Michael Drury has been a partner in architectural practice at St. Ann’s Gate in Salisbury since 1976. On the retirement of his former principal, H.Dalton Clifford in 1981, he established a practice in his own name. Antony Feltham~King joined him in 1997, forming ‘Michael Drury Architects’, re-named St. Ann’s Gate Architects LLP in 2009.
Michael began his association with large scale historic building projects while studying at the Architectural Association for a post graduate qualification in Building Conservation in 1984. Winning a competition for the completion of Portsmouth Cathedral, his new west end was completed in 1990 and was followed by re-ordering throughout the cathedral over the next two years. He was appointed Salisbury Cathedral Architect in 1993. Westminster and Arundel followed. Antony has continued the partnership’s involvement in cathedral work at Gloucester and has developed the practice, its reputation having grown in a much wider field over the last thirty years.
Michael’s publications include contributions in several books on building conservation and architectural history. He has a particular interest is the last years of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth. His book on the Arts and Crafts movement, entitled ‘Wandering Architects’ was published in 2000 and a revised edition will appear later in 2015. Like Michael, Antony serves on various advisory bodies and St. Ann’s Gate Architects has gained success in effective collaborative work with our clients, their funding partners, design teams, the relevant authorities and statutory bodies. The approach is one based on consensus, without diminishing the quality of the design, or compromising the integrity of the historic setting. Antony places particular importance on the concept of inclusive environments and the way in which our historic buildings can accommodate changing needs, maintaining their relevance within a contemporary society. One of the results of this is the practice’s increasing renown for a number of new buildings within a historic context
Today, principal partners Michael and Antony head up a team of mainly conservation-accredited architects with help from two relatively new partners, Louise Rendell and Helen Martin. Projects vary from larger ones such as Gloucester Cathedral’s Project Pilgrim, the conservation and repair of garden buildings at Stourhead for the National Trust and the completion of Lancing College Chapel to smaller projects for a varied range of clients across the south of England.