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
Potter Church & Holmes Awards

Our Awards

We believe that our achievements are best recognised through the positive feedback we receive from our clients and the awards we have won over the years.

We are also active members of industry organisations including AECB (Association of Environmentally Conscious Building), the RIBA and Construction Line.

Ruskin Square
2018 – Winner of British Parking Award for Best Car Park Refurbishment

Ealing Green Church
2018 – Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist
2017 – Winner of RICS Awards for Community Benefit
2017 – Commendation Award for Refurbishment and Landscaping by Ealing Civic Society

Rose Lane Car Park
2017 – Winner of BPA Best New Car Park
2017 – Winner for Civic Award by Norwich Society

Talbot Road Blackpool
2014 – Winner of BPA Best Car Park Refurbishment
2014 – Winner of Lighting Design Award

Chapter 1 Xenia Student Hostel
2012 – Shortlisted for the RICS Regional Award

The Old Tramshed
2010 – Winner of Tony Leitch Townscape Award

Musgrove Park Hospital Car Park
2007 – Winner of BPA Best New Car Park

Ambler Primary School
2006 – Shortlisted for Partners in Excellence Award

Marlborough Yard
1989 – RIBA Regional Housing Award

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.

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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.