Architect, RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects, ARB
Architect, Fell Runner, Lover of topography, the environment and interesting spaces (both inside and out). Although the most recent addition to the Oakenstone Team he has in fact worked as a consultant with Dave and James for over twenty years on a wide range of local projects particularly in the Matlock Green Conservation Area including the Three Horseshoes and the conversion of the Old Mill.
For Richard, architecture and the outdoors were always a family affair – his father, Kevin, was an architect and keen rock climber; The family moved to Matlock when Richard was young and it was perhaps the extraordinary landscape of the area, both natural and man-made, that sparked Richard’s passion and interest for design and building.
Having also inherited his father’s ability to visualise and draw in perspective, it made becoming an architect himself an obvious choice. He studied at the University of Sheffield to stay close to family and his beloved Peak District.
Sheffield is a town shaped by the landscape, people and the industrial revolution that actually started here, in Cromford, where Oakenstone are based. It is by remarkable coincidence that Richard came to visit Cromford on a first year field trip and surveyed the very building (then derelict) that he is now working in, nearly 30 years later!
After completing his full qualification Richard joined the family business Kevin Bradbury Associates (KBA) in 1997 just as computer drawing techniques were taking over from pen and paper. KBA delivering a wide variety of respected projects in the Peak District and surrounding area.
Richard has always enjoyed most designing homes that are personal and bespoke to the owner, either from scratch or alterations to existing but always trying to create spaces that improve quality of life, that are functional as well as beautiful and that are inspired by their surroundings. He says that working within the topography of the local landscape, within a national park and in an area of conservation brings its own challenges but also great inspiration.
In 2018 Richard was working as sole-practitioner in Lumsdale, his father now retired. Oakenstone saw an opportunity and we invited Richard to join our team, having recognised in Richard someone who shared the same interests and values. This proved to be a excellent decision as Richard has fitted into the Oakenstone ‘family’ perfectly and our collaboration is proving to be a great success. By combining the strengths of Richard’s architectural training and professional status with our design-led construction and management process, we have added an extra dimension to our multi-disciplined team. With Richard on board we can truly manage a project from inception to completion with the added benefit of his 30 years experience in architecture and professional RIBA backing.
Meanwhile Richard, the fell-runner will be out, somewhere on a moor or mountain, sometimes racing, sometimes ‘just jogging’ and letting his mind wander, perhaps thinking of your project and what inspires him.