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Knowles Heritage | Q&A with Operations Director, Hugh Bickerton

Can you tell us about your career thus far? Leaving Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Construction Management I started my own Property development and Building company with my brother in Cambridge and ran this successfully for 4 years. With a keen interest...

Considerations when planning a garden basement

Adding a London basement underneath a garden is an innovative, space-saving solution when building up isn’t an option. If the footprint of your house isn’t big enough, extending the construction works into the garden can have many benefits. But what are the...

Typical Timelines for London Basement Construction Projects

The most common question from Knowles basement clients in London is ‘how long will it take?’. There is no simple answer as each basement conversion project is unique. Whether you’re an architect designing a basement for a client or you’re contemplating a basement...

How to Repair Foundations with Underpinning

Whether increasing the depth of a building’s foundations or repairing faulty or damaged foundations, underpinning is an important part of basement construction to enhance stability and strength. Various methods of underpinning which can be chosen depending on what is...

Which Basement Floor Plans Best Suit London Homes?

Designing a luxury basement for a busy London home provides an opportunity to add structural and aesthetic features that maximise the space available and suit the homeowner's personality. One key design decision during this exciting process is the basement floor plan...

Is My Property Suitable for a Retrofit Basement?

Adding a basement to a property makes economic sense - in most areas of London an owner can look to double their investment in terms of property value. So, how do you know whether your home is suitable for a retrofit basement? Knowles basement builders have put...

Impressive London Basements We’re Working on This Summer

The Knowles basement construction team have been especially busy over the last month with exciting projects across central London. From temporary works and demolition to ground works and structural alterations, our skilled basement contractors have been hard at work...

Knowles wins ‘Considerate Constructors’ silver and bronze awards

Knowles is excited to announce that they have achieved silver and bronze at the Considerate Constructors awards on Tuesday 24th April at the Plaisterers’ Hall in London. Shortlisted for the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Award, Knowles is thrilled to...

Five Basement Design Issues London Architects Need to Consider

In London, retrofit basements are all the rage, providing a luxurious solution to limited space and adding serious value to a property. Whether there’s a requirement for a family room, music studio, personal gym or an office area, choosing experienced and trustworthy...

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