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Base Architects

Nexus, Roushill


A Shrewbury Original since

Multi award winning Architectural Practice established in 2003. Offering a wide range of design and technical services in architecture, urban design and interior design.

As well as developing new innovative and practical building design solutions we also specialise in the creative adaptation of existing buildings for today and the future.

Our professional, passionate and friendly team ensure that working with Base Architects is an enjoyable and productive experience and that our clients and stakeholders are involved and engaged at all stages of the design process.

With our central locations in both Shrewsbury and Chester we are well placed to serve our expanding client base and undertake projects across the UK providing services across a variety of industry sectors.

Base Architects have an excellent record in securing Planning Approvals due to our close working relationships with Local Authorities across the country with fees and services individually tailored to our client's requirements, providing clear and easy payment terms.

Our Services include:

• Concept design
• Detailed design
• Viability assessments
• Planning services
• Building Regulations
• Tender and on-site Project Management
• Client Design Advisers

If you would like to work with us on your next project, please get in touch.


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Meet The Team

Carl Huntley, Chief Executive: BA(Hons), DipArch(Dist), RIBA
Carl formed Base Architects in 2003 after 10 years of working for a mix of UK and International Architectural Practices. Previous experience yielded project budgets up to £3 billion and incorporated the majority of Western Europe and the UK. He specialises in sustainable Architecture, Masterplanning and challenging projects which require close attention and a sensitive Town Planning approach. Carl has grown the Practice organically, building a strong team around him that can deliver a wide range of Architectural solutions from both Shrewsbury and Chester offices.
Harry Reece, Managing Director: FdSc, ACIAT
Harry joined Base Architects in 2010 after 7 years experience with an internationally recognised Architectural Practice. Harry has extensive experience in the design and construction of both domestic and commercial schemes through to public sector work exceeding £50m + Harry’s role within the Practice is from the project enquiry / fee bidding stage of works for both Shrewsbury and Chester offices, working through the initial design, procurement, construction and Contract Administration phases. He has extensive experience in both detailed design solutions and alternative design options having worked on and managed several award winning schemes within the Practice, one of which resulted in being nominated at a national level in 2015. Harry alongside Bryn Jones leads on the development of the new Chester office which was established in 2017 to serve our growing client base. Having a strong understanding of project viability and deliver-ability, Harry is able to advise Clients on the best development routes and options on an individual scheme by scheme basis. This area of work often results in Harry regularly working with a variety of Agents, private clients and developers alike, to review options at an early stage in preparation for detailed applications. He is enthusiastic towards the challenges of each individual scheme as well as meeting the requirements of today’s evolving stringent legislation with use of modern building technologies.
Bryn Jones, Associate Director
Bryn joined Base Architects in 2012 to support the Practice’s continued growth and is primarily responsible for project management planning and workflow allocation / monitoring. He works closely with the Design team supplying them with up to date information regarding the status of each project and newly commissioned works. Prior to joining Base Bryn has had a varied background in both the manufacturing sector and local and national Economic Development organisations, working with UK and foreign investors to start new enterprises, creating new jobs and supporting business investment plans. Bryn works closely alongside Harry Reece on the development and retention of new existing Client from both Shrewsbury and Chester offices.
Ben Embrey, Practice Associate: FdSC
Ben joined Base Architects in 2013 following 7 years experience with an internationally recognised Architectural Practice. Ben has a key role in supporting key members of staff within the Practice as well liaising directly with Local Authorities, Clients and Contractors to deliver viable schemes both on time and to budget. During his career he has gained extensive knowledge of design and construction on both domestic and commercial schemes through to an impressive array of educational sector work on projects totalling £50 million plus. Ben specialises in the application of technology to architecture, building design and construction. He holds a skill set which enables him to collate, organise and investigate technical information at project concept stage and during design development, delivering innovative solutions to a wide range of schemes.
Wendy Smith, Office Manager
Wendy joined Base Architects in 2004 providing support and assistance to Carl during the early stages of the company’s formation. Working closely with all members of the Practice across both the Shrewsbury and Chester offices, Wendy enables the smooth day to day running of all aspects of the office environment. Prior to working for Base Wendy has worked at a variety of Architectural Practices building a strong knowledge of all stages of the design process.
David Owen, Senior Architect: BA(Hons), B Arch(Manc), MSc, MAPM, RIBA
David joined Base Architects in 2008 having previously worked in engineering and building development as well as Architecture throughout his career. Having specialised in sustainability and theatre design he has spent several years designing multi screen cinemas and large retail and leisure facilities. More recently he has been involved in Building Schools for the Future projects within the Educational sector and complex engineering schemes such as leading a multi disciplinary team designing a £35 million Turbo Jet testing facility for Rolls Royce in Derby. David employs his all round abilities and wide experience in construction in gaining challenging Planning approvals and conservation work and also leads on a number of complex care home schemes.
Jonathan Davies, Architect: BA(Hons), DipArch, RIBA
Jon joined Base Architects in 2011 from a large international firm of Architects where he headed a team operating from several offices across the UK. With over 20 years experience, he has worked on a wide variety of projects, from small domestic extensions, commercial developments and church conservation works through to large high profile national schemes. He specialises in the field of school design from advisory work in the development of ‘ideas’ and briefing documentation through design development to completion on site. Working alongside schools, Local Authorities, Contractors and other Architects he also undertakes independent scheme reviews in support of the desire to identify and deliver the best outcome for any scheme.
Joe Salt, Practice Associate BA (Hons), M(Arch), PGDip, MA, RIBA, MRTPI
Joe joined Base Architects in 2019 following 8 years with a local Practice and before that 5 years with an internationally recognised Architectural Practice. During his career he has gained extensive knowledge of design and construction on both domestic and commercial schemes through to an impressive array of residential projects of all sizes and educational sector work. Joe is also a Chartered Town Planner which gives him a strong understanding of current local and national planning policy and its application as the context to the built and natural environment. He has worked on numerous projects in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Green Belt, Conservation Areas, National Parks and in the open countryside. He has worked extensively with public and private stakeholders and through effective collaborative and consultation has delivered large and small scale schemes through a variety of pathways. His skill set enables him to interrogate and investigate the potential opportunities for each individual scheme and create innovative and strategic solutions to maximise the potential of every project.
Abigail Owen, Architect: BSc(Hons) DipArch RIBA
Abigail joined Base Architects in September 2017 following over 10 years of experience in delivering a wide range of projects within the built environment. Close attention is given in providing a client focused service from inception to completion, working closely with both private individuals and commercial clients to meet individual building or development requirements. She has a wealth of experience in both city centre and rural sites, exploring all opportunities and constraints to unlock a sites potential and true value. Her strong understanding of the planning process alongside effective consultation with Local Authorities and consultees, has led to positive planning approvals on complex and challenging schemes. Abigail is experienced in all aspects of residential development from individual bespoke homes to large-scale commercial developments. She is also a Panel Member of Cheshire West and Chester Design Review Panel, providing design advice and guidance to developers and their design teams on significant developments within the borough. This role includes the careful review of pre-planning and planning applications alongside emerging plans and frameworks. Abigail is also an active member of the Cheshire Society of Architects. Abby is based primarily in our Chester office and leads on the development of the Practice alongside Harry Reece and Bryn Jones.
James Smith, Architect BA(Hons) M(Arch) ARB
James joined Base Architects in January 2018, having previously gained 4 years architectural experience including project management, client co-ordination and architectural design. He has developed good a understanding of the various processes involved in the successful completion of a project. James believes that an emphasis on Client communication and understanding a project brief early are essential components to ensure a successful scheme, and is currently studying towards the completion of his Architectural qualification.
Chelsea Wilkes, Practice Coordinator
Chelsea joined Base Architects in 2018 providing support and assistance to the Management Team in all administrative elements of existing and upcoming projects. Chelsea liaises with clients to keep them up to date on their project progress, whilst responding to any questions or queries clients may have. Prior to Base Chelsea has developed her strong administrative skillset and coordination from working in a multitude of sectors including non-profit organisations outside of the UK. Chelsea brings a wide range of experience to her role and is enjoying furthering on her knowledge of the architectural design processes.
Alexandra Roberts, Architect BA(Hons) MArch RIBA
Alexandra joined Base Architecture and Design in 2019 with over 3 years Practice experience in a Birmingham based Practice. Having previously worked for RIBA Enterprises she returned to Practice and qualified as an RIBA Chartered Architect in 2017. Alexandra's experience includes both public and private sector projects such as large scale commercial extensions within the car industry, community projects including extensions of Alms Houses, as well as a number of domestic and listed building projects.
Emma Archer, Architectural Assistant BArch(Hons)
Emma joined Base Architects in 2019 having completed her degree at The University of Nottingham. Her degree project focused on a redevelopment proposal of a large mixed use commercial building that aimed to provide a city living plan within Milton Keynes. Having gained experience in a design setting Emma has worked on a variety of different scale projects ranging from masterplanning and residential schemes to smaller client focused commercial projects. Her passion for quality and detail ensures a rich approach to design whilst her experience of coordinating within large design teams means she understands the importance of communication which is required for every successful project.
Joe Weigh, Architectural Technologist BSc (Hons) ACIAT
Joe joined Base Architects in 2019 after successfully completing his BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology degree where he was awarded the CIAT Outstanding Graduating Student award from his institute. During his career Joe has gained over 10 years of onsite experience within the construction industry producing high quality domestic extensions, alterations and new builds. This practical experience has allowed him to gain an in depth understanding of how buildings are produced, from concept to completion, working closely with private clients to help them achieve their goals. Joe gained valuable experience during his studies assisting companies to produce measured surveys, feasibility studies, planning packages and building regulations packages. From his practical experience Joe has gained a high level of technological knowledge allowing him to work to a high level of technical accuracy whilst still understanding the importance of good design.
Yasmin Lokat, Architectural Designer
Yasmin joined Base Architects in July 2019 having completed her Part 1 & 2 at The University of Westminster and the London School of Architecture. Her diploma project focused on developing innovative proposals for housing taken from concept design to construction. Having gained her experience in London based practices Yasmin has worked on a variety of different scale projects ranging from masterplan office and residential schemes, to smaller client focused projects in the commercial sector. Projects included listed buildings and conservation aspects and often within challenging urban regeneration sites, requiring a strong understanding of guiding a project through the planning process. Her passion for quality and detail ensures a rich approach to design whilst her experience of coordinating within large design teams means she understands the importance of communication which is required for every successful project.
Kieran Trow, Architectural Technologist
Kieran Joined Base Architecture in January 2019 following 3 years experience within a rural practice working closely with external consultants, clients and contractors to deliver a mix of one-off builds, residential and commercial developments throughout Wales and across the border. Completion of his CIAT Accredited degree in Architectural Technology has allowed him to a attain a broad understanding of the process of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and the software packages required to deliver projects using BIM Protocols. Kieran has a Key role in implementing technology in to architecture whilst providing a practical and methodical approach to the design of projects at the early design/concept stages, planning and through to building regulations sign-off.
Jo Cunningham, Public Relations Consultant
Be Bold Media was appointed as our communications agency in 2017.Our dedicated consultant Jo Cunningham is a valued member of the wider base team, leading on our PR, digital and marketing strategies alongside directors and the senior team. Jo’s knowledge of the marketplace, alongside her enthusiasm for base projects, has resulted in coverage in many high profile national magazines including Your Home, Real Homes, Grand Designs, Homebuilding & Renovating, Self Build & Design and many more.