What Inspires Us     |     What We Do     |     Meet The Team     |     Our Services     |     What Our Clients Say     |     Vacancies

What Inspires Us     |     What We Do     |    
Meet The Team     |     Our Services     |    
What Our Clients Say     |     Vacancies

Our Practice

We specialise in bespoke, contemporary design with sustainability at the heart of all we do. We work on a wide range of building types throughout the south west and irrespective of the size we apply the same design creativity and technical know-how to every project.

Whether residential, commercial, community or education, the process is similar: by listening carefully to our clients’ needs and applying our experience and expertise we aim to produce buildings that deliver the best solutions practically, financially and aesthetically. Our belief is that truly good design will inspire, delight and provide a life enhancing environment.

What Inspires Us ….

  • Making someone’s dream a reality….
  • Designing within context….
  • Caring for our planet….
  • The overview and the finer detail….
  • Inspiring a vision….
  • Mixing art, science and materials….
  • The intellectual challenge….
  • Problem solving and innovating….
  • Having a positive impact on people’s lives….

What We Do

To us the most important part of our work is our relationship with you.  Through close collaboration we ensure we have a thorough understanding of your needs. In that way our architecture is tailor-made to your precise requirements. Every project has its own unique set of design considerations:

  • The location: a site and environment that will provide specific opportunities and challenges.
  • Planning restrictions: sensitive sites including Conservation Areas, Green Belt, World Heritage and AONB; listed and historic buildings add a further layer of complexity.
  • The design requirements to produce a building that perfectly responds to a client’s brief and its setting within an agreed project budget.
  • How the building is put together so that it works well and uses as little energy/ resources as practicable.

These are all part of the daily challenges we thrive on and are what makes our work so interesting. Whilst striving to produce a building that responds to all these parameters we do not lose sight of our aim to inspire, delight and provide a life-enhancing environment.

From assessing feasibility, submitting your planning application, preparing detailed design information and organising the tender process to full project management, Hetreed Ross Architects offer a full range of architectural services.

In order to understand and deliver projects that delight our clients, we need to develop good working relationships. At the heart of that is our ability to communicate well both verbally and visually, this aids successful collaboration because good architecture really requires a team effort. Many clients return to us to undertake new projects and many become friends, this is a testament to our success.

Meet the Team

All of our architects are registered with the ARB (the Architects Registration Board) and we are an RIBA Chartered Practice.  We also make a conscious effort to develop our team’s skills through training and our commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), through which we continually hone our skills and knowledge. In this way you can be assured that the quality of our work meets the highest standards set in our profession.

Over the years we have established good working relationships with local planning and building control officers, structural engineers, building contractors and many other specialists who may be required to help you realise your project.

Jonathan Hetreed

Architect Director

Ellie Risius

Architect

Ann Ross

Architect Director

Rhodri Jones

Architectural Technologist

Suzanne Thurlow

Associate Architect

Sarah Gyde

Architectural Assistant

Amanda Henderson

Architect
Certified Passivhaus Designer

Jonathan Hetreed
Architect Director

Suzanne Thurlow
Associate Architect

Ellie Risius
Architect

Sarah Gyde
Architectural Assistant

Ann Ross
Architect Director

Amanda Henderson
Architect & Certified Passive House Designer

Rhodri Jones
Architectural Technologist

Jonathan Hetreed
Architect Director

Ann Ross
Architect Director

Suzanne Thurlow
Associate Architect

Amanda Henderson
Architect & Certified Passive House Designer

Ellie Risius
Architect

Rhodri Jones
Architectural Technologist

Sarah Gyde
Architectural Assistant

Our Services

Here at Hetreed Ross Architects we are keen to make sure that your project plans and ideas are brought to life. Should you need more than our architectural design expertise, we offer a range of architectural services designed to support you throughout the process.  We deliver our architectural services in Bath, Bristol and across the South West, and work with clients on residential, community, education and commercial projects.  See how we can help you:

Free Initial Consultation

Whether you just have a nugget of an idea, or have fully researched your project and know exactly what you want, we can visit you at the property or site you wish to develop in order to discuss your ideas and ambitions. We can explore how your project will work at your location, advise whether you will need planning or listed building consents, review budget considerations and take you through the project steps so you can get a good idea of how the timetable for development will work out.  It’s also a chance for you to see if we’ll work well together!

Architectural Services

Design is the core skill of our architects’ practice.  Put simply, we’ll create a beautiful, environmentally conscious, practical building that enhances your life.

We are practised in applying our architectural design skills to produce new builds, to renovate, convert or develop existing modern and historic buildings, and to develop green and brownfield sites.

From assessing feasibility, submitting your planning application, preparing detailed design information and organising the tender process to full project management, Hetreed Ross Architects offer a full range of architectural services.

Additionally we are skilled in working with clients across residential, community, education and commercial sectors, so you can rest assured that we will understand the opportunities and challenges you face.

Environmental Design

We regularly work to Passivhaus design principles and Amanda is a qualified Passivhaus Designer, we can arrange for full Passivhaus Certification when required.  Similarly if Code for Sustainable Homes, or BREEAM standards are required we can design for this and arrange appropriate assessment.

For more information on Environmental Design click here.

Planning & Listed Building Consent

We know from experience that obtaining planning permission can sometimes be a complicated process, but we can help steer you through it.  Through our years as architects we have developed close working relationships with planning officers and consultants and so can provide guidance on planning policy, pre-app and full planning applications.

As we are based in Bath, a World Heritage City, we have plenty of experience in planning and listed building applications for listed and historic buildings, and projects in Conservation Areas, but our expertise also extends to projects in Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whether they are existing, or new builds.

Planning Appeals

If you are unhappy with a Development Control Committee’s decision, we can work with you to review it and appeal where it is viable to do so. We’ll give you a straight answer as to your chances of appeal and work with planning consultants as appropriate to maximise your prospects of success.

Conservation of Historic & Listed Buildings

We consider the conservation of historic buildings to be a prime consideration in architectural design.  We carry out repairs and improvements as part of our work on those buildings, often mixing contemporary interventions with traditional forms and materials.  We do not undertake stand-alone conservation projects but are happy to work with specialist conservators as necessary.

Feasibility Studies

If you are wondering whether to proceed with a purchase, or want to reassess the use of buildings or land you already own, we can carry out a feasibility study.  Through this we can review the likelihood of needing and obtaining planning and listed building consents, research historical and environmental issues and transport planning to help determine if your proposals will work.  We can also advise if complicated projects need specialist consultants.  Residential, community, education and commercial clients benefit from this service.

Church Architect

Hetreed Ross Architects director Jonathan Hetreed is an EASA (Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association) member and Church Architect and provides these architectural services to a number of local churches in and around Bath.  The churches range from early medieval through Victorian to mid-twentieth century and Jonathan is expert in providing the detailed and personal service needed by PCCs for conservation, repairs and alterations, as well as the Quinquennial inspections and reports required by the Diocese.  If Jonathan can help your Church, please get in touch.

Damp Consultancy

Damp is a common fault in older buildings and can be apparent as surface wetness, blistering paint, bulging plaster and mould. It can also lead to less obvious problems, rotting structural timbers, rusting steelwork and ineffective insulation. Remedial work to resolve issues with damp is often expensive so it is important to get the cause – or causes – accurately diagnosed. Jonathan, author of The Damp House: A Guide to the Causes and Treatment of Dampness is an expert in the field and can visit your property to investigate and advise objectively on all issues relating to damp.

Interior & Landscape Design

Many projects, both domestic and commercial, have an interior design element and HRA is well placed to give you direct design advice or recommend contacts and co-ordinate efforts in order to help the smooth delivery of your project.  We can also recommend and work with specialists such as kitchen and bathroom designers, joiners, glass designers, metal workers and textile designers to add bespoke items to a project.

We believe the landscape around a building matters. It can merge the manmade with the natural and a high quality landscape design can contribute to our health and well-being. We design and detail hard landscaping, and work with Landscape Consultants where clients require specialist planting advice.

Other Consultants

Of course we can’t do everything and a good building relies on excellent teamwork by those with the relevant expertise.  Virtually all projects require a structural engineer, to help develop our designs and provide calculations and we have good relationships with several local firms.  We also work with planning consultants, SAP assessors, landscape architects, surveyors for measuring and Party Wall work, Architectural historians, Ecologists, Transport Consultants, Arboriculturalists, Acoustic engineers and Environmental engineers.

If you would like to know more about how the architectural services we offer can bring your project to fruition please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

What Our Clients Say …

“They [HRA] were always ready with information, inspiration & advice – at the level of overall design, at the level of the details that bring that design to life and at the level of materials and finishes inside and out – always with an eye on environmental concerns.

In particular they (HRA) steered a bold scheme through planning without a murmur. Looking back at the original brief they’ve delivered exactly what we asked for – a contemporary, efficient home that’s true to the character of the original house, full of light and interesting details”
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“[Suzanne] was very sensitive to our needs and the project was very much a collaboration. We had some aims we wanted to achieve and she came up with suggested solutions. We were able to modify the plans in discussion and to fit them to a budget.  Suzanne’s suggestion of a large off-set pivot door has been central to the success of the project.  

She was very helpful in seeking tenders for the work and came up with a great builder. She made sure that disruption of the rest of the house was minimised …. Having her manage the whole contract took a lot of the stress out of the process.”
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“The brief was to create a small, single storey extension at the rear of the Georgian townhouse which could be used primarily to accommodate temporary exhibitions. We felt that Hetreed Ross were able to take this idea and turn it into a design which successfully blended the old with the new while providing a contrast between the existing historic fabric and a purpose-built contemporary space. (…..) We are very pleased with the end result and from the outset were impressed with the way Hetreed Ross handled the project and listened to us and interpreted the brief. (…..) Hetreed Ross came highly recommended to the Trustees of the Herschel Museum and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to colleagues in the heritage and museum world.”
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“…we were pleased that Ann listened to what we wanted, gave us options and then worked up a proposal … taking account of the location in the Green Belt and Cotswolds AONB….the planning application was approved first time. We are delighted with the results which look and feel stunning.”
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“As building contractors we have worked with Hetreed Ross on a number of projects usually in a conventional role as contractor but also they have worked on some of our design and build projects as our design architect. We have always found them delightful people to work with, always putting the success of the project as the number one priority…In brief if people ask us to recommend an architect we will have no hesitation in recommending Hetreed Ross.”
– Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd

From our very first meeting I had complete trust in Ann and knew that I had made the correct choice of architect. The whole process was seamless and Ann’s calm, efficient manner put me at ease throughout. We wanted to put a very modern extension onto our period property and we were concerned that the planning authorities would object and indeed would it look right!  Ann handled this all very skilfully and was reassuring throughout. She was quick to return my calls and always available to answer any concerns I had. She guided me with great ease through the minefield of large glazing and steered me towards a company that provided exactly what we required. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hetreed Ross
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“We found Hetreed Ross architects Ltd to be receptive to our ideas and professional throughout. They designed and managed our project and we are delighted with the results. We would highly recommend their friendly and first class services to anyone.”
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“…Ann was invaluable in the whole process – we knew the basic idea of what we wanted but she was great for bouncing ideas off and helping with details we were unsure of. She helped to confirm our ideas and tweak them to be even better. When our Pre-App came back saying we could not do what we wanted, she suggested that a consultant carried out a Heritage Assessment on the house. We then submitted our full plans and we got the Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent to do what we wanted. Had we not done this we almost certainly would not have got the permission. She was also very helpful during our 7 month build.  Even though Hetreed Ross did not manage the build, she was very happy to answer any questions from me or our builder.”
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“Ann Ross did an exceptional job in designing the extension for our old house on a tricky, hillside site. She solved problems we had not foreseen and added enhancements we would not have thought of. In so doing she retained but far improved our original concept and produced a result which draws admiration from everyone who visits. Her work was carried out in a professional, practical and pleasant manner both with us and our excellent builders”

At the end of the day you can’t undo it once it’s built and endless trouble was taken to meet our needs and peculiarities. We are now reaping the benefit of the trouble taken and adaptability shown in the early stages.  We found our architects to be skilled at getting on the right side of the planners. Indeed comprehensive research in this direction beforehand had led us to HRA in the first place.

…The builders clearly respected the architects and this gave us confidence that the work would be properly done. None of this came cheap but pricing was fair and indeed our architectural fees were rather beneath what we expected for the time and level of service offered.  I need hardly conclude by saying we would use the same architects again and indeed have already recommended them to others whenever the occasion has arisen.”
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“We have worked with HRA on many projects over the last 10 years and have found they combine excellent design skills with construction practicality. They ensure that the client, architect and contractor work as a team to produce high quality, cost effective solutions. We have no hesitation in recommending Hetreed Ross Architects.

– J.L. Frayling Ltd – Contractors

“The design exceeded my expectations: the light within each area and the feeling of space… This project was a constructive and creative adventure with an excellent working relationship (with HRA).”

“Working with HRA was a delightful experience from beginning to end, they successfully negotiated the planning and listed building consent of our grade 2 listed building…and produced exactly what we asked for and a little more besides, within budget and we now immensely enjoy the beautiful bespoke space created. We are looking forward to possibly working with them again in the near future.”

“HRA provided an excellent service. Suzanne interpreted our brief extremely well and guided us through the whole process with the minimum of fuss. The result is fantastic, the style and practicality of the design are exactly what we had been looking for. The house has been transformed and it has made such a difference to our family life.”

Current Vacancies

Part 2 Graduate Architectural Assistant – Starting Summer 2017

We are seeking a recently qualified Part 2 graduate Architectural Assistant with at least 1 years UK experience to work with our team of 7 on a variety of projects at all RIBA workstages. The ideal candidate will be a team player, good at communicating, with both design skills and the technical ability to attend to crucial details.

The full job description and information on how to apply are available here.

 

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