Elly Hutton - architectural design and project lead for Elegant Design clients’ projects.
Here’s a more detailed view of her background.
I spent my early working life with John Laing Construction.
I learned to deal with the pressures of working on large projects in this male dominated
industry working on-site on various projects inc the St Katherine’s Dock South Bank
Project in Central London and Woking Town Centre redevelopment.Whilst expecting
my first son, I still relished the challenge of a 6 am start from home and squelched
around the construction sites in my boots dealing with and negotiating with sub-contractors.
Motherhood took me away from Laing Construction but when the boys started school
the prospect of becoming self-employed beckoned. I learned the latest version of
AutoCAD, a leading software design application used in architecture and engineering
and began working with local architects in South London and Surrey.
I designed an ambitious extension for our own family home at Cheam in Surrey which
my husband Mike built. I formed my own design and planning company in 2004 and I
now have good working relationships with most Council Planning Departments and associated
Building Control Inspectors in the surrounding areas.
I regularly dream of buildings in my sleep, I design instinctively by visualising
a walk through of the finished building during the design process. I have also learned
much through foreign travel and my appetite for inspirational TV shows like Grand
Designs has not diminished.
In addition to design work I can offer optional project control /management services
to our clients, skills that
I acquired early in my career with John Laing Construction.