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Feature Comfort: Bold basements & stunning staircases with QED Structures and Mohsin Cooper Architects


Who are you and what do you do?
We are Mohsin Cooper Architects & QED Structures and we share office space in Hove. We are RIBA Chartered Architects and Chartered Structural Engineers and work together on a wide range of projects for clients in Brighton & Hove, the South East and London.

What sort of projects do you work on?
We work with homeowners on a wide range of high quality projects, such as extensions, refurbishments and new builds. We have recently completed this beautiful basement conversion to a Victorian Villa in Hove (pictured). We work on everything from Listed Building refurbishments to contemporary new dwellings.

What were the main challenges of the Hove basement project?
This project created an extra floor of accommodation, doubling the size of the dwelling by underpinning the existing structural walls and introducing new light wells to new bedrooms.
A large area of the ground floor was opened up to create a stunning open plan dining/kitchen space with the feature spiral stair.

What was unique about the project?
We designed the staircase to be a stunning spiral feature stair, which unlocked space in the remainder of the basement for bedrooms and bathrooms. The stair was modelled in 3D software by us and constructed by a metalwork fabricator, then over clad on site with limestone.
The client, Emma Mills-Sheffield also advised on interior design.

Who should I contact if I want to discuss a potential project?
We are a friendly and approachable bunch – feel free to pop into our Hove office, located at 7 Hove Manor on Hove Street or alternatively call Abe Mohsin on 01273 358306, or Ian Waddingham on 01273 358035. Check out our websites too: and