AN architectural practice in Malton has appointed a new director and associate.

Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard, formally known as Bramhall Blenkharn Architects, has appointed Oliver Leonard as a new director and Tris Terry as an associate.

Oliver studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh and joined Bramhall Blenkharn Architects before leaving the practice to gain experience in different sectors.

He returned to Bramhall Blenkharn Architects in 2019 and will be joining current directors’ Mark Bramhall and Ric Blenkharn.

"It is an honour to be invited to become a partner in Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard and to have the opportunity of helping to shape the future of the practice," he said.

"The practice will now be in its 26th year and it is an enormous privilege to draw on the experience and design flair of my fellow directors and the extensive technical skills of our technicians. It is exciting to start a new chapter in the practice."

Tris joined the practice in 2006 after completing his A-Level studies at Lady Lumley's School. Whilst working with the practice, he studied a degree in Environmental Management at the University of Hull.

Tris says that after 15 years with the practice, he is delighted to be appointed as an associate.

"I started working for Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard at the age of 18, so it is great to now become an associate in the practice some 15 years later," he said.

"I have always been fascinated by understanding how things work and how things go together, possibly from spending many hours playing with Lego as a kid.

"My job as an architectural technician allows me to explore the different ways building elements fit together, using an understanding of construction methods, materials, components and structure to translate a design concept into built reality. It is this problem-solving aspect of the job that is so appealing to me."

Since moving to Malton in 2000, Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard has been involved in a number of commercial projects including The Star Inn at Harome, Carpenter’s Arms in Felixkirk and the Feversham Arms in Helmsley.

“We did think that moving to Malton might be a retrograde move, but far from it in fact,” said director Ric Blenkharn.

"Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard has grown to be one of the leading practices in the county and we have been honoured to receive more than 70 awards."