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Peter Kempsey - Partner


Peter studied architecture at Newcastle University and at Oxford Brooks University where he graduated in 1974.

He worked in local government in Cumbria where he was responsible for a variety of housing and other projects, and spent two years working for Inter Island Architects in St Lucia in the Carribean, before setting up his own practice with his wife Sonia in 1983. In 1986 he was joined by John Widdaker and Countryside Consultants was formed.


Peter is passionate about vernacular architecture. He has always been interested in old buildings, having written his graduation thesis on the subject of the re-use of redundant buildings. He is also very interested in the rural economy and is a former chair of the North Pennines LEADER Local Action Group and more recently the Solway Border and Eden LEADER Local Action Group. (LEADER provides European funding for community projects and small businesses). After working on a variety of conservation projects, from castles to bastle-houses, and barn conversions to industrial monuments, Peter attained Accreditation in Building Conservation in 2008. Since then, the volume of conservation projects has grown to such an extent that conservation work now represents over 90% of his work-load

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