Build-to-Rent

‘Over the past few years Orion has had the pleasure of working with Joanne Cowen Architects on several schemes. The professionalism, care, experience and integrity which Jo and her team bring to each project, creates a company that is a joy to work with. As a developer, it is so refreshing to work with an architectural practice which not only designs great buildings, but always has an eye to the financial viability so that the scheme is deliverable. Jo Cowen Architects pay great attention to detail, particularly in relation to Environmental Social Governance, landscaping and creating places where people aspire to live. We look forward to our continuing collaboration with the delightful company.’ Richard Olsen | CEO of Orion Land

Jo Cowen Architects are Build-to-Rent (BTR) specialists. Build-to-Rent is driven by people, which is why we work closely with our clients to understand their demographic and to ensure we design and deliver the best possible solution for future owners and residents alike.

We look to maximise the value of spaces, the flexibility of the offering and provide a unique approach to amenities and services available to the end customers.

This is not a one-fits all solution or approach.

We have spent considerable time in the US looking at and appraising the best in class BTR offering, at all parts of the market. We seek affordability for our clients and future residents but without compromising on the experience of living.  Designing Private Rental is also about longevity and durability. Long term viable schemes are those whose materials and layouts perform through the buildings life-cycle.

Schemes must be rooted and designed to ensure the operational strategy is considered and efficient, in order to provide the best possible service to residents, and how our client’s ethos will permeate the building. Minor changes to comparative market units will maximize the rental yield, and give flexibility to future users. At Jo Cowen Architects, we strives to deliver high quality design through GIA/NIA efficiency and viability, providing the scope to invest in materials, amenity and placemaking. We design buildings for life, for people and for our investors.

Build-to-Rent is driven by people, which is why we work closely with our clients to understand their demographic

Multi-unit Residential

“We are both commercially and design-led, bringing an innovative, rigorous and experiential approach to every project. Our solutions are always specific to the client, end user and site: we will design and deliver the best possible outcome for all three. Every project, every scheme, every masterplan we create is a unique response to the community and environment in which it is set, a creative solution that is at once new and perfectly fitting.” Chris Wilkinson

Jo Cowen Architects is an award-winning practice specialising in high quality deliverable design rooted in placemaking. We design homes people want to be in and places where people want to live.

We offer a complete architectural service from concept design to completion and our Director’s understanding and experience of the residential market and real estate investment arena is a hallmark of the practice. Jo Cowen Architects have become known for their ability to maximise the value of a site whilst keeping a keen eye on risk and viability. Our hands-on approach includes managing key stakeholders throughout the project, offering clear direction and driving the project forward through every stage to realise the clients’ vision.

We design and deliver high quality urban design and regeneration across the urban and rural residential and mixed-use sectors. As a practice, we are keenly focused on the deliverability of our schemes, both in terms of commercial viability and considered buildable design. We co-align with our clients and ensure that every scheme meets the highest benchmark in setting, public realm and quality of space, adding value through quantitive and qualitive design.

Our solutions are always specific to the client, brief and site; we will design and deliver the best possible outcome for all three. Every project, every scheme, every masterplan we create is a unique response to the community and environment in which it is set, a creative solution that is at once new and perfectly fitting.

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