HELEN HEADS UP THE OAKWRIGHTS DESIGN TEAM OVERSEEING ALL WORK STAGES SHE ALSO SPECIALISES IN PRE-APPLICATION AND PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Helen Needham, the Oakwrights Architectural Department Manager, qualified as an Architect in 2008. Having gathered over 15 years of architectural experience, Helen has discovered that her vocation lies in the designing of oak framed houses. Originally from a farming background in Lincolnshire, she 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; joining Oakwrights in Hereford as the In-House Architect in April 2015.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EXPERIENCE
Helen has acted as the Project Architect for many developments, with contract sums ranging from £30,000 to £3,000,000; 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. She developed a particular interest in designing both new houses for self-builders and residential masterplans and commercial properties for property developers. She has designed a number of bespoke commissions including church chandeliers, a Scout tee pee, 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