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Our Experienced Designers

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Nigel Blake

Designer

After completing a degree in Electronic Engineering, Nigel worked in the electronics and software sectors in the UK and Far East before moving into conservatory design 12 years ago. His engineering background and flair for design have led to some truly innovative structures. He says that each design has to complement the house, whilst providing the appropriate extra space that the client requires -  every project is different.

Nigel likes to get a thorough understanding of what you want to achieve as well as your likes and dislikes with respect to style. Whether your house is contemporary or a grade II listed historic property, he will work with you to develop an appropriate and sympathetic design.

Nigel says "The most rewarding part of the job is visiting the client after the project is completed, seeing the end result and the transformation in how people are living."

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Victoria Bridge

Designer

Victoria joined the David Salisbury team after being associated with the company for many years. She believes that the successful outcome of a project stems from the ability to both listen to and interpret the customer's vision or, equally, to provide that vision; always endeavouring to ensure that the right aesthetic is balanced with practicality and budget.

She likes to match the integrity of the product in her approach and resulting design. She worked for many years for a global employee benefits consultancy before indulging her passion by becoming involved in interior design. She has, therefore, a particular interest in how the internal space will be enjoyed.

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Stephen Carter

Designer

Stephen has worked for several prestigious luxury kitchen companies over the past 20 years and brings this plus his wider interior design experience to David Salisbury.

Stephen particularly enjoys using his depth of knowledge and creative flair to blend any new project sensitively and sympathetically to any style of home.

He likes nothing more than discussing the wider interior design aspects involved.

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Dan Featherstone

Designer

Dan has worked in the industry for over 12 years starting his career as a concept artist and then progressing into a design sales role for Vale Garden Houses.  Dan decided to join David Salisbury due to the unrivalled customer care and service the company offers in every aspect of the project.

Thanks to his concept artist beginnings, Dan still creates his own design drawings by hand for that personal approach.

Dan is passionate about all types of project but in particular picking up on the architectural detailing on the house. This can then be complemented within the orangery/conservatory design to make sure the new structure looks right in its surroundings

Rob Hawkins

Designer

Rob joined David Salisbury in August 2017, having worked in the conservatory and oak buildings industry all of his professional life.
With his initial background as a draughtsman and architectural engineer, he has a detailed understanding of the technical details that are an essential feature of every project.
Whilst technical accuracy is key, Rob has long and successful record of designing eye-catching conservatories and orangeries.  He has specialist experience in oak orangeries and oak extensions.

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Simon Martin

Designer

Simon has seen many changes in our market place and has a wealth of experienced in all aspects of both design and planning. He has a good rapport with clients and a natural empathy for the built environment having worked on many listed properties as well as hotels and other hospitality locations. Simon is happy to take the brief from the client, but also work closely with architects and other professionals.

His design for St Michael’s Manor (a boutique hotel in St Albans) recently won an award from the civic society with the following citation: "The attention to detail, the high quality of the finish and the view from the first floor rooms, makes the orangery a significant asset to this unique family run hotel and to the city”.

Simon believes his great strength is being able to visualise the concept before he starts any drawing and after more than 20 years in the industry, he still gets a real buzz from his work.

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Rupert Miller

Designer

Rupert began his career in this industry working for Amdega before he moved to David Salisbury and since that time he hasn't looked back.

Rupert is passionate about his work and will work very closely with you on every aspect of the design of your new building. He will also be sure to visit when the installation is complete.

When he is not working, Rupert enjoys cricket, cooking, art and visiting interesting cities.

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Brian Paxton

Designer

Prior to becoming exclusively involved in designing timber and glass buildings back in 1995, Brian ran his own architectural design practice and construction company in the Yorkshire Dales.

During his nine years with Amdega he was one of the first designers in the industry to move away from the traditional fully glazed roof design to what is now the most popular Garden Room design of all, commonly known as an Orangery.

In 2004 Brian formed his own company trading as Oakminster and became David Salisbury’s appointed distributor and installer in the North of England and North Wales During the next seven and a half years Oakminster was responsible for the design and installation of over five hundred David Salisbury manufactured projects.

At the beginning of 2011 Brian and his son Julien agreed to merge their business with David Salisbury.

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Simon Phipps

Designer

After studying Product Design and Visualisation at the University of Bournemouth and Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire, Simon moved back to Somerset from Cheltenham to work for David Salisbury in 2007.

Prior to becoming a design consultant, Simon has been involved in many areas of David Salisbury, including advertising and marketing, customer service and most recently running the trade side of the business.

Simon brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team and will be sure to present ideas for your project with great detail and thought behind each and every design.

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Eddie Spillane

Designer

Eddie originally worked for one of David Salisbury’s trade customers, then moved over to David Salisbury in 2006.He works closely with many local developers and builders, priding himself on looking at the overall picture. This means that many of his projects also include structural works which benefit not only the conservatory or orangery but can transform the rest of his client’s home.

Eddie is passionate about his projects and his clients knowing that when finished, these stunning buildings become the hub of the house. His Motto is: “No project is too large or small and everything is possible“

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Rudy Staal

Designer

Rudy grew up in South Africa with a dream to study medicine but after moving to England, he began working in Information Technology and Design in the City of London. Alongside this, he completed a Degree in Hospitality Management.

His career with David Salisbury began in April 2010, after spending a few years in the industry working for a competitor. Rudy has a natural creative flair and this shows in his designs. If you’re stuck for ideas, Rudy will give you a thousand!

To list one project as a favourite is hard for Rudy as each project is so different and each has their own style, quirks, creative energy, and challenges. Rudy treats all projects with the same level of enthusiasm and creativity as the next. He loves visiting his clients and really cares about the experience and lifestyle our customers gain from installing a David Salisbury product. Expect him to pop back to see you after the project is complete!

Andrew Teasdale

Designer

Biography coming soon.

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David White

Designer

David's experience enables him to listen to clients and turn their dreams for their projects into a reality, working to keep within their budget and planning parameters. Many of David’s clients recommend him to their friends which is a statement of his professionalism and capabilities.

One of his sayings is: “You have never had so much excitement while spending so much money”

David has worked right across the United Kingdom on a vast range of projects, small and large, domestic and commercial including listed properties on difficult sites. One of David’s major projects that he is particularly proud of, is a complete refurbishment and extension of a country house. This included a major orangery extension, a swimming pool enclosure, and special windows and doors.

The clients are delighted with the result which gives them a wonderful lifestyle and has changed the way they live.