The lack of major economic investment in Cornwall in the last fifty years has encouraged the adaptation and reuse of its rich resource of historic buildings, rather than demolition, to make way for new developments. As a result, much of the practice’s work was in the field of adaptation, reuse, and extension of old buildings of various scales and types, and for various purposes.
This work, together with formal postgraduate training in architectural conservation, has led practice to develop a philosophy and methodology for the design of such projects, which recognises the need to develop a unique solution for each of the circumstances.
At the same time, the practice has also carried out a wide range of new construction projects in a contemporary manner, with an increasing focus on environmental conscious design, as well as interior design, urban and landscape design, and graphic design.
Of particular interest is the design of buildings that are recognisably contemporary, simultaneously as part of the tradition of building in the local area, in addition to the use of traditional and modern materials and building techniques, and the relationship between historic and contemporary buildings.