our practice

_ o u r   e t h o s

To us, good architecture is the conception, development and execution of a unique product that responds to the needs and aspirations of the Client as well as the nature and location of the site. With each project, we seek to realise the potential of the site or building(s). We feel that considered design solutions stem from sound design principles. A successful design will enhance the quality of life of its users and act as a positive catalyst to the built environment.

_ o u r   b a s eThe practice has been established over 25yrs. Formerly based at Harewood Estate, in 2004 we relocated to our new build contemporary office on Leeds-Liverpool canal, which catered for our expanding needs. We found ourselves in a unique and privileged position; acting as client and architect on a contentious mixed use development. The site presented the exciting challenge of designing a contemporary building that exploits views over the canal and beyond to Kirkstall Abbey, whilst responding to the immediate context of a historic property adjacent. As part of the development, we undertook the design of the residential element; the restoration and refurbishment of the existing eighteenth century period dwelling, “The Ellers”, which featured in a Turner painting.

_ o u r   s k i l lNiemen Architects is a “safe pair of hands” as well as an international award winning practice. We have a diverse portfolio of nationwide projects in various sectors. Our ability to adapt to a wide variety of sites and briefs is complimented by our pragmatic approach to realise the potential value of buildings and land. We have a dynamic team of enthusiastic and highly motivated people that comprise a blend of youth and experience with a keen eye for design and detail. The success of the projects we have been involved in can be credited to the innovative and creative ability of our architects / designers and the meticulous approach of our technicians to the practicalities of construction. The practice has heavily invested in people and communication, particularly in 3D modeling and rendered graphics to assist design interpretation and development. We provide a full range of architectural services, taking projects from inception to completion, as well as providing ancillary design and technical services inc. masterplanning and interior design, as required.

_ o u r   a p p r o a c h

The practice is committed to the fundamentals of design and space planning. It is dedicated to continued professional development as well addressing increasingly important issues such as sustainable building design. The practice recognises the need to tailor the internal design team to suit the specific needs of each project. We work closely and effectively with all consultants within the project design team to ensure projects progress efficiently. In our dedication to challenging ourselves, we have welcomed the opportunity to engage in competition work in partnership with clients and independently entering RIBA competitions. The practice boasts a healthy environment of communication and debate internally, which generates well considered and justified design solutions.

_ o u r   e x p e r i e n c eThe practice portfolio of work includes a number of large and varied residential and commercial projects, with projects ranging from £500,000 bespoke houses to £150 million mixed-use city developments. We also have vast experience of working effectively with listed buildings, heritage sites and in conservation areas. Our commitment to providing a healthy balance of good architecture, value for money and excellent service has lead to our growing client base including private individuals, blue chip companies, PLC’s, major house builders and commercial organisations.