Plater|Claiborne Architecture + Design

Plater | Claiborne : what we do best

The Partners

Simon Plater    AA Dipl Arch RIBA


Karen Fardell    BA (Hons) Dipl Arch RIBA



Andrew Claiborne    Dipl Arch (Hons) MaPS FFB RIBA


Plater | Claiborne

Architecture + Design

Young enough to be adventurous;

Old enough to be realists



Planning Consultants

Historic Building Consultants

Interior Designers

Contact Us

If you are interested in the services of Plater|Claiborne please contact us to discuss your individual project requirements via telephone, fax or email.  Details are on the contact page

Services of the Practice

Outlined below are examples of the some of the design services that the Plater|Claiborne Architecture + Design can provide for their clients.  Please refer to the various case studies of projects carried out by the practice on our project gallery pages.

This section is in the process of being updated and does not include all of the services offered by Plater|Claiborne Architecture + Design


Work to residential properties include the design of new houses, alterations, extensions and interior design

Many of the residential dwellings that the practice work with are historic buildings and includes specialist designs for the conversion of traditional redundant farm barns into residential properties

Maldon Hall Barn   image

Hartlewood Farm Barn   image

Fontevielle Farm Barn, France   image

Low cost housing for various Housing Associations

Works to Historic Buildings

Repair, Refurbishment, Conservation, Restoration and Alterations

The Practice has a vast experience in all aspects of works to historic buildings and contributes to the MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings course at Anglia Ruskin University

Conversion of traditional redundant farm barns into residential properties


Works to churches of various denominations, including new churches, alterations and extensions throughout the east of england and London


Work to commercial buildings include new buildings, alterations and extensions

Conversion of traditional redundant farm barns into commercial premises


Various designs for doctors' surgeries and health clinics

Pharmacy buildings   image


Local Needs Housing - Ashdon, Essex (Stages 3-5)

Various other Local Needs Housing Schemes

Designs for Emmaus Colchester   image

Exhibition Centre - Jumbo Water Tower

Heritage Centre - Wivenhoe Engine Shed Project   image

Specialist Interest Projects

Jumbo Water Tower - Conversion to Residential use

Wivenhoe Water Tower - Conversion into two apartments with contemporary dwelling  image

Competition Design for Town Hall Extension - Colchester

Designs for new Town Hall competition - Epping

YMCA competition - Nottingham

Planning Consultancy

Strategic Planning

Extension to village, including low cost housing - Fressingfield, Essex

Feasibility studies for local needs housing and other projects

Fingringhoe, Essex

Student Accommodation, Colchester

Local Plan Inquiries

(Including representation for the Royal Institute of British Architects and amenity groups)

Colchester Borough Council

Tendring District Council

Expert Witness and Professional Advice

Royal Institute of British Architects

Maldon District Council

Tendring District Council

Various private clients

Planning Appeals

Various planning appeals for private clients:

Public Local Inquiries

Informal Hearings

Written Representation


Professional Presentations

Essex County Council

Anglia Ruskin University

Shape East

Essex Planning Officers Association