GQA would like to thank House and Garden for such a great honour. Pitshill is an amazing house, owned by a passionate, dedicated family.

    This eighteenth-century house in West Sussex has undergone a seven-year restoration at the hands of an impressive team of creatives overseen by Edward Bulmer, and won a Georgian Group Architectural Award for Restoration of a Country House. Edward's work on the interiors, carried out alongside architects Christopher Smallwood and Giles Quarme, garden designer Simon Johnson, art dealer Simon Dickinson and plaster specialist Stevensons of Norwich, celebrates the sensitively restored period details and makes space for modern life.

     © Heatherwick Studio

    We are delighted to announce that Coal Drops Yard has been awarded two prestigious awards by the RIBA and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

    Giles Quarme & Associates acted as conservation architects and heritage consultants on the project which saw two Victorian railway buildings for retail use. The scheme, led by Heatherwick Studio, involved the creation of a stunning new roof and extensive repairs to the once semi-derelict structures. It sits at the heart of the King’s Cross development, which has been widely praised as a leading example of regenerating an urban quarter.

    The scheme won The ICE’s inaugural Bazalgette Award for Sustainability at their London Awards. The award was presented to ‘…the best civil engineering intervention that has significantly improved the sustainability and resilience of a new or existing piece of infrastructure or a building.’

    In their citation, the judges complimented the scheme for ‘its sensitivity to historic fabrics despite the bold design of the new structure’.

    Coal Drops Yard has also been awarded an RIBA London award. The scheme’s innovative new additions, alongside considered repair were praised by the judging panel.


    “It was evident in the scheme and from ‘before’ photos, just how much repair work had been done and that great care had been taken to identify original materials including the slate tiles for the roof, which were quarried from the same seam as the original. The character of the historic buildings and their setting have been brought back to life through sensitive adaptation and clever reuse for the 21st Century, whilst effectively retaining their industrial feel and vestiges of the past.”



    GQA are happy to annouce that Conservation Architect Giulia Baldin is now a Certified PassivHaus Designer as of February 2019. 

    Germany developed the PassivHaus or Passive House standard in the early 1990's and is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world. 

     "A Passive House is a building, for which thermal comfort can be achieved solely by post-heating or post-cooling of the fresh air mass which is required to achieve sufficient indoor air quality conditions."

    Dr. Wolfgang Feist


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