Introduction

Re-Format is a design studio specialising in high quality architecture, graphic design and construction consultancy services, delivering innovative and imaginative services which add real value to our clients.

Our reputation is underpinned by framework commissions with at least 20 public sector clients including local authorities, county councils and registered providers, alongside a wide variety of private sector clients. In recent years we have won the national Housing Design Awards three times and been shortlisted another three times. We are well funded with no debts.

We take care to measure our performance against accepted standards and to ensure we exceed these standards in our delivery of services. See our Quality Assurance section for our accreditations and our environmental statement can also be found here. Our intention is that all our designs make considerable savings for our clients in terms of efficiency in construction, manufacture and environmental impact. Our services are efficient and we control costs carefully. In particular we aim to be fair and honest in all our dealings.

We have over 25 years’ experience and win work through reputation and client references which we are pleased to supply to potential clients. Please contact us if you require architectural, graphic design or associated specialist services. Our contact details are here.


Services

Architecture
Re-Format takes its name from the idea of re-freshing and re-newal. Good design is inspired from many approaches but ours derives from a re-thinking of fundamental principles. The aim is something truly valuable. Our ideas gain expression from the physical context and our clients’ constraints for a workable and viable solution. This leads to diversity in Re-Format’s projects solutions. Through good design we use the planet’s physical resources in a thoughtful manner.

We produce national award winning architecture for Education, Housing, Restoration, Listed Building Conversion, Commercial and Medical Care. Innovative and attentive services are provided, dealing with the contemporary agendas of environment, sustainability and quality of space. The approach is to integrate the delivery of design through our increasingly broad range of services.

Graphic Design
We excel at communication through the use of a strong design aesthetic, compelling ideas and an open mind. Rather than employing any form of ‘house style’, we treat each project as a unique challenge with a unique solution. We offer the following Graphic Design services:

Branding and identity
Corporate literature
Brochures
Website development
Annual reports
Packaging
Exhibitions and events

Key to Re-Format’s approach is a strong client relationship and a clear understanding of the brief.

Masterplanning
Re-Format deals with land use future planning to promote best use of land and creative environments for all use classes. We have delivered projects for government and commercial sectors with the emphasis on creative methods to make best use and best value of development.

3D Visualisation
Re-Format produces photorealistic computer visualisations, both animated and still, using cutting edge software for our own projects and also for the wider market. Work can be product based or for buildings and environments.

CDM Co-ordination
Re-Format provides Principal Designer services as defined by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, undertaking responsibility for the management and co-ordination of project health and safety issues.


Clients

Our wide variety of clients is important to us and the range of sectors and projects they offer to us has enabled us to build a portfolio of work of which we are proud. We work equally well with both public and private sector clients, adapting to their particular needs. Clients in the public sector include local authorities and registered providers across the south of England and we often work for these clients under framework, or term, appointments. We also work directly with education establishments, both publicly and privately funded, with universities and with large national contractors. Our residential clients include developers and house builders of varying scale as well as private domestic clients, care home providers and specialist residential care providers. We also work with churches, commercial clients and charities.

Our graphics and media team works with a range of private companies as well as publicly funded organisations such as the Association of Chief Police Officers and Hampshire County Council.


Awards

At Re-Format we are very pleased to have been the recipients of numerous prestigious national awards as well as being honoured by smaller, local societies for making notable contributions to their towns and cities. We have won the national Housing Design Awards on three occasions – the scheme for one project being described by the judges as “the very best of its kind” – and have been shortlisted six times; we have won Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) design awards for both education and housing schemes; we have won sustainability awards for education and cultural projects; and we have won Civic Trust Awards and Commendations for cultural and housing regeneration projects. Our awards range from those for large scale projects to individual private commissions having won Europan for a large regeneration scheme in Finland and the RIBA Downland Prize twice, including a win for a small artist’s studio.


Jobs

Re-Format is not currently actively recruiting but we are always keen to look at portfolios for exceptional candidates at all levels.

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Study Tours

Marseille 2016

Milan 2015

Copenhagen 2014

Valencia 2013

Hamburg 2012

Each year our whole Re-Format team sets off in search of architectural and graphic inspiration, as well as some essential team building, and embarks on the annual study trip. Organised by Neil and Judy to great acclaim, these trips are to a European city where, guided by a local architect, we are fortunate enough to see some of the best new developments first hand and to spend time learning together.

Over the years we have visited Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Manchester, Marseille, Milan, Newcastle, Paris and Valencia. From Aldo Rossi to Zaha Hadid in Milan, from Mies Van der Rohr in Barcelona to Future Systems in Copenhagen, we walk and tweet our way around, inside and out, enjoying and criticising, but always returning with new ideas (and tired feet).


Environment

Projects
Re-Format implements an environmental checklist as part of the briefing process for all projects. Once we have established the commissioning aspirations of our clients we can advise on improvements from this baseline. We explain the environmental impact reductions that can be achieved through audit procedures such as BREEAM. On at least 50% of our projects we have facilitated an increase in the output brief by one increment such as increasing from BREEAM ‘good’ to ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

Website
We share drawings, files and documents on a secure members’ area of this website, allowing all project team members access to individual projects thereby saving resources and costs.

Studio
Within our own studio we have introduced a series of strategies in our Environmental Action Plan in order to reduce our environmental impact in terms of reducing travel and energy consumption, and improving our recycling and waste management. We are committed to improving our own environmental impact.


Quality Assurance

Re-Format is accredited by Investors in People / Silver Award
We have been accredited by Investors in People since 2001 and were most recently assessed in 2016 at the higher Silver level of the award. Investors in People demonstrates our commitment to training and development of the whole team and working together to set and achieve our business goals.

Re-Format is certified to ISO 9001: 2008 / Quality Assurance
Our services are certified to the above standard, demonstrating that we meet its criteria and those of our own quality policy, have systems in place to ensure the quality of our services and are independently assessed to guarantee we continue to achieve the standard.

Re-Format is certified to ISO 14001: 2004 / Environmental Management
Certification for this standard demonstrates that we recognise the social and economic importance of protecting the environment; that our commitment to this must encompass all our activities and that we are prepared to lead by example in promoting a sensitive, considered attitude to the environment – in the way we run our own business and for our projects.

Re-Format is certified to OHSAS 18001: 2007 / Health and Safety Management and accredited by CHAS
Certification to OHSAS 18001: 2007 and accreditation by the Contractor’s Health and Safety Assessment Scheme demonstrates Re-Format’s commitment to Health and Safety in our working environment, towards our team members and on site and our compliance as a designers under the CDM Regulations.

In addition to these all staff hold Construction Skills Certification Scheme cards having passed the Construction Industry Training Board’s test for competence on construction sites.

Re-Format is an RIBA Chartered Practice — No 1714378P. For more details go to our RIBA page here.


Legal

Re-Format LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales at Buckmore Studios, Beckham Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3BU, No OC332027.

A list of members is available upon request. VAT Registration No 920 3773 38. All images are copyright Re-Format unless otherwise stated.

Calls may be monitored and recorded for record-keeping, training and quality-assurance purposes.

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