Phippen Randall & Parkes was founded by Peter Phippen, Peter Randall and David Parkes in 1963 and…More
Phippen Randall & Parkes was founded by Peter Phippen, Peter Randall and David Parkes in 1963 and Technical Director Reg Harris.
Housing was high on the political agenda at the time as Britain accelerated its housebuilding programme. What set the practice apart was its philosophy of designing for, and with, the individuals and communities who would occupy the homes, a theme that continues to this day.
PRP’s first major commission was the Ryde in Hatfield. This unique project of courtyard houses for a group of enthusiastic co-owners received widespread recognition. Its historical significance was recognised with a Grade II listing in 2006 and it remains an iconic housing project of its day.
A string of commissions in the growing New Towns such as Bracknell, Basildon and Crawley followed. New projects explored different approaches to low-rise high-density housing with particular emphasis on good day and sun lighting and privacy. The house style that emerged was one of simple planning and elegant construction, using natural materials that mature gracefully.
During the 1980s housing boom and following the 1988 Housing Act that presaged the growth of housing associations, the practice worked for a wide range of clients including housing associations, local authorities and private developers. Following the downturn in the private housing market in the 1990s, the practice diversified into urban regeneration, specialist housing, low-energy design, healthcare and education and rebranded as PRP Architects Ltd.
In 1994, we opened our London studio to service a major estate regeneration project in east London. Our growing reputation in community based regeneration helped us to secure other notable projects across the capital too.
The Surrey studio continued to expand its expertise in the fields of new communities and housing for older people. We developed ideas which were precursors to Government policy including increasing densities, reducing the dominance of cars and designing houses for different lifestyles and needs.
In the 2000s we opened a new studio in Milton Keynes to expand our large-scale masterplanning services and also in Manchester following successful housing PFI commissions.
Low-energy design had been a central part of our service since the mid-1980s, and we subsequently expanded our services in environmental sustainability, setting up a specialist team of environmental experts in the mid-2000s. We were founder members of the UK Green Building Council.
In order to respond to the increasing complexity of large-scale development we have diversified our skill base to include urban designers, landscape designers, interior designers, environmentalists and town planners, which together with the building consultancy team, provides an integrated service.
Despite the financial downturn in 2008 PRP maintained its roots in UK housing for the public and private sector in urban, suburban and rural locations across the UK. It specialises in providing high quality, well designed and deliverable housing that draws from over 50 years of accumulated knowledge and is now a recognised national leader in the design of housing for older people, private housing, regeneration and affordable housing.More