Job vacancy – Part-time Contracts Manager

Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) is a leading architect practice seeking to immediately recruit a Part-time Contracts Manager who will be responsible for negotiating formal terms of engagement with clients.

The ideal candidate must have extensive experience of consultancy agreements in the construction and property industries. Understanding relevant aspects of the law is essential. A legal qualification and a background from the design or legal profession are desirable but not essential.

Salary according to experience.

If you are interested in applying please send your CV and covering letter outlining your skills and experience to the HR Team

PTE is an equal opportunities employer.

Job vacancy – Architect

PTE is seeking to immediately recruit an Architect with experience and enthusiasm to work on an exciting and challenging large scale residential project within the Delivery team.   

The ideal candidate should have at least 3 years’ experience of large scale residential projects with an excellent working knowledge of regulatory requirements in the housing sector, as well as strong design and construction detailing skills. Experience of Revit is essential.

Salary according to experience.

Please ensure your application is a maximum of 9 pages and is formatted as a single A4 PDF document with a maximum total file size of 5mb.  Please mark your application with the position applied for after ensuring you meet the requirements of the job specification and send it by email to the HR Manager at

PTE is an equal opportunities employer.

Job vacancy – Senior Architect

PTE are seeking to immediately recruit a Senior Architect to work within the design delivery team on an exciting large scale residential project.

The ideal candidate should have extensive experience of working on large scale residential projects, technical detailing skills and proven experience delivering projects within the UK. The candidate must also have a thorough working knowledge of UK building regulations and excellent communication and management skills. Strong IT skills and good experience of Revit is essential.

Salary according to experience

Please ensure your application is a maximum of 9 pages and is formatted as a single A4 PDF document with a maximum total file size of 5mb. Please mark your application with the position applied for after ensuring you meet the requirements of the job specification and send it by email to the HR Manager at

PTE appointed to work on Building for 2050 research project

Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) has been appointed as part of the team headed by AECOM to support the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in delivering a ground-breaking research project relating to low cost, low carbon new build housing: Building for 2050.

PTE are the architect consultant and the communications lead for this project that has just been launched by the government. PTE’s role will be to lead the stakeholder interviews, design and site reviews of selected housing developments and to ensure successful dissemination of conclusions throughout the project. PTE will be working with AECOM and other consultants Fourwalls and Delta Energy & Environment to ensure a thorough industry wide review into the homes of the future.

The project will examine the drivers, attitudes, barriers and challenges relating to low cost, low carbon housing. It will consider both the market pull and the push from some developers. Increasing the uptake of such homes will contribute to the UK’s climate change mitigation strategy and reduce energy use and bills for residents, whilst delivering attractive and comfortable homes. There will also be a significant social research element to gather all stakeholder views including residents’ attitudes and expectations. To provide context, views will be sought from wider stakeholders – both professionals and consumers.

Observations from the design and construction stages and analysis of the performance will inform the steps required to accelerate the uptake of low cost, low carbon homes. The conclusions from the Building for 2050 project will be disseminated in a variety of ways and inform future government policy.

Tom Dollard, Head of Sustainable Design at Pollard Thomas Edwards, will be leading the design and site reviews, and says: “Building for 2050 is a new government led research project that will review housebuilding activities in England and Wales, focussing on the challenges to delivering low carbon, affordable homes. Our involvement as architects is to canvass industry wide opinion and lead the design and site reviews of some of the most ground-breaking housing developments in the UK. Our communications team will help ensure lessons learnt are distributed widely across all stakeholders in a range of formats.”

The Research Team comprises:

  • AECOM (Technical lead, Social and Market research lead, Project Manager)
  • Pollard Thomas Edwards (Architect and Communications)
  • Fourwalls (Building Performance Evaluation lead)
  • Delta-ee (Low Carbon Technology specialist)

For more information please visit the project website

Pollard Thomas Edwards wins architectural competition to create catalyst building in Basildon Town Centre

Inspired by the neighbouring ceramic murals which depict the original spirit of new town design, PTE’s plans for East Square are the first component of an ambitious masterplan to regenerate and densify the town centre.

PTE has been chosen by Basildon Borough Council to deliver the council’s aspiration to introduce a daytime and evening leisure, entertainment and food offer in the town centre. This proposal includes: a 10-screen multiplex cinema, six new restaurants; and upgrades the setting of an important civic space which is bordered by the grade II listed Brooke House by Sir Basil Spence and Anthony Davies.

This project win follows PTE’s successful mixed-use development, The Scene, which recently reintroduced a cinema, restaurants and new homes to Walthamstow town centre. It also follows the successful planning permission for the nearby Laindon Town Centre regeneration – a fully modular, cross-laminated timber high street and residential neighbourhood in collaboration with C.F. Møller.

Carl Vann, Partner at PTE said: “Regenerating East Square and introducing new uses will create the outward ripple effect intended by the Council to raise the game for Basildon Town Centre. We want to tap into the rich heritage of the Festival of Britain-inspired context and add new buildings which respect this, but elevate it for the 21st Century.”

Cllr Alan Ball, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Regeneration and Environment Committee, said: “I am delighted our exciting plans for East Square are moving forward with Pollard Thomas Edwards. This development will boost the local economy and provide new jobs for local people. We want East Square to be a destination of choice rather than convenience.”

homeworks – Exhibition at the NLA Galleries – November

NLA Galleries, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

3 November – 29 November 2017

This exhibition shows how you could get involved in the design of your home and neighbourhood and enjoy genuine choice about how you live.

Public discourse voices people’s frustration about lack of influence over our domestic environment, and expresses a yearning for something more than generic products. Even well-intentioned initiatives to raise design quality (for example the London Housing Design Guide, specialist build-to-rent homes and a renewed drive towards off-site fabrication) can have the unintended effect of narrowing the range of what is on offer.

We look at three case studies by Pollard Thomas Edwards showing how consumers of housing can enjoy real influence over some very topical areas of demand:

Community-led estate regeneration: how a twelve-year collaborative process has transformed a ‘problem estate’ into a connected urban neighbourhood

Cohousing for our ageing population: how a determined group of older women have joined forces to shape their own futures

Custom-build family houses: how buyers can create their own homes from one million options

Laindon Town Centre wins National Housing Award

Laindon Town Centre wins Best Scheme in Planning at the National Housing Awards.

A new High Street lined with shops, offices and a health centre, integrated with 224 new homes, replaces a failed 1960’s shopping centre and tames a dual carriage-way. The shared vision of PTE and C.F. Møller for Swan Housing Association creates a new mixed-use neighbourhood at the heart of Laindon. Detailed planning permission was achieved in February 2017 with massive local support.

Keep up to date with the progress of the project by visiting the Laindon website.

Beechwood West was Highly Commended in the same category.


Open House London 2017 – New Ground Cohousing

This pioneering cohousing scheme creates 25 customised homes and a shared ‘co-house’ clustered around a walled garden.

PTE has developed an interactive design process for cohousing groups and is providing a full service from concept to completion.

“It’s never been done before, and we will be completely running it ourselves. We are making history, and we are extremely proud. We hope others will learn from us. Everyone is tremendously excited. We want to be part of the Barnet community. We are not going to be a little ghetto of older people, we want to be good neighbours.”

Shirley Meredeen, Co-founder, OWCH

Saturday 16 Sep 2017
10am – 1pm

Sunday 17 Sep 2017
2pm – 5pm

View the listing on the Open House website

Open House London 2017 – Diespeker Wharf

Pollard Thomas Edwards acquired this site beside the Regent’s Canal in 1994, and has completed the restoration and conversion of this listed Victorian timber mill for its own headquarters.

Diespeker Wharf has been creatively adapted with the insertion of mezzanine levels which hang from the existing trusses. At the lower ground floor, impressive pyramidal foundations have been excavated to double up the floorspace.

A modern extension and frameless glass doors have been added. A new, award-winning garden and landscaped courtyard have been created beside the canal. The building now houses 20,000 sqft of offices, conference rooms, and residential accommodation.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017
10am – 5pm

View the listing on the Open House website

Open House London 2017 – The Granary

The refurbished Granary, with its bronze-clad extension, is the headquarter offices for developer/ contractor Rooff. Located in the Roding Valley/Abbey Road Riverside Conservation Area by the River Roding in Barking, the locally listed Granary building had been derelict and unoccupied for some considerable time and was in urgent need of comprehensive restoration to bring it back into use.

“The building is not only a fantastic example of an industrial heritage restoration project but a wonderful building to work within.”

Mark Horn, Managing Director, Rooff Limited

Saturday 16 Sep 2017
10am – 1pm

View the listing on the Open House website

North West Cambridge Lot M3 granted planning permission

Set at the heart of the first phase of the North West Cambridge development, Lot M3 occupies a key position within the wider Masterplan. It has a striking and varied context facing two public squares to the north and has a long frontage to a cricket oval to the east.

The 106 apartments are arranged across eight blocks, ranging in height from 3 to 5 storeys, and are all entered from the Long Gallery.

London Festival of Architecture – Open Studios – Sat 17 June

PTE will once again be opening Diespeker Wharf as part of the London Festival of Architecture – Open Studios. Come and see where and how we work on Saturday 17 June.

PTE’s conversion of a canal side Victorian warehouse, formally a timber yard and terrazzo mill, into spacious offices with one of the best waterside views in London. Our studios at Diespeker Wharf provide a great working environment, a local landmark and a visible expression of the practice’s ethos. Along with our neighbouring developments on City Road Basin, they show how restored historic buildings and radical new ones can stimulate economic, social and environmental regeneration.

Tonic Workshop ‘What makes an LGBT + Retirement Community’

PTE is working closely with Tonic Housing, facilitating a series of consultative design workshops, focused around the question ‘what makes an LGBT+ retirement community’?  Tonic’s vision is to provide a supportive environment by building affordable housing that serves the needs of the older LGBT community and offers an excellent quality of life to its residents.

The first workshop was held in May, with over 20 attendees from in and around London, eager to get involved in the design of what will be the UK’s first LGBT majority retirement community.

Click here to view the Tonic Housing brochure

The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking

As one of the contributors, PTE attended the launch of the new Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking book. Written by a group of industry experts, the publication supports and extends government design guidance found in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Chapters in the book contain advice and illustrated examples on a variety of design themes, including: housing, landscape, streets, tall buildings and town centres. Pollard Thomas Edwards contributed text and images to the ‘Town extensions and large scale schemes’ chapter. Featured projects include; Angel Waterside, Wing, Dunsfold Park, New Ground Cohousing and The Avenue.

Peter Murray, Chairman of the NLA describes the Design Companion as “A marvelously comprehensive guide to the complexities of planning. Clearly written and well-illustrated, it is an essential companion for all those involved in the environment game – designers, developers, politicians, as well as local communities”

City Park West Phase 2 topping out ceremony

The topping out of a new 14 storey tower was the high point at a special event held today to celebrate the City Park West development in Chelmsford city centre.

Over thirty stakeholders and project staff took in the city views after the finishing touches were applied to the top of the tower in the second phase of the Genesis Housing Association development on the former Anglia Ruskin University site. Guests included Councillor Paul Hutchinson, Chelmsford City Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing.

City Park West will offer nearly 650 mixed tenure homes including shared ownership, rental and extra care units once the second phase is completed by the contractors Higgins Construction in 2018. The scheme, which started on site in 2013, has also delivered new green space and commercial units, and has sympathetically restored three historic buildings including the Anne Knight Building, a former Quaker meeting house.

Ahead of the topping out ceremony, guests were treated to a walking tour of both phases led by the scheme’s architects, Pollard Thomas Edwards. The event rounded off with refreshments at the Grand Central Restaurant, housed in the restored Anne Knight Building on Victoria Road South.

Speaking at the event, Neil Hadden, Chief Executive of Genesis Housing Association, said: “Everyone gathered here should be proud of the part they have played in making this development the vibrant and thriving city-centre community taking shape today. City Park West is already a shining example of urban renaissance, innovative design and fantastic partnership working.  We look forward to watching this development continuing to set the bar high in the exciting times ahead.”

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins Construction said: “Today’s event represents an important milestone at City Park West. This is a significant project for Higgins Construction and we are extremely proud of what has been achieved to date. But we are about more than just construction, we are delighted we have been able to work with the local community and also take on local labour from the area through our training and future apprenticeship schemes.”

Tom Dollard completes Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM 2017

Tom Dollard, PTE’s Head of Sustainability took part in the Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM 2017, cycling nearly 1,500km from London to Cannes.

Here’s what he had to say: “Thank you so much for your sponsorship on my cycle from London to Cannes in aid of Coram. With your help, I have smashed my target of £3,000 and Coram are extremely appreciative of your generosity! It was a challenging experience with up to 300km riding a day, from 6am to 8.30pm – more so than the Tour de France (though not quite as fast). The scenery in the south of France, my fellow riders, the support team and the welcome we received in Cannes was immense and made the pain and effort worthwhile!”

A summary of the ride with photos and video highlights is available on the club peloton website:

Thank you to everyone that supported Tom.

Photos by Matt Alexander/Club Peloton

Green Sky Thinking Pub Quiz 2017

The Green Sky Thinking Pub Quiz is back by popular demand.

This year’s programme runs from May 15–19, and centres upon a simple theme that will shape the week of events: Building the Open City

Put your sustainability knowledge to the test! PTE Quizmaster Tom Dollard will be asking sustainability based questions with a few jokers thrown in! Register a team or as an individual and attempt this fun, educational quiz held at the award winning Pollard Thomas Edwards’ canal side office in Islington.

To book a team or individual place, please email
(Email must contain your name, position, organisation and contact details)

Cash donations on the evening in aid of Article 25

Visit the website for further details

PTE named Housing Architect of the Year

Thomas Lane, Editor of BD said that housing, education and individual house were particularly fiercely contested categories. “We were impressed by the high quality and extraordinary diversity of entries. This quality combined with the record number of entries meant the judging panel had to make some very tough decisions.”

Judges this year included Wilkinson Eyre director Jim Eyre, Cottrell & Vermeulen director Richard Cottrell, Mike Shaw, head of design at Mace, Andy von Bradsky, non executive director of PRP, Esther Kurland, director of Urban Design London, Matthew Wells, director of Techniker, Nick Rogers, UK design director for Taylor Wimpey and Julian Robinson, director of estates at the LSE.

“Pollard Thomas Edwards’ submission showcases its responses to four topical housing issues. Beechwood West in Basildon uses custom build to give greater choice while The Avenue in Saffron Walden delivers contemporary design in a regional setting. PTE is co-developer of Stone Studios in Hackney Wick, which avoids displacing employment space by integrating homes and workspace. The Scene development in Walthamstow combines housing and leisure to regenerate the high street.”

Deptford Arches wins a London Planning Award for Best Heritage Led Project

PTE’s contribution to Deptford town centre’s regeneration continues with the restoration of the Grade II listed railway carriage ramp and landscaped public spaces outside the new railway station.

The sensitive restoration of the Victorian carriage ramp incorporates 14 commercial spaces within the arches, the  home of local creative businesses that spill out onto a new vibrant market court.

Click here to watch the film showing all the shortlisted schemes

The Scene wins a London Planning Award for Best Town Centre Project

The Scene, a new landmark building, delivers Walthamstow’s ambitions for town centre regeneration: a revitalised night time economy in the form of a buzzing new cinema and restaurants, a mix of housing to return residents to the town centre and a memorable building announcing the entrance to a new public plaza, which sits at the head of Europe’s longest linear outdoor street market.

Martin Esom, Chief Executive at Waltham Forest Council said “We only get one chance at the redevelopment of Walthamstow and we need to do it right the first time so that is why this place is so well designed. We worked really closely with the architects, making sure it’s a stunning building… It’s a ripple effect… the sustainability of the whole town centre. It gives the market confidence.”

Click here to watch the film showing all the shortlisted schemes

Laindon’s long wait is over: Pollard Thomas Edwards and C.F. Møllers’ plans for Swan’s new High Street approved by Basildon Council

Swan are delighted to announce that their plans to deliver the long awaited retail-led regeneration of the Laindon Centre will become a reality, after Basildon Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve their planning application at a meeting last night.

It comes after the local community backed the plans with almost 300 local residents signing letters of support and over 300 local residents signing up to support the plans on

With an existing High Road in name alone, the new plans will provide a much needed visually and physically accessible heart for Laindon and beyond. The new High Street delivers shopping, a new head office for Swan, a new health centre and homes ranging from apartments to larger family houses.

Now that Swan have the green light from the Council to regenerate the Laindon Centre, enabling works will start on site later this year. Swan will also be progressing with detailed design work and anticipate main construction starting on site with the first phase in early 2018.

Carl Vann, Partner and Pollard Thomas Edwards, said: “Pollard Thomas Edwards is delighted to be acting as architects in collaboration with CF Moller, to deliver Swan’s vision for this significant location.” 

PTE shortlisted for Housing Architect of the Year

“Pollard Thomas Edwards’ submission showcases its responses to four topical housing issues. Beechwood West in Basildon uses custom build to give greater choice while The Avenue in Saffron Walden delivers contemporary design in a regional setting. PTE is co-developer of Stone Studios in Hackney Wick, which avoids displacing employment space by integrating homes and workspace. The Scene development in Walthamstow combines housing and leisure to regenerate the high street.”


Hammerson House in Barnet granted planning permission

Hammerson House is an existing care home on The Bishop’s Avenue in Barnet, providing holistic care, assistance and support to older Jewish people since it was built in 1961. Over the years, it has been subject to numerous extensions and adaptations. Our client, Nightingale Hammerson, is committed to embracing best practice for residential care, while also providing exemplary nursing care for older people with dementia; the existing premises no longer reflect this ambition.

The Bishop’s Avenue borrows the historic associations of the former hunting grounds of the Bishops of London for a tree-lined avenue of large private houses connecting Hampstead Lane to East Finchley. Pollard Thomas Edwards’ proposed scheme takes advantage of the site’s mature woodland setting to embrace the proven therapeutic benefits of natural light and connections to the landscape in the later years of life.

Nightingale Hammerson’s vision for exemplary care is to create a sense of home, where old and often very frail residents can have as sociable and active a life as they would like, supported by round-the-clock nursing care. The generous public restaurant and reception rooms on the Bishop’s Avenue will be used for social events and religious festivals, acting as a social hub for the community, families and volunteers. PTE worked closely with the charity and their specialist care team to develop a brief that blends all these elements and layouts that combine clarity with domesticity.

The new Hammerson House will provide 116 new resident en-suite bedrooms located within 6 distinct ‘households’, each with associated facilities. These include dining rooms, resident lounges with sheltered winter gardens, informal sociable spaces and specialised spaces for Namaste care – a therapeutic care programme for those with advanced dementia – overlooking the gardens.

Communal resident spaces on the ground floor, including hair salon, shop, café, reception spaces and a dedicated therapy suite, open out on to new gardens designed to respond to seasonal changes and provide variation in texture, colour and scent.

The architecture takes its cue from the neighbouring Hampstead Garden suburb, using a contemporary interpretation of traditional forms and materials, while creating a distinctive and inviting frontage to The Bishop’s Avenue. The proposed glazed ceramic cladding tiles are a nod to the tile-hung buildings of the Arts and Crafts style of the suburb, while stone-clad pavilions take their reference from the traditional stone dressings of Arts and Crafts windows. The new building steps back from the existing building line, providing improved access for those suffering from impaired mobility while creating an inviting, open aspect to the street in contrast to the more private, enclosed frontages that characterise the rest of The Bishop’s Avenue.

The UK’s first senior cohousing scheme breaks New Ground

This week the Older Women’s Cohousing group moves into New Ground Cohousing, its new home in High Barnet. Designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, in collaboration with the OWCH group and Hanover Housing.

Cohousing is a Scandinavian idea gaining traction in the UK, where residents collaborate to design and manage their own communities. Each household has its own private home, but communities share common facilities. The idea is particularly appealing to older people, combining neighbourly support with modern comforts and privacy.

The members of OWCH have been working together for many years, pioneering the idea of a supportive community for women in later life. PTE collaborated with OWCH to design their ideal community on a site in Barnet, acquired for the group by not-for-profit retirement housing provider Hanover.

The women’s brief was very clear: their own sustainable homes, with shared facilities that create a sense of community. The collaborative design process that PTE facilitated was a learning exercise in understanding the realities of planning and building. The architects worked with the group to evolve a T-shaped layout focussed around shared facilities and communal gardens that gave every home its own outlook and sunlight.

The scheme has its own distinctive character, while sitting comfortably with very different neighbours – a mixture of Georgian, Victorian, and more modern buildings. Like their neighbours, the new brick buildings front the street with low pitched pyramid roofs, while the asymmetric pitches of the garden wing roofs refer to the less domestic high street context to the East.

The main entrance opens into the shared common areas and out to the south-facing communal garden, with flats above overlooking both the garden and the street.

The shared spaces at the entry are the hub of the community. The sociable common house meeting room, kitchen and generous dining areas are complemented by other practical amenities like a laundry and drying space arranged around the mews courtyard, and a guest room with balcony that doubles as a quieter meeting space. Access to parking, refuse and mobility scooter bays is all from the central lobby, which will also become an informal meeting space as residents come and go.

The large central garden is the focal point, with secret ‘culture’ garden and craft shed tucked into a more remote corner of the site.

Like a traditional mews garage, the concealed parking is also topped by two storeys of flats.  Perpendicular to the street, a 3-storey apartment block looks towards the historic spire of St John’s church and overlooks the shared gardens and courtyards on either side.

The homes are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats, including 8 socially rented homes. Using PTE’s ‘fabric first’ approach, which maximises the benefits of orientation, air-tightness and insulation above bolt-on equipment, the homes will all reach Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

Former Hounslow House in Hounslow granted planning permission

This former commercial site will be transformed into a residential neighbourhood with 293 homes, local shops and a network of streets creating a new pedestrian route to Hounslow East underground station.

Architectural Review – Women in Architecture campaign

“Pollard Thomas Edwards is proud to be an exemplar of good practice and to have a gender-balanced working environment. The WIA campaign is a reminder that we have a wonderfully unique situation, and something that should be supported and encouraged throughout the profession.

Our approach:

Make sure everybody benefits from equality in the workplace: a balanced working environment is good for everybody. Everyone in our office appreciates the culture that we have and the part that gender balance plays in that.

Flexibility should be for everyone: one of the hardest things for women in architecture is to manage the timing of having a career and having a family. We offer managed flexibility to all staff in order to create an environment where people can grow and develop and achieve their own work/life balance. We encourage new mums to come back to work, helping them to get back to where they were before they left.

Expect equal pay: we are thorough about our appraisal process and make sure that pay is commensurate with skills and performance across the board.

Set a good example: we aim to be visible as women in the profession. That’s the best encouragement we can give. Seeing other women in positions of seniority makes you stop questioning the fact that you can do it, and just get on with it. I was honoured to have been named Woman Architect of the Year 2015.”

Pollard Thomas Edwards, Teresa Borsuk

London-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently shot the second collection of his “ultra-marathon of photoshoots” – in London. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki), Goodwin has turned his lens to a broad collection of practices in the British capital, captured in just seven days. From Zaha Hadid Architects’ former school to Foster + Partner’s monumental studios on the banks of the River Thames, here are a series of surprising places that architectural offices call home. click here to view the full article

Hounslow Town School and Residential Development granted planning permission

This development will provide central Hounslow with a vital new 5 form entry primary school along with 250 mixed tenure homes.