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"Grant has been working on several of our development schemes across the region and has provided very high quality layouts and images for the presentation of the sites we are promoting through the planning system. All projects have been delivered on time and within budget. We will continue to work with Grant on future projects."


Andrew Laing

Land & Planning Manager

Hollins Strategic Land



“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”


Joanne Nuttall

Owner, Breakey & Nuttall



“I would describe Grant Erskine Architects as extremely professional, but personable and approachable at the same time and as people who "think outside the box" and really go that extra step to delivery results with quality. In all honesty I would recommend them to anybody including friends and family and we are extremely happy about the project that they recently completed for our business.


Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity


Mike Naughton

Diggle Nursery Owner



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By G.P.Erskine


Over the years, my design position has evolved for many reasons but there have always been some core ideological viewpoints which have prevailed. Even before I had the knowledge and language to rationalise these viewpoints, they still existed as personal tastes or beliefs. As Architects, we do more than just design buildings. We design spaces. I use the word loosely in this context, because I don’t want to suggest that I mean enclosure or void between mass. Perhaps place is a better word to use, however this insinuates the intention of creating occasion and again this is not what I want to suggest. We create spaces to be used by people. Spaces, which can be inhabited, interpreted, and adapted by the individual or the mass. Once created these spaces have a life of there own. They take on the essence of their surroundings and the spirit of their users. They adapt and evolve in themselves over their lifespan and into their ultimate demise.


Because of this ‘life of space’ no two (spaces) can be the same. At least no two can be the same and be successful. For this reason, the generic does not work. How can two different spaces with different inhabitants be the same? What people do very successfully however is adapt the generic to suit their needs. Even the humble “Big Mac” has adapted to suit the needs of people. In India, you can have a Maharaja Mac – made with lamb patties for the Hindu clientele; In Israel you can have a Kosher Big Mac (without cheese) for the Jewish clientele. There are examples of the adaptation of the “Big Mac” in countries all over the world. The same applies to space. Interpretation and adaption occurs in a space as a need is realised. Also this need can change, and therefore adapt the same space over a period of time. The same people can re-adapt the same space over and over as time passes and needs change. These changes can be influenced by many external factors including: population trends, wars, disease, economy, climate change, legislation, style, fashion, popularity and social state to name a few. Often it happens for reasons unseen or unknown. Sometimes it happens for reasons forgotten.


I started work in Northern Ireland as part of a residential design team that designed housing layouts to suit the tastes of the people. Generally the layouts were linear, with branches off into cul-de-sacs. This was the preferred taste of the Northern Irish person. Interestingly this preference originated as part of a police action plan to control people in the event of a riot. With only one point of access, the police could control maximum people with minimum resources. Ironically, even after ten years of peace, we still design high density housing in Northern Ireland in the same way, because this is what the people are used to. A forgotten reason.


I love Piccadilly Gardens. It is a huge success. How it is used on a hot, sunny day, when people are sitting out on the grass, kids are playing in the fountains and everyone is enjoying themselves, interests me. I often wonder did the designer envisage it being used in this way, or was the original plan to create a sculptural event, with beautiful people sitting on the beautiful benches. It is not a well designed place with people in mind, but it is a well adapted space by the people that use it.


So where do I stand in all this? What interests me? People, the interaction of people and space and conversely the interaction of space and people. I am excited to see a place in use and even more excited to see a place being used in a way that far exceeds its original purpose, in a way that distorts the original intent. The adaptation by and of the user. Essentially, Architects create space. We interpret a need and make a space. Once we let go of it, the space continues to create itself. It evolves and adapts by reacting to needs at that specific time until it is no longer needed and therefore no longer exists.

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