Practice Profile

Architects Saffron Walden

Mike Hibbs and Sebastian Walsh are the directors of Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited, an Architectural practice based in Saffron Walden in north west Essex. The practice undertakes work in Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and will consider commissions from further afield, having carried out works in North, East and South London, Luxembourg and the Charente area of France.

As well as commissions for new houses for individual clients, Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited provide the architectural services required in the refurbishment and extension of all types of residential buildings, and specialise in substantial country properties, often listed buildings of considerable age and value. They handle planning applications on behalf of householders wishing to extend or alter their properties, with improvements ranging from loft conversions to swimming pools. They can recommend suitable contractors to carry out the building works and ensure a good standard of workmanship. Recent commissions included alterations and extensions to several churches in the town, and commissions for restaurants and the construction of luxury apartments.

Mike Hibbs and Sebastian Walsh have been in partnership since 1998 and in October 2012 formed Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited. They have between them a total of over 80 years’ experience of the building process. They share their premises with well-known local Surveyors, Snow Walker Associates. The associate architect is Janet Hayes, ARB; Simon Thompson and Bryan Driscoll are both architectural assistants, and the office is managed by Angela Knight and Lisa Taylor. Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited undertake contracts from a few thousand pounds to over £2,000,000 in value, often requiring the use of specialized conservation techniques. The practice uses the Caddie system of computer aided design, as well as more traditional drawing techniques when appropriate.