WHAT WE DO
Deniz Beck Partners is made up of enthusiastic architects and designers who are passionate about design, heritage and the environment. We believe that the places in which we inhabit, whether to live, work or play, can be beautiful, unique and sustainable.
DBP collaborate closely with our clients to determine their needs and interpret their ambitions in order to deliver bespoke high-quality designs that will surpass expectations. We understand the importance of good communication and the sharing of ideas to arrive at innovative solutions and produce original and attractive proposals.
We thrive on challenging and inspiring projects whether they are historical monuments, schools or custom dwellings. We actively seek to work with charities that occupy or utilise historic structures to assist in both the enrichment of their services and preservation of the building.
DBP services include consultancy, full design & project management.
We specialise in the sensitive refurbishment of vulnerable historic buildings and monuments, and we have considerable experience working closely with English Heritage and various conservation professionals. We also have a fully registered RIBA Conservation Architect proficient in managing Government-funded heritage projects or Lottery submissions.
Quality of Life
We believe that a responsibility for design extends to a responsibility for environment. As such, we are committed to achieving the highest standard of sustainable and green design, with our in-house energy assessment service informing all our projects to achieve this goal.
We adhere to the RIBA Environmental Manifesto
WHO WE ARE
Her speciality is the sensitive regeneration of historic buildings and monuments particularly those considered at risk from decay, and regularly works closely with Historic England and other conservation groups and authorities. In 2014, Deniz served as the RIBA South Awards Jury Chair.
Deniz regularly manages large teams as well as being an excellent team player and source of motivation to those around her, bringing a unique energy to any project she is involved with.
Deniz takes a personal responsibility for the outcome of all her projects and has a hands-on approach to project management, as demonstrated in complex and diverse schemes such as those for Asda stores, The Hotwalls Studios and Spitbank Fort.
With over fifteen years’ experience in the architecture industry, Sam has established a wide knowledge base, with considerable involvement in the design and development of many projects from bespoke private dwellings to large-scale international masterplanning schemes.
In recent years he has specialised in waterfront development and marina design, as well as varied conservation work on historic military structures and monuments in and around the Portsmouth area.
Along with his interest in architectural and aerial photography, he is proficient in a range of computer-based design packages, all of which assist in both his efficient understanding of existing sites and effective communication of proposals.
Projects we've been involved in
The Hotwall Studios, Portsmouth
This Council-owned, Grade I listed fortification and Scheduled Ancient Monument at Point Battery in Old Portsmouth was recently converted into thirteen Artist’s Studios and waterfront Café. A much-loved local landmark, it remained mostly empty for the past fifty years until Heritage Lottery Funding allowed us to realise this new creative, cultural and social hub, which also provides sustainable financial support for the ongoing upkeep of the monument.
Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth
One of the four Palmerston sea forts protecting the city, Spitbank Fort is located 1km from the Portsmouth coastline and operated as a museum before becoming a location for private events. Following years of deterioration, it was eventually sold and through our design concepts and construction detailing it was converted into an exclusive boutique hotel and function venue with guest rooms, kitchen and dining facilities and rooftop bar.
Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth
Protecting the entrance to Langstone Harbour, the 18th Century Fort Cumberland is widely recognised as the finest example of a fully-bastioned fortress in mainland Britain. Although housing Historic England’s Centre for Archaeology, much of the site remains disused, and plans are currently underway for its regeneration and financial self-sufficiency. Our initial work comprises the conversion of casemates for use by the veterans’ charity Forgotten Veterans.
Fort Widley, Portsmouth
Home to the Peter Ashley Activity Centre’s equestrian facility, Fort Widley is one of the larger forts overlooking Portsmouth from the nearby Portsdown Hill. Our role assisting the charity involves exploring further means of generating revenue through the revitalisation of many of the building’s derelict or underused areas. The initial phase of our work will provide a more efficient reception area with improved social function and disabled accessibilty.
Fort Gilkicker, Stokes Bay
Located on the southern-most tip of the Gosport peninsula with views towards the Isle of Wight, the derelict Fort Gilkicker is scheduled to be converted into 22 stunning three-storey luxury residences. Having already undertaken the associated landscaping design, we are now looking forward to work beginning on the main structure, which requires considerable and complex renovation works due to years of decay and damage.
HONOURS & AWARDS
We're proud to have been recognised for the projects we've been involved in
Longlisted The MacEwen Award 2020
Dec 2019 - Riba Journal - Forgotten Veterans HQ, Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth
Winner Shaping Portsmouth Award 2018
Jan 2018 - Shaping Portsmouth - Developers Group, Outstanding contribution to Portsmouth
Shortlisted RIBA South Awards 2017
Mar 2017 - RIBA South - The Hotwalls Studios, Portsmouth
Shortlisted bd 'Architect of the Year Awards' Refurbishment category
Jan 2017 - building design magazine 2017
Portsmouth Society Re-use award Shortlisted 2015
Oct 2015 - Portsmouth Society - Sensetive conversion of an existing top flat and roof space into three storey Penthouse overlooking the Solent
RIBA South Awards Jury Chair 2014
May 2014 - RIBA South
Portsmouth Society Conservation Award 2013
Dec 2013 - Portsmouth Society - Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth
RIBA South Award 2013 & RIBA South Conservation Award 2013
Jun 2013 - RIBA South - Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth