Abbey Design appoints Paul Bushell 

Abbey Design, the Canterbury-based Architectural practice, has appointed Paul Bushell to join their busy team as Senior Architectural Technologist.

Paul’s appointment follows hot on the heels of John Trenaman’s arrival at the company and reflects robust growth enjoyed since its formation nearly 8 years ago.  Paul’s broad-ranging experience, including large-scale residential developments, will be put to good use when he joins the company.

‘Paul will be taking a leading role in a number of our key projects,’ commented Colin Edwards, co-founder of Abbey Design, adding, ’we know Paul has excellent capabilities and will bring real value to our growing team.

The move to Abbey Design will build on Paul’s excellent experience gained with his previous employer. Living in Faversham with his young family, Paul has known company directors Lee Wood and Colin Edwards since the early days of his career when they all worked together at another Canterbury based architectural practice.

‘It’s a testament to our friendship and strong working relationship that we have taken such pleasure in bringing Paul on board at Abbey Design’ remarks Lee Wood, ‘Paul’s work ethic is very much in line with ours and we’re extremely pleased he’ll be joining us from the 20th March’.

John Trenaman joins Abbey Design

Abbey Design Architectural Services Ltd is pleased to announce that John Trenaman has joined the team as lead architect on two key projects.

John, who graduated 10 years ago from the University of Greenwich, previously worked at Lee Evans Partnership and, more recently, at Bond Bryan. John’s professional experience has been focussed on education and commercial projects, but has also included domestic and listed buildings work. A ‘local’, John lives near Ashford with his wife and young family.

‘We’re delighted to welcome John to the team,’ comments Lee Wood, ‘his experience and knowledge , particularly of BIM projects and the education sector, will be of tremendous value’.

Colin and Lee, founding partners of Abbey Design, first met John when they all worked at Lee Evans Partnership and, as Colin explains, ‘We always felt a strong rapport with John and have kept in touch ever since our first meeting, so it’s a real pleasure to be working with him once more’.

Abbey Design was founded nearly eight years ago by Colin Edwards and Lee Wood and in that time has developed a strong reputation for its work in the Leisure, Education and Domestic sectors. ‘Our client base has grown steadily over time and, having been awarded a number of sizeable projects over recent months, now is the perfect time to expand our team,’ explains Lee.

Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre

Abbey Design were selected as Project Architects for the recent extensive re-design and renovation project at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre.

The purpose of the project was to improve and add facilities to the sports centre to attracted new members, increase participation and profitability.

Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre Reception

Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre Reception

Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre consists of a pool, gymnasium, 3 exercise studios, (yoga, spin and general purpose), tennis and squash courts, 2 sports halls and a café.

The project goals included improving the signage on the approach to the building and around the building entrance along with a major re-design for the interior to improve the quality of the visitor experience and space utilisation.

Improving the member journey through reception was achieved through an upgraded foyer area and by relocating the  coffee shop downstairs.  This created a great first impression for centre users and a focal point for meeting and socialising.

  • Increasing the size and updating the offering in the gym has served to attract new members to the centre and to cater for a more diverse demographic.
  • The new gym changing facilities and  health suite provide high quality facilities that encourage centre users to return time after time.
  • Through re-design and careful space management the capacity of Studio 1 has been increased to 35 – allowing for larger and more diverse classes.
  • Installing a new, quality soft play are into the centre caters for families with toddlers and younger children.


What the public have said…

5 stars We love the soft play. Best one I’ve found for my 3 under 3’s as it’s a good size and nice and safe and contained.

Brilliant gym excellent staff kids love soft play and swimming

LED lit Tennis court lighting is excellent

The large windows [in the gym] make a massive difference. Really opens up the place. Nice to have natural day light too.. Job well done!

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