Our approach

With you and for you.
We look for solutions that work for people, communities and the environment. How we get there is by listening to you.

The first thing we do is put a director or associate on your project. They’ll be with you from start to finish, so you’ll always have access to objective, expert advice you can trust.

Getting to know you is part of the process. We’ll make ourselves experts in your particular needs so we’re always improving the way we work – with you and for you.

Staff work at BIM Level 2, complemented by full BIM technology. Our Quality System operates in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 and our Environmental Management System is in accordance with ISO 14001:2015.


"It is clear everyone appreciates the work put in by Tooley Foster – I have been to many pre-app meetings attended by design officers and architects, and that one was particularly positive on design!"

Elizabeth Bloomfield, Associate Planner, Pegasus Planning

Awards & Accreditations

We have received numerous awards and recognitions, demonstrating our ability to design ‘Environments that work’ for both the public and private sectors, with creativity and an appreciation of our clients' needs.

  • Winner, Healthcare Estates IHEEM 'Best New Build Project of the Year' 2021
  • Winner, CABE Built Environment Awards 'Sustainability' 2021
  • Winner, Constructing Excellence West Midlands 'Sustainability, Offsite, Value and Winner of Winners' 2021
  • Winner, Constructing Excellence East Midlands 'Offsite' 2021
  • Winner, LABC Best social or affordable new housing development 2020
  • Winner, Pinders Healthcare Design Awards ‘Best New Care Home’ 2019
  • Finalist, Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2017.
  • Winner, Best Urban Category for the UK Passivhaus Awards 2016.
  • Carehome.co.uk 2016 Top 20 Care Home Awards.
  • Highly Commended, LABC Awards 2015, ‘Social Housing Development of the Year’
  • Regional Winner, Civic Trust Awards 2015.
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Silver Award 2015.
  • Highly Commended, ‘Design through Innovation’ RICS National Awards 2014.
  • Finalist, ‘Project of the Year’, RICS National Awards 2014.
  • Winner, RICS East of England Awards 2014, ‘Design through Innovation’
  • Winner, RICS East of England Awards 2014, ‘Project of the Year’.
  • Finalist, RICS East of England Awards 2014, ‘Tourism & Leisure’.
  • Finalist, RICS East of England Awards 2014, ‘Community Benefit’.
  • Finalist, Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 & 2012, ‘Sustainable Social Housing Consultancy of the Year’.
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award 2014, for Sustainability.
  • Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007.
  • Finalist, Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2014, ‘Best Small Dementia Unit’.
  • Finalist, LABC Central Region Building Excellence Awards 2014, ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion’ and ‘Best Social or Affordable new Housing Development’.
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award 2013, for Volunteering.
  • Winner, Sustain’ Awards 2013, ‘Development’.
  • Premier Guarantee Excellence Award 2013, Highly Commended for ‘Social Housing Development of the Year’.
  • Finalist, Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2013, ‘Care Home Regeneration’.
  • EAC Housing for Older People Awards, ‘Housing with Care Under 30 Units’: Highly Commended 2013, Gold Award 2011.
  • Finalist, Timber in Construction Awards 2013, ‘Healthcare Project of the Year’.
  • Building Magazine Top 200 Consultants 2001 – 2013.
  • Winner, Sustainable Housing Awards 2012, 'Sustainable Larger Housing Project'.
  • Regional Finalist, Civic Trust Awards 2012.

Work with us

Whether you’re an up and coming architect or an established professional, any practice you go to work for has to take your career development seriously. Which is why we constantly invest in training and development for our people.

Whether you are working from the office in Buckhurst Hill or remotely, you really do get the best of both worlds. Positioned on the edge of London and wrapped by Epping Forest on two sides, Buckhurst Hill has a country town feel. With its winding high street full of independent shops, great places to eat and its decent sized Waitrose you do not feel like you are in London. But jump on the Central Line at Buckhurst Hill tube, and in 27 mins your in the heart of The City (and that is against the commuters).

We attract a diverse group of employees from all over London, Essex and beyond, all at different stages of their careers. Young graduates from inner London mix with colleagues who have chosen to make this part of outer London their home. This makes for a great mix of people and a very constructive and professional atmosphere. 

As a close-knit team, we’re very happy and more than a bit proud to work in an inclusive, supportive environment where everyone’s contribution is important. There is little of the politics that can occur in central London offices, and working with us means you will get your evenings and weekends back. Unless schedules are particularly tight, we have enough resources to ensure set hours tend to be the ones people work. You can work flexibly around core hours, and we can offer both home and office based working.

In recognition of the value we place on our staff and their continued training and development, we have held Investors in People status since May 2005; achieving their Silver Standard in 2017. We continue to be an accredited Investors in People organisation and are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Corporate Social Responsibility

We are committed to our Corporate Social Responsibility, evidenced by our winning International CSR Excellence Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

In 2021 we formally transitioned to an Employee Owned Trust in which all the company shares are held collectively on behalf of the employees. This structure ensures everyone has a stake in the company, an influence on how it’s organised and a say in its future development. You can read more about our EOT here.

We offer a professional career in a well-supported and friendly work environment where you will have the opportunity for personal development, as well as training to support your individual career development needs. We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds; selecting candidates for interview based on skills, qualifications and experience.

Passivhaus Architect / Technologist

Architect/architectural technologist with experience of low energy building design & construction with an interest in building physics and energy modelling, wanting to work with award winning architects and Passivhaus designers on a range of low energy projects. Working with our Director of Sustainability you will establish low energy strategies for the concept and detailed design of a range of building types including private and social housing, care and medical buildings. The Passivhaus approach will be central to your work.

Job responsibility

You will be responsible for the initial energy assessment of buildings at RIBA Stages 2 or 3 and develop construction design and detailing information during RIBA Stage 4, working with colleagues to deliver construction and compliance information in a fast moving environment. This will include the use of BIM, CAD and energy modelling software.

Minimum requirements
  • 3 to 5 years post qualification experience
  • Experience of designing and detailing Passivhaus or similar low energy buildings.
  • Experience of Autocad, Revit and/or Archicad, PHPP and Therm software.
  • RIBA Part 2/ MCIAT
  • CSCS card
  • Enthusiasm for low energy and low carbon building design.
Additional qualifications
  • Masters level in low energy building design or Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant
  • Construction experience of low energy buildings, including contract administration
  • Dependent on experience
What we offer
  • The opportunity to work with architects working for a low carbon future.
  • Flexible and remote working where appropriate.
  • The opportunity to embed low energy thinking with a practice looking to a low carbon future.
  • The opportunity to join an Employee Ownership Trust.

To apply please send your CV to vacancies@tooleyfoster.com 

Where we are

Tooley Foster
Warwick House
116 Palmerston Road
Buckhurst Hill


+44 (0)20 8504 9711

Buckhurst Hill is on the north-east border between London and Essex. The nearest Tube station is Buckhurst Hill (Central Line) which connects with Stratford and central London. The M11, A406 (north circular) and M25 are all in easy reach.

Tooley Foster is situated on the corner of Palmerston Road and High Road. The entrance is in Palmerston Road. Car parking is available for all visitors and staff.

Arriving by Tube
Take the Central line to Buckhurst Hill. On leaving the station turn right into Victoria Road and at the junction turn left into Palmerston Road. We are the last building on the left at the top of the hill (this is a 10 min uphill walk) You can also take the 549 bus from outside the station.