BA(Hons) Manchester, DipArch UCL, RIBA
Eleanor began her architectural training at the University of Manchester where she gained her RIBA Part 1 qualification. Following this, whilst working as an architectural assistant at two London Practices, she spent two years undertaking post-graduate historical research into the 19th century British architecture of Philip Webb and Morris & Co. Eleanor went on to study her RIBA Part 2 at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where she placed as a finalist in the Hastings Pier Ideas Competition.
After a brief time working as an architectural assistant in London, Eleanor moved abroad, spending four years working at practices in Zimbabwe where she qualified as an architect under the Institute of Architects of Zimbabwe (IAZ).
Upon her return to the UK Eleanor was granted full chartership by the RIBA and over the next eight years worked as a Project Architect and Project Manager for some of the UK’s largest architecture commercial practices. Some of her most notable projects include the renovation of the Grade I Listed Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, the re-building of Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the new Digby Stuart College building at the University of Surrey.
Eleanor joined Hayes & Partners in 2004 as a Senior Architect and has been a Director since 2007. Now, as practice Director and Owner, she oversees all projects at a strategic level but primarily concentrates on the inception, design and planning application stages of each project. She has a wealth of experience in delivering sustainable projects and in extending and converting Listed buildings. She is trained as a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor and in 2016 became an RIBA-accredited Conservation Registrant.
Eleanor has won awards for her designs at Hayes & Partners; a Homebuilding and Renovating Award for Wagtail Cottage and a Grand Designs Award for Rough Hey Barn.
Outside of work, Eleanor has been a LEA School Governor three times, once in London and twice in Cheshire, where her portfolios included the Premises (Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds) and Health and Safety committees.
Together with her husband Steven, Eleanor also owns Rough Hey Ltd, a company specialising in the development and conversion of disused barns. This gives her first-hand knowledge of the property markets, developments in building technology and being on the client side of a project.
Examples of Rough Hey Ltd works include Bank Farm, Bank Farm Barns, Rough Hey Barn, The Hayloft, Hillmoor Barns (1&2) Kermincham Hall Barns