Using our creativity to make beautiful places for people to enjoy.  

We are an emergent architecture practice based in Sheffield and North Derbyshire with over 15 years of experience between us. We set up Thread in 2013 through a desire to keep developing our architecture. We love designing and believe design should tell a story, be legible so that anyone coming to it can understand what it is and why it is. It should be of its place through materials and form and it must be sustainable in time, energy and use.


Whether extending, renovating, converting or starting from scratch we take a personal approach to designing your home, working with you to ensure the spaces work for how your family want to live. We will explore options and test ideas to ensure you have somewhere unique and special to live.


Working with community groups, volunteers and enthusiastic fundraisers to envision an existing future for community facilities. We can help assess options for feasibility studies, produce plans, drawings and models to communicate ideas to everybody and involve the whole community through the design of their facilities through consultation events. 


We believe architecture and spaces for learning have a huge impact on education, making spaces better for teachers to teach in and pupils to learn in. We have vast experience in school design, including special school facilities. We are also involved in architectural education in schools and universities, inspiring the next generation of architects.


All existing buildings are an opportunity for something new, whether churches, listed buildings or old industrial warehouses. We enjoy the challenge of bringing new life to old structures. Existing buildings are inherently sustainable in the carbon locked into their existing built fabric but all can be improved and adapted to improve efficiency and ensure their future for years to come.


A selection of projects from our portfolio

A concept home for future living
A self built pop-up travelling exhibition and work space
Co-housing self build in the city
Helping a volunteer group develop the library facilities
A proposal to reinvent road junctions on key compass points in Newcastle
A contemporary office loft conversion in a historic stone cottage
Reinventing a Grade II listed former Magistrates Court in Chesterfield into new community facilities
A folded plane wrapped around a 1930’s semi-detached house in Sheffield


Meet the Thread team

Director and Architect
Andy works both in the office and at universities where he is a regular design critic and tutor.
Director and Architect
Anya has a passion for reviving historic buildings into contemporary, sustainable new spaces.
Director and Architect
When not at Thread, Rachel can be found at home working on her own self-built extension.


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Home Truths

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