project name: Farnham Road
location: Guildford, Surrey
type: residential
client: Levanter Developments
value: Undisclosed

Working with Levanter Developments, planning has been achieved under Delegated powers for this residential scheme of 14 contemporary apartments on Farnham Road in the centre of Guildford.

The aspiration for the design of the proposal is to develop a contemporary design that takes references from the materials and details used in the local vernacular architecture.

Vertical rhythm generated by the rows of housing, combined with the horizontal emphasise of materials and detailing, create an opportunity to develop a modern design that echoes the quality and texture of these materials.

Due to the local natural topography, the surrounding terraced housing has been stepped to accommodate the changes in level. This creates interest at both street level and at roof level. We aim to bring these steps into the design of the proposal by stepping the building back on plan, section and elevation. Whilst this responds to the natural levels, it also reflects the character of the area, creates visual interest and provides a more interesting skyline.

The building is separated horizontally through the use of 3 principle materials, stonework at the base to reflect the character of Bargate. The main body of the building is red brickwork and the roof level is finished in bronze.

The design has been developed to use high quality natural materials and detailing. For example, the brickwork has been designed in Flemish Bond with projecting headers. This provides visual interest, texture and relief to the façade demonstrating a high level of craftsmanship.

Latest Happenings

  • Birds Hill Road

    Works are now underway clearing the site in preparation for the ground floor slab to be laid.

    Birds Hill Road
  • Farnham Road

    Working with Levanter Developments, planning has been achieved under Delegated powers for this residential scheme of 14 contemporary apartments on Farnham Road in the centre of Guildford.  Construction is now well underway

    Farnham Road
  • Alvaston


    Working closely with Levanter Developments planning has just been secured on this 4 storey apartment building in Guildford town centre.  The scheme is comprised of fourteen 1 and 2 bed apartments including undecroft car parking.

  • Filming at Chalk Ridge

    Filming at Chalk Ridge

    UPDATE: This aired on the 6pm ITV News on the 16th September. You can watch it again by following this link (towards the bottom of the page).

    Local ITV News selected 5 of the RIBA South / South East Architectural Awards Finalist to appear on TV and Chalk Ridge was amongst those 5. Steve spent a very sunny day explaining how the final design evolved and extolling the virtues of a great architect / client relationship.

  • Catherine’s Walk Guildford

    Construction works are nearing completion at Catherine Walk in Guildford

    Catherine’s Walk Guildford
  • 2014 RIBA Manser Medal

    SCd have been selected from the winners of the Reginal RIBA Awards 2014 to appear on the longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal.

    "The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal longlist reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year. The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK’s best architects."  RIBA President Stephen Hodder.

    2014 RIBA Manser Medal
  • Chalking Up Awards

    Chalking Up Awards


    Online article with pictures and a video interview with Steve and Briege can be found on the getsurrey website by clicking here

    Feature length article in the local newspaper The Surrey Advertiser.  Chalk Ridge does the double!

  • Chalk Ridge appears in the AJ

    Chalk Ridge appears in the AJ

    Chalk Ridge has appeared in the AJ along with other condenders for the RIBA Awards 2014.

  • Winning night at RIBA South East

    Winning night at RIBA South East

    Chalk Ridge was announced as an Award winner at the RIBA Regional Awards Ceremony held in Weybridge on the 8th May. Our clients joined us for the evening to celebrate the success that was bestowed on their new home.

    Chalk Ridge now becomes a double award winner.

    Winning night at RIBA South East