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ARCHITECTURE From art to architecture Is it possible to manage a business in the South East from deepest North Devon? That is what Kevin Davies is doing, managing a 12-member architectural practice based in Staines, Middlesex from his Kevin Davies in his architects office and art gallery in Chulmleigh office and gallery in the centre of Chulmleigh. Kevin’s journey to Chulmleigh has taken him across the world after embarking on a sabbatical from his position at Robert Davies John West Cranford Business Services Limited www.accountsindevon.co.uk Old Stone, Cranford, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5QW 07896 204 857 Does your accountant... Listen to you and act on your needs? Explain your accounts in terms you understand? Arrange meeting at your convenience? Leaving you free to concentrate on what you do best! Ltd, the architectural practice established by his father. This intended six-month exploration of Africa extended to eight years, during which time Kevin and partner Sue started a family while establishing a lowimpact tourism site in Malawi, setting up the country’s first permaculture / tourism project and starting an architectural practice among other activities. It was their children’s education requirements and other family considerations that brought them back to Europe, first to France, and then, in 2012, to Chulmleigh, where Kevin rejoined his father’s practice. Now, as director and chartered architect playing an active role in managing the business, Kevin operates from his office in Fore Street, working remotely in between fortnightly visits to Staines. Kevin has overseen the growth of the practice from a team of six to 12 over the past seven years, operating Chulmleigh as a satellite office. He has a strong interest in the restoration, conversion and re-use of vernacular and listed buildings, as well as in working in conservation areas. Local projects include the Chulmleigh Congregational Church and an early 15th century Benedictine Tower in Cornwall, both are Listed Grade II*. He maintains his interest in sustainable and appropriate technologies in Africa, which has led to involvement in new projects in Kenya, Malawi, Somalia and Bangladesh as well as distinguished pioneering developments including the Sonda Orphan Care Centre, Ripple Africa Mwaya and the Cultural and Museum Centre Karonga. Visitors to Kevin’s office might be surprised to find it doubles as an art gallery called the Architects Gallery. Like many of Kevin’s interests which turn into a business, this sprang from meeting local artist Brian Denington and giving him a commission. This introduced Kevin to the artist community and the idea of opening a gallery and, one by one, artists contacted him. Now the gallery promotes a number of artists from Lapford, Torrington and Winkleigh, and hosts several shows a year to promote artists. Kevin explains that architecture and art dovetail well: “The lovely thing about being an architect is that you get out and meet people and everyone has a story, while the gallery brings people together.” This also explains Kevin’s involvement in the community with cricket and table tennis, Chulmleigh Old Fair and as the newly elected district councillor for Chulmleigh. ■■Architects Gallery: 01769 581765 or atelierthink.co.uk ■■Architects Practice: 01784 779106 or rdjwltd.com 10 business action | June / July2019 | business-action.co.uk
Thursday 24 October 2019 is North Devon Enterprise Day when all businesses can join together to celebrate our vibrant local business community, support each other and promote the vast range of products and services provided in the area. Take part Are you an enterprising business? Take part now by Heritage Cob and Lime has started manufacturing its own North Devon cob blocks. Based in East-the-Water, the company is known for manufacturing and supplying its awardwinning lime mortar and associated products across the UK. Its clients include home owners, artisan lime plasterers, traditional builders, architects and organisations who maintain historic buildings, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle as well as St Anne’s Chapel in Barnstaple. registering to join the Enterprise Wave at ndevonent.uk Businesses are already registering for what we aim to be the largest independent enterprise community in the area – a collection of forwardlooking entrepreneurs committed to helping every business to succeed. On the day, we’ll celebrate at BBxpo with a panel session of North Devon entrepreneurs and the North Devon Enterprise Free Networking Buffet – open to all businesses. Let’s all share our experience and advice to help other businesses so all thrive. And share on social media – hashtag #ndevonent – to encourage everyone to join in. Heritage cob blocks North Devon ENTERPRISE Day #ndevonent Follow and connect Connect with @northdevon, @businessactionm and @needitfinditnow on Twitter and other platforms. ■■Visit ndevonent.uk or email email@example.com for full details. Now the company is making its own cob blocks from a North Devon vernacular mixture of sub soils, mixes, aggregates and straw, ideally suited to the wetter climes of the West Country. These are ideal for building and restoration work on traditional cob and earth buildings, and provide effective insulation, having a zero carbon footprint. Cob in its wet form is also available for wattle and daub work. ■■Details 01237 477431 or heritagecobandlime.com Visit ideaengine.co.uk to see all the brands that we have brought to life online, in print, outdoors and in a whole host of other ways. ideaengine.co.uk 01271 324594 or 07974306711 Web, Brand, Advertising, Design, Literature @businessactionm | June / July2019 | business action 11