Work / Consultancy

Surface to Air Architects have a strong background in consultation, having worked as Client Design Advisors for both the Hammersmith and Fulham school buildings programme, and for Camden BSF. Surface to Air were also appointed Technical Architects for Hounslow school programme, and are working with a variety of contractors on various schools projects and programmes as both Design Champion (Laing O’Rourke for Barking and Dagenham) and also as Sample School Architect (Willmott Dixon).

Surface to Air approach every project with an open mind and a blank sheet of paper. Our approach is informed by listening; we establish the clients vision, objectives and requirements (the brief), and then develop a solution that meets their requirements through a process of consultation. Our approach is to help clients design from the ‘inside out’. We do not offer pre-conceived ideas or solutions. The process should be enjoyable, and deliver a solution that really works for the client.

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  • Hammersmith and Fulham - Client Design Advisors

  • Client: Hammersmith and Fulham Council

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  • Location: Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Surface to Air Architects were appointed to act as Client Design Advisor (CDA) for London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, from the inception of its schools building programme. In this role, Surface to Air performed a range of tasks to help ensure that the schools delivered were of the highest quality. Surface to Air worked with all 13 secondary school in the borough and also a number of primary schools.

    The project brief was to define ways in which the council can develop and achieve its vision of a borough wide campus for learning. This involved liaising directly with the schools and key stakeholders through a consultation process, which includes the delivery of a series of workshops, presentations, seminars and reference site visits in the UK and abroad. Surface to Air worked particularly closely with The Bridge Academy and Sacred Heart High School. We also identify key design issues and educational priorities with individual schools and created the school specific Education and Design Briefs. Our aim was to support the client with our expertise and equip them with the right tools for assessing design quality through the procurement process.

  • Bridge Academy

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  • Surface to Air have worked closely with the Bridge Academy over the last six years. Firstly to develop their vision/brief as an indi­vidual school and then secondly, as the lead school as part of the Tri-borough Alternative Provision (Kensington and Chelsea, West­minster and Hammersmith and Fulham). The Bridge Academy is a pupil referral unit that caters for up to 175 young learners, girls and boys aged 11 to 16 who have been excluded from mainstream school. Through BSF the Bridge was to accommodate 150 learners and was commissioned to establish a support programme for 25 post 16 learners in partnership with other providers. Its inclusive philosophy was a key aspect in our collabora­tion with the school.

    Through close consultation with the school, Surface to Air wrote the Bridge Academy’s ‘strategy for change’, suggesting new strate­gies for learning environments which would directly improve the education of its students. A key target was to provide a broadly balanced curriculum relevant to individual needs and a school which could facilitate this. 

  • Tri-Borough Alternative Provision

  • Client: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, City of Westminster Council and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Value: £15m

  • Location: Kensington and Chelsea

  • Surface to Air developed the original Bridge Academy brief into a wide scope to encompass the Tri-borough Provision for Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham. The new centre will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for alternative education and pastoral support to 164 learners. These students will come from across the Tri-borough. The facilities will also provide support to the student’s families and care providers. The facility will be open for use by the wider community.

    We worked closely with all three boroughs as well as staff and students at the school to create a design brief, which catered for all the needs that the school required. Our feasibility work focused on a number of sites across the three boroughs to provide a high quality, responsive and flexible environment that meets the academic, emotional and aspirational needs of students who are experiencing difficulty with mainstream school.

  • Glaxo Smith Kline

  • Client: Glaxo Smith Kline

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  • Location: N/A

  • Surface to Air Architects were commissioned by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) to create a ‘Space Design Guide’ for their new smart-working work-place's internationally. This document represented GSK’s aspirations for design quality and space standards as part of the move to smart working, and is currently being implemented globally. This document was developed through a series of workshops with the core GSK team, and involved a series of feasibility studies to optimise typical floorplate configurations and an assessment of the types of spaces and activities undertaken within GSK. 

  • Camden - Client Design Advisors

  • Client: London Borough of Camden

  • Value: N/A

  • Location: Camden

  • Surface to Air Architects were appointed to act as Client Design Advisor (CDA) for the London Borough of Camden, from the inception of the BSF programme through to its completion, performing a range of tasks to help ensure that the schools delivered were of the highest quality.

    We helped to define ways in which the council could develop and achieve its vision of a borough wide campus for learning. This involved liaising directly with the schools and key stakeholders through a consultation process, which included the delivery of a series of workshops, presentations, seminars and reference site visits in the UK and abroad. We also identified key design issues and educational priorities with individual schools and created the school specific Education and Design Briefs. Our aim was to support the client with our expertise and equip them with the right tools for assessing design quality through the procurement process.

  • Hillingdon - Client Design Advisor

  • Client: London Borough of Hillingdon

  • Value: N/A

  • Location: Hillingdon

  • Surface to Air Architects were appointed to act as Client Design Advisor (CDA) for London Borough of Hillingdon, from the inception of its schools building programme through to its completion, performing a range of tasks to help ensure that the schools delivered were of the highest quality. We worked with all secondary school in the borough and a number of primary schools. We helped to define ways in which the council could develop and achieve its vision of a borough wide campus for learning. This involved liaising directly with the schools and key stakeholders through a consultation process, which included the delivery of a series of workshops, presentations, seminars and reference site visits in the UK and abroad. We worked particularly closely with Rosedale College, Abbotsfield and Swakeley’s School. We also identified key design issues and educational priorities with individual schools and created the school specific Education and Design Briefs. Our aim was to support the client with our expertise and equip them with the right tools for assessing design quality through the procurement process.

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