James Gibbs was one of the first British architects to go to Italy. Whilst studying for the priesthood in Rome, he turned to architecture in 1704. He became a pupil of Carlo Fontana before returning to London where, with help from Sir Christopher Wren, he became one of the two surveyors to the Commissioners for Building 50 New Churches in London in 1713. His masterly design of St Mary Le Strand in London (1714-24) launched his reputation; St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar Square (1722-26) became the prototype for urban Anglican churches for the next century across the UK and America. Other ecclesiastical projects included Derby Cathedral (1723-5); the Mausoleum at Kirkleatham Church, Yorks (1740), and St Nicholas Church West, Aberdeen (1741-5). His prolific portfolio of secular buildings included Sudbrooke House, Petersham (c1717-20), the Senate House, Cambridge (1722-30); the Fellows Building, Kings College Cambridge (1724-49), and the Radcliffe Library, Oxford (1737-8).
Hugh Petter RIBA FRSA
After winning the Rome Scholarship in architecture twice, Hugh Petter served for 6 years as Senior Tutor at The Prince of Wales Institute in London before embarking upon his career in professional practice with ADAM Architecture. He is a trustee of the Georgian Group in London; a Member of the Council of Advisors of The Institute of Classical Architecture in New York, and is the external examiner in Conservation at The College of Estate Management in Reading. Petter enjoys an international portfolio of projects that includes bespoke new buildings; work to historic buildings; commercial housing, and urban design. He writes regularly, and lectures across the UK and overseas. Haddonstone has worked closely with Hugh Petter to ensure that this new range of classical details is designed and manufactured to the highest quality, with close attention to every detail, and comes with a package of typical details to help contractors erect the porch correctly and to a high standard.
For launch information, click here. The Gibbs Range was formally launched in Spring 2017.