Pearce Bottomley Architects are a multi-award winning architectural practice creating a sense of place for people.  As a RIBA Chartered Practice, formed in 1958 with a history traceable to 1888, we deliver projects using a range of procurement methods across the RIBA work stages.

At the heart of all our work are people; school children and staff, medical staff and their patients, congregations, and the people who live in the homes we build.

And in order for this wide range of people to benefit from the design process, we believe that it is crucial to involve them in the design process.

By promoting a close working relationship with our clients and the end-users of our designs, our delivery of projects and post-completion stages of the architecture strives to be relevant, meaningful and long term.



Richard Appleyard
Richard oversees the commercial and healthcare activities of the practice and has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering a range of projects across all sectors, developing particular expertise in healthcare.  His extensive knowledge of designing for healthcare, as well as an awareness of wider legislative and good healthcare practice, means that Pearce Bottomley Architects have been at the forefront of healthcare delivery for a number of years.

It is Richard’s understanding and balancing of complex and changing needs that gives both the healthcare professionals and third party developers the confidence that the proposed scheme meets all the necessary requirements.  Central to this understanding is the belief that the design of healthcare buildings has a significant effect on a patient’s health and well-being as well as in the way in which care is administered.

Sally Beeden
Sally is the Practice Manager and is responsible for the general day-to-day running of the business and financial management of Pearce Bottomley Architects.

Sally enjoys using analytical and problem solving skills to meet and exceed expectations in a challenging environment. She has extensive experience of business strategy, financial planning and project management through her time working within a number of sectors.  This ability to translate business learning from other sectors to that of architecture and the creative and construction industries has made her an invaluable member of the Partnership.  She has the skills to approach business issues with creativity and enthusiasm, often offering a fresh approach to the management of other areas of the Practice.

Stephen Calvert

Stephen is an award winning architect with over 30 years’ experience working within the industry, developing a personal practice that balances the complex needs of the client with a careful aesthetic that responds sensitively with the immediate and wider contexts.   He oversees the conservation, heritage and education work within Pearce Bottomley Architects.  Stephen is particularly keen on getting the details right, and ensuring that the larger picture is successfully translated into each individual element.

He sits on the Diocesan Advisory Board for Ripon and Leeds, advising the Registrar on works carried out across the Diocesan estate.  He also sits on the Redundant Churches Committee, and is an Approved Inspecting Architect on all grades of churches in the Dioceses of Ripon and Leeds, Lincoln, Wakefield and York.  Stephen is also an Approved Inspecting Architect for Methodist Circuits in the North of England and is a Panel Architect for the Almhouses Association.  He is the former President of the West Yorkshire Society of Architects.

Tom Robbins

Tom oversees the residential and community projects at Pearce Bottomley Architects and is central to the Practice’s commitment to sustainable design.  His particular skill in negotiating the planning process has resulted in the securing of contentious planning approvals including successfully appealing Local Authority decisions and EIA requests.

Tom is acutely sensitive to both the understanding and detailing of residential properties, creating homes that are individual to those who live there.  His belief of treating each commission as a bespoke home rather than a generic house has resulted in clients returning time and time again.

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