Helen Needham joins the team as our first in-house Architect and Architectural Team Manager. Originally from a farming background in Lincolnshire, Helen studied at Brighton University, where she gained a BA (Hons) degree, and Postgraduate Diplomas in Architecture, Management, Practice, and Law, with RIBA Parts I to III. She has worked for architectural practices in Lincolnshire, Devon, London, Sussex, and Surrey.
Helen has acted as the Project Architect for many developments; having enjoyed working through all stages, from meeting the client to handing over the keys and aftercare. Her early works involved alterations, renovations, and extensions to listed buildings and churches. Helen developed a particular interest in designing both new houses for self-builders, residential masterplans and commercial properties for property developers. She has designed a number of bespoke commissions including church chandeliers, a Scout teepee, swimming pools, a theatre stage set, Devon cob, and local Lincolnshire ‘mud and stud’ extensions. Helen oversees all work stages, although she specialises in pre-application and planning application; bringing in the frame and encapsulation design concept at the very early stages; she hand sketches, using Adobe Photoshop, and draws in AutoCAD.