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AJ Awards Sustainable Project of the Year

We are delighted that our ‘exceptional’ Derwenthorpe Phase One housing development in York has been named best sustainable building at the AJ Architecture Awards! 

8th December 2017

The first Energiesprong panels are installed

The first panels have been installed. The whole refurbishment takes place while residents stay in their homes! This is the first Enegriesprong project in the UK where Studio Partington in collaboration with Melius Homes are working on ten 'assured performance' pilot homes for Nottingham City Homes.

1st December 2017

Royal visit at Clay College

Prince Charles officially opened our Clay College project at Middleport Pottery, a college for aspiring potters that has been teaching traditional ceramic techniques since September. Studio Partington is delighted to have played their part along with ambitious and dedicated people who believe in the values of making, craft and education.

29th November 2017

Inside Housing Development Awards 2017 - Winner and Finalist

An amazing night at the Inside Housing Development Awards 2017. Derwenthorpe won the Best Affordable Housing Development (rural/ suburban) Award and Putney Plaza was a finalist for the Best Residential Urban Development Award.

Well done Adam! 

24th November 2017

Andover Estate secures Planning Committee Approval

Our Andover Estate scheme in Islington has secured planning committee approval! Studio Partington has teamed up with HTA Design’s Planning Team and Fabrik Landscape Architects to develop and design a comprehensive estate masterplan for the whole estate providing a total of 199 new homes; a mix of new build infill, reconfiguration of garages into new homes and affordable workspace and estate wide public realm improvements. Chair of the planning committee, Cllr Khan, commented on how impressed he was with the amount of work undertaken to consult with residents.

14th November 2017

Civic Trust Awards 2018 - Regional Finalist

We are excited to see our Putney Plaza mixed-use scheme being considered as a 2018 Civic Trust Award Regional Finalist. 

1st November 2017

Putney Plaza featured in Renson Reference Book

Putney Plaza is the first project to be featured in Renson's 10th edition of the Reference Book amongst a number of eye-catching schemes.

31st October 2017

Richard gave an ‘inspirational’ talk last night

Richard attended the 'Design for People' event yesterday, chaired by Paul Black, where he gave a talk about Living in Derwenthorpe. This talk showed the exciting and imaginative process whereby an architect takes an idea and converts it into a reality. It was reveived very positively by the residents and the JRHT trustees, with frequent words of description which included; ‘informative’, ‘enjoyable’ and ‘amazing’ but the word used and repeated by everyone was ‘inspirational’.

"What you have actually achieved and built in bricks and mortar at Derwenthorpe is brilliant" – David Friend 

19th October 2017

Richard in Resilient Housing Conference 2017

Richard will be giving an insight on Building Better Buildings: Exploring the RIBA National Award winning Derwenthorpe Phase One, York at the Resilient Housing Conference 2017. Countering fuel poverty by reducing heating demand and closing the performance gap were key objectives of this housing development for Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. A ‘fabric first’ approach using masonry was adopted with material selection and detailing influenced by early prototype assessments with a focus on energy efficiency.

5th October 2017

Residential Development of the Year Winner

We are very excited to see our Derwenthorpe project in collaboration with Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust winning another award. This time, at the Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards for the Residential Development of the Year 2017. According to the jury Derwenthorpe project stood out as the most significant housing scheme in Yorkshire this year.

4th October 2017

Golden Lane Community Centre has started on site

Exciting to see the stripping out at Golden Lane Community Centre getting well under way!

22nd September 2017

We are working with Energiesprong on their first UK project

Studio Partington in collaboration with Melius Homes has signed a contract for the first Energiesprong project in the UK. Ten homes in Nottingham have been selected as part of a UK pilot to radically improve older houses using measure to save and generate energy. Proposed improvements will make the residents of these homes ultra-low energy consumers, dramatically reducing household energy bills and making homes warmer.

Studio Partington has signed a contract for the first Energiesprong project in the UK. Ten homes in Nottingham have been selected as part of a UK pilot to radically improve older houses using measure to save and generate energy.Proposed improvements will make the residents of these homes ultra-low energy consumers, dramatically reducing household energy bills and making homes warmer.

Nottingham City Homes (NCH), the Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) managing and maintaining Nottingham City Council’s (NCC) council housing stock, has become the first in the UK to adopt a ground-breaking approach to retrofitting housing solutions, known as “Energiesprong”.  The programme of work is part of the next phase in the city’s Greener HousiNG programme.

The Energiesprong approach involves wrapping an existing property with pre-fabricated wall and roof panels.

The process, which can be completed in a matter of days, includes the installation of a thermally insulated roof cassette with solar PV built into it; a thermally-efficient wall envelope insulation panel system; low-maintenance glass panelled wall kitchen and bathroom; air or ground source heat pump and heating system; removal of gas to create an electricity only property; and low energy cooker and shower.

The comprehensive retrofit delivers a super insulated, low maintenance and affordable near net zero-energy home with a 30-year construction and assured energy performance warranty. An Energiesprong home generates as much energy as is needed for the house and household appliances.

Part of the innovation is how the works are funded. The household pays an ‘Energy plan’, and the landlord (NCH) receives an on-going income to fund similar works to more homes. The resident has a much more comfortable home, and a flat rate cost for energy, which will not rise significantly when energy bills rise.

Nottingham City Homes has signed the first UK contract, ahead of other pioneering landlords in London, Essex and Devon, placing an order with Melius Homes for ten retrofits as a pilot, with an option for up to a further 400. The deal follows extensive tenant consultation and a comprehensive competitive tender process to find the right solution provider.

This pilot is part of a cluster of smart city solutions being delivered in Nottingham over a three-year period under the European-funded REMOURBAN project. This project seeks to show how sustainability can be integrated into the regeneration of our towns and cities.

Nottingham City Homes’ Chief Executive, Nick Murphy, said: “While we’re delighted to be part of a UK-first pilot programme, it’s more important to us that we’re creating warmer, more energy efficient homes, which are cheaper to run for residents.

“The Greener HousiNG programme is dedicated to finding the most efficient and reliable solutions, to help us future proof our housing stock and tackle issues such as fuel poverty. As an added bonus, the improvements will greatly improve the look and feel of the area.”

David Adams, Technical Director of Melius Homes, the successful bidder said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to work with Nottingham City Homes to deliver this ground-breaking contract.  They have shown great foresight in adopting such a radical new approach and we look forward to helping to make a real difference for the local community.”

Councillor Jane Urquhart, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing & Heritage, said: “We’re very excited that Nottingham is at the forefront of this revolutionary approach, which can help tackle both fuel poverty and climate change. Many of our residents live in fuel poverty so creating more energy efficient homes to reduce people’s energy bills is a high priority for us.  Our Greener HousiNG programme has seen over 6,000 hard-to-treat homes in both social and private sectors receive energy efficiency measures and this pilot will inform the next steps for our programme to tackle hard-to-treat housing.

“As well as a significant cost to the household, losing excessive heat due to drafty homes has an environmental impact too. The REMOURBAN project is trialing interventions in the housing and transport sectors to accelerate Nottingham’s low carbon future and the Energiesprong model is a really exciting development for this project and for Nottingham.”

The works will be carried out during 2017 with the roll out programme scheduled to commence early 2018.

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1st September 2017

Trip to Serpentine Pavilion 2017

Studio Partington enjoying the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designed by Francis Kéré before attending the RIBA Award Winners Party there later in the evening.

13th July 2017

Success at the 2017 York Design Awards

Another excellent evening for Studio Partington, this time at the York Design Awards. Winners of large residential category for Derwenthorpe Phase Two and Chocolate Works Phase One as well as the Lord Mayor's Award for overall best scheme for Chocolate Works Phase One!

27th June 2017


We are thrilled that Derwenthorpe Phase One has been chosen by the RIBA as one of the 49 best new buildings in the UK! See coverage in the Architects' Journal here. The judges said: 'The commitment and passion demonstrated by the architect over a sustained period is a real testament to the success of the quality and design consistency, which has permeated all levels and continues into the next phases, adopting and evolving the lessons from the past. The jury felt this was an exceptional project, a clear winner of the RIBA Regional Sustainability Award and the Regional Project Architect of the year – a testament to the long-term commitment and dedication towards betterment of community life.

22nd June 2017

Andover Estate Planning Application

Our project to provide new-build social and private housing, with a phased renewal of public routes, play areas and landscaping at Andover Estate, Islington Council's largest estate with nearly 1100 homes, has been submitted for planning approval.

14th June 2017

Featured in RIBA J

Derwenthorpe Phase One is featured in The RIBA Journal: The awards 2017 issue alongside the nine other Yorkshire award winners.

2nd June 2017


Fantastic evening at the RIBA Yorkshire Awards! Derwenthorpe Phase One wins RIBA Yorkshire Award 2017, RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award and RIBA Yorkshire Project Architect of the Year 2017 - sponsored by Taylor Maxwell - for Adam Cornish! The RIBA say: 'Derwenthorpe development brings together the complex ideas of identity, community, material sensibilites, public spaces and landscape into a singular harmonious place for the residents, where community is the focus and inspiration, creating a beautiful sense of place and identity for those living there. See full review here.

26th May 2017

Mina Road Revised Planning Approval

SP have obtained planning approval for a revised scheme for 1 Mina Road. The alternative scheme is of an appropriate form and scale in the context of emerging proposals for the Old Kent Road, providing an extra floor to the taller part of the proposal.

24th May 2017

Another Successful External Audit

Our Quality Management System continues to meet the standards required for ISO 9001 accreditation. The auditor commented: "The company continues to deliver high value projects to a number of clients" and has "a clear vision of what 'quality' means... this is shown by the standard of controls seen throughout the audit as well as the interaction with all staff met during the day."

24th May 2017

Office Site Visit

Thank you to the Graham Construction team at Runnymede Campus for hosting the entire Studio Partington office on Friday afternoon. It was exciting to see the rapid construction of the precast concrete frame and installation of en suite pods.

19th May 2017

Designing Buildings Wiki Review

A review of 'Better Buildings: Learning from buildings in use' is currently featured on Designing Buildings Wiki. "Overall, it is a well-presented and comprehensive book, which joins the growing corpus of titles examining this vital area of the industry. Students and professionals would do well to check it out." Buy from RIBA Bookshops.

19th May 2017

Use of Colour

While our proposal for the rennovation of the community centre on Golden Lane Estate is out for tender we are exploring use of colour in the main spaces, drawing inspiration from the surrounding residential blocks and archived photos of the original building.

18th May 2017

First Reviews

'EVERY architect should read this - launched last night' Hattie Hartman, Architects Journal

'It is a model guide to good and responsible building design that needs to be read by every design and construction professional and student NOW and it is such an easy read.' Robin Nicholson, Cullinan Studio

5th May 2017

Better Buildings Book Launch

We were pleased to see so many friends, supporters, clients, former and future colleagues at the launch of Richard Partington and Simon Bradbury's book 'Better Buildings: Learning from buildings in use' last night. Thank you to RIBA for hosting us at 76 Portland Place and The Barge House for the fabulous food and service. Purchase the very readable book from the RIBA Bookshop.

5th May 2017

Islington Arts Factory Planning Approval

We are excited to announce that the Islington Arts Factory project received unanimous planning approval and listed building consent at planning committee last night.

The mixed use development will provide new purpose built dance and arts facilities for the existing community-based Islington Arts Factory, as well as 18 new build social rent apartments.

The proposals will see the repair and refurbishment of the Ernest Trobridge Art and Crafts Grade II listed Verger's Cottage and Camden Road New Church, with the reinstatement of the landmark church spire.

We are incredibly proud of this new piece of urbanism that will enhance the existing environment and achieve a high standard of design and architecture for the local community. Thanks to our client, the City of London Corporation, for supporting and creating a forward-thinking development.

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28th April 2017

Stuart Milne Factory Tour

A group of Studio Partington staff gained an insight into off-site timber frame construction on an interesting guided tour of the Stuart Milne Factory in Whitney, Oxfordshire.

26th April 2017

Temple Avenue and Fifth Avenue Visit

It was a stormy day at Derwenthorpe for the York Design Awards judges' visit.

24th April 2017

Runnymede Campus Concrete Frame

The precast concrete panels are now being constructed for Blocks One and Two at Runnymede Campus. The insitu concrete frame is also underway for Block Three.

20th April 2017

Swanage Pier restoration to go ahead after funding

Fantastic news that Swanage Pier has been allocated £500,000 through the DCLG Coastal Communities Fund this week! See BBC News story here.

Swanage Pier Trust chief executive Ben Adeney said: "We are bouncing off the walls with this news. It is absolutely amazing. It gives the pier a sustainable future - we're marking history."

Photograph by Anne on Flickr

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4th April 2017

Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards

We were very pleased to see Des McNicholas from Midgard Ltd win a Silver Award for Putney Plaza at the Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards.

28th March 2017

Studio Partington on Instagram

You can now find us on Instagram:

24th March 2017

Hot off the Press

The first printed copies of Richard Partington and Simon Bradbury's book 'Better Buildings: Learning from buildings in use' arrived in the office this afternoon. The book can be ordered from RIBA Publishing here.

24th March 2017

Richard in Belfast

Richard was pleased to be back in Belfast on Thursday working for MAG: Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland.

23rd March 2017

Community Workshop

Thank you to the residents who attended a community workshop this Saturday to discuss internal finishes and proposed uses for the community centre at Golden Lane. The workshop was very sucessful and we were pleased to receive several thank yous.

18th March 2017

Revealed: RIBA Yorkshire Awards shortlist

We are very pleased that Derwenthorpe Phase One, York, known as Osbaldwick, is among 13 projects shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Yorkshire Awards. A judging panel will visit the shortlisted buildings this month, with the winners announced at the RIBA Yorkshire Awards on 25th May at Früit in Hull.

Vijay Taheem, chair of the Yorkshire judging panel, said: "Our region received many excellent entries... those shortlisted are considered to embrace a holistic contribution to all aspects of the design in creating excellence towards our architectural heritage."

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17th March 2017

Holmewood School Latest Photographs

The latest photographs from Holmewood House School show the new soft landscaping.

9th March 2017

Holmewood School Latest Photographs

9th March 2017

Better Buildings Book Coming Soon

Despite an increasing demand for energy-efficient design, it is generally accepted that architects rarely return to their creations to ensure that they are performing as intended. 'Better Buildings: Learning from buildings in use' by Richard Partington and Simon Bradbury provides architects with the inspiration and tools they need to deliver truly sustainable design. The book is currently being printed and can be pre-ordered from RIBA Publishing here!

Through essays and illustrated case studies, this essential book explores how sustainable buildings are occupied and work and sheds light on the methods used to observe this. It illustrates that in observing building performance in-use, sustainable architecture has moved beyond simply creating beautiful spaces, to deliver on the low-energy performances promised.

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28th February 2017

Golden Lane Community Centre Refurbishment

Studio Partington’s proposal for the Golden Lane Community Centre has been granted Listed Building Consent and Planning Approval and the project is now entering the detailed design stage working alongside the local Residents’ Committee.

Photograph by Alfred Cracknell published in Architecture and Building, October 1957. 

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28th February 2017

Factory Visits

The Runnymede Campus team spent two days this week visiting factories in the north of England. They saw the first of the precast concrete panels being made by FP McCann in Grantham, shower room pods being constructed at Walker Modular in Hull and the furniture, fixture and equipment at David Phillips' Manchester Showroom.

21st February 2017

Holmewood School Phase 2 Complete

Phase 2 at Holmewood House School is almost complete - only the landscaping is remaining and will be done once the weather gets better! Studio Partington's clear design aims to strengthen the link between the Grade II listed mansion and the other buildings on the campus by employing materials sensitive to its historic context and high-quality detailing. Watch a time-lapse film of the construction here.

17th February 2017

New Associates

We are delighted that Amber, Marielle, Nick and Suzanne have become associates!   

1st January 2017

Runnymede Campus Start on Site

It seems apt that the first news item of the new year is about a new beginning with our Runnymede Campus large student housing project starting on site. Happy New Year!

1st January 2017