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Practice & Company - Blackstaff Architects Ltd | Blackstaff Architects Ltd


We believe that our clients and their needs are the most fundamental aspect of our profession and regard each project as an individual journey. We also believe that a well considered brief and a strong design methodology can form the basis of success for projects of any shape or any scale and can ensure that our clients receive the best possible service.

The Team

John Caithness - Architect at Blackstaff Architects - staff team members

John Caithness

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John qualified in Hull and has over 35 years experience in private practice. He has been partner and director running all aspects of the business and has experience in a diverse range of projects including residential, sheltered dwellings, healthcare, leisure and retail.

He has worked as project architect in many countries including Ireland, England, Poland and Portugal. He has also acted as an expert witness on various legal issues.

Gerry Lidster - Architect at Blackstaff Architects - staff team members

Gerry Lidster

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Gerry studied architecture in London and has worked as an architect for more than 18 years in the private and public sector through which he has developed a design rationale that strongly influences many of the projects within the practice.

He has worked in Stockholm, Dublin and Belfast and has experience as project architect on developments including housing, retail, commercial and community facilities.

Jason Goldring - Architect at Blackstaff Architects - staff team members

Jason Goldring

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Jason has worked on a variety of commercial projects over the course of a 16 year career in architecture and design. Underlying key design skills is a wealth of experience in project delivery and design team co-ordination. He has a keen eye for detail which he has developed on a number of significant retail projects for clients such as Isaac Agnew motor group.

The realisation of contemporary design concepts into cost effective built projects has been key to the success in recent times. Jason feels strongly that value engineering the design throughout the process is critical to ensuring that the client gets real value for money and the finish they can be proud of.

Our approach to design and architecture considers the experience of the building users and how their daily lives may be enhanced through spatial quality and thoughtful architectural detailing. We consider the fabric of our environment and continually challenge and modify the ways in which our buildings are realised to deliver the highest level of design possible. We believe the design process to be a constant investigation and critique of the buildings we create and seek to refine and deliver a finished product that our clients can be proud of.

We aim to be professional at all times ensuring that our clients are well informed throughout each stage of their project. We also understand the construction industry and have developed close relationships with other building professionals and can offer an integrated level of service and advice for any project.