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 strongly believe that quality contemporary architecture can be delivered at every project scale.

We are an Award-winning architecture practice, we work in an open plan studio to ensure a dynamic and creative buzz. 

Working closely with our clients we establish strong relationships, delivering bespoke and joyful buildings that surpass expectations and are all uniquely designed for each client and specific location. 

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 process to guarantee success. The quality of our design work has been acknowledged by Planners and Appeal Officers in various 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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Our Commitment as a Creative Collective

‘We create spaces that offer the chance to be, pause, reflect and grow. Places to retreat to, to be sheltered by. Places that nurture the soul. Places to commune with others. Beautiful places that offer a sense of wonder to all those who encounter and experience them. Places that give back and speak of the people and setting that they belong to - back in time and looking forward to the future.’ 


We REALISE the potential of client dreams into beautiful buildings

We believe that great quality architecture adds value, both emotional value and financial. Great architecture enhances our sense of well-being, the value of this is difficult to quantify in monetary terms. However, our design skills also add real value in investment terms as the financial benefit of great design increases the value of the site and maximises your investment.

Often our client’s approach us with an idea of what they would like, sometimes it is list of requirements, sometimes an essence of what they want to achieve and sometimes it has been encapsulated in a painting. By working in collaboration with our clients we are able to recognise what they are truly striving for, translating what might be abstract in their heads into a beautiful, physical building. This is why we place great importance on talking in detail at the initial stages and ensuring that the brief is clear. This stage becomes a roadmap for all future work.


We QUESTION to reveal elegant design narratives

We question. We question our clients, the site, the design, we question techniques, materials and collaborators. By constantly questioning we are always learning and improving, pushing our designs forward. We are architectural storytellers and it is essential to us that every project has a different storyline that is unique and considerate of the people and place.


We REFLECT on the poetic possibilities of place

We are talented designers; every PAD studio team member is a talented designer in their own right and even stronger as part of our collaborative team. Great design is important to us, it inspires us. We believe that beauty is measurable and that even the most constrained project or site has the ability to be beautiful, often these constrains become the catalyst for inspirational resolutions.

Our designs are heavily influenced by location, the site and its wider context. We take inspiration from thorough research of place and use it to influence our design solutions so that they are unique to the setting.  


We RESPECT nature in the flux of change

We are mindful of our responsibility to and our impact on nature. Not just of the immediate site but also the wider environment throughout a building’s lifecycle. We understand that the sustainability credentials of a project are complex, we instil it at every stage to deliver a design that has sustainability intuitively built in, we do not just rely on bolt on technology.

We are mindful of our responsibility and our impact on nature. Not merely the sites we work with but also the wider environment by the consideration of a building’s lifecycle. We believe that sustainability is complex and don’t believe that you should just rely on bolt on technology, it should be considered from the outset. We do this automatically in the way we approach design.


We SUPPORT our clients on the journey

The journey of a building has several phases, involves many decisions and often many challenges on the way to completion. Our extensive knowledge and combined experience allow us to foresee many of these challenges and assist us in navigating our clients through the process, sharing the load to keep the project on track and aiming to provide an enjoyable process for our clients.

We are tenacious and driven – we work hard for you, even when the going gets tough we don’t give up. When you work with us, the team at PAD studio undertakes a commitment to you which we strive to honour throughout the journey from inception to completion.


We CELEBRATE the process and build enjoyable relationships

We love what we do and we work hard to make sure that you enjoy the journey with us too. We have a great team at PAD studio and have built up a network of likeminded collaborators. We don’t make false promises to you – we are realists, but we also work with you to ensure that you get the best possible value.

Although the role of an architect is serious and we have great responsibility we never feel the design process is a burden, it is something to be enjoyed by us and our clients.


The Team

Wendy Perring (Founder & Design 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 and education schemes with project values up to £3.5M and Lottery funded Arts projects including visual arts, dance and 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.

In 2015 Wendy was invited to act as chair of the RIBA South Regional Awards and later that year joined Design South East (DSE) as a panel member. As a result, Wendy regularly reviews Paragraph 79 applications.

When she has spare time Wendy is an enthusiastic tennis player, swimmer, gardener (and garden designer) and general foodie with a weakness for dark chocolate (and red-wine).

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 and 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.

Ricky became a qualified architect in 2015 and was appointed an Associate at PAD in 2016. He keeps us all on us with what’s new and current in our industry and pushes us to challenge our design work and push boundaries.

Although the basis of Ricky's' work is architectural he has a keen interest in the arts and society’s creative culture. He enjoys nothing better than a night of live music or immersing himself for a week in a Buddhist Retreat. He is a dedicated vegan and sports enthusiast. He is a keen triathlete and regularly competes in events across the UK and abroad.

Ricky is also a part-time studio tutor at Portsmouth University and an Associate of SPUD

Ben Munro (Architect – BA Hons March)

Ben has worked at PAD studio since 2013, and completed his final RIBA Part III qualifications in 2018 at Bath University. Since joining he has worked on a variety of projects including several multiple unit housing projects in London, private one-off residential projects across the UK and Local Authority public realm improvement projects closer to his home town of Lymington. He was also closely involved in delivering the award winning Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Portsmouth. The Pavilion was awarded RIBA Regional Award, RIBA Client of the Year Award, the Portsmouth Society Best New Building award 2018 and recognised as finalist in the World Architecture Festival and Architects Journal Architecture Awards.

Throughout his career, Ben has gained experience working on a range of projects and sectors, from unique private houses, to civic and leisure projects, but his passions lie in urban design and masterplanning. His dissertation project, which looked at a challenging vision for Belfast urban realm, received a RIBA Presidents Medal Student Award nomination.

In his spare time Ben enjoys his sport, often found cycling or running around the New Forest, he also enjoys a round of golf when he can find the time. He has also recently purchased a very architectural Alfa Romeo which you may spot him cruising around in the windows down.

Collette Raine (Architectural Assistant – BA Hons March)

Collette joined the PAD team in autumn 2016 after graduating from the University of Portsmouth Emergent Studio, where Wendy reviewed her final project and fell in love with her poetic approach. Collette is not only a brilliant designer, but is more like a forensic scientist when it comes to research. No stone is left unturned in her pursuit of uncovering the truth and history of a place – this richly informs our design work.

Collette is PAD’s ‘Star baker’, she would get a handshake from Paul Hollywood every time. Collette can also be found in the gym where she has a strange affection for punishing ‘spin’ classes.

Nancy Hargreaves (Marketing )

Nancy joining PAD in spring 2018 to look after the marketing and office management for the studio. Having spent several years in Hong Kong heading up the marketing across Asia for the architects Benoy, she moved back home to Lymington in 2017.

When she is not in the studio Nancy is mum to two little monsters who keep her very busy, occasionally she can be spotted jogging on the sea wall trying to keep fit (running off the cakes) and enjoying some peaceful time out of the house. 

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’s Twitter and Instagram #Archidog posts. Otto is resistant to training and still barks at the postman who he can amazingly detect at a one-mile radius.

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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 each 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