Basement-studio,-Hackney1Architects located in Hackney, East London. We work on projects that are diverse in type and scale such as domestic extensions, loft conversions, offices, residential developments, one-off private houses, nurseries, schools, new-build, refurbishment and conversions with values from £30k up to £10m.

Current projects include a new build private house in Lower Clapton, refurbishment work on a secondary school in North London, listed building work, and various residential extensions around London.

The practice was founded by the principal Matthew Hardcastle RIBA/ARB in 2008. Matthew qualified as an Architect in 1998 and worked for a couple of high profile architectural practices in London before setting up his own practice.

Matthew likes to keep the practice small and workflow manageable to enable him to concentrate on each project. This ensures that every project is successful, affordable, and most importantly meets the needs of the client.

We are equally committed to both the design and implementation  stages in the delivery of projects. We enjoy the relationship that  develops through closely working with our clients during the feasibility and design stages.

We equally enjoy the delivery and implementation stages, working closely on site with the delivery team, engineers, craftsmen, trade and building contractors.

If required, we can recommend a team of consultants, construction professionals, and competent reliable building contractors and tradesmen that we work with on a regular basis.

For small scale domestic residential projects (extensions, loft conversions etc) we provide a fixed fee ‘design and approvals’ service. For this we carry out a measured survey, go through the design options, produce a full set of drawings, and get all of the necessary approvals in place. This provides everything the householder needs to get prices from a contractor/builder and for them to be able to carry out the building work. We don’t have a regular role during the building work but are on hand for advice and guidance if required.  Alternatively we can offer a full service which includes overseeing the building work and certification.

If you are considering a project and you think we may be able to help, please call us on 020 8553 0995, or email