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Eldridge Smerin Architects

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Nick Eldridge launched Eldridge Smerin in 1998. The Lawns, a family house in the Highgate Conservation Area in London for Frances and John Sorrell won awards from the RIBA and Civic Trust and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. Within a short space of time, the practice also completed a diverse range of other projects including the radical new research and development Headquarters for BT Cellnet/02 at Ealing studios, the Headquarters for E Oppenheimer and Sons of De Beers, in Hatton Garden, London, an entire floor of the new Birmingham Selfridges, and the interior and landscape of the luxury brands Villa Moda department store for Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah in Kuwait. Recent projects include the redesign of the Design Council’s workspace in Bow Street, London, the Headquarters for a fashion group in Clerkenwell, a Sixth Form Centre for a secondary school near Solihull, the new Business and Intellectual Property Centre at the British Library, a house on the edge of London’s Highgate Cemetery and a new Education Centre for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Eldridge Smerin has built a reputation for producing intelligent and memorable solutions in response to varied clients’ briefs. The practice’s approach challenges conventions and creates innovative environments while committed to producing buildings that are environmentally responsible and on sensitive sites. Both the House in Highgate Cemetery and the House in Epsom won a RIBA award and were shortlisted for the Manser Medal in 2009 and 2010 respectively. The House in Highgate Cemetery was also shortlisted for RIBA London’s ‘Building of the Year’. Eldridge Smerin won ‘Architect of the Year’ for one - off houses in BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2009.