Practice

Bere:architects is an award-winning architectural practice, passionately delivering the ultimate in beautiful, comfortable, high-performance and truly sustainable buildings. We deliver the future of architecture right now.

We are a highly-motivated, hugely committed and compact team of very selective architects. We are committed to a vision of an intelligently and responsibly designed world where mankind lives within the energy harvested from renewable resources for all our needs including buildings, transport and industry; a world in which we live pollution-free; in perfect harmony with nature, and all the 10 million other species that we share the planet with.

Our buildings are almost unique in mostly being compatible with this vision, looking after the needs of our clients with great care, but without compromising the needs and opportunities of the future – this is the very definition of sustainability.

For more than 20 years we have striven to improve both the creative and technical aspects of our buildings. Step by step they have got better because this is truly a much greater priority for us than personal ambition. By 2005 our methods were already aligned with those of the scientifically advanced Passive House Institute in Germany and we were arguably the first practice in the UK to advocate such rational, mathematical methods of design as an imperative upon which to build creativity. Now we are world-leaders in the concepts of ‘plus-energy’ buildings and ‘building-as-power stations’.

We are widely respected and trusted for our integrity and that of our clients, not least among local authority planning departments and this brings with it significant commercial advantages for our clients, rewarding them for their genuine commitment to the health of communities and the environment.

See some of our projects here.

London First London Planning Awards, Best New Public Space, Winner 2015/16

Holborn Circus and St Andrew Holborn Church Garden enhancement scheme

The project involved the remodelling of the 1960s gyratory to drastically increase the ratio of footway to carriageway achieving an increase of 35% to 65% in pedestrian space, significantly improving the overall quality of the environment.  Street furniture was rationalised maximising space for pedestrians and minimising visual clutter, crossings were located on key desire lines, and 60 new cycle stands and 102 trees were planted. All this was achieved whilst increasing pedestrian space, reducing traffic speeds and ensuring the funding streams for its long-term management were secured.

Constructing Excellence Awards, Building Performance, Winner 2012

Building Performance
Winner, London and South East: Mayville Community Centre – bere:architects

From a tram generating station to a self-sustaining community hub, the Mayville Community Centre has piloted a new era in sustainable refurbishment.  The renovation of the Victorian building in Islington was carried out by bere:architects as part of a community partnership and provided 35 per cent extra space within the original footprint whilst delivering a massive 95 per cent of overall energy savings. Innovations and detailed monitoring were possible with Technology Strategy Board investment.

Constructing Excellence website http://www.ce-awards.co.uk/id41.html

RICS London Awards, Design and Innovation, Highly Commended 2012

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Passivhaus Trust UK Passivhaus Awards, Retrofit, Winner 2012

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Greenbuild Awards, Leisure, Winner 2012

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Greenbuild Awards, Retrofit, Winner 2012

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BRE Passivhaus Competition, Watford Innovation Park, Winner 2012

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3R Awards, Best Public Building, Winner 2011

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The Mayville Community Centre has been shortlisted in the 3R Awards Public Building category alongside Central Hall, Keighley (Hodson Architects) and The Octagon, Haringey (Mace). The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 10th November at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.

In just their second year, the 3R Awards (Refurb, Rethink, Retrofit) are organised by The Architects' Journal, Construction News and New Civil Engineer and have been created to reward and celebrate design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of buildings and infrastructure, helping the lower energy/lower carbon agenda.

Entries in the Public Building category were for retrofit or refurbishment projects carried out on a public sector building. Judges will be looking for a project that demonstrates quality of retrofitting on a local authority building which best demonstrates the effective and appropriate upgrading of the building to improve its performance and provides strong evidence of: first-class delivery; innovative approaches; client and user satisfaction; performance data; reduced energy consumption; and lower carbon emissions. The winning entry will be a project that sets new standards for the retrofitting or refurbishment of public sector buildings and is a model for future similar projects, whilst clearly demonstrating how the project was able to deliver a solution which gave the client a better alternative to demolition and new-build.

Retrofit is a growing business opportunity across every sector of the built environment, with an estimated £500 billion expected to be spent over the next three decades. The award categories range from one-off homes to major infrastructure projects, rewarding not just engineers and architects, but innovative products, specialist companies and excellent achievement across the board. 

Commenting on the awards, Paul Finch, Editorial Director of The Architects' Journal, said: 'Retrofit and creative adaptation will be critical if we are to develop sustainable, long-term built environments. They are also essential if we are going to meet the challenge of a low-carbon future. These awards are a recognition and celebration of great projects already completed, and will promote exemplars across the construction industry.'

BD Architect of the Year Awards, Environmental Excellence Finalist 2011

Bere:architects was shortlisted in the BD Architect of the Year Awards 2011 for Environmental Excellence alongside Arup Associates and Sheppard Robson.

Constructing Excellence Awards, Innovation, Finalist 2011

 

The Larch House was recognised for its groundbreaking innovation at the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards 2011 in Cardiff in July 2011 by winning the Innovation Award category which acknowledges the bravery of the project to create a unique building which leads the way in zero carbon low cost construction in housing.

All winners from the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards were automatically shortlisted for the Constructing Excellence National Awards which took place in November.

The innovation award is about getting away from the idea that we should continue to do what we have always done, because we feel comfortable with it. It is about developing new solutions to the problems we encounter and achieving an innovative solution which enhances the value of the finished product, without increasing the risks associated with it. It will highlight innovation in finding technical or environmental solutions and overcoming problems within a project or process.

The judges said “the Larch House totally challenges normal housing conventions with a plethora of new solutions that caught our imagination.” There is a huge amount for the industry to learn from Passivhaus and the judges commented that the implications of it are potentially groundbreaking.

Constructing Excellence Awards Wales, Innovation, Winner 2011

 

The Larch House was recognised for its groundbreaking innovation at the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards 2011 in Cardiff in July 2011. The Innovation Award acknowledges the bravery of the project to create a unique building which leads the way in zero carbon low cost construction in housing.

The innovation award is about getting away from the idea that we should continue to do what we have always done, because we feel comfortable with it. It is about developing new solutions to the problems we encounter and achieving an innovative solution which enhances the value of the finished product, without increasing the risks associated with it. It will highlight innovation in finding technical or environmental solutions and overcoming problems within a project or process.

 

The judges said “the Larch House totally challenges normal housing conventions with a plethora of new solutions that caught our imagination.” There is a huge amount for the industry to learn from Passivhaus and the judges commented that the implications of it are potentially groundbreaking.

The Innovation Award was not the only win of the evening for the UK’s first zero carbon Passivhaus as Holbrook Timber Frame from Bridgend, who constructed the timber frame for Larch House, was recognised with the prestigious SME Award following nomination by the project partners for their outstanding commitment to improvement and best practice, to sustainability and health and safety. 

All winners from the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards are automatically shortlisted for the Constructing Excellence National Awards which will take place in November.

Daily Telegraph British Homes Award, Best Small House, Commended 2011

 

The Camden Passivhaus was commended in the Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards 2011 Small House category. With sound ecological credentials we are delighted to be putting Passivhaus buildings at the forefront of architectural recognition.

Backed by the UK’s best selling quality daily newspaper and sponsored by British Gas, the 2011 British Homes Awards invited entries from home builders, developers, architects, landscape and interior designers within different twelve categories. 

RICS Awards, Finalist 2011

The Larch House won the RICS Wales Regional awards Sustainability category in May 2011. This category recognises projects that clearly demonstrate an efficient use of sustainable resources in design and operation while balancing the economic with environment criteria and meeting the needs of current and future generations.

Although much smaller in scale than any of the other shortlisted projects, the Larch House was praised for being a genuine solution for low energy social housing and for providing a significant educational role for building professionals and school children alike through the regular tours that have been organised during 2010/11. We were particularly pleased that our Larch House was honoured in this way as the RICS Sustainability Award is the most respected and professional award of its kind in the construction industry, with truly searching criteria, informed judges and a professional assessment process. The judges look for evidence of forward planning, continuous monitoring, using recycled or other environmentally friendly materials, innovation to achieve sustainability and if set targets such as CO2 emissions, energy consumptions are being met.

Following on from this regional win, the Larch House was automatically entered into the National RICS National Awards 2011.

 

 

Sustainable Housing Awards, Sustainable Smaller Housing Retrofit Project of the Year, Finalist 2011

 

We have received shortlistings in three categories, Sustainable Consultancy, Low Energy Housing and Sustainable Housing Retrofit in the Sustainable Housing Awards 2011.

The Sustainable Housing Awards focus on the best green social housing projects constructed in the UK and the organisations responsible for them. We are delighted to have received confirmation of having been shortlisted for three categories in their 2011 awards: bere:architects have been shortlisted in theSustainable Consultancy of the Year category; the Larch House has been shortlisted in the Low Energy Social Housing Project of the Year category; and Passfield Drive has been shortlisted in the Sustainable Smaller Housing Retrofit Project of the Year category. The Sustainable Housing Awards are organized by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing.

In the sustainable smaller housing retrofit project of the yearour own Passfield Drive (Southern Housing/bere:architects/Technology Strategy Board)has been shortlisted alongside: Eco Homes, Reading, Catalyst Housing Group/Chas Berger & Sons/East West Electric/Stapletech/IG9; Fairfax Avenue, Newark, Newark and Sherwood Homes/Hockerton Housing Project/TSB; Greener Homes for Redbridge Project, Wates Living Space/Pellings/East Thames Group/London Borough of Redbridge; One Planet House, Sutton BioRegional/Sutton Council/Sutton Housing Partnership/Parity Projects; Rural Innovation For The Future Project, Structherm Ltd/Encraft/Transcast/Warwick District Council.

 

Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues affecting the social housing sector. The government is introducing its green deal scheme and forcing new build homes to be ‘zero carbon’ in order to achieve an 80 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050 and social landlords are at the forefront of this effort. We are fortunate to have worked with enlightened partners such as the United Welsh Housing Association and BRE and Southern Housing as well numerous private clients all recognizing Passivhaus as the way forward.

It is important that we build houses that reduce their tenant’s household energy bills and protect people from fuel poverty. Our buildings incorporate sustainable features in both the finished product and in the building process. We are striving for the perfect balance, incorporating greener methods of building and offering benefits to tenants through lower energy bills and improved comfort.

The awards will be presented during a green lunch to be held on 21st October 2011.

Sustainable Housing Awards, Low Energy Social Housing Project of the Year, Winner 2011

 

The Sustainable Housing Awards focus on the best green social housing projects constructed in the UK and the organisations responsible for them. We are delighted to have received confirmation of having been shortlisted for three categories in their 2011 awards: bere:architects have been shortlisted in theSustainable Consultancy of the Year category; the Larch House has been shortlisted in the Low Energy Social Housing Project of the Year category; and Passfield Drive has been shortlisted in the Sustainable Smaller Housing Retrofit Project of the Year category. The Sustainable Housing Awards are organized by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing.

In the.Low energy social housing project of the year, The Larch House (United Welsh Housing Association/bere:architects/The Works/BRE Wales) has been shortlisted alongside: Cotney Croft and Peartree Way, Stevenage, Home Group/Baily Garner/Stevenage Borough Council/Willmott Dixon/calfordseaden; East Row, South Somercotes, Lincolnshire
Carter Homes/ESHA Developments/Lincs Design Consultancy/Carter Design; Fieldways, Hawkhurst, Kent, Town and Country Housing Group/Denne Construction/calfordseaden/Cowan Architects; Mariners Quay, Newport, Seren Group/Leadbitter Group/Davis Langdon/Powell Dobson Architects/R V W Consulting/Hoare Lea/Asbri Planning/Anthony Jellard Associates/Newport City Council; and Retrofit South East Project, Borough Grove, Hampshire, Radian/Camco/Parity Projects/Global Environmental Social Business.

 

Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues affecting the social housing sector. The government is introducing its green deal scheme and forcing new build homes to be ‘zero carbon’ in order to achieve an 80 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050 and social landlords are at the forefront of this effort. We are fortunate to have worked with enlightened partners such as the United Welsh Housing Association and BRE and Southern Housing as well numerous private clients all recognizing Passivhaus as the way forward.

It is important that we build houses that reduce their tenant’s household energy bills and protect people from fuel poverty. Our buildings incorporate sustainable features in both the finished product and in the building process. We are striving for the perfect balance, incorporating greener methods of building and offering benefits to tenants through lower energy bills and improved comfort.

The awards will be presented during a green lunch to be held on 21st October 2011.

Sustainable Housing Awards, Sustainable Consultancy of the Year, Finalist 2011

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We have received shortlistings in three categories, Sustainable Consultancy, Low Energy Housing and Sustainable Housing Retrofit in the Sustainable Housing Awards 2011.

The Sustainable Housing Awards focus on the best green social housing projects constructed in the UK and the organisations responsible for them. We are delighted to have received confirmation of having been shortlisted for three categories in their 2011 awards: bere:architects have been shortlisted in theSustainable Consultancy of the Year category; the Larch House has been shortlisted in the Low Energy Social Housing Project of the Year category; and Passfield Drive has been shortlisted in the Sustainable Smaller Housing Retrofit Project of the Year category. The Sustainable Housing Awards are organized by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing.

In the Sustainable Consultancy of the Year awardsbere:architects has been shortlisted alongside Camco, Collective Architecture, ECD Architects, Environmental Solutions through Partnership (ESP) and HLM Architects.

 

Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues affecting the social housing sector. The government is introducing its green deal scheme and forcing new build homes to be ‘zero carbon’ in order to achieve an 80 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050 and social landlords are at the forefront of this effort. We are fortunate to have worked with enlightened partners such as the United Welsh Housing Association and BRE and Southern Housing as well numerous private clients all recognizing Passivhaus as the way forward.

It is important that we build houses that reduce their tenant’s household energy bills and protect people from fuel poverty. Our buildings incorporate sustainable features in both the finished product and in the building process. We are striving for the perfect balance, incorporating greener methods of building and offering benefits to tenants through lower energy bills and improved comfort.

The awards will be presented during a green lunch to be held on 21st October 2011.

Building Awards, Finalist 2011

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Insider News Wales Property Awards, Sustainable Development of the Year, Winner 2011

The Works, Ebbw Vale, Larch and Lime Houses

 

The team regenerating this former steelworks site of which The Larch House and The Lime House are part, impressed the judges with low carbon demonstration homes, soil creation on site, a wetland park, an environmental resource centre and commitment to local suppliers.

London Cycling Campaign, Best Cycling Facility, Winner 2008

Best Cycling Facility 

RICS Wales Awards, Sustainability, Winner 2011

The Larch house has won the Sustainability Category at the RICS Wales 2011 awards. The coveted award was collected by bere: architects and United Welsh Housing Association at a ceremony in Cardiff on Friday 13th May. Although much smaller in scale than any of the other shortlisted projects, the Larch House was praised for being a genuine solution for low energy social housing and for providing a significant educational role for building professionals and school children alike through the regular tours that have been organised over the past year. We are particularly pleased that our Larch House has been honoured in this way as the RICS Sustainability Award is the most respected and professional award of its kind in the construction industry, with truly searching criteria, informed judges and a professional assessment process. Following on from this win, the Larch House will be automatically entered into the National RICS Awards 2011 later this year.

 

Constructing Excellence Wales, Exemplar Award, Winner 2011

 

What is the Exemplar Programme?

Building on the success of the Demonstration Project Programme, the Exemplar Programme combines the core principles of Rethinking Construction and the Low/Zero Carbon Sustainable Construction Agenda in an exciting new initiative.

An ‘Exemplar’ is defined as ‘something worthy of being imitated or copied’ and this is exactly what we are seeking to achieve with this programme.  The Exemplars are intended to be good practical examples of how to achieve Best Value Sustainable Construction solutions.

Download a pdf of the Larch House Case Study:

 http://www.bere.co.uk/sites/default/files/110926slh%20Passivhaus-case-study-web.pdf

The purpose of the Exemplar programme is to identify what actions have taken place at key stages of a project that has led to a successful outcome, so that this learning can be adopted on other projects. Each stage will use industry standard metrics to back up and support the description of what was done.  All aspects of sustainability and construction best practice will be taken into consideration, including economic, social and environmental factors, to ensure that the exemplars on the programme deliver a good all-round project that does not sacrifice one aspect for the sake of another.

RIBA London Award, Shortlisted 2011

Sustain Magazine Awards, Shortlisted 2011

CIH Welsh Housing Awards, Finalist 2010

Builder & Engineer Awards, Finalist 2010

Sustainability Awards, Finalist 2010

Islington Council Giant Green Environmental Awards, Environmental Champion, Winner 2009

Future Works Passivhaus Prototype, Winner 2009

Archant Best Environmental Project, Winner 2009

TfL London Transport Awards, Winner 2009

Cycling Improvements Award

Islington Council Green Giant Business Awards, Winner 2009

The Giant Green Business Awards honours those organisations operating in the borough of Islington that are striving to improve the environmental sustainability of their business., recognising the great record that these businesses have for commitment and innovation in safeguarding our environment.

Archant North & West London Business Awards, Finalist 2008

Grand Designs Awards, Best Eco House, Winner 2007

Best Eco House

RIBA London Award, Winner 2007

Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards, Winner 2007

Small House of the Year

MIPIM Future Project Prizes, Commended 2003

Camden Council, Best in Camden, Winner 1998

20-22 Daleham Mews NW3 received a Best in Camden award alongside other noteable designs such as The Great Court at the British Museum.

"An excellent re-modelling and extension of two mews houses in a sensitive conservation area. The building is triangular to match the site boundaries and culminates in a circular design studio which in addition to providing an levated place to work, with access to the roof, acts as a light-well to the interior of the house."

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London First London Planning Awards, Best New Public Space, Shortlisted 2016/17

TfL London Transport Awards, Excellence in Cycling and Walking, Shortlisted 2017

The Times Digital Office Collection, 3rd Place Winner 2003 (Chambers of Mark Platts - Mills QC)

RIBA London Competition, Urban Space and Design Built Project, 3rd Place Winner 2005

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Offsite Awards Finalist 2018

Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Award 2019 Project of the Year (Residential) Winner

Constructing Excellence SECBE 2019 Highly Commended (Sustainability)

RIBA London Awards 2019 Winner

RIBA London Awards 2019 Sustainability Winner

RIBA South Awards 2019 Winner

RIBA Grand Designs House of the Year 2019 Longlisted (Max Fordham House)

RIBA Grand Designs House of the Year 2019 Longlisted (Lark Rise)

Canal & River Trust 2019 Living Waterways Award (Built Enviroment) Winner