Richard Merrills

Richard Merrills, Architect, Watson Batty Architects, Leeds, Yorkshire



BA (Hons) B Arch (Hons) RIBA


“I love that the schemes we design can actually transform how people feel and help them rediscover community pride.”

I head up the Practice’s ‘Living’ sector, and, during my time here, I’ve clocked up over 4,000 successfully delivered new-build homes. Of them all, I think our work on Kirklees Excellent Homes for Life PFI stands out. That’s where we chalked up a 100% planning approval rate for 400+ dwellings across 34 sites. It was an unprecedented achievement at the time and is still a great source of personal satisfaction.

It helps that I have a fantastic team. We have a great rapport, readily sharing ideas and issues to get to the best solution. Maintaining, expanding and improving the quality of our output is my ongoing mission. But I’m particularly proud of our excellent client relationships, with some lasting ten years or more. Client management and development is a key role for me.

Of my other Practice duties, I enjoy overseeing our IT strategy and communication protocols at a strategic level. But if I had to isolate my core skill, I’d say it was producing feasibility plans. If one takes me more than a day, I genuinely lose sleep over it.”