Who we are
Yvonne Munday and David Lees are chartered architects by profession, with a combined experience of over 70 years in the construction industry. We have worked together for 30 years on a variety of high profile, multi-million pound projects.
After working for several prestigious practices in Manchester, London and the South East, in 2011 we launched our own practice, Lees Munday Architects.
Blueridge Projects is a natural extension, formed in 2020 to pursue property development exclusively, fully utilising our experience of development in many spheres, but particularly residential.
We are able to draw upon trusted and well-established collaborative relationships with construction specialists and consultants, matching the best skills to each project.
Meet our team
Meet our team
Yvonne Munday BA (Hons) D Arch RIBA | Director
Yvonne’s architectural career began at HLM in Richmond, Surrey with work on major hospitals and healthcare building design. Yvonne then led the design and specification of the £7m fit-out package for the market units of the £50m redevelopment of Smithfield Central Markets for the Corporation of London.
Further strategic career moves provided senior roles in award winning projects, including: a major City of London Office tower for Royal London Assurance (£22m); multiple unit London docklands housing at Limehouse Basin for Bellway Essex (262 apartments, £24m); and a major bespoke HQ building for the Permanent Joint Forces for the MOD at Northwood. Her particular skill lay in planning, implementing and co-ordinating the CAD packages of large, complex projects.
At Lees Munday, Yvonne has managed the practice finances, HR and marketing.
David Lees BA (Hons) Dip Arch (Dist) RIBA | Director
A multi-award winning architect, David’s career began auspiciously by winning a Civic Trust award for his first design upon leaving Sheffield University, for the Greater Manchester Fire Service HQ, whilst at BDP Manchester. A move to London to join Rock Townsend followed. As Partner he was responsible for implementing the practice's commercial and corporate work, including the £30m Regents Wharf office development Kings Cross, and the £30m Angel Square office and retail development at the Angel, Islington, incorporating the new tube station, also gaining an RIBA/DOE regional housing award for Wickham’s Wharf in Ware (McLean Homes).
Further career moves coincided with Yvonne’s and their collaboration began. David was lead design architect on the City office tower, the Docklands housing projects (Britannia National Home Builder, best apartment building award), and devised the bid winning concept design and detail implementation for the £150m MOD Joint Forces Command and Control HQ, awarded Best Public Private Finance Initiative Headquarters Building in 2011.
At Lees Munday, David’s excellence in concept design and practical abilities in construction technique have enabled the realisation of many projects for satisfied clients.
Ritchie Clapson CEngMIStructE | Non-Executive Advisor
Ritchie is a Chartered Structural Engineer and construction industry specialist with over 37 years of experience in new builds and commercial/industrial conversion projects across the UK. During his career Ritchie has worked on many iconic projects as both main designer and peer review engineer, including schemes such as the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics buildings; Wimbledon’s famous retracting roof and the world-renowned sculptures at The Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Having worked for a number of renowned corporations within the construction industry at a senior level, Ritchie started his own structural engineering consultancy firm in 1998, which was sold to Capita in 2008. Today, he is one of the country’s most respected small-scale development consultants, and CEO of a development company that specialises in transforming commercial, retail and light industrial spaces into residential homes.
Ian Child | Non-Executive Advisor
Ian has over 30 years’ experience in corporate leadership working in the financial services industry. Up to 2016 he led a pan-European business unit for one of the world’s largest private equity companies, delivering substantial nine-figure top line revenues and working with some of the world's biggest brands.
Ian has co-founded a number of property-related businesses and currently works with a select group of property professionals and developers to help grow their businesses. He has authored books on both property development and personal development, and is also co-founder of one of the UK’s premier property development training companies.
Debbie Franklin ACA FCCA CTA | Accountant, Peplows
Debbie is Director of Tax at Peplows Property Tax Experts, part of Peplows Chartered Accountants, and provides tax guidance and accountancy to Blueridge.
A Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant Debbie has over 30 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of business and financial issues and property tax, is a nationally recognised expert in the property tax sector and is regularly asked to present to property groups across the UK.