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COMPANY PROFILE AND PHILOSOPHY

SIAW aims to provide superior design quality linked to functionality by encouraging constructive dialogue between client, the design team and the consultants to achieve a harmonious relationship leading to a successful project outcome for all parties.

S. Ilan Architectural Workshop (SIAW) is an Architecture and Design Practice, located in North London and services clients from the UK and abroad. The principal professional high end services provided by SIAW are Architecture, Interior Design and Sustainable Design. The company offers a flexible approach to projects ranging from new built to existing buildings, re-modulation and refurbishment.

SIAW is equally confident working with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary in the fields of hotel, public, residential, office, commercial and industrial developments.

The design service is complemented by other services, such as product design, art consultancy and customised solutions for internal and external features. Environmental and sustainability options are proposed.

Each project is personally led by one of the directors, alongside a design team. Together with provided CAD drawings, hand-drawn or digitally produced, coloured presentations are also offered to enhance a client's visualisation of design solutions.

Design success is achieved by close interaction between all parties from project inception to completion. Clients' contributions to design solutions are incorporated at all stages. Their aspirations and style are discussed, respected and implemented.

Financial aspects of a project are closely monitored at all stages to ensure cost efficiency and control in relation to budget.

THE DESIGN PROCESS

Our aim is to encourage full involvement of the client from project inception through to realisation.

When you contact SIAW initially we will discuss your requirements in general and set up a first meeting. Our team will engage in refining your brief in relation to the site and including any other issues such as Planning Policy, site restrictions, Permitted Development rights etc.

As a result of those discussions, a Contract Proposal will be drawn up for your review covering the scope of work, the brief, the fee structure and any other appropriate terms and conditions.

On acceptance of the Contract Proposal we move to the concept stage which will consist of sketches with alternatives to demonstrate different potential solutions. This will enable you to compare and decide on the optimal functional design solution. A meeting would be held at this point to assist you in making your choice.

After the preferred option has been chosen we will move to the outline proposal stage, which will consist of a first draft of measured drawings (computerised) to enable you and SIAW to refine the elements of the building parts.

The next stage looks at the detailed design, which is development of the initial preferred concept design. Further interaction between you and SIAW will resolve various elements in order to arrive at the optimum solution. This stage is completed when we submit a Planning Application (drawings and documentation) to the relevant Local Authority. SIAW will liaise with the Planning Department during the process, however it is up to the Planner or the Committee to decide the application.

After receipt of the Planning Consent, we will start to prepare the working drawings (possibly in conjunction with other consultants such as a structural engineer) to enable the work to be put out to tender. Your input in this process is crucial. This is the 'real thing', the details that will transform the plan into your unique project. The coordinated tender package would be sent out to a minimum of three agreed contractors.

After the contractor has been appointed, SIAW will undertake the contract administration, meaning the process of monitoring the work on site in respect of programme and budget. The construction period is the most demanding part of the project for the client, and we will support you through it. The project is considered to be completed when all the works have been signed off and handover to you.

SIAW DIRECTORS

SIAW was established by Ilan Sharon in 1984, and later joined by Ben Halevi, the co Director, after the two worked together on various projects since 1996. Both Ilan and Ben have acquired considerable architecture and design skills in their earlier careers.

.: BEN HALEVI

BA Architecture


Ben grew up in Tel-Aviv by the University, and studied in Alliance Francais and was a keen athlete.


After the service in the IDF within the Intelligence force he read science at the Tel Aviv University until he decided to read maps instead and headed to tour Europe, Asia and Australia.

Architecture studies began at the Sadna in Tel-Aviv (which had close relationship with the AA, Bartlett and Sci-Arc). His summer jobs were on building sites as an electrician within hospitals and large industrial installations. His first design job was with a rising star of Israeli architecture, Haim Dotan. The army was a walk in the park compared to 60 hours a week but never as fulfilling. The next stop was the UK - to complete the studies.

After getting his BA from UEL, he joined EAA international where he worked on a large hotel projects and was introduced to the 'complete' design - interiors. His Diploma with Honour from University of Greenwich was with a strong emphasis on sustainable architecture.

Ben was always keen on how technology progresses the profession and developed the CAD and IT within the practices, this speciality offered a managerial role within Richmond International which also operates within the luxury hotel interiors. At EPR Ben was involved in hotel projects and in 'Cardinal Place' (£170M) producing the prominent roof package.

After leaving EPR Ben joined forces with Ilan and became his right hand man.

Ben is a family man and pursues wide interests, and provides multiple lives for inanimate objects.

.: ILAN Z. SHARON

BA Architecture and Town Planning


Ilan was fortunate to be born into a family with art and architecture at the heart of family life.


His father was the first generation practice in the family and had a passion for art which he passed on to both Ilan and his sister. The rural, agricultural surroundings of their village strongly influenced the young Ilan in developing his affinity with open spaces, landscape and structure and his relationship with the land and ecological issues.

Ilan’s education at a vocational high school in Tel Aviv resulted in his achieving his Matriculation Certificate in the Humanities, principally in the classes of sculpture and painting. He went on to read Architecture and Town Planning at the Institute of Technology in Haifa receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in those two disciplines. The period between high school and the Institute was interrupted by 3 years of compulsory Military Service in the Army in Israel coming out with the rank of Captain.

Ilan’s 35 year career in architecture has covered a vast range of building projects including hospitals, hotels, commercial and residential buildings in both the public and private sectors. He has wide international experience having worked in Israel, Italy, South Africa, Spain and now in England since 1989.

His early training took place in the architectural practice of his father, leading to his first full-time employment at the office of Arie & Eldar Sharon. Later he joined a special American/Israeli team to design a completely new airforce base.

Leaving Israel, he moved to Milan, Italy and worked for Giotto Stoppino (architecture and product design). After that period he moved on to South Africa and was appointed Principal Planner for the Ministry of Health, Education & Transport in Boputatswana. Remaining in Southern Africa and self-employed, he was commissioned to design two rural hospitals and schools for homelands areas. He then relocated to Barcelona and led the design team in designing a 5 star hotel of 220 keys for the Ramada Renaissance group. At the end of this project he was invited to join the prominent architectural practice of Igal Yawetz Associates in the UK in a senior role and led mainly hotel projects such as the Belfry in England. Shortly afterwards, Ilan joined E. A. & A. renowned for international interior design in the field of hotels.

Having decided to settle in the UK, Ilan set up his own practice in North London under the name of AIF Ltd. which in due course became S. Ilan Architectural Workshop Ltd.

Interests - Philosophy, art and technology, sport, tennis (Club level), cars and motorbikes.

SELECTED CLIENTS AND PROJECTS

.: Embassies and Consulates

Turkeminstan, Tunisia


.: VILLAGE VET

Veterinary practices


.: SANDWELL PROPERTIES

Developers, residential


.: GOLDCREST PROPERTIES

Developers, residential


.: PROPERTY IDEAL

Developers, conversions, educational


.: TOPCLASS

Developers, hostels


.: BRAVO

Developers, hostels and hotels


.: POLAR ROMAX LTD

Developers, residential and mixed use


.: Gur International

Developers, South Africa SISKAI hospitals, 5 star hotel in Barcelona, Residential development in Jubrique, Spain.


.: Protocol Financial Service Ltd.

Developers, Mayfair offices, Sunderland student accommodation.


.: Pilat (UK) Limited

Media and HR, HQ.


.: Woodhouse Contract Ltd.

Interior commercial contractors, as house designers. Loot, The mail on Sunday, Wellington Hospital, HCA Hospital, St, Joseph's Hospice, Bank of Baroda.


.: Winston Group Ltd.

Property investor and asset managers, new offices and residential projects.


.: IHS International Hotel Services

Hotels in Israel and Jordan


.: Halcyon Group Plc

Art galleries in Harrods and Bruton street, London


.: Mookie Toys

Head office, Flitwick.


.: ADMINLAND

Landlords, hotels and hostels.


.: Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rob Cowan

Celebrity house.