Chapman Carvill Design

| Architect

Jim Chapman studied at the Bartlett UCL, was an adventure playground leader in Waterloo, and ran a successful building company, before completing a Diploma at the Department of Architecture in Cambridge. He worked at two established architectural practices in Cambridge before forming CCD.

Monica Carvill studied Interior Design in Dublin, worked at Heals Contracts in London, and also worked for architectural practices in Cambridge before forming CCD.

The Partnership was established in 1991, but our interest in sustainability extends further back to the pioneering research into Autonomous Housing conducted at the Cambridge University Department of Architecture in the early 1970’s. As a student at the time, Jim designed and constructed one of the earliest “trickle” solar collectors in the UK.

From the outset, our designs have been developed around fundamental energy conscious principles: orientation, thermal mass, controlling and utilising solar penetration and natural ventilation. We have also analysed the whole-life-cycle and embodied energy of the components of our buildings, striving to incorporate local, regional or reclaimed materials wherever appropriate. Over the past decade, we have extended these core principles through expertise in the transition towards highly insulated air-tight construction exemplified by Passivhaus, but we also remain open to considering buildings with breathable envelopes. Our goal is always propriety, and our impetus is the challenge of deriving the best solution to fulfil our client’s aspirations.

We work across a wide spectrum of projects of varying scale: from a chestnut clad timber framed extension to a school in Hertfordshire (on a tight budget of £50K), to a total refit of a research facility building for a subsidiary of Astra Zeneca (on a budget £10M over a 3 year programme). In collaboration, we have also provided a technical design consultancy on some exceptional works: for example, the RIBA award winning Lowestoft Waste Water Treatment Plant and the enclosure of the Victorian Kitchen Garden with a glazed roof at the Wellcome Trust in Hinxton. We undertook feasibility studies and advised Bedfordshire County Council on the appointment of Architype as architects for the new Dunstable Downs Visitor Centre, monitoring the design process through to completion.

Based in Cambridge, we have responded to the local concentration of research activity by developing laboratory design as a niche speciality within our Practice. Given that this building type can consume between 5 and 10 times as much energy to operate as commercial offices, and that BREEAM and LEEDS standards do not address the detail of differing categories of laboratory, we have developed a technical design process which aims to mitigate this impact and maximise sustainability.

Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, CB1 9LN