Founded in 1981 CCD Chartered Architects is an industry leading, award winning, architectural design practice based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
The majority of our work over the last 30 years has been in Guernsey and the surrounding islands of the Bailiwick; we do undertake projects further afield in the UK and EU, usually as the result of repeat clients or recommendations, and are always open to any challenges of this kind.
As a practice our ethos is summed up simply as being the best of Old & New. Our large and varied portfolio of work, encompassing cutting edge contemporary design through to pure conservation projects, from individual pieces of bespoke furniture through to the largest buildings on the island speaks of his most clearly.
We have won many design awards over the years both for our work on contemporary architecture as well as historic and conservation projects, in the domestic, ecclesiastical, commercial and medical sectors. Few practices in the Channel Islands or indeed UK can boast such a broad spectrum of design experience and professional knowledge, we are very proud of our achievements to date and are now looking ahead to the next 30 years of success.
In parallel to our contemporary design work the practice has also gained a reputation for being the principal Historic Building and Conservation practice on the Island. As a result of this CCD has worked, and continues to work, on many of Guernsey’s most important historic buildings. Including Castle Cornet, Sausmarez Manor, Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House, St. James, The Town Church, the entire portfolio of The National Trust of Guernsey, as well as many others.
The design philosophy which allows us to utilise the best of the old and the new, contemporary and conservation is principally an attention to detail and an in depth understanding of the context of any given scheme.
Any project’s personal context will be multi-layered, it can refer to design, technology, planning, conservation, neighbours, business, finance, programme – in essence anything which is a key driver to a project. Whether it’s as simple as ensuring a building fits into its landscape (urban or rural), whether it’s ensuring an orientation which best responds to the heat or light of the sun, whether it’s the historic context of a project, or whether it’s simply understanding the context of the client’s personal needs, whatever the case – context is the key issue in a successful project.
On the design side our contemporary work is often informed by the traditional, historic and conservation work which we undertake, often utilising traditional materials and geometries in a modern and exciting context, vice versa our conservation works often benefits from our cutting edge technical skills and an understanding of the latest technologies available; old and new play off each other throughout all our work.
As one of the largest practices on the island we employ 13 staff, including Chartered Architects with a broad range of specialisations and experience, an Historic Conservation Surveyor (also a Chartered Building Surveyor), a number of Architectural Technologists, Trainee Architects and Administrative staff, as well as an Artist. We also have a covenanted association with a very skilled Chartered Landscape Architect who works solely with us on the island.
As a larger architectural practice we are able to provide a broad service, make use of appropriate staff for any particular aspect of a project and call on a broad range of experience and knowledge in-house.
Andrew Dyke, the youngest and sole remaining founding partner, is a multi award winning Chartered Architect, he remains as the companys Managing Director. Alongside him and driving the practice forward are his co-Directors Stuart Pearce, the island’s sole Conservation Surveyor who joined the practice in 2005 and Oliver Westgarth, also a Chartered Architect with a rich design and innovative construction background who returned to Guernsey in 2010 to join the practice.
We have a remarkable number of repeat clients and count many of them as our friends; to us these continued relationships act as proof of the quality of service provided. We are part of Guernsey life and value our position as such, we retain good working relationships with the Environment Department, the local Heritage and Arts establishment, local consultants, the local construction industry in general and our professional peers.
We play a large role in supporting local school and university students to experience the world of architecture through work experience placements and via the Education Department’s GWEX programme.
Recently we are particularly proud to have designed and managed the construction of the new Hospice at Les Bourgs, which has been widely acclaimed, and received plaudits from the Prince of Wales who formally opened the building, and subsequently agreed to become the Patron.
The 30th anniversary of the practice in 2011 culminated in winning the highly coveted Guernsey Business of the Year Awards (an occasion for a great deal of celebrating!) and this was followed in 2012 by winning the Guernsey Design Awards.
The practice is currently at a very exciting milestone in its development, with 30 years of success under our belts we are truly able to refer to the best of old and new in every way, we are now focussed on the next 30 years!