NVB Architects is a multidisciplinary practice providing a holistic design service from Frome in Somerset. The practice encompasses architecture, interior design, conservation and landscape architecture. We also run the thriving arts venue Rook Lane within the Grade 1 listed chapel that we refurbished and extended in 2002 to English Heritage acclaim.
We have specialised in the education sector for the past 30 years alongside a growing portfolio of leisure, military, public parks, community and heritage projects. We have worked on projects across the UK including London, Truro, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham and overseas in South Korea and Malaysia. Our design approach has led to many long-term relationships with clients in both the independent and state education sector as well as local authorities, contractors, the military and leisure industry.
The current practice was formed in 1980 by Mark Brierley, Pamela Lea and Bill Vallis, then known as Vallis & Associates when the practice started to concentrate on educational work. In 1985 Vallis & Associates merged with Goldsmith, Tolson & Nugent of Bath creating Nugent Vallis Brierley. Following the formation of Nugent Vallis Brierley, the two specialist services of Conservation and Landscape Architecture were established. In December 2002 the practice, now NVB Architects, moved into its own office accommodation at Rook Lane Chapel. The move to these offices meant that the office accommodation was more conducive to the principle of team working and the practice has grown to its current size led by 6 directors.
BA(Hons) MSc ACIAT
Abigail studied Architectural Technology and the Environment at Plymouth University and subsequently studied and gained a Masters in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath. She joins us as an architectural technologist after beginning her career at an architectural practice in Bristol.
BA (Hons) HNC
Andy joined NVB in 2016 having lived and worked in London for 20 years for a number of practices.
Andy's experience includes housing, both mass and private, education, retail, transport and sports architecture.
BA(Hons) BArch RIBA
Andrew joined the practice in 1997 becoming an associate in 2003 and director in 2011. He has completed a range of significant projects for the office including Solihull School theatre, Bedminster Down School (PFI), Robert Blake and Elmwood Schools (BSF). Andrew is responsible for all human resources within the practice.
BA(Hons), BArch, MSc RIBA, MaPM, MaPS
Austin qualified at Hull School of Architecture in 2001. He worked in healthcare, housing and education at various practices before joining NVB in 2003. Austin is a qualified planning supervisor and project manager and has a particular interest in conservation projects.
BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA
Bill qualified at Plymouth School of Architecture in 1988 and joined NVB in 1996, becoming a director in 1998. He has experience in various building types including education and community architecture.
Apart from Mark and Pam, Caroline is our longest serving employee. She has seen the practice working from Bath, North Parade and finally in our current home at Rook Lane Chapel. While not providing secretarial support to NVB, Caroline works for herself in equine registration.
Clare has been with NVB since 2002 and is an accounting technician with 17 years’ experience of working in small businesses. During this time she has been involved in all aspects of office management, administration and accountancy. Having two small children, she now balances childcare with work, and enjoys working with an energetic and friendly bunch of architects in the beautiful surroundings of Rook Lane Chapel.
Daphne has been a secretary / PA at NVB since 1997. She is also very involved in the marketing side of the business, helping to produce brochures and bids for new contracts. Together with her two other admin colleagues, she is based in reception where she assists with NVB and Rook Lane duties.
Part I Architectural Assistant
George gained his RIBA Part I at Newcastle University and is currently working towards his RIBA Part II at the University of Bath. George joined NVB in September 2017 as an architectural assistant whilst undertaking his industry experience. He has a particular interest in contemporary architecture, sustainable design and structural expressionism.
BA(Hons), BArch, RIBA
Giles studied architecture at Newcastle University and spent 10 years working in London and Hong Kong before joining NVB in 1998. He was appointed as a director in 2002. He has worked on a wide range of educational buildings, with particular experience in the independent school sector.
BSc (Hons), MArch, MA RIBA
Hannah joined NVB in 2011, during this time she has developed a close working relationship with many of the office’s key clients. This has led to successfully securing a series of planning consents in close liaison with English Heritage, Natural England and the LPA for a range of leisure projects within a complex site context that has included Grade I registered parkland and a series of Grade I and II listed buildings.
MA(Hons) DipArch RIBA
James joined NVB in 2005 having moved from London to the West Country. He has considerable experience in sensitive developments in urban contexts as well as a varied portfolio of educational projects.
James Joined NVB in October 2016 after gaining his RIBA Part I at the University of Brighton. He is now focusing on gaining industry experience before commencing his RIBA Part II.
After leaving Barrie Taylor Associates in 2005, Kenny joined NVB as a Senior Architectural Technician. Kenny has extensive experience in a variety of projects and is one the leaders in BIM implementation in the practice.
BA(Hons), DipArch RIBA, DipLA
Mark qualified at Bristol University in 1978 and joined NVB (then Severnside Architects). Mark has been a director since 1980 and qualified as a landscape architect in 1993. Mark has considerable experience in all aspects of educational buildings and the harmonious integration of landscape with building design.
BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA
Mark studied at the University of Plymouth and joined NVB in 2007 after working as a project and site manager for a developer in Bristol. Mark became an associate in 2017 and has worked on a variety of educational projects including boarding houses at St Mary's Calne and a new sports centre in Truro.
Melissa joined NVB in 2016 as our Venue Manager. She has experience in both events management and hospitality which she projects into the space at Rook Lane Chapel to host a diverse range of events. Mel strives to promote the Arts within the community and relishes the excitement of organising weddings and performances at our unique venue.
BSc (Hons) MArch
Part II Architectural Assistant
Returning to NVB Architects in June 2015, Mike studied towards his MArch (RIBA Part II) at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. During previous work placements at NVB he worked on a variety of educational and residential schemes, including Dean Close Preparatory School in Cheltenham and The Woodard Building at The Cathedral School, LLandaff.
BA(Hons), BArch(Hons), RIBA, FRSA.
Pam qualified at Nottingham University in 1975 and joined the practice in 1976 becoming a partner then director in 1981. Pam has considerable experience in educational and residential architecture in particular the performing arts. As a trustee of Rook Lane Arts she is able to indulge her interest and enthusiasm for the arts.
BA(Hons) DipLA CMLI
Peter studied landscape architecture in Leeds and Birmingham between 1999 and 2004 and became a chartered landscape architect in 2007. After working in Birmingham and Bath for six years on a wide range of projects he joined the practice in 2008 to lead the expanding landscape department. Projects at NVB to date include St Mary's Primary School, Purton, North London Collegiate School in Jeju, South Korea and St Paul's Co-Location, Bristol.
BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA
Richard has been with NVB since 1994 and a director since 2002. During this time he has been extensively involved in all levels of the education sector with particular expertise in primary and secondary schools. In recent years he has been involved in a number of visitor centres and community facilities.
BA(Hons) MArch PgDip RIBA
Sebastian trained at Bath Univeristy and joined NVB from Mark Kingsley Architects in 2010, becoming an associate in 2017. He has been involved in a number of education projects at Llandaff, Dean Close School and our overseas projects in Kuala Lumpur and South Korea. Sebastian assists in IT strategy within the practice.
HNC Building Part 1 Member of CIAT
Steve joined NVB in 2006 having worked as a project manager for Design Base International. Steve has gained extensive experience on many of our education and Ministry of Defence projects. He is also a vital member of our CAD working group.
Tracy joined NVB in 2012 and is responsible for managing office consumables as well as reception duties and maintaining the blog and news items on our website.
Vince joined NVB in September 2016 as part of the landscape department. Previously, Vince has completed a variety of projects, including LVIAs for a number of wind turbines within Bristol Port, designs for Melksham School, Aardvark Studios and the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.
Date Posted: 11/09/2017
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Rook Lane is a space for art, architecture, performance and education. A unique arts centre housed in a restored 18th century chapel, Rook Lane is home to NVB Architects and the base for Rook Lane Arts Trust.
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