Black Architecture
They have a strong focus on the client's interests and in making sure that we have a building which is sustainable, elegant, well designed in keeping with its surroundings but above all a building which works for us.
BLACK took a lot of trouble in the early stages to help us consult staff about our current working environment and how it could be improved. They have come up with some creative ideas to make excellent use of a slightly awkward site and develop facilities which will enhance our working environment and support increased networking a key issue which emerged in talking to staff.
And finally they have been fun to work with and good companions in the inevitable ups and downs of any major development.
Barbara J M Wilson
Director for Organisational Development and People
CAFOD run aid projects in 40 countries around the world; they dreamed of an HQ that would become the heart of their organisation
Black won an invited competition to design Catholic Aid for Overseas Development (CAFOD's) new headquarters on a sensitive site adjacent to Pugin's listed St Georges Cathedral in Southwark. Many members of staff work for long periods in disaster zones, so it was essential that when they came together in London they felt a sense of belonging. We conducted inclusive internal focus groups and defined a meticulously detailed brief; not just the technical nuts & bolts, but the emotional, psychological and behavioural changes CAFOD wanted the building to deliver. A half level stepped section between office floors and support spaces encourage movement and social interaction, creating a vibrant, dynamic community and encouraging knowledge sharing and social interaction.
Project Value

£8.6 million

BREEAM Office 'Excellent' rating
Activated thermal mass
Mixed mode conditioning
Ground source heating & cooling
PV & Solar water heating