For more than 30 years we have had the good fortune to work on some great projects and with some great teams. What each of these projects has in common, is that none of the magic that makes a good building, can happen without a willing client, able architect and an enthusiastic and skilled carpentry team.
In the case of Great Fosters we were asked to clad a steel frame in timber and try to make it look convincing. This can be surprisingly expensive and is very difficult to do well, hence we offered a solid timber option and the end result speaks for itself. The client loved it and the builder put us forward for a specialist’s award. We worked with the builder again shortly after and did Minstead Rural Study Centre which is a reciprocal frame and another great project.
Other examples are Bethnal Green Memorial, born out of the determination of a dedicated architect and Chithurst monastery, where the serene and thoughtful surroundings are the creation of a visionary client. Goodness knows we need more of this in today’s money driven world! Craftsmen need patronage, but patronage that is informed and sensitive to what each party brings to the table.
"We wanted to write to you to express our profound gratitude for the excellent work you have done on our building scheme. It cannot have been easy to pick up the project from another architect when there were still a number of issues unresolved, but you have done so brilliantly and remained calm throughout, even at fraught times. We really do appreciate that you have gone the extra mile for us. We have all enjoyed working with you and have been so impressed with the quality of your work."Alastair, The Early Years Project
"Thanks for the excellent job which has just been completed on the Oak Frame extension to the above property. Not only is the quality of the work faultless, it is a true work of art, which will bring endless enjoyment to me and my wife. The end result has surpassed our wildest expectations."Ray Nicolaides
"I wanted to drop you a quick note to show my appreciation for your guys efforts today; they were a pleasure to have around the house and worked hard to get the frame up today."Paul, Contracts Manager
"Just to say that it looks fabulous, and all who survey it are wonder-struck. Best wishes and many thanks to you all."Simon, National Trust
"Everyone is very impressed with the finished result and I thought I would just take the opportunity of belatedly giving my thanks to you and your team for a job very well done. I have submitted the bridge for a Civic Society award for next year and have every expectation of its success."P White, Northholt & Greenford Countryside Park Manager