Our history

Over 50 years of industry leadership

1950s: Established in 1959 in the UK, our first project was the iconic London Police Headquarters New Scotland Yard. In the early years we developed an early reputation as the designers of many prestigious office and residential developments in Central London, as well as working on the masterplanning of some of the major London estates.

1970s: During the 1970s, we were at the forefront of the dramatic expansion of the retail sector in the UK and designed the majority of the UK shopping centres built at the time. 

1990s: In the early 1990s, we commenced our growth internationally, designing many projects outside the UK and opened our first design studios in mainland Europe. 

2000: The second decade of the 21st century saw our greater international expansion to encompass projects and offices across: Europe, Asia, Central and Southern America, and the Middle East.

The first iconic project

London Police Headquarters designed by Chapman Taylor in 1959

Perhaps more than any other, it was our first architectural commission that raises most eyebrows, the design and delivery of New Scotland Yard, in Westminster, London (Headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, the police force responsible for policing most of London). Few are aware that this iconic UK development was designed, in 1959, by Chapman Taylor.

Whilst most renowned in the UK public eye for its famous triangular revolving sign, from a planning perspective it achieved acclaim for the successful placing of its rectangular office buildings into the corresponding and challenging triangular site.

Even more impressive is that this project prompted the formation of Chapman Taylor as a company in its own right, the contract being awarded to the three founding partners before the practice even existed. The award of the project – one of an unprecedented scale as a first commission – prompted Bob Chapman, John Taylor and Jane Durham to form Chapman Taylor Partners in 1959.