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A long established practice

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 4 directors.


Abigail Burnett Abigail Burnett

Abigail Burnett

Architectural Technologist

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.

Andrew Brownless Andrew Brownless

Andrew Brownless

Senior Technician

Architectural Technician
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.

Andrew Simpson Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson


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.

Austin Fews Austin Fews

Austin Fews


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.

Bill Button Bill Button

Bill Button


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.

Caroline Cash Caroline Cash

Caroline Cash


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 Tayler Clare Tayler

Clare Tayler

Office Manager

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 Bunker Daphne Bunker

Daphne Bunker


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.

Gabriele Ziliute Gabriele Ziliute

Gabriele Ziliute

Architectural Assistant

Architectural Assistant / Landscape Assistant
BSc (Hons) MArch
Gabriele joined NVB in April 2018 after completing her RIBA Part II at the University of Bath. Thin sandwich course structure has allowed her to gain a wide range of experience in architecture and public realm and develop a direction of design, studying the life between buildings as well as the buildings themselves.

James McGillivray James McGillivray

James McGillivray


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 Tyrrell James Tyrrell

James Tyrrell

Architectural Assistant

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.

Kenny Fox Kenny Fox

Kenny Fox

Senior Technician

HNC Building
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.

Mark Duddridge Mark Duddridge

Mark Duddridge


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 Francis Melissa Francis

Melissa Francis

Arts Administrator

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.

Mike May Mike May

Mike May


BSc (Hons) MArch PGCert RIBA
Mike joined NVB Architects in June 2012, following successful
completion of the undergraduate programme at the Department of
Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. Since this
time he has gained a substantial amount of experience across all of the
RIBA work stages, with particular emphasis on traditionally procured
education contracts in the £500k to £3m value range.

Peter Baker Peter Baker

Peter Baker


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 landscape department. Projects at NVB to date include Wallscourt Farm Academy, Frome Parks and Open Spaces, Cathedral School Llandaff and London Collegiate School, South Korea.

Richard Paige Richard Paige

Richard Paige


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.

Sara Godfrey Sara Godfrey

Sara Godfrey

Arts Administrator

Sara joined NVB in July 2018 as our Venue Manager for Rook Lane to cover Melissa's maternity leave. Sara brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked as a manager in the hospitality industry for most of her working life. As a Frome resident, Sara is looking forward to promoting our wonderful venue and organising many varied events and weddings here.

Sebastian Wolf Sebastian Wolf

Sebastian Wolf


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.

Simeon Spencer Simeon Spencer

Simeon Spencer

Landscape Architect

Assistant Landscape Architect
PG Dip, MA, BA(Hons)

Simeon joined our landscape design department, NVB Landscape, in 2017 after attaining his Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire and working in Bristol. He is now focusing on gaining industry experience before commencing his pathway to Chartership.

Steve Maggs Steve Maggs

Steve Maggs

Senior Technician

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 Millard Tracy Millard

Tracy Millard


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 Steele Vince Steele

Vince Steele

Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) DipLA

Vince joined NVB Landscape in 2016 and over the last two years he has completed a variety of school projects, including Kingfisher, Charlton Wood and Watermore School. Vince has also completed Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments for several developments including Lilley’s Cidery and Epsom College.


We are not currently looking for any staff. If you would like to be considered for posts in the future, please send your CV with examples of your recent work to the address below and we will keep these on file.

Rook Lane

A venue for the arts in Frome

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.

For further information of the range of activities that are happening in the chapel and details of how to hire the space, please visit our sister site…

Visit Rook Lane