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A Short History of the Garner Southall Partnership

As 1974 dawned with fuel shortages and the country working only a three day week it was hardly a propitious time to start a new business.
Surveyor Terry Southall had bought out the Llandrindod office of a Hereford firm of architects and asked Mike Garner, then working for Herefordshire County Council to join him in Partnership.  The main workload of the practice was house alterations and one off houses.
The Partnership worked from offices in Alpine House, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells and Broad Street Presteigne, from where we also, unusually for architects, operated a building society agency. This tradition has continued with various Building Societies over the years and we currently act for the Dudley Building Society at our office in 3 Broad Street, Knighton.
In 1975 a long association with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society began, which resulted in us designing 15 of the permanent buildings on the Showground including the Society’s offices, Presidents Pavilion, Grandstand and most recently the new Entrance A opened by Her Majesty the Queen this year.
In 1979 the Partnership were joined by Gareth Price from Rhayader, and he became the surveying partner in 2003 when Terry Southall became a Consultant.


The scope of our designs expanded to include industrial and agricultural buildings, public buildings, offices, hotels and housing developments for local building contractors and developers.
Also in 1979 the Partnership’s long relationship with the Development Board for Rural Wales (subsequently Welsh Development Agency) commenced resulting in about 30 industrial units including the Labtech Building in Presteigne, the renovation and conversion of the Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells and most recently advanced factories in Llanidloes, Welshpool and Brecon.
It was inevitable that dealing with alterations to existing buildings we would deal with the particular problems that affect buildings of historical interest, of which there are numerous examples in the locality.  Over the years expertise has been gained in work with historic buildings.
In spite of this particular expertise our workload remains broad and still includes the house alterations and one off houses on which it was originally based.
We continue to have excellent and often long term relationships with our clients, to whom we extend heartfelt thanks for their patronage and with the building contractors and consultants with whom we work.




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