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Latest News

Check frequently for our latest news and job vacancies.


March 2022

We have had two new members join the practice recently. 

Maitri Sheth, an architect qualified in India, has joined us having graduated with a Masters in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh.

Will Lloyd-Murphy has re-joined us to work as a Part II Architectural Assistant - we are delighted to have him back!

We are also extremely flattered and pleased to be appearing for the third year running in Country Life's 'The Top 100 Specialists You Should Call'.


September 2021

Recently Qualified
and a Part II Architectural Assistant

Philip Hughes Associates LLP are looking for a recently-qualified Architect or Surveyor and also a Part II Architectural Assistant.  Applicants will need excellent CAD skills and demonstrate a genuine interest in conservation work.

PHA are Historic Buildings Conservation Consultants, based in Somerset (working throughout the South-West) and employ both architects and surveyors.  Work undertaken by the practice predominantly involves the analysis, repair, sensitive adaptation and improvement of historic buildings. Projects regularly involve elements of new design - these are carefully managed to respect the historic setting and fabric of the existing building. The practice has a particular interest in sustainability, reuse and working with traditional materials to minimise environmental impact.

The team is highly motivated and committed to providing clients with an individual service whilst striving for excellence in the care of historic buildings.

Please write attaching a CV and covering letter setting out your interest and experience in conservation
to philip@pha-building-conservation.co.uk



April 2021


We are looking for a recently-qualified Architect or Part II Architectural Assistant or Surveyor with excellent CAD skills and a genuine interest in conservation work to join our team.

The position is full-time with salary negotiable depending on experience.

Please apply, attaching a cv, to philip@pha-building-conservation.co.uk


March 2021

Country Life's Top 100 People to Make It Happen was published on 10th March and we are delighted to have been included for the second year running.


January 2021

Delighted to see that an article written by Marc Pique-Gascon about the Riding House project at Wimborne St Giles has been published in Loggia magazine.  Please follow the link below to read the article:


November 2020

St Andrew's Church at Trent has been Highly Commended in the SPAB John Betjeman Awards 2020. 
'The judges also considered the repairs at Trent to be exemplary, and commended both the approach taken to the work, and the finished result.  The spire stonework project was, therefore, Highly Commended.'


September 2020

We are extremely pleased to hear that both Samir Khatri and Aimee Turner have been added to the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation by the AABC.

April 2020

Some positive news - we have just heard that our project on the spire at Trent, St Andrew has been shortlisted for the SPAB John Betjeman Award 2020!  The judges however cannot visit the shortlisted sites at present but hope to do so later in the year.


PHA Covid-19 Business Continuity Plan     
In accordance with the government’s most recent restrictions and recommendations to help to combat the impact of the coronavirus Philip Hughes Associates have put measures into place to enable our team to work remotely.  This includes systems which allow all members of our team secure access to emails, technical resources and project files.  A single individual will man the office during office hours. 

These measures will allow us to continue to provide our normal high level of service for all office-based work such as preparation of proposals, applications for consent and preparation of specifications and tender documents.

Face-to-face meetings will be replaced with telephone or video conferencing wherever practical. 

Site visits and inspections will be assessed on a project basis, with all parties involved, and taking into consideration the safety of our team, others present and whether the visits are considered 'absolutely necessary'.  This will be reviewed as government advice changes.

All staff members can also be reached via their usual email address.

As always, we will endeavour to provide an individual service to all our clients and will continue to review and seek ways to adapt ways of working to suit the situation as it unfolds.

25th March 2020


March 2020

Country Life has just revealed its 100 Top Designers and Architects and we are delighted and very flattered to have been included on the list.

February 2020

Our project at Shire Hall, Dorset continues to receive recognititon and has been shortlised in the RICS South-West Social Impact Awards 2020.  We are shortlisted in both the Heritage and Leisure categories.  The South-West Awards ceremony takes places in May.

October 2019

We attended the Georgian Group Architectural Awards 2019 this week and were delighted that two of our projects were recognised for their contribution to conservation of Georgian buildings.

Shire Hall, Dorset was the winner in the Re-Use of a Georgian Building category. 
This project saw the transformation of the grade I-listed Shire Hall, erected between 1796 and 1800 to the designs of Thomas Hardwick, from council offices to the Historic Courthouse Museum, a place where visitors can learn about the history of justice and injustice. Historically significant as the site where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried in 1834, the building still retains its Crown Court, cells and dock. The work has utilised and enhanced the existing spaces with minimal intervention and harm to the existing fabric while also allowing public access throughout.

The Belvedere at Powderham Castle was highly commended in the Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape category.
The Belvedere was built for the 2nd Viscount Courtenay between 1771 and 1774 in the Gothick style.  It was badly damaged by fire in the early 1950s and has been derelict and roofless ever since and, until the present project was completed, it was on Historic England’s ‘Heritage At Risk Register’. The repair works have stabilised the structure, made it wind and water tight and reduced the risk of further structural deterioration, enabling the structure to be opened to visitors. This important phase of work is hoped to a first step towards a fuller repair of the building fabric in due course.


July 2019

PHA LLP are looking for a recently qualified Architect or Part II Architectural Assistant or Surveyor with excellent CAD skills and a genuine interest in conservation work to join our team.  The position is permanent and full-time with a salary negotiable depending on experience.  If you would like to work for us please send your application and cv to philip@pha-building-conservation.co.uk


April 2019

We are extremely pleased to announce that Philip Hughes and his two senior associates, Sam Wheeler and Samir Khatri, have formed a partnership, Philip Hughes Associates LLP, which will come into effect on 1st April 2019.  The practice will continue as at present, maintaining its ethos and sensitive approach to the repair, conservation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings.

February 2019

We are delighted to hear that our project at Shire Hall, Dorset has been shortlised in the RICS South-West Awards 2019 in the Building Conservation category.

After lying empty for a number of years the Shire Hall, the courthouse where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were held and tried, has been brought back into use by creating an Historic Courthouse Museum for the understanding of justice and its role in our society.  The building has been sensitively repaired and careful alterations have allowed the insertion of a lift and the creation of a visitor access route through the building enabling access to all floors of this complex building.

January 2019

PHA are looking for a Part II or recently qualified Architect with excellent CAD skills and a genuine interest in conservation work to join our team.  The position is permanent and full-time with a salary negotiable depending on experience.  If you would like to work for us please send your application and cv to philip@pha-building-conservation.co.uk


September 2018

The Rebirth of an English Country House: St Giles House
Written by Tim Knox and The Earl of Shaftesbury, Photography by Justin Barton

published by Rizzoli on the 25th September

This wonderful, richly illustrated book tells the amazing story of St Giles House and its resurrection over the last fifteen years.  It is a fabulous record and testiment to The Earl of Shaftesbury's determination to rescue the house and live in it again as a family home.  We feel extremely priviledged to have been appointed to lead the project from the very start.


September 2017

Final stage of Clandon Park competition

We are extremely pleased to be part of one of the six teams shortlisted in the competition to reimagine and bring back to life the National Trust's Clandon Park following the major fire that devastated it in 2015. The selected concept designs are currently on display at Clandon and videos illustrating the teams' approach have been posted on the competition website: 

Please watch members of the team describe our ideas for the future of Clandon Park in a short video: 

The winner will be selected through an extended procedure which includes inviting the public to comment on the schemes via a survey at the exhibition or by writing to the competition organisers. We hope you will let your views be known by emailing <clandonpark@malcolmreading.co.uk> by 15 September.

Competition entries will be on display until 1 October
Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm 
at Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ


August 2017

The Heritage Revealed Project at Dartington for the repair of the C18 Deer Park Wall was officially opened on 27th July. The present wall, built in 1738, enclosed a much smaller area than the original 1326 deer park, but after centuries of neglect the wall was buried in woodland and shrouded with ivy.  A condition report in 2014 (by PHA) found the wall to be in a perilous state. PHA were commissioned to specify and administer repairs stabilise, reset and repoint the wall.

Rhodri Samuel, Chief Executive of the Dartington Hall Trust commented: 'About 700-800 visitors joined us yesterday. It was brilliant to see so many people enjoying themselves and learning new things about Dartington's past. The project's principal funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Natural England's Higher Level Land Stewardship, all commented on the significant impact that they can see the project is having, and I believe left encouraged by the potential for this project to act as a catalyst for wider change.'


June 2017

PHA are looking for a Building Surveyor with a genuine interest in conservation work to join our team.  The position is permanent and full-time with a salary negotiable depending on experience.  If you would like to work for us please send your application and cv to philip@pha-building-conservation.co.uk


June 2017

The HLF grant-aided project at Underfall Yard in Bristol has been presented with a Bristol Civic Society Award.  The Design Awards are run annually and 'recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment through excellence of design'.  PHA acted as sub-consulants to Alec French Architects in connection with the repairs.


May 2017

On 27th May a service was held to mark the completion of the repair of the roofs at St Martin's Church, North Perrott.  This Thanksgiving Service was led by the Bishop of Bath and Wells and celebrated the culmination of a long programme of repairs to the roofs of this particularly beautiful grade I church following multiple thefts of lead during 2011 and 2012. 


December 2016 

We are very happy to announce that Marc Pique Gascon has been awarded an MSc in the Conservation of Historic Buildings.  Marc qualified as an architect in Barcelona in 2011 and has recently been accepted as a member of the RIBA.  He has worked with PHA for over three years and is a very valued member of the team.


November 2016

St Giles House has been featured in an excellent article by John Martin Robinson in Country Life.  The article has appeared over two weeks - 16th and 23rd November. 

'. . . the touch is sure and the overall visual impact aesthetically harmonious as well as historically literate.'

'Viewed as a whole, this is one of the most original and successful country-house restorations of recent years.'



PHA were also involved in the re-thatching and repair of the Tithe Barn at Tisbury (now used as Messums Gallery in Wiltshire) featured in the 23rd November issue.


October 2016

We are delighted to announce that Samir Khatri has accepted an offer to become an Associate of PHA.  Samir joined PHA in 2014 and has taken the lead role in a number of complex and prestigious projects.  See our Profile page for more about Samir.  

Ebbesbourne Wake, St John the Baptist - our repair and conservation project at Ebbesbourne Wake has been shortlisted for the King of Prussia Gold Medal in the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association Church Architecture Awards 2016, run in association with the National Churches Trust.  Work has been undertaken by M B Conservation under the direction of PHA Associate, Sam Wheeler.


September 2016

We attended the William Stansell Somerset Historic Building Awards 2016 on 15th September and were delighted to receive:

Conservation award for Maperton, St Peter and St Paul - a major programme of work to repair and conserve the fabric of the church.

Commendation for Hinton St George, St George - repair and conservation of the nationally important monument to Lord John Poulett.


Recent awards

RICS Grand Final Awards  St Giles House - 2015 Winner: "RICS Building Conservation"

Historic England Heritage Angels Award Winner  St Giles House - 2015 Winner: Historic England Heritage Angels Award

HHA/Sotheby's Restoration Awards  St Giles House - 2015 Winner: HHA/Sotheby's Restoration Award

2014 Georgian Group Winner  St Giles House - 2014 Joint Winner: "Restoration of a Georgian Country House"

Poulett Memorial Chapel - 2014 Winner: John Betjeman Award  Poulett Memorial Chapel - 2014 Winner: "John Betjeman Award"