Profile

Paul Murphy Architects was established in 2007 with the aim to create inspiring buildings for our clients and users. We work collaboratively with leading consultants across a wide range of sectors including education, healthcare, commercial, hospitality and residential.

Our knowledge and expertise, combined with our wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors, allows us to amalgamate ideas across different projects to produce fresh and innovative designs. Underpinning each stage of the design process lies our engagement with clients and stakeholders, attention to detail, and in making sustainable buildings to improve our built environment.

Our work has received numerous awards and commendations in recognition of design quality and has been published in industry journals.

 

Background

Paul Murphy founded PaulMurphyArchitects in 2007 to develop his vision for thoughtful, innovative design for clients.

Building on thirty years’ experience within both the public and private sectors, the practice has successfully delivered a wide range of innovative design solutions for clients. The practice has deepened its roots in the education and healthcare sectors whilst expanding into the commercial, residential and hospitality sectors.

Notable projects completed since inception include a new £6m Private Patients and Radiotherapy Suite for Basingstoke Hospital; Paxton Primary School (£8m) and a £1m fit out for UCL’s IT department in the City of London. Recently completed projects include the new £6m Centenary Wing for the Royal Air Force Club in Piccadilly; a new £12m primary school in Wembley.

Current projects feature a 40,000sqft production facility in South Wales; a £3.5m residential development on the Kings Road, Chelsea; and a £15m school masterplan redevelopment for a private school in Ealing.

 

Approach

Paul Murphy Architects offers a bespoke and design-led architectural service based upon the belief that good design will make a difference irrespective of project size or budget. Whilst each project is approached with a fresh eye, they are informed by our 30 years’ experience of balancing the visual, functional and environmental requirements of each project with the pragmatic considerations of cost and programme to create buildings which enrich the lives of those who use and experience them.

We consider the establishment of a clear project brief to be essential to the success of any scheme. We work closely with our clients and stakeholders in order to gain a shared understanding of their aspirations and future needs. Many of our projects naturally involve extended consultation with those who have a stake in the final building, and we welcome this vital contribution. We pride ourselves on delivering a personalised and pro-active service on all our projects.

One client stated:

"Paul Murphy Architects consistently deliver excellent architectural services. Their qualities lay in attention to detail at the early stages, ensuring a comprehensive briefing process with all stakeholders. They seek to design innovative but practical solutions to overcome limitations of existing and often listed buildings. They work diligently both pre and post contract to ensure any issues identified are resolved with minimum impact on cost, programme and quality." 

 

Delivery

We believe that a collaborative working environment is key to the successful delivery of a project. The maturing use of 3D technology and Building Information Modelling provides us with greater opportunities for interdisciplinary design and we seek to work with like-minded clients and consultants to deliver high quality, sustainable buildings.

The delivery of all projects is carefully controlled and monitored through a series of design and technical audits conducted throughout the life of the project and we regard quality of service and product of paramount importance.  The company operates its own in-house quality system and environmental management system, adopting the assessment methods of the Building Research Establishment.

All projects are led by the Managing Director, each of which is then coordinated by an associate or senior project architect who is supported by experienced technical, administrative and CAD staff.

 

Culture

The practice is actively involved in a wide range of initiatives and seek to contribute to and keep abreast of developments that affect our work and improve our service to clients.

We are an RIBA Chartered Practice and members the NLA (New London Architecture) and regularly attend exhibitions, talks and building visits.

Architects for Health has played an important role within the practice with Paul acting as Secretary since 2012. The practice supports the activities of the organisation and contributes to events throughout the year, and we sponsor the annual Student Design Awards, seeking to forge closer ties between schools and the profession.

We are passionate about supporting the next generation of architects and this is reflected in the practice’s efforts to employ students and graduate architects, mentor students and encourage local schools to take part in design-led initiatives such as Open City Education.

We regularly participate in the annual London Festival of Architecture, including an exhibition of our work in Cassino, Italy; as well as contributing to an exhibition about the future of the Hammersmith Flyover.

Understanding the city and the buildings within it are heart of what we do, and we visit European cities for inspiration. Recent trips have included Porto, Paris, Dublin, Valencia, Barcelona and Berlin.

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