Established in 1962 by Architect Anthony Grimshaw, the practice is now run by his daughters Rebecca Grimshaw, Architect and Rachel Grimshaw, Interior Designer.

Anthony Grimshaw Associates LLP is an RIBA Chartered practice, offering full architectural service from inception to completion, employing Architects Accredited in Building Conservation.

The practice undertakes a wide range of work, including both conservation contracts and new build, together with interiors and the design of furniture and fittings.

We believe it is equally important to balance knowledge and experience of repairing old buildings with skill in creative design. Our work has often involved new designs either within or alongside historic buildings. The challenge is always to contribute to the setting with both sensitivity and style, but without pastiche.

We provide a prompt, efficient and friendly service and are always happy to respond to client queries or requests for information.


Rebecca Grimshaw has been a Chartered Architect since 1988, having studied at Manchester University achieving both a BA (Hons) degree and a B.Arch degree. RIBA membership was gained in 1990. Rebecca has been on the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation since 2005, Category 'A'.

She is on the RIBA Register of Experts, has been an examiner for the RIBA North West Region Final Examination in Professional Practice and has also held a position on the judging panel for RIBA Awards (North West Regional Jury).

Rachel Grimshaw qualified with a first-class Honours Degree in Interior Design from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990, achieving an MA with Distinction in 2009.

Experienced in the design of both furniture and fittings she has worked on many of the office’s interior schemes. She has been a visiting tutor on the Interior Design degree courses of Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Central England, Birmingham, The University of Lincoln and John Moores University, Liverpool.

She is on the Diocesan Advisory Committee of Manchester Church of England Diocese.


  • Full Conservation Accredited Architect's services for all RIBA work stages
  • Feasibility studies and concept design with budget cost estimates 
  • Conversions, additions and alterations to Listed / Historic buildings
  • Full design service including Interior Design and reordering
  • Applications for Listed Building Consent, Conservation Area Consent, Planning, Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent, Building Regulation Approval and Faculty Applications. Sourcing pre-application advice
  • Project Manager / Contract Administrator services
  • Advising on need for consultancy services and recommending suitable specialists and contractors
  • Principal Designer services (CDM Regulations) / Health and Safety / pre-construction information 
  • Procurement advice
  • Condition surveys of all types of buildings plus site appraisals. Pre-purchase property appraisals
  • Quinquennial Inspections carried out by a Conservation Accredited Architect
  • On Approved List of Registered Quinquennial Inspectors for 4 Dioceses, inspecting over 80 churches across the north of England
  • Quinquennial Inspections for various denominations including Church of England, Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Coptic Christian, Methodist, United Reformed, Unitarian and Quaker
  • Access audits
  • Maintenance plans
  • Sustainability advice
  • Diagnostic surveys to determine repairs and specialist work required: roof, lead, stone and plaster surveys
  • Grant and other funding advice
  • Heritage Impact Statements and Conservation Management Plans
  • Listed and Historic Building Advisory Services
  • Statements of Significance / Statements of Need 
  • Heritage strategy 
  • Included on RIBA Register of Experts for work in Conservation / Contract disputes


The practice has received over 30 awards, including 4 Access for the Disabled Awards.

The office's Garden Gazebo building gained the very first RIBA 'Small Project of the Year' Award from Architects' Journal.

The nave ceiling at St Oswald's Church, Winwick was shortlisted (within the final two) for the John Betjeman Award (from SPAB), as was the conservation work to the altar panels at All Saints Parish Church, Wigan.

The steeple rebuilding at St Catharine's Church, Wigan received a Commendation from The Stone Federation of Great Britain.

The work of the office has been published in the Architectural Review, Architects' Journal, Building Design, RIBA Journal, Church Building & Heritage Review and other publications including Pevsner's North Lancashire and South Lancashire volumes, together with the three updated Pevsner's for the North West.

In collaboration with Steyn Studio the practice was recently shortlisted within the final 5 of the international competition to repair, conserve and reorder the church of St Michael le Belfrey, York. 






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Anthony Grimshaw Associates LLP
6 Bridgeman Terrace
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom

T: 01942 245777

E: aga@anthonygrimshawassociates.co.uk