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we are architects + interior designers.

we craft space.

we don’t design rockets.

 

Established in 2019 after collaborating formally and informally for 8 years or so, Jon Polley & Sarah Shaw formed Spacecraft Architects which as a design lead architecture and interior design practice based in Cambridge.

We specialise in high quality, design lead new build projects, extensions and refurbishment of predominately domestic projects, with experience of working in conservation areas, on listed buildings and urban planning.

With our expertise lying in both interior design architecture, we consider how interiors work symbiotically with the architecture from inception to completion, working collaboratively as a team. This is unusual for a small domestic architectural practice, but we strongly believe that the approach of rigorously addressing the interiors to work seamlessly with the architecture from feasibility stage substantially improves the outcomes for quality and design delivery, which is where, as a practice we add most value to our clients.

Spacecraft is a RIBA Chartered Practice and an Associate Member of the BIID with projects to date ranging in value from between 150k and £1m.  Our aim is to provide bespoke design solutions to the highest design standards and have some fun along the way!

we are architects + interior designers.

we CRAFT SPACE.

we don’t design ROCKETS.

 

Established in 2019 after collaborating formally and informally for 8 years or so, Jon Polley & Sarah Shaw formed Spacecraft Architects which as a design lead architecture and interior design practice based in Cambridge.

We specialise in high quality, design lead new build projects, extensions and refurbishment of predominately domestic projects, with experience of working in conservation areas, on listed buildings and urban planning.

With our expertise lying in both interior design architecture, we consider how interiors work symbiotically with the architecture from inception to completion, working collaboratively as a team. This is unusual for a small domestic architectural practice, but we strongly believe that the approach of rigorously addressing the interiors to work seamlessly with the architecture from feasibility stage substantially improves the outcomes for quality and design delivery, which is where, as a practice we add most value to our clients.

Spacecraft is a RIBA Chartered Practice and an Associate Member of the BIID with projects to date ranging in value from between 150k and £1m.  Our aim is to provide bespoke design solutions to the highest design standards and have some fun along the way!

jonathan polley

Jonathan Polley

Jon graduated from Manchester school of Architecture with commendation in 1996 and was elected to be a member of RIBA in 1998. He worked in private practice for Triangle Architects in Manchester where he was an Associate, specialising in social housing and regeneration work. While at Triangle he lead project teams delivering multiple large scale housing schemes as well as specialist supported housing typologies including dementia care, homeless family shelters and mixed use accommodation. Many of these schemes winning awards at local and national level including Shortlisting for the Housing Design Awards, winning the Housing Innovation Awards, Manchester Society of Architects design awards, Housing Excellence Awards and success at the Local Authority Building Control awards regionally and nationally that recognises technical excellence in the delivery of building projects.

Moving to Cambridge in 2011 Jonathan established Jonathan Polley Architects, concentrating on one-off housing projects and domestic architecture. During this time, he also developed master planning projects for Histon and Impington Parish council and worked on both the village neighbourhood plan and village design guide. He also started collaborating with Sarah Shaw, director of interior design and architecture practice, Mushroom Studios – Both practices joined in 2019 to become Spacecraft Architects.

 

jonathan polley

Sarah Shaw

Initially trained in graphics, Sarah graduated from the School of Architecture & Interior Design at the London Met in 1997.   Sarah then worked as an architectural designer at various  award winning practices in London – in the leisure sector for Fitch (UCI Cinemas); in social housing for Covent Garden Housing  Project (CGHP) and in the commercial sector for Swanke Hayden & Connell Architects – working predominately on the new Lehman Brothers HQ in Canary Wharf but also on other award winning projects such as the Merrill Lynch Financial Centre in London and the Glaxo Smith Kline HQ in Brentford.

In 2001, Sarah moved to from Hackney to Cambridge, taking a career break to start a family.  Sarah formed Mushroom Studio Ltd. in 2006; a multi-disciplinary design company near Cambridge, specialising in interior design and architecture but also offering furniture design & space planning.  While at Mushroom Studio, Sarah collaborated with Jonathan Polley for a number of years, and it soon became apparent that there was an opportunity to provide a unique service using our complimentary skill set to collaborate on projects to the benefit of our clients, which evolved into the co-founding of Spacecraft.

Our Studio

 

We believe that in our industry, creativity is key and being surrounded by other creative people is good for us.  For this reason we share our studio space and converted barn with friends and collaborators forming a small creative hub here in Cottenham.

On the first floor, in the studio, we work alongside Ann Basset of Basset Architects, while on the ground floor, in the workshop is artist Dan Goodwin and maker Sian Williams.

Collaborations and Associations

 

Half  Moon Creative Arts

Spacecraft serves on the board of Half Moon Creative Arts CIC – a company set up by Alison Turnbull.  Half moon was established to develop opportunities for artists to make public art – to bring cultural place-making to communities, companies and groups seeking to engage with artists and creative activities.

For more info, visit alisonturnbullassociates.com

 

Noremax

Noremax is an award winning Norwegian company that fabricate fronts for IKEA cabinetry.  We sought to collaborate with Noremax as we believe that they offer the best in quality, range and design for IKEA kitchen and wardrobe doors.  We keep a full range of samples in our studio if you wish to see for yourself!  Spacecraft are not suppliers – for supply you will need to deal directly with Noremax.  What we can do of cause is design you a fabulous kitchen!

For more info, visit noremax.com