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Senior appointments at BBL


Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard are delighted to announce the appointment of three senior staff to the practice. The appointments will bring a wealth of creative and technical skills to the practice as we focus on delivering some exceptional projects following a period of strong growth.


The practice is welcoming Architect Issa Bensalem to Director and Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat and David Gilhooley as Senior Architectural Technologists.


Issa Bensalem architect

Issa joins the practice as Director and brings with him extensive experience of bespoke residential design. He enjoys opportunities for experimentation and creating unusual, environmentally responsible, considered and delightful buildings and spaces, designed to last. For the past few years Issa has successfully run his own bespoke residential practice splitting his time between projects in North Yorkshire and North London.



“I am delighted to welcome Issa to the practice, Issa and I worked together many years ago in private practice and I am thrilled that we now have the opportunity to forge a long term creative partnership. Issa will play an integral role in the development of the studio and I am excited about the creative skills he will bring to our award winning team” Director Oliver Leonard

The practice has always valued the role of architectural technologists in driving technical rigour and construction quality in the practice. The appointment of Matthew and David to the role of Senior Architectural Technologist is intended to compliment our existing senior associate team.


Matthew Brooke-Peat

Matthew joins the practice from Leeds Beckett University where he was Course Director for the Architectural Technology suite of courses. Matthew has a particular specialism in sustainable design and thermal performance analysis of building fabric. Matthew has recently been made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology in recognition of his contribution to and excellence in Architectural Technology.


“Matthew will bring his extensive knowledge of building performance specification and design, as the practice moves towards the delivery of net zero buildings. I am delighted to be working with Matthew to push the boundaries in building performance across our entire portfolio and provide clients with critical information about the energy performance of their project from an early stage” Director Oliver Leonard
David Gilhooley

David joins the practice as Senior Architectural Technologist to help manage and deliver projects from detailed design through to completion. David enjoys developing creative and practical technical solutions to building detailing without compromising the architectural intent in both freehand drawn communication and computer designed solutions. Prior to joining BBL, David has worked on several major projects for architects Sir Terry Farrell and Craig Hamilton.


David complements our existing senior team and will be a driving force in the delivery of a series of large bespoke dwellings over the next few years. As a someone with over 40 years’ experience in architectural practice, David will be a key part of the team as we look to build on our reputation for excellence in the design and construction of bespoke residential architecture” Director Oliver Leonard

The three appointments culminate an exciting few years of exceptional growth for Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard. Issa, Matthew and David will each bring their unique talent and skill to the practice, broaden our offer and ensure our clients receive the best possible service.


We have an extensive order book of incredible projects in the pipeline and we are privileged to be working with bold and forward thinking clients to deliver building projects of exceptional quality and design. As a practice with roots in both York and Malton we are looking to further establish our reputation for excellence in the high-end residential and bespoke commercial sectors and consolidate our position as a leading creative studio in the North of England.

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