We are architects and technologists with a passion for what we do, for collaborating and enjoying the journey.
Cunniff Design is an architectural studio that designs and delivers high quality, award-winning buildings and places.
Architecture is the design of buildings, the spaces around them and the spaces within them. It brings together physical materials and creates spaces by modifying light, sound and the space within them. For us it is also about creating great spaces and places which are a balance of the functional and the delightful. We are able to work through all of the RIBA Workstage’s from 0-7.
Often already part of our architectural commission, interior design can be provided as a stand-alone service. The creation of a vibrant interior is key to the success of a building and the way in which people interact and experience it.
A masterplan is a dynamic long-term planning framework that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development. Masterplanning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments.
Feasibility studies are often a way to prove viability for clients or test ideas with planning. They can have a number of aims and can be produced quickly to enable clients to proceed with confidence to the next stages.
Cunniff Design were originally appointed by Paragon Interiors to provide architectural services including securing Planning and Listed Building consents, as well as providing space planning and technical packages for construction.
The scheme is based on a flexible layout providing a range of accommodation, including cellular offices, open plan co-working spaces and a café/bar ‘Social’ at ground floor. The flat roof was also converted into a social terrace with unique views overlooking the Town Hall!
Following the success of East Parade in Leeds, AHQ appointed Cunniff Design to assist in planning space at a new opportunity in Liverpool.
Working within the constraints of the existing building, Cunniff Design were able to design a flexible layout providing a range of accommodation, including cellular offices, open plan co-working spaces and a café/bar; St Paul's Social.
This now adds a third property to the growing portfolio for Avenue HQ and their customers.
Cunniff Design were introduced to iQ Student to deliver the scheme, designed by architecture practice 74, from RIBA Stage 3.
Having worked previously with 74, we knew the collaboration would work well and we could deliver their design whilst they were retained by the client as design monitor.
Cunniff Design took the planning scheme and modelled it in Revit to develop a co-ordinated technical design using BIM L2 standards allowing for a straight-forward delivery on site.
Following on from the success at Crown House, Cunniff Design were appointed by LSSH to develop a design for the Symons House site in Leeds.
Cunniff successfully delivered planning approval for a 22 storey tower, in a sensitive area in place of the 4 storey office building present on the site.
The scheme delivers a range of room types and a roof terrace which commands incredible views over the city.
Cunniff Design were approached by Parklane to participate in a mini design competition to generate ideas for their Bridge House site in Leeds.
The brief was for a tall, landmark building; a totally new icon for Leeds. Cunniff Design created a unique double tower, connected by a parabolic curve making an exciting and unique design.
The scheme contained all of the Parklane products along with workplace, leisure and parking. At 40+ storeys the tower was designed to be Leeds tallest building and an icon for the city.
Cunniff Design were appointed by RG Group to develop the HLM designed scheme during planning stage, to allow an immediate start on site.
Working closely with the RG team, Cunniff Design were able to inform the planning drawings to enable complete discharge of all pre-commencement conditions and allow an immediate start on site.
The scheme was delivered in 12 months in time for the student intake in 2017.
Cunniff Design were appointed by Clegg Construction to deliver this CJCT designed student accommodation scheme.
Comprising a stepped block extending out from the abandoned railway viaduct, the design announces its presence on the street frontage and re-creates the narrow, cobbled passageway to one side.
Cunniff Design were able to rationalise the layout and simplify the construction detailing making for a very smooth delivery with the main contractor.
Cunniff Design were appointed by Torsion Group to design a new student accommodation building on the edge of Coventry city centre.
Using a simple block form with a residential pitched roof, the design uses only two materials: the sides and roof are clad in black panels and the gable ends are a textured brick.
This simple form and confident use of materials gives this modest block a clarity of architectural language.
"Having worked with Rob and Patrick on several key projects for GMI, they have always provided an excellent service with a collaborative, friendly approach backed up by great design and delivery skills. I look forward to working with them again in the near future."
"Both Clegg Construction and myself have worked with Rob on a number of successful projects over recent years and I was more than happy to continue that relationship with Rob and Patrick in their new venture."
"Cunniff Design have combined commitment and expertise with a friendly approach in delivering our first student scheme at Crown House in Sheffield. We look forward to working together again in the future."
"I’ve known Rob and Patrick for several years and enjoy their personable approach to architecture and development. The growing team at Cunniff Design offers an intelligent and commercial, user friendly service and I look forward to working together in the future."
"Cunniff Design have provided an excellent service on the Crown House project in Sheffield. Rob and Patrick have helped developed the client’s specification, allowing us to deliver this high end scheme."