Architect Brocton Bednall Stafford Rugeley Staffordshire Stone quality


 Juniper 21A Old Acre Lane

Brocton STAFF0RD ST17 0TW


M: 07905 215674




Studio 21A trading as Cooper Research


18 December 2019



  • Restyling, drama or correction
  • House design
  • Extensions, orangery, glass structures
  • Remodelling
  • On-site assessment and advice
  • Energy advice
  • Passive design opportunities
  • Light and ventilation
  • Garden design
  • Listed building work
  • Historical research and documentation
  • Data handling
  • Procurement advice
(Above) Passive solar house, Middleton; south elevation

Key Design Issues

Converted 18thC wagon store in Walton-on-the-Hill conservation area
  • Transitional space associated with doorways
  • Use of colour and texture
  • Application of passive features
  • Treatment at different cladding boundaries
  • Correct arrangement of pitched roofs
  • Organisation of space and circulation
  • Retrieve the good, eliminate the bad
  • Proportion and scale

  • Dynamic Asymmetry v Symmetry

  • Effective internal surgery

  • Links associated with extensions

(Above) Garden design, Brocton Stone portico, glass panel door, lunette fanlight; Aston by Stone 
(Left) The basement of Brocton Hall was dominated by unsightly services.  The solution was to suspend timber trays to carry beer lines and electrical services.  Concealed up-lighters above and down-lighters below at junctions of passageways. 


Brocton Hall and original 1760 SW facade, colonnade added 1801 (Above) inverted house upper living space with suspended balcony beyond.

(Left) Brocton Hall has never been known to have handrails to the main entrance steps and colonnade.   This design in wrought iron with volutes at the lower end, was recently added, the design careful not to compete with the double Tuscan columns and radiused entablature by providing 'transparency'.

(Below) On the left the new additional staircase has a glass roof so that the original 18thC brickwork above can be viewed in passing.  On the right a modern fire door is dressed with strap work of 18thC design found elsewhere in the building.

Chris Cooper has decades of experience as an architect in private practice.  Qualified and registered in London in 1973.  Extensive period with traditional general practice founded in the Arts and Crafts period followed by several years with an influential public sector housing practice.  He then joined a respected Birmingham city centre practice and was invited to service numerous facilities management projects around the UK involving very large buildings and industrial site complexes. 

Under own practice designed and self constructed an exemplar passive solar house which drew him into the building research community.  He was invited to contribute to central government  research programmes relating to passive energy design.  BRE Scotland assisted him in developing a procedure adopted by numerous bespoke manufacturers to check energy compliance of highly glazed constructions. He later transcribed the government residential assessment procedure for a national house builder to automatically test energy compliance of entire housing portfolios.  He was also contracted by government research contractors to the Design Advice programme.

In more recent years designed and built several bespoke individual houses, including another self built house for own occupation, an inverted house in an area of outstanding beauty. Designed and procured numerous interesting house extensions.  He has worked on listed buildings in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, Lichfield and Brocton; notably the extensive refurbishment of Brocton Hall.


(Right) The inverted house, upper floor living space, reading gallery above, wood burring stove with insulated chimney concealed behind detachable mirror and back panel and hearth in Turkish travertine

(Below) The inverted house exterior, showing integral roof over sail, cantilever beams with suspension steel carrying the balcony, carefully placed roof glazing facing due south providing Winter light and Summer ventilation.  The red shrub is an acer with a collar of juniper.  Garden Planting by Gilly Cooper.