The practice’s longstanding aim is to provide intelligent rigorous architecture which is practical as well as affordable. It must add value through imaginative, innovative and positive design solutions. With design and management services from feasibility through to production information and contract administration, JDW Architects has completed a number of successful projects.
Jdw was appointed by Air Canada to deliver their new business lounge and associated offices at Heathrow T2. Initially we were tasked to develop the concept for the lounge with their Interior designer design team Dialogue 38 based in Toronto, Canada, using our expertise and knowledge of working at Heathrow over a number of years which is a unique environment and technically very challenging, alongside our knowledge of the British building legislation and processes. The project was also on a very strict timeline which had to be met to coincide with Air Canadas corporate business plan and allocated time frames set by the landlords. The scheme was delivered successfully on time and opened by the CEO of Air Canada, towards the end of 2014.
Situated on the outskirts of Dorking town center Federated house was a very unloved 1970’s office block with ribbon glazing and concrete infill panels. A PD office to residential consent was granted in 2016 which JDW took forward and then developed a new façade design comprising of brick slips and panelling to completely change and rejuvenate the existing 1970s somewhat tired and brutal façade. The result is far more pleasing on the eye for local residents and owners alike. Not only does the building now look new and residential but the new façade significantly extends the life of the building in a very efficient and sustainable way.
JDW successfully won a competitive design bid to redevelop a disused industrial site Situated behind a parade of shops with uppers close to Alexandra Palace in London. The scheme will provide a mix of apartments and mews style houses, with a central communal courtyard.
The scheme will also seek to dramatically improve the access lane between the mews houses at the front of the site and rear of the Parade along Crescent road. There have been over a year’s worth of negotiations with the Local Planning Authority and the scheme will be submitted as a full planning application in the next few months.
Conversion of existing office block to 125 no. residential apartments. Ziggurat house is a 9 storey building is located in a conversation area on the outskirts of St Albans and adjacent to the main line into Paddington. In the mid-90s the original brick façade of the building was removed and replaced by a fully glazed curtain walling system. Despite having quite a striking appearance on the skyline the building was somewhat revered by the locals as a blot on the landscape. A planning consent was granted in 2015 under permitted development rights to create 125 no. residential apartments. JDW Architects was appointed by Quinata Global to oversee these works and submit a further planning application to remove the curtain walling and reinstate a new brick façade, which was very much welcomed by the local authority and residents alike. This was successfully granted in 2017 and works commenced alongside the internal conversion works. Whilst the fit out was quite straight forward marrying a new façade to an old concrete frame was technically challenging for JDW and the contractor. Nevertheless the outcome is quite stunning and the apartments have been recently released for sale.