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... ready to give maximum value and quality to your projects.

Originally founded in 1900, Ansell and Bailey are one of the longest established architectural practices in the UK.


We are 100% focused on your requirements, providing partner led service from inception to completion. From our studio near Farringdon Station in London, we are conveniently based to serve you both locally and nationally. 


We have experience in virtually all sectors and we specialise in Healthcare, Laboratory and Education projects.


The two partners and senior staff members have combined experience well in excess of 100 years focused on our speciality sectors, including over 1 million square feet of healthcare space.


We are a strong team, committed to delivering your goals. Whether you have vast experience of procuring design and construction projects, or whether this process is new to you, we tailor our service to maximise value for you.


If you are thinking of a project, please contact us. We are happy to talk it through, understand your requirements and suggest solutions to help give you the confidence to proceed.


Ansell and Bailey architects aim to...


       • Approach your project with an open mind.
       • Assist you in developing your brief clearly and comprehensively.
       • Produce high quality, practical, attractive and cost effective designs.
       • Provide strong design team leadership.
       • Produce clear drawings and documentation including BIM.
       • Administer contracts in a firm, fair, friendly and consistent manner with all parties.
       • Develop many successful working relationships.


Please see below to meet our team and please click here to contact us.



Our studio

You will find us at:

                             Ansell and Bailey Ltd

                             99 - 101 Farringdon Road



                             EC1R 3BN


Your senior team

Our Rich Heritage



Please meet the man who, in 1900, founded our historic practice. William Henry Ansell was an architect, a specialist 

designing health and care facilities, a First World War Royal Engineer, a Second World War RIBA president and he was honoured with a CBE for his dedicated services. His younger partner Arthur Bailey specialised in church design, who was commissioned to rebuild Second World War bomb damaged churches. Arthur Bailey's son, Martin Bailey, also became a partner of the practice, retiring in 2008.



1872 - born in Nottingham


1900 - set up practice in London


1914 - designed a new 'Temple of Humanity for the Positivists' at Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool which is now  grade 2 listed building.


1915 to 1918 - First World War active service as an officer in the Royal Engineers, receiving the Military Cross and was twice mentioned in despatches.


1928 - President of the Architectural Association School of Architecture


1933 to 1935 - Vice-President of the Royal Institute of British Architects


1940 - Vice-Chairman of the National Buildings Record - a body formed to record significant buildings threatened by enemy bombing.


1940 to 1943 - President of the Royal Institute of British Architects


1944 - Master member art workers guild


1955 - CBE - Order of the Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire


Ansell did very few buildings in his long life, never had more than 1 or 2 assistants, was over 40 at the beginning of WW1, and was renowned as a witty after dinner speaker. His wife was wheelchair bound with polio. (information in italics courtesy of Martin Bailey)


Above is a sketch William Henry Ansell did in Poperinghe shortly before the end of WW1. 'Pops' as it was known to British troops was the town used for casualty clearance, and also a rest area for UK troops. (information in italics courtesy of Martin Bailey)

Arthur Bailey trained under E Vincent Harris (1876-1971) in the neo-classical style. Bailey however completed a wide variety of project types and styles throughout his career and, in partnership with William Henry Ansell, focused on the restoration of London's churches bombed during the Blitz.


Restored churches included:

Hawksmoor's St George in the East, grade 1 listed.


New Churches included:

Dutch Church, Austin Friars, London, built 1950-54, Grade 2 listed.

Holy Trinity Church, Twydall Lane, Gillingham, Grade 2 listed.


In the photo here is Arthur Bailey with a model of Tower Court and Portal House. A block of flats on the cliff in Bournemouth, which paid for Portal House (convalescent home). The client was the NDFS who the firm acted for, from 1900. Tower Court was finished in about 1962. Arthur Bailey bought one of the top flats and retired there in 1970. The photo was probably taken in about 1959. (information in italics courtesy of Martin Bailey)



The Dutch Church

Holy Trinity Church

Here is Arthur Bailey's son, Martin Bailey, who also became a partner of the practice, retiring in 2008.


This portrait hangs on the wall of Ansell and Bailey's Studio.

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