Co-Founder and Partner
Joined in 2004
Neil is Co-Founder and Partner of Metropolitan Workshop LLP, having established the practice in 2004 with David Prichard (retired). His expertise is focused on complex mixed-use projects. He is particularly skilled in leading and co-ordinating collaborative design where several practices are involved, in sensitive historic and social contexts. He has a deep understanding and interest in the relationship between people and place.
He is particularly interested in designing and building homes to meet the housing shortage. He leads the practice’s ongoing research into suburban housing densities and the evolution of the UK’s private rented sector. This work produced the winning entry for the recent Wates/RIBA Private Rented Sector competition, in collaboration with Sir Richard MacCormac.
Current key projects include Nationwide Building Society’s first housing scheme in Swindon, the Somerleyton Road housing-led mixed-use scheme for Lambeth Council, and the regeneration of Lambeth’s Westbury Estate. He recently advised the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames on the preparation of a Strategic Development Brief for the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate. He oversaw the design and development of the practice’s two innovative modular affordable housing towers for developer Pocket Living, in Wandsworth and Croydon, and he leads the practice’s work in the production of a new Design Guide for French energy producer Engie which plans to create new settlements using modular building, energy and tech’ solutions.
Neil is a leading practitioner in design review. He has been a member of CABE’s National Design Review Panel since 2007. He chaired the Greenwich Millennium Village selection panel for the masterplan design of phases 3, 4 and 5. In 2013 he was appointed by the GLA to review the masterplan for Blackwall Reach Regeneration in Tower Hamlets and previously Woodberry Down in Hackney.
He has chaired Newham’s Design Review Panel since June 2012 working closely with panel members, development teams, officers and councillors to evaluate and negotiate the design quality of some of the UK’s largest mixed-use urban regeneration projects including ABP, Silvertown Quays and Albert Island. He is also Vice-Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation Quality Review Panel and prior to that Architectural Adviser to the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) and independent member of the Planning Committee (2008-2012).
Neil was the London Borough of Wandsworth’s representative on the Design Review Panel for the new US Embassy at Nine Elms in 2010, and in 2016, he was appointed Co-Chair of London Borough of Croydon’s Place Review Panel. He is also Co-Chair of London Borough of Harrow’s Design Review Panel and a member of Design South East’s design review panel and Design Council CABE’s Greenwich panel. Neil served as one of the members of the RIBA Journal Editorial Committee 2016-2018.
He is design advisor and ‘Wise Friend’ to Urban Design for London (UDL) and Metropolitan Workshop as a practice have regularly provided UDL and Transport for London with training sessions on various topics to officers and politicians since 2009. To date more than 1500 public sector delegates have attended these sessions.
The practice is also a design advisor to the GLA and is frequently asked to provide third-party design review for private developers and Registered Providers.