16 West Barnes Lane
+44 (0) 20 8947 4706
+44 (0) 7940 515347
16 West Barnes Lane
+44 (0) 20 8947 4706
+44 (0) 7940 515347
7 Hove Manor Parade
+44 (0) 1273 358 306
+44 (0) 7963 592 615
Mohsin Cooper is a Chartered RIBA architectural practice with offices in SW London and Brighton & Hove. We provide high quality design and technical services for commercial and domestic clients across a wide range of building types.
We have consistently demonstrated our ability to transform sites and existing buildings in areas constrained by onerous planning restrictions. We use our ingenuity to find solutions where others have struggled.
The practice has a reputation for high standards of service throughout each and every project and throughout each work stage. We keep our eye on the ball. We listen, engage with clients and have a passion for what we do.
Whether managing the planning process or developing a technical package, the practice makes a priority of understanding and responding to a client’s programme needs throughout the project cycle. We appreciate that a client’s delivery priorities can change.
Leadership is at the heart of our approach. A company director remains in direct client contact throughout each project. We pro-actively lead the coordination of design information with other team members. We also manage liaison directly with Local Authorities, commercial clients and the general public in innovative ways which have led to creative and profitable outcomes.
Mohsin Cooper Limited
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16 West Barnes Lane,
Abraham Mohsin RIBA,
Justin Cooper RIBA
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We understand embarking on a building project can be a daunting and challenging experience. We provide an initial consultation that is free of charge. This gives our clients the confidence to take a project forward and make fully informed choices.
We provide a wide range of services tailored directly to the client’s needs. These include:
1. Concept design development – We interpret your brief and work closely with you to realise your ambitions. We can produce high quality in-house 3D modelling and perspective sketches if required.
2. Planning design development – We develop the initial design proposals in more detail to produce scale plans, sections and elevations and can obtain a budget estimate of the anticipated construction cost.
3. Planning approvals and negotiation – We have an excellent track record with the Planning Authorities and assist when required at pre-application stage and during the application process.
4. Building regulation and technical drawings – We produce the necessary level of detail for either a Building Control application or full Production Information working drawing package. We have excellent knowledge surrounding the latest building regulations and regularly attend training courses to bring us up to speed with the latest changes to the regulations.
5. Tendering and contractor selection – We have a trusted network of building contractors and craftspeople. We can obtain fixed price tenders and organise contracts between clients and contractors.
6. Construction site project management & post construction evaluation – We can administer the contract and monitor issues of cost, quality and time. When the works are complete, we can evaluate efficiency and quality.
Abe is an RIBA Chartered Architect and has worked with some of the UK’s leading design practices, including MJP Architects and BBM Sustainable Design on a range of residential, commercial and master-planning projects both in the UK and abroad.
He has a real passion for architecture and will always strive to exceed client expectations with his collaborative and practical approach. His planning knowledge and hands on approach have led to a number of recent planning successes, including a one off house and outbuilding in the Kent Green Belt.
Abe is the Co-Chair of the Eastbourne Council Architects Design Review Panel and he has spoken at several RIBA and Architects Journal Conferences on the subjects of sustainable and community led planning and design. He has a particular interest in client and community participation and spent several years delivering architecture workshops to hundreds of school children, students and adults across the country.
Abe has been an invited critic, student mentor and tutor at the University of Brighton School of Architecture with whom he continues to have an association.
Justin is an RIBA Chartered Architect with quality and diverse experience. He has a proven aptitude for design informed by extensive experience gained over 20 years in the industry. He began his career as an architectural technician which has helped ensure that his work is always technically adept.
Justin has been responsible for the creation and management of large design teams on projects as diverse as a hospital refurbishment through to high rise mixed use schemes. His experience includes work to buildings of historic interest, most notably creation of an artist’s studio, restaurant and leisure facility within a Victorian pumping station.
He has worked on projects across the UK as well as leading the architectural department of a multi disciplinary firm in Dubai, UAE. Justin was an initial member of the RIBA Gulf Chapter Steering Committee, helping to establish the RIBA’s presence in the region.
During his period at Reeves Bailey Architects, Justin was instrumental in the design of several housing schemes, a number of which were winners of the RIBA housing awards. Justin gained expertise in housing design, working on notable one off houses in sensitive planning contexts.
Justin brings vigour, a genuine interest in his subject, and absolute commitment to every project.
Mohsin Cooper are Lead Consultants providing interior design and architectural services for the partial refurbishment of this Grade II listed Embassy building in central London.
The completed project will allow the administration to better serve visitors with new learning and meeting spaces, residential accommodation and dining areas.
We worked closely with the client, a local product designer, on the refurbishment of this apartment at Medina Terrace in Hove, to create a stunning three bedroom duplex apartment.
The top floor opens out onto a roof terrace with folding sliding doors with commanding views across Hove Lawns and the seafront. The kitchen includes a feature central island unit with cherrywood folded worktop, bespoke slate tiling and high gloss finish kitchen units.
Another key feature of the apartment is an open tread steel and glass staircase, linking the two storeys. We liaised directly with Building Control on site to negotiate this feature, to allow for a very open plan feel to the duplex.
The interiors have been finished to a very high standard by local contractor Coe Construction.
We took this mixed use new build scheme from inception to completion, gaining planning consent first time round. It regenerates a challenging brownfield site upon which was a redundant and dilapidated public house.
The scheme includes office space to the ground floor and a mix of nine 1, 2 & 3 bedroom flats above.
The palette of materials includes blue engineering brick to the ground floor, buff multi-stock brick to the upper floors and natural zinc bays to the residential accommodation.
The building sets back from the public highway to create defensible landscaped space and planters, which assist in softening the edge of the building from the streetscene.
The project was completed on time and on budget in September 2014.
Kingston Council have created a framework for the potential redevelopment of the area behind New Malden post office, adjacent to the High Street.
As architects and masterplanners with a vested interest in our local community, we have designed our own high level conceptual masterplan that we believe creates a deliverable, sustainable and economically viable solution for the area.
High quality place-making is at the heart of the scheme. We are proposing the creation of a new public courtyard off the main High Street, which creates useful and vibrant public space, with a rich mix of residential, commercial and public uses. The challenges of constrained site conditions and land values are maximised by a design solution that combines a vision for the ‘place’ with a robust urban design strategy.
We are lead design architect and contract administrator for this covered multi-purpose atrium space within the heart of Boundstone Nursery & Daycare Centre, West Sussex.
The site is currently a central open courtyard and the completed project will provide much needed additional space to allow the Nursery to increase intake, as well as creating a new 'heart' to the existing building.
The design includes an elegant glu-laminated timber structure to support the new roof, with natural light and cross ventilation provided by rooflights.
Work has started on site and is expected to complete by October 2014 in order to meet the very tight timeframe requirements to keep the Nursery operational.
We were commissioned to design this one-off highly bespoke contemporary eco house on a stunning site on the edge of the South Downs National Park near Brighton.
The proposal is to replace a derelict house on the site and create a dwelling that responds to the characteristics and nature of the site, which has a natural axis with an apple orchard at the far end of the garden.
The house provides comfortable family accommodation of some 3000 sq ft and relates positively to the nature that surrounds it.
We achieved planning consent for this contemporary two bedroom part basement house to occupy a site in South London that currently houses three garages.
The design responds to the constraints the site has to offer: overlooking from the adjoining houses, security / amenity as it is close to the street and provision of adequate levels of daylight.
The design overcomes these issues with an innovative cross section, that carves out a double height courtyard to the front of the dwelling, with a two storey high wall of glazing to bring natural light into the plan and a parabolic curved roof.
The scheme should add considerable value to a challenging and tight site.
We have secured full planning consent for a pair of contemporary new build houses on this unusual end of terrace site in Raynes Park, London. The design is a positive and contemporary response to a tight urban site.
The site presents a number of challenges including adjoining terraces and protected trees. The palette of materials includes a pale brick, dark stained vertical timber boards and a standing seam pre-patinated zinc roof.
A new courtyard landscape ties the houses together.
We are currently working on the detailed design / working drawings with the project starting on site and due for completion autumn 2015.
The Clients required more space for their family and wanted to improve the appearance of their existing 1950’s house. The proposal extends the property to the front, avoiding the cost of a complete re-build and improving the existing condition, to provide light and comfortable family accommodation. Planning permission was secured at delegated powers with the planning officer's report commenting: "The design concept is original yet rooted in the context and presents a modern insertion in an innovative and adept way" & "This is a high quality piece of design".
We decided to extend the existing roof forward to reduce costs and to visually consolidate the house. The design is inspired by the character of the neighbouring properties; a gable elevation and careful use of materials ensure a strong contextual relationship.
The sustainability credentials of the house are notable. The extension is highly insulated and the existing house is thoroughly upgraded. Solar panels combined with a low temperature heating system are proposed throughout. At a later stage photovoltaic cells are to be incorporated. The house will generate electricity sufficient to provide the owner with an income under the local ‘feed in tariff’ scheme.
We recently secured full Planning consent for this refurbishment of a grand mansion flat on The Drive in Hove.
The proposed further excavation and refurbishment of the existing basement creates new habitable space, which when combined with the existing floor above, creates a two storey duplex apartment.
The quality of space is further enhanced through the introduction of carefully considered lightwells.
The interior design balances classic and contemporary detailing. The character of the Victorian building is retained at ground floor level and a complementary modern approach is adopted in the new basement.
Work has commenced on site with completion due in Spring 2015.
Mohsin Cooper were invited by a prominent Bangalore based landowner and agriculturist to develop design concepts and a marketing study for a lush 117 acre site about 28km from Bangalore, Southern India.
The site is currently an expansive organic farm set within a plantation landscape. At the entrance to the site is a stunning banyan tree around which has been master-planned a cluster of low rise entrance buildings to create a courtyard backdrop to this unique setting.
The landscape will serve as the perfect backdrop for a destination based eco tourist resort, comprising eco hotel, organic restaurant, guest houses, villas and character retreat spa.
The design proposals and high level masterplan have been prepared on the basis of a strong sustainability agenda which seeks to create an ecological connection with the surrounding area.
We were approached by a Surrey based IT Company who are looking to relocate to Sussex to develop a proposal for a new office building to act as their operations and data control centre.
We quickly came to a solution that answered the client brief in terms of speed of construction, quality of build and sustainable design and have developed a design for a modular building that will be predominately fabricated off site, as a ‘volumetric’ pod.
The building will be delivered to site in a number of sections and assembled together on site then clad in locally sourced timber and metal cladding. The form of the building is very much driven by the context and addresses a south facing view over an existing lake.
We were approached by the property owner, who was looking to increase the size of this existing single storey suburban bungalow and also improve the appearance and energy efficiency of the dwelling.
We came up with a solution that retains much of the existing structure - the existing foundations and most of the internal and external walls are retained.
The existing roof will be removed and replaced with a cut and pitch truss rafter to allow for a second storey. The design proposal allows for three new strong gable forms to the front elevation, with frameless glazing and contemporary detailing. The remainder of the elevation is clad either in render or timber cladding, with the roof clad in slate.
External insulated render to all elevations, insulation within the roof and new high performance windows and doors bring this 1960’s bungalow up to current building control standards. As well as a dramatic improvement in visual appearance and energy efficiency, this retrofitting design solution has saved the client money over and above a complete demolition and new build.
We have secured full planning consent for this new build Villa in the Heaver Estate Conservation Area in Balham, South London.
The proposed design is a continuation of the traditional Victorian frontage to create a double fronted 5000 sq ft family home with basement and cinema room.
The rear of dwelling is carved out to create a dramatic contemporary double height living space.
The plot is behind a large Edwardian House in Putney and is currently in use as a garage court with four garages used as storage space.
Our design approach is primarily dictated by the site constraints, two large mature trees are to the south western boundary and the plot is overlooked primarily from the north, east and south.
These challenges led to a partly single and partly two storey solution with most windows facing inwards into a protected courtyard, to create a three bedroom 100 sq m courtyard house.
The sustainability credentials of the house are notable, with proposed locally sourced timber cladding, a sedum roof and mineral lime based render to the ground floor elevations.
We were engaged by the client, who is the property owner, to develop design proposals for a complete re-modelling of this existing single storey top floor flat to create a duplex.
The building is an end of terrace mid period Victorian Villa, located within a Conservation Area. We secured full planning approval for a duplex, by creating a new mansard to accommodate the new floor.
The accommodation comprises two bedrooms (one with ensuite), a bathroom to the lower floor and an open plan kitchen / dining / living space to the new mansard. The mansard addition is sensitively designed to harmonise with the existing Villa. Folding doors to the new living space open onto a terrace with panoramic views across London. Work is due to start on site during summer 2012.
We were approached by the client, a local property developer, to add value to their recently completed flagship development on the Upper Drive in Hove.
The existing development is a striking contemporary four storey apartment development. Their brief was to add value by incorporating a penthouse to the top floor of the completed building.
Our architectural solution included remodelling of one the interior units to the second floor as well as creating a 100 sqm three bed penthouse to the existing top floor.
The proposition required careful negotiation with the Local Authority and the creation of several ‘scenario’ 3D block models to demonstrate the viability of the proposed scheme, in townscape terms.
We worked closely with Planning Consultant DMH Stallard on the scheme.
Mohsin Cooper Architects were commissioned to design this annexe to a listed property in a Conservation Area within the historic County Town of Lewes.
The design replaces a post-war industrial storage shed behind the existing house and responds positively to the many constraints the site has to offer.
The proposed annexe will provide accommodation for the extended family of the client and is designed sensitively, drawing on the rich context and history of the site.
Sustainable local materials are proposed such as locally sourced sweet chestnut with a super insulated timber frame structure at first floor level. The use of sliding timber screens give privacy and shading to the internal and external areas.