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John Baker


John is vastly experienced in all areas of design and build. He is also well versed in the technical aspects of our product and is happy to spend as much time as you need discussing ideas with you to achieve the perfect result for you and your home.

John has over 15 years’ industry knowledge. His thorough command of design, build and all the technical aspects of any project means John is at his happiest discussing new ideas with clients to make the most of their homes.

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Nigel Blake


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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Stephen Carter


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


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 or conservatory design to make sure the new structure looks right in its surroundings

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Simon Martin


Simon has seen many changes in our market place and has a wealth of experience 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


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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Simon Phipps


After studying Product Design & 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. His design training along with 11 years’ experience with David Salisbury means his designs are as varied as his clients and their properties.

Simon enjoys the challenge of a difficult design and is passionate about getting the design right for his clients. He has a wealth of knowledge of working with the David Salisbury product and the cutting-edge technology behind it, which allows us to retain our market-leading quality.

His lists his favourite project as a stunning orangery overlooking the Welsh Valleys.  Built on a steep hillside, this project was structurally challenging but the views through the bi-fold doors out across the raised decking to the countryside are breath-taking. Look out for a Case Study with photos on this project which will be published shortly.

Outside his work with David Salisbury, Simon’s time is taken up by his 2 children, 3 dogs and horse!

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Eddie Spillane


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


Rudy grew up in Zambia before moving to Cape Town to further his studies.  He has always held a passion for design and has been working in the UK for over 15 years now in the orangery and conservatory industry.  

His career with David Salisbury began in April 2010, after spending a few years 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 extension. Expect him to pop back to see you after the project is complete!

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John Westbrook

John has worked within this industry for 34 years and has gained a wealth of experience which he will look forward to putting to good use whilst discussing each and every project.
He enjoys working closely with clients and appreciates that every customer will have their own unique requirements - it will often take several visits to finalise the design that will ensure a successfully completed project. John is as enthusiastic about doing his job now as he was 34 years ago and takes immense satisfaction in visiting the completed design. To see the clients again whilst sitting within the structure that we have spent time designing together, for me, makes the whole process an enjoyable experience.
When he is not working, John’s passion is walking and hiking with the Lake District top of the list.

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David White


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

Many of David’s clients recommend him to their friends which is a statement of his professionalism and capabilities.

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.