Skip to main content

About Niven


Niven has been in operation since 1984.

Simon Crowe joined in 2003 as Owner/Director since when the company has flourished despite of one of the most severe recessions in recent history. During this time, Niven have seen their client and project list develop to include projects ranging from £250K to in excess of £30 million.

Since 2003, the core values of the company have never wavered: mutual respect for all those involved, creative problem solving and a passion for what we do remain at the heart of the company. As is a strong commitment to challenge pre-conceptions and to try to constantly improve what we do.

In recent years this approach has resulted in the setting up of our associate company, BIM Strategy (, achieving success in international and national BIM competitions and, more recently, cementing  a relationship with NBS to provide manufacturers and supplier with 3D models of their products for hosting.

2016 will see us move to a new design studio together with an expansion in the services we offer to clients. Our new studio will provide an exciting space in which to nurture the creativity and enthusiasm essential for developing the best design solutions for clients.

In spite of such incredible change in the industry, Niven continue to remain focused on delivering a high quality service delivered on time and within budget.

Feethams Leisure Development

Collaborative working

Working in partnership with clients, stakeholders and end users in the building procurement process is one of Niven’s core values: each project represents a creative ‘collaboration’ between clients, the design team, specialist consultants and stakeholders.

The key to the success of any partnership is ‘inclusion’: during the management process it is vital that all partners feel informed and included. Niven are committed to providing regular opportunities to review progress, discuss design development and communicate relevant concerns.

We firmly believe that out of such creative collaboration comes inspirational architecture.

Our team

Our people are our strongest asset. Individual staff are selected for projects on the basis of their specific skills and experience and design teams are led by a Director to ensure delivery to the highest standards throughout the project.

× Simon Crowe

Simon CroweOwner/Director

BA (Hons) DipArch (Leeds) RIBA MAPM

Simon began his architectural career in 1989 after graduating from the Leeds School of Architecture. In 1992, he moved to Browne Smith Baker, becoming a Partner in 1998. After joining Niven Architects as Director in 2003, Simon developed the Practice from a small family firm to one of the leading architectural practices in the North East of England.

Simon has a wealth of experience on a wide range of projects across all sectors. As Principal Architectural Director he is involved in project briefings, design discussions, passing on his design and project management expertise from inception to completion.

A keen advocate of Partnering Contract Procurement and Quality Assurance procedures in the office, Simon has seen the Practice achieve ISO 9001 in 2006 and led the in-house team in their hugely successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Teesside University to oversee the implementation of BIM protocols into the office.


Membership of Professional Institutions:

Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA

Architects Registration Board – ARB

Association of Project Managers – APM


× Peter Hodges, MCIOB

Peter Hodges, MCIOBDirector

Peter has spent most of his career delivering and directing major design and build projects around the UK. Previously Design and Build Director at Shepherd, Peter was responsible for a 70 strong multidisciplinary design department and was later Divisional Construction Director based in Darlington. In 2010, he joined May Gurney (now Kier) as National Operations Director to head their Building Sector, a role which was later extended to include Kier’s Rail Sector.

With 40 years experience of construction and civil engineering, recent years saw Peter at the heart of a multi-million pound academy building programme in East Yorkshire, which also involved Niven, and bridge replacement on the country’s extensive rail network.

Having operated at Director level for 15 years, Peter has applied his construction knowledge and expertise to strategic thinking to assist with a phase of significant expansion within the company.

Peter believes wholeheartedly in the achievement of ‘best value’ for each client and consistently high quality, as the keys to success.

Memberships of Professional Institutions:

Chartered Institute of Building – CIOB


Karen CroweMarketing Manager

Denise PercivalPractice Manager

Stephen AbbottTechnical Associate

David OldSenior Architectural Technician

James AndersonSenior Architectural Technologist

Paul AtkinsonSenior Architectural Technician

Stu KentSenior Architect

David HardcastleSenior Architect

John AdamsHead of BIM Services, BIM Strategy Ltd

Liam NeedhamBIM Specialist