Martin Ashley Architects provides a full range of architectural and surveying services to assist owners, occupiers and custodians of historic buildings and estates towards their conservation, repair, adaption, alteration, change and development for ongoing beneficial use in the 21st Century.
The range of buildings within our portfolio has allowed us to develop significant expertise in historic building conservation design and techniques over many years. At Buckingham Palace, for example, our experience of conserving historic stonework and care in sourcing new materials addressed a problem that had been unresolved for over 150 years. At Hampton Court, the Anne Boleyn Gates show how we can work with a range of materials – in this case timber – to introduce beautiful new features within important historic settings. Meanwhile The Canons’ Cloister shows how a forensic approach to building conservation has restored important Medieval buildings and reversed a series of damaging interventions.
We enjoy sharing our expertise with project partners and others. On site we take great pride in encouraging close collaboration with others such as conservationists and specialist trades, an approach that allows project partners to learn from each other and bring their best to each project. We are also anxious to do what we can to ensure that historic building conservation skills and knowledge are passed down, and therefore give talks and lectures to fellow professionals and other interested groups, host study visits to our projects for trainee architects, surveyors and conservationists, and share our expertise through articles in journals and magazines.
‘As someone who both lives and works in the Canons’ Cloister I know that Martin Ashley Architects’ refurbishment was undertaken with great skill as well as consummate and sensitive care, providing the perfect balance of modern living in a place of historic interest and importance.’
Charlotte Manley LVO OBE, Chapter Clerk, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
‘Martin Ashley Architects have worked alongside Historic Royal Palaces for several years to ensure a future for some of Britain’s most significant buildings. At Hampton Court Palace and Kew the practice continues to bring a responsible, scholarly and collaborative approach to historic building conservation.’
Patricia Les, Surveyor of the Fabric & Head of Building Conservation at Historic Royal Palaces
‘We consider Martin Ashley Architects to be one of the most professional and approachable practices in their field. Clients and contractors alike admire their attention to detail, innovative thinking and excellent back office support. Their collaborative approach also makes for successful and enjoyable working relationships.’
Paul and Denese Webb, P Webb Roofing and Building Services