Fathom Architects


Double shortlisting in the FX Awards 2023!

TWO shortlistings in the FX Awards is very exciting news indeed!

Our social workspace for The Crown Estate – 6 Babmaes Street – has been shortlisted in both the UK Workspace and UK Project of the Year categories.

Winners will be announced at the FX Awards dinner in November.

If you’d like to see how our imaginative retrofit of a disused 1970’s building has created a relaxed environment for events, collaboration, networking and wellbeing activities, take a look here .


Refreshing West End workspace in Soho

We’re pleased to be underway with a CAT A refurbishment on Carnaby’s Ganton Street.

Applying our expertise in West End workspace, we’re reviving a 1920s building with minimal interventions for maximum impact on environment, amenity and experience for occupants.

We look forward to sharing more on this project soon.


We’re shortlisted in the NLA Awards!

Excitement this week as our almshouse development for Southwark Charities is shortlisted in the Housing category of the New London Awards 2023.

The Mayor of London’s report on Ageing London predicts that two million over 60s will be living in London by 2035, making older Londoners the fastest growing demographic in the capital.

Our consented development of 62 contemporary almshouses creates affordable homes in a safe and supported environment for local residents in need, enabled through an innovative mixed-use development providing 22,500sqm of workspace, community uses and 950sqm of public landscaped gardens.

The NLA Awards celebrate projects across London making a positive contribution to their surroundings, and it’s an impressive shortlist so we’re very pleased to be included.


Justin announced for Westminster’s first DRP

Big news this week! We’re very excited that Justin has been announced as a member of Westminster City Council’s first ever Design Review Panel.

Along with 30 other expert panellists, Justin will offer independent advice on high quality, sustainable design across the City of Westminster and review major developments, planning, public realm and regeneration projects.

His appointment follows 20 years’ experience designing projects in Westminster, 15 years as a Westminster Society Trustee, 5 years as a Design Council Built Environment Expert and positions on Design Review Panels in Southwark, Design South East, Oxford and Brighton.


We’re hiring an Architect and Part I assistant!

We’re searching for two talented people to join our studio in September: a creative architect with an innovative and collaborative approach to design and a Part I assistant to support our friendly teams.

Fathom offers a hybrid approach and are happy to discuss flexible working to support parents, academics and people who combine architecture with other commitments. We foster an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can thrive, and host regular events to learn, grow and be inspired together.

As a studio actively involved in education and accessibility in architecture, we strongly encourage applications from diverse ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and people living with disabilities.

To apply for the architect position, take a look at the full listing at Dezeen Jobs

For the Part I role, please send your CV, portfolio and cover letter explaining why you’d like to work for Fathom Architects hello@fathomarchitects.com


Freddie presents to the Venice Biennale College

Congratulations to Fathomite Freddie, who earlier this month was invited to present his Masters design project and thesis to students in Unit 3 of the Venice Biennale College – an exploratory programme dedicated to the practice of young people in architecture and artistic fields as part of La Biennale di Venezia.

His MA project – A-Myth-Onia – addressed humanity’s divorce from nature by learning from the ways of the indigenous tribes of the Amazonia, and was nominated for the Architects’ Journal Student Prize in the Sustainability category.


Site update from The Waterman

This week we shared some site updates from The Waterman, an ambitious workspace retrofit across 70,000sqft in a series of handsome Victorian warehouses on Farringdon Road for BentallGreenOak.

The design team is working hard to adopt circular economy principles by re-using every possible element of the existing building fabric.

See our Instagram and LinkedIn for statistics on carbon savings we’re making through collaboration with the client and design team.


Welcoming future architects to Fathom

It’s been work experience season for secondary school students, and we’ve been pleased to welcome four aspiring architects to Fathom over the past few months.

Our team love sharing what it means to be an architect and all the different things that shape our approach to creating places.

We aim to give a rounded view of the built environment – from concept design, sustainability and development viability to digital tools, planning, materials and construction.

Wishing all students a well-deserved summer break!


Farringdon Road launches as The Waterman

Exciting times as our reimagination of this 70,000sqft Victorian beauty in the heart of Farringdon launches as The Waterman!

We’ll be sharing activity from site in the coming weeks as we transform the four warehouses into a characterful workspace destination with best-in-class amenities and a drastically reduced carbon footprint.


Fathom sponsors DS18 at Westminster University

We enjoyed celebrating the work of Design Studio 18 at University of Westminster led by Laura Nica, Ben Pollock and John Cook.

This year DS18 explored the built environment’s impact on air and atmosphere, asking whether architecture’s role should be one of resistance, remediation, manipulation or rebalancing.

Fathom were happy to sponsor the show and have an opportunity to see the explorations and ideas – follow @ds18_westminster on Instagram to see the students’ impressive work.


Blackfriars Road in 2023 NLA London Tall Buildings Survey

Fantastic to have our development at 216-220 Blackfriars Road featured in New London Architecture’s 2023 Tall Buildings Survey, published this month. The report focuses on Sustainable Skylines and the role tall buildings play in contributing to a more compact and sustainable London.

Our consented designs for Southwark Charities address the need for housing provision specifically for older Londoners, with 62 carefully considered almshouses as part of a mixed-use development including a highly sustainable 21-storey office tower facing Blackfriars Road.

Find the project on page 56 of NLA London Tall Buildings Survey, available to download here.


FRAME article on co-habiting workspace

Our innovative ‘timeshared’ workspace was featured by FRAME magazine in an insight piece on how companies can be more creative with their space as work habits shift.

Riya Patel highlighted our London Bridge studio – carefully designed and managed as a shared dual-branded space for us and our friends Graphic Structures – and Morris + Company’s new Home of Ideas in East London as two examples of clever co-habiting.

Read our tips on successful sharing and how this benefits Fathom here.


Fathom on Homes England’s DARTS Framework

Homes England – the government’s housing and regeneration agency – has appointed Fathom on Lot 2 of the Development and Regeneration Technical Services (DARTS) Framework as part of a team led by longstanding collaborators David Lock Associates Ltd.

We’re looking forward to using our expertise in the design of residential, innovation and employment sites to support Homes England achieve their development objectives – generating exemplary outcomes for people, places and nature and investments which deliver social as well as economic gain.


We’re RIBA London’s Practice of the Month!

This May Fathom is pleased as punch to feature as RIBA London’s Practice of the Month!

If you’d like to know how we’ve navigated our first seven years, why we ‘timeshare’ our studio and ways we integrate digital tools into our design process – read the full feature here and follow @RIBALondon on Instagram and LinkedIn to see more over the coming weeks.

A big thank you to Dian Small, Abu Uddin and the RIBA team for the opportunity!


Housing Design Awards 2023 shortlist

We’re extremely proud that – for the second year running – Fathom has been shortlisted in The Housing Design Awards.

This year is for St Mark’s Court in St John’s Wood, a complex heritage retrofit of a 19th century mansion block for client Henigman.

Through a collaborative effort we’re sensitively crafting a new identity for the building’s Conservation Area setting, drastically improving its environmental performance and re-purposing/extending the existing structure to increase the volume of homes on site.

The Housing Design Awards recognise the UK’s foremost housing schemes each year and are an excellent resource of innovative practice in residential design. We’re over the moon to be included.


Retrofit Talks as part of RETROFIT 23

We’re excited to be contributing to Retrofit Talks – as part of RETROFIT 23 at The Building Centre – with a lunchtime session on ‘Extending the life of heritage multi-unit residential’.

Director Rebecca Thomas will be presenting alongside James Hinks / Elliott Wood and Matthew Barnes / Hoare Lea on our collaborative approach to retrofitting a 19th century mansion block in St John’s Wood for client Henigman.

From identity and environmental performance to accessibility and wellbeing, we’ll explore the inherent complications and opportunities of adapting larger heritage buildings for residential use.

Join us live online from 1pm on Tuesday 16 May by registering here.


Justin joins 2023 RIBA Education Committee

We’re proud to announce that Justin has been selected for the 2023 RIBA Education Committee.

An experienced practitioner and educator, he’s looking forward to collaboratively improving architectural education to become more inclusive, affordable and supportive of students’ wellbeing.

Reporting to the RIBA Board of Trustees, the Committee will be working to create more accessible routes into education – key to nurturing a profession of diverse architects who better represent society.


Fathom supports Part W’s Women’s Work

We’re pleased to add Fathom’s support to the Women’s Work: London project by Part W, which addresses the gap in how projects by women are often overlooked in digital and printed maps and archives.

This study recognises the impact of a diverse group of female architects, engineers, placemakers, landscape architects, commissioners, conservationists, activists and community champions.

Our support will help extend Part W’s study across the UK to recognise more female-centred design projects and create resources to ensure equal recognition for men and women.


Jo and Jack complete London Landmarks Half Marathon

Huge congratulations to Jo and Jack for completing the London Landmarks Half Marathon to raise funds for London’s Air Ambulance.

As part of a Farringdon Road project team, Jo and Jack represented Fathom alongside Ambit, Bentallgreenoak, River Levett Bucknall, Blackburn & Co and Spinnaker Projects.


Fathom contributes to Paperspace #19

We’re proud to be contributors and supporters of The University of Bath’s Paperspace issue 19 on Systems.

Bath alumni, Justin Nicholls, penned an article on how the process of fabric weaving has inspired Fathom’s approach to creating facades with depth, identity and connections to place. You can read the article in full here.

Highlighting three projects which employ this approach, we loved the bespoke graphics created by Daria Shiryaeva to accompany the piece.


Knightsbridge Mews appointment

Fathom has been appointed to retrofit and extend a series of former stables on a sensitive corner site in the Knightsbridge Conservation Area for The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Our sustainability-led approach will enhance the local streetscape, create better connections between the building and its listed neighbours, improve the workspace offer and develop a distinct identity which celebrates the building’s existing character.

We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks.


Workspace opinion for Mix Interiors

Director Rebecca Thomas shared her views with Mix Interiors on why desk numbers are the wrong measurement for workspaces today, and how the purpose of offices has evolved.

Read the article here


St Mark’s Court moves to site

Exciting times as we prepare to take our consented scheme for the ambitious reinvention of St Mark’s Court in the St John’s Wood Conservation Area to site.

Sustainability drivers for our retrofit of this late 19th century mansion block include minimising operational energy, supporting a fossil free future, generating renewables on site and creating space for nature.

We look forward to showing you more of our journey with developer Henigman soon.


Planning on the Isle of Wight

A short hovercraft journey away on the Isle of Wight, we’ve secured outline planning for just under 100 new homes unlocking a sensitive brownfield development site for our client.

Currently a derelict holiday park, the site overlooks the Solent sloping gently down to the water’s edge.

Designs will draw from the maritime setting, making the most of the site’s mature trees and views across the water.
We look forward to sharing more info on this exciting project soon.


The Developer podcast

We enjoyed an in-depth discussion around ‘Ageing in Place’ with Christine Murray and our client – Chris Wilson from Southwark Charities – for The Developer podcast.

Using our consented Blackfriars Almshouse scheme as a development model, we explored how affordable homes for older Londoners can support independent living, facilitate community participation and encourage visits from wider family members (including small, easily bored ones).

Listen to the episode here.


Fathom is Hiring

We’re searching for a creative architect with an innovative approach to design. If you’re excited by a challenging brief and motivated by architecture with a deep connection to place, you sound right up our street!

As a studio actively involved in education and accessibility in architecture, we strongly encourage applications from diverse ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and people living with disabilities.

Take a look at the full details and apply via the Dezeen jobs listing


Animating the West End

We’re pleased to be working with The Crown Estate to improve the street presence of a 1980’s corner building on Prince’s Street – just off Regent’s Street – supporting their aim to enhance food and beverage offer and public realm in the immediate area.

Drawing pedestrian traffic from Oxford Street, Regent Street and Crossrail at Hanover Square, the newly refurbished ground floor will animate this key corner and increase dwell time on Prince’s Street.


Supporting Argent at Coal Drops Yard

We’re pleased to be continuing our work with Argent, supporting their development team with the ongoing investment at Coal Drops Yard.

Currently we’re reconfiguring 475 sqm across a series of units to provide flexible and distinctive spaces for retail and F&B.


Commitment to accessible architecture education

Accessible routes through architecture education is something we’re passionate about at Fathom, and we’re doing our bit to support the next generation of architects.

In 2023 we’re mentoring eight students through traditional and apprenticeship routes via the RIBA Future Architects and WCCA Student schemes. We’ll offer support throughout the students’ educational journey to develop goals and build confidence as they transition from study to workplace.

Anyone who’s mentored before will know it’s a hugely enjoyable and mutually beneficial experience, and we’re excited to learn together.


Fathom features in Dezeen lookbook

Thank you to Dezeen for including 6 Babmaes Street – our social workspace for The Crown Estate – as one of ten projects in their 2022 lookbook of colourful 1970s inspired interiors.

“The 1970s are often associated with a relaxed, comfortable aesthetic, and so the decade was referenced by Fathom Architects in its post-pandemic design for this London office.

Warm colours are paired with tactile materials to create a cosier atmosphere than the traditional office, as a response to the increased prevalence of working from home.”


End of 2022 celebrations

Last week our team enjoyed a day out of the studio to celebrate the close of another great year, with a private tour of Grade I listed Somerset House followed by a few spins on the skating rink – our star skater being smooooth as ice Freddie!

We headed across the river to Bankside for drinks and dinner, where a twist on Secret Santa became hotly contested for the coveted star prize of . . a llama planter.

Thanks so much to Jo, Connie, Richard & Jack for organising a fantastic day – and to our brilliant, talented team of Fathomites!


Farringdon site update

We love the early stages of strip out when so much of the original building is revealed. Last month Fathom started on site with Ambit Moat at 143-158 Farringdon Road.

Celebrating the building’s Victorian heritage and upgrading its performance are key aspects to the ambitious retrofit to create 66,000sqft of distinctive workspace for client BentallGreenOak.

These beautiful existing brick arches, chimneys and openings will be cleaned and repaired to remain part of the new structure.

Windows will be replaced with double glazed units calculated to reduce office energy consumption by 4.55 kWh/m2/year – paying back the embodied carbon from replacing the units within 6 years.


Daresbury Development Plan appointment

Following the successful delivery of our development plan with David Lock Associates for Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell, we’ve been commissioned to support the future expansion of Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire for the Science Technology Research Council (STFC).

Daresbury Laboratory is a joint venture between STFC and private developers, and central to the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus. Our development plan will support ambitions to continue world-leading scientific research on the site and encourage the incubation of innovative new businesses.


Hauxton Mill in NLA Innovation Districts

Our masterplan for Hauxton Mill Life Science campus is featured in New London Architecture’s Innovation Districts research.

The report provides an update on the booming Life Sciences sector, with case studies highlighting inclusive places for innovation to grow the UK’s knowledge economy.

Hauxton Mill SciTech Park sits on a complex 2.8 acre site in Cambridge, designed to establish a community of entrepreneurs in life science, technology and social enterprise for client o2h.

See more on the project here or visit NLA for the full Innovation Districts Report.


Start on site in Clerkenwell

We’re excited to start on site this week with Ambit as contractor for 143-157 Farringdon Road, an ambitious retrofit project to revive and extend a complex family of former warehouses in a prime Clerkenwell location for BentallGreenOak.

The Victorian buildings occupy a prominent stretch of Farringdon Road and will comprise 66,000 sq ft of distinctive workspace with indoor and outdoor amenity space and a significantly reduced carbon footprint.


Studio visit to Design District

Many thanks to Knight Dragon for taking the time to show our team around Design District, evolving as one of London’s most exciting creative quarters.

We played basketball on the roof, met some makers and had a peek inside a building or two before heading over to Design London for some inspiration and drinks by the river. Thanks Jo for organising a lovely evening!


Honourable Mention at Housing Design Awards

It was a huge honour to pick up an Honourable Mention at the 2022 Housing Design Awards this week for our Southwark Charities Almshouse development in Blackfriars.

Awards Director David Birkbeck commended the considered design which supports a sustainable community of older people, and said the project is already influencing others. See more about the project here.


Fathom’s Summer of Six

Did you catch our Summer of Six series highlighting projects completed by our team and collaborators in Fathom’s first six years?

From repurposing a BBC nightclub to create incubator space for musicians at White City Place to Passivhaus EnerPHit standard science & research facilities at University of Oxford, you can catch the full series on our Instagram or LinkedIn.


FRAME Awards Coworking Shortlist

Much excitement in the studio that our 6 Babmaes Street project for The Crown Estate has been shortlisted to the final five for the FRAME Awards 2022.

The only London workspace to be included on the international shortlist, 6 Babmaes Street was selected as one the most innovative, creative, sustainable and functional coworking spaces today. Winners announced 13 October!


6 Babmaes St on Dezeen Awards longlist

We’re over the moon that 6 Babmaes Street – our social workspace for The Crown Estate – has made the Dezeen Awards 2022 longlist in the Small Workspace Interiors category!

In a record breaking year for the awards with 5,400 entries from 90 countries, 6 Babmaes Street is one of 27 in its category which Dezeen and their judges selected as ‘the world’s best interior spaces’.


Summer in the City

We had a wonderful time toasting Fathom’s talented team with our day of Summer in the City.

Big thank you to our social committee Jo, Jack, Richard and Connie for organising an inspiring itinerary with brunch at Granary Square, chugging down the Regent’s Canal, a visit to Theaster Gates’ Black Chapel, mooching around the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and finishing with dinner, drinks and cabaret!


Fathom’s Softball Debut

Fathom’s debut on the architects’ softball circuit began with a storming victory over The Manser Practice, winning the series 2-1!

Despite having a depleted matchday squad, the Fathomites produced a number of magnificent home runs along with some expertly co-ordinated fielding and showstopping catches.

Thank you to The Manser Practice for letting us borrow a few seasoned regulars to produce a spectacle, and for the laughs at the pub afterwards. And big thanks to Jack for organising the game, and Enosh for the match report.


Richard becomes Senior Architect

We’re excited to promote Richard Hanley Timmins to Senior Architect.

Since joining Fathom in 2021 he has successfully led our sustainable retrofit of St Mark’s Court in St John’s Wood through planning, and is currently working on the reimagining of an office building in Waterloo.

We love his passion for sustainable development and dedication to creatively re-using existing buildings. Find out more about Richard on our People page.


Tour of The Garden of Privatised Delights

We had a fantastic tour of The Garden of Privatised Delights at The Building Centre, thanks to Manijeh Verghese who generously gave her time to share insights in co-curating the UK Pavilion for the Venice Biennale with Madeleine Kessler.

The installation addresses how perceived public spaces – such as high streets and playgrounds are under threat from increasing privatisation, and asks important questions about ownership and access.

Of course we had to take the obligatory team photo on the climbing frame before heading to the pub for a few drinks!


Welcoming Kirah

We’re very happy to welcome Kirah to Fathom for the summer. Kirah is a second-year Architecture student at University of Bath bringing her skills to the team and learning about life in practice.

A passionate advocate for how the built environment industry can address the climate crisis, she is keen to learn how social and environmental responsibility can be integrated into architecture.

Kirah is a member of the University of Bath’s Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) Climate Action Group and People and Planet society, as well as volunteering at The Green Hub – a Surrey-based charity supporting the mental health of young people through nature engagement.

The future of our planet needs more Kirah’s, and we’re excited to be part of her journey into architecture!


BCO Conference: Fathom on the BBC Sofa!

Director Jonathan Mitchell was in Manchester for the 2022 BCO Conference in June, and made it onto the BBC sofa (fully branded with a Fathom bag, of course)!

To read more about our takeaways from this year’s conference on the future of workspace – from retrofit and innovation to taking a regenerative ‘citizen led’ approach – visit our LinkedIn pages.


The London Society Journal: Connections

Some welcome post landed on Fathom’s doorstep this week, the lovely London Society Journal addressing their 2022 theme of Connections.

We’re delighted to have contributed an article by Director Jonathan Mitchell about how considered design can protect our connections with older Londoners.

Jonathan shares how our consented scheme for 62 contemporary almshouses in Blackfrairs was carefully created to support independent and active lifestyles, nurture neighbourliness, counter feelings of isolation, adopt dementia friendly design principles and connect to the wider community through architecture and landscape design.


Shortlisting in Design Week Awards

We’re incredibly excited to have 6 Babmaes Street shortlisted for a Design Week award for Workplace Interiors!

This category recognises the best and most innovative workplace environments in terms of functionality, serving the needs of customers and the long-term goals of the project.

Hats off to our client – The Crown Estate – for their ambitious retrofit brief and collaborative approach to getting this new typology of social workspace right.


We’re hiring an Architect and post Part II Assistant

We’re looking for a creative and confident qualified architect and post Part II architectural assistant to join our team. Both positions require a good working knowledge of Revit and AutoCAD.

Architect applicants should have minimum two years’ post qualification experience of projects at planning and detail design stage in the UK. Working as part of a team – and with the support and guidance of a senior architect – you should be able to run your own projects.

Fathom operates a hybrid working model, supports part-time employment and encourages applications from diverse ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and those living with disabilities.
To apply, please send your CV and portfolio to jocooksley@fathomarchitects.com.

Fathom is a young, collaborative practice in Bermondsey which offers a welcoming and supportive environment where everyone can thrive. We host regular social events to learn, grow and be inspired together, as well as a weekly studio bake!


FX magazine: 6 Babmaes Street

6 Babmaes Street – our social workspace retrofit for The Crown Estate – was featured over four pages in FX magazine’s June/July issue in an article written by Assistant Editor Emily Martin.

The space was a new typology for our client, offering existing office customers in St James’s a welcoming space dedicated to social, collaborative and wellbeing activities.


The Bartlett Bio-ID crits

Links to academia have always been an important part of practice at Fathom, supporting progress in new ways of approaching design, urbanism and architecture.

Justin was invited to The Bartlett School of Architecture’s Table Conversations for their Bio-ID March and MSc course. The innovative programme works with students in architecture as well as bioscientists, material engineers, nanotechnologists and urban designers to tackle broader questions around designing for climate change.

It was a fascinating session with students addressing experimentation, entrepreneurship and how scale affects impact in sustainability. Thanks for the invite Marcos!


6 Babmaes shortlisted for a Mixology Award

Our social workspace retrofit for The Crown Estate – 6 Babmaes Street in St James’s – has been shortlisted for Project of the Year (workplace interiors 5-15k sqft) at the Mixology Awards 2022.

Big thanks to our forward-thinking client, the amazing Fathom team and all our collaborators.

And of course, Mix Interiors – we can’t wait for the awards ceremony next month!


Happy 6th birthday to Fathom!

Today we celebrated six years of Fathom!

Kicking off with champagne (and alcohol free fizz) in our London Bridge studio, we then headed onto Bermondsey Street to continue the celebrations.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our clients, collaborators and friends for an incredible first six years. But the biggest shout out goes to our talented and dedicated studio team, for everything you do to ensure we give the depth of thinking, collaboration and care that’s central to Fathom’s ethos.


Welcoming Rishita to Fathom

Fathom is pleased to welcome to Rishita-Mahmuda Ahmed, joining our team for a second-year placement as part of her undergrad studies at the University of Bath.

Prior to architecture, Rishita received a Distinction for her Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the University of Creative Arts.

With a talent for digital illustration, her skills have already been in hot demand for some recent competition proposals. Welcome Rishita!


Designer/Designerati: Queen Street, Mayfair

Our reimagining of a dilapidated Mayfair townhouse to create a boutique workspace was featured in Designer magazine, and on sister website Designerati.

The five-page article describes how the project ‘brings a distinguished old building very much back to life’.

You can read the online feature here or see more about the project here.


Crits at University of Westminster

Justin was invited as a guest critic on a panel including William McLean, Rachel Wakelin and Francois Girardin to support the students of Design Studio 18 MArch at the University of Westminster.

The unit – led by John Cook, Ben Pollock and Laura Nica – focuses on the relationship between Air, Architecture and Climate. Follow the students’ creative journey on Instagram @ds18_westminster.


Prime Resi: Abbey Road consent

We’re excited to have gained consent for our sustainable retrofit of St Mark’s Court, extending the lifespan of a 19th century mansion block on Abbey Road in St John’s Wood. The scheme, for client Henigman, upgrades the outdated existing building to craft a new identity adding richness and character to the streetscape and its wider Conservation Area setting.

Originally built as a row of terraced houses, and later remodelled as an apartment block, our design sensitively repurposes and extends the brick building to significantly improve its environmental performance and create 29 accessible contemporary residences with secure cycle storage and a series of terraces, courtyards and communal landscape.

St Mark’s Court has been featured in Prime Resi and the Luxury Property Forum, for full project details click here


World Architecture News: Queen Street

Thank you to World Interiors News who featured our retrofit of 19 Queen Street, a Grade II listed Mayfair townhouse now a homely and characterful workspace.

For more information on the project click here


Housing Design Awards: Blackfriars Almshouses

Exciting news that our consented almhouses in Blackfriars for Southwark Charities have been shortlisted in the 2022 Housing Design Awards – champions of innovation and best practice in UK housing!

Our 100% affordable development creates an active community for older people facing hardship, offering an opportunity to continue living locally and independently in a safe and supported environment.


Opportunity London: Blackfriars Almshouses

We’re delighted that our almshouse development for Southwark Charities is one of eight Southwark projects featured in Opportunity London – led by the Mayor of London, London Councils and The City of London Corporation to promote sustainable investment in real estate, regeneration and green infrastructure across London’s borough and communities.

The highly sustainable 100% affordable housing development in Blackfriars creates 62 contemporary almshouses as an active and supportive community for local older people facing hardship, supported by neighbourhood uses, affordable workspace and public gardens.

Opportunity London is delivered in partnership by New London Architecture, London Communications Agency and London & Partners.


University of Edinburgh Talk

Justin travelled to The University of Edinburgh to talk about Life After University – helping students understand how to find the right job for their skills and experience, and what studios look for when building a team.

As a collective of specialists centred around a core team of architects, Fathom is founded on bringing the best people together in a collaborative working environment to support everyone to use their talents and allow clients to access a broad range of skills which address their particular needs.

Thanks for having us Edinburgh!


St Marylebone Parish Church visit

We plan regular trips out of the studio to keep us inspired. This month we were welcomed on site at the restoration of St Marylebone Parish Church by Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects team.

We were able to see the restoration of this incredible Grade I listed building up close, and hear how this project will remove the church from Historic England’s Buildings at Risk register and create modern visitor and community spaces through The Changing Lives campaign.

It was a fascinating tour. Thank you to Sir Robert McAlpine for hosting (and for the drinks afterwards!).


Mix Interiors: Queen Street, Mayfair

Our revival of 19 Queen Street, Mayfair, was featured in Mix Interiors on Valentine’s Day!

Following 20 years sitting empty and unloved, we crafted a new identity for this beautiful listed Georgian townhouse to create a boutique single occupier workspace.

You can read the full article here


World Architecture News

Our imaginative retrofit of an existing 1970s building was featured by World Architecture News as a sustainable and social workspace.

The project extends the lifespan of the vacant building for a further 10 years for client The Crown Estate in line with BREEAM and WELL principles.

Read the full article here


University of Birmingham Work Placement

We welcomed Anissa to Fathom as a work placement student from the University of Birmingham.

Anissa researched brick finishes for a residential retrofit project, created a presentation for our client, visited site, attended a DTM, compared existing residential layouts with the London Housing Design Guide and created a CAD model of our studio to test some planned upgrades. She also helped with a highly contentious issue, choosing new office mugs!

It was great to have Anissa’s creative insight into different challenges and we wish her all the best for her continued studies. Big thanks to Connie for creating a great range of activities with support from Richard, Laura, Jack, Jo, Becky and Justin.


New faces!

Fathom is pleased to welcome architects Richard Timmins and Enosh Subramaniam, and Practice Manager Jo to our growing team!

Richard is actively committed to the creation of a more sustainable built environment, a passion he combines with creative curiosity and technical rigour.

Enosh brings a wide range of experience in designing and delivering schemes including complex engineered buildings and projects in sensitive heritage locations.

Jo oversees our day-to-day operations, project management, bid coordination and finances – and ensures we maintain an organised but creative working culture where everyone can thrive.


Office Snapshots: 6 Babmaes Street

Our social workspace for The Crown Estate was featured by Office Snapshots.

The California-based design resource curates projects from around the world and examines industry trends, and described 6 Babmaes Street as ‘a creative response to central London’s evolving office landscape’.

Read the full article here


FX Design Seminar: Patterns in Architecture

Justin was invited to join FX magazine’s Design Seminar on Patterns – trivial pursuit or essential to design?

The session explored the history of pattern in design, how it relates to the natural world, its effect on how we experience spaces (particularly for the neurodiverse) and how pattern differentiates from ornamentation.

Full article in FX Magazine’s Jan/Feb 2022 issue.


Property Week: Fostering workspace community

Justin Nicholls shared his thoughts with Property Week on why tenants are demanding a fresh approach to workspace as the function of offices evolves to become more about people, community and networks, and what the essential components of this typology are.

Read the full article here


Building Design: 50 Wonders

Justin Nicholls shared a formative moment on his journey to becoming an architect as part of Building Design’s 50 Wonders series to mark the publication’s 50th birthday.

Read here how a boring French lesson led to an inspiring visit to visit Team 4’s Creek Vean in Cornwall.

Happy Birthday BD!


Wallpaper: Design-conscious coworking

We were over the moon to have 6 Babmaes Street included in Wallpaper’s curated selection of design-conscious coworking spaces around the globe which respond to evolving workplace behaviour with adaptable and appealing spaces.

Read the full feature here 


Mix Interiors: Babmaes Street

New data from tenant platform Equiem and law firm Fladgate shows occupiers are seeking workspace where they can relax, connect and take care of themselves.

As hybrid working settles into a pattern for the working week, existing offices need to rethink their offer to attract tenants – moving away from desks to create more spaces for collaboration and wellness.

David Thame featured 6 Babmaes Street – our social workspace for The Crown Estate – in Mix Interiors as an example of this emerging type of workspace. Read the article here.


Dezeen: 6 Babmaes Street

Adding to the conversation about shifts in working culture, 6 Babmaes Street for The Crown Estate was featured in Dezeen in an article by Amy Frearson.

Read here why we believe offices need rethinking, and how wellness and collaboration are essential for their future.

“6 Babmaes Street is for all the stuff that happens away from your computer screen. We developed an aesthetic more aligned with home and hospitality environments to encourage interaction between people.” Harry Godfrey/Fathom Architects


Hospitality Design: 6 Babmaes Street

New York based Hospitality Design featured the launch of 6 Babmaes Street – our social workspace for The Crown Estate.

Harry Godfrey, Associate, was quoted as saying “We wanted guests to feel curious, exploring the different spaces and starting to appropriate them by finding their own favorite nooks to enjoy.”

Read the full article here


Team Day Out: St Catherine’s College, Oxford

The team had a brilliant end of year trip to Oxford last week, where we were lucky enough to have a nose around Arne Jacobsen’s inspiring Grade I listed St Catherine’s College and gardens.

We also visited our recently completed laboratory extension for The Kennedy Institute at University of Oxford, before heading off for lunch and drinks by the river.

Thanks to Jo and Adam for arranging a fantastic day!


Coaches on the Couch: Tom Bulmer

Part II of the Coaches on the Couch podcast featured Fathom Associate Tom Bulmer, as well as Natalie Corris/Core Five , Tom McCreesh/LDA Design and Connie Ivanova/Stride Treglown.

The group discussed the changing role of leadership and what appeal it holds for younger people coming through the ranks.

Listen to the 30 minute recording here 


BISNOW: New model for workspace

David Thame wrote for BISNOW on how our design for 6 Babmaes Street prioritises comfort and sociability over desks to create a new kind of workspace for The Crown Estate.

Read the full article here 


FRAME Awards: Commendation

We were over the moon to receive an Honourable Mention for 6 Babmaes Street in the FRAME Awards this month. Our social workspace for The Crown Estate was the third highest scoring project against stiff competition from around the world!

See the winner and other three Honourable Mentions here.


FRAME: workspaces to combat loneliness

Riya Patel included 6 Babmaes Street in her feature for FRAME on workspaces positively designed for interaction.

“Visions of future workplace agree it should facilitate more social interaction, but most are vague on how to achieve it.”

Read the full article here


We’re hiring!

We’re looking for Part II graduates and Architects to join our team.

Fathom is a young, collaborative practice based in Bermondsey, London. We deliver beautiful, logical buildings with a focus on complex briefs and sensitive sites. Our projects range from almshouses in Southwark, workspace in Mayfair, life science facilities in Oxford and retrofits of historic buildings.

We are looking for creative and confident people with a flair for design who will make a positive contribution to our caring and collaborative team. You should have a working knowledge of Revit and/or AutoCAD and at least one year’s experience in the UK. The role involves working as part of a team with the support and guidance of senior members.

In our drive to improve representation in our profession, we encourage applications from diverse ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and those living with disabilities.

To apply, please email hello@fathomarchitects.com and include your CV, portfolio and why Fathom appeals to you.


designboom: 6 Babmaes Street

We’re very excited to have our social workspace for The Crown Estate  featured in global design publication designboom, describing 6 Babmaes Street as ‘an imaginative uplift of a 1970s building’.

Read the full feature here


Coaches on the Couch: Justin Nicholls

Justin was invited by Rachel Birchmore and Louise Rodgers to join a special session of their Coaches on the Couch podcast talking about what motivates people into leadership roles.

The discussion included principles from three other practices – Core Five, LDA and Stride Treglown – sharing their leadership highs and lows, and will be followed by a session speaking to upcoming talent in the same four studios.

Listen to the 35 minute recording here 


Shaping Space exhibition

This month we took the team to visit the brilliant ‘Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed’ exhibition at The Building Centre.

Modelmaking is a craft we love and respect at Fathom. This glimpse into the world of historical and innovative contemporary models was a joy, thoughtfully designed by Roz Barr with Mathias Clottu.


Estates Gazette/CoStar: Farringdon Road consent

Our consent for 143-157 Farringdon Road, for client BentallGreenOak, was featured in Estates Gazette and CoStar.

The scheme targets significant improvements to the carbon footprint of the assets, and creates a coherent new identity designed to enhance the tenant experience.

Read more about the design here.


Property Week: Shopping Centre Challenge

Fathom were invited to submit a proposal for Property Week’s Centre Forward Design Challenge, where architects were asked to reimagine a tired 1970s shopping centre with a view to reinvigorating the UK town location.

Our idea for The Urban Fellowship translates the design principles of shopping centres – repeated grid layout, large floorplates, vertical/horizontal circulation, high loading capacity and DDA compliancy – to create a sustainable and inclusive community campus supporting shared activities across generations.

The proposal prioritises wellbeing, local food production, shared activities, skills sharing and long-term relationships with communities and institutions.


OnOffice: 6 Babmaes Street

Our new social workspace for The Crown Estate, 6 Babmaes Street, was featured as OnOffice’s top story on Friday 19 November.

The imaginative retrofit of a disused 1970s building creates a standalone social space as a relaxed environment for events, collaboration, networking and wellbeing activities for use by the client’s office customers in St James’s.

Read the full story here


Team trip to St James’s

We took the team to visit 6 Babmaes Street just ahead of its launch. Project Associate Harry and interior architect Laura Maria Morales gave a guided tour of the retrofitted 1970s building, designed to give office customers of The Crown Estate in St James’s a dedicated space for networking, collaboration and wellbeing.


Talking Identity with the Paradigm Network

We were excited to partner with Paradigm Network on Thursday 11 November, hosting a session as part of their popular Professional Development series.

There was a great turnout to hear Director Justin Nicholls share case studies which highlighted the studio’s approach to curating identity in architecture across a variety of contexts to create places that connect deeply.

Fathom is proud to support Paradigm Network in their mission to champion Black and Asian representation within architecture and share knowledge across the industry.


RIBA Journal: Early Data for Building Performance

As #COP26 was in full swing, Justin Nicholls shared how Fathom has been testing digital tools for early-stage modelling and metrics with RIBA Journal.

As a practice we use this data to inform building performance design which starts and continually evolves with a responsive and responsible relationship to their specific location and the planet.

“Intuitive digital twins and innovative software adds rigour to our processes and thinking . . not forgetting the importance of person-to-person collaboration and knowledge sharing. Our commitment to depth of thinking highlights that the first answer is rarely the right one.”


Awards win for Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology

Last week we returned from Oxford with not one but TWO awards from the Oxford Preservation Trust, which celebrates the contribution that buildings and environmental projects make to the city’s character.

Our extension to The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, designed to target ambitious PassivHaus EnerPHit standards, won the 2021 Green Award for Sustainability as well as being awarded a Certificate in the New Building category.

Chairman of the Awards Panel, The Rev Prof William Whyte remarked that the sustainability standards reached were an “extraordinarily difficult thing to do with laboratories”.


The Telegraph: Blackfriars almshouses

Our Blackfriars almshouse development for Southwark Charities was featured in The Telegraph on Saturday.

Dan Cruickshank highlighted the role of almshouses in “protecting the most vulnerable in society since the 10th century”, providing a safe space to live as well as companionship and community.

Interesting to hear from Nick Phillips, chief executive of The Almshouse Association that “more almhouses are being built now than at any time since the Industrial Revolution”.

At Fathom we’re proud to be supporting this movement.


Blackfriars almshouses planning consent!

We were over the moon on Tuesday when Southwark Council Planning Committee voted unanimously in favour of Southwark Charities’ sustainable development of 62 almshouses for local elderly people facing hardship, supported by community uses and a 21-storey workspace building on Blackfriars Road. It was quite emotional hearing their comments:

‘the most thorough consultation of any development that we’ve had in the area’ – Adelle Morris, Cathedral Ward Cllr:

‘One of the most impressive applications I’ve had the pleasure to read…I wish we had more like this across Southwark…I congratulate you all.’ – Cllr Martin Seaton, Chairman, Southwark Council Planning Committee


Welcoming new talent to the studio

We’ve welcomed three distinction-grade Part II graduates to Fathom this summer – fresh from their studies please meet Connie, Jack and Sara. We’re also pleased to introduce Laura, a prize-winning architect and lecturer with specialisms in computational design and digital fabrication. Their combined skills, from environmental design to parametric modelling, builds on our strong team of talent.

Welcome team!


New project at Kings Cross for Argent

Fathom is excited to be working with Argent in King’s Cross, reimagining one of the existing offices at Pancras Square to prioritise health, wellbeing and sociability as people return to workspaces post-Covid. We’re developing detailed designs to improve common areas, rationalise circulation, introduce greenery and enhance the existing rooftop terrace to provide flexible spaces for work, exercise, and gatherings.


Moving on up

It’s been a time of growth for Fathom, and we’re pleased to announce a series of promotions to recognise key people who contribute so much to the studio. Rebecca Thomas joins Justin, Jonathan and Tom as a Director, while Tom Bulmer and Adam Clemens become Associates. Congratulations to all and thank you!


Kingly Street refurb completed and fully let

Our 12-13 Kingly Street refurbishment is now completed and it was great to learn that it’s fully let prior to completion!

One of a series of projects to improve the quality of workspace within existing West End buildings, 12-13 Kingly Street, for Shaftesbury’s Carnaby Estate, sits within the Soho Conservation Area and has an active restaurant tenant at ground and basement levels. Our sensitive refurbishment of the 3,800 sqft office over four floors responds to the changing nature of central London offices and the unique context of Soho, upgrading the workspace to create a modern, homely identity which celebrates the historic fabric of the former Victorian schoolhouse.

Looks great – well done Harry!


Abbey Road residential scheme moves toward planning

We’re getting our teeth into a substantial retrofit of a residential building on Abbey Road for London development company Henigman. Working within the St John’s Wood Conservation Area, we’re carefully repurposing and extending the building to introduce new layouts, improve environmental performance and create contemporary residences with communal gardens and terraces.


Justin reviews Bartlett crits

For a fifth year, Justin has been reviewing Bartlett students’ undergraduate work.

Unit 2’s theme this year ‘Natural State’ explores architecture that encourages and embraces the visibility of its environment to dissolve the notion that it is separate and impervious to the natural world.

Lecturers: Barry Wark and Maria Knutsson-Hall

Follow on instagram @_biophile_ or find out more here.



Fathom discusses shared ownership with RIBA J

As part of their Intelligence series, RIBA J approached Fathom for our plans for a post-pandemic office. We explain our experiment in shared ownership.

‘Architects have put a great deal of thought into how clients’ changing needs might be met…Now, as architects prepare to return to the studio, many are considering how their own spaces and systems should adapt to the habits and preferences formed by many months of home-working. We asked four practices for an insight into their current thinking.’

Read the full article here.


The Academy of Urbanism: Justin in conversation

In Friday’s Urbanism Hour for The Academy or Urbanism, Jennifer Mui from MRG Studio landscape architects and Justin Nicholls discussed strategies for creating relevant community-focused places in the digital age. Drawing on recent projects and concepts, they explored how we might reinhabit town centres, reinvent the high street and cultivate diversity in public green spaces.