Services

We are known for our varied and exciting built work and thoughtful approach to problem-solving. We partner our clients and users in a journey of discovery to find the spatial and material expression of their ambitions, resulting in beautiful and intelligent sustainable design.

Underpinning our approach is a respect for what our clients and users are trying to achieve. Every project is unique and so each of our proposals is an original and creative response to a specific situation.

We are committed to superb design, excellent service and exploring sustainable futures.

Architecture

We deliver architectural design and management services across all project stages – from concept design and planning, through detailed design and construction until completion and post-occupancy. We work in diverse sectors – from schools to housing and public realm; cultural spaces to offices, studios and private, one-off houses. We have a proven track record in negotiating sensitive sites. See our architectural projects here.

Sustainable design

We aim to make every project green. We advocate passive techniques and design for maximum social, economic and environmental value. Whether a sustainable new build or improvement of an existing building, we can devise simple, robust solutions that minimise energy use, impact and running costs in the whole life cycle of your project. Take a look at Stock Orchard StreetMellor Primary School and Sandal Magna Primary School as examples of our sustainable design.

Masterplanning and urban design

Our urban and regeneration strategies celebrate local heritage and identity, ecology and everyday life. We have close working relationships with leading consultants in landscaping, engineering, lighting and highways, with whom we have devised strategy documents and masterplans for key urban and rural sites. See Soar Island and Kingston Mini Holland, two of our neighbourhood design projects.

Co-design and engagement

We believe that process is as important as product and we develop much of our work in close dialogue with users, communities and stakeholders. We have extensive experience of hands-on and imaginative public engagement across all project stages – from consultations, briefing and design workshops to community build events. Take a look at Highbury RoundhouseTakeley Primary School and Mellor Primary School for examples of our engagement work.

Self-build architectural services

Having completed our own self-build project at Stock Orchard Street, we understand the process from a self-builder’s perspective, with added expertise as architects. We can oversee your complete project, or just help at those times when you feel that you need professional support.

Research

Our research and innovation adds value for our clients and enriches the quality of our work. We undertake technical, environmental and social investigations as well as post-occupancy evaluations in order to learn from our work and disseminate findings. We have a long standing relationship with a number of higher education institutions.

Read more about Sarah’s most recent research project, DWELL, at the University of Sheffield here or browse our latest journal posts and publications.

Team

SWA team from left to right: Caoimhe Hughes, Lys de Beaumont, Chris Carthy, Katharine Terry, Negin Ghorbani, Sarah Wigglesworth, Joanna Doherty, Eleanor Brough, Joanne Preston, Toby Carr, Jack Bennett

 

Sarah Wigglesworth RDI MBE RIBA

Director


Sarah is an architect with over 30 years experience in practice. She is acknowledged as a pioneering influence in British architecture. She has extensive expertise in green and sustainable design. Her work is characterised by careful theorising of the issues unique to each project and close engagement with clients and users.

Published worldwide and a sought-after speaker, her work attracts debate both inside and external to the field.

 

 

 

In 2003 she was awarded an MBE for her services to architecture and in 2010 was made a prestigious CABE Commissioner. She was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in 2012.

Until 2016 Sarah was Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield where she led the DWELL research project designing exemplary neighbourhoods and housing for older people. For more information on the project visit this link.

 

Eleanor Brough

Associate


Eleanor has worked for ten years with SWA as an associate and project architect. She combines excellent design ability and management skills, supported by sound knowledge of regulatory standards and detailing acumen. In 2016 she won the RIBA North West Project Architect of the Year Award for her work on Mellor Primary School, an exemplar school project on the edge of the Peak District. She has expertise in the education, housing and cultural sectors. Among other projects, she now heads the team delivering SWA’s older people’s housing in Devon.

 

Toby Carr

Associate


Toby joined SWA in 2009. He brings to the practice wide experience in stakeholder engagement, education and housing policy. He has led ambitious housing developments in North West Cambridge, meeting Code for Sustainable Homes level 5, and in north London for Notting Hill Housing Trust. He recently completed a fast track school extension in Essex, prior to which he was project architect for the award-winning Takeley Primary School in Essex. Toby is currently working with Kingston Council on their cycle friendly town centre plan.

 

Accreditations and Memberships:


Architects Registration Board (ARB)


RIBA Chartered Practice


Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)


CDM 2015 Principal Designer training approved by the Association of Project Safety (APS)


UK Cohousing Network


Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB)


 

Clients

Education
Emerson College
Kings College London
The Latham School
Mellor Primary School
The Metanoia Institute
Sandal Magna Community Primary School
Takeley Primary School
University of Cambridge

Community and arts organisations

20th Century Society
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Highbury Roundhouse
Holton Lee
Public authorities and agencies
Citywest Homes
Durkan
HAB Homes
Hyde Housing Association
Igloo Regeneration
Isis Regeneration
L&Q
Moat Housing Association
Notting Hill Housing
PegasusLife
Southwark Regeneration
Wakefield Council
Wates Construction Limited

Awards

Mellor Primary School
2017 RIBA Journal McEwen Award (shortlisted)
2016 RIBA North West Award
2016 RIBA North West Award: Project Architect of the Year, Eleanor Brough
2016 Structural Timber Awards:
• Judge’s Choice
• Best Education Project
2016 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (shortlisted)
2016 Wood Awards (shortlisted)
2016 Education Business Awards:
• Best School Building (highly commended)
• Environmental Practice (highly commended)
2016 Surface Design Awards (shortlisted)
2016 Building Magazine Awards: Best Small Project (shortlisted)
2016 RICS Award (shortlisted)
2016 RICS Regional North West Award:
• Design through Innovation (shortlisted)
• Community Benefit (shortlisted)
Deborah House Studios
2016 RIBA Journal McEwen Award (longlisted)
2016 New London Architecture Award: Conservation and Retrofit (shortlisted)
2016 Build Magazine Award: Most Innovative Environmental Retrofit
2016 RICS London Awards (highly commended)
Brickfield Studios
2016 RICS London Awards (shortlisted)
Shell Cove
2016 Housing Design Awards (shortlisted)
Takeley Primary School
2013 RIBA East Award
Ray Park Visitor Centre
2012 Galvanising Awards (highly commended)
Sandal Magna Primary School
2011 RIBA National Award
2011 RIBA Award Northern Network:
• Gold Award
• Project of the Year
• Sustainability Award
2011 British Construction Industry Award: Best Public Building under £5m (shortlisted)
2011 Wood Awards (shortlisted)
2011 Brick Awards (shortlisted)
Heathfield Children’s Centre
2010 Building Magazine: Public Building of the Year (runner up)
Bermondsey Bicycle Store
2009 AJ/Ramboll Whitbybird Award: Best Small Project (shortlisted)
Cremorne Riverside Centre
2009 BURA Waterways Renaissance Awards (finalist)
2008 RIBA National Award
2008 Sustainability Awards: Sustainable Building of the Year, Small Project (runner up)
2008 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (shortlisted)
2008 British Construction Industry Award:
• Best Small Building Project (shortlisted)
• Local Authority Award (shortlisted)
• Environmental Award (shortlisted)
• The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award (shortlisted)
Siobhan Davies Dance Studios
2006 RIBA National Award
Mossbrook School
2005 RIBA National Award
2005 RIBA Yorkshire:
• White Rose Award
• Client of the Year Award
2005 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (runner up)
2005 RIBA Access Award: Inclusive Design
Stock Orchard Street
2004 RIBA National Award
2004 RIBA Sustainability Award
2002 Civic Trust Award
2001 FX/Blueprint Award: Best Residential Project
2001 Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year (finalist)
Chelsea Flower Show Pavilion
2002 Royal Horticultural Society: Silver Medal
Competition Awards
2016 RIBA Journal Sterling OSB Habitat Award: Stepping Stone Home (runner up)
2015 RIBA & Leicester City Council competition: Soar Island
2013 Architecture Foundation: The Moorings – Street to Doorstep
2013 National Self Build Association: Self Build on a Shoestring competition (shortlisted)
2013 Sunday Times British Homes Awards: The Simple Smart House (shortlisted)
2012 RIBA Bird College Competition (shortlisted)
2008 RIBA Scotswood Expo: Flip Flop Flex House
Practice Awards
2017 BD Education Architect of the Year: Nursery to Sixth Form
2008 CIBSE Building Services Best Practice Award for School Design: Optimising the Internal Environment