About Us

Haxton Koyander Alistair Russ Architects

Alistair Haxton

Alistair Haxton worked as an illustrator in Soho for the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi before a passion for great buildings, and memories of his father and grandfather at work in their draughtsman’s office, led him to uni and hit the drawing board himself.

He qualified in 1991 and positions in a number of practices has given him a wealth of experience across the sectors. He has worked on the O2 Arena, the regeneration of numerous schools across the Midlands and Lincolnshire – one in consultation with the former Prime Minister Sir John Major – plus listed building projects, trustee work, medical practices and co-housing. His work on housing projects includes unique residential extensions and conversions.

Favourite project:

A current conversion of a Victorian brick industrial storage unit in highly popular residential Sheffield location into a cool, contemporary open-plan two-storey home for a client in his 20s. An inner courtyard garden accessible from both levels will flood the property with light. Permission has just been granted for what is a highly complex scheme.

Dream project:

A mountain ski chalet. Firstly I must confess, I love skiing. But I would relish the challenge of creating a property which successfully contrasts the stunning exterior panorama with the comforting feel of a cosy bolt-hole, so necessary after an exhilarating day on the slopes.


Russ Short

Russ Short has architecture in his blood – his father and brother are also in the profession. He has been with Koyanders since 1998 and qualified as an architect 10 years ago. He has invaluable experience in dealing with heritage and listed buildings, Peak Park planning, housing developments, nursing homes and land developments.

Favourite project:

Working on any listed building reveals ​a fascinating insight into its history​. ​My stand-out pro​ject was the conversion of a Grade II listed building to form guest accommodation for an adjacent pub.
The process ​began​ with a consultation ​so the local community could consider the proposals, ​plus​ meetings with the local planning authority and English Heritage to consider the impact of the ​plans​. The detailed design package dealt with ​everything from ​external landscaping to ​internal alterations ​(right down to the paint colours​ and ​door furniture​).
The project opened ahead of schedule just 10 months after​ we completed the initial site survey​ – a fantastic team effort​.

Dream project:

As a keen dinghy sailor it would have to involve water; a site with coastal views would be a great canvas to work with – the irony being that Derbyshire is about as far from the coast as you can get!

Peter Koyander

Peter Koyander, a consummate architect with nearly 30 years’ experience, Peter now specialises within the practice as a consultant in contentious town planning issues, preparing expert witness reports and disputes, boundaries and rights of way issues in both commercial and residential sectors.
Outside general practice he has been a visiting tutor at De Montfort University, mentoring under-graduate architecture students.

Favourite project:

Fairplay Centre in Chesterfield – a wonderful project from start to finish. The staff of this registered charity had the vision to commission a unique building with a nurturing environment for young people with disabilities. It was a joy to work with them – and it’s not often you get to design a building with a waterfall in the circulation space!

Dream project:

Whatever great schemes we are developing in the design office. I am always excited by the next project.

Tom Dobby

Tom Dobby is an architectural technology student at Sheffield Hallam University. He comes to us in his third year, via a 12-month placement.We are proud to be contributing to his learning and enabling him to put theory to the test in the real world. Tom works side by side with us on all our live projects and is proving invaluable, not least for his enthusiasm, youth, energy – and his technical savvy! He’s a fast learner, particularly on CAD and 3D-modelling tasks, and an adept and thorough researcher. We see him developing his skill-set every day.

Favourite project:

Proposals to change a stately home’s former hunt kennels, built in 1910, into an estate worker’s residence. I’ve seen it go from a basic sketch to a fully-fledged application ready for planning submission and really feel a part of the project.

Jo Davison

Jo Davison is our in-house PR and business development manager, who comes to us after a career as a leading business journalist.

She has brought with her a vast contacts book and highly valuable communications and research skills. Jo is helping us to grow our workload and brand, forge new relationships and plan a communications strategy.

The practice:

Haxton Koyander Architecture formed in January 2015 from the merger of two long-established practices.

Haxton Associates launched in Sheffield in 2005 and Koyander Architects Ltd has been based in Chesterfield since 1998. The fusion of experience, creativity and professionalism in these two practices has created what we believe is a vibrant, forward-thinking team with a vast range of talents and experience and an extensive knowledge of the planning and regulatory process. We are passionate about good design – and combining creativity with functionality so that your project doesn’t just look great inside and out, it works beautifully too.

From our Sheffield and Chesterfield offices we give a highly personalised and cost-effective service to commercial developers, growing businesses, charities, schools, home-owners and land-owners. We respond swiftly to every client‘s needs with the one-to-one consultation we believe is vital for a perfect end result.

Completed schemes:

  • Conversion of a large, redundant Victorian factory complex into a contemporary business centre which now boasts tenants from a host of sectors
  • Residential extensions including creating a cutting-edge roof terrace and remodelling the upper floors of a Victorian four-storey town house in Maida Vale London
  • Block of apartments in Chesterfield within a restrictive town centre site
  • Complex projects in education which provided new and highly-valued spaces to a time-conscious schedule
  • Housing developments in Sheffield, Dronfield and Chesterfield
  • Office refurbishments in Sheffield and Derbyshire
  • Creating and extending numerous medical practices in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. Often such work was tailored around a busy, working surgery

Ongoing schemes:

  • Refurbishment of a Methodist church in Tideswell
  • Sensitive refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed hall in Rowthorne for Chatsworth Settlement Trustees
  • In planning: Proposal to return a substantial Victorian manor house latterly in use as a care home back to a private residence, and build three detached homes in its Sheffield grounds
  • Conversion of a Victorian industrial warehouse in Sheffield into an urbane, contemporary bachelor pad
  • Conversion of a late Georgian shop in Alfreton market place into an optician’s, with apartments above
  • Building of three new cottages on Green Field land in Nottinghamshire. Outline planning granted. Full planning permission in the process of being sought.
  • Number of residential developments ranging from 5 to 48 dwellings
  • External works for a popular Peak district Farm shop
  • Bespoke dwelling for a private client in North East Derbyshire