Who we are

Pedder & Scampton Architects Ltd is a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) registered practice. It’s a small, busy office that was originally set up as a partnership in 1998. The practice converted to a limited liability company in 2003. Based in North London, we have a very varied workload that encompasses projects all over London and throughout the UK. For instance we have recently worked on residential properties in Ireland, France and Scotland. We carry out projects with construction budgets of up to around £3 million.  To download a comprehensive practice CV, please click here.

Both Directors, Helen Pedder and Gillian Scampton, have a particular interest in Community and Educational buildings in their widest sense. We also get great satisfaction from creating contemporary living spaces. We enjoy using materials, colour and texture in inventive ways and work hard to design individual, good quality and user friendly projects. We develop strong relationships with our clients and many have returned for further projects - both for private homes and commercial premises.

With 25 years’ experience we deliver high quality results and bespoke designs that reflect and fulfil your needs and aspirations. We deliberately limit the size of our practice in order to give your project the individual attention of one of the Directors throughout the entire process. We aim always to develop the full potential of your space, complementing existing elements with carefully considered additions. This means you can be confident that the opportunities in your brief will be maximised and the available funds used to greatest benefit and effect – giving you high quality and value from start to finish.

For the very best results we prefer to provide full architectural services from inception to completion of your building. This means we can work closely with you and the construction team to ensure the key ideas in the design are brought to fruition. However, we are also able to provide a partial service should this be appropriate. We enjoy a high success rate in achieving planning permissions – including contemporary extensions to listed buildings, and new buildings in conservation areas and public sensitive spaces.

We are well versed in meeting tight budgets, providing multi-use or adaptable spaces, working to timetables affected by grant applications and working to a number of differing user group requirements. Many of our projects are in occupied buildings and require phased works (for example where there are elements of self build or particular time constraints such as school holidays).

We have an ongoing interest in sustainable issues and expect to adopt simple measures as a matter of course - for example maximising natural light and using ‘green’ materials. Other possibilities, such as the use of renewable energy sources, are evaluated as appropriate for each project.

The practice has won a number of awards for its work, including a commendation in the RIBA London ‘Urban Spaces by Design’ competition 2005; Editors Choice Winner in the LGN Street Design 2005 awards; and a ‘Better Haringey’ award for recycling facilities in 2004.


‘…your architects are amazing.  I’ve seen hundreds of projects all over the country and believe me, your lot are the best.  No one has reflected the needs of the residents/members with such latitude of thinking, depth of understanding and glorious attention to detail.  The building embodies empathy with those who will use it.’

ODPM – funders for Press House, Crisis and Parker House projects