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We are an RIBA Chartered Practice led by principal, John C Goom and an associate John Middleton supported by technical and administration staff. We can also offer services as CDM Co-ordinators and have close relationships with Quantity Surveyors and Structural Engineers.
 

John C Goom

Director

BA, Dip.Arch, AABC, RIBA, Lethaby Scholar

John GoomJohn has specialised in the care and conservation of historic buildings since his student days in Bristol. A dissertation on conservation projects in Venice was followed by the Lethaby (SPAB) Scholarship in 1975, at the time the only practical training in conservation.

Since completing the Scholarship he has worked in private practices in Bedfordshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire and established this practice in 1994, all specialising in conservation work. He is a chartered member of the RIBA and an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation.

His intention in setting up the practice was to establish a firm that would provide a personalised service to all those who look after historic buildings of all periods.

He was a member of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Main Committee (1986-2004) and represented the SPAB in its opposition to the draft British Standard for the Repair of Historic Buildings resulting in a much more sympathetic final document. He was a member of the Derby Diocesan Advisory Committee 1986-88 and now serves on the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee.

 Unusual projects lead to some
unusual working environments!John is registered on the list of architects undertaking Quinquennial Inspections in Hereford, Gloucester, Coventry and Lichfield Diocese. He is also appointed to look after National Trust properties in the Wessex, West Midlands and Thames and Solent regions. He is also a commissioned architect for English Heritage West Midlands region through their Joint Scheme for Churches.

John is keen to promote the practical conservation of both buildings and landscapes through the voluntary sector and is currently Honorary Technical Advisor to the Wychavon Building Preservation Trust and is commissioned architect to the Woodchester Mansion Trust and the Spon End Building Preservation Trust in Coventry. He has also acted as a consultant to various national amenity societies.

He is very concerned about maintaining traditional skills and techniques. Several projects, notably Woodchester Mansion and Spon End, have been used for training craftsmen. He has lectured on conservation at various masonry colleges as well as at the Architectural Association and other conservation courses. As chairman of the Herefordshire Stone Tile Project he helped rekindle a dwindling local industry.

He lives in the Cotswolds and his interests (apart from ancient buildings) include music (playing cello), fell walking and theatre.
 

John Middleton

Associate

BA (Hons), Dip Arch (Birm), RIBA, AABC

John MiddletonJohn is a qualified Chartered Architect and an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation.  A graduate of Birmingham School of Architecture, he joined the practice in 1997 and has been an Associate since 2004.

Previously John worked for a practice involved with projects in the education and commercial sectors and also spent several years working with a residential developer on new build housing projects.

John particularly enjoys working with old buildings. He is fascinated by their multi-layered complexity and how they are intertwined physically and emotionally in our social historical, cultural fabric and whether it is repair, conservation, adaptive reuse, or new interventions into historic contexts. He enjoys the challenge of creating a symbiotic relationship between new and old.

Since joining the practice he has been involved many of the practice’s projects including major conservation projects such as the West Range at Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire, the repair of churches large and small; he was project architect for the repairs to Umberslade Baptist Chapel near Hockley Heath and large country houses including Perrycroft in Herefordshire a Grade II* listed arts and crafts house in Herefordshire designed by CFA Voysey. He has also designed a scheme for the conversion and adaptation of the Georgian Stables at Hellens Manor in Herefordshire to short stay residential accommodation,  several domestic extension projects and has  undertaken building condition surveys.

He is heavily involved in the conservation of several 18th century follies for the National Trust at Croome Park in Worcestershire; he was the project architect for the repair of the Park Seat, and the Panorama, he is currently developing proposals for the a second phase of repair and conservation  works to the Rotunda.

He is currently project architect for the new south porch and reception facilities extension to Studley Parish church in Warwickshire.

John is a member of the RIBA and an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation. He is also registered on the Diocese approved list for architects undertaking Quinquennial Inspections in Gloucestershire and Coventry Diocese. He is a member of The Society For the Protection of Ancient Buildings and has also undertaken their Repair Course. He is continuing his studies and is part way through an MA in Intervention Architecture.

 

 

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