Our Practice

Carden & Godfrey is a long-established firm of Architects specialising in conservation and historic buildings work, including sensitive alterations and extensions in traditional and contemporary design and new structures on sensitive sites. We are passionate about design and high quality detailing, finding sustainable, bespoke solutions to keeping existing and historic buildings in good repair and in use.

We are based in Central London and work primarily in London, the Home Counties and in Beverley.

We are a RIBA Chartered Practice and several members of our team are Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC)

We offer the following services:
• Normal Architectural Services (RIBA Stages 1-7)
• Project Management
• Lead Consultant services
• Contract Administrator services
• Principal Designer services under the CDM Regulations
• Building and condition surveys
• Feasibility and option studies
• Design of furnishings and fittings
• Security and Anti-terrorism measures
• Lighting and fire protection schemes
• Interior Design
• Preparation of Heritage Statements and Conservation Management Plans
• Consents including Scheduled Monument Consent
• Accessibility audits & access plans
• Planning appeals
• Grants advice and NLHF applications
• Historical research in conjunction with archaeological investigations and building construction.

We have recent experience working on the following building types:
• Castles (including ruins) and Palaces
• Stately Homes and Estates
• Visitor Attractions
• Offices within Historic Buildings
• Residential conversions
• Museums and Art Galleries
• Community Theatres
• Community Centers
• Historic Markets
• Monuments
• Bridges
• Schools, Colleges and Universities
• Churches and Cathedrals
• Private Houses

In all our projects we try to nurture a studio-based approach to sharing work and discussing new designs, at least monthly in an open forum. This office lunch, whether as CPD training session or as architectural ‘Crit’, is a valuable way of exchanging and developing ideas and experience. During periods of remote working, including for Covid-19, it has been important to connect the office together through regular video calls and group discourse. This has sharpened our focus on good architecture and building conservation as products of well-informed design and co-operation across the board.