February Staff Member of the Month!

Introducing Matthew Bullock our February staff member of the month! Here's a little bit of information for you to find out what Matthew's role is here at GBS and a little bit about him.

Job Role: Architect

Favourite part of your job: Space planning and concept design

Favourite completed job at GBS? Difficult to choose; I like the historic refurbishments such as Kettell Hall for Trinity College and work at Ditchley Park, but also the healthcare projects in Oxford where we were able to introduce colour and artwork into the public areas.

Example of a project you are working on now: A full refurbishment of a Grade II* listed Queen Anne house for St John’s College. The Judge’s Lodging, now known as St Giles’ House, was built in 1702 and is described by Pevsner as “the best house of its date in Oxford “. Its garden building incorporates a 1 inch: 1 foot model of James Gibbs’ first design for the Radcliffe Camera dome. Our work involves restoring and altering the building for the College’s use - repairing the historic fabric, replacing the building services and installing an invisible stair lift to allow access to the principal rooms.

What you enjoy doing outside of work: Beer drinker, author, photographer, blogger, football supporter, below-average cricketer, and a fan of anything with four wheels (or more) and an engine. Also an active member of the TVR Car Club, the Campaign for Real Ale and I help organise Oxford and Charlbury Beer Festivals. Looking at this list, the majority seem to involve beer.

Favourite food? If I can’t choose beer, then definitely Indian. After a beer.

Did you know: I may be writing one, two or three books in 2020 and 2021. This year I am visiting every pub and bar within the Oxford ring road, about 172 places at the last count, recording my findings in a blog. This might become one of the three books.