John Cassell Partner

BSc(Hons), DipArch, RIBA

With almost 40 years leading Brock Carmichael, John has been central to driving the success of the practice to help it become one of the most established names in British architecture.

In addition to operating nationally and winning over twenty design awards, this has meant playing a key role in all fields of the business. From designing and developing commercial, residential, educational and other buildings to championing conservation, John has seen the industry change considerably – and has helped guide Brock Carmichael to reflect this.

A member of the RIBA, John also sits on the property panel for Professional Liverpool.

Martins Bank, Water Street

At one time, Liverpool was the only English city outside London with the headquarters of a major clearing bank. The Grade II* listed building, which opened in 1932, is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the city, empty for over a decade but used as a film set; Foyle’s War, Mary Poppins and Fantastic Beasts.

Brock Carmichael has been involved with plans to turn Martins Bank into a luxury 215 room hotel to include a rooftop spa and a sky bar overlooking Liverpool’s waterfront. Plans also include roof level walkways, conference spaces and a gym and fitness suite, with a lounge, bar, restaurant, function rooms, reception and lobby on the ground floor.

Lloyds of London

Designed specifically for change, the ‘inside out’ look of the 88m high concrete structure, with its 12 external wall-climbing glass lifts, exposed pipework and plug-in, stainless steel clad service pods are evidence of modern and modular construction ahead of its time.

Lloyds wanted a provocative design and its central atrium and open-plan interior delivered this. A complete Robert Adam 1760s boardroom is concealed inside.

Attitudes to modern architecture have changed. On completion in 1986 it was described as a modern monstrosity but in 2011 it became the youngest Grade I listed building, joining the Royal Festival Hall and Coventry Cathedral.

My favourite Brock Carmichael project

My favourite building in Liverpool

My favourite building in the World