One of the South West’s leading architecture and urban design practices has presented a masterplan for its own future under the leadership and ownership of a team of nine directors.
LHC Design is the new name for the acclaimed LHC Architecture + Urbanism, which began life in 1992 as Lacey Hickie & Caley. Colleagues John Baulch, Rob Bramhall, Mark Daley, Graham Devine, Alex Lammie, Ian Noakes, Paul Osborne, Glayne Price and Steve Tapp will form the new board of directors, each taking an equal shareholding in the company.
The practice, which has studios in Exeter and Plymouth, has recently opened a third studio in the heart of Cornwall, embedding a full-time team in the county where it has designed and delivered a wide range of prestigious projects. The practice has recently submitted a planning application for 500 homes at Langarth, near Truro, on behalf of Cornwall Council and it is also currently developing the first phase of the West Carclaze Garden Village in St Austell, part of a 240 hectare masterplan that will see 1500 homes set within landscaped countryside and alongside community and education space.
Over more than a quarter of a century, LHC’s team has developed landmark projects across the region including Plymouth’s Marine Aquarium.
In recent years the practice has helped bring to fruition the first buildings at Exeter Science Park at Junction 29 of the M5; among them the award winning Eagle House and Exeter Science Park Centre. The company has also contributed to the development of Plymouth Science Park and the major urban regeneration scheme Oceansgate, in the former Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.
LHC’s expertise in designing schemes for the education sector has led to further awards; most significantly Britain’s first University Technical College, the JCB Academy in Uttoxeter as well as the South West Energy Centre and Passivhaus House at South Devon College campus, Paignton and the Into Centre at the University of Exeter.
Also in LHC’s portfolio are a number of small, medium and large new homes schemes, all within sensitively landscaped settings, including Fusion at Paignton for Cavanna Homes and Plumb Park in Exmouth, a joint venture project for Clinton Devon Estates and Taylor Wimpey.
On behalf of the new board of directors, Paul Osborne said: “We have spent many years designing the future of the South West for those who live and work here. Recently we’ve been designing our own future; one which will be led by a team of nine long-standing and very talented colleagues. This development will ensure the long term quality of service, design and technical delivery for our clients and provides a strong foundation for our business well into the future, including the opportunity for the wider LHC team to become shareholders later on.
“Each of the core disciplines – architecture, technical delivery, urban design, landscape, interiors, graphics and conservation, is represented in this new leadership team, along with expertise in technology, environmental design and innovation.”
Paul added: “The owners are leaders in their fields; among them an Academician of the Academy of Urban Design, a RIBA national council elected member, Chair of South West Women in Construction, Fellow of the Landscape Institute, many members of the regional Design Review Panels and Architectural Technologist of the Year in the European WICE Awards.”
The company introduced its team of nine new company directors at an event for clients, partners, suppliers and other guests which was held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on October 4th 2018.