Quite simply, the ability to meet – and often exceed – our clients’ expectations is a baseline for Mellor Architects.
In practise, this means developing innovative and sustainable solutions; achieving high standards in both the buildings we design and the services we provide; delivering genuine value for money for our clients.
We also aim to make the whole process an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. By having a positive approach, promoting collaborative team working across all partners and benchmarking against the brief ensures that time and again we deliver on our word.
Mellor Architects provide an assured, full-service solution from initial consultation through to project completion. Regardless of size, each project is supervised by a director who will remain fully involved throughout the project lifecycle. In addition, a project director leads on all key issues and oversees the day-to-day management and successful delivery.
We’re thoughtful in design and agile in our actions. Responding creatively to context is at the heart of our work with each design developed from a careful analysis and understanding of the brief and a direct response to the site.
Mellor Architects often work as project design team leaders. Through extensive experience and professional skills honed across major projects, we provide guidance and informed advice to clients; we manage the process and liaise with stakeholders, and we provide consultancy and direction during the construction stages.
We develop professional and friendly relationships with everyone involved in each project, something we consider to be a key strength and an approach which fosters creative and productive partnerships.
Tom Mellor was a regional architect of the best kind, aware of activity in Britain and abroad, but loyal to his native Lancashire where most of his buildings are to be found, work which represents ‘a gentle and reasonable modernism’.
While accepting the main tenets of modernism Mellor recognised their limitations and, from his imagination, supplied the quality so often absent in post-war architecture.
A commission for War Memorial Housing in Lytham St Anne’s in 1947 led to Mellor starting his own practice there in 1949. It includes an elliptical single-storey chapel neatly walled in pebbles, reviving a local tradition. The large flat corner site is expertly and unobtrusively arranged with simple pitched-roof cottages in terraces.
Mellor’s architecture represents the civilised values associated with the Festival of Britain. He travelled in Scandinavia and was impressed by the work of Markelius, Asplund and Hedquist – his own house at Lytham was influenced by the Markelius house at Kevinge, the icon of “New Empiricism”, although its rational planning was his own invention.
Mellor’s practice at Lytham flourished, including public and private housing, the churches of St Bernadette at Lancaster and New Longton near Preston. His educational buildings included schools in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and college and university buildings at Salford, Worsley, Sheffield and Birmingham.
Although passed over for the job of Lancaster University, he worked harmoniously with Sir Peter Shepheard, the selected architect, designing a number of buildings on the campus including the library.
Tom Mellor retired at the age of 53 for reasons of health but had many other occupations besides architecture.
His paintings are among the most interesting and professional by any architect of his time. As a student, he had been influenced by Eric Ravilious and Paul Nash, and used their cool colours and sharp lines in paintings with a slightly Surrealist view of architecture. These were exhibited at the Royal Academy and sold regularly.
Tom Mellor died at his home in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, in December 1994.
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