As a small company, currently 6 in the office and 15 onsite, Elkins Architects offer a personal service, you can expect to be working with Nick, Rob & Rich, as architects, throughout the process. Unlike most design and build firms, we are architects who have our own directly employed building team. We are not builders who employ a designer to do drawings. This gives us much greater control over the finished product and ensures the highest design and construction standards are maintained throughout the project. Both disciplines are combined to allow a balanced design, based on the integrity of the aesthetic and the available budget. We as yet have not had to ‘value engineer’ a project because we design to a budget and stick to it.
The main emphasis of our past work, is in bespoke residential property. This includes both new builds and renovations, however, we have previously worked on projects ranging from office blocks to tree houses, and schools to factories. We pride ourselves on being able to identify the hidden potential of any space.
Around half of the 400+ schemes we have designed have been constructed by our own workforce, supplemented where necessary by specialist subcontractors and craftsmen. Take a look at our projects page to see a small selection of our favourite schemes.
Should our construction team be fully committed, or should you have a preferred contractor, we can offer a range of follow on services; including contract administration and project management through to completion, occupation or beyond.
Elkins Architects continues the traditions of its ‘parent’ company – Nicholas Elkins Ltd. – as an architect led design and construction company aiming to provide high quality designs, on time and on budget.
Nick Elkins has been designing and building in the Chippenham area since studying Architecture at Bath University in the 1970’s. His over 400 completed projects include many for repeat clients. As a chartered architect he has an in depth knowledge of the local planning and listed building departments coupled with a wealth of experience with traditional building techniques.
Robert Elkins joined the practice in 2009 after gaining his Masters in Architecture at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where he was nominated for the RIBA president’s medal. Having worked for firms both in England and abroad gaining a wide range of experience in spatial planning, contemporary building techniques and urban planning, Rob has brought a modern feel to many of our latest designs.
Ben Towl joined the firm in 2015 tasked with running the construction side of things and giving the firm a landscaping capability. Having graduated from Duchy College in 2008 with a degree in horticulture, design and plantsmanship. He has a wide range of experience in the construction industry on projects of all scales.
Richard Charles-Jones joined the practice in early 2017 after nearly 8 years living and working at a large practice in Bath. After graduating with distinction from University in Liverpool, he settled in the West Country with his wife and growing family. Farmers son, turned Architect, Richard brings a refined and pragmatic approach to his designs with a keen interest in conservation & contemporary architecture.
Annelise Humpston joined the practice in 2015 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant having completed her Masters in Architecture at Cardiff University in 2014. Currently studying for her Part 3, Anna has a passion in bespoke residential architecture with a human scale, in particular the use of tactile natural materials fused with contemporary detailing.
James Anderson joined in 2017 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant from Bath University, where he is studying for his BSc in Architecture. He burns a mean bacon sandwich!
The differences between us, are what make us stronger as a firm. We challenge each other on a daily basis and expect every decision to be robust.