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Helyer Davies Architects

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Each and every project we undertake is approached with fresh enthusiasm. We love designing and aim to exceed our clients’ expectations. Helyer Davies Architects undertakes commissions ranging from contemporary installations to historic restorations and works closely with clients from inception to completion in order to ensure the best possible results.

We believe that good architecture is only created through a close dialogue between client and architect.  We are committed to creating bespoke solutions that respond creatively to an individual project’s specific requirements.

We work hard to ensure our projects are consistently delivered on time and on budget. We also pride ourselves on our excellent client relationships, illustrated by our high percentage of repeat clients.

People

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Dan Masterman

Architect

Architect

Dan Masterman BA [Hons], Dip Arch, MA PP ARB

Prior to joining Helyer Davies in 2021, Daniel studied architecture at the University of Lincoln and the Royal College of Art where he graduated with a Masters degree in 2015. He has held positions at a variety of practices, both in the UK and abroad, working on projects across all scales from a medical centre in Copenhagen to the new Earls Court masterplan.

 

Daniel became a fully qualified Architect in 2018 whilst gaining valuable experience working across all RIBA work stages from conception through to completion. During this time, Daniel developed a strong passion for collaborating with clients and consultants alike to create bespoke architecture that is both sustainable and enhances the end user’s enjoyment of the property.

 

Outside of the studio, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, particularly on (or in) the water whilst paddleboarding or sailing.

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Tom Wild

Architectural Assistant

Architectural Assistant

Tom Wild BA [Hons] Dip Arch

 

Tom started working for the practice in 2013 after graduating from Plymouth University and has since completed his Master of Architecture (MArch Part II) at the University of Westminster in 2017.

 

Working on a series of residential and commercial projects across the south coast, Tom has a keen interest in sustainability, ensuring every project considers its impact on the environment whilst collaborating with clients and specialist consultants. Tom works on all stages of the RIBA Plan of Work, from the conception of a project to running projects on site. He particularly enjoys using Revit and bringing designs to life using Photoshop. Tom also assists in the running of various social media platforms.

 

In his spare time, Tom enjoys walking with his family and dog in the local area and sailing in Chichester Harbour.

Martin Helyer

Director [Architect]

Director [Architect]

Martin Helyer Bsc B[Arch] Hons ARB RIBA

 

Martin graduated from Dundee University with a First Class Honours degree. He is a fully qualified RIBA and ARB Architect. His early career was spent in Edinburgh, Chichester and Guildford gaining valuable experience in Residential, Commercial and Retail sectors. He formed the company in 2003. Martin has won awards for architecture from Arups, British Gas and Chichester City Council, Arun District Council and Worthing Borough Council.

 

Having grown up on a farm in the Chichester area, Martin also has a comprehensive knowledge of the local area and appreciates the complexities of obtaining planning permission in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Harbour Conservation Areas and the South Downs National Park.      

 

Martin likes to work collaboratively with clients in real time 3D utilising the latest technology to evolve a design together that is truly bespoke and tailored to the clients requirements. Recent projects have ranged from one off houses overlooking Chichester Harbour, London Town Houses, Commercial Offices, a hotel, Listed buildings and several Legal Court projects.

 

When Martin is not working he enjoys walking with his wife and two children. He particularly enjoys cycle touring and recently cycled from Emsworth to the Mediterranean. He also collects and restores antique bikes.

 

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Juliet Kemp

Practice Manager

Practice Manager

Juliet Kemp

 

Juliet joined Helyer Davies Architects in 2008 with over 10 years’ experience working for a large architectural practice in West Sussex.  Juliet has a wide ranging role which includes working with the directors to ensure the company runs smoothly and is responsible for the general administration, HR and accounts of the practice. 

 

When not working, Juliet loves to go walking with her dog and spending time with her family.

Neeltje White

Architectural Assistant

Architectural Assistant

Neeltje White BA [Hons]

 

Neeltje graduated the University of Portsmouth with First Class Hons in Architecture 2016. She has worked at Helyer Davies Architects for the past 4 ½ years and is currently mid-way through her master’s degree (Part II), which she studies part time.

 

Whilst working with us she has become experienced in project design, although working on a wide range of projects, she is particularly experienced working on one off new build houses, having collaborated on the design and planning submission of a number of our new build houses in both the New Forest and within the Chichester Harbour area.

 

She is proficient in planning and listed building applications, including the monitoring of in-progress applications and CIL requirements. She enjoys assisting with 3D AutoCAD Revit, interior specifications including materials and producing hand renderings.

 

She spends her spare time at her allotment growing all types of vegetables and also enjoys going on long walks in the South Downs.

Sam Hunt

Architectural Technologist

Architectural Technologist

Sam Hunt BA [Hons]

 

Sam joined the practice in 2018 as a fresh graduate with a BA (Hons) in Architectural Technology after spending time at both Birmingham City and Southampton Solent University. He brings technical and project management experience to our Residential, Commercial and Veterinary projects across the South Coast.

 

Sam enjoys focusing on technical design and detailing in 3D using Revit to form working 3D models that coordinate building services, structure and finishes to ensure the project runs smoothly during construction. Sam also successfully runs multiple projects on site throughout the construction process managing programme, contracts, client and contractor relationships and finances.

 

Outside of work, Sam plays golf with his friends as much as possible being a member of Petersfield Golf Club. He also likes to get an early start in the gym before work, as well as enjoying long countryside walks and five a-side football.

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Tom Pickering

Architectural Assistant

Architectural Assistant

Tom Pickering BA [Hons]

 

Tom joins Helyer Davies as a Part I Architectural Assistant after graduating from Arts University Bournemouth. 

Thomas Davies

Thomas Davies

Director [Architect]

Director [Architect]

Thomas Davies BA [Hons], Dip Arch, MA PP ARB

 

In 2004, Thomas joined the company from a prestigious London and Canterbury based architects where he gained excellent experience in the fields of conservation which fostered his passion for historic buildings and detailed high quality residential design. He continued his training at University of Portsmouth and became a fully qualified architect in 2008, with a Masters in Professional Practice.

 

Thomas has a depth of knowledge across all RIBA work and is now responsible for many of the residential schemes and conservation projects at Helyer Davies Architects. He is dedicated to improving the built environment and has been active in design advocacy for many years where he has been a member of the Emsworth and Havant Design Panel since its inception in 2010 and often visits the University of Portsmouth to assist with the Professional Practice units. Thomas has won awards for architecture from Sussex Herritage Trust and Chichester City Council.

 

Thomas’ recent projects have included our Holly Hill and Cedar House renovations. He also has three waterside houses being constructed around Chichester Harbour which are due for completion in 2021.  

 

In his spare time you can find Thomas on a cricket pitch. As well as playing cricket, he is an ECB Level 2 Cricket Coach and loves to help out coaching the next generation.

 

 

Ellie Knight

Architectural Assistant

Architectural Assistant

Ellie Knight BA [Hons]

Ellie joins Helyer Davies as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant after graduating from the University of Portsmouth.  Ellie is particularly interested in sustainability within housing and in her spare time likes to travel, swim and walk her dog.

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Liam Lancaster

Architectural Technologist

Architectural Technologist

Liam Lancaster

 

Liam joined the practice in 2016, completing his professional training and qualifications as an Architectural Technologist with Helyer Davies Architects. He has worked on a variety of private residential, commercial and heritage projects across the South coast, many of which feature in our portfolio and he has developed a great working relationship with local consultants and building control officers.

 

Liam is interested in both contemporary and traditional architecture and most enjoys the technical challenges of bringing concept design ideas to life, particularly on private one-off residential projects and listed buildings.

 

Outside of work Liam enjoys spending time outdoors in the local area; mountain biking, walking and playing golf in the South Downs National Park and stand-up paddle boarding in the Chichester Harbour Conservation Area.

How we work

Each and every project we undertake is approached with fresh enthusiasm. We love designing and aim to exceed our clients’ expectations. Helyer Davies Architects undertakes commissions ranging from contemporary installations to historic restorations and works closely with clients from inception to completion in order to ensure the best possible results.

We believe that good architecture is only created through a close dialogue between client and architect.  We are committed to creating bespoke solutions that respond creatively to an individual project’s specific requirements.

We work hard to ensure our projects are consistently delivered on time and on budget. We also pride ourselves on our excellent client relationships, illustrated by our high percentage of repeat clients.

Our design process is methodical but instinctive, based on the RIBA Plan of Work:

https://www.ribaplanofwork.com/

[RIBA Stage 0 -1] Initial Meeting, Preparation of Brief and Survey

The purpose of an initial meeting is to meet you, view the site and to develop a brief to establish the basis of a project, outlining a wish list of needs and hopes, budget and timeframe. This meeting on site allows us to gain an understanding of the aspirations for the project, as well as a sense of place and the opportunities it presents.  This is also a time for clients to put forward their ideas and inspiration for change. Alongside this, we should establish the need for other consultants, surveys required and how best to select your builder and obtain costs.

Following this initial meeting, we build a brief from your requirements and set out our fees based on the level of involvement we feel the job requires.

Once appointed, a measured survey needs to be undertaken to establish accurate plans of the property and site. Depending on complexity, this can either be undertaken by ourselves or by a specialist company.

[RIBA Stage 2] Concept Design

With the survey completed and taking into consideration planning constraints, we can then begin site analysis looking at views, light, access, environmental influences and setting. These factors are brought together with the project brief from which we produce an initial concept design illustrated with diagrams and sketch layouts to describe design influences, size and shape, materials, textures and colours.

These initial ideas are presented to the client and the design dialogue begins. Once the design meets your brief, then these proposals can be reviewed with local authority planners and cost guidance obtained in order to check the project’s feasibility.

[RIBA Stage 3] Developed Design / Planning

Having agreed the outline design, we then produce the required planning documents and drawings developed in sufficient detail to understand the spaces created and how they operate. In principle, we will agree choices of materials and external finishes; obtaining samples, perhaps illustrating spaces and views with models, sketch drawings and computer graphics. The design is then fixed, establishing the scheme to be built in the construction stage and documents produced for a planning application.

Taking a scheme to planning often requires supporting information such as a design statement, historic research and visual impact assessment. Further specialist reports may also be required from third parties, such as ecology or historic building advisors. 

[RIBA Stage 4] Technical Design / Building Regulations

Other professionals, such as structural and services engineers, join the project at this stage. With their technical input, the scheme design can be developed for construction. This process begins with establishing targets for performance, methods of building and agreeing the best way to achieve results within your budget. From here, we generate detailed technical drawings showing how the built elements come together and what each part is made from, supported by written specifications and schedules of finishes and fixtures. Decisions will be made during this stage over where our client’s budget is invested, considering the quality of finishes against the priorities of space and hidden infrastructure such as drainage and electrical wiring.

Documents produced during this stage can be pulled together as a package which can be put out to Building Control for building regulation approval and contractors for pricing.  We usually obtain three prices for comparison and provide our recommendation as to who will provide the service to best suit the project.

[RIBA Stage 5 - 6] Construction and Handover

During this exciting stage, what have been ideas on paper take shape in reality. Our main role at this stage is to administer the contract between yourselves and the contractor. This means we have an equal responsibility to our client and the contractor to ensure fairness on both sides and a smooth build process. 

We will work together to answer any questions and solve design issues which might arise on site and chair regular progress meetings between the client and contractor, thereby keeping up to date with any changes which might result in differences to the project value or the timescale.