"Apse was born out of the philosophy that ethical, ecological and organic design makes a positive difference to our lives."
Apse was born out of the philosophy that ethical, ecological and organic design makes a positive difference to our lives. The directors, Gordon Clarke and Julie Boultby, have been applying this principle for many years, and have seen the difference it makes. When a satisfied client says: ‘I now enjoy coming to work in my new office every day,’ it shows the approach is worthwhile.
Our designs ask how to enhance a place and make it beautiful, while caring for the people that will use it. We use natural, local materials where possible and products that create a healthy internal environment. We believe in sourcing materials ethically and responsibly. We believe in the ‘spirit of the place’ - the unique qualities of people in harmony with the land.
Apse work with commercial, community and domestic clients on projects ranging from sustainable regeneration strategies to eco-homes. We have the capacity to take on building projects of £50,000 to £5 million in value, ranging from a small church toilet installation to an eco-community masterplan. Whatever your project, we offer the same professional approach and attention to detail throughout the process.
"Our designs ask how to enhance a place and make it beautiful, while caring for the people that will use it."
Julie graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture in 1997 and has spent the last 20 years working on a variety of listed buildings, commercial, community and ‘eco-projects’, taking them through all the stages from the initial brief, to completion on site. She is a skilled negotiator and encourages co-operation to bring about successful planning applications and construction projects. Julie is a RIBA Chartered Architect with Conservation Accreditation and a member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association.
Gordon graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 1985 and worked for English Heritage and a number of practices specialising in architectural conservation, before establishing his own practice specialising in organic architecture and historic buildings. He is a RIBA Chartered Conservation Architect and co-ordinator of the Anthroposophical Arts Section in the UK as well as having expertise in the study of nomadic architecture.
We believe in the ‘spirit of the place’ - the unique qualities of people in harmony with the land.
British Waterways (regeneration schemes for waterside sites)
Mars Inc. (new corporate facilities and masterplanning services)
RWE npower (environment education centre)
Westmorland Ltd (ecological service station – environmental consultancy)
Pedigree Petfoods (eco pet-centre)
Ruskin Mill Trust (The Field Centre)
Stroud Christian Community (new church and community facilities)
Hawkwood College (educational and residential facilities)
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (ecological visitor centre)
Slimbridge Wildfoul and Wetlands Centre (alterations to visitor centre)
The Representative Body of the Church in Wales. (headquarters)
Churches (restorations, new facilities, church halls, quinquennial inspections)
Persimmon Homes (new housing scheme with low energy design)
When a satisfied client says: ‘I now enjoy coming to work in my new office every day,’ it shows the approach is worthwhile.