Mesh is a design practice working towards a sustainable built environment. We provide targeted, valued advice to a wide range of clients, including developers, landlords, tenants, contractors and consultants.

Founded in 2009, Mesh has worked on new-build and refurbishment schemes in the community, cultural, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, justice, leisure, office and residential sectors.

In 2014, we relocated from London to Bristol. Our projects are predominantly located in the south of England, where we have detailed knowledge of planning policy, regulations and the market.


For each project, our ambition is to help form and realise the architect's vision, in an elegant, robust and cost-effective way. And we are keen to engage in post-occupancy evaluation, to ensure the design intent is realised and, more generally, to create a feedback loop to improve our design approach.

We embrace sustainability in the broadest sense and view it as a philosophy and a process, rather than an end product that can be attained.

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ross french

qualifications & awards
MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies
Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP)
CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant (LCC)
CIBSE Heat Networks Consultant (HNC)
CIBSE’s Ken Dale Travel Bursary winner 2009

Member Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA)
Member Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (MCIBSE)
Member CIBSE Technical Symposium Scientific Committee


Ross brings a balanced approach to projects: a natural strategic thinker who understands that a keen eye for detail is critical to good ideas being realised. He believes that a clearly defined brief, developed in collaboration with the client, is key to ensuring that the design and procurement process runs smoothly.


Since 1997, Ross has worked in both contracting and consultancy, holding leadership positions at three international practices. His qualifications and experience span architecture, urban design and engineering, and he has a strong understanding of the planning process and construction procurement.

Working throughout the UK, and in Ireland and France, his project work has spanned a range of sectors, including mixed use, residential, hospitality, office, education, culture and justice.

With a cross-disciplinary background, he has been well-equipped to adapt to the intensifying volume and complexity of environmental legislation in the industry. He has worked on a number of innovative  buildings, including the first office building subject to the ‘Merton rule’, which stipulated the provision of onsite renewable energy technologies.

Ross is keen to learn from other countries, and considers his career highlights to include visits to Germany and Sweden to see examples of PassivHaus construction. In 2009, he was awarded the CIBSE Travel Bursary to evaluate traditional approaches to water management in the Levant and their applicability to contemporary development.


sarah mildenhall

qualifications & awards
BSc Psychology & Philosophy
MSc Sustainable Urbanism


Sarah is passionate about bringing the “people” dimension to the design of the built environment. Pursuing an interest in the ethics and economics of property development, her MSc dissertation addressed the role of debt in development finance.


Sarah initially worked in the third sector, running community projects and managing a volunteer service. In 2006, she moved into built-environment consultancy, trained as an environmental assessor, and has since been concerned with how to maximise positive outcomes from property development.

Sarah’s technical experience includes virtual modelling of buildings, writing reports to support planning applications and preparing design drawings. She also acts as practice manager.

Amongst her career highlights, Sarah counts helping sixth-form students to develop their own social and environmental projects, and organising a street fair on Cheapside, one of the London Festival of Architecture headline events.

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