graham binnington architects

Graham Binnington Architects is a small RIBA Chartered Practice, founded in 2009 and situated in the historic market town of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

GBA creates bespoke buildings that respond diligently to context, the environment and the client brief. We feel our responsibility is to enhance the built environment whilst also fulfilling the clients' requirements and budget. This can only be achieved by collaborative work; both within the practice itself, and with the client and a wide range of external consultants. Our ongoing working relationships with the experts we choose to collaborate with, along with numerous repeat clients, bears testament to our success in maintaining this ethos. We pride ourselves on these working relationships and are able to draw together full design teams to deliver a project from inception to completion.


These principles are realised in numerous sectors. GBA has extensive experience in the domestic residential sector with work ranging from beautiful extensions and remodels; to bespoke houses and small housing developments. We have a passion for contemporary design and modern living; striving to conceive flexible spaces that will suit different lifestyles, and sustainable solutions that will perform excellently for years to come.

In addition to our expertise in the domestic sector we also provide services in the commercial sector, predominantly on office refurbishments; and the leisure and retail sectors, having completed cafés, restaurants, apart-hotels and sporting facilities. The most expansive of which being our work at Ryedale Exhibition and Leisure Village in Pickering, North Yorkshire, where we have been part of a larger team to create a multifunctional Holiday Village.

The Practice Consists of

  • Graham Binnington BA (Hons) B(Arch), Director

  • Joanne Binnington, Administration and Finance Director

  • Tom Lamping BA (Hons) M(Arch), Architectural Assistant

  • Ross Harrison BA (Hons) M(Arch), Architectural Assistant (Part 2)

  • Derek Kerr BSc, B Arch (Hons), Architect

Graham Binnington is a Chartered Architect. He is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He studied at Liverpool University and Hull School of Architecture, gaining his Degree in Architecture, with Honours, and his post graduate Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction. He completed the post graduate Diploma in Architectural Practice to qualify as an Architect in 1997.

Graham started his career working as an architectural technician for TWG Litten Architectural Services in Cottingham. He then worked for Gelder and Kitchen Architects in Hull and The City Architects Department, at Hull City Council. During this time he gained an ONC and HNC in building studies.

Aged 23 he decided to undertake the full time course in Architecture and when qualified he returned to Gelder and Kitchen Architects. In 1998 he started working for Elsworth Sykes Architects in Hull and in 2001 he moved to Beverley and went into partnership with Richard Lancaster, a Landscape Architect, forming Lancaster Binnington Limited. In 2005 he left Lancaster Binnington and became a director at Hirondelle Architects Limited, part of a small development company based in Driffield. In 2009 he set up Graham Binnington Architects Limited in Beverley.

Graham has 30 years’ experience in the architectural field, during which time he has worked on a broad range of projects, including residential, commercial, industrial, leisure and health care projects.

Outside of work Graham has a keen interest in music, listening to music and catching live bands as often as he can, including the yearly visit to the Deershed Music Festival with his family and friends.

He is married to Jo and they have two children who attend Beverley Grammar School and Beverley High School. Like Tom he appreciates real ale, which can often go and in hand with music! Graham also enjoys road cycling and mountain biking and was a member of Beverley Round Table, but has now moved on to Beverley 41 Club. In the near future he is hoping to rekindle his interest in photography!

In her role as Administration and Finance Director, Joanne Binnington contributes to the smooth running of the office. She also runs a household and does supply teaching in local primary schools in her spare time.

Joanne gained a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from Newcastle University in 1987, followed by a PGCE, and has previously worked in Primary School Teaching and Event Management. She is currently a proud member of the Beverley Community Choir and the Queensgate Allotment Holders.

Tom Lamping is a Part 2 qualified Architectural Assistant. He obtained his degree from the University of Lincoln in 2009 and joined GBA soon after, in January 2010. Tom spent over 2 years with the practice, gaining experience on a wide range of schemes in the residential and leisure sectors before going on to study for his M.Arch qualification at Leeds School of Architecture, graduating in 2014.

Tom returned to the practice for a second stint in the summer of 2014 and has further honed his conceptual and detailed design skills to play a major role in numerous projects at GBA. Further to his practice work Tom is also studying for his Part 3 professional qualification, again at Leeds.

Beyond the architectural profession Tom has a keen interest in Sport of all kinds, interesting music and high quality beer; and is even more interested if these are delivered as a package deal! He also tries his hand at illustration, graphic design and furniture design in his spare time.

Ross Harrison is a Part 2 qualified Architectural Assistant, he studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate degree level at Liverpool John Moores University, obtaining his M.Arch qualification in 2014. Having lived in Liverpool for seven years during his studies, Ross moved back to his native North Yorkshire in order to seek work during the summer of 2014.

Ross brings knowledge of larger practice ethos into GBA following 18 months working in a large commercial architects practice in Wakefield, where he was involved in the design of many multi-million-pound retail, industrial and office developments across the UK. Currently gaining experience towards his Part 3 professional qualification, the move to a smaller practice with a more involved role with projects and clients seemed more beneficial in order to complete his studies.

Outside of the practice Ross is a keen cyclist and rugby fan, and has an interest in most sports, leading to many Monday morning conversations with Tom about the weekends sporting news. Also into music, he has an extensive collection of vinyl records that he insists are all classic LP’s! Ross’ design influence stems from his interest in Scandinavian architecture, materiality and his love of the outdoors.

Derek Kerr is a Chartered Architect qualifying in 1986. He studied at The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (University of Dundee) completing BSc in Architecture and B. Arch (Hons) degree courses leading on to corporate membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Derek has worked for both large and small practices including a spell with a Local Authority as well as several years with a prominent firm of architects in central London. Derek brings to the practice experience in both the commercial sector and urban regeneration projects, and is particularly interested in the technical aspects of design which require attention to detail.

Away from the office, when not umpiring at home, Derek attempts to hit a golf ball and catch trout. If he can do either of these north of the border, it’s a bonus.