Henry was a pivotal figure in the team that turned something from a concept - into the reality of the amazing building that we are so privileged to now own. As project architect he oversaw the whole enterprise through many challenges, including appalling winter weather and the tribulations of dealing with a principal contractor whose business ceased to trade. It was amazing to watch Henry's utter dedication to the project combined with his unstinting attention to every last detail. The end result was a building of outstanding architectural merit – brought to life through exceptional craftsmanship and finish – and delivered to us on budget. What more could a client hope for?
Ridgetree Projects were the main contractor on the development of The Hind House in Wargrave, and Henry Goss was the Project Architect assigned by JPA. The project design was excellent and the component details in the drawings that we were working from were clear and well developed.
Working with Henry was a pleasure and he was able to communicate the specific design intent of individual components, and the overall scheme, clearly and effectively. He is also responsive to feedback regarding the buildability of key elements and is flexible enough to take on board ideas from site that can streamline the implementation of the design.
The Hind House was a RIBA award winner in 2009 and this could never have been achieved without the excellent working relationship between Ridgetree and Henry.
Having worked with Henry on the Watson House, it is obvious that he is a very talented designer, however for the builder it is his attitude on site and throughout the build process that really sets him apart from other architects. He understands the materials he selects; their strengths and limitations, workability and how they physically go together. His drawings and detailing are the best I have ever worked with. He is organized and thorough. His down-to-earth and hands-on attitude earns him the respect of the tradesmen on site and his energy and enthusiasm is contagious. All of this makes for a build process that is more efficient and pleasurable for all concerned. It means that he has the whole construction team behind him, all driving towards one goal – an outstanding piece of architecture.