Illustration of Ray Hipkin
Ray Hipkin the founder of the Practice, started his own Practice in 1966 operating from No 4 Asfordby Road in Melton Mowbray. He was joined by John Sims in 1968 and the Practice was called Hipkin Sims and moved to No 14 Asfordby Road. Eventually Gordon Punt and John Sanderson joined the Practice operating from premises in Northampton and Leicester in addition to the Melton Mowbray office, which had moved yet again to No 34 Asfordby Road and was now called Hipkin Sims Associates. After Gordon left the partnership, both the Leicester and Northampton offices were closed and the Practice was now called Hipkin Sims Sanderson Partnership.
No 44 Asfordby Road
The Partners bought No 44 Asfordby Road where the Practice operated until 2011. All the original Partners were well known and respected in the community and both Ray Hipkin and John Sanderson were Town Wardens and then Feoffees for the Melton Town Estate and John Sims was very involved in the Local Civic Society.
John Sims, Brian Dodd
Many clients had prominent businesses in the area; Asfordby Storage & Haulage, Pedigree Petfoods, Melton Borough Council, A J Stimson & Son, Next Retail, Vacu-Lug, Tesco Store, Riker Laboratories, The Belvoir Estate, the Duke of Rutland, Long Clawson Dairy, Sir Lionel Tollemache, The De Montfort Housing Society, Victor Wood Garages, The Victoria Halls in Oakham (to name just a few) plus numerous projects throughout the East Midlands achieving an enviable reputation for innovative design and professionalism that is still prevalent today and although the original partners have long since retired; their successors Brian Dodd, Keith Garthwaite and the current Directors James Botterill, Nick Cooper and Richard Cooper have continued to practise these core values under the name of HSSP Architects Limited.