About Us

We enjoy designing new buildings and improving existing buildings to ensure that the owners get the best possible experience from their environment. We work on a range of different projects, including; hospitality, historic buildings, education, community and church, public and commercial, housing, ecobuilds, conservation and heritage and building information modelling (BIM) projects. 

In-house we have architects, both conservation and modern, designers and technicians alongside a BREEAM consultant if required. We’re here to bring your ideas to reality, making the process as stress free as possible.

Our studio, based in Colchester, Essex, is only a short distance from London and Kent, meaning our services are available further afield. 

The Inkpen Downie Team

We believe that good design will evolve out of a dialogue with our clients. In the first instance they are encouraged to set out all that they may aspire to achieve by their project, rather than to start with a preconception of what they may or may not be able to afford.

These ideas are then tested against the known constraints, including site constraints, planning and building regulations, possibly the effect on neighbours and of course budget. This is done with a series of sketches and close discussion with our clients.

Having achieved a workable concept we then work as advocates to work the proposals through the various regulatory systems and the construction process as far as possible without compromise to our clients aspirations.

We bring to this process values that are common to all of our projects, such as comfort, energy efficiency, natural light and ventilation and of course stimulating and appropriate architecture.

We believe that good design will evolve out of a dialogue with our clients. In the first instance they are encouraged to set out all that they may aspire to achieve by their project, rather than to start with a preconception of what they may or may not be able to afford.

These ideas are then tested against the known constraints, including site constraints, planning and building regulations, possibly the effect on neighbours and of course budget. This is done with a series of sketches and close discussion with our clients.

Having achieved a workable concept we then work as advocates to work the proposals through the various regulatory systems and the construction process as far as possible without compromise to our clients aspirations.

We bring to this process values that are common to all of our projects, such as comfort, energy efficiency, natural light and ventilation and of course stimulating and appropriate architecture.

  • John Inkpen - Director

    John is a Designer with a background in engineering and fine art. He has been in private practice since the mid 1980’s and enjoys bringing projects through from inception to completion from generating concepts, developing them with clients and working through the details. He enjoys walking, scrambling and climbing in all seasons.

    John Inkpen - Director

    John is a Designer with a background in engineering and fine art. He has been in private practice since the mid 1980’s and enjoys bringing projects through from inception to completion from generating concepts, developing them with clients and working through the details. He enjoys walking, scrambling and climbing in all seasons.

  • David MacDougall - Architect

    David is a fully qualified Chartered Architect, who is responsible for both individual projects & working as part of the larger design team across a range of building genres. He is at the forefront of developing computer staff training to make sure the practice is implementing the latest CAD technologies ensuring the design team will be BIM compliant for the future. He is currently enjoying renovating his own home.

    David MacDougall - Architect

    David is a fully qualified Chartered Architect, who is responsible for both individual projects & working as part of the larger design team across a range of building genres. He is at the forefront of developing computer staff training to make sure the practice is implementing the latest CAD technologies ensuring the design team will be BIM compliant for the future. He is currently enjoying renovating his own home.

  • Ben Downie - Director - Architect AABC

    Ben grew up in his parent’s architectural practice in Colchester and since qualification has added on skills as energy assessor and Conservation Architect (AABC). He is responsible for the business and cultural development of the practice and at the same time involved as a team member on a variety of projects from cutting edge new build, to reuse and repair of historic buildings.

    In his spare time he goes sailing.

    Ben Downie - Director - Architect AABC

    Ben grew up in his parent’s architectural practice in Colchester and since qualification has added on skills as energy assessor and Conservation Architect (AABC). He is responsible for the business and cultural development of the practice and at the same time involved as a team member on a variety of projects from cutting edge new build, to reuse and repair of historic buildings.

    In his spare time he goes sailing.

  • Juan Martinez - Architect

    Juan is a fully qualified and experienced Architect, with 9 years post qualification experience. Since completing his Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Seville’s Architecture School in Spain, he has been involved on a wide range of projects, developing a particular interest in working within the historic environment.

    Juan Martinez - Architect

    Juan is a fully qualified and experienced Architect, with 9 years post qualification experience. Since completing his Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Seville’s Architecture School in Spain, he has been involved on a wide range of projects, developing a particular interest in working within the historic environment.

  • Karen Badenoch - Practice Manager

    Since 2010 Karen has watched the communities and owners behind churches to community halls to houses to restaurants to zoos and most places in between become a part of the Client list. In her spare time she is likely to be exploring the country.

    Karen Badenoch - Practice Manager

    Since 2010 Karen has watched the communities and owners behind churches to community halls to houses to restaurants to zoos and most places in between become a part of the Client list. In her spare time she is likely to be exploring the country.

  • Linh Bane - Architectural Assistant

    Linh studied at the Manchester School of Architecture for her degree and went on to do her Masters at Birmingham City School of Architecture. She has had a wide range of experience working on School Extensions, Community Buildings, Managed Work Spaces, Religious Buildings and Residential projects. To compliment architecture, she also enjoys interior design. Her free time is usually taken up by arts and crafts activities as well as reading and writing poems.

    Linh Bane - Architectural Assistant

    Linh studied at the Manchester School of Architecture for her degree and went on to do her Masters at Birmingham City School of Architecture. She has had a wide range of experience working on School Extensions, Community Buildings, Managed Work Spaces, Religious Buildings and Residential projects. To compliment architecture, she also enjoys interior design. Her free time is usually taken up by arts and crafts activities as well as reading and writing poems.

What our clients say about us

"Superb report - exactly what we need to progress further. My compliments to you and your team." Housing Provider, Colchester

"I thought you would all like to know that the new planning centre you’ve all worked on over the last months has now gone live and the OPC personnel are now running with the new systems. A big thanks you for all your work to make this happen." Client, Essex

"Thanks very much for your efficient handling of this David. It certainly relieves my stress levels." Client, Essex

"Superb report - exactly what we need to progress further. My compliments to you and your team." Housing Provider, Colchester

"Thank you very much for your excellent advocacy yesterday. Jane was most impressed by your highly effective presentation. We are both most grateful." Client, Essex

"Inkpen Downie developed a comprehensive plan to renovate the old house which was severely decayed in parts, conserving the fabric where possible or replacing it with traditional materials when necessary" "We were very pleased with the outcome of our project which was overseen most successfully by Inkpen Downie. We would use them again for similar work without reservation." Client, Essex

"As client, we are very happy with the design solution provided by Inkpen Downie and the interpretation of the brief. We had very specific requirements and a limited budget with a clear idea of how the centre should function as a facility. Inkpen Downie clearly researched the need, listened to us as the client and took on board our concerns and requirements. The result is a design that is functional but iconic and utilises the space available." Client, Essex

"We have filled the church to overflowing twice already and seen a lot of visitors coming to view the church. The unanimous verdict is that it is a design that really works. They love the blending of the modern and the medieval. Quite a few have said "it should win prizes. We liked the fly-through of 2011, but the end result is way beyond our expectations at that time. We are overjoyed with what you have given us." Father Bernard Rolls, Clare Priory

"On behalf of the Project Group and felllowship of St Peter's, I want to write to thank you and the design team for the gift of our new buildings. I believe you may have spoken with Alan already about the overwhelming day we had yesterday on our 'first day back' - there was a buzz and warmth of the buildings fit for purpose in the welcome and service of people, by the end of the day, some 600 had passed through.

Thank you for all your labours in design and execution, in consultation and response and in partnership with us. Under God, so much has been envisaged and attempted, and it is thrilling to see it finally come together for Day One of God's future for St Peter's. We shall no doubt see more of each other during finishing and snagging, and of course (I trust) over the great Opening and Dedicated weekend of February 5th -7th, 2010, but at this critical and memorable moment of taking delivery of the new buildings we send you our deep thanks and appreciation." St. Peter's Church, Harold Wood 

"We have now engaged Inkpen Downie to work with us on two projects, the restoration and extension of a traditional period village home and the restoration and conversion of a timber framed historic building. In both cases, the attention to detail in historical research, architectural design and client interpretation has been extraordinary. They are an engaging, inspiring and client focused architectural practice. We feel very comfortable working with them." Client, Essex

"I want to congratulate you on the design and appearance both internally and externally of St George's Walthamstow. It is easily the best I've seen since Vatican II. Not only is it designed to meet present liturgical requirements, but above all it is a building I could pray in easily.

I hope this is only the beginning because we are in desperate need of Churches of quality that reflect the age in which we live. The Clergy on the Finance Board was very pleased with the Building." Father John Hayes, St. George's Walthamstow 

"The designers' love of old buildings and their clear passion for subtle contemporary design were evident throughout, and secured relevant statutory approvals with the minimum of fuss." Client, Suffolk 

"I should like to thank you for all your help in planning and carrying out the alteations to this church. I know it was not a big job relatively speaking but it is 100% for all those who use the church here." Rev P Bruxby, English Martyrs Catholic Church, Brentwood 

"Ben was recommended to us by the RIBA and throughout the period of consultation, during the actual building operation and in the time that has elapsed since, we have found him to be truly professional and were very happy to be associated with him."

"I know the Parish Council would have no hesitation in employing him again should the opportunity arise and I personally valued all the help and advice he was able to give throughout the project which enabled me to ensure the business and financial side of the opeation ran smoothly." Boreham Parish Council, Essex

"Superb report - exactly what we need to progress further. My compliments to you and your team." Housing Provider, Colchester

"We would like to thank you for your assistance and hope we get the opportunity to use your firm again in the future." Client, Essex

"You did a splendid job and answered all emails speedily, which was much appreciated." Client, Essex 

Our Bespoke Services

Each of our designs is unique, based on our accumulated experience but tailored to our client’s specific need. We approach each design without preconceptions and embark on a dialogue with our client, by which we hone in on an optimum solution, at a realistic budget. This is a process of mutual learning.

We work in a single studio forming a compact group of true professionals. Every one at Inkpen Downie has a degree in their relevant skill and our services are regulated by the disciplinary codes of the Architects Registration Board. 

Each of our designs is unique, based on our accumulated experience but tailored to our client’s specific need. We approach each design without preconceptions and embark on a dialogue with our client, by which we hone in on an optimum solution, at a realistic budget. This is a process of mutual learning.

We work in a single studio forming a compact group of true professionals. Every one at Inkpen Downie has a degree in their relevant skill and our services are regulated by the disciplinary codes of the Architects Registration Board. 

Chartered practice consisting of Architects and Interior Designers who work with new, historic and existing buildings.

Inkpen Downie Architecture & Design Ltd

2 Balkerne House,
Balkerne Passage,
Colchester,
Essex CO1 1PA

General Enquiries: 01206 577244

Parking

For parking, please locate St Mary's Car Park on the map, then proceed by foot over the foot bridge, past the Mercury Theatre and we can be found on the left above the Italian Restaurant

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