- Being lucky
Creating a fabulous architectural studio workspace for Southgate & Sarabia Architects that is design and innovation led, a fun and collaborative place, is a major focus for Darren. His skills in business leadership and organisation has set him and his business partner on a journey, happier and more focused than at any other time.
Design is at the heart of every decision. Interested in all stylistic periods and the social narrative that informed these identifiable periods, Darren uses these characteristics to creates debate and interest. Design leadership isn’t about ego fuelled styling from a single author but finding the right solution with the design team that resonates and delivers delight. An intellectual passion not fashion.
Most architectural problems are born out of both strategic resolution but also detailed excellence. ‘God is in the detail’ has never been more important as we look to manufactured quality construction level details, rather than ‘building’, however craft detailing will forever be important as we have existing buildings to maintain, that are loved and reflect our national identity.
With so much experience, it’s easier to highlight project favourites, which include workplace offices, advanced manufacturing and education buildings over the last 30 years.
- Business and Management Leadership
- Design Direction and Leadership
- Detail Design and Innovation
- Industry 4.0, Workplace and Advanced Manufacturing Expertise
- JanHead of BIM
JanHead of BIM
- Game of Thrones
Jan brings SMART thinking to Southgate & Sarabia in his role as our lead on BIM (Building Information Modelling). We seek uniqueness from all of our team to bring diverse thinking, energy and passion to our architecture.
Passionate about technology, sustainability and future proofing architecture, Jan’s technical expertise and critical eye for detail and process, ensures that our information Management, 3D modelling and designs translate into effectively planned builds with embedded data critical for Industry 4.0 and Public Sector projects alike.
Jan, with his worldwide travelling has built an appreciation of different cultures and architectural histories which inspire his work for clients.
His broad experience has been developed across residential, care, extra-care, masterplanning and transport schemes. By working from concept to delivery, using modular and traditional construction methods Jan has an enviable range of insights to bring to our clients.
• Solution optimisation
• Versatility within projects
• Project management
• Concept design
• Artistic/creative approach
- DuncanCompetent Person and Principal Designer
DuncanCompetent Person and Principal Designer
- Kung Fu
- Composing music
Duncan takes a thorough and forensic approach to his work, with detail being the key to the production of his suite of CDM documents that support the client, design team and principal contractor.
Almost 40 years of experience in the workplace, across a diverse range of industries gives Duncan the advantage of being able to provide risk-based solutions for complex issues.
Delivering invaluable advice and technical support at the coal face, Duncan thrives in any challenging environment and has delivered the principal designer role on major projects and schemes across the UK, including new build, refurbishment, highways, bridges, heritage properties, process industry, education and care facilities.
Demolition, construction, civil engineering, fire safety management and environmental competencies are brought to the table when engaged on various value projects.
• Diverse skill set across public and private sector appointments
• Investigative and analytical
• Methodical and logical
• Commercially aware
- AdamHead of Landscape and Urban Design
AdamHead of Landscape and Urban Design
- Snowball fights
Adam’s mastery of landscape and urban design for Southgate & Sarabia gives us a uniqueness for clients that is world class. For 20 years Adam has led small and large scale regeneration projects across the UK, Australia and the Middle East.
Through thoughtful consideration Adam is an expert in creating the feel and mood of an urban space, to complement both the surrounding landscape and buildings both future and present.
With experience across varied sectors (including leisure, mixed use, education, healthcare, large scale residential masterplans, and even the odd golf course), Adam draws his experiences together to consult and advise on concept, detail and delivery.
As a father of two boys, an avid traveler and a real ale connoisseur, Adam brings these human interactions into his work when he is designing and creating outdoor spaces.
• Masterplanning and regeneration
• Landscape-led sustainable urban design
• Design process management
• Design detail delivery
- HelenSenior Techologist
- Things of Beauty
Helen brings an expertise and energy to design and detailing to Southgate & Sarabia which gives our clients that finesse and focus which differentiates, with the robustness of BIM management.
Having worked as an Architectural Technologist for the last seven years in the UK, South Africa and MENA regions (Middle East and North Africa), Helen’s uniqueness is founded on her ease to problem solving and creative resolutions.
Not only is she an adept problem solver, her experience of sectors (including education, residential, commercial offices, retail, leisure and mixed use developments) gives our clients access to breadth and depth.
Helen’s personal ambition is to have her photograph taken in front of all of her favourite buildings around the world, six down only 127 to go!
• Building Information Modelling (BIM)
• Façade design
• High rise design
• Problem solving
- ChrisHead of IT
ChrisHead of IT
- All things IT
- The IT Crowd
- Glass half full
Chris has over 30 years of experience of developing and selling IT solutions for the telecom and IT industry.
Having operated in the IT industry for such a long period, he has gained an incredible amount of knowledge in understanding what challenges companies have and how to resolve them with emerging technologies. One of Chris’s skills is IT security ensuring the correct products to protect business data and staff via Cyber training and Cyber Essentials accreditation.
Chris has set our company IT infrastructure up using a fully secure network, new Microsoft 365 email accounts with added security for all mailboxes, Cloud based data back-up, hosted server in Azure with Symantec anti-virus licence. We achieved our Cyber Essentials through Chris’ support and knowledge.
Chris is married with three grown up kids all put though University. They have a cockerpoo called Baxter. Love a round of golf and a game of squash when his knees allow it. Is a keen big mountain snowboarder and wakeboarder in the summer. Chris and his wife enjoy travelling far and wide to some amazing places.
- IT guru
- Business planning
- Cyber Security
- Go getter
- Business planning
Nigel is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience having trained with Price Waterhouse. He has held a Practising Certificate since 1988, at which point he became a partner with his father in Wilfred Wyatt & Co.
With his father’s retirement at the end of 1996, the practice converted into Wyatt & Co, a company rather than a partnership. With Nigel’s son also now working as a Chartered Accountant in the company they have a particularly good understanding of family run businesses.
Outside of work, besides the usual busyness of family life, Nigel has been married for 30 years with four grown up children. He belongs to and is very involved in the working of his local church where he has undertaken many roles, including, as you might expect, that of the Treasurer.
His love of sport over many years, includes hockey, badminton and Lacrosse. He is a qualified coach in Badminton from his university time.
- Business planning
- Financial management
- Coordination & organisation
- SamBusiness Support
- 90s pop
Organisation, coordination and planning are what Sam does best. Sam has many years’ experience in events planning, business development, financial management and exceptional organisation skills. We are sure she could organise anyone and plan for anything.
Sam’s a mother of two girls. She has a passion for travel and she’s on a mission to show her girls the World. Sam enjoys nothing more than discovering new foods (Mrs Foodie). Sam also enjoys a local gin (or two!) sat in her garden, which she has lovingly planted, built and designed herself.
We challenge anyone to rival Sam’s obsession with 90s pop.
- Event planning
- Processing systems
- Financial management
- Business development
- Coordination & organisation
- Want to join us?Vacancies
Want to join us?Vacancies
We are always interested to hear from talented professionals who are looking for their next move. If you like what you see and read about Southgate & Sarabia, and think you are like-minded and up for working in a growing business, then we’d love to hear from you.
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