BIG project experience + small practice attention to clients

Vanessa Anderson

For over 10 years Vanessa has designed education projects in Worcestershire serving both the local authority and independent academy trusts. As a lead architect she engaged in all aspects of project cycle from feasibility, concept design and contract management, to construction administration.

A Certified Passivhaus Designer, Vanessa champions sustainable design with a focus on lower running costs, user comfort and simple ways to refurbish existing buildings to harness natural light and warmth. Her immense knowledge of construction methods and materials drives this effort.

Vanessa’s interest in architecture and people has led her to work in Jamaica, Malaysia, London, Birmingham and now Worcester on a range of projects in commercial, residential and retail sectors. A focus on community participation in the design process, developed whilst studying for her Masters degree, resulted in a period working for the Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment (MADE), coordinating community consultations and honing her project programming skills.

With a keen interest in a wide variety of creative disciplines such as graphic and fabric design Vanessa’s work is often identified by an attention to detail. She introduces design solutions and building materials that instill a unique and integral statement.

Anita Marles

After qualifying at University of Arizona, Anita spent a brief time in Boston Massachusetts designing hotels and restaurants before moving to the UK in 1989. Anita worked for Skidmore Owings and Merrill Inc., the largest architectural practice in the world at that time, on projects in London Docklands, Cairo and Moscow. Her skills as a project manager and designer excelled in this international setting and she became an Associate in 1993.

Anita later joined RTKL Inc. in London, working on a mixed use scheme in Croydon including Nestlé’s headquarters and the Alders Department Store, designing a marriage hall in Jeddah and Computer Sciences Corporation’s Dutch headquarters.

More recently Anita turned her hand to residential projects in central London and Worcester from modest to high end private house renovations and extensions. Space efficiency is paramount in this building type, testing Anita’s design skills and these projects often require intensive negotiation with the local planning authorities. Using these talents, Anita secured planning permission to convert the iconic 1939 Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Worcester to 22 new flats with retail or healthcare space in the former fire engine bays.

As a Director of Herlig Marles Ltd. Anita is known for her strong project management skills and creative problem solving. She offers a high level of experience on large projects both as a team leader and designer. Her ability to listen to the client and understand the demands of a site and building use results in projects that are appropriate to their context, budget and which delight the user.

Right from the outset Vanessa and Anita identified with our project and our goals, they totally got where we were coming from, and where we wanted to end up, rather than trying to impose a preconceived scheme on us as others had done - they listened.

The enthusiasm and tenacity with which Herlig Marles have driven our project forward has been great, we are busy people, so not having to chase outcomes has built trust and confidence.

John BrownAsh Mill Developments Ltd.

Our values

We Up Our Game

In every project, you benefit from our desire to constantly improve, excel, and learn. You’ll encounter added value in design, efficiency, and sustainability with every opportunity.

We’re All Ears

When you hire our team, you experience respect and empathy. Your input and opinions are always welcome.

We Have Passion for Communities

You’ll find that we love to create places that encourage user engagement as well as build social value and pride.

We Advocate for Good Architecture that Crosses All Borders

If you face economic, social, or knowledge boundaries, we promote equal access to great design.

We Step Out

You’ll discover that we don’t shy away from being political, public, active, and vocal. We engage with decision-makers to improve the built environment. We aim to make an impact, leave a legacy, and lead the way.

We Make the Most of Life

In every interaction, we aim to leave a positive impression on the client, user, and co-collaborator. We delight in making new transformative experiences at all stages of the process.


Time to let the light in

Whatever the project – massive or modest, bold or sensitive – we answer a brief without ever losing sight of the practical, budgetary or commercial demands – oh yes, and the creation of an appropriately stunning building.