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Sam Diston's work illustrated in '2016 Graduates - The Ones to Watch,' Blueprint, Issue 348, 2016.

Great to see Sam's work chosen as one of Blueprint magazine's 'picks' of the graduate shows, 2016.

'... a striking proposal. There is quite a skill in proceeding with a self-defined brief, but Sam avoids cliché through a beautifully illustrated scheme, which proposes a new music school as a device for encouraging community cohesion.' - Russell Curtis.

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'New British High Commission / Kilburn Nightingale Architects,' featured project online at 'archiDATUM - Architecture in Africa,' 18 May 2015. Review by Karanja Samuel.

'Designing an embassy or a consulate poses a myriad of challenges. The architects however succeeded in drawing inspiration from both the 'home' country and the local hosting nation. The end product therefore is building done for permanence and belonging.'

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'Guludo Beach Lodge, Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique.' A featured project in Authentic Ecolodges, by Hitesh Mehta, Collins Design, 2010

'Ideally situated between the Indian Ocean and the pristine African savannah woodlands, just north of the Quirimbas National Park, the Guludo Beach Lodge was created by husband-and-wife team Amy and Neil Carter-James, who wanted to make a difference in the local community.'

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'My Kind Of Town,' in Architecture Today, Issue 254, January 2015, by Carolyn Steel

"The city doesn't go by the rules or stand too much on ceremony, apart from when the Queen is out and about. It likes to get on with things; it is informal, animal and untameable."

Carolyn Steel tells Architecture Today of her love for London.

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'A Bold Stroke of Genius,' London Evening Standard - 'Homes & Property' supplement cover feature, pp. 20-21, Wednesday, 7 January 2015

'Ben and Jane Kilburn took a dingy Dalston house split into flats and turned it into a bright family home packed with clever design ideas,' says the Evening Standard's Philippa Stockley

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'Il Restyling di un'Abitazione Vittoriana nel Quartiere di Hackney a Londra,' Elle Decor - Italia, online, 14 Novembre 2014

'A nineteenth-century house on four floors becomes a living space full of light and refined details,' reports Marzia Nicolini

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'Hackney townhouse,' in Maru magazine, vol.151, 2014

Ben and Jane Kilburn's renovated house in Hackney is featured in Korean magazine, Maru.

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'Viktorianskt i Dalston,' in hemma magazine, by Amina Djemili, Nr. 8, 2014

'In a brick Victorian house in London's Dalston, the architect Ben Kilburn reintergrated three flats into one and proved that it is possible to transform a 150 year old house into a sustainable and modern home,' says Amina Djemili

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'Flat Out,' in Selfbuild & Design magazine, by Debbie Jeffery, July 2014

'Ben and Jane Kilburn have combined three flats in a Victorian semi to create a spacious, energy-efficient family home with some contemporary twists,' reveals Debbie Jeffery.

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Featured project in 'On the Terraces,' The Sunday Times - 'Home' supplement, by Hugh Graham, 27th April 2014

Kilburn Nightingale Architects' redevelopment of a townhouse in Hackney is a featured project in The Sunday Times, 'Home' section.

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'Kilburn Nightingale remodels Hackney townhouse with sweet-chestnut joinery,' in dezeen magazine, online, 15th April 2014

'London architect Ben Kilburn has renovated a Victorian property he owns in Hackney, transforming three separate flats into a large family home featuring a double-height library and an attic playroom.'

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'All together now,' in the Telegraph magazine, Saturday, 25th January 2014

'The journey to convert three flats back into a family home in east London was full of challenges and obstacles, but the final result made the whole process worthwhile,' reports Dominic Bradbury.

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'Converted For Life,' in Green, Issue 34, November 2013

'British architect Ben Kilburn turns a transient urban stopover into a sustainable family home,' reports Will Jones in Australian magazine, Green.

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Our House in Hackney makes 'Open House London 2013: The 20 buildings to step inside this weekend,' by Jonathan Bell. Wallpaper* online, 20 Sep 2013

'Kilburn Nightingale Architects' Greenwood Road is Ben Kilburn's own house. It's an exemplary demonstration of new ways of extending the classic London house; squeezing in more efficient materials and finding better ways of arranging space.'

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Sophie Backhouse's work illustrated in 'Pick of the Graduate Shows 2013,' Blueprint, Issue 329, August 2013.

Congratulations to Sophie; great to see her work chosen as one of Blueprint magazine's 'Picks' of the graduate shows, 2013.

'Backhouse's building is beautifully illustrated that allow[s] the viewer to gain a real sense of what this place might be within the city' - Daisy Froud.

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Practice Name Change

Kilburn Nightingale has been operating as a trading name for the original Cullum and Nightingale Architects Limited company. On 5th July 2013, we finalized the transition to Kilburn Nightingale Architects Limited.

WAN Awards 2013 - Shortlisted - New Library for Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Kilburn Nightingale is delighted that the new library for Emmanuel College, Cambridge has been shortlisted for the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2013.

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We are very pleased that, following shortlisting, our Gallery building in western Uganda has won the Architects' Journal Small Projects Sustainability Award.

The project for the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation has been most interesting and rewarding - involving a process of experimentation with the use of recycled oil drums as a roofing material and rediscovering the art of mud-based render. It as been a collaborative project and wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and enthusiasm of the builders Kasese Nail and Wood Industry and, of course, the trustees and staff of the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation.

Ruwenzori Art Gallery and Café makes 'AJ Small Projects Sustainability Shortlist 2013'. Cover image and report in The Architects' Journal, 17 January 2013

'Where resources are scarce, necessity dictates lean use of materials. The marriage of natural and industrial materials results in an elegant simplicity, which could be more widely emulated in sustainable design.'

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'Are the RIBA Awards too expensive?' - Building Design, 18 January 2013

"Yes," argues Ben Kilburn, "more expensive entry fees hit small practices harder than the large players, potentially creating a culture of awards dominated by a small number of large practices."

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Everyone in the office recently took part in a quick, in-house project: to design a 'Pop-up Pub' on the banks of the Thames in London.

This project, called 'PoPuPub', was an opportunity to develop ideas and a proposal for a fictitious, but entirely plausible, small-scale intervention. Each person presented their scheme to the rest of the office, which stimulated plenty of discussion and some enticing propositions. [ more > ]

Emmanuel College Library project in Cambridge wins 'Spirit of Ingenuity' RIBA regional award!

Kilburn Nightingale receive their 'Spirit of Ingenuity', RIBA Regional Award (East) from Anna Liu for their new 'Emmanuel College Library' project in Cambridge.
[From left: Anna Liu, Ben Kilburn, Richard Nightingale, Rachel Mundell, Neil Kahawatte. Photo: Richard Marsham]

Technical feature on Kilburn Nightingale's new gallery for the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation in Uganda - Building Design, 8th June 2012

The materials, construction techniques and working practices used to create a new gallery and cafe building in this the latest phase of our project for the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation in Uganda, are highlighted.

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'Skräddarsydd träarkitektur i Storbritannien' ['Bespoke wood architecture in Great Britain'] -Trä, Nummer 2, 2012

The new library building for Emmanuel College Cambridge is reviewed in Swedish wood magazine, Trä.

'Emmanuel College Library, Cambridge' in A[rchitects'] J[ournal] Specification supplement, 02 2012

An in-depth look at the materials, structure and detailing of the new Library at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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'New Library for Emmanuel College, Cambridge.' Cover project for hinge Magazine, Issue 198, February 2012

'Fitting a new piece into an existing ensemble of any historical merit is always a bit of a risk. The new Emmanuel College Cambridge library addition seems to get that just right. It is its own language, form and character, but doesn't try too hard to prove it.'

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'Adding incremental layers of new build,' in education design & build, Jan/Feb 2012

'The new library building at Emmanuel College Cambridge by Kilburn Nightingale Architects is the latest example of the practice's particular approach to working with existing buildings in a historic context.'

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Guludo Eco-resort featured as one of the '100 Best Hotels in the World', in The Sunday Times 'Travel' magazine, October 2011

Guludo Beach Lodge was selected by the prestigious Sunday Times Travel Magazine as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World, just one of seven hotels in Africa to make it into the list and the only property in Mozambique.

'British High Commission, Kampala (Uganda)', featured project in Atlas: Architectures of the 21st Century - Africa and Middle East, Luis Fernández Galiano (Ed.), Fundación BBVA, 2011

The British High Commission in Uganda by Kilburn Nightingale Architects is featured in this new Atlas of 21st-century architecture.

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'Emma Extends', featured project in 'College Libraries,' Cambridge Architecture, No. 62, Spring / Summer 2011, by Jeremy Lander

'Emmanuel College [Library] is a fascinating example of how a building complex can change and grow organically,' writes Jeremy Lander.

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'A turn to the light: remaking a Cambridge library', cover story - Architecture Today, Issue 222, October 2011, by Dean Hawkes

'Kilburn Nightingale's work at Emmanuel College responds to the essence of an ancient building type and the demands of modern scholarship, finds Dean Hawkes.'

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Guludo Beach Lodge wins 'Community Benefit Award' at the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in Las Vegas

Richard Nightingale (pictured here with Guludo Beach Lodge owners, Amy and Neal Carter-James) at the opening ceremony of the Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas on 17 May, organised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

'Designing with Community In Mind,' Richard Nightingale speaks at the Green Day Conference in Las Vegas, May 2011

'In town from London as a finalist in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards for his work at Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique, Richard shares his latest global work and the impact his projects have had on everything from access to clean drinking water to infant mortality.'

'Comment,' in Blueprint, Issue 303, June 2011, by Richard Nightingale

'As concrete and tarmac continue to encroach on tourist hotspots, Richard Nightingale pleads for a more sustainable approach.' [ more > ]

'My Kind Of Town,' in Architecture Today, Issue 217, April 2011, by Richard Nightingale

'My Kind Of Town is impervious to the pressures of change,' says Richard Nightingale as he talks about the town of Lamu on an island in an archipelago just off the Kenyan coast.
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'Guludo Beach Lodge', VISI online, 9 March 2011, by Nicole McCreedy

'Guludo Beach Lodge snapped up the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award in the category of "Poverty Relief." With the help of UK-based Kilburn Nightingale Architects, owners Amy and Neal Carter-James have built a stylish lodge that's more than just a pretty place,' writes Nicole McCreedy. [ more > ]

'Working Abroad', Building Design, 18 February 2011, by Elizabeth Hopkirk

Building Design interviews the practice on their work overseas over the last 25 years. Projects featured, include: Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation (Uganda), New British High Commission (Uganda), New Eden House (Bequia), Guludo Eco-resort (Mozambique) and Camino Real Hotel (Argentina). [ more > ]

'Parker Library, Cambridge', Building Design, 11 February 2011, by Amanda Birch

Kilburn Nightingale's recent rehousing of the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge is featured in detail in Building Design's 'Technical' section. [ more > ]

Kilburn Nightingale's rehousing of the Parker Library for Corpus Christi College, Cambridge was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on June 21st

The project included the construction of a new secure vault for the unique collection of mediaeval illuminated manuscripts in the Grade 1 Listed Wilkins Building in the College's main court. [ more > ]

Archaeology Museum, Xi'an, China

Kilburn Nightingale have recently completed a feasibility study for the design and construction of the International Heritage and Research Centre in a new park being created on the site of Daming Palace, the seat of the Tang Dynasty in the historic city Xi'an. [ more > ]

'Think Green Conference'

Richard Nightingale gave a paper on "Hotel Design - the Sustainable Future" at the recent Think Green conference organised by the Green Building Council in Amman, Jordan.

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'African Bronze. The challenge of building central Africa's first arts foundry' in The Economist, August 1st-7th 2009

Kilburn Nightingale won the competition to design and build central Africa's first foundry for casting bronze sculptures. Once finished, it will also include an art gallery, a café, housing for visiting artists and a medical clinic to serve the needs of the local Bakonjo people. The Economist reports on the project.
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'What's the next big trend in hotel design?' in 'BD Magazine - Business,' Issue 28, June 2009

Richard Nightingale answers the question with a brief reflection on how Kilburn Nightingale's work in Africa informs our work closer to home. [ more > ]

'The Visionaries - 10 Big Ideas For A Better World', The Ecologist, April 2009

The world's leading environmental magazine talks to 10 'Visionaries' about their ideas for a better world. Carolyn Steel of Kilburn Nightingale is interviewed about her new book, Hungry City and her research into food and the built environment: 'Sitopia'. [ more > ]

'British High Commission, Kampala, Uganda', featured as a RIBA International Award winner in 'Architecture 08 The Guide To The RIBA Awards', Tony Chapman, Merrell, 2008

'The High Commission is a sophisticated and elegant collecton of buildingis, designed by a thoughtful and erudite architect ... It is down to the strength of the original idea and sheer persistence of the architect that the resulting scheme flies a flag not only for Britain but also for good architecture everywhere.' [ more > ]

Richard Nightingale (centre) and Ben Kilburn (left) receive their British Expertise International Award from HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

In the British Expertise International Awards 2008/9, Kilburn Nightingale are delighted to have won the 'Consultancy Project of the Year' prize for their "outstanding work on an international project" - the New British High Commission, Kampala, Uganda.

'Guludo Beach Lodge', featured in 'the eco-travel guide', by Alastair Fuad-Luke, Thames & Hudson, 2008

'British architects Cullum and Nightingale maximized passive cooling and shading by extensive use of local materials and orientation of the individual bandas to achieve the most benefit from the sea breezes.'

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'British High Commission Buiidings', featured in 'The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture', Phaidon, 2008

The New British High Commission, Kampala, Uganda is one of two Kilburn Nightingale projects featured in the new encyclopaedia of selected modern architecture from around the world, published by Phaidon.

'Guludo Eco Resort', featured in 'The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture', Phaidon, 2008

Guludo Eco Resort, Mozambique is one of two Kilburn Nightingale projects featured in the new encyclopaedia of selected modern architecture from around the world, published by Phaidon.

'Mozambique eco-chic', Evening Standard, 23rd October 2008

'Simple beauty: the eco-bandas at Guludo have everything you need and nothing you don’t.'

By Lisa Johnson

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'New British High Commission, Kampala, Uganda'

Kilburn Nightingale's British High Commission project in Uganda has been announced as a winner of the prestigious RIBA International Award, 2008. The building has also been shortlisted for the Lubetkin Prize.

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'British High Commission', featured in '1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die', (Mark Irving, general editor), 2007

Giles Omezi reports on our project for the British High Commission, Kampala, Uganda, in this newly published book.

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'A Toff's Guide to Country House Hotels' by Francis Fulford, The Observer, 12th August 2007

Combe House Hotel, Devon - refurbishment by Kilburn Nightingale.

'We were shown into a new suite the owners have just converted from the old laundry. The result was impressive. A commodious sitting room was followed by a great bedroom and, adjoining it, a bathroom whose main feature was an enormous copper bath big enough for a threesome if you were so inclined.' [ more > ]

Competition Win!
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Following an invited competition, Kilburn Nightingale are delighted to have been selected for the new Library project for Emmanuel College in Cambridge.

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Competition Win!
New Art Foundry, Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation

Following a design competition we are very pleased to have been chosen as architects for a new art foundry for the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation in western Uganda.


'With these embassies, you spoil us!', Saturday Telegraph, 7 April 2007

'British diplomacy is embracing thrilling new architecture, says Dominic Bradbury.'

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We are moving!

From 18th March 2007, the practice is moving from our Judd Street offices to new, larger premises in Harrison Street close by.

Our new contact details may be found here.

'My Man in Africa', in British Airways' inflight magazine, High Life, January 2007

'Lucy Cavendish takes her ten-year-old son to a trailblazing eco-lodge in Mozambique' - designed by Kilburn Nightingale.

'Unlike many hotels in Africa, which purport to be eco-friendly to attract tourists, but import their furniture, building materials and food, Guludo is the genuine article. Almost everything has been locally sourced.' [ more > ]

Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

We are currently working for Corpus Christi College on a project to provide a new secure vault, along with associated reading rooms for the famous Parker Library.

New Beach Bar Restaurant on Bequia, the Caribbean

Due to open early in 2007, Kilburn Nightingale are currently working on a new bar restaurant on a beach on Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This follows on from another successful project already completed on the island for a Guesthouse. [ more > ]

Refurbishment of two floors of the Economist Building

Kilburn Nightingale is in the process of refurbishing the first and eighth floor of the Grade 2* Listed Economist Building, a modern masterpiece by Peter and Alison Smithson in the heart of London.

'Cullum and Nightingale / Kampala', cover story - Architects' Journal, 11 May 2006

'The main focus is Cullum and Nightingale's British High Commission in Kampala, a contextual building finding a balance between openness to climate and the inevitable concerns of security.'

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'New Eden House, Bequia, Caribbean', in 'The New Modern House', by Will Jones, 2006

Our 'Guesthouse in the Caribbean' project is featured in this newly published book by Will Jones.

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Richard Nightingale receives his award from HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

Kilburn Nightingale has won an award for their "outstanding" work on their new Eco-resort in Guludo project, Mozambique. In the category of Small Consultancy Firm of the Year 2005, the BCCB British International Expertise Awards "highly commended" the "tangible and visible project".

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'Paradise Found', The Architectural Review, July 2005

'This tourist resort in Mozambique aims to minimise its impact on the local ecology', by Catherine Slessor.

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'How We Cracked It', Building Design, 1 July 2005

'Richard Nightingale and Ben Kilburn explain how they adapted traditional Ugandan construction techniques to create the custom-made terracotta products used in their new building.'

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INTACH Conference, India

Richard Nightingale participated in a two-day conference in Hyderabad at the invitation of INTACH (the Indian National Trust). The theme of the conference was Heritage and Development and Richard Nightingale gave a paper entitled 'Vital Heritage' on modern design in heritage settings.

'Eco Turismo', Casamica, June 2005

The new eco-resort at Guludo, Mozambique is featured. By Sabrina Monzardo.

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'Whiteford Studio and House', in 'City Reborn. Architecture and Regeneration in London, from Bankside to Dulwich', by Kenneth Powell, 2004

The new accommodation for the artist Kate Whiteford is a featured project in Kenneth Powell's book recording the architectural reinvigoration of the London Borough of Southwark.

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'Virtuous Vacations', Building Design, 5 November 2004

'Traditional African methods are the star of Cullum & Nightingale's eco-resort', says Amanda Birch

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'Our place in Kampala', The Guardian, 9 June 2004

Kilburn Nightingale's new British high commission in Uganda featured.

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'Seeing the light', Telegraph Magazine, 12 June 2004

The conversion of a 16th-century barn in Suffolk into a modern residence.

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Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India

In February 2004, the Chairman and Trustees of the Victoria Memorial gave their approval in principle to the proposed annexe building (library, education, museum facilities and exhibition space) designed by Kilburn Nightingale on behalf of the Calcutta Tercentenary Trust.

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Kampala High Commission

The new British High Commission building is now on site in Uganda.

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House for an Artist, Dulwich

Kilburn Nightingale have designed a house adjacent to the artist's new studio (awarded a Civic Trust Commendation in 2002). The shell of the new building is now complete, ready for the next phase of work.

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'Expanding Eden', cover story - The Architects' Journal, 11 September 2003

'Paradise Found - A beautiful, contextual beach house in a Caribbean palm grove'

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'Period Performance', The Architects' Journal, 11 September 2003

The Central School of Speech and Drama's Embassy Theatre in detail.

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Combe House Hotel, Gittisham, Devon

Kilburn Nightingale are in consultation with English Heritage over the design of a new building in the grounds of this Grade I Listed country house hotel in Devon.

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New building for Warr's Harley-Davidson

A planning application has been submitted for the completion of our award-winning building on the King's Road.

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