Goodbye Garden Bridge

The London Garden Bridge: a £200 million proposed pedestrian bridge over the River Thames in London has lost the essential support of the Mayor of London. It was in 1998 that Joanna Lumley first approached the idea of a “floating paradise”, crossing the River Thames as a memorial... Read more


Vineyard to Build a New Visitor Centre, Eatery and Wine Warehouse

Crouch Ridge Vineyard, located on the south-facing slope of the River Crouch is set to build a new visitor centre, eatery and wine warehouse. The special landscape area is dominated by rows of vines meaning any developmental work must bare the sensitive surroundings in mind but also be functional... Read more


Monkwick Junior School in Colchester, Essex Set to Expand

Monk wick Junior School situated in Colchester, Essex plans to expand. The school project was obtained by Inkpen Downie after winning a mini competition to provide an extension of an existing 2.25FE school to a 3FE school.  Designed using our Building Information Modelling services, the new teaching... Read more


Ben Downie Receives Renewal Certification in Conservation

Ben Downie, the director of Inkpen Downie Chartered Architects, has received his renewal certification as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) in recognition of his expertise in working with historic buildings.  Listed on the AABC register since 2006 and renewing his certification... Read more


Success of planning application for historic cottage

1 and 2 Church Cottages are late 18th-century Georgian timber-framed cottages, and were first listed Grade II in 1985. The cottages stand on a prominent corner plot at the junction of Maldon and Witham Road and our client lives at number 1 Church Cottages. This building is a fine example of artisan... Read more


London's new Design Museum: Bigger and brighter

The Design Museum's new home in Kensington is an audacious reworking of the Commonwealth Institute, and marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the museum’s history. As well as creating an engaging space for the museum's displays, architectural firm OMA sought to save the Grade... Read more


A Wooden Stadium & Strawberry Scaffolding: Green Building News

World's first all-wood football stadium The world of football is seldom the focus of green architecture, but that's all about to change thanks to a new soccer stadium to be made almost entirely of timber. Forest Green Rovers have commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to build the pastoral... Read more


Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects Conference by Heritage Trust Network

Inkpen Downie attended a two day conference, hosted by Heritage Trust Network, called ‘Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects,’ in Birmingham last month. We were very impressed with how the event was organised and met so many ‘extraordinary people’. Both days were... Read more


Giving to Heritage Workshop

Inkpen Downie Architecture & Design Ltd warmly invites you to attend a Giving to Heritage workshop. This is run in conjunction with the Heritage Alliance and Institute of Fundraising: made possible by Heritage Lottery Funding “Crowdfunding for Heritage Organisations & Utilising your... Read more


The MARISCO stakeholder workshop for Colchester Borough Council

Inkpen Downie was pleased to be able to get involved in the MARISCO stakeholder workshop for Colchester Borough Council recently. The event was organised by Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council, Writtle University College and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management. Linh... Read more


Kelvedon Institute - a Mammoth Task Achieved

Rural Community Council of Essex​, Oyster Magazine - Summer 2016 The Institute, Kelvedon’s Village Hall, was funded by public subscription and built in 1911 and continues to be run by a Management Committee. Throughout the 1990’s it became clear that, as well as refurbishment... Read more


Colchester architect achieves Chartered status

Colchester architects Inkpen Downie are pleased to announce that David MacDougall has recently been awarded Chartered Architect status -significant recognition of his years of practice as a registered architect. Awarded by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) the chartered status provides... Read more


BIM: Benefits to Architecture Firms, Developers and Owners

BIM – Building Information Modelling – represents a paradigm shift in the design and construction of buildings. It delivers huge benefits for architecture firms of all sizes, engineering and construction contractors, facilities managers – and of course clients.  What is BIM? BIM... Read more


RICS Awards: Testimonial of Past Winners

RICS Building Conservation and Project of the Year Award Winner 2015 - East of England Clare Priory Winner 2015 The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. Read David's thoughts on... Read more


Inkpen Downie Press Release (Listed Heritage Magazine Jul/Aug 2016)

We are frequently told by new clients as we first visit their house, that the listed protection “only relates the façade” or “what is in the list description”, but unfortunately for those with libertarian instincts, this is far from the case. The protection conferred by... Read more


Why Architectural firms should consider design competitions

During the architectural design process, there are limitations and restrictions, with budgets and client needs creating both interesting challenges and design limiting restrictions. Competitions can be a chance to boost the creative moral of your design team, boost your firms portfolio with ideas and... Read more


How important is BIM to small firms

In todays fast pace market it is important to remain relevant and competitive, using BIM has its obvious advantages for larger architect firms, but what are the benefits for small firms. The pitch, clients of smaller firms are often less familiar with the design processes, so the use of building information... Read more


A (very) brief overview of social housing in the 70s

The end of World War II saw the removal of a stigma around social housing with the rebuilding of much of the housing that was destroyed during the conflict. Eventually, the main role of social housing became the replacement of housing stock through clearances, and mass building, the result of which was... Read more


Granby Four Streets

Historically, the Granby Four Streets area has been one of the most deprived communities in the UK, having seen a huge decline after the Toxteth Riots in 1981. The group of terraced houses found in Toxteth, Liverpool saw the council forcibly acquire the majority of housing in the area which meant many... Read more