This is the core of the practice activities, the study and creation of spaces for human activities and infrastructure of the built environment. The projects span a wide range of scales from urban design to interiors, from public squares to shoe closets. The practice has designed architecture for a wide range of building types including; transport interchanges, bridges, houses, schools and university facilities, offices and factories. Cultural projects include galleries and theatres. On every project the practice seeks to deliver high quality, cost effectively and with the shortest possible site time. This does require time to design, plan and procure the project. This proves time well spent.
Michael Stacey’s interest in product design started whilst studying architecture at Liverpool University. Primarily this is an interest in how contemporary technology and manufacturing can be harnessed for the benefit of the built environment. Product Design has ranged from building construction products, cladding and glazing systems to integrated and one off furniture. Product Design is carried out as part of a project such as the illuminated bollard of Ballingdon Bridge, or as part of a Research and Development programme such as Aspect 2 or the mass market domestic green house for Halls. Other clients include 3m, GE and Corus.
The consultancy is based on specialist knowledge particularly in the areas of materials, construction and building envelope design. The knowledge is based on practice, research and scholarship. The practice has advised a number of leading architects including Wilkinson Eyre, David Mark and Julia Barfield and Bennetts Associates. We have also advised building owners, developers, main contractor, specialist subcontractors, material suppliers and manufactures, all participants in the construction industry, this includes Shepherd Construction, Blyth and White and Coseley Panel Systems Ltd [Corus]. The practice has extensive expertise in the testing of components and component assemblies.
Research and Development
Research and Development is an integral part of our continued search for excellence. Stephen Groak in The Idea of Building cites Michael Stacey and colleagues as an example of research practitioners. R+D is undertaken within architectural projects, and as a stand alone activity. An example of the latter is research undertaken for the DTI on the applicability of carbon fibre to new build construction. This led to the development of a large format modular train station system. Other examples of off project research have investigated the use of steel in over cladding and the standardisation of interfaces between cladding and glazing.