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“What impressed me most about Grant Erskine Architects is the professionalism, knowledge, experience, unbeatable pricing and the communication throughout. I know their services are endless, but importantly they return calls, provide free initial advice and deliver what they agree to do. I would not hesitate in recommending them where the opportunity should arise.


Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, On Time”


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Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity


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Diggle Nursery Owner



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Rambling on my Architectural Interest

(or, “Rambling on, My Architectural Interest”)


By G.P.Erskine


Rambling on my Architectural Interest  ¦ Architects Manchester ¦ North West Construction Professionals ¦ Building Design Team

“Where to start? Where is the beginning of design? At what point is it, that, the first inkling of conception comes into your head. That instant in the realms of your conscience mind when it arrives. The beginning of the process. I’m not talking bout the everyday questioning and observing that we all do. We’re trained to be constantly looking around us. Analysing, breaking down rebuilding, asking why that was done, learning from others all to often mistakes.


We are constantly learning from looking and normally asking, “what the hell were they thinking?”. It is the vanity of us today to look back on our forefathers and all too easily brush aside the design intentions of their era (as no doubt they did to their forefathers and our children will do to us.) And I’m not talking about the iconic design of architects, (who could so easily be name dropped at this point), whose creations both bad and good alike will be maintained for all forever. What I’m talking about here is the simple day to day architecture of the men and women of an era, trying to make a better place for all to live.


Those who created places for people to live and be. It may not have worked, the may have screwed it up to the high heavens, but at least they tried it. Living and designing within the confines of legislation, technology, economic state. Trying to create modern schemes within the physical boundaries of what is already there. Their methodology may have been naïve (is ours?) their parameters narrow, but at least they came out with something. They have left to us an organically changing legacy of do’s and don’ts, which we in turn add to and pass on. It is often the 'cockups' of our forefathers that create our legislation and guides (one of our most famous legislations started with a 'cockup' in a baker’s in London). At one point it was 'en vogue' to build rows upon rows of little shoes boxes with a bit of green to the rear, then it was cool to build bigger boxes around 'cul de sacs' with more green and now its cool to put us into little 'off the shelf' boxes and then stick them up on top of each other (no green at all). Yes sir, and would you like one window or two with your concrete coffin sir?


You may be wondering where I’m going with all this? Well its back to the first line, second question, “where is the beginning of design?”. In case you haven’t gathered it yet, the point is, there is no beginning. And happily there is no end. (unless you consider a cave man putting a branch over a cave door to stop the cold north wind – functionalist architecture, or the inevitable end of the world as we know it through some catastrophe – woohoo back to the caves, back to functionalism). All architecture is, is learning, evolving, adapting, adding to the unending process, and of course passing it on.

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