Anjana Starts

Anjana Starts

Anjana is a passionate Part II Architect with a drive to enhancing the quality of life through sustainable design. Having completed her Masters from Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, she has abundant experience in Retirement/Later living, Retail, Commercial, Leisure & Mixed Use as well as Urban Design projects.  Her passion lies in her problem-solving design abilities focussed on sustainable techniques, building materials and construction systems. She also has an extensive experience in using a broad range of design and graphics software but also loves to go old-school with hand sketches and watercolours.

Planning application for Devoran

Planning application submitted for a new house for a private client. The design of the New House uses elements of the existing dwelling (‘The Poplars’) to provide a contemporary and contextual proposal. The proposed location within ‘The Poplars’ site intensifies the building cluster of the existing house and outbuildings whilst maintaining much of the existing openness and wildlife habitat.


Chloe starts

Chloe starts

Chloe is a qualified architect with a wide-ranging experience in the commercial, residential, and cultural sectors. Having qualified from The University of Bath and previously worked in London and Auckland, she recently returned to the south-west and joined the team at Stretto in September 2021. With a particular flair for design, she enjoys working at all project stages and is passionate about delivering beautiful buildings from concept through to technical detail.



We have invested in NBS Chorus to develop our specification writing skills and co-ordination between specifications and information within our BIM models. Chorus is a cloud-based specification writing platform for the construction industry. It enables us to work smarter and safer, collaborate better and connect our workflow. It is completely different to the familiar CAWS NBS so a steep learning curve.

Christmas Lunch

We had planned our delayed Christmas Lunch in February, but the country was still in lockdown. We finally managed to arrange a table at the Pipe & Lovers outdoor beer garden. The popular hospitality pop-up Breaking Bread returned to the Downs in Bristol after initially opening in July 2020, providing a unique dining experience for locals as well as a range of employment opportunities for the struggling hospitality industry. Thousands visited the pop-up tipi village during its first stint on The Downs, with a programme made up of guest kitchen takeovers, live music, live comedy, DJ residencies from local promoters and more.

EDWF Phase 2 starts on site

The need for improved Emergency Services has been acknowledged for some time which are currently being provided from the original department in the Queens Building with additional area in the Terrell Street Ward Block (TSB). This situation has been exacerbated by the covid pandemic. UHBW along with other major hospitals around the country have been tasked to provide a more efficient patient flow through the ED into appropriate areas of care and to respond to the need for social distancing and other requirements of providing care during a pandemic.

BHI Extension re-design starts

The BHI Extension will provide eighteen additional inpatient bed spaces for the Bristol Heart Institute, a world-leading centre for translational cardiovascular research and the leading academic cardiac surgery centre in the UK. The building will have accommodation over four floors with physical links with the main hospital at both level 7 & 8 providing continuity of inpatient accommodation. The two main floors (level 7 and level 8) have one four bed bay and four single cubicles with some support areas and two upper levels set back from the main Cottage Place façade for inpatient additional ward support accommodation and plant. The massing and form relate to the existing BHI building by extending the northern linear block eastwards and forms a new entry point to the UH Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust precinct off Marlborough Hill.

TSB Phase 1 completed

The first phase of additional inpatient bedrooms in the Terrell Street Ward Block completes just as the stay-at-home rule is rescinded. Refurbishment and reconfiguration of space in a live hospital environment in the same building as covid patients is an achievement requiring patience and understanding by both hospital staff and contractors.

BHI Cardiovascular Research Unit planning approval

The proposed extension to the Bristol Heart Institute to provide specialist facilities for Cardiovascular research received planning approval. Reference made to the existing BHI building and its urban context in the proposed design e.g., entrance; external materials and expression of the window openings, makes the building a good neighbour whilst providing the accommodation required by the brief.

Cath Lab completed

The extension to the Bristol Heart Institute providing a new Catheterisation Laboratory (X-ray investigations) and twelve urgently needed additional beds is opened despite the difficulties of the last nine months of pandemic. The new facility will allow the specialist equipment in all existing Cath Lab treatment rooms to be replaced without loss of current activity