About us

Potter Church & Holmes Architects are an experienced, design-led architectural practice, established in the late 1980s by Mark Potter and Peter Holmes. Over the past 30 years we have completed an impressive portfolio of projects ranging from private home extensions to larger scale builds such as community centres, multi-storey car parks and housing developments. We offer the full scope of design services and work closely with all our clients and collaborators from design inception right through to completion.

Our Approach

At Potter Church & Holmes we treat each project with sensitivity and tailor our approach to the individual needs of our clients. We use small teams led by directors, so that we can be highly adaptable throughout the process. This also allows us to maintain an intimate connection with the development of each design and to provide the uniquely responsive service we pride ourselves on.

We focus on combining our personal approach with our knowledge, experience and creativity, as we believe this paves the way for the kind of architecture that goes beyond simply fulfilling a client’s brief and that will in the end have a profoundly positive effect on those around it.

We also operate a second studio in Gloucester for projects local to the area.

Potter Church & Holmes Team

Our Services

No matter how big or small the project, we are always committed to offering the very highest standard of service as we guide our clients through the design and development process and on to completion.

Car park design

We have won a number of awards for our multi-storey car park designs. Working collaboratively with clients and design team professionals, we produce car parks that are not just functional, but that are efficient, imaginative inside and out and that are truly user-friendly environments.

Crown Car Park

Car Park Design

Our multi-storey car parks have won a number of awards. Working collaboratively with clients and design team professionals, we produce designs that are not just functional, but that are efficient, imaginative inside and out and that are truly user-friendly environments.

Crown Car Park

Private Residence Design

As a practice we have a wealth of experience working with those looking to improve or build their homes. At the design stages, whether it is a bespoke house extension, refurbishment or a new build project, we work collaboratively with clients to really understand their often very personal needs and from there agree the brief and final design. We use our design and technical know how to develop their intensions, generating both 3D models and images to help them accurately visualise the end result. Working with contractors we then professionally make these a reality.

Branston Crescent

Buildings with a social purpose

We believe that our designs should not only meet the needs of our clients’ briefs, but that they should also improve the quality of life for those who use the space and improve the urban environment around it. This ethos comes into full force when working with our community and socially focused clients. We have a genuine passion of working with community groups and really getting to grips with their often unique and varied objectives. We use our honed skills in the design and construction of buildings, to develop engaging, functional yet cost effective spaces that stand proud at the heart of a community.

Ealing Green Church

Buildings with a Social Purpose

We believe that our designs should not only meet the needs of our clients’ briefs, but that they should also improve the quality of life for those who use the space and improve the urban environment around it. This ethos comes into full force when working with our community and socially focused clients. We have a genuine passion of working with community groups and really getting to grips with their often unique and varied objectives. We use our honed skills in the design and construction of buildings, to develop engaging, functional yet cost effective spaces that stand proud at the heart of a community.

Jubilee Church

Low Energy Building Design

Our environmental ethos and expertise allows us to design low energy architecture that is exciting and interesting, ensuring creativity, functionality and a low environmental impact. We can also deliver the ultra-low energy sustainable building type Passivhaus. We offer a meticulous attention to detail when it comes to these projects ensuring that the buildings not only achieve the the low energy standards but are also comfortable, enjoyable spaces to be. And we of course work closely with specialist design and construction professionals to achieve the rigorous technical standards needed for this kind of property.

The Barrel Store

Feasibility Studies and Development Appraisals

We use our design focused attitude to understand the objectives of our clients and to create interesting, innovative and practical schemes. We have both the capability and experience to take a project from those early days of concept planning, through to detail and technical design development and then on-site to the final build. One of our specialisms – and where things all began for us as a practice – is developing small urban infill sites, which can prove to be tricky but highly rewarding spaces to develop.

Raffles Mews

Brief Writing and Consultation

The success of a project relies on immersing ourselves in the process of understanding what our clients are looking to achieve. We do this through careful consultation and discussions with all those involved.

Coombe Hill School

Brief writing and consultation

The success of a project relies on immersing ourselves in the process of understanding what our clients are looking to achieve. We do this through careful consultation and discussions with all those involved.

Coombe Hill School

Contract Administration and Site Inspection

With nearly thirty years experience of administering JCT building contracts, we are appointed by the client to run construction contracts and inspect the works on site.

Ealing Green Church

Planning Applications and Listed Building Consent

Having worked on hundreds of different projects of all shapes and sizes we are well versed in writing and submitting planning applications and working our way through the necessary regulatory consent.

When it comes to listed building applications, we understand that there is both a need to conserve and a need to develop existing buildings. We take an attentive attitude through the careful restoration and adaption of listed and historic buildings, to ensure that their development is both respectful of the existing character and adheres to legislation.

Bute Gardens

Planning applications and Listed Building Consent

Having worked on hundreds of different projects of all shapes and sizes we are well versed in writing and submitting planning applications and working our way through the necessary regulatory consent.

When it comes to listed building applications, we understand that there is both a need to conserve and a need to develop existing buildings. We take an attentive attitude through the careful restoration and adaption of listed and historic buildings, to ensure that their development is both respectful of the existing character and adheres to legislation.

Bute Gardens

Detailed Design and Construction Information

We offer a full detailed design and construction information service including writing specifications and Schedules of work.

Ruskin Square

Project Management and Design Team Leadership

We offer a one stop shop service from inception to completion of all size projects. As lead consultant and designer we are used to directing multidisciplinary consultant teams and advisors.

Xenia Student Hostel

Project management and design team leadership

We offer a one stop shop service from inception to completion of all size projects. As lead consultant and designer we are used to directing multidisciplinary consultant teams and advisors.

Chapter 1 Xenia Student Hostel

3-D Modelling and Visualisation

Beyond the architectural design drawings, we have a number of ways to help our clients visualise what their build will look like such as computer generated images and 3-D modelling.

Bletchley View

BIM (Building Information Modelling)

The Practice has the capacity to deliver projects of various scales using BIM technology sharing the design resource of the building during its lifecycle.

Bute Gardens.

BIM (Building Information Modelling)

The Practice has the capacity to deliver projects of various scales using BIM technology sharing the design resource of the building during its lifecycle.

Bute Gardens

Our Clients

We have worked with clients from all walks of life. Individuals and self builders, housing and commercial developers, contractors, car park operators, local authorities, housing associations, schools and charities to name just a few.

Find out more about our clients here

Potter Church & Holmes Clients

“Consistently responsive to attaining the best design outcome for the client”

Peter Dijkhuis, Director Master Planning at CBRE
Bletchley View (view project)

“For the winner of the Best Refurbished Car Park Award, we were looking for renovations and re-designs that create attractive, vibrant and aesthetically striking gateways to destinations such as town centres, rail stations, retail developments and leisure facilities. Q-Park Sauchiehall Street was a clear winner, fitting the tough criteria perfectly.”

British Parking Awards judge
Sauchiehall Street Car Park

“The whole school community is delighted with the front of school extension. It provides a comfortable covered outside waiting area and a light, spacious, welcoming reception. The children particularly love the desk which displays their own art. The new planning area for staff and additional meeting room enables increased communication and space for our large year group teams to work closely together. I recently overheard a long-serving staff member saying ‘I love this place!’ Perhaps this is why our staff turnover is so low?!”

Sarah Hobhouse, Headteacher
Coombe Hill Infants’ School (view project)

“It is fantastic that our Sauchiehall Street car park has been recognised for being the premier parking destination we set out to transform it into. As well as being a safe and secure car park, the staff at Sauchiehall Street are keen to ensure that all customers enjoy100% satisfaction when using our car park.”

Adam Bidder, Managing Director of Q-Park
Sauchiehall Street Car Park 

Selected Clients

Our Gloucester Office

Our Gloucestershire based studio is led by Peter Holmes whose clients are based in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean. Peter has an understanding of low energy buildings and development through a number of residential projects built over the last fifteen years. His studio remains small allowing him to provide a uniquely responsive service to each of his clients with a growing portfolio of new bespoke houses, residential conversions & extensions, conservation projects, community centres, office buildings and urban schemes in the centre of Gloucester and Cheltenham.