Paul joined HTA in 2003 as a Project Architect, and since then has worked on a wide range of residential-led regeneration projects across the UK and abroad. He has over 17 years’ experience as a qualified architect and has been one of HTA’s Design Leaders since 2005, becoming an Associate in 2012.
He has designed phased masterplan proposals for both estate regeneration projects and competition-winning developer-led urban extensions. Since 2011, Paul has been developing regeneration design proposals for New Avenue in Enfield working closely with the local community, and a planning submission for over 400 homes has been approved. He has also had a lead role at Ravensbury Estate in Merton, the ongoing regeneration of Dee Park in Reading, Upton in Northampton, Merton Rise Basingstoke, and the now completed phased regeneration of Market Estate in Islington.
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.
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’s worked closely with housing associations, Local Authorities and contractor developers in Hackney, Merton, Enfield, Ealing, Barnet and Croydon, resulting in a large number of new homes having successfully gained planning consent and are now being constructed. He is currently designing up to 300 new homes for Brick by Brick in Croydon which have recently received planning consent and won the NLA 2017 award for Housing, and a Housing Design Award in 2018.
He has a background in the sensitive refurbishment of existing buildings, and has led on the ongoing phased refurbishment of the Heritage Quarter at the Clapham Park Estate in South London for Metropolitan Housing. Paul also recently helped to gain 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.
HTA’s innovation agenda includes promoting and developing expertise in the Custom Build housing sector. Paul has been working 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. This received planning consent in 2015 and construction is underway with the first customised homes being completed in late 2018. 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.
Paul was also the Design Leader for 280 sustainable new homes for Campbell Park Phase 1 in Milton Keynes for Taylor Wimpey, and collaborated with an artist to design bespoke art screens as part of the extensive balconies for this scheme. Furthermore, he led the team designing Enfield’s first Code Level 4 development; 62 mixed tenure homes in Gilbert Street, which was opened in 2012.
He has a particular interest in high quality design solutions for supported living and older persons’ accommodation, and finds working with local communities especially rewarding.