To BIM or not to BIM - 5 reasons why embracing BIM can transform your project

The way buildings are being designed is rapidly evolving, and keeping up with the latest technology can be hugely beneficial when it comes to construction projects.

Example BIM drawing of bathroom

Example BIM drawing of bathroom

Over the past 3 decades, architects and other construction professionals have universally utilised 2D CAD software to translate their designs into construction drawings, marking a huge increase in productivity levels and the creation of more complex and imaginative designs.

The introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be described as equivalent to transitioning from drawing by hand on a drawing board to using computer aided design (CAD) for the first time. With this change came the benefits of higher accuracy, quicker turn-around times and improved coordination of information.

BIM is already an obvious choice for large and complex projects, since a government’s requirement that BIM Level 2 is used for all public buildings from 2016. This requirement is slowly trickling down to smaller projects, thanks to increased cross-industry expertise and driven by clear and measurable benefits.

The private sector however has been slower in adapting to this new technology due to high costs of training and initial investments, especially when private clients were not requesting this type of work due to lack of awareness or understanding of the process.

With increased public perception of the possibilities aided by TV programmes like ‘Grand Designs’ and ‘Your Home, Made Perfect’, the whole industry is embracing the previously futuristic ideas and 3D visualisations as everyday practice to keep up with client expectation, and ensure continual improvement to projects.

There are many benefits to using BIM on even the smallest of schemes, and making clients aware of the advantages is essential for building good teams, more efficient communication and realistic management of expectations.

Some of the key benefits can be described as follows:

1.       The project is modelled in 3D straight away

Unlike traditional CAD, where every drawing is an individually drawn file without interconnection, BIM uses a 3D model with all drawings extracted directly from it, automatically updating as changes arise.

2.       Realistic renders and 3D images are almost instantaneous

Previously, 2D drawings and 3D models were created entirely separately. Now, it is relatively simple to transfer a 3D working model into rendering software, making beautiful images quicker and simpler, thus reducing time and helping making design decisions a lot easier.

3.       Improved coordination between consultants

It is possible to work with other consultants such as structural and M&E engineers on a combined 3D model, which is shared with the whole design team, vastly minimising misunderstandings, communication issues and clashes; ensuring more cost certainty once the project enters construction phase.

4.       Reduced human error

Sometimes human errors are inevitable when a complex design evolves and a number of drawings require updating in a short period of time. Using BIM technology means that any changes, which are made to the central 3D model, are automatically updated across all drawings in the whole project simultaneously; minimising human error and speeding up turn-around times. A recent study found 90% of clients found BIM reduces design errors.

5.       Cost effective

All the above advantages mean cost efficiency for the client and less risk for the contractor with about half of ‘early adopters’ research respondents reporting between 5-10% cost reduction of the overall project cost already.

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Advancement of BIM technology is helping to close in on the Time-Quality-Cost triangle, where clients will no longer have to sacrifice one element for the benefit of the other two.

 As such, Nash Baker Architects are championing the use of BIM on their projects, and would be happy to discuss the benefits further with you.

Agata Olszewska

Project Architect & BIM Champion

Director awarded Conservation Architect (CA) status


We are delighted to announce that Associate Director Katharine Maclean has been awarded the title of Conservation Architect (CA) by the Royal Institute of British Architects following her distinction in Building Conservation (MSc) from the University of York.


The RIBA advisory board highlighted Katharine's impressive "understanding of significance of built heritage and how conservation principles should be applied"


Congratulations to Katharine on her excellent achievements, we are enormously proud, and we look forward to quizzing her on all things heritage in the office!

Director interviewed on BBC Radio 4

NBA Director Katharine Maclean was invited to speak on the BBC radio 4 ‘You & Yours’ programme last week, discussing the a recent High Court ruling and the importance of collaboration and communication between client and architect. Katharine was joined by lawyer Mark Klimt who specialises in advising architects of their contractual liabilities on the consumer affairs programme. Please listen here:


Planning approval granted for new family home in Surrey

We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for a new family home in the West End conservation area in Esher, Surrey. The client’s brief was for a new home which responds to the site constraints and context with a sensitive and enduring design, whilst also creating a exciting and playful interior conducive to modern family life.

The new home will utilise high-quality, sustainable building materials and carefully crafted details; the first storey will be built in tumbled red brick and lime mortar, sensitive to it’s rural environment and contrasted with black timber on the storey above.


Basement completed and awaiting Pool installation in Knightsbridge

Our project architect admiring the fantastic work at our Knightsbridge project. The basement has been completed and we are ready to fit the stainless pool upon its arrival from Austria

Planning Approval Granted for Vicarage Gardens


RBKC’s planning committee unanimously voted to grant planning approval for our Vicarage Gardens project. The project is a handsome four story house plus attic, we have been appointed to reconfigure the internal layout, add bedrooms and a basement. We’re looking forward to starting this exciting project in the spring with our fantastic team, keep an eye out for more information on this project in the coming months.

Cornwall House Project completed

We are thrilled with the completed look of our Cornwall House project in Kensington. Please head over to our ‘Completed projects’ section to see the full description and project photos!

The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City 2018

V&A Museum, London - 8 December – 6 January

Nash Baker Architects is excited to be participating once again in Gingerbread City, a family friendly exhibition bringing together over 70 inspirational buildings designed, baked and constructed entirely from gingerbread and other sweet treats by top architects, engineers and designers.

Now in its third year, this edition of Gingerbread City is hosted by the V&A museum and focuses on the theme 'Imagining the Future City'. Here, visitors can wonder and marvel at the unconventional as they explore a fully lit mini, edible city including skyscrapers and riverside residences, a sports stadium, city farm, green roofs, botanical gardens and a pedestrian highline.

Featuring a winding slope of edible sugar snow and constructed from 8 slabs of embossed gingerbread, 80 chocolate cigars and 3 kilos of icing, our Chalet Chocolat is an adventurous public roofscape and boutique hotel. Its ‘ginger is the new black’ run has been designed to challenge the bravest of skiers with mallow moguls and stiff peaks, whilst fearless climbers can scale the chocolate climbing wall. For the less intrepid, a ski lift awaits to take them for après-ski at the rooftop bar. Alternatively, residents can rest soggy bottoms and toast toes by the choc-chip stove in the hotel’s foyer.

With all proceeds contributing to The Museum of Architecture charity, we hope you will support the exhibition and feel inspired and amazed by all the wonderful creations!

With best wishes for the Christmas holiday and happy new year.

 Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City

Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Rd London SW7 2RL

Creative Studio, Level 4, adjacent to Glass, Room 131


Open Monday through Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Closest tube: South Kensington

Admission: £6 entry. Children 11 and under go free. Book:

All proceeds go towards the Museum of Architecture Charity

Planning approval granted for new build grade sustainable solutions, discreetly fitted into Grade II listed property

Planning approval has been given for innovative 21st century mechanical systems and electrical equipment to be discreetly installed in a Grade II listed property within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This exciting result will allow us to sensitively improve the overall carbon footprint of the property. Items awarded planning and listed building consent include; in-roof solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that will be connected to Tesla batteries to provide underfloor heating and heat through AC units throughout the property. We are also installing two large motor MVHR (mechanical ventilated heat recovery) units to conserve and recycle energy and making improvements to the existing windows that will improve energy conservation and acoustic qualities using bespoke secondary glazing.

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Planning Approval granted for Highgate House

Nash Baker Architects have been granted planning approval for the internal refurbishment and rear extension at a three storey family home in the Highgate conversation area of Harringey. The property was suffering from historic low quality extensions and an internal layout that felt disconnected from the garden. The proposed layout features an open plan kitchen and dining space, more conducive to family living. The property on Southwood Avenue will have a new extension to replace the the current one with a roof light and glass folding doors to increase the connectivity between in the indoor and outdoor space. 

Kensington Apartment Finished Look

Alexandria Hall Photography

Alexandria Hall Photography

Alexandria Hall Photography

Alexandria Hall Photography

Nash Baker Architects were appointed to complete a full internal refurbishment at a Grade II listed building in London's Kensington. We worked with Jack Trench to deliver our client a beautifully finished fitted Kitchen in American White Oak and Corian.

Planning consent granted in East London

We have been granted planning consent to carry out a full internal refurbishment and extension of a grade II listed building in Bow, East London. The three storey mid-century Georgian townhouse is due to be transformed with it's current historic layout reimagined to create an open plan living space on the upper ground floor, additional living spaces to the lower ground floor and a new beautifully landscaped garden.


Building begins at Kensington House

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We are very excited to have commenced construction at the handsome three storey property in Kensington, we have been working on. The plans outline a full internal refurbishment of this mid-terrace Victorian house, along with the addition of a two storey glazed rear extension and excavation of the front garden to form a subterranean utility space. The clients have chosen to us to give their family home of twenty years a new contemporary feel, with maximised space and light, whilst honouring the building's distinct heritage

New Family Home in Surrey

Planning has been submitted for a new family home to be built in the West End conversation area in Esher. The clients, a young family, set their brief to create a family home which maximised space and light with sustainability at the forefront of it's design. The proposed two storey home built in red brick with contrasting vertical black timber, will utilise building materials and techniques to minimise it's carbon footprint, length of build and disruption to neighbours. 

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Grade II listed building conversion in Little Venice

Nash Baker have submitted a planning and listed building application for a grade II listed building in Little Venice. The proposal seeks to convert the current four flats into a single family dwelling, retaining the historic stucco finish while an exciting two storey crittall style extension is built at the rear of the property.

View of the rear of property, as existing

View of the rear of property, as existing

View of the rear of the property, as proposed with two storey crittal style extension

View of the rear of the property, as proposed with two storey crittal style extension

New Project In Knightsbridge

Nash Baker has been appointed to conduct the full refurbishment of a terraced house house in Knightsbridge, London. The visualisation show the early proposals for the design and concept

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The final interior fixtures and fittings are being installed in the Grade II listed, Kensington apartment refurbishment project by Nash Baker. We look forward to sharing the full project photos with you soon.

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