Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture is an award winning RIBA Chartered Practice with more than two decades of design experience.
July 2018

Streatham and Clapham High School shortlisted for upcoming awards

Both the AJ Retrofit and Structural Timber Awards have shortlisted Streatham and Clapham High School within their School Project and Education Project of the Year categories for 2018, respectively.

Staged by The Architects’ Journal, the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 will be hosted at The Brewery in Barbican on the 12th September, with the Structural Timber Awards due to be held the following month in the Midlands.

July 2018

New London Awards 2018 Commendation

We are delighted to share that our recently completed project Streatham and Clapham High School has been awarded a Commendation at the New London Awards (NLA) 2018 for the Education category.

Celebrating excellence in new architecture within the capital, the NLA Awards were presented this month during a ceremony at the Guildhall, attended by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

May 2018

Exciting aerial view of a recent project in Kenya

We’re excited by Nick Trent’s photograph of the almost completed “off-grid” house in Kenya. The indigenous landscaping is now flourishing in the rainy season.

May 2018

St Peters

Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture have been appointed to redesign the entrance sequence to a wonderful modernist church in Westcliff-on Sea. The scheme looks to connect the existing church and community hall with a new build café space for use by the community. The entrance to the church will be reworked to provide a clearer connection to the street, with new gardens and a lobby.

May 2018

Completion of Streatham & Clapham High School & Bellenden Primary School

Two of our school projects : Streatham & Clapham High School & Bellenden Primary School have now completed. The schools have moved into the buildings and are enjoying the new spaces.

May 2018

Streatham and Clapham High School

We are delighted that Streatham & Clapham High School has won a regional award at the 2018 RIBA Awards.

Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture’s design provides a number of innovative learning spaces, a new reception and dining hall that is both transformative yet complementary to the original 1930s building.

April 2018

2018 Building Design Awards – Education Architect of the Year

We are thrilled to have won the 2018 Building Design Awards – Education Architect of the Year for the third time!  A big congratulations to one of our clients ‘London Borough of Southwark’ who also won client of the year.

January 2018

Krishna Avanti – Update

Construction is well underway at the new Krishna Avanti Primary School in Croydon.
The steel frame has been erected and concrete floors and staircases are in place. The contractors are pressing on with the construction of the roof and are beginning the brickwork façade.

Krishna Primary School is due to be completed September 2018

January 2018

Churchill College – Update

Construction of new graduate housing has started at Churchill College, Cambridge University. The new buildings will house 30 new student rooms and five self-contained flats.

The new housing will be adjacent to Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture’s previous postgraduate housing scheme, which was completed in 2000. The development will extend the architectural and landscape approach of the original scheme to create a new consolidated postgraduate campus within the college. The project will be led by Simon and Priscilla who are both alumni of the College.

Watch their interview about designing the new buildings:

This project is due to be completed in March 2019.

December 2017

Grove Lane – Update

Construction of a new two storey home within the Camberwell Grove Conservation Area is progressing well.

Construction is progressing well on site at Grove Lane. The project replaces an existing garage to provide a compact and characterful new house that continues the existing development of the lane into a mews.

Alongside the new building, work has also begun to refurbish and remodel the main existing Georgian house. The excavation and remodelling of the front garden is well underway and the refurbishment of the front façade will follow after. The remodelling to the front garden will allow better access and daylight to the basement level through a series of brick terraces and steps that lead down from the street to the basement level.

November 2017

Planning submitted for new secondary school in Bermondsey

Planning has been submitted for a new 600-place secondary school that will form the new home for the existing Compass School Southwark.

The proposed new school forms a core component of the KPF Masterplan for the Biscuit Factory and Bermondsey Campus site for Grosvenor Estates. Located on the north edge of the development, adjacent to the existing school, the new school will be placed at the heart of existing community and at the gateway to the new neighbourhood. It will be an integral part of the community and will provide an exemplary urban school.

November 2017

New website for the Stephen Lawrence Prize

Cottrell & Vermeulen are pleased to be featured in the winners listings on the brand new Steven Lawrence Prize website.

We won the award in 2002 for The Cardboard Building for Westborough Primary School.

See the full listing and new website here:

September 2017

Open House London

We have 3 projects included in Open House London this year as part of their 25th Anniversary.

If you would like to have a look inside some of our recently completed education projects then please come and visit us on Saturday 16th September 2017 where we will be on hand at Sacred Heart School in Camberwell, Lyndhurst Primary School also in Camberwell and Streatham and Clapham High School Sixth Form in Lambeth.

For details of opening times and addresses please go to the Open House 2017 website for more information.

September 2017

Bellenden Primary School update

Construction work is progressing well at the new Bellenden Primary School in Peckham. The new building is part of Southwark’s Primary Expansion Programme increasing provision from a single to two forms of entry. The school are moving from their existing site nearby to the new building where we have also designed the landscape.

We are using a mixed palette of handmade bricks, coloured polycarbonate and precast concrete to give the school a strong identity embedded in the community. The scale of the building complements the surrounding residential properties with the pitched roofs and chimneys to the classrooms blocks.

The project is due to be completed in February 2018

August 2017

Open City, Architecture in Schools: Primary 2017

Paul and Hattie recently took part in the Architecture in Schools: Primary Programme run by Open City. Partnered with Year 5 at Reay Primary School in Lambeth and their teacher Lucy Coates to help engage the pupils directly with their built environment and give them the opportunity to propose their own ideas through creative challenges.

The brief this year was for the class to ‘Design your own open city neighbourhood’. After visiting Tate Modern with Lucy and the class they went on to draw, design and model make their open city designs. The efforts of Year 5 were rewarded with the class being awarded the Open City All-Rounder Prize 2017, along with Most Imaginative Design Year 5 and Best Class Effort Year 5.

We would like to congratulate the Year 5 class at Reay Primary School and their teacher Lucy.

August 2017

Streatham & Clapham High School

Phase 2 of the works at Streatham & Clapham High School is currently under construction. Phase 2 comprises of a new build extension featuring a new dining hall, new school entrance and reception facilities along with refurbishment works to the existing dining hall to provide a new kitchen and seminar space as well as landscape works throughout the school site.

As Phase 1, the structure is Cross Laminated Timber panels and Glulam ‘tree’ columns and beams.

The majority of the finishes will be the exposed cross laminated timber, with areas of plasterboard to achieve acoustic separation and conceal services installations.

Externally the new extension will be clad in curved glazed ceramic tiles to complement the curvature of the external walls with large expansive glazed curtain walling.

This project is due to be completed in February 2018.

July 2017

Harrow Design Review

We are pleased to announce that Richard Cottrell has been appointed as co-chair of the Harrow Design Review Panel.

Consisting of 50 experts from architecture, planning, engineering and development, the panel will meet each month to examine all significant schemes put forward in Harrow borough, both before and after they apply for planning permission.

See the full details here:

March 2017

Planning permission granted for Krishna Avanti Primary School

Krishna Avanti Primary School is a new build, two form entry primary school in Croydon. It is a Hindu faith Free school open to all, regardless of faith. It will be the third school Cottrell and Vermeulen have designed for the trust, Krishna Avanti primary school in Harrow was completed in 2008.

The Croydon school is located on a prominent site, straddling busy, built up Croydon and the leafy Waldrons Conservation area. These conditions have strongly influenced the design. The building features a linear teaching block, double height hall space and a roof top play deck. The school will be used by the community out of hours.

The scheme received planning permission in March 2017 and is due to start on site in May this year, with a planned opening date in September 2019.

March 2017

School & Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice

Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture was recently involved in an exhibition held at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, curated by Rita Adamo.

The exhibition School/Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice focussed on the relationship between the theoretical world of university architecture and the applied world of practice and making in architecture all whilst complementing the school’s ethos of socially engaged architecture.

Our contribution to the exhibition saw some of our staff exhibiting their past university projects along with some of the projects that they have been involved in at the office.

January 2017

Planning permission granted for Churchill College

Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture have secured planning consent for 30 new student rooms and five flats for postgraduate housing at Churchill College.

The new housing will be adjacent to Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture’s previous postgraduate housing scheme, which was completed in 2000. The development will extend the architectural and landscape approach of the original scheme to create a new consolidated postgraduate campus within the college. The project will be led by Simon and Priscilla who are both alumni of the College.