Chris Bolland Managing Partner
BA(Hons), MArch, ARB, RIBA
Leading on design, while also acting as finance director, managing partner and director of Brock Carmichael Asia, Chris brings over 10 years experience as a RIBA chartered architect to our practice.
Chris trained in Leicester and London and worked for several years at Foster + Partners on a variety of high profile projects including the multi award winning £120m redevelopment of HM Treasury. He was shortlisted for the RIBA Silver Medal in 2002.
Chris has a special interest in design-led projects including anything involving urban regeneration, adaptation and re-use. He also has extensive experience of residential design, education projects and office design and enjoys working with clients on individual housing projects.
Currently active on regional and national projects, in particular PRS (private rented sector) and education projects, Chris has also led high-end schemes in London and the Far-East with projects ranging from the £1Bn regeneration of Kunming’s WULI district to a large new-build private house in a sensitive London conservation area.
He says; “At Brock Carmichael we implement our extensive skill base to ensure we add value to all stages of the construction process, we ensure we fully understand a client’s project specific objectives but take the time to learn about their wider business or personal agendas. A successful client architect relationship is always based on trust. We earn a client’s trust through old fashioned time given and quality of service.”
My Favourite Liverpool building:
The Metropolitan Cathedral. Compared to the original 1930’s Lutyens scheme, ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ is a truly iconic building delivered on a much reduced budget – a symbol of efficiency.
It is globally known, a strong symbol of Liverpool’s positive outgoing philosophy and of its time, but still fresh, breathtakingly bold and overtly modern, completed before the Anglican Cathedral which was built to an historical design.
Its circular congregation space broke the convention of cathedral design by being inclusive and democratic and with Frederick Gibberd’s fantastic use of light, the design understood the nature of ‘experiencial space’ which delivers the ‘wow’ factor.
Recent regeneration around it with the science and university parks has established a new context and the building is now no longer an outpost but rooted in the fabric of the city.
It is a fantastic symbol of peace which has and will continue to bring communities together during difficult times and makes the case for modern architecture having a strong positive contribution to the progression of the City.
My Favourite UK Building:
The Willis Faber & Dumas Headquarters, Ipswich. As a young architect leading a new practice, in 1971, Norman Foster beat a list of competitors to secure a commission to deliver the new country headquarters for Willis Faber & Dumas. This was a brave move for a new practice with only a handful of small buildings under their belt, braver still for a large insurance company looking to invest.
The result of this was a radical building, ahead of its time, a building that would push forward the boundaries of material technology and explode the convention of office design. Following intensive research into the client’s working practices, an innovative open plan, organic design emerged. This would embrace new technology and the coming IT revolution; it would deliver a highly efficient, cost effective, flexible building. Moreover, it was a scheme that challenged the social paradigm of the workplace; with a swimming pool, and rooftop restaurant and garden, it created an environment that sparked joy in the users.
This final solution bought together a marriage of the conflicting issues that face all building design; time/quality versus cost, socially acceptable versus commercially viable. In 1991, only 20 years after design commenced it was granted Grade 1 listed status.
Image courtesy of Foster + Partners.