01 Mar 2021

Update from Bedminster Road

We visited site as the building is in the final few weeks before completion and handover. There are some great views across Bristol from the upper floors.

08 Feb 2021

Demolitions start at Portland Square

Demolitions of the old warehouse buildings at the side and rear of our site at Portland Square have started.

04 Jan 2021

Handover of Holly Oak

Holly Oak Dementia Care Centre is handed over at The Hollies Care Centre, Dursley. Photograph courtesy of The Hollies

31 Dec 2020

Celebrating 35 Years of NOMA

It's our 35 birthday!

18 Dec 2020

Online Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party went online in 2020 as we continue to work from home, but we still had a lot of fun together

28 Sep 2020

Armada House

It's a real pleasure to be working on the refurbishment of this Listed building - there are some really impressive features to be retained and carefully restored.

13 Jul 2020

Progress at Bedminster Road

Works are progressing on site as Lockdown measures begin to ease

01 May 2020

Working from Home

We are adjusting to working from home! We're in communication regularly and continue providing our services. We hope our clients and colleagues are staying well in Lockdown

20 Mar 2020

Phase 2 of Waverley Gardens Complete

Waverley Gardens was our award winning Extra Care scheme completed in 2010. The success of Phase 1 led to our appointment by Brunelcare for the second phase of the development. We have now completed a further 62 apartments bringing the total number of units on site to 117. This new development creates a community for older residents, a place of safety and support, a place of tranquility and security, providing for all of the needs of an elderly community. The new apartments follow the design quality of the original scheme. Level, secure internal access is provided from the entrance foyer to each apartment where buggy parking is provided outside each front door. Each resident has immediate access to internal and external communal courtyard spaces, and to the extensive services and facilities in the development, including dining rooms where lunch is served each day, lounges, bathing, spa facilities and treatment room facilities, cinema and laundry. The development is fully staffed and the care needs of each resident is fully catered for. The development is a combination of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments arranged over 2 and 3 storeys. The development is fully sustainable and extremely popular with the residents.

04 Feb 2020

Development at Midland Road

Planning Approval for two residential schemes on adjacent sites in Old Market

31 Jan 2020

Insider South West Awards

Two of our recently completed affordable housing schemes, Cecil House in Kingswood and Cable Close in Pucklechurch were shortlisted for awards

22 Jan 2020

Planning Approval at Portland Square

Redevelopment of a site occupied by disused warehouse to provide student accommodation in this sustainable city centre location. The proposals include the demolition of the warehouse buildings, and restoration of two Grade I Listed buildings, No’s 31 & 32 Portland Square, which have been derelict for some years. The proposed development will provide a total of 257 bedspaces in a mix of studio and shared apartments.

13 Dec 2019

Staff Christmas Party

We celebrated the end of another year with a black tie Christmas party aboard the Marco Polo where it was docked at Avonmouth

20 Sep 2019

Staff on Tour

We visited Hauser and Wirth gallery in Bruton and Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill to taste some gin on our summer trip and enjoyed the architecture and glorious sunshine

22 Aug 2019

Bedminster Road Starts on Site

Construction for 29 new apartments for Solon in Bedminster, Bristol started on a former garage site. The project will provide a range of new homes, including affordable flats on a prominent corner site.

06 Aug 2019

Kat Becomes Director

Kat joined Steve, Paul and Robert as Director. She has a breadth of experience in the residential and master planning sectors which has given her a dynamic and inventive approach to problem solving. Her outgoing personality gives her the ability to engage with people from all walks of life which makes her adept at engaging with stakeholders and communities.

16 Jul 2019

Completion at Spring Acres

We took a tour to see some of our completed projects in the local area including our project at Spring Acres in Longwell Green which had recently been completed

02 May 2019

Orchard Cottage Grand Opening

We joined Freeways to celebrate the Grand Opening of Orchard Cottage which provides residential accommodation for young adults with very special needs. The site is located in an historic garden close to the Freeways Trust Day Centre and Head Office and this proximity enables the residents to access specialist care facilities including therapy pool and treatment rooms

20 Aug 2018

BSAVA Headquarters Complete

We handed over the refurbishment and extension of the headquarters for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. The building includes a bespoke training, distribution and conference centre with support facilities including kitchen, dining and conference break out space on the ground floor with new reception and entrance foyer.

25 Jul 2018

Staff Trip to Glasgow

We took a day off as an office to enjoy the sites of Glasgow

11 Dec 2017

Melrose Court Opening

Our award winning development of 63 Extra Care apartments opened in Poundbury. We worked with Yarlington Housing Group and the Duchy of Cornwall’s executive architects to produce a design that balances the functional needs of Extra Care accommodation with the traditional standards that are required by the Duchy. The building contains a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments together with communal facilities. The scheme was constructed by Galliford Try Partnerships using modern construction methods to achieve a traditional building form.

14 Sep 2017

Hard Hat Tour of Suspension Bridge

Steve, Kat and Francis enjoyed a guided tour of the recently discovered vaults below the support towers of Clifton Suspension Bridge

11 Aug 2017

Trip to Cardiff

We visited Cadogan House which was completing on site and enjoyed lunch and a tour around the city, taking in the architecture around the Bay

26 Jun 2017

Civic Society Award for Lynwood House

The refurbishment and conversion of the derelict Grade II Listed building Lynwood House won the Environmental Award at the Civic Society Awards. Constructed in 1820s in the Gothic style the two-storey house and outbuildings were in a very poor state of repair and listed on Bristol City Council’s Heritage Assets at Risk register. Although little of the original interior remained, there were sufficient original details for an extensive restoration to be undertaken as part of the wider development of this site.

25 Sep 2016

Award Winning Bake Off

A colourful array of cakes were decorated as a Bristolian Street for the Architecture Centre's competition

19 Jun 2016

Birmingham Office Trip

This year the staff trip took us to Birmingham. It was rainy but that didn't stop us enjoying ourselves!

08 Dec 2015

Tom's Bakes Impress

Competitive baking commenced when Tom brought in an edible office

11 Sep 2015

30th Birthday Celebrations

We threw a party to celebrate our 30th Birthday on board the historic John Sebastian Lightship. Everyone enjoyed Robert and Steve's speeches!

05 Sep 2014

Cheltenham Street Starts on Site

The groundworks began for 14 homes on a central site in Bath

05 Sep 2014

Staff Trip to Stonehenge

In 2014 our summer trip took us to Stonehenge visitor's centre.

27 Feb 2014

UK's Largest Scaffold

The UK's largest covered scaffold was erected to protect works to create new top floor accommodation at Westbury Care Home

18 Dec 2012

Completion of Saffron Court

Completion of Saffron Court's Care Accommodation and new headquarters for Brunelcare. The building is arranged as four 12-bed expert dementia and nursing care courtyards centred around a beautiful garden, homely kitchen and comfortable seating area. The innovative design, developed in close consultation with Stirling University, includes many features to maximise independence and opportunities for people living with dementia. There are also affordable Extra Care apartments designed for people who will benefit from the close proximity to the care home, either to support a relative living in the care home, or to receive care and support from the expert care home team. Offices for Brunelcare are on the top floor.

21 Sep 2012

Office Trip

Andrew enjoying the view when we took a tour of local sites in the south west, including Glastonbury Tor

16 May 2012

Paul Becomes Director

Paul joined Robert and Steve as practice Director

03 Sep 2011

RIBA Sandcastle Competition

Rachel, Liz and Steve enjoy a fun day out on the beach at Weston-Super-Mare recreating the New York skyline to win the Architecture competition category

16 Nov 2010

Awards for Waverley Gardens

Waverley Gardens won awards from the Civic Society and the National Housing for Older People and the Building for Life Gold Standard award

16 Nov 2009

Waverley Gardens Phase 1 Complete

66 Extra Care apartments completed in Bishopsworth. The scheme creates a community for very frail residents from the local community, including people with dementia. The building provides a safe, comfortable and secure environment for the residents. The linear design centres around internal and external courtyards and encourages interaction and a sense of community, with facilities including a restaurant, shop, cinema, advice centre and a spa, which can also be used by elderly residents from the local area.

28 Jul 2008

Launch of NOMA Visualisations

Chris at the launch of NOMA Visualisations and Sustainability branches of the business

13 Sep 2007

Bristol Cathedral School Completes

New school and office accommodation was handed over at Bristol Cathedral School, including a new building to house the Music and English departments, a new library, recording studio and basement play area

07 Aug 2007

NOMA Rebrand

We hosted a party to celebrate the rebranding of Narracott Oxford Mills Architects as NOMA Architects on site at the Cathedral School which was nearing completion

24 Jan 2006

Completion of Bristol Homeopathic Hospital

The Directors celebrate completion of the project in this article taken from the Evening Post

07 Nov 2005

Paul Joins the Practice

Paul qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1990. He worked for practices in Bristol and London, working primarily in the field of housing, before returning to Bristol in 2005. Paul’s competence and technical ability provides a dedicated precision to the detailing of complex schemes. He has a breadth of experience in large scale commercial, conservation and residential projects, which makes him an asset to this team, as he is able to envisage and deliver schemes at both the macro and micro level.

17 Aug 2001

Barossa Place Planning Application

We submitted the application for new town houses opposite the office in 2001, with Planning Approval in 2002 for the development of six modern town houses with integral garages, and six apartments on an infill site close to the city centre and Bristol harbourside, within the Redcliffe conservation area. The development was designed to create large balcony spaces to the rear of each of the houses. The corner of Barossa Place and Jubilee Place is defined by a cylindrical glazed tower element, which provides a unique light and airy living space for the residents of the apartments.

04 Feb 2001

Steve Joins the Practice as Director

Steve trained at Plymouth Polytechnic and qualified as an architect in 1989. He specialises in designing care facilities, as well as developing his interest in conservation and ecclesiastical architecture. Steve is an RIBA Accredited Conservation Registrant, a member of the Bristol Diocesan Advisory Council and of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association.

26 Sep 2000

Listed Building on Cumberland Road

Survey of Listed building for Planning application and Listed building consent at Cumberland Road. The application was granted Approval for conversion of existing building into 4 flats, with three new dwellings on site in 2001.

20 Oct 1999

Invitation to Celebrate

We celebrated 2000 weeks as Narracott Oxford Mills with a party

25 Jun 1999

Sidoct School

Completion of the library and new learning areas at Sidcot School

06 Jun 1990

Arup Building Completes

Conversion of warehouse buildings in central Bristol into new office accommodation

25 Dec 1989

13 Guinea Street

The Christmas Card from 1989 showing the original office

10 Jun 1988

Robert's First Advert

Robert's first newspaper advert

01 Jan 1985

Robert Sets Up The Practice

Article from the Torquay Herald when Robert set up the practice in 1985. Robert moved to Bristol from Torquay where his father had founded an Architect's Practice. Robert is a key Director with such established roots and connections in Bristol and the South West of England which he seeks to maintain and enhance, whilst looking after long standing clients. He actively matches our Clients' requirements with land opportunities in order to promote joint ventures and developments.