Hilary Brightman

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Hilary Brightman is the principal in this small but specialized architectural practice, which has particular expertise in historic buildings and new work in historic settings.

Hilary is a registered and chartered architect and was awarded a distinction for her MA in Architectural Building Conservation. She is a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, is registered as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) and is on the DAC list of recommended architects.

Natalie Drewett

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Natalie Drewett, senior architectural assistant, has also worked as an historic buildings advisor at Essex County Council and currently works part-time as a Heritage Enabling Officer at Babergh District Council.

Natalie has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors and has a special talent for new design in an historic context.


The practice has technical and clerical support and can draw on a network of professionals, i.e. structural engineers, site and measured building surveyors, quantity surveyors and planning consultants, and can put together a team for a range of projects.


The two most recent awards are for the Design category of the Maldon District Design & Conservation Awards Scheme.

Church Cottages – 2017

Mill House – 2018

Highly Commended – 2017

Church cottages
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Design Winner – 2018

Mill House,
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Diocese Advisory Committee

I am on the DAC (Diocese Advisory Committee) recommended list of architects for Essex, which means that I can carry out quinquennial inspections on churches for PCCs (or Parochial Church Councils).