About us

BrightSPACE Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice founded in 2010.

Our talented team has grown to over 20 architects, designers, technologists and support staff working out of a purpose-built studio in Fordingbridge, Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest National Park that borders Dorset and Wiltshire.

We work on residential, mixed-use, education, leisure and commercial projects.

Our ability to learn from research across sectors and projects, combined with an expansive knowledge of building typologies, construction techniques and procurement processes, means we add value at every stage for all our clients.

We are pleased to say that our clients return to us, again and again, to help them design and deliver innovative yet functional and affordable buildings that exceed their expectations.


Our Culture

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We believe we have a shared responsibility to ourselves and each other to create a positive and friendly working environment that supports individual growth, development and wellbeing.

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We nurture and value all our relationships as they are at the heart of our practice. We are positive, pro-active, respectful and responsive. We enjoy and embrace collaborative working with clients, consultants, stakeholders and each other.



We bring creativity, skill, passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to each and every project. We’re committed to developing and delivering solutions that realise our clients’ aspirations while meeting our own high standards of quality and service.


Every project is unique, each having its own specific drivers. To get the best possible outcome we have developed a simple and robust four-stage approach that can be applied to each phase of the design and delivery process:



the brief, the site and project drivers


to the client, end users and stakeholders


from previous projects and team experience



ideas, concepts and options


options, preconceptions and the brief


potential solutions



solutions in concept and detail


evaluate and discuss


the way forward



the process and expectations


the programme and project output


the project brief and client aspirations


"We parted with our previous firm of architects, despite having a very good relationship with them, because we felt BrightSPACE would deliver a better product and that we could have a much better working hands-on experience with them. This has proved to be the case!"
Mike Jackson, Micamati Limited
"I have personally known Eric Sey and Martin Dobbs for in excess of 8 years, having worked with them both on a variety of construction and development projects. BrightSPACE have a good reputation in formulating creative ideas that are both innovative and deliverable."
Toby Welstead, Senior Director at RPS Group PLC
We have worked with BrightSPACE for several years now on a number of projects, all differing sizes, and scope. Because we tend to outsource all key professional packages we expect a very proactive response, in this regard BrightSPACE provides us with everything that we require. We always need options and with BrightSPACE we don’t have to ask for these, they understand how we work and that’s a great help when we are under pressure.
Richard Gibbs - Project Director, Veyron Property
When it comes to delivery, we have worked with BrightSPACE to deliver viable, interesting, and usable buildings that have contributed to the townscape of Bournemouth. The team is engaging, thoughtful and pro-active. Their understanding of the location, context, the product and desire to work to bring a project to reality is blended with imagination, and the approach continues through the construction phase. Finally, they are enjoyable to work with and that is why we have continued to select BrightSPACE when we build our teams.
Duncan Johnston, Valstera Property & Previously Development Director at Bournemouth Development Company LLP