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About us

BrightSpace Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice founded in 2010 by Eric Sey, Martin Dobbs, Mark Amey and Dave Evans.

United by a shared belief that good design can elevate everyday places, we set up a creative and collaborative studio that puts people at the heart of our practice and approach.

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.

People

Our Culture

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People

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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Relationships

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.

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Commitment

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.

Approach

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:

Understand

Analyse

the brief, the site and project drivers

Listen

to the client, end users and stakeholders

Learn

from previous projects and team experience

Explore

Create

ideas, concepts and options

Challenge

options, preconceptions and the brief

Test

potential solutions

Resolve

Evolve

solutions in concept and detail

Present

evaluate and discuss

Agree

the way forward

Deliver

Manage

the process and expectations

Control

the programme and project output

Fulfil

the project brief and client aspirations

Testimonials

"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
"Our successful working relationship with BrightSpace has forged an association that we wish to continue in to the future and we have therefore re-employed their services on a million pound refurbishment project due to commence this spring. Once again, their understanding of the client’s requirements, together with their inspirational design was fundamental in Bentley Projects being awarded this contract."
David Bentley, Bentley Projects Limited
We have worked with Bright Space 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