Our Philosophy

The aims of the practice are to work on a limited number of interesting and challenging projects that can be managed closely with a very hands on involvement and commitment to each.

Our interests and motives lie in creating functional spaces that have the ability to excite and please their users. Buildings should be highly individual; responding to their context, site conditions and history. They should also respond carefully to their orientation to maximise the use of solar energy and bring sunlight into all key spaces.

We are interested in the honest integration and expression of structure working harmoniously with spatial arrangements to create efficient and cost effective, legible building forms. The choice of materials should then bring character, texture and life to the building form to create a modern composition with qualities that we all associate with some of the finest historic buildings.

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For us, good contemporary design embodies the qualities of all good buildings new or old such as:

  • the use of natural light and sunlight
  • the use of appropriate scale
  • spatial arrangements that function well for their intended purpose
  • the use of traditional materials such as stone, timber, brick, render and glass to create a rich, lasting composition
  • the use of natural and vivid colours to create mood and character
  • harmony between the building, its internal spaces and the landscape

It is our challenge to take these aspirations and to generate buildings of today that can mature, evolve and be fun to use whilst retaining a timeless classic quality.

Our Team

Adam Penton

BA Hons (Sheffield 1987-90) Dip. Arch (Sheffield 1991-93) ARB

Adam has gained experience in many high quality contemporary projects from master planning, landscape design, residential developments and highly detailed private residential projects. Prior to setting up Penton Architects Adam worked as an Associate at Patel Taylor Architects managing some of the practices largest projects. The work in master planning is a complete contrast to the more detailed residential projects but has taught some invaluable lessons that inform all projects at all scales.

Annelise Penton

BA Hons (Sheffield 1987-90) Dip. Arch (Sheffield 1991-93) ARB

Prior to setting up Penton Architects, Annelise was a senior architect working at Arup Associates.  Whilst there, Annelise lead projects from conception through to completion, including large-scale extensions to Listed Buildings, an award-winning transport hub, large-scale public buildings and high-profile city office developments.  Previously she worked for several years for a respected Conservation practice.  It was here that she gained invaluable experience in adapting and extending historic buildings.

Past Projects

Adam Penton at Patel Taylor, London 1996 – 2003

ICL Tower, Putney

A conversion of a 17 storey 1960’s office block adjacent to Putney Bridge to provide 67 flats, restaurant and office space around a new public square, and a new riverside walk for St George developers.

Thames Barrier Park, London

A new urban Park developed by the London Dockland Development Corporation to spark regeneration. The park was conceived as a green plateau with Visitor Centre and relaxed landscape and set within it and framing the view of the Thames Barrier a ‘Green Dock’ lush, sheltered and full of texture and colour.

Benslow Music Trust, Hertfordshire

A new annexe building containing music practice rooms, study bedrooms and a music rehearsal hall around a new cloister courtyard. Lottery funded. Opened June 2000 by Chris Smith, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport. RIBA Award and local Civic Trust Award

Bankside Thames River Walkway, London

A 100m stretch of new river wall and widened public walkway for the London Borough of Southwark, adjacent to the Globe Theatre on London’s Southbank.

Warehouse Conversion, Battersea, London

Luxury fit out of a former warehouse shell for a private client.

Roof Terrace Apartment, Battersea, London

An all new two storey glass and steel minimalist penthouse for a private client

Annelise Penton at Arup Associates , London 1995 – 2003

Imperial War Museum, London SE1

The third and final extension to the Grade II Listed national museum. The extension provides over 5000 sq.m of additional space and the only permanent exhibition on the Holocaust in the UK.

Battersea Theatre

A 2100-seat auditorium for a variety of events including pop concerts and music shows, as well as more traditional theatrical performances.

Battersea Power Station Redevelopment

The design of a 400-bed, luxury ‘Garden’ hotel adjacent to the Grade II Listed Power Station and the design of a 2100-seat theatre. The latter was designed to provide a fully flexible theatre adjacent to the main façade of the Power Station.

Vauxhall Cross Transport Interchange

A competition-winning scheme to link rail, bus and underground stations.

Fitzroy Square Offices

The refurbishment and re-modelling of Arup Associates offices’.

Finsbury Avenue, London EC2

The in-filling of an atrium with innovative glass ceiling to create a new dealing space in the City of London.