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71 Celebrating OF DARTMOUTH


BEST THE


BBH Architects Paul Myers Adam Benns


What is your background? Adam: My father, Bob, was co-founder of the company back in 1976 and so I have grown up with it ever since really. During my career I have experienced other practices and trained in various establishments around the country, settling for the longest time in Bath and working for an architects practice in Bristol. It was always on the cards that at the right point there would be the option to return to Dartmouth and become a part of BBH for the future. In 2004, such discussions started to develop as my father and Paul looked to consider his retirement plan and the practice transition through that time. We were starting a family of our own at that period so it was the right time to consider the move and give my children the same opportunities to grow up around the South Hams as I had.


By The Dart chatted to BBH Architects directors, Adam Benns and Paul Myers about the company.


Paul: I was working for an architects practice in Shropshire but moved to Devon in 1996 to be with my girl- friend and now wife, who was study- ing at Plymouth University. I started at BBH as the office junior and have been fortunate to have been able since to work my way up to being a director of the company. This shows the company’s commitment to the development and training of staff. I have been in every single position so I feel I can understand all of the staffs’ issues, worries and concerns as they grow with us.


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moved down in 1972, a year or two after Dad had fully qualified as an architect.


How many staff does BBH employ? Paul: Currently 16 - we have got a wide range of staff from qualified architects, qualified technologists, technicians, architectural assistants as well as year out students.


Why did Bob decide to set up an architects practice in Dartmouth? Adam: He used to come down to Beesands on holiday as a child, staying at the caravan park on the beach. His family came from Leicestershire, but he loved it here. Mum and Dad took the plunge and


Has building design changed much over the last 10 years; what are the trends now compared to a decade ago? Paul: In Dartmouth we are seeing more contemporary builds. When I started here everything was much more traditional but, over the last five to ten years, planners have been more receptive to more con- temporary, modern architecture, providing it is in an appropriate location. Adam: Definitely; there’s now a much wider understanding of good design. The likes of TV shows such as Grand Designs, architectural magazines and the internet have made a huge difference. The lay person is so much more aware of design as it is so much more acces- sible. People expect more, push for more and come to a project with a far greater awareness, which push- es us to progress design ideas and maximise the potential of every site and location.


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