Connolly Wellingham is a design studio inspired by continuity. Our ethos is to enquire, to define, to carefully make fit for purpose, then to pass on; recognising that our work is just one phase in a legacy of accretion that in some cases stretches for centuries.

Projects start with curiosity; a wide inquiry into the cultural and physical context of a site’s present and past, and a creative dialogue with the aspirations of a client’s brief.  Projects end with a piece of architecture; a thoughtful and measured response that marries client needs to an enhanced sense of place, and ultimately adding value to both.



Fergus and Charlie worked together at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in Bath for several years as project architects in the Creative Reuse team.  During this time they were responsible for developing and delivering high profile conservation and new build projects for a range of clients within the heritage sector, and built up a considerable expertise for the challenges of working with listed buildings and sensitive sites.

Both Charlie and Fergus have undertaken the prestigious Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ William Lethaby Scholarship;  a 9 month postgraduate training programme, attending live construction sites, meeting the UK’s leading conservation craftspeople and architects, and gaining hands on experience of our traditional crafts.  This immersive masterclass in the technical and philosophical challenges of working with historic buildings has defined our approach; Sensitivity to place, heritage and custodianship, alongside contemporary design, materials, construction and craftsmanship.

Connolly Wellingham is a new studio born from these shared values of a creative and contextual approach to our existing fabric and surroundings. We seek to work at a range of scales through an inclusive and collaborative process, and to explore the practice of architecture in its widest definition.



Connolly Wellingham offer a range of architectural design services, from project inception through to administering construction contracts and aftercare, and will work with clients to tailor a bespoke package of professional services to suit a particular project and specific requirements. We pride ourselves on our enthusiasm and curiosity, bringing an enquiring mind and a creative approach to all projects large or small.

Further to this we are experienced in conservation consultancy work such as fabric inspections, quinquennial inspections, listed building applications, statements of significance and conservation management plans, and are accredited by the AABC.

There is no charge for an initial consultation and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your ambitions for your building or site; and how Connolly Wellingham can add value to your project.


Connolly Wellingham Architects are based at Spike Island Creative Arts Centre on the Bristol harbourside, and visitors are always welcome.

Connolly Wellingham Architects
Spike Design. 133 Cumberland Road
Bristol. BS1 6UX