long view, and to bring experience from across the whole spectrum of housing by type, location and tenure. We are creating homes for all sorts of people: young and old, wealthy and poor, singles and families. Our regeneration work, engaging with local people, has given us particular insights into what has worked - and failed to work - in the past.
Although we are competitors, we also recognise the benefits of collaboration when it comes to understanding and influencing the wider context in which we operate. We therefore meet regularly to discuss current issues in relation to housing and place-making, and the way they are shaped by the pull of market and regulatory forces.
With a wide range of clients and huge collective experience, embodied in our 600 combined staff, we find that we can we can bring knowledge and insight to contemporary issues, and we are keen to share that with the wider community of developers, local authorities, practitioners and politicians. We certainly don’t agree about everything, and we bring four different voices to each debate, but we typically discover a high degree of consensus about what are the problems and what might be the solutions.
We also collaborate, individually and collectively, with other organisations such as the NLA, the Housing Forum, Future of London, NHBC and Design for Homes.
Some of our collective work to date
The group has produced a number of reports and discussion papers including:
Collectively and individually, members of our practices have participated in the Housing Standards Review, undertaken research for government and many other national organisations, written numerous design guides and published articles, papers and books about housing.
Recommendations were written and compiled by Ben Derbyshire of HTA, Matthew Goulcher of Levitt Bernstein, Andrew Beharrell of Pollard Thomas Edwards and Andy von Bradsky of PRP.
Introduction by Andrew Beharrell and Ben Derbyshire
Chapter 1 - Appraising the options by Ben Derbyshire
Chapter 2 - Engaging communities by Matthew Goulcher
Chapter 3 - Getting the design right by Andrew Beharrell
Chapter 4 - Achieving sustainable outcomes by Andy von Bradsky
Edited by Denise Chevin
The team would especially like to thank Denise Chevin, Barry McCullough at Levitt Bernstein, Tim Metcalfe at Pollard Thomas Edwards and other contributors at the four practices.
Graphic and web design: Tim Metcalfe
HTA Design LLP
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London NW1 9PX
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1 Kingsland Passage
London E8 2BB
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Pollard Thomas Edwards
38 Graham Street
London N1 8JX
020 7336 7777
Andy von Bradsky
10 Lindsey Street
London EC1A 9HP
020 7653 1200