16/12/2016 Sketches

A collection of Mackenzie Wheeler sketches and illustrations from the last 25 years of practise is now available to view on our website. 


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27/09/2016 WE HAVE MOVED!

The practice has move to 11 - 13 Bateman's Row, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HH.

We look forward to welcoming you!



The practice will be moving just a short stroll from Redchurch Street to 11 - 13 Batemans Row and will be open for business in the new premises from 29th September 2016.

We look forward to welcoming visitors to our new studio!

06/06/2016 Thierry Noir street art at Mackenzie Wheeler

World famous steet artist Thierry Noir has provided a signature figure painting at the entrance of Mackenzie Wheeler's studios in Shoreditch. Amongst numerous acolades, Noir is credited as being the first street artist to paint the Berlin Wall.

His work is currently on display at the Howard Griffin Gallery on Shoreditch High Street.

19/04/2016 At The Chapel listed amongst 'world's best designed restaurants'

At The Chapel voted one of the worlds best restaurants by Crave Magazine

29/10/2015 Office trip to Venice

The Mackenzie Wheeler team took advantage of a long weekend in Venice at the start of October. With the background of the Biennale Festival and a plethora of tourists with selfie sticks, the team enjoyed a fantastic 3 days of sightseeing, eating, drinking and Gondola watching.

The British pavilion at the Biennale got the vote as the most provocative and interesting of the exhibitions and we all agreed it was best to stay off the cigarettes!

Rare Art Deco London Home Restoration and Refurbishment Completed by Mackenzie Wheeler
27/07/2015 Rare Art Deco London Home Restoration and Refurbishment Completed by Mackenzie Wheeler

Mackenze Wheeler have completed the careful restoration of a beautiful Grade 2 listed Art Deco townhouse in central London as a private family home. The building, orignally built for a knighted consultant surgeon and his wife and their staff, is a concrete encased steel framed building cleverly arranged around a series of open light wells which affords natural light to every room.

Designed in 1934, the house exhibits many stunning features which have all been painstakingly refurbished and restored. This includes many orignal fittings by Betty Joel (furniture), Waldo Maitland (lights) and Marion Dorn (rugs) who were all leading desginers of the day.

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3 Redchurch Street Shoreditch London Residential Architects Mackenzie Wheeler
24/07/2015 Mackenzie Wheeler Complete Historic Shoreditch Terrace

The project comprises the redevelopment of a terrace of 19th century buildings with additional 2 and 3 storey extensions to provide 6 flats on the upper floors and 3 shops on the ground floor and basement, set within the fast developing Redchurch Street in the South Shoreditch Conservation Area.

Nos. 5-7 comprised the refurbishment and extension of the original 19th century buildings with a 2 storey extension at 3rd and 4th floor levels. No.3 comprised a complete new build, retaining only the façade of the original 2 storey building and rebuilding all the accommodation behind from basement up to the new 4th floor level.

The existing facades were carefully repaired to their original condition while the extensions are highly contemporary. The top, 4th floor level, provides a spectacular sequence of modern glazed spaces opening up onto new landscaped roof terraces.

The front elevation of no.3 features a large splayed projecting bay window to the upper floors that allows views from the accommodation east and west along Redchurch Street while also allowing the morning and evening sun to penetrate into these spaces.

The bay window is faced on the street elevation with a perforated Corten steel screen that shields the internal accommodation from view of the offices in the Tea Building on the other side of the street. The screen is laser cut with a text that records every owner, occupier and use of the site throughout recorded history, including all their dates, back to when it was part of the Priory of St.John the Baptist in 1158.

The screen masks the junction between the old and new elements of the building, creating a continuity of building form, and provides as link with the history of the site in an area where so much of the history is being lost beneath the rampant redevelopment of Shoreditch. The very specific nature of the information recorded on the screen ensures that the building could be nowhere else in the world, in London, or even in Redchurch Street.

One of the joys of the screen is way it plays with the sunlight that the projecting bay window captures at the beginning and the end of each day. The history of the site is both projected and reflected onto the facade and into the interiors, and even bounced back off the glazing onto the inside face of the screen, to create an ever changing and dynamic visual effect that both entertains and informs.


Architects: Mackenzie Wheeler

Quantity Surveyors: Rex Proctor & Partners

Structural Engineers: Waldeck Associates

Services Engineers: Wallace Whittle

Contractor: Thomas Sinden

Metal Screen: Redhouse Forge

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14/07/2015 Duncan Mackenzie

After 29 years, Duncan is moving on from Mackenzie Wheeler Architects and Designers to focus his experience, expertise and enthusiasm on Hotel, Spa and Destination projects at an international level. Rupert will continue to manage and develop the practice in their core sectors of Hospitality, Leisure, Education and Residential development. Mackenzie Wheeler will continue to work with Duncan on new projects where their combined input will benefit both projects and clients.

For further enquiries, please contact Rupert Wheeler on 0207 042 7670.

Bristol Cathedral Primary School - Mackenzie Wheeler Architects and Designers
24/03/2015 Mackenzie Wheeler Win Planning Consent for Bristol Cathedral Primary School


Mackenzie Wheeler have won planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of the redundant lower two floors of Bristol Central Library for use by the Cathedral Primary School, a new 420 place Free School with a budget of about £4 million to be operated by the Cathedral Choir School that has operated from the adjoining site since the 12th century.

The Central Library is a Grade 1 listed building completed in 1906 to the designs of Charles Holden. It is built in a free Arts and Crafts style, subtly linking with the Norman gatehouse next door and forming part of a group of major historic building surrounding College Green that includes the Cathedral, Lutyens’ City Hall and The Lord Mayor’s Chapel.

The lower two floors of the Library were designed by Holden as a grand double height space top lit by roof lights and clerestory lighting to accommodate the archive work of the library. The space is an interesting precursor to the very similar but overtly modernist spaces that accommodate the ticket halls in his 1930’s designs for the London Underground, but here it is hidden within an Arts and Crafts building that characterised his earlier work. Unfortunately the space was infilled with a mezzanine in the 1950’s to maximise book storage.

However, the bookstore now falls a long way short of the environmental standards required for proper archive storage so it is to be moved to more suitable accommodation nearby, and the vacant space is to be converted into desperately needed Primary School accommodation. This creates the opportunity to reinstate the original form of the interior and offers a much more appropriate use for this architecturally important space.

The plan is very simple and direct and comprises classrooms being arranged on two levels around the perimeter of the building, where they have the best access to natural light and ventilation, all accessed off the central hall. A new entrance is to be formed within the original loading bay to provide access from College Square to the south and link with the adjoining school buildings each side of this square.

The constraints of working within the Grade 1 listed building has generated a distinctive but highly effective layout. This, alongside the unique styling of the interior spaces developed in response to the original Arts & Craft architecture, will create an educational environment of a quality, style and character that is rarely achieved within usual educational budgets and procurement strategies.

Client: Bristol Cathedral Choir School

Funding: The Education Funding Agency

Project managers: Turner & Townsend

Architects: Mackenzie Wheeler

Structural Engineers: Campbell Reith

Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Building Services Design

Planning consultants: Jones Lang LaSalle

Contact Rupert Wheeler, Mackenzie Wheeler Architects & Designers

1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DJ.

Tel: 0207 042 7670.