Who We Are

The original practice was set up in 2010 by Ty Milsom as a multi disciplined building consultancy, following 25 years experience in the construction and civil's sectors. By 2013 it was obvious that our interests were becoming increasingly architecturally based, in particular designing creative architectural spaces, with beautiful interior design finishes. And so Hoch Bau Architecture was formed.

We offer a personal service which encompasses all of the?RIBA?stages of work, from inception to completion, plus full project management.

We combine beautiful?spaces, materials and natural light to create?inspirational buildings and creative architecture, working with the client to understand their requirements, we can design a building, a masterplan or an interior that fits exactly what the client needs, with architecture that is practical and functional, but also a pleasure to live in, work in or visit.

Good experience and commercial sense produces high quality developments with a good eye for cost engineering and?maximising?site potential whilst being realistic in respect of it's physical and planning constraints. We?are experts in managing the complete design and build process, from dealing with planning and listed buildings to instructing works on site. We strive to assist both clients and contractors to procure buildings under quality, cost and time control. Sound contract and cost management ensures that the client's interests are always under consideration & control.

Key People

Ross Hammond - Production Partner


Ross is a motivated and seasoned individual who has worked in the Construction and Development industry for 40 years having spent the last 16 years delivering complex high rise residential schemes predominantly in London with some elements of mixed use (office, retail and specialised). He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has held the following positions: Production Director for Redrow Homes London, Projects Director for City Loft Developments Limited,Managing Director for St George South London Limited,Production Director for St George South London Limited,Technical Director for Taylor Woodrow Capital Developments. High Profile Projects completed include the following examples; Kingston Riverside – a private residential scheme situated adjacent to Kingston Town Centre and fronting onto the River Thames. The scheme comprises basement car parking with landscaped podium decks over and 210 private residential units in two river facing “finger” blocks linked to the rear. Chatham Interface – a mixed use development at the Chatham Historic Dockyard comprising new and refurbished buildings including 1250 private and affordable residential units, cafes, bars, restaurants, office and retail space. Bay Pointe - a mixed-use development at Cardiff Bay comprising 1800 private and affordable residential units, restaurants, office and retail space. Putney Wharf – a mixed use development including 210 private and affordable residential units, cafes, bars, restaurants, fitness centre, office and retail space. Works commenced in 2001 and completed in September 2005. Battersea Reach – An award winning riverside development on a 13-acre brown field site including five individually tiered waterfront blocks. The development features circa 1,100 contemporary apartments and penthouses including 25% affordable housing. In addition there is circa 400,000 sq ft of mixed-use space including bars, cafes, restaurants, offices, and health and leisure facilities.St George Wharf – A riverside mixed use development on a 7 acre brown field site including circa 1140 private and affordable residential units, 63,000 sq ft of office space, retail, cafes, bars, restaurants, and fitness centre. The development includes a 50 storey iconic tower. Ross heads up our Development Management team, as Production Partner.


Alex Gherciu - Commercial Partner

Alex has over 13 years hands-on experience of running architectural practices of different sizes. His background in economics helping him to prepare appraisals and financial budgets essential for understanding project viability. Prior to joining Hoch-Bau Architecture as a Partner, he was responsible for organizing and managing a team of architectural technologists who produced drawings and models according to clients’ specifications. He is passionate about Lean construction, Agile project delivery and Building Information Modeling concept. In 2015 Alex created the Bflow system based on Lean construction principles for implementation of small and medium-sized construction projects to achieve maximum commercial output. Alex is our Commercial Partner.


Ty Milsom - Creative Design Partner


Ty is a qualified, resourceful, innovative and creative architectural designer with over 30 years experience across all sectors of the built environment. He achieved his architectural qualifications following a long period working with some of Europe’s top construction companies, and truly understands how buildings are put together. He believes that whole projects - from the initial drafts to the completion, must be inspired by the essence of the design, but understands the importance of build ability, working to projected financial budgets, designing in energy efficiency and designing out waste. As an early adopter of BIM (Building Information Modelling), he embraced the concept of modelling a project and analysing outcomes, before breaking ground on site. He is an expert in modern computer aided 3D modeling, energy analysis, colour imaging, and animations, constantly challanging and illustrating how we can work to maximise the potential of a site. His ability to "think out of the box" has been paramount in our ability to deliver optimal and beautiful solutions, on the most challanging of sites. Since 2012 he has been collaborating with some of London’s top developers on a range of residential projects. He has been active in strategic development, concept design, developed and technical design, construction phase supervision through to handover, as Lead Designer in a variety of projects. He is also a skilled Development Manager. His portfolio includes residential, commercial, mixed use and leisure, in both private and public sectors.Ty is our Creative Design Partner.


Tessa Surawy - Senior Architect

B A (Hons)., Dip.Arch., ARB Registered Architect

Tessa is an architect with over 30 years extensive experience of a wide variety of projects including; Listed Building & heritage projects, educational buildings including award winning performance venues, leisure projects, community schemes, housing including special needs residential schemes, theatre design, barn conversions and domestic extensions, including new build and refurbishment in both private and public sectors. Following her completion of RIBA Part 3 in 1995, Tessa went on to work for several high profile practices in the Cotswolds, where she has been based. She has considerable site based experience, working from design stages through to completion on site including Contract Management. Tessa is our Senior Architect and heads up our design team.