Congratulations to Inkpen Downie's newest Chartered Architect

We're delighted to announce that Project Architect, Antigoni Patsalou, has recently been awarded RIBA Chartered Architect status. The chartered status provides a guarantee of on-going quality to clients and recognises the value of the training and experience completed by individual architects. Over... Read more


Mixed use development proposals for the future of the Priory Walk, Colchester

Priory Walk area in Colchester - We are delighted with the opportunity to carry out further design proposals for the regeneration of this area. The existing buildings occupy a large site within the Conservation Area that was completely cleared of the historic street pattern in the 1960’s and... Read more


Congratulations to Inkpen Downie's newly qualified architect

We’re delighted to announce that Linh Bane is now a fully qualified architect after passing her Part 3 Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture through the University of Greenwich having gained RIBA Part 1 at Manchester School of Architecture and Part 2 whilst studying at Birmingham... Read more


Keep Calm and Carry On

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RCCE Village of the Year

and the winner is.........Peldon.... well done to everyone involved. For the third year running Inkpen Downie's directors and architects are proud to sponsor The Essex Village of the Year Competition. Director Ben Downie was also invited to be one of the judges of the RCCE's event and a... Read more


Clacton Garden Centre

Smith Farms Clacton Ltd approached Inkpen Downie with an idea to construct a new family-run café / restaurant building, with associated car parking to serve the general public and visitors to the existing Clacton Garden Centre.   The proposed business venture, ‘Bluehouse Cafe’... Read more


Building Community

The project comprised conversion of a disused building in the busy High Street in Harwich, enhancing the street frontage and providing a new shop front, ramped access for levelled access throughout the building, mezzanine floor extension and replacement of roof finishes. ... Read more


CGI video preview for client

Bringing Client's designs to life - Inkpen Downie have been investing in developing our in-house visualisation design capabilities to create high-end images and fly-through movies to help bring client’s designs to life.      click here to watch the video Resolution... Read more


Listed Building Seminar

November 19th 2018 sees us in Coggeshall Village Hall from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Come along with your questions and find out more about listed buildings from an architects perspective as well as the how tos of planning and listed building applications. Julia and Ben (AABC architect) will be there to... Read more


Ben's designs on the future show his respect for area's rich history

From a child in Essex with architect parents to Liverpool University and back to Essex Ben has lived a varied life of architecture and was pleased to discuss some of his projects and experience with Katherine Palmer of Evening Gazette in Colchester. The article also appeared in other local papers before... Read more


Church fundraising

Architects support appeal to breathe new life into an ancient building   When it comes to conserving and adapting buildings, no one does it more sympathetically than award-winning Inkpen Downie Chartered Architects, who are supporting a new appeal to raise £200,000 to buy and develop... Read more


RCCE Village of the Year

Once again we are the joint sponsors of the Village of the Year competition organised by the Rural Community Council of Essex. In July last year Terling won the prestigious prize - this year the church tower in the village is surrounded by scaffolding as repairs get underway. Keep an eye our our... Read more


SPAB September 2018

We’ll be at Stand A3 at this exciting show – please do pop by and say hello. The Old House Show Brought to you by SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) The art and craft of building care 7-8th September 2018 10am – 5pm The Old Royal Naval College,... Read more


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