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Ben & Jeff Mainwood London to Brighton 2015

June 21st 2015

This year was the 40th anniversary of the London to Brighton Bike Ride - raising money for the British Heart Foundation, which has seen more than 800,000 people take part in the event over the years, raising over 65 million for the good cause 

Starting at Clapham Common and finishing on Brighton Beach Front, The 54 miles went along country lanes and up the dreaded Ditchling Beacon hill, where most participants waver in their efforts, and then rolling on to Madeira Drive Beach side, with over 22,000 participants taking part this year on fathers day 

At the finish line 

Should you like to donate please contact us, and thank you to those that already have

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Garden sketch

1930’s semi-detached two storey extension and garden design 

Wanting to maximise the potential of this 3 bed semi detached property, we proposed a two storey extension along with an office garden to accommodate the families requirements, for a larger home.  

As this would leave a rather compact space the garden needed particular consideration, and we were fortunate to be able to discuss the project with award winning Garden Designer Patricia Fox of Aralia at Grand Designs Live 2014.  

The garden space forms the connection between the family room extension  and garden office.  Both new rooms will have vertical and horizontal glazing orientated to maximise daylight into the space, and with the main house into the internal Dining space.  Producing sketches based on the initial meeting for the garden, has intern developed the design for the extension.

Below are the sketches produced following our  initial meeting with Patricia Fox.

Watch this space for further development of the extension, graden office and the garden design


Concept design

The design could not be too complicated due to the limited space available, otherwise it would make the garden feel compact, with the aim to make the small space work for the family that used the garden to dine in each lunch time.  Initial ideas included a floating garden effect that flowed from one side to the other with linked lines - denoted by strip lighting inset into the ground. Pergolas to create shade to the lowered seating, as well as a raised seating area that floats over the water feature. 

Formulating the boundary to the garden whilst filtering southern light to the house, raised planters with pleach trees and Field Maples give shade to the southern facing glazed walls.  Three floating platforms  were proposed to accommodate the level differences from the front to the rear of this slopping site. 

Developed Sketch design 

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Posted on November 5, 2014 and filed under NEWS, Sketch.


Charity Bike Ride

June 15th

Ben and  Jeff of MAINWOOD architects completed the 54 miles from London to Brighton with 28,000 cyclists on Sunday 15th June, raising money for the British Heart Foundation. 


Not missing their all important breakfast before they headed off, the boys started at 9 o clock and rolled into Brighton at 4.20.  With the race being so popular, congestion meant that there was a lot of impromptu rest stops, aiding the fresh look of Ben Mainwoods (Principle Architect)  as he finishes the race 

MAINWOOD architects bike ride - completed

MAINWOOD architects bike ride - completed

Jeff and Ben were delighted to arrive in a timely fashion helping to raise money for a charity that means a lot to them. They confirmed that they would deffinetly be doing next years London to Brightons 40’th anniversary bike ride, which is expected to include over 30,000 participants, which the boys are looking forward to.


Should you  like to donate to such a worthy cause as the British Heart Foundation and Sponcer Ben and Jeff please contact us and many thanks to those that already have.  

Completed London to Brighton Bike Ride by Mainwood Architects 

Completed London to Brighton Bike Ride by Mainwood Architects 

If you would like to suggest a further Bike Ride that the boys could attend please contact us. 

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British Heart Foundation Bike Ride 

Mainwood architects are completing the London to Brighton Bike ride 2014 in collaboration with 4P member Jeff Mainwood 

Training has started in earnest, and is on track for June 15th 2014

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This 54 mile journey takes you from the bustling capital, through breathtaking country lanes to the finish line at Brighton's famous seafront.

The London to Brighton route is the original and iconic city to coast bike ride. Over the last 40 years, The British Heart Foundation has used their knowledge and expertise to build a hugely successful programme of cycling events. Pedal power has funded  pioneering research, improved fitness levels and got more people out on two wheels.

Their long established relationships with the police, local authorities, highways agencies and communities along the event route will give the best and safest cycling experience possible.

Mainwood architects up-cycled 25 year old Bike 

Mainwood architects up-cycled 25 year old Bike 

British Cycling Membership

British Cycling aim to get more people back into the saddle by providing support for all cyclists in the UK. They will donate £4 to the BHF for every Ride Membership Package  cyclists sign up for, which includes annual rider insurance. Find out more about the great benefits of the Ride Membership.

Posted on March 10, 2014 and filed under CHARITY BIKE RIDE, NEWS.