Despite challenges across the globe, 2021 saw the award-winning multidisciplinary design and delivery company Rigby & Rigby continue to build an international presence that positions the studio as one of the most forward-thinking and dynamic in its industry.
Rigby & Rigby’s interest in the well-being of its clients is embodied within the design of each project. Starting from a predominantly minimalist aesthetic, the studio designs spaces that are both luxurious and functional, with a client-led approach of investing more to create less: the result being more meaningful and holistic spaces. The architecture and design of Rigby & Rigby’s projects showcase not only artistic excellence, but also thoughtful elements to optimise a healthy living environment. A prime example of this is Lancelot House, a 17,000 sq/ft mansion in the heart of Knightsbridge, which has become the first WELL-certified and AirRated residential project in the UK.
WELL accreditation is an internationally recognised standard of excellence in design and construction. It assesses a residential dwelling through ten benchmarks: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind and community. Every element is carefully considered and the optimum benefits available within each category are promoted. The AirRated accreditation, meanwhile, is designed to provide clients and their families with the safest, purest air possible, eradicating viruses, natural allergens and pollens. This means that the refined design of the space is matched by optimal indoor air quality for healthy living.
As a member of the Considerate Contractor Scheme, Federation of Master Builders and Total Care scheme, Rigby & Rigby takes its responsibilities seriously in providing immaculate levels of care, service and finish. Standard practice on and around its construction sites includes litter collecting, continual cleaning and tidying of the adjacent streets, and ensuring there is immaculate hoarding around each property. Tasks are regularly carried out for neighbours for free, such as pruning back an overgrown tree, or rebuilding a dishevelled shed.
Prior to one demolition the team meticulously moved a magnolia tree from the site to a nursery, where it is being looked after until the courtyard garden is replanted at the end of the project. Communities can also feel safe and protected with the help of Rigby & Rigby’s security team, which patrols out of hours to contribute to the Neighbourhood Watch effort.
The design studio continues to support its own teams to live healthy lifestyles through a progressive wellness fund which allocates £150 per team member per annum to spend on a service or product that promotes all-round well-being. It also operates a healthy cycleto-work scheme. This is just the beginning of an ongoing movement within the Allect Group, of which Rigby & Rigby is a founding member alongside Helen Green Design and Lawson Robb.
The aim is to continue to push boundaries, to drive innovation through research-based methodology, and to ensure that Rigby & Rigby’s contribution to the design industry produces excellence not only within design but for the environment, its own team and its clients’ well-being