Lloyd Evans Prichard was founded in Manchester in 1973. Over the last twenty years the practice has established an enviable reputation for competence in the conservation, reuse and re‐ordering of historic buildings and churches which also includes new building where appropriate.
Through the work of, John Prichard (AABC) and Adrian Pearson (AABC & RIBA/SCA) the practice has developed a growing portfolio of work in the conservation field for a range of both public and private clients. This includes ecclesiastical and secular buildings and much of our work is grant assisted through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Mark Pearce (AABC) joined Lloyd Evans Prichard in 2014 to further develop the practices portfolio of work focusing on church building and work for English Heritage and Cadw. He has taken on the position of Director as John retired.
The practice size is maintained at around twelve architects and technicians with varied skills and experience within the conservation field. The company is specifically structured to permit the directors to be closely involved with all commissions. Our senior members of staff are all accredited in building conservation through the AABC, RIBA or RICS accreditation schemes.
Our varied work load ranges from simple repair and conservation, to restoration, conversion and also new-build. Examples include Heaton Park, Manchester where the former stables were repaired to provide park offices, cafeteria and education accommodation, Manchester University’s John Rylands Library on Deansgate, Manchester where a pitched slate roof was introduced over the main library as part of a major conservation scheme, and Victoria Baths, Manchester, winner of the BBC’s “Restoration” programme.
The mainstay of the practices workload is the repair and restoration of churches and their associated structures. This work covers the full spectrum of buildings from modest unlisted buildings to those covered by the highest statutory protection (Grade I and Schedule Ancient Monument Consent).
This aspect of our work has been greatly aided by the experience of the funding streams available to churches, supported by our knowledge of the particular idiosyncrasies of this type of work. The practice has representation on three Diocesan Advisory Committees (Chester, Manchester and Liverpool) and director John Prichard was appointed as Cathedral Architect at Manchester Cathedral. Allied to this we have also provided support to the Cathedral Architect at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for a range of repair and improvement schemes as well as the most recent quinquennial inspection.
In practice the company’s strengths are grounded in a thorough, practical knowledge of the repair of historic structures, using appropriate materials and details whilst applying sound conservation philosophies. However, our commissions often go beyond fundamental fabric repair to encompass innovative use and contemporary interventions in support of a sustainable, economic future life.