Friend and Company Architects

 
Address   Unit 167, Foundling Court
Brunswick Centre
LONDON
WC1N 1AN 
 
   020 7713 7593   
   020 7713 7594   
Email   friend@friendandcompany.co.uk  
Website   www.friendandcompany.co.uk 
Contact   Mr Adrian Christopher Friend 

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1: Project NameVictoria & Albert Museum Main Shop
Dates: 2016 - 2017
Location: London 
Gross Area: 500 to 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Conservation -Victorian Buildings,  Culture & Entertainment - Museums,  Education - Higher Education,  Government - Other Departments,  Retail - One-off Shops
 
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Key Services:
Full Architectural Service,  Furniture Design,  Graphic Design & Illustration,  Interior Design,  Lighting Design,  Model Making,  Research,  Retail Consultancy,  Shop Fit Consultancy
 
Description:
The V&A’s main shop is being transformed to provide a flexible and dynamic retail space, which will showcase the best design and host a range of events and demonstrations. Sitting at the heart of the Museum, the shop is intimately connected to the surrounding galleries. The new design will introduce a contemporary approach to retail that will facilitate closer dialogues between these spaces, and creative connections between our cultural and commercial activities. The new shop design led by Friend and Company Architects working with Rashid Ali Projects and Millimetre following a design competition held earlier in 2016. The designers will be working with the Museum to refine their plans over the rest of the year, with construction expected to complete in Spring 2017.
 
2: Project NameBird College of Dance
Dates: 2011 - 2013
Location: Sidcup, London 
Gross Area: 5 000 to 9 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Culture & Entertainment - Concert Halls,  Culture & Entertainment - Dance Facilities,  Culture & Entertainment - Theatres & Opera Houses,  Education - Higher Education,  Education - Special Needs,  Education - Training Centres
 
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Key Services:
Design Services only (Stage C)
 
Awards:
RIBA Competitions one of six shortlisted practices
Description:
Working in collaboration with Harry Gugger Studio, Friend and Company were shortlisted for this prestigious competition to design a new £20m higher education dance school in Sidcup, Kent. Guided by the angular plot lines of the site, the serpentine form of linked “barns” loops back on itself with a new theatre in the centre of the campus. The college’s drama, singing and other teaching spaces are arrayed around the inner “quad” on the lower level. Linked to this loop of barns, an existing school building will be retained and renovated to house the college’s administrative and smaller academic programmes with minimal impact on its interior. Inspired by nearby woodlands of deciduous hardwood trees, we proposed a campus which creates a clearly defined sequence of external spaces that reinforce Bird College’s links with the local community as well as signaling the changing seasons. The new campus will offer students the opportunity to study in a creative and inspiring atmosphere of an independent, specialist dance, music and performance institution. The design team has considered how simple and beautiful architecture can help deliver an exemplary student experience.
 
3: Project NameChelsea Open Air Nursery School
Dates: 2005 - 2013
Location: Chelsea 
Gross Area: 500 to 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Conservation - 1920's 1930's Buildings,  Conservation -Victorian Buildings,  Education - Nursery Education,  Education - Special Needs,  Education - Training Centres
 
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Key Services:
Access Audits,  Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Brief Writing,  Building Maintenance,  Building Management,  Building Services Engineering,  Building Technology,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Client Advisor,  Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Conservation & Restoration,  Construction Management,  Contract Administration,  Contract Advice,  Cost Estimating,  Design & Build,  Design for Special Needs,  Feasibility Studies,  FFE (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment),  Full Architectural Service,  Fund Raising Advice,  Furniture Design,  Interior Design,  Lottery/Grant Bid Advice,  Master Planning,  Party Wall Advice,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Post Occupancy Evaluation,  Refurbishment,  Rights of Light Advice,  Valuations,  Value Engineering
 
Awards:
Young Architect of the Year 2008
Description:
Chelsea Open Air Nursery is a landmark nursery school housed in historic cluster of buildings just off Londons Kings Road. The nursery was in need of modernisation and wanted to make better use of the available space and create a new classroom. After consultation with staff, users and the local authority, Friend and Company came up with a scheme that brings light and space to the interior and gives architectural expression to the nursery's philosophy of play in the open air. Close collaboration with the Head Teacher, Kathryn Solly, continued throughout the design process. Numerous options were developed and costed prior to presentations to the Board of Governors and the Local Authority. Phase 1 consists of a new green classroom that sits beneath the canopy of a 1930s extension. Built from an elegant steel box, the classroom appears as a separate element to the existing brick building completed in 2006. A storage wall of different sized doors was added to provide easy access to equipment. A previously dark corridor was transformed into a light-filled interior landscape of ramps to connect different areas of the nursery with the garden. Phase 2 completed in 2010, provides a Treehouse Classroom and a learning link (a bridge to connect the new space to an existing lift). Phase 3 includes further enhancements the result of an Access Report and a Climate Audit, both of which secured further funding. Head teacher Kathryn Solly MA says about working with Friend and Company Architects: Adrian Friend and his company have worked in close partnership with Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre for the last seven years. This partnership has included consultation with all parties including children, staff, families and governors, design and project management of the internal re development of our unique building which dates from 1587. It also has parts which date from the 18th century and the 1940’s. Their work has also developed areas of the building to create our children’s centre. All these works have been in challenging and cramped spaces. Adrian and his team understand children and schools. They recognise the need for the environment to be a ‘teacher’ and hence create living spaces which are creative and yet environmentally friendly too. They are cheerful, positive people who go the extra mile in order to make a real difference. I thoroughly recommend them.
 
4: Project NameHousing, Scolt Head
Dates: 2010 - 2015
Location: London 
Gross Area: 1 000 to 1 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Culture & Entertainment - Visitors' Centres,  Development,  Food and Beverage - Restaurants,  Houses and Housing - General,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Landscaping - Parks
 
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Key Services:
Access Audits,  Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Brief Writing,  CAD Services,  CDM Co-ordinator,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Client Advisor,  Community Development,  Construction Techniques,  Contract Administration,  Contract Advice,  Cost Estimating,  Design & Build,  Drawing Service,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Feasibility Studies,  FFE (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment),  Fire Consultancy,  Full Architectural Service,  Fund Raising Advice,  Furniture Design,  Interior Design,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Lightweight Structures,  Lottery/Grant Bid Advice,  Master Planning,  Materials Advice,  Model Making,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Production Information,  Retail Consultancy,  Rural Planning & Design,  Self Build,  Surveying,  Sustainable Design,  Systems Building,  Urban Planning & Design
 
Description:
New affordable housing to rehabilitate this unique dual aspect site developed as four contemporary design apartments. The Dray House is a three storey complimentary addition to the conservation area, clad in Portland Stone, a modest and unassuming contemporary addition to contrast the white stucco render on the nearby Scolt Head public house without dominating the important historic street views. Completed in 2014 for a young emerging developer. Comfort is designed-in and includes energy efficient passive cooling / heating systems that considers the variable weather informing design of recessed outdoor spaces, protecting sight lines of the nearby historic public house.
 
5: Project NameArtist House
Dates: 2009 - 2013
Location: London 
Gross Area: 100 to 249 sqm 
Sectors:
Houses and Housing - Conversion & Extensions,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Acoustics,  Art & Architecture,  Building Information Modelling (BIM),  Cladding & Facade Design,  Lightweight Structures,  Listed Building Advice,  Party Wall Advice,  Refurbishment,  Self Build,  Valuations
 
Description:
A reinvention of an existing artist’s studio to create a large portrait studio and flexible living workspace. Designed to be effortlessly reconfigured from studio to dinning space for entertaining guests, a swivel workbench rotates 90 degrees to form a dining table and then a further 180 degrees to enclose the under-stair library for gallery openings and events. Beneath the mezzanine is a cosy library and sitting area with underfloor heating via a concrete floor in new bathroom, kitchen and studio. The extension steel fabricated monocoque is completed by the sae artist workshop that makes sculpture for artist Anish Kapoor.
 
6: Project NameSpan House
Dates: 2008 - 2016
Location: London 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Conservation - General,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Brief Writing,  Building Technology,  CDM Co-ordinator,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Client Advisor,  Client Representative,  Contract Administration,  Contract Advice,  Contract Disputes,  Cost Estimating,  Drawing Service,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Facade Engineering,  Feasibility Studies,  Furniture Design,  Interior Design,  Landscape Design,  Lighting Design,  Lightweight Structures,  Materials Advice,  Model Making,  Party Wall Advice,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Production Information,  Quantity Surveying,  Refurbishment,  Rights of Light Advice,  Self Build,  Small Works less than £30,000,  Systems Building
 
Awards:
2010 Don't Move Improve! Competition Finalist
2011 AJ Four Houses
2007 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Description:
Working with ARUP facades, Friend and Company have designed a new house based on a simple component concept: everything vertical is glass and everything horizontal is wood. Floors, worktop, bathroom vanity, stair treads and bookshelves are all made from structural timber planks supplied by the Danish company Dinesen. The final look is stripped-down modernism in tune with the original aspirations of the nearby Span Houses to create an economic utilitarian design where the quality of the finished materials can be fully appreciated. Published in both Wallpaper* and the Architect's Journal in September 2011.
 
7: Project NameClissold Leisure Centre
Dates: 1997 - 2002
Location: London 
Gross Area: 2 000 to 4 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Education - Primary Education,  Education - Secondary Education,  Sport - Health Clubs,  Sport - Leisure Centres,  Sport - Specialist Sports Clubs,  Sport - Swimming Pools
 
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Key Services:
Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Full Architectural Service
 
Description:
Whilst Director of Hodder Associates, London Office (1996 To 2002) Adrian Friend was responsible for the delivery of a £50M portfolio and contributed to the practice, inaugural Stirling Prize Winners, winning an additional eight more RIBA Awards. Valuable knowledge was also gained on the design and build of Clissold Leisure Centre a new public sport centre commissioned by London Borough of Hackney. A complex client programme gave clarity to the architecture defined by four 15,000 square foot, 10m high sports halls topped by unified dynamic roof structure bathing and guiding visitors in sunlight. The four halls contain a 25m competition pool with spectator seating, a teaching pool, introduction to water area and a sports hall. Each hall is divided by a concrete framed ‘building’ constructed within the building envelope that contains a health spa, a fitness centre, two squash courts, a creche and support accommodation. A new concourse and external public space links the new centre with an adjacent school. From here all performance areas, apart from the teaching pool, may be seen, thereby offering clear orientation within the building. Clissold Liesure Centre funded by £9M from Sport England lottery money awarded in 1995
 
8: Project NameDarlaston Swimming Pool
Dates: 1996 - 2001
Location: Darlaston 
Gross Area: 2 000 to 4 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Education - Special Needs,  Sport - Health Clubs,  Sport - Leisure Centres,  Sport - Specialist Sports Clubs,  Sport - Swimming Pools
 
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Key Services:
Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Full Architectural Service
 
Awards:
2001 RIBA Awards
Description:
While an associate at Hodder Associates, Adrian Friend was responsible for leading the design of Darlaston Swimming pool in Walsall. The project, which won an RIBA Award, was funded by the Sports Lottery fund and played a key role in the regeneration of Darlaston, a town that was once the heart of manufacturing in the Black Country. The architecture is derived from the building’s hilltop setting and by the desire to bring daylight into all the public spaces. The building consists of three main elements: an elegant, soaring folded timber roof clad in stainless steel, a curved red brick wall which wraps around one side and a 30m entrance ramp routing the building in the landscape and facilitating disabled access. The folded timber roof encloses the pool hall and combined with the clerestorey glazing provides an open, light filled environment. The main 25 metre x 13 metre pool has seven lanes and is approved by the Amateur Swimming Association for competitions. Alongside it is a 13 metre x 7 metre instructional pool with full disabled access. The curved red brick wall houses the changes rooms, providing privacy and a sense of security whilst allowing light to enter from above. On the outside it orients visitors and guides them from the car park to the main entrance. Slot windows along the length of the wall offer natural surveillance of the car park from the heart of the centre. A red engineering brick was chosen to reflect the local industrial heritage and civic architecture. The entrance ramp in taking the visitor from street level to the hilltop main entrance, initiates a sequence of oblique views through the building intended to gradually reveal a composite picture of activities inside. Darlaston Swimming Pool funded by £4M from Sport England lottery money awarded in 1996
 
9: Project NameCommunity Centre, Broadwater Farm Estate
Dates: 2005 - 2006
Location: London 
Gross Area: 1 000 to 1 999 sqm 
Sectors:
Community Participation,  Culture & Entertainment - Community Centres,  Education - Training Centres,  Sport - Specialist Sports Clubs
 
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Key Services:
Brief Writing,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Client Advisor,  Community Development,  Community Planning & Participation,  Construction Management,  Contract Administration,  Contract Advice,  Cost Estimating,  Drawing Service,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Energy Surveys,  Facade Engineering,  Facilities Management,  Feasibility Studies,  FFE (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment),  Full Architectural Service,  Furniture Design,  Interior Design,  Lighting Design,  Lottery/Grant Bid Advice,  Master Planning,  Model Making,  Planning Advice,  Planning Applications,  Production Information,  Valuations,  Value Engineering
 
Awards:
Young Architect of the Year 2007
Description:
This 0.6 million project was funded by the Government Office for London (GOL) and the DfES, to introduce a new learning centre to the first floor of an existing community sports centre. It is the latest addition to the Broadwater Farm Estate that has benefited from a recent 12M refurbishment. The architecture is derived from a desire to enhance the existing views to the sports hall whilst providing an environment which is acoustically insulated from the existing sports events and naturally ventilated. Existing openings on the first floor look down on the main entrance foyer and the dry sports hall. These are infilled with two double glazed structural glass screens of 9 x 2 m and 9 x 3m. New openings are then made in the existing walls which step back and are on axis with these screens. This gives each new IT classroom new views of the sports hall and the main entrance foyer whilst also creating an open and welcoming learning environment in which the new views provide passive surveillance. Provision is made for 60 new computers in three specialised IT learning classrooms designed to teach people the skills to use computers and the internet. New and additional offices are also created for staff from HALS, Learning Direct and Cornell. Natural ventilation and low energy electrical and lighting installations were adopted from the outset in response to the Broadwater Learning Centres requests to reduce their running and maintenance costs. To compensate for the heat gain of the computers, each IT learning classrooms benefits from automated natural ventilation chimneys mounted to the existing roof. The Broadwater Learning Centre, where possible, used a local unskilled labour force from the Broadwater Farm Estate who attended an unemployment training programme managed by Mansell who were the contractors responsible for the estate refurbishment. The learning centre is the first phase of an ongoing upgrade and enhancement of the existing community centre. The second and third phases will depend on sport lottery applications totalling 4.5M and will aim to maximise the development and potential of the basketball and football youth teams. Broadwater Learning Centre was funded by a £0.6M grant from Open Learning Partnership DfEE funded awarded in 2005.
 
10: Project NameThe Fish House
Dates: 2014 - 2017
Location: Whitchurch 
Gross Area: 250 to 499 sqm 
Sectors:
Agriculture - Estate Planning,  Agriculture - Farm Buildings,  Agriculture - General,  Conservation - Barns, Mills & Oast Houses,  Conservation - General,  Conservation - Timber Framed Structures,  Development,  Houses and Housing - One-off Houses,  Industrial - Food Processing,  Landscaping - Gardens,  Sport - Marinas & Water Sports,  Urban Planning & Design
 
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Key Services:
Architects' Service & Fee Advice,  Art & Architecture,  Brief Writing,  Building Information Modelling (BIM),  Building Maintenance,  Building Management,  Cladding & Facade Design,  Contract Administration,  Design & Build,  Ecological Architecture,  Energy / Environmental Expertise,  Energy Surveys,  Environmental Impact Analysis,  Feasibility Studies,  FFE (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment),  Full Architectural Service,  Project Management,  Rural Planning & Design,  Self Build,  Small Works less than £100,000
 
Description:
An ultra-eco conversion of a grade II historic barn into a residence for a farm manager. Inspired by research into Japanese teahouse architecture Friend and Company designed a total piece of architecture including bespoke furniture, lighting, doors and windows.