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The Directors

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George Ferguson BA BArch RIBA RWA

George Ferguson built up his own practice in the mid 1970’s leading to the formation of Ferguson Mann in 1979 and to the national network of practices, Acanthus, in 1986. He has a wide variety of experience in projects of all periods and types and has involvement with all Acanthus Ferguson Mann’s major projects and clients, often performing the role of creative critic. He has recently spread the ownership of the practice amongst the six principals, to lighten his load and ensure continuity.

George is owner/creator of the Tobacco Factory arts centre in South Bristol. He frequently lectures and broadcasts on architectural and planning matters and lists amongst his recreations “travel, people, ideas and making things happen”. George was elected president of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002.

Christopher Balme BA Dip Arch RIBA

A Director with Acanthus Ferguson Mann since 1992, Christopher joined the practice in 1986, and takes particular responsibility for Conservation and Inclusive Design.

He has had a broad spectrum of experience in the education, ecclesiastic, leisure and conservation fields, including such diverse projects as the competition-winning scheme for a Public Library and Retail Arcade in the centre of historic Leominster, a series of projects at Prior Park, Bath and the intricate repair of an ancient monument, one of the country’s earliest Tithe Barns (c. 1240), at Siddington, Cirencester.

David Caird BA Dip Arch RIBA

David joined the practice in 1988 having gained extensive experience as Project Architect for two large woollen mill conversion projects in Gloucestershire. David has contributed to all the key ‘industrial’ building projects undertaken by the practice within Bristol and more recently the Royal William Yard project for Urban Splash in Plymouth.

He was responsible for the Rosemoor Gardens visitor centre for the Royal Horticultural Society in Devon and the development of the @t Bristol project, for which he was project architect on the Squares and Spaces section of this contract. More recently he has been responsible for a new library project at Barry in Glamorganshire

Henry Alpass MA (Cantab) BArch RIBA ACI Arb

Henry joined Ferguson Mann in 1991, having completed significant commissions for housing associations, commercial offices and arts and leisure projects. He has considerable expertise in work for schools, including projects for Beaudesert Park School, Clifton College, a theatre and sixth form centre for Prior Park, new dining facilities for Badminton, and a fast track contract for City of Bristol College.

Housing projects include improvements to a council estate, and study of an area of Bristol investigating its difficulties and proposing revitalisation strategies. New housing has included a mixed scheme for a housing association.

Jackie Gillespie BA DipArch RIBA

Jackie joined Acanthus Ferguson Mann in 1995 after gaining wide experience in various Bristol practices and in the United States.

She qualified from Oxford Brookes University in 1989, winning the Fielding Dodd prize for outstanding work in diploma. During her time in Washington DC she worked on a scheme for a new community centre. Major projects have included the conversion of St Paul’s Cathedral School to a new hostel for the YHA, a film production unit in Bristol, and a community centre in Somerset. Her work has covered a variety of new build and conversion projects of various sizes, most recently the large scale conversion of Royal William Yard historic dock buildings to apartments for Urban Splash.

Roger Goodliff HND (Bldg), BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

Roger joined the practice in 1999 having worked in London since 1985 with Jeremy Dixon: Edward Jones, and others, as well as work in his own right. His experience has concentrated in two main areas – buildings associated with the Arts and housing. In addition, many of these projects involved Listed buildings and sites in Conservation Areas or planning sensitive areas.

Since joining the Acanthus Ferguson Mann Roger has worked on a wide range of projects as lead designer including: master planning of Canons Marsh, Bristol:; St John Reade housing project, now on site; masterplanning and phased development of an industrial site adjacent to the River Avon; mixed use redevelopment of waterfront site at Broad Street, Old Portsmouth.

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