Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture is an award winning RIBA Chartered Practice with more than two decades of design experience.
April 2023

Planning Approved for New Library

We are happy that the proposed new library and 6th form study space for St. Thomas the Apostle
School in Nunhead has received planning permission. The new modular space starts on site in June
and should be ready for occupation in In September this year providing much needed study space
for the 6th formers at the school.

May 2022

RIBA East Award 2022 winners – Best Building of the Year

The postgraduate housing on Storey’s Way for Churchill College, Cambridge was among 17 projects in the Eastern Region to win an RIBA regional award and we are delighted that it has also been chosen as RIBA East Building of the Year.

May 2022

RIBA East Award 2022 winners

We are very happy to announce that two of our recent projects have received a 2022 RIBA East Award.

Our graduate housing for Churchill College, Cambridge where the judges noted that ‘The resulting scheme showcases the practice’s experience with graduate housing with great virtuosity’; and our project for Brentwood Preparatory School where the judges noted that ‘The materials palette references other buildings around the site and each building is beautifully crafted with bold and playful colours and motifs’

July 2020

Southwark Architect Design Services Framework

We are honoured to be included on this new framework in the categories of Education / Social Care / Community (£5-£20M) and  New Homes (£0-£5M).  Southwark is home to our offices, a number of our prominent projects, our London Met student work as well as our local work experience students.

We really look forward to this opportunity to continue to engage with Southwark communities and to help them shape sustainable and inclusive spaces for living, learning and socialising.

February 2019

Fundraising drive launched for new Cottrell and Vermeulen-designed community hub in Essex

A fundraising initiative has been launched to turn our new design for Saint Stephen’s Church in Southend-on-Sea into reality, with the church targeting £50,000 to achieve planning permission to build. Colin Baldwin, the Priest-in-charge at St Stephen’s, will stage a 1,000 miles cycle in 10 days this July as part of the drive, visiting the majority of cathedrals in the south and midlands of England.

The new centre will replace the church’s existing dilapidated facilities, and uses modular design to create a building that is flexible and can be easily expanded further in the future as the community’s needs evolve and funding becomes available.

To help the project and donate to Rev. Baldwin’s charity cycle, simply text COLB58 £(amount) to 70070, or alternatively visit the following JustGiving page:

January 2019

Completion of Krishna Avanti Primary School, Croydon

Our school project in Croydon for the Avanti School Trust and Kier Construction, Krishna Avanti Primary School, has now completed.

The new build two-form entry primary school is a Hindu faith free school open to all, regardless of faith, and is the third development we have designed for the trust.

Having received planning in March 2017 and commenced on site later that year in September, the building features a linear teaching block, double height hall space and a roof top play deck.

January 2019

New York’s Architectural Record features Cottrell & Vermeulen

American publication Architectural Record has featured Streatham and Clapham High School in a special article focussing upon exemplary vertical school expansions from around the globe.

Our extension and refurbishment – staged over two phases for the Girls’ Day School Trust – was the only UK design to be selected for the article, of which also included outstanding projects from Berlin and New York.

The article has been published in the title’s January 2019 issue and you can also read it online by clicking the link below:

November 2018

Civic Trust Awards 2019 shortlists Bellenden Primary School

We are delighted to share that Bellenden Primary School has been shortlisted by the Civic Trust Awards 2019 for the Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design.

The Civic Trust Awards recognise buildings and schemes in which are architecturally outstanding and make positive differences to their local community.

All winning schemes will be presented with their award or commendation at the 60th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony, held at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester on Friday 1st March 2019.

October 2018

Bellenden Primary School shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards

We are delighted to be shortlisted for School Project of the Year for Bellenden Primary School in the AJ Architecture Awards.

The awards celebrate the very best projects built in the UK and all winners will be announced at the Roundhouse in London on 4th December.

September 2018

AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 – School Project of the Year

We are thrilled to have won School Project of the Year for our project Streatham and Clapham High School at the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018.

The judging panel commented on their decision: “The jury liked the energy and ambition of the scheme and how it succeeded in reinvigorating the school campus, re-orientating it to the street and thereby transforming its relationship with the surrounding locality.”

August 2018

Cottrell and Vermeulen project shortlisted for Wood Awards

We are delighted to share that Streatham and Clapham High School has been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards. Selected within the Education and Public Sector category, the awards recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

The shortlist will be showcased at the London Design Fair in the Old Truman Brewery on 20th-23rd September, with the winners revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 20th November.

August 2018

Open House London 2018

We are pleased to have 3 projects included in Open House London this year.

If you would like to take a look inside some of the projects we have completed over the course of 2018 then please come and visit us on Saturday 22nd September, where we will be at Streatham and Clapham High School in Lambeth and at 25 Stories Mews in Southwark. On Sunday 23rd September we will be at Bellenden Primary School in Peckham.

For all details of opening times and addresses, please visit the Open House 2018 website for more information – link below. We look forward to seeing you!

July 2018

Streatham and Clapham High School shortlisted for upcoming awards

Both the AJ Retrofit and Structural Timber Awards have shortlisted Streatham and Clapham High School within their School Project and Education Project of the Year categories for 2018, respectively.

Staged by The Architects’ Journal, the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 will be hosted at The Brewery in Barbican on the 12th September, with the Structural Timber Awards due to be held the following month in the Midlands.

July 2018

New London Awards 2018 Commendation

We are delighted to share that our recently completed project Streatham and Clapham High School has been awarded a Commendation at the New London Awards (NLA) 2018 for the Education category.

Celebrating excellence in new architecture within the capital, the NLA Awards were presented this month during a ceremony at the Guildhall, attended by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

May 2018

Exciting aerial view of a recent project in Kenya

We’re excited by Nick Trent’s photograph of the almost completed “off-grid” house in Kenya. The indigenous landscaping is now flourishing in the rainy season.

May 2018

St Peters

Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture have been appointed to redesign the entrance sequence to a wonderful modernist church in Westcliff-on Sea. The scheme looks to connect the existing church and community hall with a new build café space for use by the community. The entrance to the church will be reworked to provide a clearer connection to the street, with new gardens and a lobby.

May 2018

Completion of Streatham & Clapham High School & Bellenden Primary School

Two of our school projects : Streatham & Clapham High School & Bellenden Primary School have now completed. The schools have moved into the buildings and are enjoying the new spaces.

May 2018

Streatham and Clapham High School

We are delighted that Streatham & Clapham High School has won a regional award at the 2018 RIBA Awards.

Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture’s design provides a number of innovative learning spaces, a new reception and dining hall that is both transformative yet complementary to the original 1930s building.

April 2018

2018 Building Design Awards – Education Architect of the Year

We are thrilled to have won the 2018 Building Design Awards – Education Architect of the Year for the third time!  A big congratulations to one of our clients ‘London Borough of Southwark’ who also won client of the year.

January 2018

Krishna Avanti – Update

Construction is well underway at the new Krishna Avanti Primary School in Croydon.
The steel frame has been erected and concrete floors and staircases are in place. The contractors are pressing on with the construction of the roof and are beginning the brickwork façade.

Krishna Primary School is due to be completed September 2018