Architects who share your attention to detail

Behind every one of our projects there are numerous interesting stories about the people, what they do with their building and the good causes they are linked with. In this news section we bring you the stories behind these buildings…

Happy Birthday to you St Giles Church – conserved for 800 years!

We were delighted to be invited to the 800th birthday celebrations of this 13th century church on 11th October 2015.

This church has had a number of problems, but considering its age, probably not unexpected! I often wonder when these amazing buildings were first built, did the people building them really expect them to be around for this amount of time?

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Conserving traditional crafts …

I was taken on as architect to this grade I listed medieval church in Saxilby and I undertook a Quinquennial Inspection which identified urgent stonework repair to St Botolphs, including essential stonework repairs to the South Chancel and South Nave, this included replacement of carved and ashlar stone and repointing to the Chancel and North Chapel. During the inspection it was also noted that a number of Merlons to the Nave parapet were loose and needed fixing. A specification and schedule was prepared to detail the stone repairs and approval was granted by the DAC.

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Something for nothing…

We all like to think we can get something for nothing, but these days that is very rare! Having been involved with many community projects that rely on fund-raising and grants or even HLF applications we are always looking for ways to support these good causes or to help them to get a project moving.

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Wish you were here…

It’s that time of year again when we all start to think about holidays – and you don’t have to go far in the UK to visit some amazing places. Those of you who know me, will know that I don’t do ‘roughing it’ when I go on holiday, if I’m going away on holiday – I like the luxuries, the more the better!

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Aurora Wellbeing Centre is an asset to Bassetlaw…

Having carried out a Conservation Management Plan of this 1960’s former library in 2011, we are delighted to be able to support the current users – The Aurora Wellbeing Centre by becoming a Trustee, with a responsibility for the property portfolio.

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Have you always wanted to be an architect…

When did you decide you wanted to be an architect?

I always find it difficult when I hear people say that they fell into their career – I have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember, maybe it started with the Lego creations that I designed or maybe with the pencil and paper that I always seemed to carry around with me when I was younger, I don’t know, but I just knew architecture was for me.

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What will your legacy be…

You can often date a building by its style, a style is something we inherit, an historical legacy, which will pass from past generations on to future generations. In historical terms, a legacy is something that is handed down from one period of time to another.

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It’s all in the name…

I’ve always liked names that ‘say what you do’, when choosing the name for my own company, ‘Soul Architects’ I gave it a lot of thought! I wanted something that said what I was offering and that’s where the word ‘architects’ came from, but I also wanted something that said a little more about me and the service I would be offering and that’s where the word ‘soul’ comes in. I think of ‘soul’ as being a moral sense of identity, an honesty, and that’s something I offer all of my clients.

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Love is in the air…

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I was thinking about how I would be able to link architecture and romance together for the month of February. To be honest I thought I might struggle to find something with the ‘traditional’ symbol of love – the heart, but then I remembered that somewhere I had read about a building that Frank Lloyd Wright had designed on a heart shaped island in the middle of Lake Mahopac, 50 miles from Manhattan.

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