Anniversaries are a time for celebration, reflection and resolution...

Can you believe it – we are fast approaching the first anniversary since the appointment of the new board.  It has certainly been an interesting and packed year with plenty of achievements and challenges, which have created opportunities to learn, develop and strengthen our team.

The changes spurred us into looking at our structure from a new perspective and whilst we didn’t want to throw baby out with bath water by altering systems that were functioning well, we recognised that there was definitely potential to introduce new ways of working that would enhance our client support.

We set about restructuring the office to create dedicated design and support teams, to develop stronger focus and generate closer working relationships both internally and externally.   It made sense for each Director to take on responsibility for a specific area, so Matt Payne heads up the affordable housing team with input from David Savage and Gareth Williams has taken over the internal management of internal resources, ensuring project delivery targets continue to be met.  David Tithecott continues to work closely with our architecture and planning consultants, managing contracts, offering CSH assessments and dealing with other building related matters to support the delivery of projects onsite.

My role has remained one of ensuring the big picture remains on track, whilst maintaining and building client relationships and of course designing innovative project solutions.

Whilst it took us a while to fully adjust to our new roles, the changes are paying dividends resulting in us surpassing our targets for the year.  It also appears to be directly affecting our clients as we were recently informed that we had provided one of them with ‘the best set of tender documents they had ever seen’!

People are obviously key in our future plans and we are continuing to develop the team here in Holsworthy.  We have welcomed three new members of staff to the practice, strengthening and broadening our support capabilities and bringing our total numbers to 20.

The past year has also seen the completion of a range of interesting and diverse projects, including :

And I’m pleased to report that there are plenty more exciting projects currently in progress and developing for the coming year.  Firstly, there is one on our doorstep, as we have been working with Morgan Sindall, Kivells and Torridge District Council  on Holsworthy’s new £6m Livestock Market which is nearing completion.  We are also already onsite for The Ark at Newquay and have just achieved planning approval for 130 homes, plus a football pitch and clubhouse at Pelynt.


You may have been following my blog which has been charting progress with a fascinating luxury house in Polzeath.   There is no chocolate factory close by, but amongst many interesting features, there is an all glass elevator at the heart of the property (Charlie eat your heart out!).  (read more about this project)


For the longer term we have many new projects in progress, which will hopefully come to fruition over the next few years and everyone is experiencing a sense of optimism and excitement for the future.  Our first year under the new banner of Trewin Design Architects certainly seems to have set out in the right direction and we are looking forward to our second with eager anticipation.

So, we feel like celebrating and what better way to do that than with fireworks!  So having had to delay our traditional office party due to the terrible weather conditions at the end of last year, we are now marking our first anniversary with a bang later this month.


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Project of the Year - A win for Cornwall!

Cornwall's newest homeless centre.

The remotest of challenges!!

As seen on TV!

TDA shortlisted as ideas generators in design competition

It’s a hat-trick at Trewin Design

Home automation and The Internet of Things (IoT)

Planning Design Matters

Saving the planet and my pocket!

A Qualified Success for Anthony at Trewin Design Architects

It's all in the planning

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Witch markings and the magic in old buildings

'Moor' to celebrate this summer with Dartmoor Otter campaign

Vacancies within Trewin Design

Social housing, Scillies style

It's not all Poldark & Pasties

A Welcome Conversion

Best Of Houzz Design Award 2017

Merry Christmas from all of us.

Welcome to the practice

How Do We Create Modern Homes Fit for Future Lifestyles?

How Do We Create Modern Homes Fit for Future Lifestyles?

Make tea, not war!

North Devon Students Win RIBA Prize

Proud of our partnerships #ukhousing

Turning ideas into reality

Virtual reality architectural tours land in the South West

A win for small house builders

Architectural Apprentice / CAD Technician opportunities.

VR Architecture

The "Sound" Of A Smile

Step inside your virtual space

Apprentice opportunities #NAW2016

Catching up with Red for National Apprenticeship Week

Do we really need an architect?

I can fly higher than an eagle....

Do we really need an architect?

A Winning Combination

Do we really need an architect?

Life Of An Architect

Be Inspired

The “Roland” Effect

Staying at the Forefront of Innovative Design Techniques

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