BUILD Q1 2019

13 Q1 2019 Build he accolade of BUILD’s Architect of the Year 2018 – South East is testimony to the values and features that sets Cowan Architects apart from others. It is a medium-sized architec- tural practice that stands out for its pragmatic, design and delivery-focused solutions that the Cowan team apply to realise their clients’ aspirations. The Practice has over 35 years’ experience in designing and managing projects and developments of differing sizes across a number of sectors, notably residential, healthcare, care & assisted living, inclusive design & disability adaptations, education and hospitality & leisure. “Cowan Architects is recognised across London and the South East, not only for being a strong player across its market sectors, but also for its particular expertise in master planning and site capacity studies, heritage & conservation and PassivHaus design” says Nigel. The Company’s reliability, enthusiasm and excellence in design has won it strong business associations with trusted partners such as Architects for Health, NHS Shared Business Services, Adviser to the National Trust, a RIBA Client Design Adviser and more. “We work with clients to meet their aspirations whilst enriching their current expectations”, says Nigel. “We believe that this achieves the best end-user experience.” The clients agree. “They designed the living spaces cleverly and with empa- thy” says one. “Good levels of communication” says another. “On time and in fact under budget” says a third. In addition to its residential work, the Practice has established a solid repu- tation in the healthcare and care home/assisted living fields offering micro and macro scale solutions in design and delivery. Working for household names such as Audley Retirement Villages and BUPA, along with a host of hospitals, including Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Royal Sussex Excellence in Design Exceeds Aspirations Cowan Architects is an established, multi-disciplined practice which puts innovation and pragmatism at the heart of the very personal service it offers its eclectic mix of clients. Recently, we profiled the firm and spoke to Architectural Director, Nigel Marcoolyn. T County Hospital in Brighton and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, Cowan Architects is renowned for being a ‘safe pair of hands’, delivering innovative results on budget. The Urban Design team delivers intelligent and imaginative masterplans that have been adopted by a number of high-profile clients including the Thames Road Gateway for 200 residential units in Barking and a site development strategy in Hemel Hempstead for a 1200-unit residential scheme and 2000sqm commercial office space. Cowan Architects are members of the PassivHaus Trust and proven to be well placed in advising on environmentally conscious and progressive build- ings. The Conservation & Heritage team have first class expertise on the sensitive restoration of ecclesiastical, residential, commercial and landmark properties. They also advise the National Trust and have been approved by many of Diocesan Advisory Committee’s across the region. “The Practice offers a wealth of experience in education including, most recently, the cricket and golf centres at Millfield School in Somerset which uses advanced insulated membranes from Paragon Structures, as well as a specialist educational school in Croydon” enthuses Nigel. The team’s proven track record in inclusive design and adapting living spac- es for disability has resulted in an additional speciality with several directors acting as Expert Witnesses on disability needs in High Court cases. As a consequence, the Practice undertakes new build and adaptations carried out nationally to meet these demands. The business vision of Cowan Architects is to be a creative, vibrant and dynamic place to work and to be recognised as excellent in the sectors in which it works. BUILD’s award of Architect of the Year 2018 is testimony that the Practice is achieving its vision and growing in the right direction. Company: Cowan Architects Website: Millfield School Cricket Centre, Somerset Isfield Place, East Sussex