The Principal is bilingual and has a long association with France. Many years ago, this little 'remise' in a village in Fleuri in the Var was converted to family holiday use.
This project was carried out remotely, using survey material supplied by the client, who was from Kent and submitting and application for a 'permis' by post. We successfully obtained consent and the client was able to proceed with his plans to convert the building.
A long-term client from Canterbury fulfilled his ambition to acquire a beautiful French property, with the aim of providing accommodation and conferencing facilities. This Monastery is virtually a fortified village, and has been slightly modified by Viollet-le-Duc, the Architect of Carcassone, which is near. Our colleagues in France were able to undertake an initial survey from their branch in Tarbes, in the Hautes-Pyranees, and we await instructions to visit to make a fuller inspection (particularly as the building has an attached vineyard, and carries its own label!)
Currently, we are working on a holiday eco-home in the Beaujolais, and intend to create a live 'blog' as the project comes out of the ground.
We have been associated with Atlante Architectes, based in Wasqual, Lille since 2000, and have entered a number of competitions, including the Visitor Centre at Lutyens Monument at Thiepval (picture), and the Turner Contemporary, Margate.