Addlestone Canoe Club


To chase away the 'early winter blues' it is a real delight, and on a celebratory note, that we share great news..... the new club building is now officially open.


It’s been a long journey for Addlestone Canoe Club to upgrade a derelict club building into a new facility they can all enjoy using. We have accompanied and assisted them for the last six years in this process and we are all extremely excited to let you know that the ACC dream has finally come true!


Thanks to Steve Bevis and his team at Ascot Build and Design the building has been transferred from paper into reality and the grand opening of the new club house took place at the beginning of November.


The simple form of a two-storey clubhouse with a single storey store provides an ideal layout, fitting the site and it's riverside location perfectly. The balcony offers delightful view over the river Wey and the ACC members improving their canoeing skills on the water. 


We all at Robert Davies John West cannot wait to try canoeing next year, when the weather improves, and hope that this new facility helps the Addlestone Canoe Club to thrive long into the future. A real boon for the local community and canoeing fraternity.

Christ Church Teddington


An exciting update to let you know that after over 18 months on site progress has been good through difficult times. We are pleased to see the envelope is now complete with the new tower, masonry repairs, roof, dormers and leadwork finished. All work has been carried out to exacting standards and the quality and craftmanship is apparent. 


The interiors are progressing well with restoration of the existing character features complete and the insertion of floors, stairs and main elements in place. The spiral staircases with curved glass balustrading abutting the stained glass windows are looking magnificent.


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Gareth Sewell FCIAT


It is a huge pleasure to congratulate Gareth on becoming a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) awarded for his significant contribution to Architectural Technology. Gareth is one of a select few who have the privelage of this award in the first tranch of its' being. This is a great credit for his tireless work, dedication and continued interest in moving the profession forwards and being at the forefront of new and emerging legislation. 


This recognition has not gone unnoticed but we will do our best to keep him grounded and remind him of the 'standard' dimensions of a 'door' in case he has difficulty leaving the room.


We look forward to many more decades of his guidance to keep the practice on track and continuing to explore modern methods of construction, as well as proven and robust solutions needed to ensure our Clients can realise their projects with continued confidence.


Congratulations from all of us ! 

Brockley Social Club


We are delighted to share another club in our Practice's portfolio, this time in Brockley. The Club is in urgent need of modernisation to keep up with current trends to better serve the local residents and to be able to introduce a wider programme of activities for various groups unable to participate at present.


The design of this mixed-use development evolved over fifteen months under close scrutiny of the Planning Department at Lewisham during the extensive pre-application process. Additionally, a couple of meetings were held with the local residents and Brockley Society whose suggestions were taken into account while developing a suitable scheme.


It took a while to receive a decision and we are pleased to share with you our contemporary design featuring a limited palette of contextual and traditional materials (mainly high quality brick in contrasting colour & detailing), this was approved at the virtual planning committee meeting in August. We are looking forward to the next stages of this exciting development.

Courtyard Development in Surbiton


We love challenges at Robert Davies John West Ltd and this site was definitely one of them ! The site was very constrained geometrically and also lay within the Surbiton Town Centre Conservation Area. After months of close cooperation with our Clients and a number of consultants, we have created a scheme which not only offered an attractive modern design but also a number of practical improvements for the existing residents providing wider benefits and a holistic design approach.


Our efforts have been recognised not only by the Planning Department but also by the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee. Planning approval was granted in January 2020 - a great start to the year ! 

Ex-Servicemen's Club


Every town has an important place or building in need of modernisation to keep up with the changing lifestyle and trends. In many cases, it may be a matter of 'to be or not to be' as it was for the Ex-Servicemen's Club in Staines-upon-Thames.


It has been a long process with multiple planning applications, meetings with local residents, planning officers and extensive consultations with the Environment Agency to agree a suitable design for this site. All these efforts paid off and a long-awaited planning approval was granted in 2019.


We are very excited to see the riverside regeneration happening site by site. We hope that the Club, once built, will provide not only a comforting place for active and retired armed service personnel but also a vibrant commuity place in Staines which will thrive for the next 100 years !

Christ Church Teddington


We are very excited to share with you one of our latest fantastic projects which is a conversion of the existing Christ Church in Teddington into 6 exclusive  and luxury apartments located over 4 levels. Careful consideration has been taken during the design process to ensure that all of the characteristic details are retained and exposed whilst allowing the new residential units to fit well and form part of the existing structure. We are looking forward to this development starting on site soon and to seeing the final outcome of all the hard work and efforts of the project team.


Nork Gardens


Delightful residential redevelopment of former workshops, Phase 1 complete and all sold. Phase 2 is now on site and will complete the 'terrace' of 6 superbly presented 3 storey houses. Efficient and well planned layouts accommodate modern family living whilst providing flexibility of use. The second floor ensuite bedrooms are a superb bonus.


Havensilver Investments Limited. Click on the images below to enlarge.

Spargo House Revisited


Completed in 2014 this development of 6 apartments at 13 Hillbury Road, Whyteleafe in Surrey looks as fresh as when completed. Careful attention to detail, good design and the use of high quality materials stand the test of time. All of the apartments were finished to an exceptionally high standard and equiped for modern living, with wood-effect laminate floors and underfloor heating, solar panels supplying domestic hot water, energy efficient downlighters throughout and integrated energy-efficient appliances. All the apartments sold quickly.   


Another fine project by Havensilver Investments Limited.


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Park Road Teddington


A derelict garage has been transformed into a delightful two bedroom cottage by Dan Reynolds and his team at New Acre Homes Limited. A high level of energy saving has been achieved using underfloor heating and efficient building materials and methods. 


Metal decorative access gates lead onto a landscaped forecourt with a cobbled parking area. The Olive trees and lavender planting gives a very Mediterranean feel to the property.The bespoke handmade kitchen and luxury bathroom are imbued with careful attention to detail that is present in all of the finishes. All in all a home built with love.


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Versailles & COP21


Recently a group of us were invited to attend a training workshop at the Swedish Institute in Paris as part of COP 21, on how to restore windows and doors using linseed oil based products and paints. The workshop was presented by work associates of Kevin Davies, Hans and Sonja Allback from Sweden, who also manufacture the products.


After a ‘hands on’, whole day workshop, with other architects and technicians, we then took part in a ‘round table’ discussion on how we can learn from the construction methods of the past and use them to build better, new and more durable buildings.


The finale of the weekend was a private tour around the ‘Chateau de Versailles’ by Regis Berge (Architect & Service de la Conservation Architecturale). Very interesting to see the ‘Allback’ restoration methods and paint in action! But also fantastic to see the Chateau in all its splendour.


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Private House Ascot


Well done to Tom Vinall and his team at Creative Building Solutions Ltd for the recent completion of this project. The ground floor has been extensively remodelled with the addition of a single storey flat roof extension incorporating two pitched roof lanterns. A stunning kitchen breakfast room opens onto the garden and links the billiard and living rooms to create spacious, light filled family living accommodation. This is a good example of essentially modest but considered architectural intervention paying back great dividends.


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Parry Building Products


After over a decade of collaborative work and many successfully completed projects we are delighted to announce that we now act as the retained architects for Parry Building Products 


Parry Building Products is a U.K based company whose primary focus is to manufacture and market technologies which are appropriate, in terms of cost, complexity and economic return, to the developing countries for which they are intended.


The company supplies manual machines for construction of single and multistory structures utilizing unskilled labour, cost saving production methods, and affordable mobile machinery which does not require electricity or fuel to operate.


We are currently working on proposals for housing developments in Somalia, Kenya and Bangladesh. A number of these projects develop the concepts used at Kaputei, Nairobi, using micro-finance and self-help as a way out of poverty.


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Zero Carbon House


We have completed the design for a new bespoke replacement dwelling that goes beyond zero carbon to that of carbon negative, with engineeering and architectural design showcasing sustainable technology and innovation. In addition, the development will accomodate Disability Access Living requirements and will meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 as well as the Lifetime Homes Criteria.


The appearance and architectural language will reflect harnessing of both modern and new design. The low rise building will feature a traditional looking plain tile roof incorporating a mix of hips and gables representing a cluster of buildings, typical of the area.


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Staines Boat Club


Councillors have given a huge thumbs up to the redevelopment of Staines Boat Club. Runnymede Borough Council planning committee members voted unanimously to grant full planning consent for the proposals. The new 'clubhouse' will be sited adjacent to the landing stages, a similar arrangement to the pre-fire 1951 layout. Councillors spoke in support of the application and also the opportunity for a great 2012 Olympic legacy.


The proposed 'clubhouse' is two storeys with floodable boat storage and changing facilities on the ground floor and a function room, gym, training room, office and additional changing and w.c's at first floor. Ground floor walls are part transparent, upper walls in timber cladding, a continuous balcony has been incorporated to the riverside elevation offering superb views over the Thames.


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Stable Conversion approved


Torridge District Council grant full planning consent for the conversion of this vernacular stable building at Hansford Barton, Devon, to provide imaginative reverse living two bedroom self contained holiday accommodation. In the planners own words - 'sympathetic, well designed and distinctive.' We agree, the proposals are sympathetic to the existing building envelope and fabric, and include the incorporation of large deck and bridge to help integrate the building into the landscape and setting.


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