What we do

Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) specialises in the creation of new neighbourhoods and the revitalisation of old ones. Our projects embrace the whole spectrum of residential development and other essential ingredients which make our cities, towns and villages into thriving and sustainable places: schools and nurseries, health and community centres, shops and workspaces, places to recreate, exercise and enjoy civic life.

PTE Practice Profile 

How we do it

PTE offers a unique combination of commercial acumen, design talent and social commitment. Our rigorous, questioning approach produces design solutions that are intelligent, imaginative and which add value and joy. We work closely and collaboratively with our clients, forging long term relationships. We place great importance not only on the way that buildings look, but also on the way that they are made, the way they are used and how they age.

Who we are

PTE is a practice of about 150 professional and support staff. We are owned and managed by our working partners. Our core services are architecture, masterplanning and urban design, property development and community engagement.

Where we work

We are based in Islington and are active in nearly all the London boroughs. We carry out architectural projects throughout England.

What’s different about PTE

We have the resources and financial strength of a large practice but we offer the personal service of a small one.

We practice what we preach by carrying out our own developments through our related property companies. We bring to our external clients the skills and aptitude learned through 40 years of profitable and award-winning development experience.

Our projects range from five homes to five thousand. We are equally comfortable tackling smaller bespoke building projects as we are masterplanning whole new settlements and urban districts.

We never forget that every ‘unit’ will be somebody’s home or workplace and deserves the care that we would give to designing for our own occupation.

We aim to build what we design and we retain the full range of skills in-house to take projects from inception to occupation. We believe that an architect cannot create a successful concept without understanding how it will be delivered.

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.

Practice Structure

At Pollard Thomas Edwards we offer our clients the resources of a large practice and the personal service associated with a small consultancy. We have around 150 talented design and technical staff, enabling us to handle a wide range of projects and to meet demanding programmes. We also have a comprehensive infrastructure of support staff and systems. At the same time, we value personal relationships with our clients very highly, and this is reflected in the fact that around 80% of our work is repeat business. All of our projects receive attention at a senior level, and all of our partners are actively involved with clients and projects. We do not outsource.

We are based in London, and are able to service projects throughout England. Our studios at Diespeker Wharf in Islington provide a great working environment, a local landmark and a visible expression of the practice’s ethos. From here we offer our core services of architecture, masterplanning and urban design, property development and community engagement.

Our company structure reflects and supports the way we provide our service to clients.

As well as maintaining an active role on projects, Senior Partners Andrew Beharrell, Teresa Borsuk take an overview of our creative output and our business strategy, including the way we deliver our service to clients.

Our service is provided by three Workshops: two are focused on concept and planning work and one on post-planning design delivery. All three are able to cover the full range of our residential and mixed-use work, and in addition they incorporate teams specialising in education projects and third age housing. The Planning Workshops are headed by Partners Dominique Oliver and Tricia Patel, Carl Vann and Patrick Devlin, while Partner Kaye Stout oversees the Design Delivery Workshop.

Our Knowledge Hub provides up-to-date information and advice to the whole practice on all the technical, planning, legal and graphic challenges and solutions which shape our sectors of work. It is headed by Partner Roger Holdsworth, supported by our Heads of Sustainability and Technical Audit, and by Associates with specific areas of expertise. PTE holds ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 accreditations. Copies of our quality management and environmental management policies are available on request.

The practice is supported by our support team that covers all of our business functions: information systems, finance, human resources, premises and administration. We also have a Communications Group, which includes specialist graphic designers and writers who produce professional reports, submissions and consultation material on behalf of the practice and our clients.

Our History

The practice was founded in 1974 by Roger Pollard, Bill Thomas and John Edwards. From the start PTE combined an unusual set of aims and attributes: a commitment to finding out what end-users really want; a challenge to orthodox post-war modernism and a belief that new buildings should be respectful to their surroundings; an enthusiasm for complex and messy redundant sites and buildings; and a determination to put the practice’s ideas into action through direct property development. All of these have informed the core values of the practice today, with its belief that good design, coupled with intelligent use of money and a commitment to social and environmental change, makes property development a force for good.

The present owners of PTE include Senior Partners Andrew Beharrell and Teresa Borsuk. They joined in the early 1980s and became Directors by the end of that decade. Supported by a highly committed and talented senior team, the present generation has steered the practice through a process of steady growth and diversification and ensured its stability through two recessions. They have sharpened up PTE’s design profile (winning nearly 50 national awards in the past three years alone), while adapting to new procurement and business practices.

In 2014 we made the next step in the evolution of PTE by setting up a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and extended the ownership of the practice to include Carl Vann, Dominique Oliver, Kaye Stout, Patrick Devlin, Roger Holdsworth and Tricia Patel.

Working at PTE

We have a diverse workforce, and are one of the very few large practices to achieve a 50:50 gender balance. Talented people come to PTE from all sorts of places and backgrounds, and around 22 different languages are spoken.

PTE enjoys high levels of staff retention – and also a significant number of returnees. This is partly down to the work we do and the way we do it, and partly to the sociable environment in our beautiful canal-side offices – illustrated by our Thursday lunch tradition, whereby we each take it in turns to cook for the whole practice and guests.

Our headquarters lies on the Regent’s Canal about five minutes walk from Angel, Islington. Diespeker Wharf enjoys one of the most tranquil locations on London’s canal network and provides a great working environment for our staff, clients and collaborators. We acquired and converted the Victorian timber mill in the mid-90s and won a Civic Trust Commendation in 2000. Our garden wins prizes every year.

Awards

  1. 2017

    1. Housing Innovation Award - Winner Packington Estate
    2. Housing Innovation Award - Winner
    3. London Planning Award - Winner The Scene, Walthamstow
    4. London Planning Award - Winner
    5. BD Housing Architect of the Year Award - Winner
    6. Property Week Award - Winner
  2. 2016

    1. Hammersmith Society Environment Awards - Winner
    2. Evening Standard new Homes Awards - Highly Commended Spillers Mill, CB1
    3. First Time Buyers Award - Highly Commended
    4. RTPI Award for Planning Excellence - Winner City Park West, Chelmsford
    5. BREEAM Award - Winner Courtauld Road
    6. RICS Award - Highly Commended The Scene, Walthamstow
    7. RICS Award - Highly Commended The Scene, Walthamstow
    8. Planning & Placemaking Award - Winner The Scene, Walthamstow
    9. Planning & Placemaking Award - Highly Commended Netley Campus
    10. RIBA National Award - Winner The Avenue
    11. LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Award - Winner Spillers Mill, CB1
    12. RIBA Regional Award - Winner The Avenue
    13. New London Award - Winner The Scene, Walthamstow
    14. New London Award - Commendation
    15. Housing Design Award - Winner The Scene, Walthamstow
    16. Housing Design Project Award - Winner North West Cambridge
    17. Housing Design HAPPI Project Award - Winner New Ground Cohousing
    18. LABC National Building Excellence Award - Winner Spillers Mill, CB1
  3. 2015

    1. Education Estates Awards - Winner ARK Isaac Newton Academy
    2. Civic Trust Award - Commendation The Avenue
    3. Brick Award - Winner City Park West, Chelmsford
    4. Housing Innovation Award - Winner Thames View East
    5. AJ Women in Architecture Award - Winner
    6. Cambridge Design and Construction Award - Winner Ceres, CB1
    7. London Evening Standard New Homes Award - Winner Thames View East
    8. London Evening Standard New Homes Award - Winner Virido, Clay Farm
    9. Housing Design Award - Winner The Avenue
    10. National Housing Award - Winner The Scene, Walthamstow
    11. National Housing Award - Winner The Scene, Walthamstow
    12. Camden Design Award - Highly Commended Netley Campus
    13. Building Award - Finalist The Avenue
    14. RICS London and South East Award - Finalist The Avenue Thames View East Ceres, CB1
    15. RTPI Award for Planning Excellence - Finalist One Woolwich City Park West, Chelmsford
    16. Housebuilder Award - Current finalist The Scene, Walthamstow
    17. Brick Award - Finalist The Avenue ARK Atwood Primary Academy and Amberley Waterfront
    18. Education Estates Awards - Winner Netley Campus
    19. Sunday Times British Homes Award - Commendation The Scene, Walthamstow
    20. What House? Award - Gold Award The Scene, Walthamstow
    21. What House? Award - Gold Award The Scene, Walthamstow
    22. What House? Award - Silver Award The Scene, Walthamstow
    23. What House? Award - Silver Award Virido, Clay Farm
    24. International Property Award - Highly Commended St Luke’s Community Centre and East Central Apartments, Islington
  4. 2014

    1. Housebuilder Award - Winner Ceres, CB1
    2. Housebuilder Award - Commendation The Avenue
    3. New London Award - Commendation Thames View East
    4. Sunday Times British Homes Award - Commendation Thames View East
    5. Sunday Times British Homes Award - Commendation The Avenue
    6. Housing Excellence Award - Commendation Thames View East
    7. What House? Award - Gold Award The Avenue
    8. What House? Award - Silver Award The Avenue
    9. Placemaking Award - Finalist Thames View East
    10. Placemaking Award - Finalist The Avenue
    11. London Planning Award - Finalist Thames View East
    12. Education Estates Award - Finalist Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    13. Brick Award - Finalist Ceres, CB1
    14. Education Estates Award - Finalist Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
  5. 2013

    1. London Planning Award - Commendation Packington Estate
    2. Civic Trust Award - Commendation Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    3. London Planning Award - Winner Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    4. RICS London and South East Award - Commendation Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    5. National Housing Award - Winner Packington Estate
    6. National Housing Award - Winner Packington Estate
    7. Housing Innovation Award - Winner Packington Estate
    8. AJ Retrofit Award - Finalist Cambridge House
    9. London Planning Award - Finalist One Woolwich Chobham Farm Masterplan
    10. European Copper in Architecture Award - Finalist Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    11. Building Award - Finalist Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
  6. 2012

    1. Civic Trust Award - Winner
    2. New London Award - Winner Arundel Square
    3. Islington Society Award - Commendation Barnsbury Place
    4. Haringey Design Awards - Winner Connaught Gardens
    5. What House Award - Silver Grahame Park
    6. Evening Standard new Homes Award - Winner Packington Estate
    7. Islington Society Architecture and Conservation Award - Winner Packington Estate
    8. What House Award - Gold Packington Estate
    9. EAC National Housing for Older People Award - Silver
    10. Civic Trust Award - Winner
    11. Emirates Glass LEAF Award - Winner
    12. New London Award - Winner
    13. International Property Award - Winner Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    14. New London Award - Winner Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    15. Structural Steel Design Award - Commendation Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    16. Civic Trust Award - Winner The Granary
    17. New London Award - Winner The Granary
    18. Surface Design Award - Finalist Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    19. WAN Residential Award - Finalist Connaught Gardens
  7. 2011

    1. Building Award - Winner Arundel Square
    2. Housing Design Award - Winner Arundel Square
    3. New London Award - Commendation Arundel Square
    4. What House Award - Gold Arundel Square
    5. What House Award - Gold Arundel Square
    6. Evening Standard Award - Winner Barnsbury Place
    7. Daily Telegraph British Homes Award - Winner Packington Estate
    8. Evening Standard Award - Winner Roden Court
    9. Sustainable Housing Award - Winner Roden Court
    10. Housing Design Project Award - Winner The Avenue
    11. World Architecture News Award - Winner
    12. World Architecture News Award - Winner Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge
    13. World Architecture News Award - Winner The Granary
  8. 2010

    1. Building Award - Winner Angel Waterside
    2. Daily Telegraph British Homes Award - Commendation Arundel Square
    3. Daily Telegraph British Homes Award - Winner Arundel Square
    4. What House Award - Bronze Arundel Square
    5. What House Award - Silver Arundel Square
    6. Housing Design Graham Pye Award - Winner Connaught Gardens
    7. Islington in Bloom - Gold Awards Diespeker Wharf
    8. Islington in Bloom - Gold Awards Diespeker Wharf
    9. Islington in Bloom - Gold Awards Diespeker Wharf
    10. Civic Trust Award - Winner Gunpowder Mill
    11. Constructing Excellence Award London & South East - Winner Gunpowder Mill
    12. RICS East of England Award - Commendation Gunpowder Mill
    13. Roses Design Award - Winner Gunpowder Mill
    14. Roses Design Award - Gold Gunpowder Mill
    15. Roses Design Award - Silver Gunpowder Mill
    16. What House Award - Bronze
    17. Daily Telegraph British Homes Award - Commendation
    18. Homes and Communities Award - Winner St Thomas’s Primary School and Flats
    19. What House Award - Bronze St Thomas’s Primary School and Flats
  1. 2009

    1. Building for Life - Gold Standard
    2. Housing Design Award -
    3. Building for Life - Award
    4. Building for Life Award - Winner Angel Waterside
    5. Building for Life - Gold Standard Angel Waterside
    6. Housing Design Award - Winner Angel Waterside
    7. Civic Trust Award - Commendation Brockwell Park Lido
    8. Homes and Communities Academy - Winner
    9. Islington in Bloom - Gold Award Diespeker Wharf
    10. Islington in Bloom - Gold Award Diespeker Wharf
    11. Islington in Bloom - Winner Diespeker Wharf
    12. London in Bloom - Certificate of Excellence Diespeker Wharf
    13. Francis Tibbalds Award - Winner Dunsfold Park
    14. Building for Life - Gold Standard Hornsey Road Baths
    15. Affordable Home Ownership Award - Winner
    16. Islington’s Giant Green Business Award - Winner
    17. Housebuilding Innovation Award - Winner
    18. London Planning Award - Finalist Hornsey Road Baths
  2. 2008

    1. Civic Trust Award - Commendation
    2. Building for Life - Silver Standard
    3. Sussex Heritage Award - Highly Commended
    4. Your Move Property Award - Winner
    5. Your Move Property Award - Winner
  3. 2007

    1. Building Better Healthcare Award - Highly Commended
    2. London Borough of Camden Building Quality Award - Winner
    3. Islington in Bloom - Gold Awards Diespeker Wharf
    4. Islington in Bloom - Gold Awards Diespeker Wharf
    5. London in Bloom - Certificate of Excellence Diespeker Wharf
    6. Building Better Healthcare Award - Winner Ellesmere House
    7. British Homes Award - Commended Lingham Court
    8. Regeneration Award - Winner
  4. 2006

    1. Islington in Bloom - Gold Awards Diespeker Wharf
    2. London in Bloom - 2nd Place Diespeker Wharf
    3. National Homebuilder Design Award - Highly Commended
    4. National Homebuilder Design Award - Highly Commended
    5. Housing Design Project Award - Winner Lingham Court
    6. National Homebuilder Design Award - Highly Commended Lingham Court
  5. 2005

    1. Architecture and Conservation Award - Highly Commended Crystal Wharf
    2. Islington in Bloom - 2nd Place Diespeker Wharf
    3. London in Bloom - Winner Diespeker Wharf
    4. Building for Life - Silver Standard
    5. Your New Homes Award - Commendation
    6. Regeneration Award - Winner
    7. Regeneration Award - Winner
  6. 2004

    1. Mail on Sunday National Homebuilder Design Awards -
    2. YNH Awards -
    3. National Homebuilder Design Award - Commendation
    4. Your New Homes Award - Highly Commended
    5. Housing Design Project Award - Winner Arundel Square
    6. National Homebuilder Design Award - Winner Crystal Wharf
    7. Your New Homes Award - Winner Crystal Wharf
    8. Your New Homes Award - Highly Commended Crystal Wharf
    9. London Planning Award - Winner Grahame Park
    10. Civic Trust Award - Winner Sefton Park
  7. 2003

    1. Evening Standard Award - Commendation
    2. Evening Standard Award - Highly Commended
    3. National Homebuilder Design Award - Winner
    4. What House Award - Gold
  8. 2002

    1. Empty Homes Agency Award - Winner
    2. London Borough of Camden Building Quality Award - Winner
    3. ROOM National Partnership Award - Highly Commended
    4. Reds Award - Winner Whitechapel Community Sports Centre
    5. ROOM National Partnership Award - Highly Commended Whitechapel Community Sports Centre
  9. 2001

    1. National Homebuilder Design Award - Commendation Chillingworth Road
    2. National Homebuilder Design Award - Citation Crystal Wharf
    3. Evening Standard Housing Award - Commendation
    4. National Homebuilder Design Award - Winner
    5. Civic Trust Award - Winner Jaywick Sands
    6. Housing Design Award - Winner Jaywick Sands
  10. 2000

    1. Civic Trust Award - Commendation Diespeker Wharf
    2. The Times and Gestetner Digital Office Collection - Winner Diespeker Wharf
    3. Civic Trust Award - Commendation
    4. Evening Standard Housing Award - Commendation
  1. 1999

    1. Housing Design Award - Winner Jaywick Sands
  2. 1998

    1. Civic Trust Award - Commendation
    2. Civic Trust Award - Commendation
    3. Haringey Council Design Award - Winner
    4. Civic Trust Award - Special Mention
    5. London Borough of Camden Environmental Design Award - Winner
  3. 1997

    1. Islington Society Award - Highly Commended Diespeker Wharf
    2. What House Award - Gold
    3. Evening Standard Award - Winner
    4. National Housing Award - Winner
  4. 1996

    1. Civic Trust Award - Commendation
    2. NHTPC Partnership Award - National Winner
    3. Bourneville Trust - Hallmark Top Award
    4. Civic Trust Award - Commendation
  5. 1993

    1. Civic Trust Award - Winner Old Royal Free Square
    2. Europa Nostra Award - Winner Old Royal Free Square
    3. RIBA Regional Housing Award - Winner Old Royal Free Square
  6. 1992

    1. Housing Design Project Award - Winner
    2. Civic Trust - Special Award Old Royal Free Square
    3. Islington Society Award - Winner Old Royal Free Square
  7. 1991

    1. Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Environmental Award - Winner
    2. Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Environmental Award - Winner
    3. Housing Design Project Award - Winner
  1. 1989

    1. Civic Trust Award - Winner Anchor Brewhouse
  2. 1987

    1. Europa Nostra Conservation Award - Diploma of Merit Anchor Brewhouse
    2. Islington Society Award - Winner
    3. The Times RICS Conservation Award - First Place New Concordia Wharf
  3. 1985

    1. Europa Nostra Conservation Award - Medal Anchor Brewhouse
    2. Civic Trust Award - Winner New Concordia Wharf
    3. Europa Nostra Conservation Award - Medal New Concordia Wharf
  4. 1980

    1. Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Environmental Award - Winner
  1. 1975

    1. Stone Federation Design Award - Commendation
    2. DOE Good Design in Housing - Diploma