National accreditation for South West architects

A Westcountry architects firm, is preserving its status as one of the region’s top conservation practices after a member of its team received a national accreditation in building conservation.

Jonathan Rhind Architects, which has studios in Devon and Somerset, now has four members of staff on the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) register, after chartered Conservation Architect Jonny Poland gained his accreditation alongside three team members who retained theirs.

Issued by the AABC register, the accreditation acknowledges an architect’s skills and experience in the area of building conservation and is an essential qualification for those working on projects that have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding.

To achieve the accreditation, applicants’ must submit five examples of their work completed within the last five years to illustrate their professional expertise and demonstrate their knowledge and experience.

Jonny Poland, who is currently the project architect responsible for the repair and improvement of buildings in the North Devon village of Woolsery purchased by Bebo founder Michael Birch and worked on the restoration of the China Tower at Bicton, has been a member of the Jonathan Rhind Architects team for over six years. He said:

“I have been working towards this accreditation for a long time, so it’s great to have finally achieved it.

“I’ve received a great amount of support from the team at Jonathan Rhind Architects and my time with them has allowed me to work on some truly fascinating projects which have contributed towards me gaining this specialist recognition.”

For over 30 years Jonathan Rhind Architects has provided architectural conservation and design services for specialist projects including churches and heritage and listed buildings, as well as providing designs for new innovative buildings in difficult or unusual settings.

The team at Jonathan Rhind Architects have worked on a number of high-profile projects across the Westcountry including completing work for the National Trust at Arlington Court in North Devon and the complete repair and re-ordering of a 15th Century Gildhouse in Poundstock, Cornwall.

Jonathan Rhind, Director of the firm said:

“This is a great achievement and the culmination of many years of study and the delivery of high quality work. As a company we support our team in learning new skills and earning accreditations which enable us to build upon our portfolio of conservation work.”

Jonathan added:

“Jonny is a talented architect whose skills in building conservation and restoration are accurately displayed through the range of projects he has managed, from a large farm diversification scheme in on the fringes of Exmoor National Park, repair and refurbishment of the The China Tower for the Landmark Trust, Tregantle Fort for the MOD and Heritage Lottery Funded repair projects to three Devon churches.”

Jonathan Rhind Architects has recently been shortlisted for the Somerset Building Preservation Trust’s William Stansell award, for its work on historic home, Bathealton Court. The award recognises excellence in design and conservation within the county and winners will be announced at an award ceremony on September 8th at the Hauser and Wirth Galleries.

For more information on projects worked on by Jonathan Rhind Architects visit their website www.jonathan-rhind.co.uk