“Making the simple complicated is commonplace: making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

Red Square are equally at ease working directly with property owners or in partnership with architects, interior designers and investors.

  • ALE

    Project Manager

    Originally from Milan, Ale joined Red to Square to develop her interest in the creative industry. A highly accomplished project manager, Ale is a lynch pin within the team, who, working closely with our clients throughout the process, takes extreme care in delivering our projects. Ale studied interior design, jewellery design and photography. Her interests are art history, design and music.

    ANDREI

    Team Leader

    Methodical and composed is how best to describe Andrei. He’s been with Red Square for two years and is a key team member. Detailed and multi skilled, his talents are so revered that he was asked to build the Directors pizza oven! Andrei has completed numorous Health & Safety courses, and we certainly hope he’s here to stay.

    SQUEAKY

    Site Supervisor

    Squeaky has been with Red Square for over fifteen years. He’s a skilled craftsmen with a broad skill set, which allows him to tackle most tasks; the more challenging the better. Squeaky speaks four languages and enjoys extreme sports, he completed his SSSTS two years ago and really enjoys working for a family business, in fact, he pretty much is family.

    VIKKI

    Compliance Administrator

    Prior to joining Red Square, Vikki spent 10 years working in Retail. Having developed a keen interest during this time in compliance and administration, with an eye for detail and interest in the creative industries, Vikki joins to ensure that everything is perfectly organised. In her spare time Vikki enjoys travelling to distant shores and spending time with her family and friends.

  • SEYMOUR

    Home Automation

    Seymour has collaborated with Red Square since 2011 delivering integrated home technology solutions. His strength lies in a passion for detail and a commitment to seeing a project through to completion; combining sound technical knowledge with creative flair. Seymour is a graduate in electronic engineering, has a background in broadcast satellite, broadband communications and enjoys skiing and cycling.

    ROBERT

    Site Manager

    Robert started with Red Square in 2010. His attention to detail, leadership and team ethic quickly gained him attention. Robert is an excellent man manager and has completed many projects for Red Square including Chalfont St. Giles. Robert finished his SMSTS a number of years ago and enjoys Red Square because of its people and variation. He’s also an excellent footballer and keen astronomer.

    LUKASZ

    Foreman

    Lukasz is a very hard working foreman who is a dab hand with an excavator. He shows a real zest for the heavier side of construction and his eye for detail takes no prisoners. Lukasz really enjoys working with the team and keeps us entertained with his amateur comedy.

    BARBARA

    Architectural Designer

    Barbara studied architecture at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia in Spain, moved to the UK in 2015 and joined Red Square. Interested in art and science Barbara found architecture to be the perfect combination of both disciplines. Barbara loves engaging with the clients and bringing their vision to life. As well being a keen sports person Barbara is very interested in literature and cinema.

     

  • NICOLA

    Office Manager

    Nicola has spent 18 years working in the financial industry, starting as a bank clerk. Her early training has been invaluable as our accounts always balance! Nicola enjoys investigating problems and finding a solution. In her spare time Nicola makes organic soap, is a go kart mean competitor and is studying to become AAT Pro qualified.

    DAVID

    Health & Safety

    David spent 8 years in the Army, his military training has made him a great team player, mixing his time up between logistics, site support and health & safety. Over the last three years he has made a significant difference to our Health & Safety processes; and is currently waiting for his Nebosh results. David is a keen sailor and voracious reader.

    ROS

    Director

    Growing up in South Africa with a father who owned a residential construction company, Ros developed a unique blend of both creative and technical knowledge. She went on to study Interior Design and Architecture at university. After moving to the UK in 1998 and completing a number of successful commercial projects for Morgan Lovell, Ros returned to her first passion, and founded Red Square. In her spare time Ros loves to paint and sail.

     

    RICHARD

    Managing Director

    Richard brings the commercial rigour to the company. Beginning his career in international logistics, he moved to interior workplace design and build where he held senior Director positions in the corporate world before leaving to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. Richard believes in forging strong long lasting relationships which have continually proven successful. In his spare time Richard loves watching sport, trips to the theatre and visiting art galleries.

  • JAMES

    General Manager

    Before moving into the built environment James had a successful career in the super yacht industry. His experience of luxury bespoke products and business skill set add real value to Red Square. James read mechanical engineering, is currently studying to become MCIOB and driving forward Red Square’s business development. James is a keen cook, sailor and loves to exercise. 

    MARIUSZ

    Finishing Forman

    Mariusz has years of experience working with rare materials and luxury finishes. Over seeing all our finishing teams Mariusz works closely with the site managers and client team to ensure every last detail is considered; this process starts at the first fix. It cannot be underestimated how the early construction undertakings impact the final finish. When not considering a rare stone detail Mariusz plays and follows football.

    JAREK

    Joiner

    Jarek trained and worked as a cabinet joiner before moving to site based projects. This understanding of materials and detailing have been a natural segway into a broader skill set. Whilst Jarek is a highly skilled joiner he is always happy to muck in, do what ever it takes to get the job done and always has a smile on his face. His spare time is spent studying European history specifically the ‘migrations’ and break down of the Roman Empire.

  • FEDERATION OF MASTER BUILDERS

    The Federation of Master Builders recognises professionalism, trust and quality. It is hub for learning and recommendation. Through the FMB we are able to offer collateral warranties and other construction insurance schemes.

  • CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS

    Considerate Constructors are an organisation whose principle goal is to improve the image and working standards of construction. Not only that, you have to be a member to operate in most London boroughs.

  • ANNUAL HEALTH & SAFETY AUDIT

    Site safety is priority and Red Square invest heavily in their processes. All on and offsite team members are accredited beyond what is required. With a continuous improvement strategy external site and corporate audits always score above 90%.

CRAFTSMAN JOURNEYMAN

Egyptian/Greek “Foreman of Foreman”

HUMANIST ARCHITECT

Roman Vitruvian Polymath

MASTER BUILDER / MASTER MASON

Itinerant Builders / Geometry / Stone-Craft

PRE-HISTORY TO MIDDLE AGES

RENAISSANCE INTELLECTUAL

Mathematics / Liberal Arts /
Theoretical - Academics

MASONIC LODGES / GUILDS
OF BUILDER

Trade secrets of Geometry Engineering

MODERNIST VISIONARY / LONE GENIUS
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“PAPER”
ARCHITECTS
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“SERVICE”
ARCHITECTS
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ARCHITECTURAL
TECHNOLOGISTS
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“MUTATIONS” INTO OTHER FIELDS
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CIVIL ENGINEER
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SUB-CONSULTANTS
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Structural Engineers
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Estimators / Quantity Surveying
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Building Services Engineers
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APPRENTICED TRADES
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GENERAL
CONTRACTOR
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BUILDING SERVICES
SUB-CONTRACTORS
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BUILDING TRADES
SUB-CONTRACTORS
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TO EARLY 20TH CENTURY
TO EARLY 21TH CENTURY

The ancient masterbuilder is a design-build professional, an artist of the built environment, who has existed for about 5,000 years. The history of this profession extends all the way back to the building of the pyramids of Egypt and the world’s first civilizations. In fact, the vast majority of the history of architecture, including a majority of its most significant works, were designed and built by the masterbuilder. The most beautiful places in the world whether houses, villages, or cities were done by this professional, who was responsible for the entire built environment.

Long, long ago, the Greeks gave the ancient masterbuilder the name ảpxitέktwv (architekton), from which the Romans derived the Latin name, architectus. Both words literally mean “masterbuilder” as denoting one responsible for the design and construction of the built environment. Our modern English word “architect” derives from these Greek and Roman terms and is their phonetic equivalent, stripped of the original meaning. Even so, the centuries-old masterbuilder remains a highly respected and legendary figure in today’s architectural community. Several things have been written about him in the record of history. The 1st century BC Roman writer, Vitruvius, highly regarded among architects and architecture schools as one of history’s most preeminent architects, wrote in his De architectura about the architectus saying that, “His personal service consists in craftsmanship and theory [fabrica et ratiocinatione]. Craftsmanship is continued and familiar practice, which is carried out by the hands in such material as is necessary for the purpose of a design.” Vitruvius goes on to warn that the architectus who relies solely on theory and ignores the craftsmanship skill of building with his own hands follows “a shadow and not reality.” (Excerpts taken from Vitruvius On Architecture, trans. from the Latin by F. Granger, Loeb Library [Harvard Univ. Press, 1970], vol. I, p. 7.) As for the Greek word architekton, it was used by several ancient Greek writers. It even appears in the New Testament scriptures of the Bible, where it is translated “masterbuilder” in I Corinthians 3:10—which reads: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” Here, as in every place among the ancients, the masterbuilder’s profession is described as one in which both design and construction reside as well as wisdom and knowledge.

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace: making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

Red Square are equally at ease working directly with property owners or in partnership with architects, interior designers and investors.

HISTORY

From 2000 to 2018 Red Square has completed numerous residential projects. Here’s a brief timeline of the company’s life.

2000

Red Square is founded by Ros. Ros recruits Rupert Mann who worked with Mary Fox Linton on One Aldwych. Our first office opens in the Kings Road, Chelsea.

 

2001

Red Square undertake £8 million pound AON office interior rebrand. Richard joins to incorporate Red Square and formally structure the business.

 

2002

Princes Gate SW7 – lateral conversion of two apartments into one for a developer. Challenge was creating linkage; floor levels between the two were 1200mm different.

2002

As the team continues to grow, Red Square relocate to modern offices in Fulham, West London. This will be their home for over a decade.

2003

Red Square are engaged to design and project manage a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired private home; a modern steel frame construction of 32,000 sqft.

2003

Ros joins the crew of an Oyster 53, crossing the Atlantic, from Gran Canaria to St Lucia 16 days later. Ros meets crew members David Hartley, her future husband and Captain James Lund-Lack.

2004-2005

Design & build project in Fulham including the addition of a new 1000 sqft basement, rear extension and ‘feature’ glass/stone stair case.

2005

Having completed a West London Victorian house, Pro-Struct Ltd owned by Ros Oberg’s father, Mike O’Shea, merge with Red Square to become the in-house build team.

2006

Ros spends 2 years in Nicaragua. Setting up a subsidiary company to import tools and materials for charity projects in El Lagartillo and surrounding areas.

2006

Red Square create a split-level penthouse in Hampstead. The clients were inspired by contemporary architecture and the juxtaposition of new and old.

2007

Commence design & build process for a large property in Kensington. Planning and design takes 2 years and full construction eighteen months.

2008

Red Square are appointed to completely refurbish and modernise a Grade 2 listed Holland Park mews house, providing a full design & build service.

2008

Ros returns from Nicaragua and design work for a house in Highgate begins. Starting her career in construction and enthused by design Ale Boni joins Red Square.

2009

Highgate project is completed which included the addition of a large basement with leisure facilities and significant re-modelling of the existing property.

2010

Major building works start in Kensington for the renovation and expansion of substantial family home near Holland Park, in West London.

2011

Red Square win the exciting opportunity to remodel a Georgian house in Kensington; managing the entire process from concept to completion.

2012

Complete Kensington family home which included an additional 3000 sqft basement with spa, gym, sauna, climbing wall and bespoke staircase.

2012

A life long supporter of Chelsea Football Club, Richard and his son watch Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

2013

Red Square are appointed to refurbish an impressive double fronted, detached family home in North London with an internal space of 7,557 sqft.

2013

New build development of a 14,700 sqft private residence in 7.5 acres of ground commences. Requiring significant ground works and landscaping.

2014

Red Square completely refurbish an Arts & Crafts house in Surrey. All original features and characteristics were retained and carefully restored.

2014

Completion of large private home in Chalfont St. Giles with high specification interior, luxury spa and complex home automation system.

 

2015

Based in the heart of the town, Red Square relocate their headquarters to Tunbridge Wells, just forty five minutes from London and their satellite offices. 

2015

The new owners of a six storey house in Knightsbridge appoint Red Square to fully refurbish, including the installation of a lift and swimming pool.

2015

Having finished her architecture degree in Valencia, Barbara Roldan Ramos joins. First project providing technical design support for full refurbishment of a Victorian cottage in Windsor.

2016

Red Square are appointed by EWA architects on an extensive refurbishment of a Kensington town house, including single storey rear extension and full refurbishment.

2016

The Red Square reach extends to Borneo. Red Square are asked to design a contemporary family home which can cope with the local environment.

2017

The owners of a large double fronted house in Hampstead ask Red Square to undertake a baroque inspired refurbishment and extension.

2018

Red Square re brand to showcase their pedigree in high end residential and their finesse in the detailed construction of ‘restrained luxurious’ design.

ALE

Project Manager

Originally from Milan, Ale joined Red to Square to develop her interest in the creative industry. A highly accomplished project manager, Ale is a lynch pin within the team, who, working closely with our clients throughout the process, takes extreme care in delivering our projects. Ale studied interior design, jewellery design and photography. Her interests are art history, design and music.

ANDREI

Team Leader

Methodical and composed is how best to describe Andrei. He’s been with Red Square for two years and is a key team member. Detailed and multi skilled, his talents are so revered that he was asked to build the Directors pizza oven! Andrei has completed numorous Health & Safety courses, and we certainly hope he’s here to stay.

SQUEAKY

Site Supervisor

Squeaky has been with Red Square for over fifteen years. He’s a skilled craftsmen with a broad skill set, which allows him to tackle most tasks; the more challenging the better. Squeaky speaks four languages and enjoys extreme sports, he completed his SSSTS two years ago and really enjoys working for a family business, in fact, he pretty much is family.

VIKKI

Compliance Administrator

Prior to joining Red Square, Vikki spent 10 years working in Retail. Having developed a keen interest during this time in compliance and administration, with an eye for detail and interest in the creative industries, Vikki joins to ensure that everything is perfectly organised. In her spare time Vikki enjoys travelling to distant shores and spending time with her family and friends.

SEYMOUR

Home Automation

Seymour has collaborated with Red Square since 2011 delivering integrated home technology solutions. His strength lies in a passion for detail and a commitment to seeing a project through to completion; combining sound technical knowledge with creative flair. Seymour is a graduate in electronic engineering, has a background in broadcast satellite, broadband communications and enjoys skiing and cycling.

ROBERT

Site Manager

Robert started with Red Square in 2010. His attention to detail, leadership and team ethic quickly gained him attention. Robert is an excellent man manager and has completed many projects for Red Square including Chalfont St. Giles. Robert finished his SMSTS a number of years ago and enjoys Red Square because of its people and variation. He’s also an excellent footballer and keen astronomer.

LUKASZ

Foreman

Lukasz is a very hard working foreman who is a dab hand with an excavator. He shows a real zest for the heavier side of construction and his eye for detail takes no prisoners. Lukasz really enjoys working with the team and keeps us entertained with his amateur comedy.

BARBARA

Architectural Designer

Barbara studied architecture at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia in Spain, moved to the UK in 2015 and joined Red Square. Interested in art and science Barbara found architecture to be the perfect combination of both disciplines. Barbara loves engaging with the clients and bringing their vision to life. As well being a keen sports person Barbara is very interested in literature and cinema.

 

NICOLA

Office Manager

Nicola has spent 18 years working in the financial industry, starting as a bank clerk. Her early training has been invaluable as our accounts always balance! Nicola enjoys investigating problems and finding a solution. In her spare time Nicola makes organic soap, is a go kart mean competitor and is studying to become AAT Pro qualified.

DAVID

Health & Safety

David spent 8 years in the Army, his military training has made him a great team player, mixing his time up between logistics, site support and health & safety. Over the last three years he has made a significant difference to our Health & Safety processes; and is currently waiting for his Nebosh results. David is a keen sailor and voracious reader.

ROS

Director

Growing up in South Africa with a father who owned a residential construction company, Ros developed a unique blend of both creative and technical knowledge. She went on to study Interior Design and Architecture at university. After moving to the UK in 1998 and completing a number of successful commercial projects for Morgan Lovell, Ros returned to her first passion, and founded Red Square. In her spare time Ros loves to paint and sail.

 

RICHARD

Managing Director

Richard brings the commercial rigour to the company. Beginning his career in international logistics, he moved to interior workplace design and build where he held senior Director positions in the corporate world before leaving to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. Richard believes in forging strong long lasting relationships which have continually proven successful. In his spare time Richard loves watching sport, trips to the theatre and visiting art galleries.

JAMES

General Manager

Before moving into the built environment James had a successful career in the super yacht industry. His experience of luxury bespoke products and business skill set add real value to Red Square. James read mechanical engineering, is currently studying to become MCIOB and driving forward Red Square’s business development. James is a keen cook, sailor and loves to exercise. 

MARIUSZ

Finishing Forman

Mariusz has years of experience working with rare materials and luxury finishes. Over seeing all our finishing teams Mariusz works closely with the site managers and client team to ensure every last detail is considered; this process starts at the first fix. It cannot be underestimated how the early construction undertakings impact the final finish. When not considering a rare stone detail Mariusz plays and follows football.

JAREK

Joiner

Jarek trained and worked as a cabinet joiner before moving to site based projects. This understanding of materials and detailing have been a natural segway into a broader skill set. Whilst Jarek is a highly skilled joiner he is always happy to muck in, do what ever it takes to get the job done and always has a smile on his face. His spare time is spent studying European history specifically the ‘migrations’ and break down of the Roman Empire.

  • FEDERATION OF MASTER BUILDERS

    The Federation of Master Builders recognises professionalism, trust and quality. It is hub for learning and recommendation. Through the FMB we are able to offer collateral warranties and other construction insurance schemes.

  • CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS

    Considerate Constructors are an organisation whose principle goal is to improve the image and working standards of construction. Not only that, you have to be a member to operate in most London boroughs.

  • ANNUAL HEALTH & SAFETY AUDIT

    Site safety is priority and Red Square invest heavily in their processes. All on and offsite team members are accredited beyond what is required. With a continuous improvement strategy external site and corporate audits always score above 90%.

CRAFTSMAN JOURNEYMAN

Egyptian/Greek “Foreman of Foreman”

HUMANIST ARCHITECT

Roman Vitruvian Polymath

MASTER BUILDER / MASTER MASON

Itinerant Builders / Geometry / Stone-Craft

PRE-HISTORY TO MIDDLE AGES

The ancient masterbuilder is a design-build professional, an artist of the built environment, who has existed for about 5,000 years. The history of this profession extends all the way back to the building of the pyramids of Egypt and the world’s first civilizations. In fact, the vast majority of the history of architecture, including a majority of its most significant works, were designed and built by the masterbuilder. The most beautiful places in the world whether houses, villages, or cities were done by this professional, who was responsible for the entire built environment.

Long, long ago, the Greeks gave the ancient masterbuilder the name ảpxitέktwv (architekton), from which the Romans derived the Latin name, architectus. Both words literally mean “masterbuilder” as denoting one responsible for the design and construction of the built environment. Our modern English word “architect” derives from these Greek and Roman terms and is their phonetic equivalent, stripped of the original meaning. Even so, the centuries-old masterbuilder remains a highly respected and legendary figure in today’s architectural community. Several things have been written about him in the record of history. The 1st century BC Roman writer, Vitruvius, highly regarded among architects and architecture schools as one of history’s most preeminent architects, wrote in his De architectura about the architectus saying that, “His personal service consists in craftsmanship and theory [fabrica et ratiocinatione]. Craftsmanship is continued and familiar practice, which is carried out by the hands in such material as is necessary for the purpose of a design.” Vitruvius goes on to warn that the architectus who relies solely on theory and ignores the craftsmanship skill of building with his own hands follows “a shadow and not reality.” (Excerpts taken from Vitruvius On Architecture, trans. from the Latin by F. Granger, Loeb Library [Harvard Univ. Press, 1970], vol. I, p. 7.) As for the Greek word architekton, it was used by several ancient Greek writers. It even appears in the New Testament scriptures of the Bible, where it is translated “masterbuilder” in I Corinthians 3:10—which reads: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” Here, as in every place among the ancients, the masterbuilder’s profession is described as one in which both design and construction reside as well as wisdom and knowledge.