OLBC Architectural Design

Our People

Our in-house design team work from our bright and welcoming offices at Chelsea Harbour. We regularly meet clients here to review the design of the project and utilise everything that the Design Centre has to offer. The team is led by Design Director Rosie Caley. The core of OLBC’s construction division is a team of craftsmen, from bricklayers and basement underpinners to plasterers and decorators, who are all site-based wherever we may be working. Our management work between the project sites, the design studio and our training centre in Wandsworth. The management and construction teams are led by our Director, Marc Stchedroff.

Our Directors

Managing Director: Marc Stchedroff PhD Marc’s interest in construction and love for old buildings begun whilst growing up in Oxfordshire, learning carpentry skills through the restoration of old timber-framed barns in the area.

Marc gained his Chemistry PhD at UCL, and after a period of post-doctorate research, was employed Università degli Studi di Torino on a European Union project in Italy. Marc returned to the UK in 2000 and founded OLBC in 2002, undertaking conversions and refurbishments to period properties across London.

In parallel with forming The Oxford & London Building Company, Marc formerly coached rowing and guided the England Mens’ Lightweight Coxless Four to Silver at the Home International Regatta in 2002 and Mens’ Pair to gold in 2006. In 2004 he coached a group to win Elite Eights at Womens’ Henley and Gold in W8, W4+ and W2- at the National Championships and the same at the Home International Regatta. In 2006, four of Marc’s athletes were selected for the Commonwealth Games W8+ that won gold.

Marc retired from coaching at the end of the 2006 season to spend more time on the business. Under Marc’s guidance OLBC rapidly gained a reputation for its pragmatic and thoughtful approach to working with listed buildings and its unique expertise in basement construction.

Marc has a strong interest, and experience, in sympathetic engineering solutions to historical structures that preserve both the integrity and lifespan of the structure which not detracting from the historical aesthetic. Marc has a superb working relationship with a number of structural engineers that enable these solutions to be delivered elegantly. This ranges from supporting a sagging roof to figuring out how to construct a two-story basement in a sensitive setting.

Marc is also able to leverage his chemistry knowledge to guide historical materials analysis, temporary ground stabilization, and discussions around remediation of contaminated ground. Marc adopts a logical and analytical approach to complex problem solving. Elegant simplicity is the guiding principle of Marc’s consultancy and advisory work.

In his spare time Marc loves cooking for his extended family, introducing others to the heights and delights of the villages and wines of Burgundy and in the odd spare moment finds time to head to the gym.

Design Director: Rosie Caley MA, PG Dip Cons AA, ICIOB Rosie’s passion for historic buildings was kindled while growing up in the New Forest, working her first part-time job at the renowned 18th century country hotel, The Chewton Glen. Moving around the beautifully restored house, the quirky converted stables and the winding passageways and narrow staircases of later additions, Rosie felt immediately connected to the sense of history of the building. Together with the sumptuous country house décor, the experience cemented a love of heritage and interior design, and a passion for creating spaces to live in that emulate that sense of belonging and tranquillity.

Rosie studied English Literature and Philosophy, finishing her academic studies with a Masters in Philosophy at UCL. She then embarked upon a ten-year career in charitable fundraising in higher education, working at UCL, Kings College, City and University of the Arts.

As soon as she started work she wasted no time in jumping onto the property ladder, buying a two bedroomed mansion flat in Hackney and embarking on her first development. Various others followed across London, and in 2005 Rosie made the decision to follow her passion for heritage and interior design, and joined OLBC as their Design Director.

In 2009 Rosie was awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Preservation of Historic Buildings from the Architectural Association. Part of her thesis on Woburn Walk in Bloomsbury (a regency era shopping street designed by Thomas Cubitt) was later published in the prestigious Georgian Group Journal. As well as advising on the repair and conservation of historic buildings, Rosie has gained a deep understanding of the planning system, including listed buildings.

Rosie combines an experienced eye for creating natural elegant spaces that work both aesthetically but also practically. Her natural problem-solving instinct ensures that excellent design is achieved through a disciplined approach to catering for the demands of modern family life.

Rosie dedicates her spare time to her young family, and a little exercise, as she endeavours to run 10K each weekend along the Thames.

Our specialist craftspeople

We have built up a professional network of specialists through our experience in working with Listed and period buildings, including plasterwork restorers, mosaic restorers and limework specialists to name but a few. Where required, we only work with highly experienced external professionals such as surveyors and engineers, ensuring the very best of what a fully integrated turn-key service can provide.