Duggan Morris Architects have completed multiple houses for private clients. These projects are subject to intense scrutiny through the planning process, neighbouring land owners, and the party wall act. Additionally, the emotional attachment to the project by the client and the ensuing pressure levied on the project team to achieve high quality on time and budget, is unique and disproportionate to the scale of the project and risks involved.
As a London based practice, many of the early private residential projects were, naturally, small scale and built on brown field sites (Frobisher House, 2007; Kings Grove, 2012) or involved major re-planning or re-modelling of existing buildings (Hampstead Lane, 2010; Cohen House, 2012). Our early projects were thus tailored to the specific urban context within which they were located, a defining feature of our early oeuvre.
However, as our approach and reputation for design excellence has evolved, an increasing focus is placed on projects with an increasing budget and which are located in rural and agricultural settings (Old Bearhurst, 2010; Pennyfathers, commissioned 2013; The Aviaries, commissioned 2014). These projects often require a greater degree of strategic care in light of Green Belt policy which categorises such sites. Additionally, such sites are located in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with scientific interest and have tight planning restrictions due to the protection afforded to agricultural land.
In spite of these impositions, we continue to achieve success in delivering houses designed to exacting standards, and executed to exemplar levels achieving national recognition, receiving RIBA National and Regional Awards, the RIBA Manser Medal and the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, amongst others.