|Industry||Architecture, design, interior design, masterplanning|
|Founders||Sir Richard Herbert Sheppard
|Key people||David Ardill
Sheppard Robson (previously Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners ) is a British architecture firm, founded in 1938 by Sir Richard Herbert Sheppard, with offices in London, Manchester, Glasgow, and Abu Dhabi. It was particularly influential in the 1950s-60s, pioneering the use of concrete shell structures, and in the present day as a leader in sustainable architecture, building the UK's first net zero carbon house in 2007.
Sheppard Robson was founded in 1938 by Richard Sheppard, (later knighted for his work in architecture), a technically skilled designer with a talent for developing new materials, who was disabled as a teenager by polio, and Jean Shufflebottom, his wife, a gifted architect in her own right. The company’s first big success was the Jicwood Bungalow in 1944, which used materials from aircraft manufacture.
By 1950 the company had built a reputation for large modern projects, and Richard Sheppard had a new business partner, Geoffrey Robson, who added his name to the company’s. At first they specialized in schools, building more than 80 in the 1950s. In 1958 the company won a competition to design a science college and memorial to Winston Churchill - Churchill College, Cambridge. Later they branched out into other public buildings, and by the 70s they had built a strong reputation in commercial and retail buildings.
In the 1980s the company went through a bad patch, getting a reputation for dullness.
In the 1990s and 2000s the company entered a period of growth with innovative, often large-scale buildings like The Helicon, Toyota/Lexus HQ, MediaCityUK, the Lighthouse, Barking Riverside and Siemens HQ Middle East. Many of these were important landmarks in the development of sustainable architecture. For instance, the Lighthouse was the UK’s first net zero carbon house, the Helicon was an early sustainable office/shop building, and MediaCityUK was built as a sustainable community, verified by international sustainability regulator BREEAM (the first corporate building to achieve this).
Sheppard Robson is known for sustainable architecture, which it helped to pioneer in the early 1990s with buildings like the Helicon and the Lighthouse, which was the UK’s first net zero-carbon house. Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, completed in 2010, was the first college or university to win a BREEAM Outstanding rating for sustainability. The Helicon was an early sustainable office/shop building, and MediaCityUK was built as a sustainable community, verified by the international sustainability regulator BREEAM (the first corporate building to achieve this).
Sheppard Robson has four offices in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Abu Dhabi, and about two hundred and fifty employees, mostly architects. Sheppard Robson Architects LLP trading as Sheppard Robson became a Limited Liability Partnership in 2014, also incorporating Sheppard Robson Limited and Sheppard Robson International as limited companies, all is run its nineteen partners. At the moment, Sheppard Robson is the fourth biggest architectural practice in the UK. Sheppard Robson has an interior design group, ID:SR, the largest integrated interior design group within a UK architecture practice, which has produced work for BBC North, Channel 4 and London Borough of Newham. Although Sheppard Robson is best known for its modern looking high-impact buildings, the company headquarters is a refurbished piano factory hidden in a courtyard in Camden Town, London.
Schools and universities
- Churchill College, Cambridge
- Loughborough University
- Brunel University
- Waingels College
- Stockwell Park High School
- London Business School
- Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA)
Arts and media
- Salvation Army HQ
- Toyota HQ
- The Helicon
- Motorola HQ
- Siemens HQ Middle East
- Armani at 1 the Avenue
- The Helicon
- 1 Hanover Street (Apple’s flagship in Europe)
Science and healthcare
- The Lighthouse
- Barking Riverside
- Nelson Mandela Children’s’ Hospital
- Minna Airport City
- Siemens HQ Middle East
- London Borough of Newham
- Channel 4 Headquarters
- Sheppard Robson, Emporis.com , accessed 30 December 2007