Francis Roberts, Preston

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updated on 22 June 2019

Opening Times

09:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 18:00
Closes in  45 min.
45 min


Our architecture is directly influenced by the work of the Arts and Crafts movement and is characterised by a feeling for place translated into building form, materials and detail. Our buildings incorporate both traditional and modern techniques and materials, and we value collaborations with artists and craftsmen. Our practice is local and national.
We are currently working on projects in Cornwall, Cumbria, Cheshire, Dorset, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Staffordshire. We have a record of major secular projects including two grandstands for Towcester Racecourse Our current work includes two care homes for The Duchy of Cornwall at Newquay, houses at Poundbury, and a consultancy for The Duchy on the Isles of Scilly.
Our scheme for a major development in Blackburn Cathedral Precinct including clergy housing, cathedral offices and private apartments arranged around new squares and gardens received Planning Permission in January 2007.

Company description
Our approach to sustainable building is apparent in the Studio for Robert Camlin in Powys which is a discreet reinterpretation of the local farm vernacular using locally-sourced materials and self-build methods. Residential architecture forms a major part of our work. We have designed a number of schemes for the Duke of Lancaster Affordable Housing Trust including twelve houses in Dunsop Bridge Lancashire which will be complete in June 2012. The source of our design and technical expertise is extensive knowledge of historic buildings and the way they have changed and developed as part of their social and environmental context. Our major historic building projects include the restoration of St Walburge's Church in Preston listed Grade 1 We have been engaged as site architects for the major refurbishment works at listed Grade 1 As well as repair and conservation we have been involved in the rethinking of the use of historic buildings to incorporate wider public and educational use.
Our HLF-funded scheme for Preston Minster created a new interior that can be used for a wide range of community events. The lottery-funded arts and education project at Lanternhouse in Cumbria involved the conversion and extension of a Victorian school. The project won a RIBA National Award. We are currently designing a number of community buildings in Lancashire which involve the reuse of historic buildings and we are restoring and adapting a The practice has two Directors: Francis Roberts is a brother of the Art Workers Guild and is AABC Architects Accredited in Building Conservation registered.
Dominic Roberts sits on the Northern Buildings Committee of the Victorian Society and is an Associate Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture. He is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild and is AABC Architects Accredited in Building Conservation registered. We are members of the Professional Network of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community.
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