John McLean | Director
John McLean joined Morgan Carn Architects in 1985, becoming a Director in 1993. He has 32 years experience in architecture working with public and private sector clients. He spent his early career working as a project architect in the schools team before moving into master planning and mixed-use projects.
John specialises in unlocking the potential of complex sites, often stalled by restrictive planning policies, neighbouring buildings, flood risk, financial viability and other constraints. As project architect and design team leader he has delivered a number of substantial mixed-use schemes in Brighton & Hove, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Southampton, Portsmouth, Weston Super Mare, Poole, and Bournemouth ranging from £2m to £60m.
Through carefully considered design and engagement with decision makers, officers and stakeholders, he has a track record for maximising the potential of complex sites. He is also experienced in negotiating 106 agreements, value engineering and contract administration.
John is currently leading a high profile regeneration scheme in central Brighton creating a new vibrant shopping & dining quarter ‘Hanningtons Lane’ within the historic Lanes, including 16 new boutique shops with residential and office accommodation above, coupled with the refurbishment of Brighton Square and the regeneration of lower North Street.
John’s proactive approach to identifying opportunities, directly approaching and engaging with stakeholders, planners and local communities, has brought forward several exciting and challenging sites. It is hoped that schemes like Hannington Lane, Brighton Square and West Street will act as catalysts for further development that enhances and contributes to the quality of urban design and public spaces in Brighton & Hove and the region.
Lap Chan | Director
Lap Chan joined Morgan Carn Architects in 2002, becoming a director in 2005. He has 30 years experience in architecture and has worked on a diverse range of projects including urban design schemes and large institutional buildings to individual, bespoke houses. He has worked in a variety of fields including arts and leisure, schools, churches, community buildings and commercial.
The continuing theme throughout his work is a passion for creating places for people, buildings that relate well to their context and provide enjoyment/delight to the users. This interest informs an approach to exploring the relationship between buildings and urban design and the creation of stimulating environments that make a positive contribution to peoples lives.
Lap is currently lead architect for two innovative Paragraph 55 homes in the Sussex countryside, one of which has recently been granted planning.
Mark Adams | Director
Mark Adams has over 25 years experience in architecture. He joined Morgan Carn Architects in 2004 to become project architect and team leader on the £18m East Sussex National Golf Club Hotel. He developed an excellent working relationship with the construction team, which continued when the same personnel were appointed to build 105 apartments at the West Quay Phase 2 development in Newhaven. Following on from this he played a key role in the preparation of the successful planning permission to build a further 331 units around Newhaven Marina.
Currently he is lead architect for a £45m development of 63 luxury houses in Englefield, Surrey. The use of BIM has enabled the project team to explore design options in 2D and 3D with the client using the same technology on their iPad. The client is now using several iPads within their organisation to communicate every aspect of the scheme both internally with the construction and delivery teams and externally for marketing. For Morgan Carn the BIM workflow has ensured that all outputs are fully coordinated at any point during the project programme.
Mark has been instrumental in the development of the office wide QA system and CAD/BIM standards. Outside of the office he has undertaken significant construction work on various properties, developing practical skills and knowledge of a number of building trades that assists his understanding of the construction process.
Martin Wilyman | Director
Martin Wilyman joined Morgan Carn Architects in 1999, becoming a director and head of the schools team in 2004. He has over 25 years experience in architecture. Martin has worked abroad as an architect in Australia and Holland gaining experience in housing design and design for the elderly. He is also a qualified primary school teacher with 6 years experience as a full time teacher.
A career in both architecture and education has provided Martin with an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing schools and colleges, how they adapt to change and how best to capture these requirements in well designed, inspiring environments for education and learning.
Martin has 12 years experience as senior architect and director in charge working on whole school development plans, new build and alterations / extensions. He is experienced in client brief negotiations, design development, planning applications, production information, tender procurement and contract administration. He has experience of working with nursery, primary, secondary and sixth form college schools.
Martin has specialist expertise advising and liaising with school governors and senior management regarding long term strategic planning for schools, DfES grant applications and funding availability particularly in grant maintained sector. He has extensive experience as principal designer and also advises on project management and health and safety.
Other experience includes new build and alteration work to churches and associated buildings and Quinquennial church Inspections for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
Terry Burdett | Director
Terry Burdett joined Morgan Carn Architects in 1978, becoming a director in 1992. He has over 35 years experience in architecture and construction. From 2000-2008 Terry was team leader for West Quay phase 1 & 2, supervising on-site construction of the £11m regeneration and development of waterside apartments and houses in Newhaven.
In 2008 he returned to Brighton as team leader on the £16m Waterloo Road Hotel in London, working closely with the main contractor, interior designer and the services sub-contractors to ensure that all internal elements of the building were fully coordinated within the confines of an extremely restricted envelope and tight timescale.
Terry’s pragmatic approach to design and construction both on and off-site plays a key role in ensuring projects are successfully delivered. His specialist expertise in construction, site management and procurement has proved essential in building and maintaining a good working relationship with both clients and contractors at all levels. Terry is currently working on a number of exciting and challenging projects in the region.
Martin Stapleton | Director
Martin Stapleton has over 25 years experience in architecture, working with a number of architectural practices including Morgan Carn Architects and Miller Bourne Partnership. He is experienced in a wide range of projects ranging from a new divisional police headquarters, conversion of a hospital into high end apartments and through to a new science and technology building for an independent school. Project values range from £50,000 up to £20 million.
Through these projects Martin has developed a variety of skills including client liaison, consultant liaison, working within environments that have to remain in use, building completion and handover, planning and building regulation applications. His approach to projects is very much on a team basis in that the common aim is to present the finished project on time and in budget so the end user/client is happy with the finished building.
Out of work, Martin has also been a school governor for 9 years and has held the position as the chair of the building committee.
Kevin Heaver | Director
Kevin Heaver joined Morgan Carn Architects in 2003 becoming a director in 2005. He has over 35 years experience in architecture. He spent his early career working as an architectural technician for architects and contractors where he gained valuable expertise in project delivery. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, schools and commercial in both the public and private sectors.
Kevin is team leader for several multi-million pound projects in Gibraltar. Currently he is working on the prestigious new World Trade Center. As Gibraltar continues its transformation into a major international finance centre, land is at a premium and the challenge facing the design team is to optimise the net lettable space on the available footprint.
Other projects in Gibraltar include Ocean Spa Plaza: 10 floors of luxury residential apartments and a hydrotherapy spa with 8 floors of parking and Imperial Ocean Plaza: 17 floors of residential with parking and 2 floors of commercial space. This site is situated in-between Royal Ocean Plaza and Grand Ocean Plaza, two multi-storey residential schemes previously completed by the Practice with Kevin as team leader.
Kevin is currently investigating several new sites in Gibraltar. These include proposals for a low-rise residential scheme on reclaimed land near the airport, requiring a detailed impact assessment and aeronautical study. He is also preparing feasibility studies for several complex landlocked sites.
All of these projects are large-scale and technically challenging. Kevin has worked closely with the client to establish a successful ongoing relationship with key stakeholders during the l2 years that the Practice has been working in Gibraltar.