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Business Description

Cayford Design is a versatile architecture and design practice creating inspiring and feel-good buildings.  In addition to being a Certified Passivhaus Consultant, Paul Cayford is a RIBA Client Adviser, with the mission to embed sustainability and design quality in the procurement process for complex projects.

2nd Floor Studio

Greater London
United Kingdom
Sports Changing Pavilion for Dormers Wells High School

Cayford Design was responsible for full design and project implementation for this highly thermally efficient sports pavilion. Using PHPP and Passivhaus design principles traditional robust masonry construction was selected to suit its use, and to allow construction by a local builder.  The building has extensive thermal insulation, and uses mechanical ventilation heat recovery MVHR. The energy use is predicted to be approximately 36 kW/sqm per year, to result in total annual energy costs in the low £ hundreds.

 Key Outcomes:  A well engineered building, fit for purpose, blending in with the existing school building.

The building received the AECB Silver accreditation (AECB Building Standard)

Mixed Use development, Upton Park, London E7

This project is a major rescue of a building subject to a significant planning enforcement notice. 11 flats have been constructed, to the space standards of the London Plan, and to a very high environmental performance.. Cayford Design was appointed as Architect,  Principal Designer and Contract Administrator, and organised & lead the full consultant team. £2.2m contract sum.

The external envelope was stripped back to the structural frame and replaced with new elevations and roof.  A high level of sustainability is integral: environmental enhancements include whole flat MEV, new triple glazed windows, PV and ASHP. 

Key outcomes: Highly desirable flats for the Private Rental sector, a complete makeover of an already successful restaurant enterprise.

Social Housing - LB Newham

Affordable social housing, for rent.  Cayford Design was appointed as lead architect for the retrofit to near Enerphit standard of a pair of dilapidated 1970’s buildings.  The decision was taken by the Local Authority to renovate rather than rebuild as the speediest and most ecological way to deliver much needed housing.

There are 16 flats with 4 different unit types – the interiors were substantially reconfigured to comply with the Nationally Described Space Standards.  

The challenges included achieving affordable non-combustible Internal Wall Insulation with good moisture properties.

Guarda Landscape joined the Cayford team for the project, providing an inspiring landscape solution for a low budget. 

Key outcomes: Highly comfortable & desirable flats for the social housing sector.

Paul Cayford