John joined Saunders Boston Architects direct from University, appointed Associate Director in 1988, Director in 1990, and has overseen the development of the business into a leading UK Practice during that time. Although experienced in many sectors, John has become widely recognised for his expertise in Higher Education, Science & Veterinary projects.

John Blair

Why John is right for your project

As with all our Directors, John takes a very hands-on approach with projects, often acting as the ‘Project Architect’, and will bring his experience of working directly on unique and innovative laboratory projects. John has designed and delivered numerous University, Education, Laboratory and Veterinary Facilities, and is responsible for all ‘Framework’ projects undertaken for the University of Cambridge and University College London (UCL).

Higher Education & Science Sector Experience

University Library Off-site Storage Facility – this project for University of Cambridge is a Storage facility for low-use but unique printed material providing over 100,000 metres of shelving in a fully conditioned environment.

Science Centre – this £24m new facility for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge includes a 250 seat Lecture Theatre, a 200 student ‘Superlab’ for teaching, Research Labs, Seminar Rooms and staff offices in a 5 storey block. 

Chemistry and Mass Spec Laboratories – this refurbishment project on Cambridge Science Park for ASTEX Therapeutics converted existing office and laboratory space into new world-class facilities

Medical Research Laboratories – The Medical Research Council developed this 2,700m2 facility to relocate their Human Nutrition Research Unit to Peterhouse Technology Park in Cambridge

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science – the University of Nottingham created what became only the seventh Vets School in the UK at their Sutton Bonnington Campus.

Conference and Social Centre – this University of Cambridge project created a new home for the Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs (OPdA) in the centre of the new ‘Eddington’ development in North West Cambridge.