The Classic Architecture Company, based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, was established by Peter in 1982. An Engineering graduate, Peter’s career began in the aircraft industry as an engineering apprentice with Rolls Royce Aero Engines. But a passionate interest in house design and historic buildings led him into property development and building design.
Peter’s enthusiasm for historic buildings has always been a strong influence on the practice. Even early on, his designs represented careful studies of historic architecture. This permeates through today in his inspiring work that blends contemporary and classic traditions with notable success.
As well as innovative design for new build projects, Peter has considerable experience in building conservation and restoration, particularly when connected to the re-use of redundant buildings. Diverse conversion projects ranging from 16th-century barns to a 19th-century school have given him specialist knowledge in a wide range of materials and construction.
In 1998 his work restoring a Grade II-listed town house was followed in a TV documentary series ‘Kingsbury Square’. The fourteen half-hour programmes followed the progress of the project under Peter’s supervision, covering every aspect of the conservation work.
Renowned for his creative response to a brief, Peter has been instrumental in developing the practice’s reputation, which is recognised by numerous awards and endorsements from professional bodies, both at a local and national level.
Peter has kept a link with his first career in aviation. He has been a qualified pilot since 1982 and nowadays is an Airshow pilot. Highly qualified to Advanced Level for aerobatic and formation flying, he is also a Rating Instructor and teaches advanced skills to qualified pilots.
Senior Architect and Partner
John joined the practice in 2001 as a specialist in historic buildings and building conservation.
During his years of professional practice, John has gained extensive experience and knowledge of many areas of architectural design, building conservation and the construction industry. He has a broad background of residential, commercial and office development for both corporate and private clients.
Included in John’s portfolio are projects involving the adaption and re-use of existing buildings – many of them listed and within conservation areas, some adjacent to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and others in World Heritage Sites. His work has regularly involved the conservation and restoration of Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings.
John has a wide knowledge of both modern and traditional methods of construction, detailing and repair, including the use of specialised materials such as marble, granite, fibrous plaster and structural glass.
A member of the RIBA Dorset Branch Committee, and Branch Treasurer, John is also a member of the Salisbury Civic Society.
Diploma in Architecture, Plymouth Polytechnic (1984).
Diploma in Building Conservation (Distinction), Bournemouth University (1997).
MSc in Building Conservation (Commendation), Bournemouth University (1998).
Architect Registered with the Architects Registration Board.
Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Finance Director and Partner
Responsible for finance, management and marketing, Sandy heads up the business side of the Practice. As a founding partner, she’s integral to the company’s growth and reputation, and her expertise in structuring finance and managing works programmes is a major contributor to the practice’s success.
Equally at home with staff recruitment and management, Sandy’s vision and open, approachable style create an environment in which the Classic Architecture team can thrive and produce their best work.
‘Sandy Borchert makes the financial side of the Practice and complex project developments go like clockwork’ (Tom Clay, former Bank Manager).