Promotions at Robothams Architects

The Partners are delighted to announce the promotion of Associates, Steve Hodges and Sam Karr to positions as Associate Directors within the practice. Sam and Steve are both familiar faces to our clients and collaborators having worked in our team for over ten years.  Their promotions are timed to coincide with changes in the structure of the business as Andrew Haines moves to a consultant role and steps down from the board.

Andrew will continue to work with the practice where he has provided strong leadership for over 30 years, and designed and managed the delivery of many of our award winning projects across a range of sectors. His ongoing focus will be project management within the independent school sector.

Sam and  Steve’s promotions reflect their hard work and commitment to the business, and the Partner’s ongoing desire to deploy senior individuals to look after key client relationships in the coming years.

Robothams Architects appoint new Partners

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of three new equity owning Partners to the practice’s board. Jon Moore, Alistair Brown and David Sercombe are familiar to many of our clients having been key members of the management team for the last few years. They join Andrew Foster and Andrew Haines in managing the practice with plans to strengthen commercial, residential and education teams.


In a related change to the company’s ownership, Nick James has stepped down as a director, taking up the role of consultant and advisor to the board.  Having worked for Robothams for 28 years, Nick has generated an enviable reputation in the commercial and residential sectors with strong design skills and expertise in planning. His new role will allow him to focus on business development and design leadership which will feed into the business’ wider strategy to attract more privately funded projects.


With a broad portfolio of projects in design or starting on site, 2017 looks like an exciting year for the practice.

Robothams #GBBO Challenge

The baking of cakes has become a Robothams way of life.

We didn’t need much of an excuse to turn the BBC’s Great British Bake Off into a light hearted baking ‘competition’ in the office. Each week a member of staff baked as their selected competitor left the show, leaving this year’s winner Nadiya to give final victory to colleague, Tom Higginson. Throughout the duration of the competition we enjoyed yummy delights every week from our ‘bakers’ concluding in Tom’s nutty cookies.

We are looking forward to next year already.

CakesA selection of the bakes we enjoyed during the competition


Building Information Modelling commissions increase in 2015

SHB - Energy Centre - 10 ReducedWorking with BIM experts Digitial Node we are well on the way to be able to deliver the majority of the practice’s work using BIM in 2016. Since 2012 the practice have been investing in software and training for our architectural staff, developing in-house skills and standards to allow us to manage the increasing number of commissions requiring a BIM approach.

Our innovation team are steering the BIM revolution with Rebecca from Digital Node’s help identifying best practice and standards to support adoption.  One of our BIM Champions Andrea Obremski says, ‘we are seeing lots of benefits to the practice’s work flow with improved co-ordination and productivity improving our offer to clients’. 

3002 SHB - BIM Section - lowres

Current projects include a school in Erdington and a performing arts centre in the Cotswolds, as well as schemes we are currently bidding on in Abingdon and Coventry.

Management restructure at Robothams

Restructure Large Group

We are really pleased to announce that from the 1st November we have restructured our team. This has led to well-deserved promotions for a number of staff. In adapting to improving market conditions and growth in enquiries we have promoted Justin Metcalfe and Ravi Sambhi to Associates, Stephen Jackson, Chris Ballantine, Dawn Spicer and Alistair Brown to Associate Directors and Jon Moore and David Sercombe to Salaried Partners.

The restructure will allow continued career paths within the practice for this strong team and also create opportunities for all our staff to progress and develop at Robothams.

Robothams team plays in Deeley’s charity football event

The practice were represented on Saturday 4th October at Deeley Group’s charity five-a-side tournament in Coventry.  A strong team performance unfortunately did not get us beyond the group stage however the afternoon was enjoyed by all those played and their supporters.  The team’s captain Steve Jackson is currently planning their next fixture.


MCIAT success for Ravi Sambhi

Ravi Sambhi - Larger

Ravi Sambhi, a familiar face to many of our clients, has been successful in her application for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Her accreditation as MCIAT reflects her extensive experience and high levels of technical competence.

Joining Robothams in 2006 she has worked on our projects at City College Coventry, Sidney Stringer Academy, Diglis Water, Homewood Care Home and Abingdon & Witney College to name a few.

City College Carousel

EIC - Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry

Homewood, Leamington Spa

Above, images of a few projects Ravi has worked on whilst with Robothams.

Opportunities to join our team

To reflect an increasing work load and commissions on a number of exciting new projects,  we are currently seeking candidates to join us in the following roles:

  • A qualified Architect with a minimum of 2 years post part 3 experience to work on a range of projects for prestigious education and residential clients.
  • A Part 1 ‘Year Out’ Architectural Assistant to work on a range of further and higher education projects.

CVs should be emailed to including examples of recent work for the attention of Andrew Foster.

Robothams Architects are an equal opportunities employer.

Strictly no agencies please.

Designing a building at Robothams

New Members of Staff

Robothams have made further key appointments for the practice’s future.

Andrea Obremski joins us having completed a degree in Architectural Technology at Sheffield Hallam University this summer, she has recently gained associate membership of the CIAT with a view to achieving full membership by 2015.

Adam Wattrus brings additional skills to the practice having graduated from the University of the West of England in 2012 with a degree in Architecture and Environmental Engineering, with both in-depth knowledge of sustainable building technology and topographical surveying.

The appointments represent a focus on providing growth for the business, whilst retaining Robothams’ reputation for technical rigour and the ability to deliver complex schemes.


RIBA Award for Robothams

Our team are celebrating the RIBA award received for our work on the Sidney Stringer Academy with Kier and Sheppard Robson. We are all really proud of the project and the team in our office who worked on the project led by associate, Steve Jackson. We are currently working with the Academy to extend the school, for a which a planning submission was submitted in July.