Meet the team
KELLY CLARK BSc BArch RIBA
I live in Cheddar and grew up in Axbridge before studying Architecture at Cardiff University. I have a family and apart from work I enjoy watching and participating in Sport. I play hockey for Winscombe and also coach hockey to our junior section of the club.
I qualified as an architect in 2003 and at that time worked for a large practice in Clifton, Bristol.
After gaining valuable experience in a larger corporate environment, I decided I would like to specialise in domestic scale projects closer to home and set up business with my father, a long established local builder.
I enjoy helping people achieve their dream home either from ‘Scratch’ or more often in a conversion/alteration/extension to an existing building.
Often, I find that people like where they live but are looking for ways to make their house work better for them as a family.
I enjoy blending old and new, helping clients to modernise and personalise their homes.
Given the locality, I am used to working within historic locations within Conservation areas and also with Listed Buildings.
On a practical note, being based in Cheddar, I get to work with several Local Planning Authorities, Sedgemoor, Mendip and North Somerset. I have experience of Local Planning Policy and have a very good success rate of gaining planning permission for clients.
With regards to Building Control applications I work with Somerset Building Control within a Partnership agreement, which results in fast approval times and a consistent link with a knowledgeable and helpful Building Control Officer.
Being linked with a building contracting company I have a realistic approach and can work to and advise on budgets. As a company we can always provide a quote for the works once a full set of technical drawings have been drawn up, if required.
Being just me, timescales may be longer than other architect practices where projects are given out to individuals within a practice after meeting and dealing with a director. I find that being the one person who you would deal with, helps to ensure that your requirements and design preferences are clearly understood, limiting redesign / misunderstanding issues.
I don’t charge for an initial half hour meeting at your home/project and would welcome the opportunity to come along and discuss your exciting project and provide you with advice on planning issues and costings for planning applications (if required) and building Control applications. At these meetings it’s often a great way to start to build a relationship between client and architect and get a feel for the type of design / risk / wish list that you may have.
If you think I can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!
What our customers say…
We were looking to convert our detached garage into a lounge and build a link extension from the main house. Kelly listened carefully to what we wanted and made helpful suggestions about how to achieve this. The plans were drawn up and we were delighted with both the proposed layout and the external appearance which blended well into the stone built garage and main house. We are fortunate that the house faces Southwest and Kelly had made full use of this to make the extension light and airy. The room proportions made the best use of the available space and change in level. After getting a number of quotes we appointed Steve Robinson as main contractor. The work was carried out to a very good standard and we were able to make some changes along the way. Steve and his workers were a cheery bunch and, given the disruption, clean and tidy.
‘We cannot recommend Kelly Clark enough. She worked closely with us on the design and layout of the build and the interior details regarding bathroom and kitchen fittings, location of sockets and lighting and underfloor heating and we were delighted with the result.
It is a unique, contemporary building which blends in perfectly with the surrounding countryside and is being put forward for a design award by the building inspector.’
Samantha and Susan Wilkins
‘We asked Kelly for help with our project in Padstow. She came up with an ingenious design which made the absolute best use of every inch of the tired old bungalow and we turned it into a fabulous 5* holiday home. Since then we have come back to Kelly for help with our second project which is currently underway. Kelly's help has been invaluable and it's been great to have her onboard.’
We used Robinson Clark for the entire design and build process. Kelly was great to work with, creative but reasonably priced and provided us with a variety of options to consider. She has a sound understanding of Listed Buildings and heritage assets and the issues that go with securing planning consents for them. The design is sensitive yet modern, works brilliantly for modern day living and is exactly on par with the brief we provided.
Steve and the team on the building side are friendly, approachable and professional. They take care and pride in their work, are knowledgeable and considerate and run an extremely tidy site. The quality of the finished build is extremely high and represents value for money. It has been a pleasure to work with Robinson Clark. Congratulations on the North Somerset Building Excellence Award!
‘We were delighted to achieve the LABC South West Excellence Award for the alteration and extension of Three Rocks, Cross. We chose Kelly as our architect because of her local knowledge, creativity and team work on the design of the house. We are proud of the build which would not have been possible without Kelly's input’
‘Kelly was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Extremely knowledgeable and efficient.We highly recommend her services’