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

Selected Clients

Arnold House School

Avanti Schools Trust, Hindu Association

Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd.

Beale Wildlife Park

Birmingham City Council

Bishop Thomas Grant School

Brentwood School, Essex

Central Foundation Girls’ School

Charter Schools Educational Trust

Churchill College, Cambridge

City of London Girls’ School

Clare College, Cambridge

Diocese of Chelmsford

Fairley House School

Girls’ Day School Trust


ISKCON, Hindu Association

Kent County Council

Kew College


Lend Lease

London Metropolitan University

Menorah Foundation School

National Day Nurseries Association

PACT Educational Trust

Race Equality in Newham

Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary School

Saint Gregory’s Catholic College  Bath


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

St Catharines College, Cambridge

St John’s Church Southend-on-Sea

St Peter’s Church Westcliff-on-Sea

Stanmore College

Tate Britain, London

The British Council

The London Borough of Barnet

The London Borough of Southwark

The London Diocesan Board for Schools

The National Gallery, London

The New Royal London Hospital

The Salvation Army

The Sorrell Foundation

The UK Department for Education

Torridge District Council

University of Cambridge



Shortlisted – Architecture Today Buildings that have stood the test of time award 2022– Brentwood School

Regional Finalist -Civic Trust Awards 2023 – Sri Krishna Haveli



Winner – Building of the year – RIBA East Awards 2022 – Churchill College Housing

Winner -RIBA East Award 2022 – Brentwood Prep School

Winner -RIBA East Award 2022 – Churchill College Housing

Shortlisted – RIBA East Award 2022 – Bhaktivedanta New Haveli


Winners of Collaboration Award – CIBSE Building Performance Awards – Streatham and Clapham High School

Highly commended -2021 Brick Awards – Brentwood Prep



Highly Commended – Building Design Architect of the Year Awards – Higher Education


Shortlisted – Architects Journal Awards – Churchill College Housing

Shortlisted – Architects Journal Specification – Churchill College Housing

Shortlisted – Civic Trust Awards – Bellenden Primary School – Selwyn Goldsmith Award

Winner – Peckham Society Architecture Award – Bellenden Primary School


Winner – Building Design Awards – Education Architect of the Year

Winner – RIBA Awards – Streatham and Clapham High School – Regional award

Shortlisted – RIBA Awards – Bellenden Primary School

Commendation – New London Awards (NLA) – Streatham and Clapham High School – Education category

Winner – Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards – Streatham and Clapham High School – School Project of the Year

Shortlisted – Structural Timber Awards – Streatham and Clapham High School – Education Project of the Year

Shortlisted – Wood Awards – Streatham and Clapham High School – Education and Public Sector category

Shortlisted – Architects’ Journal Architecture Awards – Bellenden Primary School – School Project of the Year


Winner – Brick Award – Brentwood School Learning Resource Centre, Best Education Building

Shortlisted – Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards – Brentwood School Learning Resource Centre

Shortlisted – British Construction Industry Awards – Brentwood School Learning Resource Centre

Shortlisted – New London Awards – Lyndhurst Primary School

Winner – Building Design Architect of the Year Gold Award

Winner – Building Design Education Architect of the Year

Shortlisted – RIBA Awards – Brentwood School Learning Resource Centre

Shortlisted – RIBA Awards – Lyndhurst Primary School

Shortlisted – RICS Awards – Sacred Heart High School, Categories: Community Benefit and Design Through Innovation


Shortlisted – Blueprint awards – Royal London Hospital Childrens Play, Best Interior Design Project or Product

Shortlisted – Civic Trust Awards, Westborough Zero Carbon

Shortlisted – Brick Awards – Sacred Heart School

Shortlisted – Brick Awards – Lyndhurst School

Shortlisted –RIBA Awards – Lyndhurst School

Shortlisted –AJ Retrofit Housing award – Clare College

Winner- CIBSE Building Performance Awards – Westborough Primary School – refurbishment project of the year (value up to £5M)


Shortlisted – RIBA East Awards – Clare College

Winner – The Creative Review Annual, Best in Book – Ann Riches Healing Space

Winner – Creative Review Award, Best in Book – Royal London Hospital Playspace

Shortlisted – AJ Retrofit Award – Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre


Shortlisted – Weinerberger Brick Awards – Brentwood

Winner – RIBA East Sustainability Award – Westborough Primary School

Winner – RIBA East Client Award – Westborough Primary School

Winner – RIBA East Award – Westborough Primary School

Shortlisted – FX International Interior Design Awards –  Royal London Hospital, Public Sector category

Shortlisted – Brick Awards – Notre Dame RC School, Best Education Building


Honourable Mention – RICS Awards – Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre

Winner – RIBA Awards – Brentwood Sixth Form College

Shortlisted – RIBA Awards – Broadway School

Silver – Green Apple Awards – Prittlewell Priory (implementation by The Facility Architects)


Shortlisted – Brick Awards – Brentwood School

Winner – Refurb Rethink Retrofit Awards – Westborough Primary School, Public Sector, Education Building Categories

Winner – Build Design Education (Nursery to Secondary) Awards – Architect of the Year


Winner – Harrow Heritage Trust/Harrow Observer Architectural and Environment Awards – Krishna-Avanti Primary School

Shortlisted – RIBA Awards – Krishna Avanti School

Commendation – British Council for School Environments (BCSE) Awards – School Architect of the Year

Runner up – Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards – Krishna-Avanti School, Sustainability Award


Winner – National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Wooden Shingles and Shakes Award – All Saints Birmingham


Commendation – Civic Trust Awards – Folkestone SureStart

Winner – RIBA Award – NDNA Neighbourhood Nursery Hounslow

Commendation – Kensington and Chelsea Environment Award Scheme – Kensal House Nursery, Restoration and Conversion


Shortlisted – RIBA Future House London – Re-used vicarage


Commendation – Civic Trust Awards – Westborough Cardboard Building

Winner – RIBA Awards, Churchill College Cambridge, Postgraduate Housing


Winner – RIBA Awards- Westborough Cardboard Building

Joint Winner – David Urwin Awards – Churchill College Student Accommodation, Best New Building in Cambridge

Winner – RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize – Westborough Cardboard Building, best project with a construction budget under £200,000

Winner – RIBA Journal Sustainability Award – Westborough Cardboard Building, the building that demonstrates most elegantly and durably the principles of sustainable architecture.


Shortlisted – BBC Tomorrow’s World Awards – Invention in Industry


Winner – Civic Trust Award – Portakabin Lilliput Nursery

Highly Commended – Chelmsford Diocese DAC Award – St Martin’s Church


Winner – Millennium Products Award – Portakabin Lilliput Nursery

Car Free London Competition


Winner – Southend-on-Sea, Design Award – 43 Leighcliff Road



May – BBC News England – Cambridge University student digs voted regional building of the year. Churchill College Housing

May- Casabella – Oggi in Inghilterra / Today in England – -Brentwood Auditorium

March – Architects’ Journal – Bhaktivedanta Manor new Haveli – by Vinesh Pomal

June – ArchDaily – 36 Storey’s Way Churchill College

July – ArchDaily – Kipepeo Homestead



November – Independent Education Today – Brentwood Preparatory School – by Jo Golding

February – Architecture Today – Brentwood School – Joanna Sutherland

February – RETHINK Design Guide – Architecture for a post-pandemic world – RIBA Publishing (ISBN 9781859469804 )



July – Dezeen –  Grey brick & yellow polycarbonate contrast to create striking Peckham primary school – by Tom Ravenscroft

June – Dezeen – Cottrell & Vermeulen inserts brick and timber mews house into South London lane – by Tom Ravenscroft

February – Guardian  – Holy housing developments! How God is getting into construction – Bhaktivedanta Manor Haveli – Oliver Wainwright



January – Architectural Record – ‘Continuing Education: Vertical School Expansions’ – Streatham and Clapham High School, Phases one and two

January – FX – ‘Leaders of the Pack’ – Bellenden Primary School

March – Building 4 Education – ‘Vibrant new school for Southwark’ – Bellenden Primary School

March – Building Design – ‘Cottrell & Vermeulen unveils Essex church plans’ – St Stephen’s

June – Building Design – Churchill College Housing, Cambridge by Ike Ijeh



March – Building Design – Building Study – Bellenden Primary School

August – AJ Specification – ‘Space to Grow’ – Bellenden Primary School

August – DETAIL – Streatham and Clapham High School, Phases one and two

September – Architecture Today – ‘Look and Feel’ – Streatham and Clapham High School, Phase two

October – Building Design – Grove Lane

November – Architects’ Journal – Grove Lane

November – Architecture Today – ‘Grove Lane House’ – Grove Lane

November – Evening Standard – Streatham and Clapham High School, Phases one and two

December – Building Design – Building Study – Streatham and Clapham High School, Phases one and two


March – AJ Specification – ‘Natural Materials’ – Streatham and Clapham High School, Phase one


November – AJ Specification – ‘Bricks & Stone’ – Brentwood Bean LRC

July – AJ Specification – ‘Colour & Texture’ – Lyndhurst Primary School

April –  Architecture Today – ‘Cottrell & Vermeulen at Brentwood School ‘- Brentwood School

March – ARQA – Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre

January –  Architects’ Journal – Lyndhurst Primary School


December – The PPP Book: Public-Private Partnerships Unbundled by John DM Davie – Inspire Publishing (ISBN 978-0-9931631-0-4) – Royal London Hospital

November – Demystifying Architectural Research by Anne Dye and Flora Samuel – RIBA Publishing (ISBN 978-1-85946-578-3)

June – Future Schools: Innovative design for existing and new buildings by Nick Mirchandani & Sharon Wright – RIBA Publishing (ISBN 978-1-85946-575-2) – Notre Dame School

January – Creative Review – ‘Vital Arts transforms Royal London Children’s Hospital’ by Rachel Steven – Royal London Hospital

Retrofit for Purpose: Low Energy Renewal of Non-Domestic Buildings by Sunand Prasad – RIBA Publishing – ISBN: 9781859465141 – Westborough Primary School


November – The Architects Journal – ‘Sacred Heart Catholic School by Cottrell and Vermeulen’ by Ellis Woodman – Sacred Heart RC School

October – The Architects Journal – ‘Footprint focus on North West Cambridge’ – North West Cambridge

October – Bob Magazine (South Korea) – Royal London Hospital Playspace

April – The Creative Review Annual 2014, Best in Book Award – (ISBN: 9770262103115) – Royal London Hospital Playspace


November – HIC Arquitectura –Westborough Primary School

August – HIC Arquitectura – Brentwood School

October – Financial Times – ‘Architects are adopting brick as London’s building block’ by Edwin Heathcote – Brentwood School

October – Britain’s Best Architects List, Schools

April – HIC Arquitectura – Notre Dame Secondary School

March – English Heritage – ‘Conservation Principles’ – Brentwood School

February – Building Design – ‘Clare College, Cambridge, student housing by Cottrell & Vermeulen’ by Robert Bevan – Clare College

February – Creative Review – ‘Playtime at Royal London’s Children Hospital’ – Royal London Hospital Playspace

February – Design Week – ‘Royal London Hospitals’ fantastical children’s play-space’ by Tom Banks – Royal London Hospital Playspace

February – Architects Journal – ‘Cottrell and Vermeulen unwraps Royal London Hospital playspace’ – Royal London Hospital Playspace

January – The Guardian Architecture Design – ‘Birmingham’s brilliant new schools – but could they be the last?’ by Oliver Wainwright – Broadway School


September – School Architecture (China) – (ISBN Number 978-7-214-07972-5) – Westborough Primary School

April – Building Design – ‘Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls’ Secondary School extension by Cottrell & Vermeulen’ by Ellis Woodman- Notre Dame Secondary School

April – Building Design – Education Review Profile by Pamela Buxton

April – The Guardian Architecture Design – ‘The future might just be made of cardboard’ by Steve rose – Westborough Cardboard Building

February – Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning – Gestalten (ISBN 978-3-89955-414-4)

February – The Architecture Review: Schools Special Issue, ‘Language Lessons’ by Cany Ash & Robert Sakula – Brentwood School

January – Building Design – Building Feature, ‘Practical Magic’ – Geoff Shearcroft – Broadway Birmingham

January – ArchDaily – ‘Brentwood School Study Centre and Auditorium’ – Brentwood School


July – The Architects Journal – Westborough School

March – 21st Century London by Kenneth Powell – Merrell (ISBN 978-1-8589-4537-8) – Krishna-Avanti Primary School


Architecture in Detail II by Graham Bizley – Architectural Press (ISBN 978-0-08-096535-2) – Bellingham Gateway Building

December – Telegraph – ‘Top 10 Buildings of 2010’ by Ellis Woodman – Krishna-Avanti Primary School

November – Leben in Karton – Architktur möbel light kunst (ISBN– ISBN 978-3-9812942-2-4) – Westborough Cardboard Building

October – A+D Architecture and Detail35 (Germany) – (ISSN 0944-4718) – Krishna-Avanti Primary School

October – Architecture for Children by Sarah Scott – Acer Press (ISBN 9780864318541) – Kintore Way Children’s Centre, NDNA Nursery

September – (Jamie Oliver Food Magazine) Jamie, making you a better cook: Food for Friends, ‘Communal Dining’ by Ellie Watts

August – Manuale di Architettura di emergenza e temporanea by Clara Masotti – Sistemi Editoriali (ISBN 978 88 513 0641 0) – Westborough Cardboard Building, Lilliput Nursery

July – Building Design – ‘Cottrell & Vermeulen’s Brentwood School’ –  Brentwood School, Sixth-Form Centre and Assembly hall

April – Radio France Internationale – Crossroads: African Architecture – Interviewed by Rosie Collyer – Brian Vermeulen

February – Building Design – ‘Good karma’ by Ellis Woodman – Krishna-Avanti Primary School


August – Unfolded: Paper in design, art, architecture and industry by Petra Schmidt and Nicola Stattmann – Birkhauser (ISBN 978-3-0346-0032-3)

Kindergartens, Schools and Playgrounds – Loft Publications (Spain) (ISBN 978-84-95832-85-6) – NDNA Neighbourhood Nursery

DETAIL: Kindergärten und Kindertagesstätten in England by Elise Feiersinger – Kintore Way Children’s Centre

January – Reimagining Outdoor Learning Spaces, Primary Capital, Co-Design and Educational Transformation – Futurelab Handbook 2008

November – L’art du pli: design et décoration by Jean-Charles Trebbi – Alternatives (ISBN: 978-286227-574-1) – Cardboard Building

November – REMATERIAL: Del desecho a la arquitectura – Parramon Pres (ISBN 978-84-342-3365-2) – Cardboard Building

November – Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (ISBN 978-0-7148-4874-7) – Churchill College Cambridge


November – Architecture + Detail No.29 – Kintore Way Children’s Centre

October – La Vanguardia (Spain) – ‘Arquitectura Orgánica  Casa de Cartón’ by Alicia Guerrero Yeste

August – A+T Civiliities*1 (Spain) – Bellingham Families and Young Peoples Gateway

June – Building Design, ‘In detail: Bellingham Families & Young People Gateway building, Lewisham, south London- Surestart Nursery & Community Centre

February – The Architects’ Journal – ‘Cottrell & Vermeulen, Kintore Way’ by Alan Powers – Kintore Way Nursery

Sustainable Architecture edited by David Turrent – RIBA Publishing (ISBN 978-1-85946-257) – Westborough Cardboard building

Scratching the Surface: New London Facades by London Architects – Springer Wien New York (ISBN 978-3-211-7-1538-3)

New London Architecture 2 by Kenneth Powell – Merrell (ISBN-13: 978-1-8589-4360-2) – NDNA Neighbourhood Nursery

A Design Manual: Schools and Kindergartens – Mark Dudek – Birkhäuser (ISBN-13: 978-3-7643-7053-4) -Westborough Cardboard Building

1000 x European Architecture by Verlaghaus Braun (ISBN10: 3-938780-1-x) – NDNA Neighbourhood Nursery

XS Green: Big Ideas, Small Buildings by Phyllis Richardson – Thames & Hudson ISBN-13: 978-0-500-34230-5 – Westborough Cardboard Building


December – Building Design – ‘Recycling gets the runaround’ by Elaine Knutt – Westborough play structure

November – Blueprint – ‘Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture’ by Jess Fernie

September – Building Design – ‘Games Lesson– Bellingham Young Peoples Gateway’ by Ellis Woodman Bellingham Families & Young Peoples Gateway

May – Building with Reclaimed Components and Materials: A Design Handbook for Reuse and Recycling by Bill Addis – Earthscan (ISBN 1844072746)

Preschool & Kindergarten Architecture by Arian Mostaedi – Charles Broto (ISBN 978-84-96263-55-0)

World New Architecture 1 (China) – Sixty Six – (ISBN 7-5611-3318-9) – Lloyd Park Nursery, NDNA Neighbourhood Nursery, Surestart Nursery & Community Centre


December – Architecture + Detail No. 25 – Surestart Nursery & Community Centre

June – Time Out London – ‘The capital’s best buildings’ – NDNA Neighbourhood Nursery

March – RIBA Journal – ‘Boardroom Coup’ by Elaine Knutt – Lloyd Park Nursery

More Paperwork: Exploring the Potential of Paper in Design and Architecture by Nancy Williams – Phaidon (ISBN 0-7148-4364-4) – Cardboard Building

Joined up designs for schools – John & Frances Sorrell – Merrell (ISBN 1 85894 308-6)

DfES Schools for the Future: Inspirational Design for PE & Sports Spaces (ISBN 1-84478-637-4)


November – The Guardian – ‘Village People’ by Yvonne Roberts – Surestart Nursery & Community Centre

October – CABE – Being Involved in School Design – ‘A guide for School Communities, Funders and Design and Construction Teams’ – Westborough Primary School

October – The Architects’ Journal – ‘Top of the class’ by Barrie Evans –  NDNA Neighbourhood Nursery

May – The Times – ‘Gift of a Chance to Enliven a Community’ by Stephen Gardiner – Surestart Nursery & Community Centre

May – Building Design – ‘Animal Magic’ by Graham Bizley – Surestart Nursery & Community Centre

May – Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture

February – DfES Schools for the Future: Exemplar Designs, Concepts & Design

Design for Fun: Playgrounds by Marta Rojals del Alamo – Links International (ISBN 84-96263-05-3) – Westborough Primary School

Schulen in Deutschland: Neubau und revitalisiering – Kreatives Experiment: Schulerweiterung aus Papier by Hugh Pearman and Karl Kramer Verlag (ISBN 3-7828-1516-5)


September – Blueprint -‘Safe as Houses’ by Pamela Buxton – Parsloes Online Centre Dagenham, Westborough Cardboard Building

September – Constructive Revestimentos ’03 (Barcelona) – Monografico No. 15 – Gerardo Wadel – Westborough Cardboard Building

June – Building Design – Cornerstone – Helen Thomas – Parsloes Online Centre Dagenham

March – BBC 1 TV News South East – Westborough Cardboard Building
Creating Excellent Buildings – A guide for clients’- Lloyd Park Nursery, Westborough Cardboard Building


December – Building Design by Faith Liversedge – Churchill College

November – Cause & Effect – Press + Publicity – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery, Westborough Cardboard Building

October – The Independent – Lorna Duckworth – Westborough Primary School

August – The Independent Review – ‘Cardboard in a class of its own’ by Nicholas Pyke – Westborough Cardboard Building

June – The Sunday Times, Culture – Schools do not all have to look the same –Hugh Pearman –  Westborough Primary School
April – The Architectural Review – ‘Budding Brits, recent work by an emerging generation of British Architect’ by Catherine Slessor

January – The Independent Magazine – Unknown (new British talent) by Caroline Wingfield

CABE – Education – Westborough Cardboard Building

Sustainable Architecture by Arian Mostaedi – Links Books (Spain) – Westborough Cardboard Building

Building for Young Children: The National Early Years Network by Mark Dudek – St Vincent Nursery


December – CABE – Celebrating Innovation – ‘Innovation and Integration in design and construction’ – St Alban’s Nursery

September – RIBA Journal – ‘Cut out and keep’ by Eleanor Young- Westborough Cardboard building

March – Building – Technical Report by Thomas Lane – Westborough Cardboard Building

March – BBC 1 television, Live Lab, – Cardboard building broadcast live – Westborough Primary School

February – Building Design – ‘Primary Colours’ – Kieran Long – St Vincent Nursery, Churchill College

School Works Tool Kit – Westborough Primary School


October – The Architecture of Schools and the New Learning Environments by Mark Dudek – Architectural Press (ISBN 0 7506 3585 1) – Westborough Primary School

June – The Independent – Monday Review ‘Building on cardboard dreams’ by Jay Merrick – Westborough Primary School

April – Independent on Sunday – ‘Children help build a cardboard school’ by Catherine Pepinster – Westborough Cardboard School

January – Der neue Systembau – Holz Beton Staal, Kinder im Container by Dworschak/Wenke – Werner Verlag (Dusseldorf)

Modular Construction using Light Steel Framing – An Architect’s Guide (DETR / Steel Construction Institute) – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery


Scroope II: Cambridge Architectural Journal 1999 – Making Architecture

June – The Independent – Monday Review – ‘School prefabs get the designer touch’ by Nonie Niesewand

May – Building – ‘Primary Colours’ by Jessica Cargill Thompson – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

March – TES – Carolyn O’Grady – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

čovjek i prostor – broj 3/4 99 (Croatia) – ‘Britanske Arhitekture’ by Vinko Penezić and Krešimir Rogina


October – Bauwelt: London 2000 – ‘Kindergarten aus Containern’ by Friederike Schneider – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

November – The Daily Telegraph – Special Report: Millennium Design – ‘A Lilliput where toddlers can dream’ by Brenda Parry – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

June – Time Out – ‘A Space odyssey: 50 Cutting Edge Classics’ by Jessica Cargill Thompson – St Edmund’s Church Centre

June – TES – ‘It’s not really a pre-fab hut’- Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

June – Building Design – Primary Colours- Robert Bevan – St Clare’s Clacton, Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

June – Blueprint – ‘Learning from Pref-Fabs’ by Naomi Stungo – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

March – The Architecture Foundation – New Architects: A Guide to Britain’s Best Young Architectural Practices

February – Evening Standard – ‘Now boys and girls, today we’re going to build our own nursery’ by Joel Wolchover – Lilliput Portakabin Nursery

October – Independent on Sunday – Review: Quite Unorthodox by Charles Darwent – St Martin’s Church

August – GLR BBC – Max Hutchinson and Niall Mclaughlin – St Martin’s Church & Newmartin Centre

August – RIBA Journal – Holy Smoke by John Welsh and Fr Carl Turner – St Martin’s Church & Newmartin Centre

February – The Architects’ Journal – Seaside Special – House extension Leigh-on-Sea

January – Building Design – Perspective – Clare Melhuish – Milton Hall Nursery

Design: The Journal of the Design Council – Michael Evamy – St Martin’s Church & Newmartin Centre


November – RIBA Journal – ‘Play for Today’ by Naomi Stungo – Westborough Primary School, Milton Hall Primary School

October – Bauwelt – ‘Kapelle in East London’ by Christian Brensing ­- St Edmund’s Church Centre

September- The Canterbury Press Norwich – ‘Re-pitching the tent, re-ordering the church building for worship and mission in the new millennium’ by Richard Giles – St Edmund’s Chapel

Design: The Journal of the Design Council – ‘Bending the rules’ by Demetrios Matheou- Westborough Primary School, Milton Hall Primary School


July – Perspectives on Architecture – ‘Divine Interventions’ by Edwin Heathcote-  St Edmunds’ Church Centre

January Church Building by Clare Melhuish – St Edmund’s Church Centre


August – Deutsche Bauzeitung – Inside of Africa – ‘New house Zimbabwe & house extension South Africa by Christian Brensing