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.
"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
"Thank you for the frame that you have just finished at Rogate. It was a miserable wet day, yesterday and John and team carried on regardless. We are delighted with the overall look and also the mouldings to the members. As usual, the frame was millimetre accurate and will be easy to take forward to complete the building."Bob, Trembath Associates
"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
"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
"Seems a long time since we finished with the garden room project but we have to say that it has been a huge success in every aspect. The room has become the place of choice for visitors. I can guarantee that everyone, yes everyone who visits, is blown away by the frame."Mel, Moat Farm