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Kendal-based Crosby Granger Architects has made three senior promotions this month

Kendal-based Crosby Granger Architects has made three senior promotions this month (March) in response to its ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for the firm’s heritage consultancy services.

The award-winning practice has long established expertise in projects involving the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as new designs for sensitive sites.

Crosby Granger Architects projects have been shortlisted fo RICS Awards including a National Trust visitor facility in Wasdale | Photo credit Ian Wood Photography

From the scholarly restoration of churches and historic houses across the north of England to master planning for owners of large private estates, Cumbrian clients include the National Trust, Holker Hall, Leighton Hall, Levens Hall and Muncaster Castle. The practice also has clients, including independent schools, in Co. Durham, Cheshire, the Midlands and London.

Promoted to associate architect is Gordon Blunt who joined the practice in September 2020. Gordon is tasked with managing and improving the studio’s production of information, knowledge sharing and providing technical oversight on major projects.

Also promoted is Amy Redman, who has been with the firm since January 2022 after completing the SPAB Scholarship. Amy will lead on growing the office’s heritage conservation reputation while strengthening existing team members knowledge and skills in this field.

A project to renovate a house in Coniston Valley North has been shortlisted for a prestigious award | Photo credit: Ian Wood Photography

The third promotion is Andrew Bodenham who started at Crosby Granger Architects in January 2019. Andrew is leading the practice’s research and development in the use of traditional materials and highlighting its work in historic settings.

Co-founder Chris Granger said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.

“We also act as specialist consultants to other architects, surveyors and estate managers who need high-level building conservation advice or technical guidance. They are often wrestling alone with the same problems we are tackling with our bigger team of experts.

“We are delighted our practice includes several Scholars of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, accredited architects and assessors in building conservation, Chartered CIAT Technologists, and industry recognised technical advisors,” he added.

A 4th project by Crosby Granger Architects to restore a Glasshouse and loggia, at Leighton Hall is up for an award | Photo credit Ian Wood Photography

The promotions coincide with the firm being shortlisted for a wide range of projects in the north west regional round of the 2024 RICS Awards. The awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. The RICS awards recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies. Later this year, the firm who has won these awards will know if these projects will be put forward for the national awards.

Crosby Granger Architect shortlisted projects are:

  1. A National Trust visitor facility in Wasdale,  a unique building in one of the most sensitive areas of the UNESCO Lake District World Heritage Site. It is where visitors access England’s highest mountain and come to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this remote valley.
  2. Extensive renovations of a house dating back to c.1536 in Coniston Valley North, Cumbria. It included sensitively modernising the interior and providing sustainable solutions to improve its thermal performance.
  3. Turning a dilapidated estate workshop at Levens Hall, South Cumbria, into a take-away bakery. This serves the many visitors who come for the ancient medieval parkland, to see the Elizabethan house and its topiary garden, one of the oldest topiary gardens in the world.
  4. Restoring a Grade II* listed Victorian Glasshouse and loggia, at Leighton Hall, South Cumbria, to create a versatile events space.
A project to turn a dilapidated estate workshop at Levens Hall into a take-away bakery has been shortlisted for an RICS award | Photo credit Ian Wood Photography

Crosby Granger Architects was founded in 2014 by Chris and Chloe Granger with Paul Crosby. Today the company employs twelve people, including chartered architects and a chartered architectural technologist. The practice is also looking to set up apprenticeship programmes to encourage young learners.

For more information visit  crosbygrangerarchitects.co.uk

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