Celebrating 35 Years

Rance Booth Smith Architects (RBS) are proudly celebrating 35 years in business.

Saltaire based RBS Architects have been delivering a range of stunning and award winning designs for a wide variety of prestigious clients over the last 35 years and they continue to do so today.

RBS was founded in 1982 in Shipley before purchasing and relocating to 11 Victoria Road, Saltaire in January 1989 where they are still located today.  They repaired; restored and reinstated what was originally a wool shop / previously a grocers shop back to its original design, providing quality business premises on three floors. 

In 2000, the practice purchased the adjacent premises (number 10), to extend. The exterior was restored to its original appearance and design from Sir Titus Salt’s day.

Times have definitely changed from when the Practice was first established.  There were drawing boards all over, no one had heard of mobile phones, and ties or bow ties were worn.  Now each person has numerous devices, BIM is used, and they are protecting themselves from cyber-crime. Drawing boards and plans chests are nowhere to be seen, and ties are rarely worn.

They are pleased to say that they have even refurbished projects that they originally designed in the last century, for the same client!

Allan Booth, founding director comments “A lot has changed in our industry since the formation of Rance Booth Smith Architects 35 years ago.  Gone are the days of the brass plaque at the door, the only method of advertising allowed by architects in those days.  Today things are so much faster and often more fragmented in their delivery.  Promotion is about online presence, tweeting, newsletters, but it is also still very much about making contacts face to face and networking.  The job is as varied as ever though and there is still a lot of scope for creativity, two aspects that I love about the work and which keeps me wanting to do it.”

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