27th June 2000




Architect Alison Davies has never looked back since she graduated from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and took charge of an award-winning firm with her husband Steve Banks in Nottingham.


Even the house where Alison and Steve live, which they built themselves, has won an accolade - first prize in the Daily Telegraph 1999 House Building and Renovating Awards.


Alison, 31, gained her postgraduate and professional qualifications at the Hull School of Architecture, graduating in 1995.


Their firm Groundworks specialises in designs for community buildings and they were recently given a national award from the Civic Trust for a partly lottery-funded community arts centre called The Point in Doncaster.


“I came to the Hull School of Architecture after study for an undergraduate degree at Nottingham University,” said Alison. “When I graduated, Steve and I joined this firm but later took over as partners in the practice. It’s a small firm but we’re very busy!”


Alison and Steve’s home on Midland Road in Carlton, Nottingham is a feat of architectural design and won the couple a luxury weekend at Raymond Blanc’s hotel Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire.


The award-winning house is built on stilts onto a steep hillside, with 54 steps leading up to the front door. They used timber and glass to create an open-plan airy effect throughout its three floors.




Alison can be contacted at Groundworks on 0115 941 7007.


Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042.