Sustainability posts


Upland Park in the South Downs achieves planning permission

Last week our proposed eco-lodge development at Upland Park in the South Downs was granted planning permission by the South Downs National Park planning authority. The scheme will create 22 timber framed eco-lodges, with a facility and spa building, set into a verdant woodland landscaped setting. The scheme will allow visitors to deeply appreciate the incredible beauty of the South Downs. You can find out more about the scheme on our website here (link).


Tate Harmer Hosts Green Sky Thinking Talk

What are London’s Green Spaces really for? Our open spaces are vital green lungs and community resources, but are under increasing commercial pressure to ‘pay their way’. How can we balance creating an active and commercially successful green infrastructure network with financial imperatives?

This series of talks and panel discussion will seek to answer this question with views from Hackney Council as well as leading green architects and landscape architects.
Participating will be:

Sam Parry – Parks Development Manager at Hackney Council
Andrew Tempany – Landscape Architect at Arup
Chris Romer-Lee – Director at Studio Octopi Architects
Rory Harmer – Partner at Tate Harmer Architects

Discussion will be chaired by Jerry Tate – Partner at Tate Harmer Architects

Date & time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Tuesday 16th May 2017
Location: Tate Harmer, Unit G1B2 Stamford Works, London N16 8JH

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Tate Harmer is recruiting!

We are looking for a Part 1 Architectural Assistant to join our growing and friendly team, to work on some of our really exciting projects. Ideally you would have the following skills:

  • an interest in low-energy design
  • outstanding communication and organisational skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • good attention to detail
  • skilled in hand drawing and model making
  • expertise in Revit, AutoCAD, Sketch-up, Photoshop and Indesign
  • excellent rendering skills (ie. V-ray)
  • experience working in the UK, would be benefical
  • fluent in written and spoken English

The application deadline is 28th April. If you would like to join us please send CV with references and examples of work to: (hard copies preferable)


Tate Harmer
Unit G1B2
Stamford Works
3 Gillett Street
N16 8JH


Or email to: (max file size 5Mb).


Those successfully shortlisted will be notified by Friday 5th May. We look forward to hearing from you!


Tate Harmer will be on the RIBA stand at MIPIM in 2017

We will be exhibiting at the RIBA stand in the London Tent at the Cannes MIPIM Property Conference this year, from Tuesday 14th March to Thursday 17th March. Jerry will be on the stand so do drop by to say hello, and have a coffee or a beer at the fantastic London bar overlooking the beach! You can find out more about the MIPIM London Stand here (link).

Many thanks to the RIBA and the Department for Trade and Industry for assisting us with our MIPIM adventure.


Jerry is cycling to MIPIM in 2017

Jerry will be setting off with Club Peloton on 9th March, cycling 900 miles from London to the MIPIM property conference in Cannes, France! This mammoth ride will be raising money for Coram, the UK’s oldest and first children’s charity which has been supporting vulnerable children for 275 years. You can find out more about their fantastic work here (link).

Just keep peddling Jerry!


Eden Hotel granted planning permission

We are delighted to announce that Cornwall Council have granted planning permission for our new hotel for the Eden Project in Cornwall. Construction will commence shortly and the hotel is due to open by Summer 2018. Dave Harland, Eden Project executive director, said of the proposal:

“We feel the design is eye-catching but in keeping with its surroundings and we’re proud to say that it will be built to the highest environmental standards.”

You can find out more about the project on our website here (link).


Jerry speaking at Architect@Work

Jerry will be speaking at Architect@Work this month. Tate Harmer will be joining Exploration Architecture, Gustafson Porter, Architype and Eleanor Young of the RIBA Journal at the Design Driven by Natural Forces seminar. Come and check it out! Wednesday 25 January 2017, 16.15 at the Architect@Work conference, Olympia London. You can find out more about the event here (link).


Eden Hotel submitted for planning


Our design for a 109 bedroom hotel for the Eden Project has today been submitted to Cornwall Council. The scheme includes a small cafe and three classroom spaces. We have worked with Eden and Luke Greysmith Associates to make sure the design works with and enhances the local landscape, with features including Cornish hedgerows marching through the building and local Larch pole cladding.


You can read more details about the project on our website here (link) or a Guardian article about the scheme here (link).


Tate Harmer presenting at the next Architect Pitch


Tate Harmer will be presenting to industry experts and developers including Grosvenor Estates and Argent at the next Architect Pitch on 25th February. We will have three minutes to explain why we are a great architecture practice to work with!

Event Details: Architect Pitch


Architects Journal: TH unveil timber ‘exoskeleton’ extension

Eco-practice Tate Harmer has completed this £180,000 timber extension to a family house in Shepherds Bush, west London.

Click here to view full article


Wendell Road features on Dezeen

Tate Harmer creates ribbed timber house extension in west London.
Click here to read full feature.


RIBA education workshop with The Bridge Academy at the TreeXOffice


Kathryn and Jerry from the office organised an RIBA education workshop for Art and Design students with Fiona Macdonald from the RIBA and Siobhan Tate from the Bridge Academy at our TreeXOffice space in Hoxton Square today. The students made fantastic three-dimensional portraits of the square!


BBC Radio Suffolk

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As part of the Heritage Open Days, Jerry will be talking to Lesley Dolphin about the Hoo House.
Tune in at 4pm.
BBC Radio Suffolk, Episode 09/09/2015


BBC News – Would you feel inspired in a weird workplace?

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Click here to view BBC News film 


Dartmoor Arts, 2015


We have just finish a new stargazing platform for Dartmoor Arts as a collaborative design and construct exercise with twelve students. Many thanks to carpenter Henry Russell, assistant Johnnie and technician ‘PJ’ (Paul Dove) as well as the fantastic students for designing and building this in just five days!


Onoffice Magazine

Rory talks making the most of urban green spaces & luxury treehouse hotels. See full article here


Grand Designs revisits Hoo House: Living in Suburbia


This project is intended as a prototype for a low-cost, low-energy new-build house which can sensitively respond to a historic market town setting. For more details click here.


TREExOFFICE opens today in Hoxton Square


TREExOFFICE is a unique co-working concept offering 8 individual workspaces for hire, and can also be hired exclusively for small meetings and intimate events.


Architects Journal: ‘pop-up office in Hoxton Square’


The installation, named TREExOFFICE, will be rented out to fundraise for environmental regeneration charity Groundwork’s work in Hackney’s parks and open spaces.

Up to eight people can work in the space which is equipped with a power supply and WiFi and will also be able to host small meetings and small events… (View full article here)


Habitat First Group reveal the masterplan design for new Silverlake Dorset project

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Featuring two variants of our low-energy ‘Light-House’ proposal, the three and four bedroom homes are the first Habitat First Group design to meet Passivhaus standards and code level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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Habitat First Group



Talk: Passivhow-tos, Green Sky Thinking

Green sky Thinking

Tuesday, April 21st, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Unit G1B2 Stamford Works, Gillett Street, London, N16 7JH

Tate Harmer and Cocreate talk designing and building beautiful low-energy and Passivhaus buildings often on a tight budget. We will be presenting our experience and previous projects as a short talk, followed by a question and answer session to explain our findings to date.

Green Sky Thinking 2015


Talk: AJ Specification Live


Come along to listen to Rory speaking at this week’s AJ Specification Live: Roofing & Drainage.

We’ll hopefully see you for a drink after!

Wednesday 25th February, 16:00-18:00 (Registration from 15:45)
The Building Centre, WC1E 7BT


Barrenger Road Passivhaus is complete!

Tate Harmer_149Our new-build Passivhaus at Barrenger Road has now reached completion! We are on track to get Passivhaus certification for the project which should be confirmed in early 2015. This photograph is the kitchen area leading onto the central staircase and lightwell space, all constructed from beautiful ash.


Frith House in Yoxford is complete!

141202_YoxfordClad in Japanese charred larch this single storey three bedroom house is set in the grounds of a listed building, and mimics the appearance of surrounding agricultural buildings to fit into its’ historic setting. The new home is also extremely low energy with super-insulation, triple glazing, an MVHR system and solar thermal hot water. We will be taking better photographs in 2015, watch this space!

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