1) What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire?
It seems a mixed bag at present. Some architects are really busy, whilst others are very quiet. Luckily we are in the former camp, working on a variety of commercial and residential property schemes in Yorkshire and across the rest of the UK. Hopefully,over the next year the government will at least provide a road map for development which we can all work with.
2) What is your favourite building in the region and why?
Having worked next to and had occasion to use, Kings Manor in York, which is a Grade I listed building that is part of the University of York, I find that it provides a beautiful example of quiet complexity. It was originally built to house the abbots of St Mary’s Abbey in the eleventh century and the University currently uses it for its Department of Archaeology.
3) If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in this region, what would it be?
Having a government that notices it is running more than one city and one corner of its nation would be a good start.4) Whom do you most admire in property in Yorkshire?
There have been many craftsmen working on our project at St Leonards Place in York that have demonstrated that the art of quality is still well in the region. It’s heartening to see, and I really enjoyed playing a part in such a prestigious and painstaking restoration that has really brought back to life a stunning set of buildings, and given them the chance to be used as they were originally intended again.5) What is the best project you have been involved in?
It always feels like the last project is the best, but working on St Leonards Place was a real treat. Several years of tracing routes through the buildings, getting to know them in detail, and applying that knowledge to the final scheme was a real privilege. It helped having a client that was committed to achieving such a high quality project,and that knew the true value of the end result too.