Zest Architects Ltd

  • Huddersfield
  • Member since Aug 2020

Founded 2011 the Architect/Director has 31yrs experience; staff members of ARB, RIBA & RIAI as Chartered Architects with highest standards in UK & Ireland, giving the best service & creating the best designs you’d expect to enable your initial idea. PI Insurance is vital to protect clients projects, we have it. Initial “no obligation meeting” provides you a total project forecast (not just design cost) so you have a better understanding of all costs for your entire project, right from the start.

Trades

  1. Architecture

About Zest Architects Ltd

Zest Architects Ltd were formed in 2011 during one of the worst recessions ever recorded. After running the company on a long term part-time basis in addition to my full time employment at City of Bradford MDC for 8 years which required I have formal approval to confirm there was no 'conflict of interest' and due the the nature of the projects I undertook (almost entirely domestic house extensions - which CBMDC do not undertake) - there was no conflict of interest.

Since the start of 2020, we have now made a leap to dedicating full-time to this sustainable venture. This is when ZEST started the next phase of it's sustainable journey into the schools sector, bespoke housing and mass housing markets - unfortunately this was also at the very start of the Covid-19 pandemic and likely THE largest ever subsequent recessions in history.

The fact that Zest is still growing and thriving through these most difficult of times is credit to its sustainable qualifications and goals.

Most Zest projects are now medium-scale house extensions; residential new build developments and projects that are complex in nature.

Over recent years we have liaised with established architectural practices as Executive Architect, one architectural practice in Leeds and one multi-disciplinary practice in Dublin. We have been trusted enough, such is our professionalism, to undertake many different types of projects for them whilst their project capacity is high and their staff level is not sufficient to cover those projects. These are large new build storage facilities/commercial projects as well as residential new build developments.

There is no doubt that the sustainable growth will enable Zest Architects Ltd to succeed whatever the social, environmental, economic conditions are.

Qualifications

ARB Registration number - 069603J since 2004
RIBA Membership number - 10951688 since 2004
RIAI Membership number - 19374 since 2019
ArchiCad BIM Manager Certificate - due to complete in Autumn 2020
Qualified TAS Dynamic Modeller for SBEM; BREEAM; EPC’s - 2017
Architectural EPC / SAP Assessor - lapsed membership
Qualified Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor (Stroma certified - lapsed membership)
Master of Architecture (RIBA Part III) at University of Huddersfield - 2004
Graduate Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part II) at University of Huddersfield - 1997
B.A.(Hons) in Architecture (RIBA Part I) at University of Huddersfield - 1994
H.N.D. in Building Studies (Arch) at University of Huddersfield (Polytechnic) - 1992
Surveying ‘AS’ level at Grimsby College of Technology - 1989
O.N.D. in Building Studies (Arch) at Grimsby College of Technology - 1989

Attributes

Myers Briggs Type Indicator – ESTP preference “High energy, good humour and optimism is a characteristic of an ESTP…. realism and a love of action means they get things moving quickly….”
Enjoy working under own initiative yet generative to the design team. Approachable and energetic with a natural ability to problem solving. Natural approach to management, mentoring and leadership.
Management Course – Situational Leadership/Management Styles/Motivational Theories/Working together Team building Forum/etc.
Parent Governor at Primary J, I &N School since Oct 2009
DBS/CRB Certified for various situations (School projects/Governor/Volunteer football coach)
CSCS Card for proven competency on site (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Lapsed - Passed the Managers Test – current aim is for Professional Test (Yellow Card)
Trained to various levels - Fluent in Archicad (inc. Teamwork); Revit advanced user and office systems administrator including collaboration and BIM Execution Plans, etc.; experienced Autocad user inc. XREF’s; NBS Building and NBS Create; HTM’s and HBN’s; Solibri; Photoshop; Artlantis; Piranesi; Quark Express; Mac OS/Windows; iWeb; iMovie; Lotus; Premiere; PowerPoint; MS Office/Project; Outlook/Mail Manager.
Initiating and collaborating with multi-disciplinary colleagues regarding CBMDC A.S. dept. policy on Sustainable Design, Construction techniques inc. exemplar u-values; etc.
In charge of I.T. management of whole department at CBMDC and also initiated the full set up of the BIM Strategy for multidisciplinary team based on Revit and AutoCad.
Initiation of, and full responsibility for, all I.T. installation and back up systems (Daily/Weekly/3 Monthly) at Zest; CBMDC; T.S.A. and I.D.P.

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