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Extended Family (Part 1)

Posted on September 7th 2010

Lees Associates has recently strengthened its interiors presence with the formation of a sister company, Lambart and Browne. Operating out of the same office, the new company is run by exciting young prospects Freddy van Zevenbergen and Tom Browning, formerly of NH Design, with John Lees.

They have had an extremely successful first few months, securing several new projects including a private members club in Mayfair, a residential development in Victoria and a Regency ambassadorial residence near Regents Park. The procurement of their first project was completed recently for a delighted client who has invited them to do a proposal for another of his developments. For more information please visit their website at

Departures and Arrivals

Posted on September 7th 2010

Sadly Eliza Bell has left Lees Associates, but the good news is it’s to have a baby so we wish her all the best! To take over her role as Office and Accounts Manager we welcome Yvonne Williams to our team.

A huge congratulations to…

Posted on September 7th 2010

katie-2Lees Associates would like to offer a huge congratulations to Katie Page who is now a fully qualified Architect having passed her Part 3 exams. Well done Katie!

Fantasy Football

Posted on September 7th 2010

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Lees Associates would like to invite all of our friends, clients and colleagues to join this year’s Lees Associates Fantasy Football League. We will be offering a prize of a magnum of champagne to the winner, and our eternal respect. Just pick your team here and join our league with this code: 899068-199148. Good Luck!


Posted on May 19th 2010

John Lees has been interviewed on the leading website focusing on sustainability in the built environment, Building4Change. Click here to read the full article.

Congratulations Daisy!

Posted on February 17th 2010

The Happy CoupleSome of the best news yet to fill our Newsletter; Daisy got engaged this weekend being romantically proposed to on Valentines day…and she said yes! So a huge congratulations to her and Paul.

(…and on the same day Dave turned 30 so a very happy birthday to him!)

Flavour of the Month

Posted on January 13th 2010


The Crafts Council provides support for professional contemporary crafts people in the UK through marketing, exhibitions, their online directory and by their ‘Crafts’ magazine which comes out every two months.


Notebook is the AJ’s new blog showing some of the most recent inspirational designs, all carefully selected by the editors of Architects’ Journal.


Stair Porn is a web blog showcasing some of the most innovative stairs across the world. The image to the left shows the Maxxi stairs designed by Zaha Hadid in Rome’s new museum of contemporary art.

dzn_urban-adapter-by-rocker-lange-architects01‘URBAN ADAPTER’ BENCH

A new approach to city furniture is offered by Rocker-Lange Architects, creating their slender and beautifully formed ‘Urban Adapter’ bench as a proposal for Hong Kong’s urban seating.  It’s design allowed adaptability to its surrounding environment, providing it with invaluable flexibility in design.

Caryatid Repair

Posted on November 2nd 2009


Lees Associates’ refurbishment of an imposing Decimus Burton Regency villa on the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park has involved the skilled restoration of a number of original features that are integral to its Grade 1 listed status.

Standing proud over the main entrance, it is hard to miss the majestic Caryatids that adorn the central bay of the house: the tapering pillars of their lower bodies and skirts and the slanted capitals forming the headdresses, suggesting an Egyptian influence.

We are currently working on the full refurbishment of one of these Caryatids, which has suffered extensive damage after many years of water penetration, leaving her with a crumbling face and a body that, if left untreated, is in danger of breaking off at any time. Only after the removal of over 175 years worth of paint was the true extent of the damage revealed.



Now, with the help of Cliveden Conservation, the restoration process is under way. This entails the strengthening of internal areas and a clay remodelling of the damaged areas to help restore her to her former beauty. A record cast will be made to illustrate the refurbishment work and act as reference of the repair work for the future.

Lees Associates originally gave her the name Doris but, after the removal of two inches of paint, her true youth and beauty has been revealed once more and she is now known as Dieter, which seems more befitting. Soon Dieter will be restored to her complete former glory, and will then safely continue to greet visitors to the newly refurbished property for we hope another 175 years.

Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion

Posted on July 16th 2009

Serpentine AerialOn Saturday 11th July, Andrew Paulson and Gary Wait of Lees Associates were delighted to accept an invitation to join other notable names in architecture and the arts at the launch of this year’s Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Conceived in 2000 by Serpentine Gallery Director Julia Peyton-Jones, the event is now in its tenth year. The main criterion for an architect to be invited to submit a design for the pavilion is to have never yet completed a building in England. (more…)

Dixton Manor Completes

Posted on July 14th 2009

cloister2_dixtonLees Associates’ restoration, refurbishment and extension of Dixton Manor, Gloucestershire, completed on schedule in June 2009. Our work has seen the Grade II* listed Cotswolds manor house, which dates back to 1591 and replaced an earlier monastery on the site, transformed. (more…)