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     26 London Rd, St Albans
     Hertfordshire, AL1 1NG, UK
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"We engaged Carol with a proposal to convert two derelict barns on our land, into Holiday Lets.  I had worked with her on a more straightforward renovation project in the past, and had some idea of her style and working technique, but was nevertheless impressed at the enthusiasm with which she embraced this new challenge!

From the outset, Carol worked closely with us.  Never having engaged an architect on a project of this size before, she was able to provide all of the background and legal details that we required, and explain both her and our obligations in relation to the project.  Carol attended a number of face to face meetings on site, where we discussed our vision for the barns.  She was able to convert our aspirations into real and impressive concept drawings and schematics.  Most importantly, she was able to convert these dreams into achievable reality.  During this time, she was thorough and explored a number of options and alternatives, consulting with us at every stage.

It was immediately apparent to Carol that the barns would need to be stabilised, and that we had to understand the complexity of what we were up against in terms of the renovation.  She was able to engage appropriate professionals, engineers etc to survey the property.  She did this competitively, ensuring we received value for money, yet engaging local firms rather than settling for the usual 'big names' - something that is important to us.  She worked closely with these individuals to ensure that both they understood our objectives, and that she then interpreted them into appropriate plans, both current and projected.

Once the draft schematics were completed, Carol engaged in a series of revision meetings with us, to finalise the details, and even went to the lengths of obtaining details of installations and fittings where appropriate.  She also recognised specifically our desire to make the barns as eco-friendly, and sustainable as possible, and augmented our own ideas with suggestions and recommendations of her own that benefited the ethos of the project.  

Carol was able to liaise and negotiate with the Planning Department on our behalf, ultimately winning full Planning Permission for the project.  Subsequently, she has also provided initial advice on how to move the project from planning to implementation, and I am greatly looking forward to starting work, with her as Lead Project Manager."

Richard White, Brocks Farm