Chetwoods is an award-winning architectural practice founded by Laurie Chetwood in 1988. We have studios in London, Birmingham and Hamburg.
We stand for a 360-degree approach to design that incorporates innovation, sustainability & wellbeing, and digital transformation. These elements of our brand – Studio, Thrive and Works – are used to guide and inform the holistic approach of our teams to every project, and to how we run our business and offices.
We have a long-established reputation for pushing the boundaries for innovative sustainable design in the retail, residential, commercial and logistics sectors, working with our clients to reduce the impact of the buildings we design. In 2020 we successfully delivered the first building verified as Net Zero Carbon for construction (whole life embodied carbon).
In London we have been developing new Industrial Intensification templates based around multi-storey warehouses and mixed-use urban logistics on London’s SIL sites in response to the challenges facing retail, residential & logistics. We have also conducted studies for the GLA on splitting up and tailoring a masterplan to suit its component communities, layering in new uses and co-locations.
We are working on the adaptive re-use and repurposing of existing buildings and brownfield sites including underground spaces such as basements and car parks, and what the High Street of the future could look like. We were commissioned to bring retail into industrial in the design of the new combined City of London Markets facility on the former Barking Reach Power Station in Dagenham Dock.
Our work on infrastructure includes a new generation of underground metro stations in Chengdu, China. A new typology goes beyond functional requirements to change people’s expectations of what metro stations can offer as spaces that provoke emotions, not merely as points of transit.
Our Royal Academy competition-winning Well-line proposal repurposed London’s longest brownfield site - the Mail Rail Line that runs for six miles from Paddington to Whitechapel - into a new high-tech logistics supply line to sustain the city by delivering goods and services from below.