Next Meeting

Thursday 1st March
12:30, The Colston Hall

How to Join or Sponsor

How to Join

To apply to become a member please email your details and a little information of your company to our event organisers, Bright. If you wish to sponsor an event please also provide details of your requirements and preferred dates to

Founding Members

Karle Burford AHR - Director

Karle is Director of AHR Architects based in the Bristol office. He is responsible for a number of significant projects located throughout the region across many sectors. He has particular interest in the masterplanning, regeneration and commercial sectors. He has been with AHR since 2005.

About AHR

AHR is one of Europe's longest standing architecture and building consultancy practices, with experience dating back to 1835. AHR today is one of Europe's largest practices and has evolved into an international business encompassing 450 staff in 12 offices.

As architects we are passionate about design and the positive effects good design can have on our environment. As building consultants we are passionate about how we care for buildings and how their creative re-use can enhance the fabric of our communities.

Our collective experience and the creativity of our teams, combined with our commitment to innovation and design research, allows us to help our clients develop environments that respond positively to the particular challenges of a project and the wider social, economic and climatic issues we all face.

The way we design and care for our environment is changing rapidly and we continue to seek innovative solutions and develop new ways of working to meet the future needs of our clients and society.

We work in all sectors including civic, education, health, transport, office, leisure, retail, residential, and science.

In the south west AHR has grown to be a major player in the area with several significant projects across the region.

T: +44 (0)117 929 9146
M: +44 (0)7790 547 861

Martin Hathaway Clarkebond (UK) Ltd. - Executive Director

Martin has over 40 years civil and structural engineering experience across a variety of sectors including offices, retail & mixed use, education, sports & leisure, industrial, mining & metals, law & order, aviation, defence, residential, health and highways.

This includes almost twenty years' experience of partnering, shared learning, continual improvement, value engineering and collaborative working environments. He is an active member of Constructing Excellence and to date has taken part in 3 demonstration projects.

About Clarkebond

Clarkebond is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy with 3 offices in the UK. We are focused on the challenges of today's construction projects and the delivery of solutions tailored to client requirements. We take pride in our ability to provide a personalised service with ALL commissions headed up by senior management. Alongside our core engineering services we also provide pre-planning advice, flood risk assessments, transport planning, geo-environmental engineering, waste management, contaminated land assessments, expert witness, building resilience and facade engineering using in-house expertise.


Richard Lightfoot Silcock Dawson & Partners - Regional Director (Bristol)

Richard joined Silcock Dawson in September 2012 as an Associate Mechanical Engineer and in September 2016 Richard was promoted to Regional Director of the Bristol Office.

He brings a wealth of experience working in both Contracting and Consultancy across a variety of sectors. He has most recently worked within levels of education, commercial and health sectors, with particular experience of refurbishment projects within live environments.

Richard is tasked with expanding the office by enhancing its reputation for quality of service, technical excellence and customer focus. He is particularly interested in promoting the Practice through active marketing.

About Silcock Dawson & Partners

Silcock Dawson was established in 1984 and has developed a wide base of experience in all aspects of Building Services Engineering. Since 1984 the Company has grown progressively and now employs a staff of over 60 with offices in Princes Risborough, Bristol and London.

Our experience encompasses all types of projects, including, retail, leisure, commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, residential, information technology, scientific and research facilities. Silcock Dawson operates a Quality Assurance System to BS EN ISO 9001 which is registered by British Standards Institution.

Tim Westwood Kier Construction - Regional Business Development Manager

Regional Business Development Manager with Kier Construction in Bristol for 16 years, during which time I've developed strong business relationships across the region and in all sectors of the industry.

With particular knowledge and experience in the public sector and understanding of the particular demands of the Health, Education, Civic as well as blue light and custodial developments on projects up to £50m in value. Have a broad understanding of the application and deployment of a wide cross section of Framework arrangements and understanding of EC procurement rules. Current activities are driven towards maintaining a regional business that now has a turnover well in excess of £200m annually.