Patel Taylor Architect's work ranges from city scale planning and urban landscapes, to leading residential, mixed-use and workplace developments, education and cultural buildings. We are involved with some of the largest urban regeneration schemes in the UK.
Our designs for places and buildings reflect an approach which integrates Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design. This reconciles physical, economic and social issues; it also helps us find solutions that bring added value and heightened delight for users.
Our work is varied, but all of our designs begin by developing a thorough understanding of the site and its context, and by working closely with our clients to ensure that the programme meets their present and anticipated needs. In this way we aim to respond in a unique way to the potential of each project, orchestrating space and light, structure and materials, to create a place that exceeds our clients’ expectations, enriching the lives of those who use it and contributing to the wider environment.
Over more than twenty years of practice we have gained the experience that enables us to manage time and resources effectively to achieve these goals across a wide range of building types, and in sensitive urban and rural contexts.
We believe that well-considered architecture results from the ability to maximise economic value through skilful spatial organisation and detailing, while responding inventively to the physical and social context to ensure the proposals address planning issues. Nowhere is this truer than in residential and mixed-use projects, where creating an enjoyable experience for the individual is the basis of the wider economic, social and environmental values we aim to create through all our work.
A recurring theme of our educational and cultural buildings is clarity of organisation around a well-defined route linking a sequence of key spaces. Depending on the programme these spaces may be open and public or protective and private, but in each project the underlying architectural approach is the same: through the manipulation of space, natural light and carefully crafted materials and details we aim to ensure that our buildings combine a stimulating journey of discovery with legibility and ease of use.
At every scale our work is about ‘place-making’, considering landscape design as integral to the overall architectural vision. Our landscape designs range from delicate horticulture to the engineering of dock edges and large-scale earth moving, and in every project we aim to add economic and social value to the wider environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in our work at the urban scale, where the spatial framework of parks and gardens, streets and squares helps to organise neighbourhoods and transform the value of land.
We create settings for both public and private events, such spaces are an essential part of the fabric of civilized life.
Patel Taylor have worked on many interesting workspace buildings, often to tight budgets, to create attractive, stimulating workspaces which reflect the organisational culture and character of our occupier clients.
We understand that aspects of the workplace increasingly function as social space and that our design solutions need to provide flexible, individual solutions that are appealing, contemporary and economic which will appeal to a wide range of users. We also understand the programmes that drive developers’ approach to delivering workplace schemes and the need to understand the market for the space.
Evolved and variously settled over time, urban settings have a unique history and underlying spatial order. When asked to intervene in such places our first aim is always to understand this underlying logic. By evaluating its strengths and limitations we are able to propose ways of structuring space and organising activities that create an appropriate framework for new development.
Enhancing the existing community’s needs and aspirations and creating a synergy with the aspirations of new inhabitants, careful urban design strengthens the character of a place and animates it with new attractions and amenities.