what we doWhat we do

The David Brain Partnership is a thriving established Architectural Practice in the centre of Bath, offering a personal and imaginative professional service to a wide range of clients, both corporate and private. We have particular expertise in the conservation, extension, alteration and improvement of Historic Listed Buildings.

This has led to further specialisations in country house hotels, pubs, restaurant and retail premises, as well as informed work on housing, both individual and speculative. We have been recipients of two Civic Trust Awards, one RIBA Architecture Award, one RIBA Housing Design Award, one Stone Federation Award, and one Plaisterers Award.

The aims of the Practice on every architectural appointment accepted are threefold:

1) Design Quality

This requires an imaginative yet considered response to the Client’s brief and a thorough appraisal of the requirements. The Practice strives to create buildings that not only enhance the quality of life of those using them, but that also thoroughly fulfil their function and satisfy the demands of the environmental context in which they are built. We seek a good three-dimensional use of space and a sensible relationship between the various elements providing good visual and design qualities.

2) Sound Construction

This requires attention to detail throughout, the careful selection of high quality materials, craftsmen, contractors and equipment and close monitoring of operations on site. The Practice highly values the importance of using traditional skills and practices where appropriate with an awareness of ‘Green’ environmental matters and sustainability.

3) Value for Money

It is necessary to make a continuous assessment of costs, and the careful selection and choice of materials, contractors and suppliers, and maintain an analysis of time and budget targeting at each stage. It is an aim of the Practice to give a priority to seek low running costs and overheads throughout the life of the building.

The Practice is particularly well known for its sensitive conservation expertise, specialist knowledge and understanding of Historic Building work and the sympathetic adaptation of old buildings for new uses.

We will lead you through every aspect of the often complex process of: Planning, Listed Building Consent, Project Management, Design, Budgeting, Building Regulations, Health and Safety Assessment, Specification, Contractor Selection, Tender and Contract Supervision.

Our clients have included: The National Trust, Abbey National, NatWest Bank plc, Bass, Arcadian Hotels, Andrew Brownsword (Hallmark cards), and four Relais et Chateaux hotels.