Our history

Established in 1992, BBA are a RIBA Chartered Architectural & Town Planning Practice, located in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath. The practice today, feels its belief that good design, coupled with intelligent use of money and a commitment to social and environmental change, makes Architecture a force for good.

The present owners of BBA are Matthew Bollen, Sally Hewins and Dan Washington. Supported by a highly committed and talented senior team the present generation has steered the practice through a process of steady growth and diversification and ensured its stability through two recessions. They have sharpened up BBA’s design profile, while adapting to new procurement and business practices and maintaining a very high level of repeat business. We are especially grateful to the many clients (individuals and organisations) who have continued to come back to BBA for successive projects.

What we do

At BBA Architects we create architectural solutions which meet a variety of client requirements.

The team has a vast cross section of architectural, planning and construction understanding to assist a variety of project briefs.

How we do it

BBA offers a unique combination of commercial acumen, design talent and social commitment. Our rigorous approach produces design solutions that are intelligent, imaginative and which add value and joy. We work closely and collaboratively with our clients, forging long term relationships. We place great importance not only on the way that buildings look, but also on the way they are developed and used throughout their lifetime.

Where we work

We are based in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath and work actively across the whole of South West, whilst also carrying out architectural projects throughout England & Wales.

Who we are

BBA’s core skills are architecture and town planning. The practice also offers a multi-disciplinary service with associated consultants in: conservation, landscape architecture and environmental design.

We are committed to making our towns and cities better places to live in and combine high quality design with explicit social purpose, and marry an understanding of whole community needs with an acute commercial instinct. We have a life time of experience in both private and public sectors and are as comfortable tackling huge projects as it is designing smaller, bespoke buildings from extensions to master-planning new communities. Commitment to quality and innovation has been rewarded with numerous design awards and a high level of repeat business.

BBA is a limited company owned by its working Directors. All our Directors are actively involved with clients and projects.

BBA has around 25 professional & support staff, all of whom have architectural or equivalent technical qualifications.

We have rigorous management policies to underpin the quality of our design and service, and to ensure a creative and fulfilling workplace for our people. Our quality management and environmental management systems are registered under ISO 9001, 14001 & OHSAS 18001, and we have comprehensive policies covering equal opportunities, customer care, health and safety, training and corporate social responsibility.

Working at BBA

We have a diverse workforce from a number of different backgrounds and social beliefs.

BBA enjoys high levels of staff retention – and also a significant number of returnees. This is partly down to the work we do and the way we do it, and partly to the sociable environment in our beautiful park-side offices.

Why use us?

We have the resources and financial strength of a large practice but we offer the personal service of a small one, with the skills and aptitude learned through many years of experience.

No project is to too big or too small; we are equally comfortable tackling smaller bespoke building projects, as we are master-planning whole developments.

We never forget that every project will be somebody’s home or workplace and deserves the care that we would give to designing for our own occupation.

We aim to build what we design and we retain the full range of skills in-house to take projects from inception to occupation. We believe that an architect cannot create a successful concept without understanding how it will be delivered.

Our offices in central Bath provide a great working environment for clients and employees alike.