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Established 1970 – Leicester Office: 31 Bowling Green Street

May 1970
Established 1970 – Leicester Office: 31 Bowling Green Street

Leicester City Chief Architect, Stephen George, at the age of 55, leaves local government to set up his own practice at 31 Bowling Green Street in Leicester.  He is joined by 2 young architects from the City Architects Department, David Taylor and Robin Brazier with Stephen’s wife, Mildred, running the practice. The work is public sector, schools, healthcare, and social housing.

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London Office: 5 Dryden Street

July 1970
London Office: 5 Dryden Street

Following the successful start of the practice and the opening of the Leicester office at 31 Bowling Green Street, Stephen George and architects David Taylor and Robin Brazier were soon joined by similar socially minded architects Chris Whittaker from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government who sets up an office in Covent Garden.  

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Leeds Office: Dr Bill Houghton-Evans and Chris Whittaker

July 1970

Stephen George, David Taylor and Robin Brazier are soon joined by similar socially minded architects Chris Whittaker from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government who sets up an office in Covent Garden and Dr Bill Houghton-Evans from Leeds University who establishes work in Leeds.

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Merthyr Tydfil Office: 1 Glebeland Street

May 1970

An office is set up in Merthyr Tydfil solely to deal with the improvement of houses owned by the National Coal Board occupied by Miners from the area including Aberfan. Leicester Associates Colin Kent, Roger Porter and Geoff Warren leave and set up KPW.

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London Office Staff Protest in the Campaign to Save Covent Garden

April 1971
London Office Staff Protest in the Campaign to Save Covent Garden

London staff successfully campaigned to save the Covent Garden Market from demolition. Associate David Turrent and others set up ECD (Energy Conscious Design) the first truly environmentally focused Architects practice. A young architect, Jim Monahan, architect in our London office at the time, was outraged at the proposals. His energetic team from the Architectural Associate knocked on every door in the area to publicise what was happening, and drummed up support from famous people. He alerted Austen Williams, vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, who became a courageous leader in the battle.  

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Stephen George Retires

January 1980
Stephen George Retires

In 1980 Stephen George retires from the practice.

Churchgate, Loughborough SGP First Wilson Bowden Properties Project

May 1983
Churchgate, Loughborough SGP First Wilson Bowden Properties Project

SGPs very first project for Wilson Bowden Properties with Michael Barker as Project Architect. The project was used to create a key element of urban design forming a sense of enclosure to the top end of Church Gate in Loughborough. The ribbon windows beneath the roof were inspired by The Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Gary Astle was the Contracts Manager, the brother of football legend Jeff Astle.

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Stephen George + Partners Wins a Prince of Wales Award

May 1990
Stephen George + Partners Wins a Prince of Wales Award

Stephen George + Partners is delighted to have won The Prince of Wales’ Committee Award for the conversion of old beam blowing engine house to the Gadlys Enterprise Centre, Aberdare.

Office Photograph

May 1993
Office Photograph

Photographs taken with Stephen George himself with the entire office in the days of Macintosh SE’s ran on an Appletalk network and Apple LaserWritters. Founders: Stephen George and David Taylor  

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SGP Leeds Studio at 4 Park Place, Leeds

January 1994
SGP Leeds Studio at 4 Park Place, Leeds

Loughborough Grammar School Opened By Her Majesty the Queen

May 1996
Loughborough Grammar School Opened By Her Majesty the Queen

Loughborough Grammar School’s English & Drama, 1995 winner of Charnwood Design, was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996. The project looked onto the school Quad and consisted of a unique collection of buildings, some listed and in a conservation area. We were given an exciting opportunity to develop a new faculty building comprising five classrooms, two seminar rooms, staff room, toilets and fully equipped drama studio with seating for 200. The design challenge was to create a building that would fit into the sensitive surroundings, but have its own character. This was achieved through careful planning, massing, detailing and choice of materials, introducing new forms where appropriate. The contract included the fast-track restoration of the adjoining listed building, destroyed by fire at the start of the new build.

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SGP Cyclists

November 1999
SGP Cyclists

SGP cyclists getting ready to set off from the London Road Office in Leicester and ending up at the Black Horse in Aylestone.

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SGP opens office in Solihull

September 2005
SGP opens office in Solihull

SGP are delighted to open an office at Dominion Court, Station Road, Solihull. This is due to the success of the practice which has been based on quality of service to clients and the office will help us to continue to enhance the service. We have worked on a number of major schemes in the region, including the redevelopment of Fort Dunlop Distribution Park.  

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SGP Big Day Out

October 2005

SGP Big Dayout Out at Prestwold Hall in 2005. Lots of fun and laughter was had with mind games and brain teasers followed by a fanatic meal.

Moving to 33 Park Place

May 2007
Moving to 33 Park Place

PR photos of the office move from 4 Park Place to Number 33.

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Best Companies

May 2008
Best Companies

Stephen George + Partners were awarded the best small companies to work for by The Sunday Times, we were delighted to not only be the only East Midlands practice to win the award but also first architectural practice ever.  

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SGP Contribute to the Metric Handbook Planning and Design Data

September 2008
SGP Contribute to the Metric Handbook Planning and Design Data

Available to purchase at  Amazon:  Metric Handbook Planning and Design Data 

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WINNER OF THE RIBA LRSA DESIGN AWARD 2009

June 2009
WINNER OF THE RIBA LRSA DESIGN AWARD 2009

Stephen George & Partners has designed a “model” Magistrates’ Court for HM Court Service (HMCS) in Loughborough. The £15.5 million development is arranged over three floors – a total area of around 37,000 sq ft (3,437 sq m.)  It is a high spec scheme occupying a site of approximately 1.5 acres (0.59 ha), providing four court rooms and assembly hall, a custody area with cells, private open plan offices, consultation and waiting rooms, robing and retiring rooms and a van dock.

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LLP and New Partners

March 2010
LLP and New Partners

Senior Partner, David Taylor, retired from the practice in 2009. As part of our ongoing development we are looking to promote Stephen George & Partners internationally and we are joining with David to form a new company to be known as Stephen George International Ltd. Stephen George & Partners has become a Limited Liability Partnership and will be known as Stephen George & Partners LLP. Our members are: Stuart Richardson, Micheal Barker, Geoff Ward, Ian Yallop, John Morfey, Chris Wicks, Russell Vernum, Hugh Owens and James Nicholls.

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Salalah FreeZone Site Visit

October 2010
Salalah FreeZone Site Visit

SGP on site in Salalah with the SFZCO team inspecting the site for the Freezone Masterplan.  

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RIBA Presidents Medal Award

December 2011
RIBA Presidents Medal Award

On Wednesday 7th December 2011 the RIBA held the RIBA President’s Medals Awards 2011 which reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture. Hosted by RIBA President, Angela Brady and RIBA Director of Education, David Gloster, our very own Joanne Denison and Chris Halligan were present (with other members of the Practice and their families for support) to collect their highly prestigious and justly deserved RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research.

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SusCon Wins the BREEAM Award 2012 for Education

March 2012
SusCon Wins the BREEAM Award 2012 for Education

SusCon, our sustainable construction training and research centre delivered for a public/private partnership consisting of Prologis, Dartford Borough Council and North West Kent College, has won the Further Education BREEAM Award 2012. An example facility designed to demonstrate environmental technologies, sustainable building materials and techniques, SusCon was designed and constructed using a methodology developed with Prologis.

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Stephen George & Partners LLP are delighted to announce that JSP Architecture Merger

September 2012
Stephen George & Partners LLP are delighted to announce that JSP Architecture Merger

Stephen George & Partners LLP are delighted to announce that JSP Architecture has become an integral part of the Stephen George & Partners Group operating from our Leicester office at 170 London Road.

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Siemens’ Feilden House in Lincoln Wins Sustainable Building Award

October 2013
Siemens’ Feilden House in Lincoln Wins Sustainable Building Award

Siemens’ Feilden House in Lincoln wins Most Sustainable Development of the Year at the 2013 Insider Media East Midlands Property Awards.

SGP Share Top Tips with Architects Journal

December 2014
SGP Share Top Tips with Architects Journal

In July 2014, Chris Halligan was invited to talk about specifying sustainable materials. As well as representatives from the Architects Journal, Chris was joined by members of the concrete industry, Forticrete as well as other Architects and consultants.

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SGPs First BIM Level 2 Building

September 2015
SGPs First BIM Level 2 Building

Pratibha’s Retirement

October 2015
Pratibha’s Retirement

Stephen George & Partners said farewell to Pratibha as she retires. Pratibha is the longest serving member of SGP having been at the practice for 43 years. She will be greatly missed by all.

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STEPHEN GEORGE & PARTNERS ANNOUNCE MARCUS MADDEN-SMITH’S PROMOTION

January 2016
STEPHEN GEORGE & PARTNERS ANNOUNCE MARCUS MADDEN-SMITH’S PROMOTION

Stephen George & Partners is delighted to announce that as of Monday 1st January 2016 Marcus Madden-Smith has become a member of the LLP.

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SGP Release New Practice Book

April 2016

The Practice Book illustrates some of our work in the logistics, office, education, retail, residential, refurbishment and mixed use sectors both in the UK and internationally. The Book also includes a number of masterplanning projects with which the Practice has been involved.

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EDUCATION AND THE PUBLIC ESTATE ROUNDTABLE DEBATE

August 2017
EDUCATION AND THE PUBLIC ESTATE ROUNDTABLE DEBATE

Stephen George + Partners recently organised and hosted a high-level industry leadership debate in Leicester to tackle some of the big questions currently facing education and the UK public estate.

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STEPHEN GEORGE + PARTNERS ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH LEEDS HEALTHCARE SPECIALISTS

October 2017
STEPHEN GEORGE + PARTNERS ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH LEEDS HEALTHCARE SPECIALISTS

Stephen George + Partners has announced that Leeds-based specialist healthcare architects, Enable by Design, has become an integral part of one of the UK’s leading architectural practices.  

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Leeds Halloween Fuddle

October 2017
Leeds Halloween Fuddle

The Leeds office enjoy some Halloween treats.  

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SGP BACKS FUTURE GROWTH WITH SENIOR MANAGEMENT PROMOTIONS

January 2018
SGP BACKS FUTURE GROWTH WITH SENIOR MANAGEMENT PROMOTIONS

We announced a series of internal promotions to our senior management team, with effect from 1st January 2018. Current Managing Partner Michael Barker will take up a new role as Senior Partner and will be actively involved in developing our London office. James Nicholls will replace him as Managing Partner, focusing on day-to-day management of the business. Ian Yallop will take on a new role as Chairman, focusing on strategic development of the Partnership. Justine Chamberlain, currently Finance Director, will become Finance Partner.  

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SGP Leicester Move into New Offices at Waterfront House

June 2018
SGP Leicester Move into New Offices at Waterfront House

We are delighted to announce that our new Leicester Office building has reached practical completion and we now occupy 2a Waterfront House. Designed and delivered by us, the new office showcases our capabilities in design and sustainability to create a light and vibrant new workspace for our employees.  

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Stephen George + Partners Host Party to Showcase Self-Designed Grove Park HQ

July 2018
Stephen George + Partners Host Party to Showcase Self-Designed Grove Park HQ

Stephen George + Partners invited 180 guests to a launch party for their new 8,000 sq ft purpose-built Grove Park office. The self-designed HQ, called Waterfront House, is said to embody the practice’s business values and vision for the future. Senior partner Michael Barker said it reflected the practice’s architectural skill and appetite for innovation – and its long-term commitment to the region after moving out of Leicester city centre.

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SGP Leeds Visit to Veolia, Leeds and Energy Recycling Facility

April 2019
SGP Leeds Visit to Veolia, Leeds and Energy Recycling Facility

SGP, as an IHEEM Affiliate, organised a visit for IHEEM Yorkshire to the Veolia Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility on Monday 1 April 2019.

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Waterfront House Wins The ProCon Leicestershire Award 2019

November 2019
Waterfront House Wins The ProCon Leicestershire Award 2019

We were delighted to announce that our office at Waterfront House in Leicester has won the ProCon Small Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award 2019.

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More interactive format wows SGP’s Autumn Conference

November 2019
More interactive format wows SGP’s Autumn Conference

Held on Thursday 21 November, SGP’s inaugural Autumn Conference was hailed as a success by organisers and attendees alike. The more interactive format of smaller groups worked well in a day full of content, mixing business and sector overviews with technical workshops.

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SGP’S WATERFRONT HOUSE LEADS THE FIELD IN A GREAT YEAR FOR AWARDS

December 2019
SGP’S WATERFRONT HOUSE LEADS THE FIELD IN A GREAT YEAR FOR AWARDS

When it came to winning awards, 2019 proved to be an excellent year for SGP’s projects and teams. Leading from the front was SGP’s own Leicester office, Waterfront House, with other winners from the practice’s healthcare, office and commercial sectors. The design, materials and craftsmanship of SGP’s Leicester office were all recognised, winning both the ProCon Small Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award and the LJCC Merit Award for Craftmanship, whilst also being shortlisted in the Commercial category of the National Brick Awards. SGP’s Friar’s Mill, Leicester, a stylish collection of offices for Brackley Property Developments, won a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award for Planning Excellence as well as being a finalist for the ProCon Regeneration Project of the Year Award. SGP, as part of the Interserve Construction Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCPs) ProCure21+ National Framework Team, are delighted to have been part of an award-winning team delivering the £16.8 million Fieldhead Hospital Non-Secure Unit for South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust winning three awards!  These awards include RISE Awards – Collaborative Working, Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber – Integrated and Collaborative Working, CIOB Committed to Construction in Humber and West Yorkshire – Collaborative Working. Says Michael Barker: “It has been an excellent year for SGP and it’s especially satisfying to see Waterfront House, which we designed specifically to meet the needs of the practice, gaining such recognition. Looking back on our achievements in 2019 makes us all the more excited to see what 2020 will bring and how we’ll…

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NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRES: THE WAY FORWARD

April 2020
NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRES: THE WAY FORWARD

SGP release a report from that provides the key to the successful delivery of neighbourhood centres following

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Celebrating the Completion of a Key Leicester Regeneration Project

September 2020

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we take a look at one of our key projects in the city where we were founded. Established by Stephen George in Leicester in 1970, SGP is proud to have played a role in the growth and development of the city over the last 50 years and share in the city council’s ambitious vision for change and investment.  

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STEPHEN GEORGE + PARTNERS TO PROMOTE ALISTAIR BRANCH TO PARTNER AT LEEDS OFFICE

October 2020
STEPHEN GEORGE + PARTNERS TO PROMOTE ALISTAIR BRANCH TO PARTNER AT LEEDS OFFICE

We are delighted to announce that Alistair Branch is to be promoted to Partner at Stephen George + Partners’ Leeds office, effective from 1st January 2021. Since joining in 2016 to spearhead SGP’s transportation sector development, Alistair and his team have won significant public sector projects, securing over £150 million worth of transport schemes, including SGP’s first major transport commission – a prestigious £9m Rail Training Centre for Nexus in South Shields. Current transportation sector projects include a new Bus Interchange in Stevenage, Broadmarsh Bus station and MSCP in Nottingham, Halifax Bus station, Halifax Railway Station Gateway, and the latest win – the Dudley Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre.

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SGP’s First Hangar Digital Delivery Using Revit

November 2020
SGP’s First Hangar Digital Delivery Using Revit

SGP CONSOLIDATES WEST MIDLANDS OFFER WITH NEW PARTNER

May 2024
SGP CONSOLIDATES WEST MIDLANDS OFFER WITH NEW PARTNER

We are delighted to announce that Richard Smyth has been promoted to Partner, effective from 1st January 2021.

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