WA Working in Long Crendon

Posted by Nicholas Pritchett
18 Feb 16

Red kites (Milvus milvus) were introduced into the m40 corridor nearly 24 years ago, and have thrived since their reintroduction- enjoying a renaissance in the skies. In the Oxford based office at Long Crendon in the Chilton hills, the birds of prey glide effortlessly, above the rolling hills and thatched cottages. The programme to re-establish the birds began in 1989, a few years after Wolff Architects formed, and their shared positive trajectory can easily be noted by its duality. The Accipitridae’s reintroduction is often lauded as one of the greatest conservation success stories of the 20th century. Working on listed and protected buildings, with the Red Kites gliding above, it is hard not to be reminded of the importance of conserving our rich heritage and the importance of our work.

The office operates as a relaxed creative hub, housing six architects and a part 2 Architectural assistant. The development is shared with a web design company and a young family, a wholesome environment to nurture talent and creativity. Nestled into a village community, local jobs undertaken by the office, underpin the positive impression and contribution Wolff Architects have made since arriving in Spring of 2012.

Whilst developing our local portfolio with exciting developments, from large estate manor houses to refurbishing a listed coach house into a studio, our main focus remains with our London projects. Early stage collaboration between the offices drives creative output, and communication can be easily achieved through video conferencing in our dedicated meeting room. Our yearly outdoor banquet serves to bring the two offices together and offers a forum to discuss with invited consultants ideas, and bridge professional connections. If the London office is lucky, they will be invited again this year!

Commuting to sites in London can be easily achieved by driving the company mini, aptly nicknamed the Wolff mobile or on frequent coach services operating between Oxford and London. Should the roads ever prove a difficulty, a well-connected train route to Marylebone is moments away. The commute usually proves to be uneventful, and allows my colleagues in Oxford to attend to sites and design meetings fresh and prepared.

When the daylight hours become more prolonged and the warm gentle breeze returns, Andy and I often opt for the scenic 15mile cycle from Oxford to work. While the commute of rolling countryside on small country roads is glorious, the potholed routes can prove treacherous if one becomes caught up in the idyllic scenes.

While the London office, may well be baffled at the relative isolation of our countryside abode, often teasing us about our lack of amenities, there are few better pleasures than returning home from the big city to the green, open expanse and fresh air.