Darras Hall House as seen on Channel 4

Darras Hall House as seen on Channel 4
Location : Darras Hall, Newcastle
Sectors: Residential, Private

In our second collaboration with Zac Monro, we designed (co-authors with Zac) and delivered this high profile project which had its own episode on Channel 4 Inside Out Homes.

The brief was to enhance the connection, both physically and visually, between the house and the garden.  In addition to this the clients wanted to totally modernise and enlarge their dormer bungalow which was suffering from damp and structural issues.

Working within the confines of the strict local planning law we have produced a dynamic and contemporary interpretation of a dormer bungalow will 5-6 bedrooms with huge windows and open plan living to the ground floor.  The use of natural light and inventive space creation makes a special place the client can call home and allows for the flexibility for their growing family.  Homely yet unashamedly modern.

More images to follow…

Thanks to all involve! More can be found out about the project and the supplier on this link:




Star & Shadow Cinema

Star & Shadow Cinema
Location : Warwick Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle
Sectors: Community, Leisure, Workspace

Star and Shadow Cinema is a co-operative and registered Community Benefit Society which runs an independent theatre whilst providing a venue for artists and musicians. The organisation is run entirely by volunteers with decisions made democratically.  Previously located on Stepney Bank Ouseburn they have grown out of their currently venue and managed to secure a dilapidated building on Warwick Street to transform into their new venue.  This exciting community led scheme includes a Cinema, Venue Space, Café, Community Spaces, Artist Studios and Workshops which are all to be built by the volunteers who have many different skills and expertise– a truly immense DIY project .

Design development has been an holistic and bespoke process incorporating ‘found’ items, recycling materials from their current venue and allowing an evolving scheme to incorporate other items founded during construction.  The design ethos is ‘buildings within building’ to make maximum use of the volume of the industrial shell whilst also creating the high acoustic performance needed within the cinema and venue space.  The layout and design has been created to have a vibrant heart to the building, a welcoming face to the street frontage and to enable volunteers to have a sociable time in the building whatever they have been allocated to do.  Construction work starts in summer 2016 and is due for completion early 2017.

Forgotten Spaces North East

Forgotten Spaces North East
Location: Dunston Staithes
Sectors: Leisure, Sustainability

The Staithes at Dunston, a listed structure, is considered to be the largest timber structure in Europe. This relic of the industrial era currently collects flotsam and is slowly decomposing in the silt of the Tyne.

Our light touch proposal is to bring this back to life as an ecological gold driving range where you can “hit some balls and feed the fish”. This is part of the Forgotten Spaces North East competition where surreal and wild ideas are pitched in a public arena discussing areas requiring regeneration.

There is a more serious debate behind the light-hearted solution; the loss of this iconic structure. We are putting our whole-hearted support behind this industrial monument and will be generating other ideas in the coming months.

Cliffords Tower

Cliffords Tower Pod
Location : York
Sectors: Heritage, Retail
Dan Kerr Project Architect at Napper Architects

Clifford Tower is a motte and bailey and Scheduled Ancient Monument whose history started in 1068, The brief was to design an area within the walls of the tower, that could be used by English Heritage as a retail unit and information booth on a limited budget.

The solution is a simple contemporary pod which lightly rests on the floor of the tower. The pod is built using a timber frame module construction cladded with stainless steel woven ‘fabric’ and structural glazing to the front all of which had to be carried up the 55 uneven steps of the motte.

Tanfield Business School

Tanfield Business School
Location : Tanfield, Tynedale
Sectors: Education, Community
Will Mawson Project Architect at Napper Architects


Will Mawson was designer and project architect for the conversion of a dilapidated industrial unit was completed within a tight programme and budget of £300K creating a new business school.

A reminder of the building’s industrial past was retained by highlighting structural members and the impressive ceiling height used to effect in the central project space. The building is shared by a number of local schools educating the business people of tomorrow.