Changes at Clague but name stays above the door

12th March 2020

There’s a change at the top of Clague Architects with the news that Andrew Clague is to step down from the business, which his father started in 1934.

Andrew Clague, 68, is to leave the award-winning practice which has offices in Canterbury and Harpenden, after 38 years at the helm.

The team of 60 architects and staff, including eight partners, will be led by Karl Elliott in his role at Managing Partner. He took over the position in April 2019 as Andrew began to hand over the reins. 

In addition to specialising in conservation and heritage architecture, and being commissioned to design individual family homes, Clague has built a national reputation for the masterplanning of major high-quality residential schemes for national housebuilders and repurposing retail developments. 

To help create sustainable new communities, Clague’s teams also design offices and commercial buildings, as well as schools, sports and healthcare facilities, plus new public buildings.

Recent major projects include the redevelopment of the Debenhams site in Canterbury as the Guildhall Quarter, and the nearby former Nasons Department Store site as the proposed mixed-use Biggleston Yard project. 

The firm has also been appointed to masterplan the first phase of a new community of 2,200 homes near Eastleigh, Hampshire and designed the new Ashford International Truckstop and commercial buildings that are currently under construction at Waterbrook Park, near junction 10 of the M20.

Karl Elliott, Managing Partner at Clague Architects, said: “Andrew has been instrumental in building a very successful and highly respected practice serving clients across Kent, in London and wider South East.

“With the name Clague continuing above our door, Andrew leaves a very positive legacy having been involved in many exciting and significant conservation and ground-breaking design projects across Kent. Everybody in the firm wishes him all the best for the future.”

While at the firm, Andrew was instrumental in securing three Patron’s Award from the Almshouse Association from HRH The Prince of Wales, in recognition of the firm’s work designing new almshouses and helping conserve others. The team’s extensive skills in the heritage and conservation of historic building remains a major strength of the firm.

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