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Nash Partnership is a multi-disciplinary design management practice committed to delivering sustainable, successful and rewarding projects for our clients across all aspects of the built environment.


Established in 1988 by Senior Partner Edward Nash, the company has grown and diversified and is now a thriving practice of more than 35 staff employing built environment professionals whose specialisms embrace the diversity of projects and sectors across which we now work. We strive to design beautiful and functional buildings and places and address all the issues currently facing the modern world at home, work and leisure, learning our lessons from those that created the buildings and communities of the past whilst utilising the materials and technologies of the future. By employing staff whose skills encompass the range of services that clients require from project generation and feasibility through to planning and construction phase we have been able to grow our project portfolio to the point where today we offer services in Architecture, Regeneration Masterplanning, Urban Design, Project Management, Sustainability, Planning, Conservation, Construction Services and Research. This brochure aims to give an overview of the services that Nash Partnership provides and the range of projects that we have created. We have a portfolio of publications which offer more in depth information and are available on request. These include; • Architecture • Planning • Conservation • Urban Design • Supported Living • Museums • Hotels • Economic Regeneration In addition, our website is regularly updated to show our latest projects and achievements – this can be found at




Nash Partnership provides a range of specialist expertise to deliver high quality architecture, place shaping and place making. We add value by combining this expertise to achieve imaginative, sustainable and viable solutions for our clients that exceed the confines of particular disciplines. We work for private, public and community sector clients to help deliver high quality development in a cost effective and timely manner. The projects we undertake range from refurbishment and development of individual buildings, through revitalisation of older commercial and cultural sites to major new build, including new residential communities, live/work schemes and mixed use developments. We understand the complexities, costs and time pressures that accompany the achievement of client objectives. Our clients are provided with a team based design approach that facilitates creativity and solutions within a sound project management framework. Our services are based upon a core philosophy that development projects should create distinctive, functional and sustainable buildings and places that people use and enjoy, where reputation is enhanced and investment values grow. For each project we assemble a dedicated team, providing the skill sets needed to deliver the client’s objectives, within a holistic approach that understands: • How places work • That creative professional design and planning is central to successful projects • What is needed to achieve delivery, including the need for new approaches to respond to changing challenges and new opportunities • How to engage, respond to and bring on board the stakeholders affected by, or with an interest in, the project • The need to underpin projects with sound evidence and a clear rationale • How to effectively manage the project and design process • The management of risk and how to grow value as a result


Locking Parklands, Weston-Super-Mare Competition winning entry for a new settlement under the Govenment’s Sustainable Communities Programme



At Nash Partnership we: • Value the past for what it can teach us


• Understand that what we do will, and should, reflect the culture of our time • Know the impact of man on the natural environment must be sustainable in the future • Believe our designs should inspire and improve the lives of those they affect Nash Partnership’s architecture is characterised by simple innovative ideas and well crafted detailing giving careful consideration to the use of materials and good awareness of context. All our buildings will seek to integrate practical lifestyle and place making choices. We are dedicated to the creation of new buildings and the care or re-use of historic buildings and settings without predetermining ideas on style or image. Our design ethos is to create quality buildings of our time that bring something special to the brief using modern technologies to enhance the quality of life and experience. Incorporating our environmental and sustainability skill bases into our routine design work brings the advantage of achieving highly sustainable beautiful buildings as routine. Our projects encompass a variety of challenging and interesting building types and in recent years our portfolio has included new hotels, office facilities through both new build and conversion routes, a restaurant and a gun workshop in addition to more familiar residential and heritage work.



We have a longstanding history of designing and obtaining planning permission for housing. As the company has grown the size of the projects that we are commissioned to undertake has also increased from housing projects averaging between 5 and 1000 units on the sort of complex city centre, brownfield or urban expansion sites that we are asked to consider. In recent years we have found the wide range of our professional experience and familiarity with the evaluation of sites and design options has led to an increasing amount of work coming to us under the heading of Masterplanning and Urban Design. Much of this arises from the government’s Sustainable Communities Programme where public sector land is released to developers prepared to compete to deliver high standards of sustainable design and construction. We now have a considerable portfolio of these larger projects which range up to sites of 250Ha and contain homes, employment space, schools and all the other facilities essential in establishing new communities. However, key to gaining success with these schemes is an understanding of the latest standards for planning, placemaking, design quality, sustainability and community building that are now driving all such programmes of redevelopment both regionally and nationally. In developing our skills and portfolio in this sector we are able to draw upon Edward Nash’s experience - recognised in his position on the Board of INTBAU (the international arm of the Prince of Wales Foundation) and his appointment to the South West Regional Design Review Panel.



Design & Project Management

At Nash Partnership we do not simply see ourselves as providing technical expertise - we are project and design managers. A large part of our work involves being able to manage the input of a wide ranging team of other professionals who will all be required to contribute during the lifespan of the project and could include; ecologists, arboriculturists, traffic consultants, noise specialists, archaeologists, structural specialists, cost consultants and many more. Having the knowledge and experience to identify when specialist input will be required in order to allow the design to develop at its most efficient rate and programme are vital in ensuring clients receive best value for money and that ultimately a project meets their requirements in full. Because of the challenging nature of sites and projects that Nash Partnership undertakes a vital part of gaining permission for many of our schemes is the ability to manage the perception of the project that members of the public, local councillors and other interested parties have. We have managed and led many public consultation exercises and know them to be another vital stage in taking a project through the planning process with maximum support from all concerned in the approval process.


Sutcliffe House, Bath Highly commended by BANES for Design Quality 9

2.4 Planning Services

The in-house Planning team was established at Nash Partnership in 2002 and has proved an invaluable asset that we continue to develop. We see planning as a tool for making things happen. Through an enlightened, creative and evidence based approach we aim to demonstrate how our clients’ projects deliver the objectives behind planning policy and standards or, where necessary, make the case for exceptions. Nash Partnership undertakes planning work on projects at all levels of development, from single householder to large scale regeneration projects. The team contains staff from private and public sector backgrounds providing a range of skills including: • Development control • Conservation • Spatial planning strategy • Sustainable development • Geography & Research • Commercial viability and project delivery As a result the team understands the public sector agenda and the decision making processes of local authorities and other public organisations. The connections we have developed with many authorities enable us to efficiently and effectively obtain local authority advice for clients through pre-application discussion. Costs, risks and commercial viability are key issues for our clients and often present challenges that are not always fully understood by Local Planning Authorities. We bridge this gap through open discussion, explanation of issues and brokering of solutions. In addition to offering clients planning advice from feasibility through to submission of well evidenced applications and, where necessary, presentation of appeal cases, we also undertake a variety of associated work. This ranges from discharge of planning conditions and negotiation of planning obligations through to producing design codes, planning and delivery strategies.



Nash Partnership has particular skills in reconciling the requirements of clients with those of the regional and local development agendas and planning officers, specifically when applying this to the historic environment. Many of our staff have specialist conservation qualifications and experience (including one on the AABC register) and together they present an effective team whose broad range of skills – from historic analysis and planning through to construction – allow us to offer the owners of historic buildings and those affected by the presence of historic buildings, a comprehensive service. Securing creative and robust sustainable reuse is a principle behind all of our conservation work. We place high importance on the value of learning from the past, whether this is from understanding the evolving patterns of use in a building or area, or from analysing historic construction material and techniques which are still as relevant today as when originally commissioned. Our team can undertake on site historic appraisals and archive research, provide conservation management plans and maintenance programmes and create full specifications based on historic detailing alongside appropriately selected modern interventions and designs. The conservation skills that our team possess have been recognised in our appointment to the Homes & Communities Agency’s Heritage Advisory Panel under a four year framework agreement. We have an extensive portfolio of projects on buildings listed at Grade I, Grade II*, Grade II and unlisted but valuable historic buildings and have completed projects in the World Heritage Sites of the Ironbridge Gorge and the City of Bath.



The term Sustainability is a much misunderstood one. The general consensus is that building sustainably concerns a building’s lifetime energy use and checking off boxes against the latest technical codes. We recognise that other factors play a key role in determining whether a building or a development is sustainable. Location, how a building is used and life style choices have key roles to play if we are to meet the challenge of reducing our carbon footprint. At Nash Partnership we take a holistic approach to sustainability, applying the established principles of environmental, technical, financial, organisational, economic and social sustainability. Bridging and addressing the understanding gap between the wider agenda of the Government’s Sustainable Communities Programme and the person in the street (who still sees sustainability as being synonymous with energy efficiency in the form of loft insulation) is our principal challenge in this area. From the beginnings of the practice, when historic building projects represented the majority of our work, it has always been our goal to aim to address the wider environmental issues surrounding our projects in order to ensure that the result reconciles the client’s brief with the agenda of the wider community and endures for future generations through flexibility of use. The practice is a member of the Green Register and we have staff qualified as a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor. Importantly, we do try and practice what we preach and this can give a valuable insight into the challenges facing our clients in addressing sustainability standards, particularly when operating from a listed building. We run a hybrid fuel company car for business journeys, recycle all of the waste which leaves the office, monitor waste generation and energy consumption and have an office allotment which the staff maintain and benefit from.


Orchard House, Somerset

Shortlisted in the private home category of the Wood Awards 13

2.7 REGENERATION & PLaceshaping

Regeneration and place shaping are threads that run through many of the projects that we undertake at. Regeneration should be a process through which a community or area renews and re-invigorates itself. Often the need for such renewal follows the decline of established patterns of economic activity or has been the consequence of social inequality. In the future, however, realigning resource consumption patterns against the 80% carbon reduction goal, together with the challenges of delivery within changed economic parameters, are going to require sustainable renewal and regeneration just about everywhere. In undertaking this work, we base our approach on understanding how places and their communities have evolved, why they prospered and how this can provide clues for addressing current and future challenges and opportunities. We set this acquired knowledge within an appreciation of the bigger picture to deliver projects that contribute to achieving sustainable places and communities that are both locally distinctive and informed by an understanding of the modern global community. This approach is particularly valuable in preparing regeneration and place shaping strategies and helping to progress projects through planning and other public sector approval processes. We have worked for major landowners, public sector bodies working to strategy led agendas and programmes, and charities charged with obligations of trust. Often these commissions have run for several years, where we have been part of both formulating policy and achieving delivery. Our skills have been acquired, tested and developed in a variety of projects including high density mixed use development at Kingston Mills in the historic setting of Bradford upon Avon, development and revitalisation of areas within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and transformation of an area of Bristol through the Paintworks creative and cultural hub, providing a unique environment with new homes, live/work, studios and offices plus facilities for leisure and cultural activity.


Kingston Mills, Bradford-on-Avon Town Centre Regeneration Scheme



Nash Partnership undertakes projects at all stages of the construction process from feasibility through to build on site and ranging from new build contemporary construction to the conservation of listed buildings. All of our architectural staff will work on projects in the construction phase, developing skills in specification writing, construction detailing, project management and contract administration. We are able to provide services as party wall surveyors and have two qualified CDM coordinators in house. In response to the requirements of the development industry our specialist construction team was established to develop the skills needed to meet housing standards and produce designs and production information on a large scale. To do this successfully this team was one of the first to adopt quality management standards which our quality manager developed using experience of the processes and procedures used during her time working for one of the country’s top 10 construction companies. Piloted by the construction team these systems are now in place across the organisation. We have extensive experience in project delivery through a broad selection of procurement methods and will advise clients on the optimum contractual frameworks to cover the appointment of consultants, contractors and third party interests. Our senior staff have a comprehensive suite of IT project management tools at their disposal including; NBS for contract administration and specification, MS Project for gant chart programming and Project Minder covering resource planning, time management and job cost control. This suite of tools, together with a managed programme of staff training and evaluation, enables Nash Partnership to offer its clients a reliable, consistent and professional project delivery service.



The full potential of a beautiful building is lost if the setting in which it stands and the views from which it is approached are not carefully considered throughout the development of the design. In addition to our architectural staff and those trained in the development of urban design we have an in-house garden designer and horticulturist who works with our design teams to develop planting schemes and layouts which compliment and enhance the buildings we have created. With the car dominating modern life it is important that designs take this into consideration and provide safe, convenient interaction of vehicles and pedestrians. We have achieved this on many of our developments through carefully consultation and planning as the projects develop. By introducing carefully considered design features to areas of the public realm we have been able to bring unique touches to developments such as the extension of the settlement of Coalport in the Ironbridge Gorge and Kingston Mills in Bradford on Avon which enhance the setting for all.





Management of Projects Each of our projects is managed by a project manager appointed from the most appropriate of our teams. Reporting structures are clearly defined giving the client a named initial single point of contact and identifying to them the team responsible for delivery of the scheme. We firmly believe that the most important task in any project is to take the client’s brief fully and clearly. Our team leaders are experienced in working for clients with some very unusual and bespoke requirements and understanding their business or personal requirements, desires and aspirations before starting any work. In this way we have been able to successfully deliver some unique projects including a gun workshop and a living history museum. All team leaders are members of our senior management team and report directly to the partners and the management board. In addition to identifying project responsibilities this structure also therefore ensures that decisions made at management board level are efficiently disseminated and directly acted upon at project level. The partners are also able to maintain a close, but hands off, contact to all of the projects in the office and offer clients the reassurance of partner level support should require it. The project teams are assisted by a range of support staff providing services which include Administration, IT, PR and Marketing, Health and Safety and Quality Management. Professional Membership and Quality Management Nash Partnership has staff from a number of recognised professional bodies and consequently we are required to meet the standards demanded of these professional bodies across all of our operations. We are a RIBA Chartered Practice and a member of the Green Register and operate a management system designed to meet the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2000. This system contains constantly evolving procedures and it is our aim to develop processes which help us to improve our performance at both project and business level rather than seeking compliance as a rubber stamping or PR exercise. Training and Skills Development Nash Partnership has an established CPD policy and aims to provide training for all staff where a need is identified, whether this be to meet specific career development requirements such as the RIBA’s Core Curriculum or to meet project specific needs. We have students working with us at all levels of their architectural training and many of our existing staff have come to the practice to undertake such training and then stayed with us through professional qualification and beyond. In addition to sending staff on external training courses to obtain qualifications or experience we also identify requirements that can be met in house through group sessions, debate and crits and all staff are invited to attend such events. In 2008 our senior management team took part in a SWRDA funded management training programme led by Business Link. Training and development strategy will be further enhanced by the introduction of a programme seeking to take the practice forward to meet the Investors in People Standards and reflecting our already high commitment to maintaining excellent staff retention levels.




European Marque Award Reynolds Wharf Development, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire Georgian Group Herschel Place, Bath – Highly commended in the category of new building in a Georgian context RIBA Grafton Hall National Design Competition – Shortlisted Clifton Suspension Bridge National Design Competition – Shortlisted House for the Cardales - Placed Civic Trust Reynolds Wharf, Ironbridge Gorge – Nomination RICS Regeneration Awards Reynolds Wharf, Ironbridge Gorge – Shortlisted Wood Awards Orchard House, Somerset – Shortlisted in the private home category Bath and North East Somerset Council - Building Control Awards Herschel Place, Winner of the Design Quality award for New Housing Bathwick Lodge, Winner of the Construction Quality Award for Works to a Listed Building New Headquarters Building for Somer Housing Trust – Highly Commended Sutcliffe House, Conversion of listed workhouse – Design Quality Highly Commended St Martin’s Crescent, new housing in the grounds of a listed workhouse – Design Quality Highly Commended Cleveland Yard, for work to a listed building – Construction Quality Highly Commended Other Awards 23a Sydney Buildings, Award for Environmental Design by the Bath Conservation Area Advisory Committee Lime Grove Cottage, Award for Environmental Design by the Bath Conservation Area Advisory Committee Bradford on Avon Town Council Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon Past & Future Award - ‘For work enhancing the historic nature of the townscape’


Herschel Place, Bath Highly commended by the Georgian Group in the category of new building in a Georgian context 21


Public Sector BANES Property Services, Bristol City Council, British Waterways, GHURC, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucestershire County Council, Homes and Communities Agency (also as English Partnerships), Network Rail, West Wiltshire District Council, Wiltshire Constabulary, Wiltshire County Council. Commercial and Housing Developers Ashlar, Ashmill Developments, Bellway, Bellwinch Homes, Bloor Homes, Bluestone, Charles Church Western, Colburn Homes, Countryside Properties, Crosby Homes, Future Heritage, GVA Grimley, Hannick Homes, Hill Farm Securities, Hilton Hotels, Kier Homes, Linden Homes, London and Argyll Developments, Manhattan Loft Corporation, NT Voisey & Co, O&H Properties, Penhalt, Rectory Homes, Redcliffe Homes, Redrow Homes, Shropshire Homes, St Modwen, Taylor Woodrow Developments, Westbury Partnerships. Institutions St John’s Hospital and Bath Municipal Charities, Bath Royal and Literary Society Cheltenham College, Clifton College, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Constabularies, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, The American Museum in Britain, The Royal British Legion. Commercial Clients Andrew Brownsword, Arup, Avon Canal Trust, Bath Racecourse, British Telecom, Harpers of Bath, HelpHire, Interaction, J Sainsbury plc, Kingsmead Motors, Michael Eavis, Millmead Motors, Paul Weiland Film Company, Tesco Land, Verve, Westley Richards. Healthcare and Social Housing BANES PCT, Bath Royal and Literary Society, Bath Society of Friends, Blanchworth Care, Cheltenham Borough Homes, Department of Health, Inventures, Knightstone Housing Association, Somer Housing Group, Sunrise Senior Living. Contractors Ken Biggs Contractors, Russell Construction, DAR Construction, Emerys of Bath, Design and Build (Bath) Ltd,


Image Reference Cover: Westley Richards p 2 Our office, Sydney Buildings p 3 L: Kingston Mills Public Consultation R: Our office, Conference Room p.5 Locking Parklands p 6 L,M & R: Marshfield p 7: L,M & R: Locking Parklands p 8: L: Narracott Hotel | M: Pine House R: Potters Pond Public Consultation

p 9: Sutcliffe House p 10: L: Brougham Hayes R: The Park, Cheltenham p 11: L: American Museum M: Longfords Mill R: Dowding Mill p 12: L: Marshfield | R: Locking Parklands p 13: Orchard House p 14 L: Reynolds Wharf R: Westley Richards

p 15: Kingston Mills p 16: Construction images from various sites p 17: L: Reynolds Wharf R: 10, Sydney Buildings p.20 L: Somer Housing M: Raby Villa, Cleveland Yard R: Belcombe Court p 21: Herschel Place p. 22 L: American Museum M & R: Westley Richards


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