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Our Story

We’ve been delivering architectural and design projects for many years and have taken a look back at our journey to date, including the key milestones that have helped define who we are.

2009 – October
The Beginning

Piper Whitlock Architecture was formed by friends and colleagues, Philip Piper and Steve Whitlock, the two having been equity partners for 13 years in a larger firm during which time they had worked on projects including Festival Place – Basingstoke, Liffey Valley – Dublin, Castle Quay – Banbury, Weavers Wharf – Kidderminster and Whitefriars – Canterbury.

2009 – October
2009 – November
Winchester, our new home

Winchester was chosen as the new firm’s base and Alan Mansbridge, a previous colleague joined as the first member of the new team.

2009 – November
2009 – November - Piper Whitlock
2010 – January
Our First Project

The first project was a Starbucks Coffee Shop at Weavers Wharf, Kidderminster for Henderson Global Investors, and the next few years were spent establishing the business during a difficult recession in the UK.

2010 – January
2010 – March
Keep Up The Momentum

Among the new projects was a 152,000 sq.ft retail park project for Hammerson and Tesco Stores in Gloucester, which received detailed planning consent. The reputation and experience of the founders, coupled with the recruitment of new talented members of staff, built a momentum and a confidence to succeed, with instructions from both previous and new clients.

2010 – March
2010 – March - Piper Whitlock
2011 – May
Rugby Retail Scheme

Following a competition, Hammerson UK Properties appointed PWA to act as architect on Elliott’s Field Shopping Park, Rugby, a new 320,000 sq.ft retail and leisure scheme anchored by M&S and Debenhams, which opened for trading in 2015 and was later nominated for a REVO Gold Award.

2011 – May
2011 – May - Piper Whitlock
2011 – May
Meet Our Newest Team Member

Peter Duggan joined the firm as a Senior Architect having previously worked for two London architects on residential schemes.

2011 – May
2011 – May - Piper Whitlock
2012 – March
Bracknell Regen Begins

Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, a joint venture of Schroders, Legal & General, and Bracknell Forest Council appointed PWA on several parts of the Bracknell Town Centre Regeneration.

2012 – March
2013 – August
Breaking Into Residential

Having been keen to increase the firm’s work in the residential sector, it started work on the detailed design and delivery of its largest residential development to date at Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow for Ardmore Construction/Lindhill.

2013 – August
2013 – August - Piper Whitlock
2014 – June
Business Expansion

The firm moved into new and larger offices in the centre of Winchester as the team continued to grow, workload increased, and during the year the firm was commissioned on new 11 storey retirement apartments for McCarthy & Stone.

2014 – June
2014 – November
Selly Oak

Harvest, a JV of Landsec and Sainsbury’s appointed PWA as its lead architect on the Selly Oak Shopping Park scheme, formed by the regeneration of a 30-acre former industrial site in south-west Birmingham.

2014 – November
2014 – November - Piper Whitlock
2015 – January
Rugby Retail Scheme: Part 2

Further to the earlier success of Phase 1 of Elliott’s Field Shopping Park, Rugby, our client acquired an adjoining site and instructed PWA to start drawing up designs for a second phase comprising a further 130,000 sq.ft of shopping space, which targeted the major furniture retailers including Sofology, Furniture Village and Tapi.

2015 – January
2015 – January - Piper Whitlock
2015 – October
Boris Pays a Visit

Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow has officially completed and was visited by Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London.

2015 – October
2017 – March
Back to Uni

St. Modwen Developments appointed PWA on a 46,500 sq.ft academic building for Swansea University on its Bay Campus site.

2017 – March
2017 – March - Piper Whitlock
2017 – July
Success

The retirement apartments for McCarthy & Stone have now completed and all 48 units had sold pre-completion

2017 – July
2017 – November
Two World Firsts

The adjoning site to Elliott’s Field Shopping Park, Rugby, has now completed and achieved two sustainability world firsts, having been awarded an Outstanding BREEAM rating, in addition to becoming the first shopping park globally designed to be carbon neutral.

2017 – November
2018 – October
Her Majesty The Queen

Philip and Steve had the honour of being presented to Her Majesty The Queen at The Bull Pub in Bracknell, designed by the firm. This was the start of her tour of The Bracknell Town Centre Regeneration, where she met council officials and senior figures from those who had played their part in the design and construction of the entire estate.

2018 – October
2018 – October - Piper Whitlock
2018 – October
Team Update

Peter Duggan became a Director following 7 years with the firm followed shortly by the appointment of Kevin Harnett, vastly experienced in delivering projects as an Associate.

2018 – October
2019 – August
ISO Accreditations

The firm achieved ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Quality Management and Environmental Management accreditations. We use these systems and procedures to organise our processes and improve our efficiency, to continually reduce waste and improve overall environmental impact.

2019 – August
2019 – August - Piper Whitlock
2019 – October
10 Year Celebration

After 10 amazing years in business the firm celebrated their anniversary in London, which ended in the early hours with the founders enjoying a rickshaw ride down Oxford Street in the rain! A specially designed Piper Whitlock cocktail was enjoyed by many during a memorable evening.

2019 – October
2019 – October - Piper Whitlock
2019 – October
Congratulations Alan

Alan Mansbridge became an Associate, richly deserved after he had joined us right at the start.

2019 – October
2019 – October - Piper Whitlock
2020 – March
Covid-19 Strikes

The Covid-19 Pandemic caused lockdown in the UK and PWA, like most, faced the first test of its business continuity planning. Our systems were easily transferred to remote home working arrangements, where secure VPN connections to our central hard drive filing systems, Revit software and MS Teams meant we were able to maintain visual contact with clients, project team members, and our own colleagues.

2020 – March
2020 – April
Project Updates

The year featured a number of successful project completions including those at Princess Square Shopping Centre, Bracknell, a new store shell for Landsec at Bluewater for Zara, Goodman’s Yard and at Thurrock Shopping Park.

2020 – April
2020 – April - Piper Whitlock
2020 – December
Selly Oak Completes

The phased delivery of the Selly Oak Shopping Park running from spring 2017 has now completed with the linking of the Urban Park and canal bridge to central Selly Oak.

2020 – December
2020 – December - Piper Whitlock
2021
2021 so far

The firm continues its work on The Deck, Bracknell, which is the last piece of the jigsaw in the town centre’s regeneration, linking the Princess Square Shopping Centre with The Lexicon. This involves the re-development of the former Bentall store and creation of new lightly covered civic space surrounded by leisure and F&B uses.

2021
2021 - Piper Whitlock