CANAWAY FLEMING ARCHITECTS
Canaway Fleming was established in 2004 by Martin Canaway and Nick Fleming. The practice has developed a rich portfolio of residential, cultural, commercial, historic restoration, transport and infrastructure projects. We provide a comprehensive range of architectural, design and management services for our clients in both public and private sectors, including strategic masterplanning and urban design.
Excellent design and delivery is very important to us and our Clients. We believe that by thorough analysis of the project requirements, creative endeavour and effective design management will yield the best possible results beyond our Clients’ expectations. Our dedicated team bring a variety of wide range of valuable experience and skills enabling us to continually evolve contemporary design solutions that are engaging, uplifting and appropriate.
We place great emphasis on our relationship and continued interaction with our Clients on each and every project in order to thoroughly understand the particular context and requirements. Most of our work within the office is derived from recommendations of current and former Clients. We take pride in our ability to think clearly at both strategic level and also produce highly resolved detail. Each project is different, though form, light and materiality are consistent themes that we explore in our work to produce contemporary, contextual and inclusive designs.
We investigate and test design concepts and technologies throughout the evolution of the project using a range of both traditional and state-of-the-art graphic and modelling techniques, and by continuously exploring current and emerging construction and sustainable technologies.
The project team is supported by an effective project management system within the office to maintain control and quality without compromising on the design. We work only with experienced, talented consultants and contractors to ensure that the design of each project is not only thoroughly considered and tested in all areas, also delivered in a professional and timely manner. We foster a truly collaborative approach to design and demand the very best.
Quality assessment with regular testing is central to the practice philosophy to maintain the highest level of quality and consistency.
We have implemented a project management and knowledge based system within the practice. It is an intranet-based system that enables all staff to access and share information about projects and topical issues relating to our industry the profession and our Clients. The system allows projects to be administered and audited efficiently and is integrated into our quality control system.
Where required, we are able to extend the use of the software and working method as a central resource on projects for our Clients and the wider consultant team.
Martin studied Architecture at De Montfort University and Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University graduating in 1999. After successfully building a reputation with internationally renowned award winning architects and construction professionals for delivering strategic urban master plans and high quality architecture, Martin co-founded Canaway Fleming Architects in 2004.
Martin’s approach is proactive, creative and always project focused. He is an experienced architect and project leader with in-depth knowledge of planning, brief development, strategic site and urban planning, concept design, technical design and delivery, public speaking and providing legal representation in public enquiry. He brings a critical analysis of project briefs to elicit intelligent and appropriate solutions. Martin heads the practices environmental, QA and professional development.
Martin has worked in the UK and abroad through Europe and Scandinavia developing an understanding of culturally diverse environments that he uses to further expand the artistic and technical direction of Canaway Fleming Architects.
Nick graduated from Plymouth School of Architecture in 1990 since which time he has developed considerable experience of producing outstanding, concept-driven award-winning architectural projects both in the UK and overseas for a number of internationally recognised architectural practices prior to co-founding Canaway Fleming Architects in 2004.
Nick is a talented and experienced designer with particular experience of complex projects that require a high level of artistic and technical integration often requiring innovative approaches and building techniques without compromising the strategic concept. Nick is responsible for ensuring that projects are successfully interpreted and delivered in line with the practice’s strategic ambitions to provide outstanding design and delivery and unwavering support to Clients, project team members and contracting organisations alike.
More recently Nick has managed the practice’s successful delivery and continued involvement in the UK Nuclear New Build Programme, and the development of other significant infrastructure projects in the Middle East. Under Nick’s auspices, Canaway Fleming Architects has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new architectural practices, being named in 2009 as the ArchDaily emergent world architects list, and shortlisted by Buro 4 in 2010 among the top 25 exciting new prospects in the UK and is continuing to build on this success, working alongside the best design and management consultancies.