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LPA’s Creative Strategy is built on the premise that a clear brief guarantees greater vision. From the very start of the process an actively collaborative approach to our colleagues and our clients secures greater understanding and respect and ensures relationships and results of the highest possible value. Evolved through dialogue, research, recording and responding, by ‘interrogating’ both the site and our clients, the LPA process offers each project the input of our clients, all the architects in the studio and the supervision of the directors.

The often minimal original brief, what we call ‘the primary/functional requirements’, is a sparse springboard. LPA’s believe this is crucial time to go into greater depth …

LPA abide by a second stage brief which is evolved in close collaboration with the client. Each individual brief is as unique as its source of inspiration is specific. The brief is developed and fine-tuned till it becomes an identifiable ‘Site-Specific-Story’ a ‘Concept Container’ that provides the challenging and creative framework to work within; to push against and to fully explore. This is written up and signed off by the architects, clients and user, before the design process is permitted to begin.

Our responsive, thorough, Creative Strategy demands greater collaboration, investigation and dialogue from LPA, the client, from the space and its context. This guarantees LPA’s clients a bespoke, site-specific result that is recognizably original, intelligently resolved, aesthetic, enduring and valuable.

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Team

Edward Lipton
Creative Director

Edward Lipton cofounded Lipton Plant Architects with Jonathan Plant in 2002.

As Creative Director he has driven the creative vision of the studio. Most engaged when working on solving problems, Ed’s belief in the power of architecture, his lateral line of enquiry and creative pragmatism steers Lipton Plant Architects in maximising the potential of every brief. His tenacious approach can be seen in action as one of 5 chosen architects in Channel 4’s ‘Ugly House to Lovely House’. Ed led the studio’s widely publicised 2016 RIBA award winning scheme ‘The Bath House Children’s Community Centre’ in Hackney which epitomises LPA’s Creative Strategy.

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Jonathan Plant
Managing Director

Jonathan Plant cofounded Lipton Plant Architects with Edward Lipton in 2002.

Jonny is Managing Director at LPA and along with his role as an architect, leads the managerial and strategic direction of the business. Jonny has overseen the growth of the business, from a predominantly private residential practice to a multidisciplinary studio, working in the private and public sectors. He thrives in a challenge and particularly enjoys research and learning. Supportive and effective at steering the team both creatively and practically, every scheme LPA studio takes on, Jonathan ensures clients and colleagues, confidently and successfully go beyond the original objectives. One of his main roles in the studio is working with the team to find the balance between creativity and delivery, ensuring that the studio can find the most interesting and innovative contextual design response that can be successfully delivered.

Jonathan’s approach has been crucial in LPA’s growth and development and its track record in delivery. Jonathan has lead on some of the studio’s most significant schemes, including award winning Alwyn Place.

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David Crosthwait
Operations Director

David joined Lipton Plant Architects in 2013.

He trained at Oxford Brooks and Farrells working on a wide range of projects including The Home Office, public and private hospitals, large scale housing, education and master planning before moving on to work on an extensive portfolio of bespoke, beautifully crafted houses often listed and in highly sensitive areas.

At LPA he works across the studio bringing together the creative and technical to achieve highly contextualised site specific and relevant planning consents which are commercially appropriate and deliverable. Ensuring all technical constraints are overcome to deliver the creative ambition and integrity without diluting the design narrative. Working closely with and pushing the boundaries of the current and emerging planning legislation to achieve buildings and place that continually strive to exceed our client’s expectations, improve users’ experiences and generate wider community improvements, use and enjoyment of the built environment.

David enjoys engaging with and collaborating with all stakeholders to procure sustainable, well considered, efficient, design-based solutions to each site’s own specific opportunities.

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Rohan Kempadoo
Studio Manager

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Katie Knowles
Associate Architect

Katie was made Associate in 2015 and advises on a wide spectrum and scale of projects from differing sectors. With a highly personable and collaborative style and a sharp eye for detail, Katie’s experience provides clients and the studio with diverse and invaluable expertise.
Katie also actively promotes the importance of architecture both within schools and with the general public, most recently collaborating in Open City’s Architecture in Schools programme and Structure Rocks.

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Richard Shaw
Associate Architect

Richard joined LPA in 2011. His previous role was as an Associate at a North London Practice. He has experience of working on high end
residential schemes in some of London’s most premium addresses alongside large scale housing projects for developers and Housing
Associations, education and commercial projects.

He recently returned to the practice after a year away spent living, studying, travelling and working on architecture projects in Japan.

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Henry Jones
Senior Architect

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Rebecca Platt
Architect

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Karisma Shoker
Architect

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Deborah Adler
Architect

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Patrick Carey
Architect

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Lorna Lovatt
Architectural Assistant

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George Baxter
Architectural Assistant

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News

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We are hiring!
16.11.2021

Lipton Plant Architects seek an ambitious and highly motivated registered Architect to join our studio in 4 weeks. Our studio encourages hybrid working out of our Hub in Old Street, London.  We will require you in London as and when is necessary.

The successful candidate will be creative, have as much site and practical experience as possible (minimum 3 years) and have a wealth of built projects under your belt!

Work in a dedicated, social, creative and motivated atmosphere.

Grasp this opportunity to join our team of talented architects and designers and become an integral part of developing our practice.

Salary will be commensurate with experience

Candidates must be able to prove their eligibility to work permanently in the UK and have fluent written and spoken English.

Lipton Plant is an equal opportunities employer.

How to apply:

Please submit a digital copy of your CV and portfolio to: workwithus@lparchitects.co.uk

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Planque has opened
11.11.2021

We are delighted to see the opening of our scheme Planque after 1.5 years of intensive creativity by our team.

Entering Planque through the curved entrance is like entering the neck of a bottle and the smell and sight is just as good!  Planque is a wine drinkers clubhouse set in the heart of Haggerston.  Working with two familiar redundant London brick railway arches connected by a third space, Lipton Plant have transformed one arch to a highly controlled temperate space for the housing of 20,000 bottles of wine. The second arch now houses a highly sophisticated stainless steel kitchen for Planque’s premier chef and the connecting space is now home to a long slender table that runs the full length with seats and benches.

If you are looking for a more intimate space, then try the prussian blue cellar, another beautifully curved ceiling to sit under whilst enjoying both food and like minded company. Lipton Plant cannot wait to design another!

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Westminster Planning Success
09.11.2021

Lipton Plant are delighted to have received approval from Westminster Council for works to a Mansion Block in Maida Vale, London. The project involves the extension of a ground floor flat into an existing cellar below, creating a dramatic double height void and new living spaces which look out onto the shared gardens. The project takes its cue from the contrast between the formal front façade of the Mansion Block and relaxed rear of the property, creating a contrast in form, feeling, light and sound as you transition through the space.

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Be.EV
25.10.2021

As featured in the Manchester Evening News – We are delighted to be working with Be.EV to provide architectural design for electric vehicle charging stations – forecourts of the future!

 

 

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We are hiring
22.10.2021

Lipton Plant Architects are an ambitious award-winning practice based in Old Street, London. Our considered designs are motivated by values and fuelled by dialogue with people and place. In 2021/22 we have a range of exciting and challenging projects planned in a variety of sectors working with high profile, inspired clients.

We are a dedicated, sociable studio, with a creative and motivated atmosphere. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and provide support to progress your development. We currently offer a hybrid working arrangement with the option to mix remote working with our creative Hub providing the opportunity for collaborative and sociable work.

The Role

We are on an exciting mission and are looking for a talented Business Development Executive to join our expanding studio and help further raise the profile of the practice. Working with the management team you will take a lead role in driving new business and marketing initiatives. You will be responsible for Lipton Plant’s marketing strategy and develop a striking social media presence.

You should have the following key skills:

Be creative, intellectually curious, well organised, enthusiastic, proactive and tenacious
Have outstanding communications skills
Have excellent writing skills and can prepare copy across a number of mediums including formal bids, websites, newsletters, proposals and social media
Have the ability to create graphics for both printed and digital platforms and social media with solid skills in the Adobe Creative Suite
Have experience of the construction industry

The core responsibilities of the role will be:

Drive new sales in line with company objectives

Field, respond to and manage incoming new business enquires and leads

Research new industry knowledge and contacts and interact with prospects and consultants

Devise, create and execute business actions / initiatives

Prepare requests for proposals, proposal letters and presentations in conjunction with the team for existing clients and new prospects

Oversee award entries to ensure completion on time and that entry is of a winning quality

Cultivate relationships with key clients and consultants to ensure business is grown and retained

Professionally represent Lipton Plant at conferences and industry events

Manage and update social media outlets including Linked In, Instagram and website content

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our talented team and become an integral part of developing the practice. We aim to continue our growth and recognition in the industry over the coming year, further developing a reputation for exciting and innovative architecture.

The role being offered is a full-time role, but we would consider applications for a part time role in the right situation.

Candidates must be able to prove their eligibility to work permanently in the UK and have fluent written and spoken English.

Lipton Plant is an equal opportunities employer.

Salary negotiable, dependent on experience.

How to apply:

Please submit a digital copy of your CV to: workwithus@lparchitects.co.uk

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Press coverage on Victoria Way
21.09.2021

We are very excited to see the fantastic progress photos that have been published by Get Surrey of the Victoria Way development in Woking! It was a pleasure to be part of the team. Take a look here.

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Devonia Road
21.09.2021

We are very excited to have received photographs of our recently completed project at Devonia Road.

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WWII bunker holiday home
30.07.2021

We are absolutely delighted that our highly unusual scheme to turn a disused WWII bunker into a holiday home on the Dorset Coast has been granted planning permission and listed building consent. Originally part of the WWII Chain Home radar detection system, the bunker played a significant role in Churchill’s ‘Wizard’s War’. Previously lost beneath the landscape and vegetation, by re-inhabiting the bunker, we hope to celebrate the significant historic yet redundant structure as a historic ruin. By ‘blasting’ a new opening in the elevation, not only can the space be enjoyed as a holiday home, but views of the Jurassic coast are revealed.

We are particularly pleased to have planning permission granted after a yearlong planning process, which included a surprise but not necessarily unexpected Heritage Listing half way through. Thanks to Donald Insall Associates for their expert heritage input, Boyer Planning for their planning advice, our forward thinking client and our own design team.

We for one can’t wait to stay there

The project has also been featured on the BBC

BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-57929653

BBC Sounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09n2t0r

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Lipton Plant Architects reimagines striking apartment overlooking Regents Park
19.02.2021

Lipton Plant Architects has transformed an apartment overlooking Regents Park in central London, part of the palatial, Grade I listed, Nash designed terrace.

We were engaged by an existing client to ‘rethink’ their home and to enhance the connection between the interiors, architecture and stunning park surroundings.

Inspiration was drawn from John Nash’s original vision for the terrace and the landscape beyond, which was designed to interact like an auditorium and a stage. With carefully framed views and staged settings, this ‘metropolitan picturesque theatre’ was intended to be enjoyed looking to and from, between the interiors and the park. Modernising and expanding on Nash’s intended arrangement, Lipton Plant Architects has reimagined and recreated a sense of theatre.

Internally, the huge 60ft central room is now framed by multiple ‘opened’ rooms, each with new views, through the columns, across the interiors and beyond across the park. The design also celebrates the terrace’s layers of history. Concrete columns created to remedy extensive WWII bomb damage have been revealed, cast and multiplied to dramatic effect. Spaces with distinctively different characters cleverly connect through new views, through staggered levels and grand double and triple height spaces.

We commissioned bespoke, hand-crafted furniture for the scheme which delicately balances both Georgian and contemporary sensibilities. New shutters have been made to match the period windows, new plaster cornicing is a playful nod to the past, and eye-catching blue linen lines the walls of the living space, providing visual warmth, elegance and opulence. Along with reinstated period features such as new shutters and cornicing, more contemporary elements have been introduced such as the bronze handrail and gaboon timber walls and eye-catching blue linen lines the walls of the living space, providing visual warmth, elegance and opulence

The view from each room and of each room is created to be both a backdrop and a dramatic setting, for the unfolding scenes of the occupant’s life.

By transforming the entire interior outlook of this expansive apartment, we have staged a completely immersive experience of landscape and architecture.

Jonathan Plant, Managing Director at Lipton Plant Architects, said:

“Working on this project has been a real pleasure for us. We were able to capitalise on the relative freedom from stringent rules that normally govern the refurbishment of a period-building whilst also creating beautifully crafted, elegant interior spaces and finishes that would no doubt satisfy the original designer and occupants. We also enjoyed embracing the theatrical analogy, the wider, historical story behind the original design – we wanted to play with this idea of a performance space overlooking the park, with the two half levels above and below the central living space as ‘backstage’ spaces. It was our intention from the outset to celebrate this important story, reconnecting the apartment, as intended, with the park surroundings and creating a new home for our clients which offers both drama and tranquillity.”

Contact

LIPTON PLANT ARCHITECTS

The Hub
University House
53-55 East Road
London
N1 6AH
+44 (0)20 7288 1333 mail@lparchitects.co.uk workwithus@lparchitects.co.uk Skype: lipton.plant