PROFILE 

  PRACTICE 

INSPIRE. CREATE. ENJOY... 
 
BGA Architects are a multi award winning architectural practice based in Newtownards, County Down. The practice was established in 1984 by Brian Grahame and is now led by Managing Director, John Lavery. John and the team have considerable experience in designing various building types however most of our workload is in the residential sector. We strive to provide a professional and friendly service from inception to completion. 
 
Chartered with the RIBA and registered with ARB, we are currently designing projects throughout Northern Ireland. We have a highly respected reputation locally and are expanding geographically with recent commissions in both London and Glasgow. 
 
Our growing residential portfolio has been recognised in the last three RSUA Design Awards, with us winning awards in both the Residential and Regeneration Categories. In 2012, we were shortlisted for 'Design and Innovation' in the RICS Awards, and in 2015 we were also shortlisted for Architectural Firm of the Year. In the same year, John reached the final three for 'Designer of the Year' in the Irish Construction Industry Awards. 
 
We believe in architecture for all, and as such we typically deal with budgets ranging from £25K to £1Million, with the bulk of our contracts falling between £150-500K. Whether the client envisages a traditional or contemporary style and whether the project is a renovation or a new build, we apply the same fundamental approach ensuring that the journey from the design process through to the construction phase is thoroughly enjoyable. 
 
As members of the RSUA Sustainability Committee we have completed zero carbon, low carbon and passive standard houses. We continue to promote environmentally responsible design solutions for each and every design. 
 
Located in a rural market town, we have particular expertise for Planning Policies in the countryside. 

TEAM 

JOHN LAVERY 
Managing Director 
 
BRIAN GRAHAME 
Director 
 
CLAIRE LAVERY 
Director 
 
MATTHEW BEERS 
Technician 
 
RYAN McCLEAN 
Technician 
 

AWARDS 

 
RSUA DESIGN AWARDS 2016 
Beechvale Road Social Housing 
 
Judges Citation: This project illustrates the possibilities of urban regeneration through careful planning in a previously uncared for environment 
 
BGA Architects win an RSUA Design Award 2016 (Commendation) for Beechvale Road in the Residential Category. 
 
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RSUA DESIGN AWARDS 2014 
Department for Social Development Regeneration Award 
 
Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 
 
Judges Citation: This project illustrates the possibilities of urban regeneration through careful planning in a previously uncared for environment 
 
BGA win top prize for Urban Regeneration at this year's award ceremony in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Past winners of the award include the Shankill Well Being Centre and Victoria Square, Shopping Complex, Belfast. 
 
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RICS AWARDS 2012 
Largymore Primary School, Lisburn was 1 of 6 projects throughout Northern Ireland shortlisted in the category of Design and Innovation. This award recognises the use of outstanding design and innovation in creating a successful 
 
project across a wide range of criteria. 
 
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RSUA DESIGN AWARDS 2012  
BGA Architects win an RSUA Design Award 2012 (Commendation) for 007 House in the Residential Category. 
 
Judges Citation for the Commendation Award: A compact and eye-catching response to a very steep site of stunning natural beauty. It is solidly anchored in it's landscape while increasing opening up to the view as one moves up. 
 
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PUBLISHED 

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