Fathom Architects


Studio Late for London Festival of Architecture

Thank you to everyone who came along to Fathom’s Studio Late for London Festival of Architecture!

Our doors were open and we had our team on hand to offer advice for budding architects, talk visitors through project designs, let them loose on our VR headset and show the 3D printer in action.

Despite the England Euros match and a sunny evening, we were busy with portfolio reviews and studio tours throughout the evening – it was wonderful to meet you all!


Fathom day at Kew Gardens

Last week the Fathom team enjoyed a day away from our screens at Kew Gardens. The Hive made a great spot for a Fathom team photo on our day out of the studio last week. We missed you Harry, Hui Ping and Laura!

A welcome dose of fresh air and greenery, we explored the extraordinary plants, trees, greenhouses, sculptures, Treetop Walkway and Pagoda before relaxing over food and drinks by the river.

Thanks to all our wonderful team for their dedication, and special shoutout to our Practice Manager Jo for organising the day.


Building Design Opinion piece on social value

Director Jonathan Mitchell contributed to Building Design with a comment on how architects’ unique skills can help charities unlock social and commercial value through strategic thinking, innovative design and tapping into our industry networks.

Thanks Ben Flatman for the opportunity to share Fathom’s approach and our work with Southwark Charities and The Walcot Foundation.

Read the full article here.


Planning for Old Burlington Street refurbishment

Planning news! Our upgrades to Queensberry House on Old Burlington Street have been granted consent by Westminster City Council.

Works to the 22,700sqm mixed use building include a new ground floor facade, reconfigured entrance, cycle facilities and external amenity space, all falling within the Higher Risk Building’s category of the Building Safety Act.


Supporting Uniqlo’s arrival at Coal Drops Yard

Related Argent have announced they are welcoming Japanese retailer Uniqlo to Coal Drops Yard this summer, the most significant retail deal in the Yard since its launch in 2018.

As part of Fathom’s wider role in evolving the retail offer at Coal Drops Yard, we have been supporting Related Argent to welcome Uniqlo to the heritage setting.

Working closely with Uniqlo in a client monitoring role, we’ve ensured that the 12,000 sqft unit over three floors has been sensitively adapted within a listed structure to accommodate high footfall and offer an enjoyable shopping experience.


New work for Westfield London

We’re excited to announce that Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has joined our growing number of Estate clients.

Fathom is supporting the asset and development teams to identify opportunities to repurpose peripheral spaces around Westfield London in line with the sustainable principles of URW’s Better Places strategy.


Planning consent for Westminster office alterations

Good news! Our upgrades to Queensbury House on Old Burlington Street in Mayfair have been granted planning consent.

Works to the 22,700sqm mixed use building include a new ground floor facade, reconfigured entrance, cycle facilities and external amenity space, all falling within the Higher Risk Building’s category of the Building Safety Act.


NLA Tall Buildings Survey features Blackfriars Road

New London Architecture has released its 10th Tall Buildings Survey – London’s Growing Up – and we’re very pleased to have our award-winning Blackfriars development in Southwark included.

Fathom’s consented designs illustrate a shift towards tall buildings that combine a mix of multi-generational uses and are generous to their local community.

Blackfriars Road is a charity-led development comprising 62 almshouses, 22,500sqm of flexible workspace, community spaces and public landscaped gardens.

For more on the project, visit our project page here.


Mayfair residential retrofit appointment

In another recent appointment, Fathom has been commissioned by a Hong Kong based charity to work with Capital Real Estate Partners on an existing 1950s residential building in Mayfair.

We’re developing comprehensive retrofit proposals to give the building a new lease of life, adding value by increasing the number of homes and improving environmental performance.


London Festival of Architecture 2024

We’re extremely excited to be part of the London Festival of Architecture in its 20th year!

We’ll be one of the practices opening their doors on 20 June for LFA Studio Lates’ Southbank and London Bridge focus.

We love to meet anyone with a passion for architecture, so please drop in to our Bermondsey studio to say hello, explore one of our designs on a VR headset or see our 3D printer in action.

For budding architects we’ll be offering free 15-minute portfolio reviews. Find all the details and portfolio review sign up (required) here.


Welcoming Katie and Joanna

This month we welcomed two experienced architects – Katie and Joanna – to Fathom.

Katie earned two first class degrees and brings experience in heritage, culture and residential sectors as well a specialism for complex additions to buildings in sensitive locations.

Joanna is an experienced architect with a passion for problem solving and working with complex urban sites, and adds a comprehensive knowledge of Revit and BIM processes to the studio.

We’re very excited to add Katie and Joanna to our growing team.


Fathom x Sessions mentoring

We’re incredibly excited to share that Fathom Architects will be collaborating with the Sessions mentoring initiative run by Narrative Practice on 10th July 2024.

Booking link via Eventbrite will be shared closer to the time.

Alongside the one-to-one mentoring sessions, there will be a chance to meet other like minded people, learn about our recent and in-progress work, and explore innovative tools we use in practice.


Life Science roundtable with HTS and Estates Gazette

At a time when life science retrofit projects outweigh new purpose-built, we were invited to contribute to a roundtable on adaptive reuse in the sector, kindly hosted by Heyne Tillett Steel and chaired by Estates Gazette.

Director Rebecca Thomas added her experience to the conversation on challenges and opportunities in developing resilient and flexible assets in a fast-moving sector.

You can read Evelina Grecenko’s write up here


Completion of 2 Swallow Place

2 Swallow Place is the latest project to complete in our strategic work with The Crown Estate to rejuvenate existing assets.

We developed a concept and CAT B fitout to revive the tired workspace and offer a series of more welcoming and collaborative spaces. Aimed at creative and media industries, our designs included flexible workspace layouts allowing for focused desk work, formal meetings and relaxed gatherings.

Subtle separation of spaces, with options for fixed and moveable furniture, ensure the workspaces are easily adapted as occupier requirements change.

Our concepts for The Crown Estate were evolved and delivered by Zero Workspace. See more on the project here.


Jack’s article for Paperspace magazine

Fathom’s Jack Parmar shared a personal response for Bath University’s Paperspace 21th issue, with a theme of #Spectres.

Jack linked his experiences of the Uttarayan festival – celebrating nature’s rejuvenation for Gujarat farmers – when the streets of Ahmedabad are temporarily transformed into a hive of activity for kite making, with his role in reimagining a series of heritage warehouses in Farringdon.

He shares how committing to creating adaptable cities and spaces and listening to the spirits of the past are key to ensuring narratives aren’t erased and buildings can have second, third and fourth lives.

Thank you Jesper, Antar and all the team behind Paperspace who create such an interesting dialogue to be part of.


Connie qualifies as an architect

Huge congratulations to Connie for qualifying as an architect this month!

Part of the Fathom team since 2021, Connie has played a key role on projects from Conservation Area infill sites to heritage retrofits.

Currently she’s leading our workspace improvements for Argent at 2 Pancras Square, establishing a distinctive identity for the building and creating a more enjoyable series of spaces for customers including 700 sqm of added roof terrace.

Well done Connie and congratulations to all freshly qualified architects.


The Pod gets a new purpose

Back in 2017, Fathom’s first built project was The Pod, a bespoke mobile podcasting studio for White City Place as part of DNCO’s placemaking brand strategy for the emerging creative district.

The Pod was widely published, made an appearance at the V&A during London Design Festival and won Best Creative Element at the Performance Marketing Awards.

Seven years later we’re incredibly happy to hear that The Pod has a new home and purpose at The Small Quarter, a community garden in South London dedicated to helping individuals with their mental health through growing food and getting involved in art and making activities.

Providing a welcoming indoor space within the garden, The Pod will help The Small Quarter continue supporting their local community.


Welcoming Sana and Ceren

This month we welcomed Sana and Ceren to Fathom.

Sana is a freelance Part II, balancing her time in architecture alongside running to.scale, the platform she founded to support architecture students through university whilst prioritising wellbeing and productivity.

Ceren joins us as a Part I student on a 6-month placement from Bath University. A star student in her native Cyprus and a former member of the European Youth Parliament, Ceren came to the UK to study architecture and gain experience in practice.

We’re very pleased to add Sana and Ceren’s talents to the Fathom studio.


Accredited Living Wage Employers

We’re proud to have become an accredited Living Wage Employer – one of over 320 Southwark based companies signed up.

As employers of future architects at early stages of their development and a number of support staff, paying the London Living Wage sets an important benchmark of fair pay for a day’s work.

Architecture is always a collaborative effort, so we’re pleased to demonstrate our commitment to acknowledging the contribution of everyone.


Careers fair in Southwark secondary

We hosted a stand at a local Southwark secondary school careers fair today, sharing various routes available to students interested in the built environment. As we strive to make architecture a more inclusive profession, it’s important to step outside of the industry to engage young people early.

Our VR goggles (we had a queue!) and 3D printed models helped spark conversations about architecture, space and different ways of modelling.

GCSE and A level choices can support journeys into architecture, so early knowledge of potential routes is key. It was great to meet the students and hopefully encourage a few to consider careers in the built environment.


Justin talks Dream Jobs on Architecture Social

Justin joined Architecture Social to talk about landing your dream job.

Bringing his perspective as an experienced educator, mentor and employer to outline key aspects you should be thinking about when looking for your next move, Justin spoke about values, culture and clients and offered insider info on what studios are really impressed by in interviews.

Host with the most Stephen Drew described Justin’s advice as “gold dust for anyone looking to carve out a successful path in architecture”.

If you’re looking for your next role and wondering where to start, have a listen here.


Rebecca joins The Pineapples jury

We’re very pleased to have Rebecca join The Pineapples judging panel for The Developer.

Fathom are longstanding supporters of these awards and The Festival of Place, created to celebrate the best placemaking initiatives delivering a positive social, environmental and economic impact.

Find out more about The Pineapples and fellow judges here.


Site update from The Waterman

With the main structure topped out and the new 5th/6th floors teeming with trades, one of the last big structural interventions at The Waterman has been opening up the ground floor – activating the heritage streetscape and creating an impression on arrival.

In the last few weeks, we’ve created four large-scale openings to establish a series of interconnected spaces which will house the reception and Alfred’s Club, a 3,660sqft amenity for building occupiers including co-working, lounges, meeting rooms and a bar.


Over and out for 2023

It’s over and out from (almost all) the Fathom team – a big THANK YOU for being such a wonderful bunch.

We’ve ended 2023 on a high with two award wins, two planning consents and more exciting project news which we look forward to sharing in the new year.

Before we head off, we’d like to wish all our clients, collaborators and friends a very happy and restful holiday!


Rebecca joins The Westminster Society’s DRP

We’re pleased to announce that Director Rebecca Thomas has joined The Westminster Society as a Design Review Panel member.

Rebecca will offer her expertise to support the Society’s aims of enhancing and conserving the City of Westminster by encouraging design excellence for new and refurbished buildings being developed in the borough.

See more about The Westminster Society here.


Go ahead for LOMA in Waterloo

Excellent news for Fathom and development managers Morgan Capital as we got the go ahead for LOMA last night – an ambitious 6,300sqm workspace retrofit on Lower Marsh in Waterloo.

Transforming a 1990s building identified as having a negative impact on the Lower Marsh Conservation Area, our scheme re-imagines the structure to create a sustainable and characterful workspace offering best in class amenities for local businesses.

The news featured in The Architects’ Journal, React and BE News.

See more on the project here.


UK Workspace of the Year win at FX!

We were blown away to win UK Workplace of the Year at the FX Awards last night for 6 Babmaes Street – our second award win of the month!

Thank you to The Crown Estate for their innovative brief and trusting us to deliver something unique in a fast-changing market; our team who put love and care into every detail; and the FX judges for seeing the value of meaningful human interaction in the workplace.

Conceived and delivered ahead of the pandemic, our imaginative retrofit transformed a redundant 1970s building into an appealing social and collaborative communal space for The Crown Estate’s office customers in St James’s, and had a positive impact on lettings in the area. See more on the project here


Pancras Square starts on site

This week we’re kicking off on site at 2 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, where we’re re-imagining amenity areas within the workspace to prioritise health, wellbeing and sociability for client Argent.

This rooftop render highlights ways we’re encouraging people away from office floors to connect with nature, by providing a generous outdoor space supporting a variety of activities.

Subtly zoned with furniture and finishes, layouts consider different ways people may want to spend time away from their desks including quiet space for reading or focus time, social areas for lunchtime chats and larger meetings or open space providing an opportunity to exercise their mind and body.


NLA Awards win for Blackfriars Almshouses

We were truly bowled over to win in the Housing category at the NLA Awards!

Our Blackfriars Almshouses scheme was awarded alongside two other innovative models of providing homes for Londoners, Citizens House by Archio and Spruce House by ao-ft.

Thank you to our client, Southwark Charities, for trusting us to think outside the box as to what an almshouse community could and should be, supporting independent living in a connected and sustainable development.

See more about the project here.


Planning for Walcot Foundation development

We’re very happy to have secured unanimous approval from Lambeth Council for a new infill development of nine homes in the Walcot Square Conservation Area for the Walcot Foundation, a charity that works to break cycles of financial deprivation in the borough.

Replacing a series of dilapidated garages on a constrained site, the consented scheme adds a contemporary brick building to the rich fabric of the Walcot Estate.

Find out more about our sustainable approach here – designed to achieve an 88% reduction on carbon emissions compared to Part L 2013.

Income from the new development will be used to extend The Walcot Foundation’s charitable work in Lambeth.


Justin contributes to Paperspace’s 20th issue

Director and Bath alumni, Justin Nicholls, responded to Paperspace Magazine’s 20th issue theme of Roots / Routes by challenging the homogenisation of places and calling for design which preserves identity and celebrates uniqueness.

Paperspace is created by students at University of Bath as an independent architecture and design publication with a variety of invited contributors.

Find Justin’s thoughts on page 40 of Paperspace issue 20 here.

We’re proud to be sponsors and contributors – thank you Jesper, Daria, Antar and all the team who create such an interesting dialogue to be part of.


Jonathan selected for Design South East DRP

Excellent news that Director Jonathan Mitchell has been selected by Design South East as a Design Review Panellist.

Adding his creative approach to the strategic planning and delivery of complex projects, we know Jonathan will be a fantastic asset to the network of leading experts.

Working with developers, local authorities and communities within two hours of London, the DSE Design Review Panel will deliver independent advice on plans, policies and projects.


Topping out at The Waterman

This week we reached a huge milestone with topping out at The Waterman in Farringdon.

Director Rebecca, Associate Tom and Architect Jack joined the design team to sign the final steel beam and celebrate with bubbles on the rooftop!

Our complex re-imagination of these Victorian warehouses has given us wonderful opportunities to create a unique heritage workspace for BentallGreenOak. See more here.


Welcoming Hui Ping and Grisilda

We’re pleased to welcome two new people to the Fathom family – Hui Ping and Grisilda.

Hui Ping brings experience as an architectural designer, researcher and educator in the UK, Netherlands and Malaysia.

Grisilda joins us as an Architecture BSc graduate from University of Bath, where she’s been championing contextual design with a strong social conscience.

Welcome to the team!


Celebrating Jack’s Part III success

Today we’re celebrating Jack qualifying as a fully-fledged architect!

Becoming an architect is a long but ultimately rewarding process – we’re so pleased for Jack and everyone qualifying this month.

We view education as an ongoing journey in the studio, supporting our team through formal education and continuing with regular Fathom Learns sessions on everything from running a business to being skilled communicators.


Planning consent at Coal Drops Yard

We’re over the moon to have achieved planning, listed building and advertising consent for the first phase of our work with Argent to elevate visitor experience in the heritage setting of Coal Drops Yard.

The enhancements aim to improve visibility of retail and aid pedestrian navigation through interventions with wayfinding, light and sound.


Jo promoted to Associate

Our Practice Manager Jo hates being in the limelight but today we’re very pleased to be celebrating her promotion to Associate.

Providing invaluable support to the whole Fathom team, Jo ensures that our studio is a well organised, smooth running and inspiring place for our team, collaborators and clients.

Her enthusiasm and dedication to making Fathom somewhere everyone can thrive is truly appreciated. Thank you Jo!


NLA’s Housing Innovation Report

Yesterday we were proud to be at the launch of NLA London’s Housing Innovation Research, featuring our housing for older Londoners in Southwark.

Spotlighting schemes addressing London’s housing challenge with affordable and sustainable models, our almshouse development for Southwark Charities creates a vertical community allowing older people facing hardship to live independently in a safe, supported environment.

Read more here


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!).