Work experience

NEW TSB HEADQUARTERS-EDINBURGH. In 1984, Shepherd Robson Architects, London, were commissioned to design a headquarters for the TSB in George Street, Edinburgh, in the heart of the Georgian New Town. This was designed as the first office atrium in the Capital.
The development required the retention and restoration of the listed facade and suite of principal rooms. New offices surroud an atrium behind. As a design team member, I had responsibility for the design development and preparation of tender packages for the atrium.
The image above is of the listed Georgian facade during restoration.

The feature lift core to the TSB Headquarters, shown here during construction, had glass lifts to either side of a white aluminium clad link lobby which projected into the atrium. The aluminium cladding had an applied wrought ash, finely detailed decorative ladder. This joinery work picked up the ash framing elsewhere in the atrium walling and the underside of the atrium roof.

The drawing illustrates the finished atrium with a view towards the feature lift core.
Maximum reflectivity was achieved by the use of glass and white aluminium fenestration and cladding at high level. High quality ash joinery work surrounds the atrium at the lower levels

ASTONBURY MANOR, ASTON-HERTFORDSHIRE. As an employee of Ketley Goold Associates Architects, London, I was the job architect with responsibility for the conversion of a Grade 1 Listed Tudor Manor House into 11 apartments. The house was built in 1540 with later Jacobean alterations. The most challenging element of the project was the retention and repair of the existing fabric while strengthening the structure and integrating the necessary services. The view shown is of the entrance elevation to Astonbury Manor prior to conversion.

The barrel vaulted second floor of Astonbury Manor accomodated two apartments with the principal rooms in each end gable. Exposed historic timber framing was retained.

The chimneys with triple barley twist stacks needed extensive repair and/or rebuilding with colour matched hand-made 'special' bricks.
This view is from a 'cherry picker' taken during a roof inspection.

GRAND BUILDINGS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE- LONDON. Sidell Gibson Limited won an open competition in 1986 for the design of a large commercial development on the south side of Trafalgar Square called Grand Buildings.The site was the location of the Grand Hotel, built in 1879. The competition attracted 287 entries from around the world.
Sidell Gibson proposed the reconstruction of the original Bath and Portland Stone facade. Shops and restaurants were proposed at ground and mezzanine level with 6 floors of office space above, around a central glass roofed atrium.
The design of the atrium was intended to evoke the feel of a Victorian winter garden.
I was a member of an on-site design team with specific responsibilty for the design development and co-ordination of the atrium roof, wall and floor packages to include the integration of all services.
The current view shows the upper levels of the curved external facade to Trafalgar Square.

The atrium curtain walling in Grand Buildings was designed to achieve a lightweight decorative effect. At ground level the cladding was mainly Bath stone but at upper levels the materials used were a mix of smooth and textured GRG panels and column casings. The cast aluminium railings and column plinths were polyester powder coated, as were the m.s ribs and raking stays.

Tubular steel roof trusses span across the atrium to support the double glazed atrium roof of Grand Buildings. The design of the roof required the co-ordination of automatically operated solar blinds, anti-condensation heating pipes, smoke detection installation, lighting and cleaning cradle system.

My drawing 'sets out' the dimensions of all the necessary fixings to the tubular roof truss members. The fixings were pre-drilled prior to craning into position on site and exact co-ordination was required.

3 GRAFTON STREET, MAYFAIR- LONDON. In 1989, Sidell Gibson Limited undertook the restoration and conversion of a Grade 1 Listed Georgian town house at 3 Grafton Street, London. The building is in the Mayfair Conservation Area and the development was for Land Securities plc. The facade, principal rooms and staircases were of historic significance and were threaded with services to suit the needs of a future client.
The view is of the restored and cleaned facade to Grafton Street.

As a Sidell Gibson design team member, I had responsibility for the roof repair and integration of roof level plant room and services throughout 3 Grafton Street. In- situ rebuilding of the original segmented glass dome was required.

My drawing shows the layout of the roof at 3 Grafton Street with cross references to an extensive range of construction details. The details inform the building process and demonstrate an understanding of the significance of any alterations to the historic fabric.
See next image.

My drawing shows typical construction details for the roof at 3 Grafton Street.
The previous plan drawing of the roof, refers to these details amongst many others.


Having worked as an architect for many years for large commercial practices in London, I was fortunate to work on projects that had an requirement for conservation and restoration alongside a new build element. My interest in the practice of sympathetic repair, reuse and extension of historic buildings grew from there.
I set up Dunne Associate Architects following post graduate study in Building Conservation. My work since then has been both as an out-worker for established and renowned conservation practices and on my own account. See section on Heritage Projects below.