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BWCP, architects, planning consultants and designers, is a small multi-skilled consultancy established in 1972. Our work is characterised over the years by its variety: freeports for the Port of London and British Land Company, conversion of historic buildings for Railtrack PLC, schools for the Central Foundation, University College School and facilities for South Hampstead High School; industrial buildings and housing for Wassall PLC and retail for AVEDA, Virgin Group, Music Discount Centres and Stanley Gibbons are just examples.

Current work emphasises loft conversions and hotels in the inner city, leisure facilities and a visitor attraction and a town centre mixed development in Greenwich. Specialist planning work includes achieving late night opening for Sugar Reef (Chorion PLC).

BWCP designed the UK's first new apartment-hotel, the ORION/Citadines near the Barbican: 128 studios and apartments trading successfully since 1994. We have obtained permission for an hotel and apart-hotel in Shepherd's Bush, converting the former inland revenue HQ; for a new condominium-apart-hotel at Aldgate East and for a 260-room hotel as part of a mixed-use development of Orbit House opposite Southwark tube station.

In the Green Belt we prepared a master plan for the future of Selsdon ParkHotel, where we have been consultant architects.In South Oxfordshire we have prepared proposals for the future of the Carmel College campus in 30ha of AONB.

BWCP has been responsible for many live-and-work and residential conversions in Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and the City, including the listed Leysian Mission providing 60 units by the Old Street roundabout. And the first substantial new residential development, 28 units in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, of which 11 are live-and-work, plus a large restaurant, which is now occupied.

In Greenwich our scheme for three large town houses and three work-homes on Straightsmouth in the town centre is under construction.

In Camden we have designed a new pool for the South Hampstead High School and an extension for the Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club. Previously we acted in connection with the now-completed masterplan for University College School in Hampstead. Also in Camden we have achieved planning permission following a hearing appeal for an important canal-side site at Star Wharf. Anglo-Scottish Properties PLC plans to commence construction of 100B Chalk Farm Road, an office scheme which we won on appeal some time ago.

In addition to leading the design and town planning strategy of our major projects, we have advised on specialised planning matters for clients such as Aveda (Estée Lauder), Virgin Group, Barclays Premises, Wise Buddah Music Radio, Jeff Wayne Music, Sugar Reef (Chorion plc) and the White Star Line restaurants (Marco Pierre White). We also work with other architects as planning consultants and in the preparation of master plans.

Brian Waters, principal of BWCP, writes a regular planning guidance column in the Architects' Journal (see GUIDANCE), is Chairman of the London Planning & Development Forum, is Upper Warden of the Company of Chartered Architects and co-edits Planning in London with Paul Finch and Lee Mallett.