So after 18 months of collaborating and community participation, with the wonderful team at St Margaret’s Church in Southsea Portsmouth  and careful allocation of the budget from the church of England. We have commenced on site with Phase 01, which includes a new underfloor heating system, powered by a renewable heat source in Air Source heat pumps, a beautiful new polished concrete floor, new toilets, with a new community cafe and children’s play zone. This is no ordinary church, this is a community Church looking towards the future and re imagining and questioning, just what is Church for the 21 Century? Well for the team at St Margarets its about serving your community through, listening, assisting, offering friendship, offering food through the food bank or clothes from the community shop. This truly is the church of the future, where many activities services sit carefully curated under the umbrella of faith.

We took a day out with the Client team and took them to London for the day, where we visited the showroom of our concrete floor supplier to choose the floor colour. We also took in a visit to the Garden Museum in Lambeth to look at the former Church and how its been refurbished and re imagined. For us every client is unique and its about forming strong bonds on understanding, what our collective ambition and ultimate goals.

We hope to be opening the doors of the Phase 01 refurbishment in early November. But for now the church are raising funds to complete the works here with their Go Fund page

Here is Fran giving a tour of the Church to Love Southsea


Studio B.a.d where appointed in September 2019 to undertake a detailed feasibility study of Holly Cottage a listed house which sits in Meonstoke High street in the heart of the South Downs national park


The feasibility study was commissioned to review how the existing house is used by the family and how it might accommodate, the extended family members and how it responds to the garden and immediate landscape. The feasibility study is a strategic exercise in reviewing the key requirement’s of the family and the wider opportunities, to exploit the potential of the site and beautiful garden.  Its also an opportunity to create greater flexibility within the the plan layout and its relationship to the garden and maximizing long views looking East down the mature garden, lined with flint walls.



The design strategy has been to review and respond to  the existing conditions, which currently exist within both the house and the landscape. The challenge has been to look at a number of design ideas, which have been presented to the conservation officer, in detailed dialogue to establish a positive process.


Studio B.a.d along with our Heritage and planning consultant experts, entered into a series of pre application discussions, working through a number of sketch proposals, reaching successful common ground with the South Downs national park.


A series of options where carefully created, considered and presented, to look at the type of form, material and detailed composition of the various extensions.  The response has been to the existing situation of the sensitive nature of the local vernacular. These options seek to address the excellent position the house holds, with regards to solar orientation. So the options have sought to maximize both the wonderful long views across the site whilst looking to harness the opportunities for a new stand alone annex and study / office space..


As well as the elevational treatments, being carefully considered, with the use of local brick and stained timber. There has been an element of exploiting and opening up the current floor plan condition around the kitchen, to open up views to the flint lined garden.


The final  proposal submitted for planning has sought  at all levels, to engage with the garden, by looking to open up possibilities for the various spaces to exploit the mature surrounding landscape and its relationship to the house and new extension, annex, garage and home office / study.


So on Tuesday 07 July we delivered our final lecture in the series ‘Reading The City ‘ the final lecture was titled a ‘Mean While City’. We started the series back in January in the City at Gods House. But soon had to move across to a virtual platform, but these proved to be even more popular with over 350 people watching the series overall.

The public lecture series was  focused upon raising public awareness, engagement, and participation in a curated process of re-imagining the public urban realm of Southampton. Contributors where all at the forefront of contemporary urban debate both here in Southampton but also in the UK and provided a diverse and often challenging perspective upon the City of the twenty first century. The over-arching objective was to ensure that place-making in the city can become informed and inspired by contemporary visions of how our experience of urban life is enhanced.

The final lecture did not disappoint, with Carl Turner of Turner works, Thomas Bryans of if_do and Marcos Rosellos of All Design.

We hope to be able to continue to curate a further series in the Autumn / Spring with Go Southampton.


So its RIBA election season and at Studio B.a.d we are delighted to be asked to be supporting and part of Sumita Singha’s election campaign, read all about her manifesto and inspiring story. Please consider voting for Sumita to bring about change at the RIBA!

Election Statement:

The momentous challenges sweeping through our society provide an opportunity to reflect on the RIBA and build on the strengths of the Advancing Architecture Strategic Plan. To respond effectively to these new challenges, the RIBA needs to be well prepared, innovative and inclusive. From my work in the NHS, I come to understand that when each person, campaign and committee is aligned towards the organisational purpose, then challenges can be overcome.

With renewed energy and determination, together with the RIBA’s international reputation, let us make it a global champion that is public facing and fit for the future. Let us #ChangeForArchitects

I have great hopes for the recovery and future of our profession. As the President of the RIBA, I will

  • Celebrate the potential of innovation, diversity and collaboration that architecture offers to build a better world
  • Create a resilient profession through empathetic leadership, effective communication and participative decision-making

I bring a well-rounded experience to support these goals.

Deep knowledge of the profession

  • 30 years of RIBA activities, including professional conduct
  • Working with all sizes of practices, in large and small projects
  • International and regional perspectives from working in six countries
  • Teaching for 30 years, studying at five universities and experience of validation

Activism and campaigning

  • Chairing Women in Architecture
  • Founder of Architects for Change, the RIBA’s principle Equality Forum
  • Trustee of three architecture charities
  • Author of four books on architecture and practice
  • Success in improving procurement in the NHS

Leadership and objective view of the profession

  • Extensive knowledge of organisational culture and context for change
  • Experience of crisis and risk management
  • Awards in all area of work – from design, business to diversity
  • Experience as member of design review panels


We where delighted to be invited by Gemma Barton to judge the Interior Architecture awards 2020. This is the second year now we have been invited to take part, its such an honour to be involved in the school the promotes some of the most imaginative free thinking projects.

Our award is for graduating students undertaking the Interior Architecture course in recognition of narrative and storytelling through excellence in drawings and representation.

This year do not disappoint, we where asked to choose a first and second winner as follows:


  1. JOHN TORRES – The Hippodrome Cultural Hub – Making of the Circular City


A wonderful exploration through current challenges, reimagining cities with a response based on tackling climate change with direct influence from the circular economy, re using the amazing Hipporome building. This project tackles all of the many societal challenges we are facing in towns and cities, with a fantastic meanwhile approach, this has an opportunity to both raise cultural conversation but also educate a place like Brighton in the year of City of culture.


There are some quite wonderful drawings, that seek to give glimpses of atmospheres that map a whole series of events over a set programme, in the life of this project. As a proposition, brief and set of outcomes, this project demonstrates a maturity and understanding of real world issues far beyond the expectations at this level, so John is to be congratulated.



2.     Mashaal Baloch – ELYSIUM: The Future of Graveyards

A fantastic journey into the world of celebrating life + death and the future use our digital opportunities. The question is posed ‘How is our presence in digital space changing the way we die’?

This project takes on the challenge of celebrating peoples lives in the digital world, by repurposing an existing former church building, with some quite wonderful components that respond to the defined program, weaving an atmospheric set of light touch floating elements.

It’s a thought provoking and exciting prospect that the digital world is grasped as a means to create both virtual and physical architecture to deliver a future digital graveyard.


Take a look at all the work here:


There is also a small piece on Dezeen here


Over the past three months, we have all been adapting to the challenges around removed face to face existence and having to deliver the same work + teaching experiences that needed to happen in order for us to survive in business and for our students at Reading school of architecture to complete their undergraduate education. I am hugely honoured that I get to teach in first year at the University in Reading, but I had no idea how our students would rise to the occasion of virtual teaching and learning, to go well beyond all our expectations. I am so very proud of what our students achieved and I have no doubt, that although the challenges where really quite difficult, they will all have learnt about resilience and will come through this time stronger and ready to adapt at what the 21 century throws at them!