The Practice was established in 2000. It was formed from the practice known as
Peter Leach Associates, on the retirement of one of the partners. The
practice was renamed to reflect its new future outlook.
||R.E. Fish BA (Hons.) Arch., Dip Arch (Leics.), RIBA.
||A. Baines BA (Hons.) Arch., Dip Arch (Leics.), RIBA.
||S. Lightbody ( Interior Design )
We are a Chartered Architects practice covering all
aspects involved with building projects from the inception through to
completion. Our practice is or has been previously retained on the panel
of Architects for The Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, High
Commission of India and a Large Church organization. We have equally
worked with and are happy to work with private clients on any type of
Our key skill areas are:
Extensive building knowledge including
building construction, services (electrical, plumbing etc.) and general
renovation. Knowledge of design and detailing of complete projects
including measured surveys, drawings and support documentation.
Coordinating consultants, contractors
and any other specialists required to complete projects on time and to the
standards required. Dealing directly with the client to determine their
needs and design the project accordingly.
On smaller projects we can provide a cost
control aspect for the project including the valuation and issuing the
certificates. On larger projects will co-ordinate with the quantity
surveyor to ensure that the project is completed within the agreed budget.
The practice has computer aided drafting
facilities. The principles have worked for many years with hands on
experience with projects of many sizes on the computer.
The practice was formed from the practice Peter Leach
associates on the retirement of one of the two partners, Mr Saxena. Mr
Saxena was one of the original partner who formed Peter Leach Associates
in 1977. Whilst working at Peter Leach Associates in 1989 Mr. Fish was
offered the position of Associate, with a view to him becoming a Partner
in the practice at a later date. On retirement of one of the existing
Partners in 1991, Mr. Fish became a Partner of Peter Leach Associates and
was a Partner until 2000, when on the retirement of his Partner he
continued the practice on his own. The practice was renamed to reflect the
new management of the practice. Mr. Baines who Mr. Fish had known since
college, joined him as an Associate in the new practice. Mr. Baines has
worked at various practices from small to large since his qualification in
1987 both in this country and in Germany. Both of the principles have been
involved with many projects, both large and small scale.
The principles in the firm provide a wide base of
knowledge from the management through to detailed construction of
projects. On any of the projects the practice undertakes it ensures it has
a partner who is in direct control. Our aim as a practice is to provide a
high level of professional service to our clients concluding with a
project finished to a high standard. The principles have worked on a wide
spectrum of projects giving the practice a confidence to deal with most
types of buildings and we are always keen to enter new areas where the
same principles of quality can be applied.
The principles of the practice have experience in a
very wide range of domestic work from small to large-scale projects. The
smaller end of the range of projects carried out include extensions of
various sizes to incorporate items such as cellars, offices, children's
play rooms and granny flats. The larger projects include new houses, from
a small two-bedroom house to a block of 18 luxury flats and maisonettes on
the Thames. One of the partners whilst with previous practices has worked
on projects including sheltered housing, housing association work and
boarding accommodation for a school project.
Refurbishment work to existing buildings has also been
feature of our workload including projects such as the conversion of a
Grade II listed Victorian stable into six luxury houses, conversion of an
equestrian centre Grade II listed into four large houses, barn
conversions, dividing existing houses into flats, providing a block of
flats in conjunction with a new school and providing further flats in a
privately owned mixed use building.
The principles have a varied range of experience in
this field for both private, commercial and institutional clients.
Examples of work types covered are conversion of a warehouse into office
accommodation on five floors in central London for an individual client
for their own office use as well as letting. A four-storey office block in
Purley for a speculative developer. A speculative development for multi
unit letting. A corporate headquarters for a multinational corporation.
Several projects for office conversion and refurbishment for various
corporate clients including Barclays Bank Plc and the Royal Bank of
Scotland for whom we have previously been retained as Architects. We have
also worked on space planning schemes in existing office spaces. We
have also carried out work for the office areas of the High Commission of
India. We have prepared a scheme for five shop units in Park Lane Mayfair
for an investment corporation. We between us have worked on restaurant
schemes of various sizes. These range from the alteration of an existing
building with extension into a Indian restaurant to experience working on
large-scale outlets such as Planet Hollywood..
The practice has been involved with banking work since
its inception in 1977 for the Leeds Permanent Building Society, Barclays
Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland. The refurbishment and extension of
branches has been over a very wide area, in the centre of London to and to
a great many types of buildings including ones that are listed or in
We have been involved with two new build
churches for one client and proposals for three others, which due to
funding available are on hold for the moment. The practice was awarded a
civic trust award for the church that was built in Purley.
Our practice will undertake projects from any area if
we feel we can provide a service to the standard we expect. Some examples
of work not covered in the areas shown above include extensions to a
nursing home in Wimbledon, a doctor’s surgery in Greenwich and hostels
for the Missionaries of Charity in Kilburn. We have also through our
involvement with the High Commission of India designed a statue base in
Montreal Place off the Aldwych in the centre of London for a bronze bust
cast in India.