BCL ARCHITECTS birkett cole & lowe sheffield.


An architects practice established in Sheffield in 1996 by three experienced architects with a common interest in the design of sustainable buildings.

From our Sheffield office we regularly work throughout Yorkshire, the Midlands and the North of England and sometimes as far afield as Highland Scotland.

We handle new building, conservation, restoration, repair and refurbishment.

We are committed to a high standard of design achieving architectural awards. Our design approach is rooted in the needs and aspirations of our clients.

Practice Profile

We are able to provide a full range of architectural services

We believe that ‘design’ embraces conceptual and technical design and includes the design of interiors and the spaces about buildings. It is much more than styling, it is a problem solving process.

Our design approach starts with listening to our clients, – the owners, occupants, and users of buildings.

Finding out
• Their requirements, needs and aspirations.
• The available budget
Then developing and agreeing a scheme that is appropriate and in keeping with its context.

Particular interests are design for low energy consumption, design in historic contexts and the maintenance of historic buildings.

We are proud of our success in realising almost all our projects on time and within budget.

New Buildings:
Diagnosis of Defects:
Planning Appeals:
Interior Design:
Condition surveys / Quinquennial inspections:
Community Participation:
Code for sustainable homes:
Sustainable design:
Project management:
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The practice has undertaken over 500 projects since it was founded in 1996. Environmental Sustainability has always been at the centre of our work and we have endeavoured to apply this principle to our designs where ever possible.


We have a wide experience of church buildings particularly for the Church of England and the Methodists. We are inspecting architects for over 30 churches in the Sheffield Diocese, of which seven are Grade II listed & two are Grade II *. We undertake Quinquennial Inspections, re-ordering and repairs and the design of liturgical furniture.

  • All Saints Church Totley Proposed Alterations
  • Chilwell Rd Methodist Church Extension
  • Handsworth Methodist Church Improvements
  • Holy Trinity Church Ulley Extension Interior
  • Ruddington Methodist Church Alterations
  • St Marks Grenoside Extension & Re-ordering
  • St Simon & St Jude Thurcroft Re-ordering




Our commercial experience includes offices, retail and leisure buildings. We understand the needs of clients to maximise the potential of the site, mitigate the demands of the planning officers and keep a close control on the costs. But good design is more than this and we can know how to offset the commercial needs with urban design, image and quality of details and finishes.

  • Barnsley MBC CIS Offices
  • Birkett Cole Lowe's Offices In Converted Industrial Building
  • Birkett Cole Lowe's Offices
  • New Offices Bramley Entrance Canopy
  • New Offices Bramley Interior
  • New Offices Bramley
  • Voluntary Action Sheffield New Offices Interior
  • Voluntary Action Sheffield New Offices


We have worked with community groups over a number of years and know this is a specialist task. This involves a range of skills from public consultation to brief writing; cost planning and understanding the funders’ requirements in order to realise our clients’ ambitions as a completed building.

  • Church Of Christ Darnall Parish Hall Extension
  • Milddlewood Winners Community Facilities
  • Penistone Library Alterations
  • Potteric Carr Visitors Centre
  • Sipelia Works Refurbishment For Emmaus Charity
  • St Peters Askern New Parish Hall
  • Voluntary Action Sheffield  New Offices Interior
  • Voluntary Action Sheffield New Offices

Many of our projects involve works to existing buildings, and our knowledge of traditional construction techniques is fundamental to developing appropriate designs and specifications. Our projects include repairs, alterations,extensions and changes of use to Grade II, Grade II* and Grade I listed buildings, and cover a wide range residential, commercial, industrial and religious buildings.

  • Extension To Holy Trinity Church Ulley
  • New Canopy Victoria Hall Methodist Church E
  • Northern College Wentworth Castle
  • St James And St Christopher Shiregreen New Sanitary Facilities
  • St Matthias Stocksbridge New Entrance Ramp
  • St Peter's Askern Extension
  • St Thomas Wincobank New Oak Screens
  • St. Leonard's Dinnington Re-roofing


Schools and further education buildings have provided the core of our work since the practice was established with the winning design for Dearne Valley College (with Barnsley MBC Architects). We have experience from over 60 school and further education college projects, which include small extensions and maintenance, successfully overcoming the time and cost pressures to meet our clients’ requirements. .

  • Dearne Valley College Internal Street
  • Dearne Valley College Workshops
  • Dearne Valley College
  • Extension To C.L.A.S.P. School Barnsley
  • Horsa Building Refurbishment Greystones Sheffield - Classroom
  • New Family Learning Building Dobcroft School Interior
  • New Family Learning Building Dobcroft School
  • New ICT Suite And Entrance Cawthorne C Of E Primary School


Health centres and doctor’s surgeries have formed part of our varied workload for a number of years. Creating a welcoming environment that provides patient confidentiality; and balancing these requirements with the clinical needs of the health professionals is essential to the success of these projects.

  • Cortonwood Health Living Centre
  • Goyt Valley Surgery Interior
  • Goyt Valley Surgery Reception
  • Goyt Valley Surgery Whalley Bridge
  • National Blood Service Laboratory
  • National Blood Service Sheffield
  • Pitsmoor Surgery Extension Detail
  • Pitsmoor Surgery Extension


The residential sector forms a significant part of our portfolio. We have experience of social housing, the private rented sector, speculative private housing, one off bespoke dwellings and house extensions. We provide a wide range of services from preparing designs and 3D images to full project management from inception to completion.

  • Conversion Of Coach House South Yorkshire
  • House Extension Ranmoor
  • House Extension Sheffield
  • Housing Development Hellifield Yorkshire
  • New House Doncaster
  • New House Sheffield Interior
  • New House Sheffield
  • Social Housing Rotherham


faceNick Cole
Experience: Large retail, academic, and commercial buildings, historic buildings, churches, education, community buildings, domestic, straw bale building. More information about Nick Cole's work.

faceNick Lowe
Experience: Social Housing, licensed premises, commercial and industrial buildings historic buildings, churches, education, community buildings, domestic. More information about Nick Lowe's work.

faceAnya Sutton
Experience: Commercial and industrial buildings, historic/ listed buildings, churches, education, community buildings, domestic new build, conversions/ renovations and extensions. More information about Anya Sutton's work.

Jade OwensJade Owens
Experience: Jade joined BCL Architects on a part time basis at the end of 2011. Since joining the practice she has worked on a variety of housing, community, historic and church projects. More information about Jade Owens' work.

Many of our staff have come to us as students and have started their careers with us. Many have gone on to forge successful careers with major practices. We are proud of them:
Rosey Alexander, Geoff Birkett, Rachel Brooks, James Cole, Sarah Cox, Jaquie Fisher, Michael Flemming, Ian Goulty, Kathryn Greene, Mark Kingsley, Kathrin Miller, Mark Parsons, Barry Price, Wyatt Puckering, Joe Salmon, Rachel Sara, Clare Scholey, Mark Shaw, Helen Campion-Smith, Joe Stirling, Keshiv Sudera, Deb Upadyada, Andrew Von Moeller, Rachael Watterson, Jon Wheeler, ColinWilliams, Julia Udall, Will Young, Helen Zamoyski


Contact Us

If you have a project in mind,

if you think we could help you,

if you would like to find out more about us,

please get in touch.

Nick Cole
Nick Lowe
Anya Sutton

Birkett Cole Lowe
Hawk Works
105A Mary Street
S1 4RT

tel: (0114) 2757260

fax: (0114) 2757254