About Us

Tim Ratcliffe set up the practice in 2000, having worked previously with Rodney Melville & Partners and Donald Insall Associates, two respected architectural conservation firms. Our approach to old buildings is based on a respect for craftsmanship and an interest in traditional and vernacular building materials.

Both Tim Ratcliffe and Geraint Roberts are Accredited Conservation Architects and are either or both members of the SPAB,  The Building Limes Forum, EASA or the IHBC.

The practice works largely on historic and listed buildings, including a considerable number of Grade-I and II* listed churches, houses, historic landscapes, farm-buildings, industrial sites, scheduled monuments and townscape improvements. The practice offers design and consultancy services on the repair and adaptive reuse of historic places to the owners and custodians of old buildings.

Clients include Historic England, Cadw, The National Trust, Churches Conservation Trust, Friends of Friendless Churches, over 100 parish churches, Local Authorities, The Heritage Lottery Fund, private individuals, voluntary and charitable organisations.

Tim Ratcliffe has over 30 years’ experience of working with historic buildings and ancient monuments. Early in his career, he worked as a labourer for two years with specialist building firms, and seeks to apply his experiences and respect for these traditional skills and of craftmanship to his work as an architect to this day. He was awarded a Lethaby travelling Scholarship by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1987 and regularly lectures and gives consultancy advice on the use and application of traditional building materials and is now a member of the SPAB Technical Panel. Tim was the SPAB representative to the AABC founding committee and British Standards committee on stone cleaning. He is currently an assessor for the Engineers Conservation Accreditation Register. He is a regular contributor to the MA Course at Birmingham City University, The Weald and Downland Museum, Ty Mawr Lime and the SPAB Repair Course. Tim is a contributor or author to articles that have been published in The Building Conservation Directory, Context and Cornerstone, and   joint author to various Donhead book Introductions and to their series of republications relating to plastering or Roof Construction and Repair.

Geraint Roberts joined the office of Tim Ratcliffe Associates during the summer of 2017. He was previously employed by DarntonB3 Architects. With extensive project experience across various sectors, he cares about the attention to detail that is necessary to develop informed design and technical solutions whilst optimising the use of resources in an environmentally efficient manner. Geraint also recognises the value of public engagement and community consultation with stakeholders or the wider public, to ensure that completed buildings and projects are valued by their users. More recently he has been engaged with the 21st Century Schools Modernisation Programme in Wales, culminating in the design and construction of Ysgol Craig y Deryn, Llanegryn, a primary school in Snowdonia National Park which won the RTPI Planning Award for Wales in 2014 and a UK RTPI Award in the Community and Well-being category for 2015. Geraint maintains professional links with The Royal Society of Architects in Wales Council, together with the RSAW Mid Wales Branch and seeks to promote Architecture and good Building Conservation Practice regionally. He is an external examiner for the BSc Architecture course at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Jan Ratcliffe is a historian, with an MA in building conservation. She is treasurer and an active member of the IHBC West Midlands Committee.