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Architecture

Where innovation and sustainability produce award winning designs

The creation of high quality, innovative and sustainable places is fundamental to RPS. Our Architects have the skills and creative knowledge to take the ideas of our clients and to develop them through conceptual schemes to fully detailed design proposals which are imaginative, practical, workable and cost effective.

Our Architects work hard to understand the client brief and whether working on a sole commission or alongside our other multi disciplinary designers, we always consider energy related implications to create designs that are environmentally sustainable. Our Architects have experience in a wide variety of project type and size ranging from high specification offices to residential schemes, power stations to supermarkets. Our expertise using BIM also puts us at the forefront of design coordination.

We have been involved with projects across a wide spectrum of sectors, many of which have won national and international awards. RPS has designed landmark projects in the Health, Education, Industrial, Retail, Commercial, Leisure and Residential sectors.

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Case Studies

Amazon European HQ

Amazon European HQ Amazon European HQ

Milton Keynes

Having masterplanned well over 1 million ft2 of development on a 90 acre site, RPS were invited to compete in an architectural competition to design what would be a landmark building for Amazon on a prominent site adjacent to a busy motorway junction.

Having won the competition, RPS produced the detailed design which also went on to win several awards. The project comprised extensive high specification office accommodation and a large distribution centre totalling more than 50,000m2 of development.

Biomass Energy Facility

Biomass Energy Facility Biomass Energy Facility, North Blyth

RES Northern Europe

RPS provided concept architectural design services for a new-build biomass fuelled power station.

Our team of design consultants are currently working closely with the client, their process engineering team and the Local Authority to achieve planning approval for a c.100MW biomass plant, using up to 900,000 tonnes of fuel.

Our designers have provided:

Concept & feasibility design

Design & Access Statements

Option studies

3D modelling

CABE reviews

Public exhibition information and materials.


The initial design options for the layout, considered site location, highway access and visual impact. The team were responsible for:

Liaising with the process designers

Various value engineering exercises were undertaken to optimise the plant’s layout.

Road, rail and port links (where appropriate)

Environmental considerations

The undertaking of local, historical, physical context site analyses and photo studies.

Burns Centre & Expanded Education Centre

Burns Centre & Expanded Education Centre, Birmingham Burns Centre & Expanded Education Centre, Birmingham

Birmingham Children's Hospital

This exciting project provided a new face to the existing hospital, creating a landmark building on one of Birmingham’s gateway approaches.

The building comprises four floors of accommodation with a plant room above and the floors have been organised so that they connect directly with the existing hospital facilities to maximise efficiency.

The aesthetics are iconic and utilise playful ‘elements’ and colours to echo its context next to the existing, highly decorated Victorian buildings. The materials used include a steal frame with the envelope made up of terracotta rain screen, insulated render and metal cladding panels.

Project Porto Maravilha

Project Porto Maravilha Project Porto Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Olympic Committee

Our masterplan proposals reflect the spirit, passion and colour of Rio, creating sustainable architecture that regenerates and improves the quality and feel of the Santo Cristo port side area.

Our designs capture the energy, spirit and movement of this vibrant city, whilst respecting the rhythm, flow, energy and symbolism associated with the Olympic Games. Designs have been considered holistically by integrating them into the rest of the portside regeneration outside of our site demise.

The design and massing of the buildings respond to Rio’s existing topography both immediate and in the wider context. The organic nature of the design sees buildings rising up from the site to create a focal point, the iconic Arch linking both of the sites.

The Arch will be a ‘must see’ attraction, providing a route to explore the City. Translucent pods will transport tourists along the route and allow pedestrian flow. Our designs allow visitors to view the truly magical views of the Rio de Janeiro skyline and views of the surrounding Olympic venues.

Tunnel Academy

Tunnel Academy, Ilford Tunnel Academy, Ilford

Crossrail

RPS produced the detailed architectural design in addition to our engineering services and ecological input for this important building for Crossrail.

The building provides a two storey training facility including an area to house a 40m simulated tunnel boring environment complete with tunnelling equipment which provides Europe’s only teaching facility to enable students to learn soft ground tunnelling techniques.

The design had to overcome many difficult constraints not least that the site was very restricted and adjacent to a live railway with extensive overground and underground services in the vicinity.

Wolverton Park Regeneration

Wolverton Park Regeneration Wolverton Park Regeneration, Milton Keynes

Places for People & Willmott Dixon

This large scale, multi-award winning development provides a new residential-led, mixed-use quarter integrating a site which is bisected by a canal, to provide a modern sustainable urban community.

This challenging development includes the regeneration of existing historic, industrial buildings, landscaping and park space whilst maintaining access to the canal. Our team had an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the need to keep the final development in the local context.

Wolverton park delivers a new modern innovative architectural solution within a historic context, including the development and conversion of the town’s Grade II – listed Royal Train Shed. In total the development provides 31 apartments in the former train shed and conversion of the old locomotive workshop known as The Triangular Building into 46 apartments, while 223 new apartments are also constructed in the main blocks. 30% of the new build is designated to as affordable with 25% being shared ownership and 5% rented at affordable rates.