Clash of the Engineers vs Architects! We were invited by our pals at Constant to go head to head at bubble football. Despite it being 30 degrees and being trapped inside a plastic ball we surprisingly had a great evening! So big thanks to Constant for another fun eve.
Check out more photos on our Instagram here.
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We were honoured to be invited to the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards last Friday – it was a great day that left us all a little star struck and raised an amazing amount of money for such a deserving charity.
Thanks to the team at Nordoff Robbins for having us.
Click HERE to see winners and photos from the day!
Our Epsom kitchen extension is featured in the latest issue of the Grand Designs Magazine.
Click HERE to read the full article.
Our show, Love Your Home, on iTV with Alan Titchmarsh got a mention in House Beautiful – we are very excited for it to air later in the Summer.
Read the full article on House Beautiful.
We are happy to host our first Open Studio as part of London Festival of Architecture, in our recently extended penthouse studio overlooking London fields. This is an opportunity to pop by for a free informal design consultation with one of our architects and a chance to have a look around our office and meeting the team.
Consultants we work with will also be on hand for advice. Brian from Constant Structural Design will be able to advise on all things structural, whilst Measur Cost consultants will be able to provide you with invaluable budget advice.
Our doors are open on Saturday the 10th of June from 10am to 4pm, a great opportunity to talk to the team, drink a local beer on the roof terrace and enjoy the views of London Fields, hopefully in the sunshine!
For further details about the event please refer to our Facebook event.
It was great to attend the opening party of our recently completed project for Nordoff Robbins; a refurbishment of the largest purpose-built music therapy centre in the world.
It has been so rewarding to work with Nordoff Robbins who do such amazing work through music therapy. It was incredible to see everyone enjoying the transformation that we have been working on for the past year and a half. It was especially exciting to hear some of the music therapists performing in the exemplary music therapy rooms we designed, the acoustics were superb!
You can read more about the opening event and about the project on the Nordoff Robbins website by following this link:
Directors George and Ewald are taking part in the Grand Designs Live ‘Ask an Expert’ where they both take to the Grand Designs Stage as part of an expert panel to discuss designing your home. Last weekend saw Ewald answer questions for people interested in the process of extensions and new builds, this Saturday its George’s turn.
Have a look at George and Ewald‘s profile here!
Last week George and Ewald were asked to make a presentation at the IDEAL HOME SHOW 2017 on the Home Improvement Stage at Kensington Olympia – they made a very well received presentation discussing a designers point of view on extending your home.
Ideal Home Show is an award-winning show featuring kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest high tech gadgets, to fashion beauty and gifts – all under one roof!
Follow this link for more information on the Ideal Home Show
Our project Yoakley Road has just been published in the Spring 2017 issue of Russwood ‘Profile’ .
They loved our use of the lap method of the larch cladding around the new extension volume creating a unified look between old and new.
Click HERE to read the full article.
We would like to thank Delta Light for inviting the whole BVDS team for a tour of their amazing show room, factory and headquarters in Belgium.
We had a fun and informative trip, and look forward to using our new Delta Light knowledge in our upcoming projects!
Thanks again to James and Kevin of Delta Light and for the crew at LXA for enjoying the trip with us.
We are happy to announce both our Oldfield Road and De Beauvoir Square project have been published in this years Don’t Move Improve awards 2017 magazine.
Both projects are displayed in a free exhibition showing 120 featured projects at the Building Centre in London until 29th March.
The competition celebrates London’s best new home extensions and interior design projects.
Follow this link for more information on the Don’t Move Improve Awards.
I. Grosvenor Avenue
The new volume for the bathroom is in place at our project in Islington, preparation for the exposed rafters is under way.
II. Bayston Road
Our side return extension in Stoke Newington is coming to the closing stages with the bespoke roof lights in place between the old and the new.
III. Arica Road
Our rear and loft extensions in South London is taking shape, a loft and rear extension together with a full renovation of the house are due to finish in May 2017.
IV. Oldfield Road
Specialist raft foundations are in at our rear extension in Stoke Newington.
V. Highwood Road
Structural steel frames are in place at our rear alteration project in Holloway. We are looking forward to the creation of the carpentry workshop and sound studio on the lower ground floor
VI. Balfour Road
The existing roof has been taken off at our project in Islington, new loft floor installation is in progress together with a full renovation and ground floor extension.
VII. Hermitage Court
Remedial works completed at our renovation penthouse project in Tower Hamlets.
VIII. Nordoff Robbins
The mechanical and electrical installation is almost complete at our Nordoff Robbins project, with finishing works to the whole building and the speciality therapy rooms are taking shape.
Our Oldfield Road project in Stoke Newington has been Long-listed for this years Don’t Move Improve awards. The designs centered around a new side-return kitchen extension with exposed timber beam ceilings.
The competition is to find London’s best new home extensions and interior design projects that deliver more space to live.
The project will be exhibited at the Building Centre in London from the New Year and winners will be announced on the 26th of January.
Our De Beauvoir Square project in Haggerston has been Long-listed for this years Don’t Move Improve awards. The judges were impressed with how we transformed a listed building and provide a new double height kitchen opening onto a tiled sunken terrace.
We are happy to announce that we have been awarded the design services contracts for the Refurbishment of the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre in North London, the only purpose built music therapy facility in the world.
We are very excited to be working on this project with Nordoff Robbins, a fantastic, valuable charity organisation, to improve their headquarters. We have been developing designs for the last year and are now looking forward to starting construction this November.
Click HERE to read the full announcement.
The project Trevelyan House was published in the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property section.
The project will be open to the public as part of the OPEN HOUSE LONDON 2016.
Our project Porth Cottage Road has been published in the September issue of Grand Designs magazine.
They loved our efficient storage ideas and the beach-hut style interiors we designed for this charismatic former farm building.
Our project Yoakley Road has been featured in the September issue of Elle Decoration magazine.
Elle Decoration is The world’s leading homes magazine, featuring the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone
We are excited that work has been completed on a Loft extension in Hackney, North London. The works include an extra level to the terraced house that accommodates a double bedroom, nursery and shower room.
Our project The Studio has been featured in the online magazine e-architect.
e-architect is one of the world’s largest architecture websites, featuring the latest in architecture and design news.
Click HERE to read the online article.
Victoria Mews has won an award for the best home transformation of 2015 by the magazine House Beautiful.
House Beautiful is an interior decorating magazine that focuses on decorating and the domestic arts. First published in 1896 it is the oldest still-published interior design and architecture magazine.
We are very excited to win the award and delighted that the interiors work, which we are very proud of, has received recognition by House Beautiful. Click HERE to read the full article
Trevelyan House has been selected as a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Typology Categories | Residential: Apartment category. As a Finalist, our work is amongst a handful in the world for that category, and is competing for the two most sought-after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award.
The online public chooses the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award and public voting is open from March 15th to April 1st. Please vote for us at awards.architizer.com/vote/
The extensions and refurbishment works to Stag Leys in Epsom have been completed by Christmas. The clients along with Leo the dog have moved in ready to enjoy Christmas in the new open space.
The proposals include an exposed natural timber ceiling and exposed brick walls. The open plan space contains a bespoke kitchen installed by 3rd Edition and full height glazing onto the garden.
We look forward to taking a photo shoot in the new year and being fed home-made Japanese food made in the amazing new kitchen.
Bradley Van Der Straeten architects have been successful with our long-running appeal case to erect a single storey extension to the rear of a Listed terraced property in Islington.
We worked closely with conservation consultant Martin O’Rourke to put together a case for the appeal and challenge Islington Council’s original refusal.
The designs are a modern addition to an existing terrace that currently has an unsightly and un-usable conservatory to the rear. The new proposals have been designed to be sensitively contextural and of materials that intentionally contrast with the existing building.
We are really happy with the appeal decision as we know the extension will be an improvement to the property both for the occupants and for the general street scene.
We are very excited to announce that we won at this years Wood Awards. We won in the existing building category for The Studio project.
The Wood Awards, begun in 1971, is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material.
Other winners on the night were Zaha Hadid, Foster and Partners, Niall McLaughlan and Hopkins architects, so we are very honoured to be in such established and talented company.
The judges were impressed by the way that our imaginative approach created a family home out of what would previously have seemed an unliveably small area, and that, despite having no external space, the building never feels claustrophobic.
They described the project as ‘a charming and imaginative home for a small but growing family.
The award is the first of hopefully many to be won by Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects.
The extension and refurbishment to our Yoakley Road project in Stoke Newington is nearing completion.
The project is a single storey rear extension clad in Larch timber. The new large double aspect kitchen space has views onto the garden and also onto a newly created garden courtyard accessed by a corner opening glazing system.
The space is looking fantastic and requires only a few more finishing touches before it is complete.
Construction has begun on a transformation of an existing bungalow in Surrey designed by us.
Demolition of the rear of the property has been completed. Foundations and steel framework has been installed ready to create a new large open plan space that will overlook the garden. The extension will house a large kitchen, living and dining space that will include a hammock suspended from the ceiling.
As well as new glazing onto the garden a private side patio space will be created to the side of the building which will be accessed via part of the living space.
The interior of the extension will be constructed of exposed brick walls and a timber fin ceiling that will filter light into the space from the new roof windows above.
Work is due for completion shortly after Christmas.
We have been successful on a number of planning applications recently. Below is a list of recent planning approvals by Bradley Van Der Straeten;
Middlesex Street – Tower Hamlets
A conversion of an existing Victorian building into three residential apartments and a retail unit.
Nevill Road – Stoke Newington
Approval for a loft extension and a ground floor side return kitchen extension.
Hermitage Court – Wapping
A complete fit-out of a penthouse apartment overlooking the Thames.
Oldfield Road – Stoke Newington
Permission for a single storey rear extension.
Newington Green Road – Islington
The redesign of a ground floor two storey apartment to create a new connection to the garden.
Our Studio project has been featured in the national press in the Czech Republic.
Although we are not fluent in Czech, Google Translate has assured us that they have written positively about our design.
You can read the full article by clicking here.
Our project The Studio has been featured in the online magazine Dezeen.
Dezeen is one of the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazines.
Click HERE to read the online article.
The Studio project has been selected as one of three finalists for this years Wood Awards in the existing building category.
The Wood Awards are the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood. The awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
The awards ceremony will be on the 10th November. For more information follow this LINK.
We are excited to have a new employee join our expanding company.
Claire Holton has joined our team after having spent 3 months working at Cape Town University, South Africa as an architecture design tutor.
After having previously worked at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Gensler Architects she will bring a wealth of experience to our design team.
As part of a feature by the online architecture platform Homify, the project MYDDELTON GARDENS was celebrated for it’s modern design in keeping with strict local planning laws. Read the full article HERE.
Demolition work has started on site for our project on De Beauvoir Square, Hackney.
The project includes a double storey extension to the rear that creates a new double height space onto the garden. A new sunken terrace is being created to connect the lower ground floor better with the garden and to provide a bespoke external kitchen area.
Our Porth Cottage project in Cornwall has been selected as a finalist for this year’s AJ Retrofit awards.
The awards recognise and celebrate design excellence that prolongs and improves the life of the built environment by working with existing buildings.
Porth Cottage is a great example of how an existing space can be reimagined using clever design.
The winners will be announced at the Brewery, London on the 16th September 2015.
Follow this link for more information on the AJ Retrofit awards.
We have received planning permission for an loft extension in a conservation area in Hackney.
The loft has been designed to minimise visual impact on the profile of the roof by creating a volume that sits above two existing bedrooms and creates new one and half height ceiling spaces to them.
We are excited to announce that we have received planning permission to refurbish and expand Shine On The Green in Stoke Newington, London.
Our proposals will transform the existing hair salon and holistic health centre and will also expand it to create a new Health Spa complete with wet treatment rooms, sauna and steam.
Works are due for completion in autumn this year.
We have received planning permission to convert and extend an existing dwelling in the heart of Notting Hill Conservation area.
The existing building is currently divided into a ground floor retail unit and a two storey apartment above. Our design has converted into a single, four storey dwelling connected by a feature oak stair.
The project Trevelyan House was featured with a double page spread in the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property section. Click HERE to read the full interview with director Ewald Van Der Straeten.
As part of a feature by the online architecture platform Homify, the project BOWERS WAY was celebrated for it’s modern design inkeeping with strict local planning laws. Read the full article HERE.
As part of a feature by the online architecture platform Homify, the project Porth Farm was celebrated for it’s extraordinary ceiling. Read the full article HERE.
We have pleasure in letting you know that we are participating in this year’s edition of Open House London with the Studio in Stoke Newington. Would you like to visit this property with a guided tour of the architects? You can on Saturday 19th September 2015. Read more about Open House London HERE. More information will follow closer to the date.
We have pleasure in letting you know that we are participating in this year’s edition of Open House London with Trevelyan house in Bethnal Green. Would you like to visit this property with a guided tour of the architects? You can on Sunday 20th September 2015. Read more about Open House London HERE. More information will follow closer to the date.
Work has started on site for our Chelsworth Drive project in Plumstead, South East London
The proposals create a new open plan kitchen at the rear of the property by knocking through the two existing rooms.
Demolition has been completed and structural steels are about to be installed.
Work has started on site for our project in Stoke Newington, Hackney.
The project is a single storey rear and roof extension to an end of terrace property on Yoakley Road.
Structural steels and foundations are in place and the interiors are starting to take shape. View the construction diary of the build HERE
Work has been completed a house renovation next to Victoria Park in London. The works include a new fully open plan ground floor living space with a side return extension illuminated by two new bespoke roof windows.
The Studio project got featured in the Homes and Property section of the Evening standard with a double page spread. Click HERE to read the full article.
We have received planning permission for a new extension in Stag Leys, Ashstead.
The existing building is a 1950’s bungalow, which we are transforming with a full width single storey rear extension.
The new extension will open up the existing building to create an exciting open plan living area.
Part of the proposals include a new internal courtyard garden that will be overlooked by a Japanese living room.
We have received planning permission for an extensive refurbishment and extension to a period terraced property on Milton Grove in Stoke Newington.
The ambitious designs include a dramatic new double height space over a new open plan kitchen and dining room that will open up onto a sunken garden.
The new extension will be clad in concrete and will house a new study room overlooking the living space.
We have received planning permission for an extensive basement on Clonbrock Road in Stoke Newington, London.
The basement is beneath a two bedroom maisonette flat in a Victorian terrace property.
The designs are really exciting and include a double height internal light well that connects the new basement to the living spaces on the ground floor.
Included in the proposals is a slide to connect the rear connect to the new external light well.
We have been invited to talk on the panel at the Don’t Move Improve open day on the 24th January.
The event is being held by the NLA at The Building Centre in London.
Ewald will be talking about the Do’s and Dont’s from an architects perspective and discussing the Victoria Mews project, which was shortlisted for the 2014 awards.
We will also be hosting consultation sessions with the public at the event. Click here for more details about the event and how to book.
We have submitted a planning application for a single storey rear extension to a bungalow in Stag Leys, near Epsom in Mole Valley council.
We are excited by the designs, the proposal is for a lightweight timber structure to connect to the rear of the property. The new extension will create an exciting new open plan living and kitchen area.
The designs include a a new side glazed wall that opens onto a private courtyard, overlooked by a new study.
Last night we attended the Don’t Move Improve Awards. Our Victoria Mews project was shortlisted in the Interior Design Category.
Unfortunately we didn’t win but we had a great night with the whole team there. Our staff, the clients, Brian the engineer and Robert the builder all attended the event with us and it was a great opportunity to celebrate the completion of a really good project.
The shortlisted entries, including ours, will be exhibited at the NLA in central London until the 29th January. For more details follow this LINK.
We have submitted a planning application to Hackney council for a new basement on Clonbrock Road, Stoke Newington N16.
The proposals will double the size of an existing ground floor two bedroom apartment and include an external slide to connect a rear sunken lightwell to the garden.
We have submitted a new planning application for a property on Milton Grove in Stoke Newington, Hackney.
The designs propose to dramatically transform the property with a new rear extension that will create a large lower ground floor kitchen and dining area.
Our proposals includes the creation of a new stair and double height ceiling to the lower ground floor.
The rear extension is inspired by mid-20th century west coast American architecture and will be clad in concrete.
Bradley Van Der Straeten architects have submitted a full planning application for a property on Artesian Road, Notting Hill, Westminster.
The proposals are for a change of use of a ground floor retail area to convert the existing property into a single family dwelling.
The designs include a full interior refurbishment with a new feature stair connecting all levels of the property. A new roof level mansard has been proposed to create a new additional bedroom.
The office Christmas party was a success and half the office even managed to make it to an 8am survey the next morning!
The day started with a visit to the Hackney Empire Christmas panto just round the corner from the office. Ewald then put his Norwegian National Fusball team experience to good use by thrashing us all at table football at Cafe’ Kick. We then finished the evening at Pizza East in Shoreditch.
A great way to celebrate a great year for the company.
We are excited to announce we have moved to a new office. We are still in our same location overlooking London Fields but we have upgraded to a larger rooftop space.
Our new office has its own private terrace and provides us with more space to design in.
We keep telling clients that natural light is very important for their buildings and that is also true for our office space. Our new space has higher ceilings and full height glazing. We look forward to welcoming people for meetings in the new year.
We have received planning permission for a garden and loft extension to a Victorian property on Oldfield Road.
The design includes a bespoke glazed roof that creates a high ceiling space to the new kitchen whilst still complying with the local planning requirements.
Construction is due to start in March 2015.
Work has started on site for our project in Acton Town, West London.
The project is a relatively modest single storey rear extension to a semi-detached property on King Edwards Gardens.
The project is being constructed by Project 1 Design and Build Ltd who constructed the Kennington Water Tower as seen on the 100th edition of Grand Designs.
See link for more information.
Our Victoria Mews project in Kilburn has been short-listed for this years Don’t Move Improve awards.
The project will be exhibited at the Building Centre in London during December and January and winners will be announced on the 10th of December.
Follow this link for more information on the Don’t Move Improve Awards.
Bradley Van Der Straeten architects have received planning permission for a new single storey rear extension to a property in Highgate.
The property is located on Oldfield Mews in Highgate, N6. Construction is due to start in the new year.
We are very excited to launch our new website.
The new site reflects the direction our company is taking, we have grown a lot from our humble beginnings a few years ago working in each other’s living rooms!
The new website is a great opportunity for us to show off all the great projects we have completed recently and for us to display a lot of the exciting work we have in the pipeline.
We have included an improved profile page, which allows clients to put a face to our company. We also have a news page that can accommodate more content, but most importantly we have a lot more capacity for images.
Thanks to our friend Chris Wash for realising the site.
We attended the Architects Journal Retrofit Awards 2014 at The Brewery in London.
The awards recognise and celebrate design excellence that prolongs and improves the life of the built environment.
We were finalists for two projects in the housing under 300k category for The Studio project in Stoke Newington and for 1 Victoria Mews in Kilburn.
Unfortunately we didn’t win, but we had a great night and we were really happy to be shortlisted.
The Studio in Stoke Newington will be opening its doors to the public this Saturday. Following tremendous success last year, we are expecting lots of curious visitors.
The Studio is the first project to have been designed by our company. It is also the first (and possibly last!) building we have built ourselves.
Visitors will be able to have a guided tour by George and Ewald. We will be open on a first come first serve basis from 11am till 5pm on Saturday the 20th September.
For more details on click here for the Open House London 2014 website.
Construction work has started on the refurbishment of a maisonette flat in Bethnal Green, London.
The maisonette is in a block of flats designed by Sir Denys Lasdun, well known for his Brutalist style of architecture.
Phase one of this project was completed earlier in the year. Phase two is focused on the ground floor where we are making the living spaces open plan onto the kitchen.
The builders have demolished the existing kitchen and have started constructing the kitchen, which will be clad in grey MDF and bamboo.
Work is progressing ahead of schedule on site for our project on Woodlands Park Avenue in Greenwich.
Structural steels and foundations are in place and the interiors are starting to take shape.
The project is a two storey terrace property being converted from apartments back into a full house.
We are renovating the interior and knocking through rooms to transform the interior layout. In addition to this we are building a side return extension to create a well-lit open plan kitchen space at the rear of the property that will open onto a new garden.
Work is due to be completed before Christmas.
The size of the new roof space is exceeding our client’s expectations for the Temple Avenue project in Barnet.
In order to create an entirely new roof level we have demolished the existing roof and re-built it half a metre higher. This results in enough space for two extra bedrooms, a shower room and a new cinema room.
The level is accessed by a new three storey stairwell that is illuminated from the top by a large skylight.
The first phase of this project is due to be completed in October. Phase two, which includes a basement and extension work to the ground floor will not be starting for another year.
We have obtained planning permission for a new basement in Stoke Newington, North London.
The basement will provide much needed additional bedrooms for a growing family who currently live in the one bedroom apartment.
The basement is the first to be granted permission on the street and construction is scheduled to begin in the New Year.
The new single story extension to this property in Hackney is looking great.
To save on costs we have used standard size roof lights for the extension but we have designed the installation so they look bespoke, utilising our favourite, the shadow gap!
The renovation of this terrace house, overlooking Victoria Park in London, is due to be completed shortly.
As well as a single storey extension the designs include a new ground floor bedroom and bathroom, a new en-suite and a new bay window on the front elevation to replace the eyesore that was originally there.
Work has been completed on the Clarence Avenue project in Upminster.
The project is a complete refurbishment and extension to an existing bungalow including an new bedroom and en-suite shower room in the roof.
Our designs maximised the space in the property and brought more light into the living areas.
We created a new double height space above the front lounge, overlooked from a walkway to access the bedroom in the roof space.
The client was really happy with the builder and he is now constructing one of our other projects.