The Architectural Design Team

Founding member, Darren Blackwell and Sue Ferguson are the co-directors of Oakland Vale Ltd. Established in 2003, we are a team of Architectural Designers and Build Consultants based in East Sussex. Our ethos is to ensure your vision becomes reality.

Planning and Conceptual Design

Darren Blackwell

Darren Blackwell
Design Director

Darren creates the stunning hand-drawn conceptual designs that bring our clients visions to life. Darren has over 35 years experience in the building industry, and has spent over 20 years as an Architectural Designer. Designing bespoke homes including oak-framed properties for various clients such as self-builders.

Typically the process would start with an initial meeting with Darren. He would meet with you and discuss in detail the requirements of your new home, such as the design style and budget. Offering advice regarding the design and feasibility of the project in relation to gaining full planning approval.

Darren would guide you through the often complicated planning process with the support of our Architectural Technicians.

Jason Kidman

Jason Kidman
Architectural Assistant

Jason is currently working as part of the design team supprting our Design Director, Darren Blackwell, in preparing and enhancing our design and planning drawings. In addition to this he assists our Techincial Director, Greville Thomas, with the preparation of detailed construction drawings. He offers verstility to the team through the use of Photoshop, Auto Cad and 3d modelling.

Building Regulations and Construction

Greville Thomas

Greville Thomas
Technical Director

Greville who has a BA(Hons) degree in Architecture, runs our Technical Department, preparing detailed CAD drawings for site and for submission to Building Control. With over 25 years experience in Architectural Design, Greville prepares planning and detailed building regulations & construction drawings for buildings and extensions for residential and commercial clients, having previously run his own practise before joining Oakland Vale in 2007.

Typically Greville would become involved with your project once planning approval has been granted, producing detailed technical drawings of your project.

More detailed drawings (than those required to gain building regulations approval) are also often required to aid in accurate pricing and to support the build to ensure that it is built to current standards.