Paul is a Senior Associate within one of HTA’s architecture teams and joined the practice in 2003. He has worked on a wide range of regeneration, masterplanning and housing infill projects across the UK and abroad at all stages. He has over 19 years’ experience as a qualified architect and became an Associate in 2012.
He has designed phased masterplan proposals for both estate regeneration projects and competition-winning developer-led urban extensions. Over the last decade Paul has led the estate regeneration of Ravensbury in Merton, engaging with local residents, presenting to Design Review Panels and dialogue with key stakeholders. Phase 1 homes have been completed with very positive feedback from tenants, and the following phases are due to commence in 2021.
Paul developed regeneration design proposals for New Avenue in Southgate working closely with the local community, Enfield Council and Countryside Properties. Phase 1 homes are now nearing completion. He is also currently leading on the regeneration of the Avenue Road Estate in Leytonstone with regular residents’ workshops, Members’ Briefings and the evolution of 3D massing proposals. Paul was also the Project Leader for gaining planning consent for 193 new homes at Tower and Ashbourne for Slough Borough Council, which is due to be constructed in 2021.
Paul has led a team in recent years specialising in the design of infill housing development solutions; realising the potential of complex backland and underused sites across London. He has worked closely with housing associations, Local Authorities and contractor developers in Croydon, Barnet, Enfield, Ealing, Hackney and Merton, resulting in a large number of new homes having successfully gained planning consent and been completed. He designed up to 200 new homes for Brick by Brick across estates in Croydon which won multiple awards including the NLA award for Housing, a Housing Design Award, and the AJ Masterplanning Award. The project graced the cover of the Architects’ Journal in March 2020 as part of a ‘Council Housing’ feature.
He has a background in the sensitive refurbishment of existing buildings, and led on the phased refurbishment of the Heritage Quarter at the Clapham Park Estate in South London for Metropolitan Housing. Paul also gained planning consent for the conversion of a locally-listed police station in Haringey alongside a range of additional new build homes for One Housing Group, and is currently part of the team sensitively refurbishing 81 sustainable homes at the Sutton Estate in Chelsea for Clarion Housing.
HTA’s innovation agenda includes promoting and developing expertise in the Custom Build housing sector. Paul collaborated closely with Carillion igloo on their delivery of 54 custom build house plots at Heartlands in Cornwall, the Government’s first and biggest Custom Build project for England, as part of a wider masterplan with a Design Code. Heartlands won a Housing Design Award in 2016. Paul has presented HTA’s approach to Custom Build at a number of events including at the Housing Forum, HCA design workshops and the Right to Build Expo.
As well as designing housing schemes in Gibraltar and China, Paul has led the design of several competition-winning submissions for English Partnerships, HCA, and Local Authority land disposal sites for house builders, developers, and housing associations. He is a contributor to the Housing Forum’s ‘Older and Wiser’ report on third age housing, and has led on the authorship of Sovereign Housing’s Homes and Place Standard.
Paul is a strong communicator and able to translate clients’ briefs clearly, with excellent collaboration skills with the wider team. He has a particular focus on high quality design solutions for regeneration projects, supported living and older persons’ accommodation, and finds working with local communities especially rewarding. Paul also runs HTA’s monthly Sketch Cub.