New Projects

Famella are delighted to have started new projects: -

  • St Johns Wood
  • Regents Park
  • Kensington
  • Lowndes Square
  • Connaught Square
  • A country house in Hertfordshire

New Starter

Famella are pleased to welcome Samantha Williams to the team in the role of Contracts Manager, Josh Persuard as Quantuty Surveyor & Roya Sharifi at Assistant Quantity Surveyor

New London Office

Our London Office will be opening in June, which is situated in Berkley Square.

Strom Architects

Famella are pleased to complete our first project with Strom Architects

Famella Project Shortlisted for Award

The Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards 2019 finalists have been announced, and we were delighted to see that our project ‘House Of Layers’ has been shortlisted in the ‘House £500,000 and over’ category.

Images from the project (designed by West Architecture) can been seen in our portfolio here.

The annual AJ Retrofit Awards programme is one of the most highly regarded in UK architecture and celebrates the design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs and improves the life of our built world.

Project Feature in Architecture Today

Our project A House in Highbury has been featured in the latest edition of Architecture Today magazine. We’ve added the article to our Publications section for you to take a look.

The project, designed by West Architecture, features a stunning limestone staircase and you can view the images in our Portfolio.

Sponsorship at the London Festival of Architecture 2019

Famella are proud to be sponsoring a fascinating event at this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
Powell Tuck Associates’ ‘Empathy Tour’ invites curious souls, architects, designers and urban planners, students and practitioners to experience the city, and understand its boundaries from other people’s point of view.

For more information click here and to book tickets, click here

New Projects!

We are over the moon to have started the following new projects: -

  • Design & Build of a large refurbishment & fit-out of a home in SW3
  • A large refurbishment & restoration of a large house in Hampstead
  • A large refurbishment & restoration of a large house in Kensington Square

The following projects are near complete: -

  • Abbotsbury Road, W14
  • Two storey apartment in SW3
  • Our project in Primrose Hill for Jamie Fobert Archiects is well underway with fair-
    faced concrete being poured as we speak!

We are proud to have completed the following projects and added them to our Portfolio: -

  • A Family Home in Kensington VIEW
  • House In Highbury VIEW
  • Mews In Highbury VIEW
  • House in a leafy Suburb VIEW
  • A Home In North London VIEW
  • The Dolls House VIEW
  • Subterranean House In Chelsea VIEW
  • Eaton Square VIEW

Welcome to the Team…

Famella are pleased to introduce 3 new members of the team:
Owen Palmer (left) as Trainee Quantity Surveyor,
Mike Edgar (centre) who is now undertaking the role of senior Contracts Manager,
& Andy Crawford (right) who is now undertaking the role of Quantity Surveyor

European Travels

Tony Carter visited Italy to ensure the best quality stone was purchased for our clients:

Tony Carter visited Athens to ensure the best quality stone was purchased for our client:

Tony Carter visited the skyframe factory with our valued glazing subcontractors to view the process of manufacture, and an architectural tour of Zurich

Work Shadowing

Famella have taken part with work Shadowing for year 7 students again.
Year 7 Students from Broxbourne School recently joined us in the office for Work Shadowing.

The students gained a real insight into the industry, and it gave them an excellent opportunity to find out more about a potential career path and make informed career choices.

Shortlisted For Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2018

We are thrilled to announce that our Clapham Common has been shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2018.

Britain’s premier awards scheme for self builds and renovations is searching for those one-off homes that showcase great design, ingenuity and spirit.

Shortlisted For The British Home Awards 2018

Clapham Common has been shortlisted for The British Home Awards by The Sunday Times.

The “Home transformation of the year” seeks the best refurbishment, restoration or conversion of an individual home designed by an architect in Britain.

The Clapham Common project is in out portfolio here

Dezeen Feature

Our Clapham Common project, is featured in the architecture and design magazine Dezeen this week.
Read the article online here.. You can also see more of our projects featured in the press here.

Clapham Common Project

RIBA 2017 Directory Of Practices features our Clapham Common project, and it was also a finalist in the Architects Journal ‘Retrofit Awards 2017′ in the Retrofit House (Over £500,000) category. You can read more about the awards here.

Peter Carter

After 55 years of 14 hour days 6 days per/week Famella’s founder; Peter Carter has decided to reduce his days down, move away from live projects and only assist with snagging & defects liability works. He is also visiting sites regularly to give support and share his wealth of knowledge & experience within the construction industry with our site agents.

Welcome to the team!

Famella are pleased to announce a new member of the team Mark Randall as Estimator.

Dezeen features our Clapham Common project

Our Clapham Common Project is featured in Dezeen. We worked with Guarnieri Architects to add a glazed box containing a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room to the rear of a Victorian terrace.

View the article in our Press & Publications section.

RIBA Journal Feature

Our Clapham Common Project is featured in the July Issue of the RIBA Journal as part of the Schucco Excellence Awards 2017.

View the article in our Press & Publications section.

WINNER! Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that our Aria House Project won ‘Best Apartment’ in the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2017. The project was designed for the client by Moreno Massey but executed by Famella as a design & build contract.
Read the Evening Standard article below, or take a look at more images from this stunning project here.

New Projects

Work has begun on the following 3 projects:
• A large basement and full refurbishment in W2 with kevin allsop architects
• A full fit out of a 3 storey basement in Chelsea with TDO Architecture
• A basement and full refurbishment with Alan Higgs Architects

Recently Completed

We are pleased to announce the completion of 2 new projects; A 2 storey Penthouse Newbuild in London Fields, and a project in Kensington designed by Stiff + Travillion. We will have professional images of these projects on the website soon.

Settling in with Famella

The latest additions to our Management Team, James Wilson & Chris Tyrer have been with us for 6 months now, and are now settled in. Together they manage all commercial aspects on our live contracts. You can view our Company Structure here.

Youth Team Sponsorship

Famella are proud to support the local community and sponsor the kit of several local youth teams. Last year we supported Cheshunt Under 16 EJA Squad and Bury Rangers who both won cups. This year we have assisted the Cheshunt Under 17 EJA squad who are currently first in the division.

The World of Interiors 2016

Our project House In Earls Court, designed by Alex Cochrane Architects, is featured in The World of Interiors magazine this month, and has been added to our Press and Publications page. Click here to see the feature.


Our project Fitzrovia House, designed by West Architecture, is featured in The Evening Standard’s Homes and Property section.

This house also won ‘Best Historic Intervention’ in New London Architecture’s Don’t Move Improve! awards this year.

You can read the full article here: Renovating a Georgian Wreck

Also, our Willow Bridge Road project has been featured in the Royal Institution of British Architects’ publication ‘London 16′.

Links to both these publications have been added to our Publications page

Award Winners 2016

Our Project, ‘Fitzrovia House‘ designed by West Architecture recently scooped the ‘Best Historic Intervention’ award at the prestigious ‘Don’t Move Improve’ Awards.

You can read about the project in the Awards Programme here (page 20)

New Projects

We announce the successful completion of our Embankment Project:

And the successful completion of our Kensington Place Project:

Our Willow Bridge Road project has now been professionally photographed and is in our Portfolio


The ‘Hackney Citizen’ newspaper features our project with Simon Conder, which involved placing a 350 square metre prefabricated structure onto a warehouse. Click on the image below to read the article

Our East London project with Simon Conder has been featured in the Architects Journal.
View Article Here

New Projects

We are pleased to confirm that the following new projects are well underway:

  • Second Phase of St Pancras Way with Studio Mackereth, MPA & Eckersley O’Callaghan
  • Large civil engineering package and concrete frame for 6 houses in Highbury – with Scott Architects, Bonfield & Elliotwood
  • Very large basement & refurbishment in Hampstead with Stiff & Trevillion, Lavingtons, Bonfield & Heyne Tillett Steel
  • House Refurbishment & glass-box extension & loft conversion in Kew with Monument Architecture & Elliot Wood
  • Basement & full refurbishment in Kensington for Stiff & Trevillion, Bonfield & Symmetrys
  • New penthouse in East London with Simon Conder & Fluid

We are pleased to confirm that we have been instructed on the following projects, due to start in mid-October:

  • Large refurbishment & basement in St. Johns Wood with Swanepoel Design, Jinny blom & Davis Boulton
  • Large refurbishment including 4 storey cantilevered stone staircase in Chelsea with Charles Brice, Lavingtons & Price & Myers

We announce the successful completion of our projects in Kensington with West Architecture & Bolton Gardens for MillsPower Architects & Willow Bridge Road for Barbara Weiss Architects.


To assist with our increased workload; Famella have promoted Daniel Court from Site Agent to Contracts Manager.

Chris Watkins will soon be joining the management team and we have had to extend our office premises.


Our House In Putney Core-ten steel house has been nominated for a RIBA Award and has won a Structural Steel Award 2015 for Merit

In The Community

Famella have assisted financially with kit purchase etc. for local football teams for 2015 season:

  • Cheshunt boys under 16 EJA squad
  • Bury Rangers girls under 14 squad

Health & Safety

We are please to confirm our appointment of RHSS to assist with our Health & Safety activities for the coming year.

New Projects

We are pleased to confirm that we have been instructed on:

  • The Design & Build of a 2 storey penthouse apartment over the Playhouse Theatre on the Embankment – contract value circa £2.1m – Project Managers: Bonfields, Client’s Architect: Moreno Massey
  • New Basement & Wellness Centre in Clapham Common Southside – Contract Value £1.7m for Guarnieri Architects
  • The full refurbishment of a house in Kensington Place – contract value circa £400K for West Architecture
  • New Basement to a house in West London – contract value circa £1m for Rob Haine & Co. Ltd
  • Combining two flats into one in West London – contract value circa £400K for Mills Power Architects

Welcoming Adam to Famella

We are pleased to announced the appointment of Adam Johnson as our new Graduate QS. Adam graduated from Nottingham Trent University and this is his first job.

Project Updates

Famella are pleased to announce the successful completion of the following projects:

  • Our Earls Court Project – View Project Images
  • Our Putney project– View Project Images
  • Phase one of St Pancras way (Studio Mackereth) is drawing to a close, with hopefully Phase 2 starting soon.
  • Willow Bridge Road (Barbara Weiss Architects) is one month from completion along with Colville Place (West Architecture) and Gayton Crescent for Niall Mclaughlin Architects)

Famella Sponsor Hoddesdon Owls

To continue with our support for the local community, we have sponsored Hoddesdon Owls girls U13 football squad

Famella Sponsor Local Netball Team

Famella are proud to have sponsored Turnford Netball U13′s team “onesies” for their Summer tour.

Hackney Design Awards 2014 – Nomination

Our ‘Blackbox’ project, designed by Form_art Architects has been nominated for a design award. This highly detailed Newbuild House can be viewed in our portfolio here.

The Design Awards Judging Panel will convene to determine to decide a winner soon.

Dartmouth Park Nominated for Blue Ribbon Award

Yet another of our projects has been nominated for an industry award. Dartmouth Park has been nominated for ‘Interior Design of the Year’ in the Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards.

The Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards celebrate design and innovation. They set a benchmark of excellence while offering consumers a crucial guide to the best in building design and sustainability.

The winner will be decided by a panel of industry experts and will be announced at The Ideal Home Show.

Famella Receive Double Nomination in the Building Excellence Awards

We are delighted to announce that Famella Ltd have been shortlisted for the 2014 London Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards in two categories:

Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home for Cranley Gardens
Best Local Builder or Traditional Craftsmanship

The Building Excellence Awards are all about the essence of good buildings. Finalists are not judged on architectural beauty, but on the “Excellence” shown from a construction and technical building control point of view. The awards recognise not just buildings but celebrate their design and construction teams that have tussled with technical issues, difficult sites and found innovative and creative solutions.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony later in the year.

Project Updates

Famella are pleased to announce the completion of the following projects:

  • Duplex Flat in Shoreditch
  • Montague Road, Richmond for Dyer Grimes Architects
  • Another successful refurbishment for Holland & Holland
  • Primrose Hill Primary School

Near Completion:

New projects recently started include:

  • St Pancras Way for Studio Mackereth
  • Colville Place for West Architecture

Work Shadowing with Famella

Year 7 Students from Broxbourne School recently joined us in the office for Work Shadowing.

The students gained a real insight into the industry, and it gave them an excellent opportunity to find out more about a potential career path and make informed career choices.



Famella Project Shortlisted for Industry Award

Don’t Move, Improve! 2013 is a competition, now in its fourth year, to find the best and most innovative home extensions, small office conversions and interior design in London. Judging has now taken place, and we are pleased to announce that our project Dartmouth Park has been shortlisted for an award!

Harrods Shopfit

We’ve just completed a shopfit for Holland and Holland within the prestigious Knightsbridge store, Harrods.

The boutique is a mini version of their famous Bruton Street store and is complete with traditional wooden floors and state of the art fittings and fixtures.

This is Holland and Holland’s first ever shop-in-shop and can be found on the fifth floor in the sports department.

Images of the project have been added to our portfolio. Click here to view.

Putney Project Unveiled

Work is progressing on the Putney Steel & Glass House project. The work so far can now be seen as we’ve just removed the scaffold and cover.

Recently Started

Famella have recently started the following projects:

  • A house in Hampstead designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects. Value circa £1.3m
  • A project in Highbury designed by Barbara Weiss. Value circa £900k

Nearing Completion…

The following projects are now close to completion:

  • We are 1 month away from completing a penthouse in Shoreditch for Azman Architects
  • A large refurbishment and extension to a property in Richmond with Dyer Grimes Architects will be completed mid-December

Recently Completed

These projects have been completed and will be appearing in our portfolio soon

  • Crouch End rear and side extension with Judith Isherwood Architects Value circa £400k
  • Basement and extension in Fulham with Adelaide Jones Chartered Surveyors Value circa £400k

Steel & Glass House

Famella are pleased to announce that we are due to start the construction of a Core-ten steel and glass house in Putney. The house was designed by award-winning design practice, Eldridge Smerin Architects. Famella are working on this project with Elliott Wood Structural Engineers, and AB Associates Quantity Surveyors.

Steel and Glass House

Upcoming Projects

We have been instructed on the following projects which are due to start this Summer:

  • Duplex apartment on the top of a 5 storey building in Shoreditch with Azman Architects & Eckersley O’Callaghan Structural Engineers Value circa £400k
  • Concession for a world renowned gun company in a world renowned department store

Recently Started

Famella have recently started the following projects:

  • Large refurbishment and extension to a property in Richmond with Dyer Grimes Architects, Woodley Coles Quantity Surveyors and Ochre Service Engineers. Value circa £1.2m
  • Large refurbishment, partial basement & extension in Earls Court with Alex Cochrane Architects, Bonfield Ltd Quantity Surveyors & Project Managers, Constant Structural Design and SL Service Engineers. Value circa £1.7m
  • Highly detailed rear and side extension in Crouch End with Judith Isherwood Architects, Budgen Partnership Structural Engineers, Sawyer & Fisher Quantity Surveyors Value circa £400k
  • Completion of basement and extension in Fulham where the previous main contractor fell foul of the recession. With Adelaide Jones Chartered Surveyors Value circa £400k

Current Projects On Site…

‘Black Box’
Famella are midway through construction of a new-build entitled The Black Box for Form_art Architects.

The Black Box

Also on site…
Primrose Hill Primary School, Refurbishment in Barnes, Glass Box Extension in Primrose Hill, Large Rear Extension in Belgravia, Retail Area refurbishment in Mayfair and a Refurbishment in Belsize Park.

Recently Completed…

Dartmouth Park
Famella have recently completed a £700,000 full refurbishment and Extension in North London. See the images in our portfolio here.

A House in Barnes
Full refurbishment and Extension in Barnes, South West London. See images of this project in our portfolio here.

Century Court
Entrance to multi-occupancy reception near Lords Cricket Ground. See the images here.

Earls Court
Famella have recently completed a £1.4million basement, roof extension and full refurbishment in Earls Court, full details in our portfolio section very soon.

Famella Sponsor Local Football Team

Famella are delighted to be sponsoring local under-13s football team, Wormley Rovers. The team will have a new home and away kit to wear in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League, Premier Division.

Barn Extension Shortlisted for Award

It has just been announced that the Dovecote Barn project we completed last year has been shortlisted for a Building Futures Award in the category of Design Excellence.

The award is an opportunity for developers, architects, local authorities and homeowners to celebrate sustainable development in Hertfordshire. The Awards recognise projects that demonstrate innovation, creativity and design quality. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Tuesday 22 November.

Click here to read more about the award.

Recently Completed…

Famella have recently completed a complicated and well detailed extension & refurbishment in Hampstead. This £1.1million project was designed by SevilPeach Architecture.

We have also just finished a two storey roof extension and full refurbishment of a house within the American Embassy Complex.

You’ll be able to see images of both of these projects on our portfolio page soon.

We have moved!

We have built and moved into new offices. Here are our new details:
Unit 72, Hillgrove Business Park
Nazeing Road

Tel: 01992 893 068
Fax: 01992 890 356

RIBA Basement Refurbishment

The basement common areas are currently under refurbishment, Famella’s third project at the RIBA.

Aberdeen Park

An exciting full refurbishment & extension by Azman Architects is now in our portfolio. Click here to view.

Aberdeen Park Refurbishment

Dovecote Barn

A very complicated and highly detailed extension by Nicolas Tye Architects is now in our portfolio. Click here to view

Barn Extension

Project Wins Industry Award

Famella are delighted that their recent project ‘Park Avenue South’, designed by studio octopi, has won an RIBA London Award.

The extension to this Victorian end of terrace house is located between Crouch End and Muswell Hill. The original builder was also the house’s first resident, and made the most of his triangular plot by allowing the side of the building to fan out to meet the line of the adjacent public footpath. On the ground floor this resulted in an additional fillet of space splitting the living and dining rooms. It was the divisional nature of this space (used as a utility room) that the client asked studio octopi to resolve. By relocating the utility room, the plan was reordered and paved the way for an extension that linked the living spaces.

Best Extension Award - Grand Designs

This project has now won:
Grand Designs Awards 2010 – Best Extension
AJ Small Projects 2010 – 3rd prize
NLA Shortlist for ‘Don’t Move, Improve’ 2010

Project Team
Architect: studio octopi
Builder: Famella Limited
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Roofing Contractor: Roles Broderick
Glazier: Firman Glass
Photography: Lyndon Douglas

The design was developed through a series of folded paper sketch models exploring the nature of the triangular plot, the geometry and aspect. The lines of the roof ridges were drawn out from two points on the rear wall of the house, whilst the elevations extend the lines of the living room and the external rear wall of the kitchen.

The structure is clad entirely in black zinc, with standing seams tracing a path across the roof, emphasising its complex topography and echoing the folds created in the paper concept models.

From a distance, the structure reads as a strong geometric form that has grown out from the back of the house, but at closer quarters, its edges appear to soften and the malleability of the zinc and the very slight billows in its surface come into focus. The impression formed is of a tailored garment turned inside out to reveal a complex structure of pleated seams.

Internally, the smooth planes and sharp facets of the ceiling recall an origami paper lantern, neatly folded and then popped up into three dimensions to form a bright lining to the dark fabric over-garment. Seemingly in constant motion, the planes shift and tilt, alternating with triangular roof lights that frame views of the sky, trees and distant chimney-tops.

A cantilevered island unit clad in seamless black granite delineates the kitchen from the living space. Bridging the step down to the kitchen it creates on one side a working surface at waist height, and a seating area on the other. This monumental feature is echoed in the granite terraces that lead out into the garden.