JONATHAN FREEGARD ARCHITECTS
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We are a small practice that embraces a wide range of projects including residential, community schemes, schools and commercial work.
Founded in 1989 by Jonathan Freegard after ten years with McCormac, Jamieson and Pritchard, one of the most distinguished practices in the UK, it combines the expertise of running larger projects with the personal touch possible in a practice of this size.
Our work has been exhibited at the RIBA as part of the ''living design'' exhibition covering contemporary designs for residential projects and covered extensively by the press.
We adapt our approach to suit each individual project. Beginning with a thorough analysis of the clients’ present needs and future requirements we develop each scheme in response to those needs. The particulars of the site such as orientation, context, views and natural assets all play a part in the development of a design to achieve the best solution.
From concept to detail
Our designs embrace all levels of scale from efficient organisation of the whole to the smallest detail in a piece of furniture or ironmongery.
Use of materials
We combine a love of traditional detailing and materials such as wood, brick and stone with the striking use of simple modern ones like glass and stainless steel with minimalist detailing.
Use of daylight
We seek to transform traditionally underlit spaces deep in a building by introducing daylight through the clever interventions such as atria and glass structures.
We keep abreast of the latest technologies both in terms of sustainable, non-polluting materials and modern technical solutions such as structural glass and space programme insulants.
Our innate commercial sense has made us popular with private owners and developers alike. We have regularly more than doubled the expected value of buildings and sites by proposing – and winning permission for - developments that clients had not even conceived of. This has regularly brought us to the attention of the property press.
Maximising the potential of a site
Inevitably many clients have limited experience of the building process and are nervous about over-extending themselves. We carefully explore a range of options available and advise on how these might be implemented. On many occasions we have guided clients through a more ambitious programme of development than envisaged to huge financial benefit. A number of recent projects have been self-financing in that the more efficient use of the site has allowed redundant parts to be sold to pay for the improvements.
Once contacted (by phone or email) we would have an initial discussion on what services are required and would normally make a ‘no obligation’ site visit to give preliminary advice on the prospects for the project. To avoid unnecessary expense we might begin with a sketch scheme or photomontage for a fixed fee and discuss it with the planners. This also allows the client to see how we work and assess our general design approach before taking things further.
Our clients have included private individuals, developers, local authorities, arts institutions, schools and charities. We have completed 14 residential projects for barristers at the same chambers, all passed on by recommendation.
Although we can provide much of the advice including cost estimating for smaller projects ourselves, we usually advise the appointment of a quantity surveyor for larger or more complex projects. We regularly work with teams of structural and services engineers, landscape consultants and party wall surveyors and can advise on their appointment where necessary.
JONATHAN FREEGARD ARCHITECTS
5 Tredegar Square
London E3 5AD
Tel: 020 8981 5665
Fax: 020 8983 3983