A new research and inspection facility for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

Re-built on its original site, the 22,000 sq.ft. complex serves three functions; a veterinary crisis centre, inspection and diagnosis of indigenous fish and shellfish diseases and research, including virology, microbiology, pathology and molecular biology and biochemistry.

The building had to meet the high specifications required for a building built in a marine environment as well as within a Conservation Area.

The practice also designed and oversaw a decanting operation, to provide for the temporary operation of the facility whilst the new building was constructed.

Standing at the entrance to the building we designed two new obelisks, one inscribed with the names of all seawater fish found in British waters, the other with all freshwater species.

The London Borough of Southwark commissioned the practice to design and procure new gates for the entrance into Camberwell Old Cemetery on the corner of Wood Vale and Langton Rise in East Dulwich, SE23. The gates are positioned between the original Grade II listed masonry gate posts.

The gate’s falling leaf motif symbolises both the use of the cemetery and its woodland setting.

Included in the images is a production photograph taken at the forge where the gates were made.