OUR TEAM

REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OF YOUR PROJECT, YOU RECEIVE THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH A PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT WITH THE CAPACITY AND SKILLS OBTAINED ON A VARIED AND COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF PROJECTS.

Team1-Simon

In addition to heading up the team, Simon is also an appointed member of the RIBA validation board and an accredited Conservation Architect. He also has a background in Architectural Education as a tutor at Leeds Metropolitan and De Montfort University and is currently an External Examiner of the RIBA (Part III) North-West Advanced Diploma course at the University of Westminster.

SIMON GRATTON RIBA. CA

ARCHITECT
John-team

John qualified as an Architect and became a formal member of RIBA in 1973.
Well respected and established within Derby throughout his 45 years of work, and with a special interest in churches and historical buildings, John has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of design and planning work.

JOHN GRATTON ARCHITECT RIBA

ARCHITECT
Team3-Ray

Ray has been a senior member of our practice for many years.

As a highly valued member of our team Ray has developed a wealth of technical experience relating to nursing homes, domestic projects, refurbishment of old buildings and conversions.

Ray maintains a thorough knowledge of current practices in sustainability and environmental factors.

RAY HARLOW

CONSULTANT TECHNICIAN

AT BLAIR GRATTON ARCHITECTS,
WE BELIEVE OUR TEAM IS WHAT MAKES US SO SPECIAL.

OUR SCOPE IS WIDE RANGING AND THIS MAKES US IDEALLY SUITED TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR PROJECT.

Blair-Gratton-Architects-Derby-Taylor-Matthews

A post graduate in architecture, Taylor has a knowledge of all the projects within the office, daily helping our clients and associates. With his excellent design and technical skills he has become a key part of our practice.

TAYLOR MATTHEWS

PART II ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT
Blair-Gratton-Architects-Derby-Elizabeth-Fardoe

Liz is the main contact when calling the office, dealing with enquiries and managing the practice in its operation and administration. Liz comes to us with years of experience working with people and with her calm, professional and approachable manner is a true asset to our team.

LIZ FARDOE

P.A.
Blair-Gratton-Architects-Derby-David-Fletcher

A recent post graduate of architecture, David is our newest member of the office. He brings experience from working in the entertainment and education sectors, and is passionate about considerate and thoughtful design.

DAVID FLETCHER

PART II ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

BGA FACTS

64

YEARS OF SERVICE

62

YEARS COMBINED ARCHITECT EXPERIENCE

50

YEARS COMBINED TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

37

AWARDS WON

PROCESS

We want clients and developers alike to think about their design and how it will work within the local environment , we want you think about how materials, layout and functionality will look and feel.

  • IDEA

    We explore new ideas, materials and methods to give you imaginative solutions.

  • CONCEPT

    We guide you to a focused series of concepts based around your needs

  • DESIGN

    We are creative about problem solving, enabling us to offer unique design solutions to meet your requirements.

  • DEVELOP

    We listen and talk with you about your requirements, and work with you throughout the development of your project.

  • BUILD

    We can assist with all levels of participation thought the build stage, from initial drawings to total project management.

HOW WE WORK

We work according to exacting principles that we have followed over the sixty years. These methods help us to achieve the best result for our clients

CLIENT CONTACT

All of our clients meet with a Chartered Architect on day one who becomes and remains their point of contact for the life of their project, regardless of its nature, size and complexity. The Architect will ensure that our Clients receive the benefits of a full professional architect service at all project stages.

 

We do not believe in passing our clients to lesser qualified staff after we have been commisioned – our reputation has been built up over years of forming strong working relationships and securing repeat work and recommendations through the quality, professionalism and sound design and management skills which we give to our Clients.

 

Our full range of services are delivered with the professionalism you would expect from a RIBA Chartered Practice.

MATERIALS

Our knowledge of working on historic buildings, using traditional techniques and natural materials through to the use of concrete forms and current sustainable energy systems enables us to utilise and draw upon a comprehensive palette of materials and systems to acheive the most appropriate and relevant solution to a Client’s design brief.

 

Projects such as the new school or community building combine the use of high insulative values with the use of timber, stone and render. Materials are expressed when used in structural elements and finished form, detailing of connections and junctions between materials are always considered to ensure that sizing, spacing depth and interface are specific and correct.

 

Materials are naturally chosen for there durability and fitness for purpose, also for how they reflect light, feel to the touch and what they add aesthetically to a space or built form. They can reflect local customs and building building vernacular or be used to express a break from prevailing norms and conventions.

INNOVATION

Much of the role we perform is to do with problem solving – the application of knowledge and experience in fresh and innovative ways is fundamental to the work of an Architect.

 

As professionals we are also trained to manage projects when they are on-site and so have an understanding of contract procedures and English Law.

 

This level of skill and understanding is characterised by the variety of the work we have undertaken and represents the asset that we as Architects can uniquely bring to every problem, every project.

 

Design solutions for a kitchen extension or making the best use of a restricted roofspace are developed from knowledge and skills gained from not only similar projects completed before but also the experience gained from designing and completing a complete portfolio of work of varying scales, costs and complexity. A comprehensive knowledge of the full building process ensures that solutions are applicable and relevant.

 

Our innovative and fresh approaches are apparent in the projects we have been involved with and it is variety of skills and knowledge which we offer to our Clients.

OUR PRINCIPLES

Construction projects are complex and therefore require a highly skilled and experienced team with a range of expertise. BGA are experienced in every aspect of design and construction, we can lead a building project and offer an extensive range of expertise such as an initial appraisal, building design, compliance with planning and building regulations or full project management services. Our services are carried out in accordance with an industry standard RIBA Plan of Work model. Alternatively, we can offer a customised service dependent upon clients requirements.

 

We aim to work to the following 4 principles:

 

1.  Ensure that an Architect is the main point of contact for all of our Clients.

 

2. Strengthen existing/develop new relationships with our Clients which make the process of design and construction a rewarding experience, encouraging referrals.

 

3. Utilise materials that respond to the natural environment or, genus loci to reflect local heritage and also the needs of our time in terms of ecology, life span and efficiency.

 

4. Interpret each design problem in an inovative, fresh and contemporary manner.

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