About PAD Studio

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The PAD studio team is inspired by nature, people, art and music. We always seek to imbue our work with additional meaning and richness. We believe that quality and value contemporary architecture can be delivered even at the smallest scale.

We work closely with our clients to establish strong relationships, delivering to the client crafted and joyful buildings that surpass expectations and are unique to each client and their site.

We are an Award winning architecture practice with the feel of a small creative hub. We work in an open plan studio which ensures a creative buzz. We have a separate meeting space for those clients who prefer quieter environment.

Over the last six years we have established a great track record with various Planning Authorities and have gained a reputation for gaining planning permissions in challenging situations. We believe in dialogue and investing in the planning process to guarantee success. The quality of our design work has been acknowledged by Planners and Appeal Officers in various different Local Authorities.

PAD studio’s work has received strong interest from both national and international publications and have featured on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, series 2 & BBC 2's Building Dream Homes. Many of the publications are included in our media and awards gallery.

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The Team

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Wendy Perring (Managing Director – MA Arch (Edin.) Dip Arch (Dist) RIBA)

Wendy graduated with a first class honours degree from Edinburgh University before joining Allies and Morrison Architects in London in 1995 and then Tim Ronald’s Architects. She has worked on numerous award winning and prestigious projects including the RIBA Award winning Blackburn House in London and Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1.

She has extensive experience leading varied high profile domestic, arts & education schemes with project values up to £3.5M and Lottery funded Arts projects including visual arts, dance & music / performance venues. She was Scottish Young Architect of the Year winner in 1995. After a brief sabbatical at sea (notching up over 30,000 sea miles) Wendy was a founding partner in Perring Architecture and Design, which became PAD studio Ltd in 2013 and has been an RIBA Part 3 external examiner. Since 2007 she has been a part time studio teacher at Portsmouth University and visiting critic at Arts Institute Bournemouth.

PAD studio believe in direct personal engagement with all their clients. We listen closely and then interpret the conversations with our client regarding their aspirations for the project and what they want the spaces to feel like. We then transform these conversations into architecture: architecture that is bespoke to you. Our team approach is contemporary, warm, human and sustainable. We believe that whether you Live, Work, Play or Learn, it should be enjoyable and enriching.

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Darren Bray (Technical Director – BA Hons Dip Arch RIBA)

Darren graduated from Portsmouth School of Architecture in 1998 and worked with Architecture PLB and Format Milton Architects before joining PAD studio (then Perring Architecture and Design) in 2007. He has extensive experience in private practice co-ordinating a broad range of projects from £150K to £3M, including community projects and a number of educational projects for Hampshire County Council. As project architect he also led the award winning £3M refurbishment of an 18th century Maltings building in Alton for local community use.

As well as overseeing a variety of projects within the office, Darren keeps the PAD studio team up-to-date with the best tunes available. He has been a visiting studio tutor to Yr3 Degree Unit at Portsmouth School of Architecture since October 2007, and is an RIBA Professional Practice Examiner.

Darren is passionate about things other than architecture, amongst them football, music and swimming in the sea. This passion is also seen in his approach to construction detail & how the initial concept is translated and maintained throughout the building process. From the simplest roof junction or structural detail, the attention to detail is critical to Darren who will often be seen on site with sketchpad in hand describing exactly what is required. Nothing is left to chance.

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Ricky Evans (Associate Architect – BA Hons Dip Arch)

Ricky began his career in the Channel Islands working for Architectural Practices in Jersey. He trained at the University of Portsmouth graduating with distinction from the Emergent Studio.

His studies focused on phenomenology in architecture and poetics in tectonics. Whilst studying Ricky gained numerous awards working in various locations such as Denmark & Morocco. He has taken part in the Utzon spring workshop in Marrakech organized by JURN and been on the Judging panel for Jersey Design Awards.

Although the basis of Ricky's' work is architectural he has a keen interest in the arts and creative cultures of our society. He enjoys nothing better than a night of live music and locally produced ale. He is also co-founder of a website dedicated to unearthing the creative activity of Lymington: www.SALTboiler.co.uk. In his spare time he enjoys getting outdoors and exploring whether it’s a walk along the coast or travelling to distant countries. He has recently returned from a month’s sabbatical in Japan. Ricky is also a part-time studio tutor at Portsmouth University an Associate of SPUD group: www.SPUDgroup.co.uk

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Ben Munro (Architectural Assistant – BA Hons March)

Ben joined us briefly for work experience in 2012 and again as part of his M Arch course studies at Bath University. He was keen to be part of a team that are passionate about design, work hard but enjoy the journey. After graduating from Bath in June 2015 he has joined PAD Studio as a full time RIBA Part II Assistant.

Ben assists on a wide range of projects at different stages and has been working on the Portsmouth Tennis Pavilion from the start - due to be completed in 2017. Ben’s flair for design and attention to detail is evidenced on all projects he works on and we love his laid back charm and sense of humour.

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Collette Raine (Architectural Assistant – BA Hons March)
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Jonathan Burlow (Architectural Assistant - BA Hons)
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Otto Perring (Archidog)

Joining PAD studio in 2015 Otto is the youngest member of the team. Keep up to date with his adventures on PAD studios blog - SketchPAD with his Archidog posts.

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Our process

We believe that successful architecture is achieved through discussions between client, architect and builder. We offer a complete design package from concept to completion as we care about the detail and like to ensure that your project is a great as it can possibly be. Our process is linked to the new RIBA plan of work. The following pages provide detail on the typical stages and core architectural services that PAD studio provide.

The wonderful thing about our approach is that every site, client and project is unique and as such our services are flexible and tailored to best suit individual project needs. Some projects may not require all services, while others may require additional services; it’s all part of the conversation, and that is where we begin.

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“We were fortunate to be able to buy a plot of land which included a run-down building used as a holiday home. We knew that we wanted to build our own house, contemporary in style but in sympathy with its unique surroundings in the New Forest National Park. And we also knew we wanted to make the house as self sufficient as possible in energy, water and waste. Being new to the area, we felt that we needed help to get planning permission and after much research interviewed some local architects who would be sympathetic to our aims – particularly as we had quite specific ideas about what we wanted. PAD’s energy and enthusiasm for our project shone through and it was an easy decision to choose to work with them. PAD’s approach to the design and building process meant that we were fully involved so that the project was a real collaboration by all parties. As a result our house was built on schedule and to budget but more importantly, it is a place that we love living in.”
Gillian Oakes
“We attended a New Forest National Park Green Open Day showcasing sustainable buildings across the New Forest. We fell in love with two of the buildings and the architect of both buildings was PAD Studio. We have lived at Daisybank Cottage for 20 years and were passionate about renovating our Gardener’s Cottage which had coexisted with the main house since 1901. PAD helped us to stay true to the original structure, both in shape, form and materials. They sourced marley cladding similar to the original corrugated structure and ipe cladding similar to our forest surroundings. They opened our minds to new ideas and techniques whilst keeping us true to the original Arts & Crafts form of the original building. PAD guided us in the planning process, helped us with major decisions, externally and internally and travelled the journey with us, every step of the way. They have provided us with a gem, a small piece of paradise in the New Forest. Thank you.”
Cheryl & Ciaran Maher
“ Why PAD were appointed: We were looking for an architect to undertake a 36,000 sqft office refurbishment and refresh in Southampton. Someone with a fresh, innovative and collaborative approach to the project. We shortlisted four architects in the region and commissioned them each to produce a design proposal. PAD’s attitude was great from the start, they were approachable, reactive to our suggestions but they still gave us creative ideas and guidance. They were competitive on cost, but most of all, we felt, from when we met that they would go the extra mile, and so they did. Overall Performance: As part of the local strategic planning process, we appointed PAD to develop a master plan to help us promote a new green field housing scheme on a sensitive New Forest site. The brief was to develop a scheme that would excite the local council with an attractive design. PAD turned the project out within tight timescales and produced a very effective presentation. The site has now been allocated for housing and we anticipate that in due course, we will engage PAD to work the design up into a full planning application ready to be built.”
David Stevenson
“PAD quickly came up with a design that was both practical & sympathetic to the conversion & extension of our commercial listed building on the high street in Lymington. We liked it, the Council liked it & it sailed through planning at the first attempt. This followed 2 previous designs by other architects that had failed to woo the planners despite 3 applications & 2 appeals over a 5 year period! Previous architects had failed to design a scheme that dealt with combining the complexities of the listed building in converting the upper floors to residential and a commercial extension to the ground floor. PADs design team came up with an ingenious way of combining the combined uses of residential & commercial so that the residential had really good living space with good access; an outdoor patio area & the ground floor commercial extension was of a modern timber construction that complimented the listed building. PAD had studied the objections to the previous applications & recognised the weaknesses that had to be addressed if a scheme was to stand any chance of success with both the conservation officers & the NFDC. Their design addressed the previous issues by being innovative & expressive in the choice of high quality sustainable materials including a striking hardwood timber cladding that contrasted the materials used in the listed building. They also directed public support for the scheme by providing design models & marketing material that had a really positive result. We have found PAD to be extremely helpful & professional & a friendly welcome always awaits you at their studio. This is always followed by a delicious cup of premium coffee as well as expert advice.”
Steve Butler