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cliff cole architects

The practice is led by Cliff Cole BA(Hons) Dipl Arch RIBA and was formed in 1985 in Wapping in London’s Docklands and in its first year grew to 7 members with over 20 projects.

Cliff Cole Architects leads a team of hand picked professionals to deliver a first class service to its Clients, Investors and Partners, comprising:

  • The design team
  • The technical team
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Structural Engineers
  • Surveyors and Valuers
  • Project manager
  • Construction teams 

We have a legacy of successful projects leading the way technically and responding to changing lifestyles. Our policy is to provide our clients and our associates, whether they be individuals or corporations, with a professional, dependable and creative partner  throughout the entire design and building process. 


For the last thirty years, Cliff Cole has left a unique and innovative stamp on a series of diverse and often revolutionary architectural projects.

Whilst only in his second year as an Architectural Design student, Cliff was appointed as a Project Architect for Lister Drew Associates, running a £6 million pound office development in Chatham.  Then, shortly after graduating, Cliff was given the responsibility for the Engineering Faculty in the new, Harvard standard Riyadh University project in Saudi Arabia.

Since then, Cliff has enjoyed the satisfaction of playing key roles in major projects worldwide.  The most notable include a pioneering low energy hospital in the Isle of Wight, redeveloping London's Gucci store (now DKNY) into a revolutionary four storey retail unit, Consultant to the refurbishment of Holborn Underground Station, designing an Airport in Oman, and managing a ground breaking development to convert the existing structures of Colditz Castle in Germany into a hotel and leisure complex.  The project, aided by the World Trade Centre and Trafalgar House, gained Cliff much admiration and he was later invited to run the Berlin office of DEGW as Managing Director, and act as adviser to the Berlin Senate and Germany national land agency.  

Cliff has also worked in the Planning Department in Southampton City Council where he learned many of the skills which have been so useful in obtaining planning permissions for his clients ever since!

A property development in 1985 was to be the first of many successful residential projects that has allowed Cliff to balance stylish urban living with practical, flexible space to suit the changing lifestyles of so many.



Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Cliff Cole and his team have established an enviable reputation for creating truly spacious and imaginative loft apartments in the City of London
  • The hard lines of a converted factory are being mellowed by the addition of a courtyard garden…granite and timber have been used inside and out, much of the interior focuses on strong geometry and texture
    David Spittles, Evening Standard
  • City Lofts is our Property of the Month
    The Guardian
  • Your work is ahead of its time
  • Cliff Cole is a very competent and technically efficient architect/project manager with a number of years experience in most sectors. I have leant a lot from him
    Wayne Franklin WMF Associates
  • Cliff is one of the most honest and dependable people I have known and worked with
  • When it comes to design Cliff is a truly lateral thinker, we can always rely on him to come up with a good solution
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