ECA was founded by Nick Edwards and Adam Covell in Soho, in 2005 as an architecture and design studio. It grew rapidly in the following two years, expanding operations into Dubai and the Middle East. In 2010 the office moved to Poole in Dorset when Martha Covell, town planner, joined the practice to form Edwards Covell Architecture and Planning. ECA is the only joint planning and architecture consultancy in the area. ECA CIC was set up in 2013 solely to deal with community projects and neighbourhood planning.
Adam Covell (BAHons, DipArch, RIBA) is a RIBA Silver Medal winner with a breadth of experience across many sectors. As the Managing Director of ECA Architecture and Planning, Adam oversees a wide range of projects which have included new contemporary buildings and master plans for Schools, mixed-use developments and complex heritage renewal schemes. Adam has a background in high-end design and has recently designed large residential schemes in Southampton, Luton and Richmond all of which have received planning permission. He has worked on numerous high-spec private houses including Passivhaus’s in Dorset and one in Surrey and Knappings Barn listed barn which received a RIBA short-list prize in the prestigious Conservation Category. Adam has a background in developing architectural concepts through new techniques in digital design and has held architectural teaching posts at Cambridge University, the University of Westminster and the Architectural Association. Adam was involved in the upgrade of Tottenham Court Road station for London Underground, the Money Zone in the Millennium Dome, high concept shops for Sony UK and DaimlerChrysler, and has designed numerous residential towers in the south-west of England and UAE. Adam is a keen sailor and races his boat regularly!
Martha Covell (BAHons, DipUP, MRTPI) Martha has worked on a wide variety of public and private sector projects as a planning consultant including: Gravesend Transport Quarter, submission and negotiation for significant town centre renewal project; Bloor Homes, successful preparation and negotiation of planning application for 330 homes for Willstock Phase 3; Development Plan Monitoring for strategic green belt sites including evidence at EiP and public inquiries. She also develops Planning Strategies for complex sites. Martha lectures at Westminster University on Planning and has spoken at various conferences on neighbourhood planning and regeneration. Martha founded ECA Community Interest Company in 2013 and routinely prepares funding bids on behalf of community groups and manages consultation programs using a variety of engagement techniques. Having worked on a number of neighbourhood plans, she has been instrumental in overseeing the successful completion of the (Reg. 15) Poole Quays Forum Neighbourhood Plan. Following ten years in local authority development control, Martha worked at Newham Council and the Poole of London Partnership, managing multi-million pound SRB funded regeneration projects. Otherwise she enjoys singing, paddle boarding and cycling to work!
Catherine Bartlett (BAHons, MSc, MRTPI) is an associate planner with over ten years experience in the public and private sector. Catherine joined ECA in 2014 from Tanner and Tilley Town Planning Consultants where she worked on a number of large-scale projects for development companies, private developers, local authorities and individual clients. Catherine is highly proficient in the preparation of planning appraisals, design and access statements and the submission of planning applications and appeals. She is experienced at negotiating positive outcomes on planning applications, often with complex and diverse issues. Catherine particularly enjoys working on ECA’s CIC community projects and consultation programs and has produced some excellent exhibitions and craft workshops etc. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking and is often seen cycling to work (when it’s not blowing a gale!)
Mitch Reeves (BAHons) joined ECA as an architectural technician in 2012. Mitch is particularly experienced in designing small and large-scale residential schemes and is highly proficient at producing 3D models, sketches and visualisations. Mitch has worked on most of ECA’s high profile projects and his favourite projects at ECA have been Fernheath Football Club, St Mary’s Road Southampton (74 flats), Canford Cliffs Road (hi-spec house), Christchurch Road Boscombe (15 flats in an old pub) and Banbury Cinema conversion to 9 flats. Mitch spends his spare time rock climbing, paint-balling and renovating cars.
Craig Alexander (BScHons MArch Hons) is an Architectural Designer with three years of Post-Part 2 experience who joined ECA in early 2017. Craig previously studied and then worked in Bath, Somerset, on various scales of residential schemes. With wide ranging practical experience of on-site construction work, Craig has taken the Hilltop Passivhaus project through Building Control Approval, Tender, and then through on to site, producing working drawings and has integrated and overseen the work of the wider design team. Craig is currently studying for his Part 3 exams- the last step in the process of becoming a qualified Architect. Craig spends his spare time cycling, hiking and maintaining and improving classic cars.
Adrian Finn (BAHons) joined ECA as an architectural technician in 2017. Adrian studied architecture at the Arts University Bournemouth, where he worked on a variety of projects ranging in size and scope. Through close collaboration with other courses, and inter-disciplinary works, he was awarded the Dean’s Prize for Architecture upon graduating. Adrian’s latest project of significance has been his contribution to the conceptual design of the Western Road residential scheme in Poole. He seeks to contribute his knowledge in 3D printing, and passion for manual rendering techniques, towards projects. Alongside manning the ECA Instagram page, Adrian enjoys reading, drawing, table tennis, and cycling along the coast to work.
In order to deliver good value for our clients, we keep our core team small. We are supported by an admin team and lots of other people who work for us on a regular basis behind the scenes. These include:
James Backwell (BAHons, DipARCH, RIBA) is ECA’s retained architectural consultant. Fully qualified with lots of experience of contemporary architecture, detailing and building control issues, James is involved in the detailed design of many of our more complex projects.
James Webb (Hons, MSc (Hist Con) PG Dip UD IHBC) is a director of Forum Heritage and works with ECA on a number of high profile and larger projects with complex listed building and conservation issues. James is particularly valuable for his experience on heritage impact assessments and works with ECA from project inception to detailed design stage.
Melanie Adamson (Hons, MSc (Hist Con)) is an independent conservation and planning consultant based in London. Melanie has lots of experience of conservation and design issues and works on ECA’s London based projects, preparing design and access statements and negotiating schemes with officers.
Adrian Revill is a Director of ECA CIC and works with the team on strategic business development and community and arts based projects.