Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas

BA (Hons) Interior Design
BSc (Hons) Architecture

Having studied separately as both an Architect and as an Interior Designer, Kate is experienced and qualified in both fields.

Rather than distinguish between interior and exterior design Kate prefers instead to consolidate and unite the two. The quality of Kate’s interior architecture was recognised at Cardiff School of Management and Cardiff School of Art and Design which both received RIBA Awards.

Kate is highly organised and an accomplished Project Director with an infectious enthusiasm and drive which ensures projects are progressed positively and effectively. She is adept at communicating, listening and understanding which is particularly valuable for stakeholder workshops and presentations. Kate is an important member of our senior management team and her wider practice roles include driving staff development and training alongside resource management.  She is a key member of our practice-wide Education sector and Arts, Culture & Heritage sector groups

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  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
    BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET (Interiors)
    Refurbishment of the Birmingham Royal Ballet building
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  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Alexander House Refurbishment
    ALEXANDER HOUSE OFFICE REFURBISHMENT, CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
    Full design services for the disused and dated 1980s 3-storey building, converting it into contemporary office space
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  • University West of England
    UWE BOWER ASHTON MASTERPLAN
    Campus masterplan, and design/delivery of two new buildings
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  • Business School and Growth Hub, University of Gloucester
    BUSINESS SCHOOL AND GROWTH HUB, GLOUCESTER (INTERIORS)
    Flagship building for the University of Gloucester
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  • Ffwrnes Interiors
    YSGOL FFWRNES (Interiors)
    First BREEAM Outstanding school in Wales at design stage
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  • Cardiff School of Art and Design
    CARDIFF SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN (Interiors)
    Our second RIBA Award winning project for Cardiff Metropolitan University
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  • Shrewsbury Museum
    SHREWSBURY MUSEUM (Interiors)
    Sensitive restoration and conversion of the Grade II* listed Vaughan’s Mansion and Grade II* Music Hall
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  • Pembroke Learning Campus_Ysgol Harri Tudur
    YSGOL HARRI TUDUR
    The largest school project undertaken by Pembrokeshire County Council to date.
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  • Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
    YSGOL BRO DINEFWR
    1200 pupil secondary school designed to BREEAM Excellent, and EPC rating of ‘A’
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  • Cardiff School of Management
    CARDIFF SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (Interiors)
    RIBA Award-winning building, forming first phase of a redevelopment masterplan for Cardiff Metroplitan University's Llandaff Campus
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  • Gelliswick (Hakin) Primary School
    GELLISWICK VC PRIMARY SCHOOL
    A new £8m BREEAM excellent primary school for 480 pupils
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  • COLEG Y CYMOEDD ABERDARE CAMPUS (Interiors)
    BREEAM Excellent new college building on a town centre site
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Siobhan Vernon

Siobhan Vernon

MA(Hons) Landscape Architecture, CMLI

Siobhan joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2007 after three years at TGP Landscape Architects and four years at Gillespies. She became an associate in 2008. Siobhan graduated from Heriot Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art in 1999.

She is co-author of the Landscape Architect’s Pocket Book, published by Elsevier in January 2009 and is an examiner for the Landscape Institute’s professional practice exam.

Siobhan’s projects have received numerous accolades including Scottish Property Awards, Scottish Design Awards, Roses Design Awards, and My Place Awards.

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  • AYRSHIRE HOSPICE
    Design of a supportive palliative care environment for those in Ayrshire with life-limiting illness
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  • Girvan Community Hospital
    GIRVAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
    This building set a new standard for hospital design for the NHS in Scotland
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  • Roseisle Distillery
    ROSEISLE DISTILLERY
    Multi award-winning, BREEAM excellent distillery
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  • PARK HILL, SHEFFIELD
    Landscape Design for Phase 2 of the iconic Park Hill development
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  • BRIDGEGATE PUBLIC REALM
    The project features the 9m high Trinity Mirror sculpture that reflects the stunning neo-Gothic Trinity Church and reveals inscriptions on an anamorphic projection around its base.
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  • Clyde Gate Office Pavillion
    CLYDE GATE MASTERPLAN, URBAN REALM + OFFICE DEVELOPMENT
    Masterplan, public realm and office development
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  • Countess Street Saltcoats public realm
    COUNTESS STREET PUBLIC REALM, SALTCOATS
    An enhanced environment for the Town Hall, and a new convival urban space
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  • Helensburgh Town Centre Colquhoun Square
    HELENSBURGH TOWN CENTRE + ESPLANADE
    Redesign of Colquhoun Square in the heart of the town centre, rejuvenation of all the principal surrounding streets and redevelopment of the West Bay Esplanade
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  • Kilwinning Main Street
    KILWINNING MAIN STREET
    “A shining example of what can be achieved. The creative thinking behind this scheme has invigorated the town’s main street by attracting new business"
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  • WELLINGTON SCHOOL CAMPUS MASTERPLAN
    A flexible, long-term vision for the school
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  • Bridgeton Urban Design Study
    BRIDGETON URBAN DESIGN STUDY
    Urban design study for the revitalisation of Bridgeton Cross in Glasgow’s East End
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  • Stobhill Hospital Mental Health Facilities
    STOBHILL HOSPITAL MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES
    Landscape architects for public realm and secure external spaces for new units at Stobhill Hospital
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Tope Balogun

Tope Balogun

BSc (Hons) BArch (Hons) DipArch RIBA MCIArb

Tope boasts a range of technical skills and is an experienced and proficient Project Leader. The breadth and depth of Tope’s portfolio ensures the knowledge and experience essential for success. Tope adopts a rigorous and highly organised approach to the design and delivery of his projects and he has an excellent technical knowledge and particular expertise in designing for education, health care, living and community use.

Tope has an Advanced Certificate in Arbitration and he is also a Government STEM Ambassador which is an initiative created to help inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and maths.

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  • Schooner Way Housing Cardiff
    SCHOONER WHARF, CARDIFF BAY
    New build mixed tenure housing development in a prominent waterside location in Cardiff Bay
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  • Hamadryad Residential Development Cardiff
    HAMADRYAD
    Affordable housing on former hospital site located close to Cardiff Bay
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  • TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY: THE CURVE
    Competition-winning design for the heart of Teesside University’s campus
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  • LOUDOUN SQUARE
    A collaboration between Cardiff City Council, Cardiff Community Housing Association, Cardiff Local Health Board and Cardiff and Vale NHS
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  • Strategic Coordination Centre
    STRATEGIC COORDINATION CENTRE
    This centre is a signal of Wales' intent to provide a modern emergency service to the community
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  • Brynhyfryd Health Care Centre
    BRYNHYFRYD PRIMARY CARE CENTRE
    New high quality premises to secure better health outcomes and improved access to services for patients
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  • Ysgol Ffwrnes school Llanelli
    YSGOL FFWRNES
    First BREEAM Outstanding school in Wales at design stage
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  • Bridgwater and Taunton College National College for Nuclear
    BRIDGWATER & TAUNTON COLLEGE: NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR NUCLEAR
    The new BREEAM Excellent building will form the southern hub of the Government’s flagship National College for Nuclear (NCfN)
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  • Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
    YSGOL BRO DINEFWR
    1200 pupil secondary school designed to BREEAM Excellent, and EPC rating of ‘A’
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  • Bath Road Modular Housing
    BATH ROAD MODULAR HOUSING
    12 temporary apartments, providing interim accommodation for the homeless
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Tim Young

Tim Young

BSc(Hons), BArch, RIBA

Tim is a highly respected designer, creating elegant and inspiring architectural solutions with a high degree of pragmatism. Whilst possessing a broad range of experience, Tim has developed specialist expertise in the Further and Higher Education sectors.

His design flair has been recognised through three RIBA Awards; for his Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2011, for Guildford ‘G-Live’ Concert venue in 2012, and for the Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2014. He has a studio-wide role in championing design quality.

Tim became a Director of Austin-Smith:Lord in 2016.

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  • Sunnyside Wellness Village
    SUNNYSIDE WELLNESS VILLAGE
    Integrating Wellness into the design of this sustainable, mixed-use development
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  • University West of England
    UWE BOWER ASHTON MASTERPLAN
    Campus masterplan, and design/delivery of two new buildings
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  • Business School and Growth Hub, University of Gloucester
    BUSINESS SCHOOL AND GROWTH HUB, GLOUCESTER
    Flagship building for the University of Gloucester
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  • Strategic Coordination Centre
    STRATEGIC COORDINATION CENTRE
    This centre is a signal of Wales' intent to provide a modern emergency service to the community
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  • Guildford Civic Concert Hall
    G-LIVE CONCERT HALL, GUILDFORD
    RIBA Award winning G-Live Concert Hall and entertainment venue
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  • Cardiff School of Art and Design
    CARDIFF SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN
    Our second RIBA Award winning project for Cardiff Metropolitan University
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  • John Rylands Library Manchester
    JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY, MANCHESTER
    RIBA Award-winning library, housing one of the world’s finest collections of books and manuscripts in one of the most impressive neo-Gothic buildings in Europe
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  • Cardiff School of Management
    CARDIFF SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
    RIBA Award-winning building, forming first phase of a redevelopment masterplan for Cardiff Metroplitan University's Llandaff Campus
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  • Coleg Sir Gar Yr Efail The Forge
    COLEG SIR GÂR (YR EFAIL / THE FORGE)
    A new hub of activity and professional teaching, training and performing spaces on the existing Graig Campus
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  • COLEG Y CYMOEDD ABERDARE CAMPUS
    BREEAM Excellent new college building on a town centre site
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  • Student Services Centre Lampeter Trinity St Davids
    STUDENT SERVICES CENTRE, LAMPETER
    An existing 1970s building, stripped back to the structural frame and completely remodelled to provide a dramatic new building in a highly prominent position facing the Grade II* listed St David’s College
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Mike Yates

Mike Yates

BA(Hons), RIBA

Mike has been with Austin-Smith:Lord for more than twenty years and became an associate in 1999 and a director in 2007. He graduated in 1983 and, following a successful career in several North West-based practices, joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 1988.

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  • Liverpool Central Library
    LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY
    "It’s like going to meet your gran and finding she’s turned into Beyoncé’
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  • TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY: THE CURVE
    Competition-winning design for the heart of Teesside University’s campus
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  • The Reader Calderstones Park
    THE READER, CALDERSTONES PARK
    Refurbishment of the Grade II Mansion House within Calderstones Park to create The Reader’s International Centre for Shared Reading
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  • Shakespeare North Prescot
    SHAKESPEARE NORTH PLAYHOUSE, PRESCOT
    The 350 seat theatre forms the centrepiece of a contemporary new landmark building
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  • LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
    The new extension is a highly sustainable, BREEAM Excellent building.
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  • Carmelite Monastery - Liverpool
    CARMELITE MONASTERY
    Brick Development Award winner: Purpose-built new monastery for the Carmelite Sisters in Liverpool
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Andrew McCafferty

Andrew McCafferty

BArch(Hons), DipArch ARB RIBA ARIAS

ARB registered in 1988, Andrew has over twenty nine years post qualification experience in private architectural practice in Scotland and North of England. Having joined Austin-Smith: Lord in October 2008, Andrew was promoted to Associate in January 2010, Director in 2014 and is currently Principal for the Glasgow studio.

Andrew is versatile working in most sectors – commercial, retail, industrial, education, healthcare and transportation. He is experienced in a lead consultant role, coordinating design teams, committed to project delivery and has an excellent track record in both building refurbishment and new build.

Andrew has lectured at the University of Strathclyde as part of the university’s practice management curriculum and as part of APEAS is responsible for examining RIBA part 3 candidates for professional qualification.

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  • AYRSHIRE HOSPICE
    Design of a supportive palliative care environment for those in Ayrshire with life-limiting illness
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  • PARTICK BUS STATION REDEVELOPMENT
    Reopened to the public September 2018 after £2.5m refurb
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  • Migdale Community Hospital
    MIGDALE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
    New-build hospital on a Greenfield site in Sutherland, design to provide treatment for elderly care
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  • South Lanarkshire College
    SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COLLEGE LOW CARBON TEACHING BUILDING
    First in the UK to achieve Outstanding rating in the BREEAM 2014 New Construction assessment process at both design and construction stage
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  • Hamilton Bus Station
    HAMILTON BUS STATION
    Redesign of this 17-stance bus station through to completion
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  • SPT Subway
    SPT SUBWAY MODERNISATION, GLASGOW
    Modernisation programme comprising of Kelvinbridge, Shields Road, Cessnock and Bridge Street subway stations
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  • Deafblind Scotland
    DEAFBLIND SCOTLAND LEARNING & RESOURCE CENTRE
    Called ‘The Field of Dreams’, this project offers deafblind people more opportunities to learn, enjoy a range of subjects, collaborate and become more familiar with the ever growing world of IT
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Rob Firman

Rob Firman

BSc(Hons) BArch RIBA

Rob joined Austin-Smith:Lord 2008 and was made a Director in 2009. With more than 30 years’ experience in Arts and Culture projects, having worked both domestically and internationally, Rob is highly skilled in the design and delivery of large scale, high profile projects and to this end his experience is as varied as it is striking. Rob believes passionately that buildings serving the arts should engage directly with the local community and, as such, economic development and regeneration have been paramount in all of his work. Rob is a published author and acknowledged expert on the performing arts infrastructure and buildings of Wales.

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  • V&A East Collections & Research Centre
    V&A EAST COLLECTION & RESEARCH CENTRE
    Pioneering new Collection and Research Centre in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Austin-Smith:Lord
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  • MAELFA INDEPENDENT LIVING
    41 care-ready flats, providing fully accessible one and two bedroom homes and a range of communal facilities
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  • Brynhyfryd Health Care Centre
    BRYNHYFRYD PRIMARY CARE CENTRE
    New high quality premises to secure better health outcomes and improved access to services for patients
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  • Cardiff International White Water Surf Facility
    CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL WHITE WATER SURF FACILITY
    A new indoor ‘Flowrider’ Surf Facility in Cardiff Bay
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  • Birmingham Dance Hub
    DANCE HUB, BIRMINGHAM
    A striking new rooftop extension to Birmingham Hippodrome’s campus, the home of Birmingham Royal Ballet
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  • Pontypool Market Hall
    PONTYPOOL MARKET HALL
    Design team leader, architect and conservation architect to undertake a multi phase project for the restoration of the Pontypool Market Hall
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  • Shrewsbury Museum
    SHREWSBURY MUSEUM
    Sensitive restoration and conversion of the Grade II* listed Vaughan’s Mansion and Grade II* Music Hall
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  • Bridgwater and Taunton College National College for Nuclear
    BRIDGWATER & TAUNTON COLLEGE: NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR NUCLEAR
    The new BREEAM Excellent building will form the southern hub of the Government’s flagship National College for Nuclear (NCfN)
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  • Pembroke Learning Campus_Ysgol Harri Tudur
    YSGOL HARRI TUDUR
    The largest school project undertaken by Pembrokeshire County Council to date.
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  • Vale of Neath Primary Care Centre
    VALE OF NEATH PRIMARY CARE CENTRE
    New community-based centre, recently completed
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  • Gelliswick (Hakin) Primary School
    GELLISWICK VC PRIMARY SCHOOL
    A new £8m BREEAM excellent primary school for 480 pupils
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  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
    BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET
    Refurbishment of the Birmingham Royal Ballet building
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  • OLD COLLEGE, ABERYSTWYTH
    We are developing a vision for the future of this Grade 1 Listed building
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  • Bridgwater College Advanced Engineering Centre
    BRIDGWATER COLLEGE ADVANCED ENGINEERING CENTRE
    £4.2m new build Advanced Engineering Centre
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Allan Chan

Allan Chan

BSc (Hons), FCCA, MIoD

Allan joined Austin-Smith:Lord in June 2012 and was appointed a Director in April 2016. He is responsible for our financial strategy and the delivery of our financial objectives. One of Allan’s goals is to ensure that Austin-Smith:Lord can build on its performance, so we can deliver a sustainable business.

Allan is passionate about learning and education. He is a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Liverpool panel. This role requires him not just acting as advocate for his professional body, but also planning CPD events. Allan works with local colleges and schools to provide work placement for students.

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