BWP Architects

map2BWP Architects Ltd (formerly Brooks Ware & Palmer Architects LLP) was formed in October 2003 by Leigh Brooks and Stuart Ware who were joined by Partner James Palmer in June 2009.

In April 2015, Stuart left the practice following a two year period where a sporting injury kept him sidelined from being able to work full time as an active Director of the business and the mothballing of the Sussex office followed. We have kept Stuart’s seat on the board warm for him to rejoin in the future should it be possible.

The practice now has two studios; the main office is in Farnham, Surrey run by Leigh Brooks, a second studio in Harrogate, North Yorkshire run by James Palmer.

Approach

Rather than dogmatically sticking with or adopting a ‘house style’ we let the project, the site and the client inform the design process. We understand the importance of marrying traditional architectural language and construction techniques with contemporary design principles to ensure that our projects enhance and are sympathetic to the setting and appearance of the site, as well as its surroundings and any existing buildings.

Each client is dealt with personally by one of the partners and each scheme is tailored to suit the client’s current and future needs while paying close attention to budget constraints, planning issues and the impact on the wider environment.

Environment and sustainability

Understanding the importance of environmental issues in today’s world helps to guide and influence our design ethos. This can range from specifying the use of locally sourced or recycled materials to minimise embodied CO2 emissions and the inclusion of passive solar control systems through to the incorporation of more technologically based solutions such as ground source heat pumps or rainwater harvesting systems.

There are many ways in which new buildings can be designed to be “sustainable” from not just immediate energy saving measures such as improved insulation and air-tightness but also by looking at embodied energy (for example, manufacturing and transportation costs, life-time energy costs, the ability to recycle items at the end of their life etc). There are different standards and ways of measuring energy efficiency from simple SAP Calculations to Passivehaus standards which deals primarily with insulation and air-tightness through to more general approaches that the planners may insist upon such as a general reduction in CO2 emissions above and beyond that required by Building Control. BWP Architects are able to guide you through this potential maze of legislation and principals to ensure that you satisfy your own agenda and desires.