Who Are We?
What we do
BiBO is an award winning inter-disciplinary consultancy and social enterprise founded in response to lack of diversity in the property industry and the influence this has on placemaking. Our interest is in equitable urbanism that meets the everyday needs of people through inclusive and participatory design and business practices
Current areas of work and research are centred around exploring the sustainable regeneration of communities at a hyperlocal level (the 20-minute neighbourhood). We believe there is a better way to deliver projects through education; only through the diversity of people designing and building our towns and cities will we be able to create a more thoughtful, considerate and inclusive built environment.
We are RIBA Chartered Architects, urban designers, masterplanners and engagement specialists with a deep understanding of the role that buildings and public spaces play in contributing to the positive impact on communities.
Pepper Barney is an architect and urban designer with a post-graduate specialism in regeneration. She is heavily involved in education and mentorship as a role model for women in STEAM. She holds posts at the University of Bath, UCL, University of Liverpool and UWE and is on the governing board of an independent primary school. Her design work seeks to integrate interests spanning anthropology, business, sustainable economics and the impact of real estate on individual wealth and social mobility.
Craig Morris is a chartered architect. His design work integrates his interests in heritage conservation, passive sustainable technology, construction and landscape led buildings. Craig’s focus is on the detail of user experience, helping clients add value to their project with a thorough appreciation for their business case. He is a professional examiner at UWE and visiting design critic at the University of Bath.
What is an Urban Room?
“[A] physical space where people can go to understand, debate, and get involved in the past, present and future of where they live, work and play. The purpose of these Urban Rooms is to foster meaningful connections between people and place, using creative methods of engagement to encourage active participation in the future of our buildings, streets and neighbourhoods.” (Urban Rooms Network)
Our studio in Trowbridge is an Urban Room where we host public events and support an education and outreach programme related to sustainable placemaking. Find out more of What’s On via our Eventbrite.
Urban Rooms are a recommendation of The Farrell Review.
What is sustainability?
At BiBO we frame our definition of sustainability around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We recognise that it is not simply our built work that must form part of the solution, it is also our position within various supply chains as a business and our behaviour as citizens.
Commercial + Enterprise
We like working with companies who recognise that the environment in which they operate says as much about their organisation as the products and services themselves. We’re brand conscious and commercial, and take the time to understand our client’s business so that the buildings and spaces we design help attract our client’s clients!
Public Realm + Urban Design
Public ream impacts everyone, every day. But how much of a role do individuals have in the design of their local public realm? We are working on ways of engaging a more diverse community voice that goes beyond traditional public consultation methods. We want to work with end-users to understand the types of proposals that will be welcomed, cherished and – if possible – delivered by the local community.
Heritage + Refurbishment
Working with a heritage property comes with its challenges, but what good is a heritage property if it doesn’t work for your lifestyle or business? And why work within those constraints if your lifestyle or business can’t make the most of the character of your building? We’re practical and sympathetic to the characteristics of heritage buildings that are most highly valued.
Our housing is place-led, focusing on how people will exist as part of the community in which they live. Volume housing is for the many, and the “many” of today are eco-conscious, with one eye on Grand Designs and the other on Instagram. We think everyone deserves to live in a house that supports 21st century living; good daylighting, energy efficient, sensible storage, practical social and private spaces, personalised and photogenic.
Library + Gallery
Here’s a bit about how we see the world, and what some of the things we are putting into it look like. This is an exhibition of BiBO’s development, what we observe, what we think, and how we respond.
Education is a large part of our professional practice and all of our staff are encouraged to get involved with schools and universities. What’s in it for us? Students have great ideas, and the freedom to explore them in a way that is often not replicated outside of academia. By spending time with these new thinkers- talking and drawing through the challenges of balancing reality with aspiration- we are able to bring innovation into our own work.
We were in their shoes once, and one day they’ll be in ours…Education + Resources Page
Our guiding principle in masterplanning is to “enhance the existing” – we work with ecology, topography, demography and more to arrive at a masterplan that is truly derived from its own unique place.
We think 2 things are essential to the success and deliverability of a masterplan: 1) It needs to be commercially viable to the landowner and 2) It needs to be as relevant in 10, 20, 50, 100 years as it is now. We place great value on working with the existing community to generate masterplans that are welcomed by neighbours. And as with all of our work, we think it is essential to observe and listen to the wants of target end-users to design communities that will support their lifestyle.
We would love to hear from you so please get in touch using any of the methods below:
Tel: 0333 577 2420
Find Us: Studio 19, 2nd Floor, Brick Mill, Meadow Works, Court Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8BR
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