Paul Moore, who has died aged 70 after a long illness, was one of the most talented architects to work at Levitt Bernstein.
His early career included time in Lusaka, Paris and at Farrell Grimshaw and he was already 35 when he joined us in 1977, to play an important part in much of the practice's best work at the time. It was typical of Paul that, while he was in France, he designed three eco-houses long before that kind of thing became fashionable and then, when no local builder could cope with the complexity, hired French and Algerian workers and joined them in building the houses with his own hands.
Projects for the practice included the £20m refurbishment and remodelling of IBM’s office and training facility in Sudbury as well as the ground breaking ‘Midsummer Cottages’ project – an innovative residential development of six low energy houses that formed part of the Futureworld demonstration development in Milton Keynes.
His greatest contribution at LBA was to the Hanley Cultural Quarter project for major refurbishments of the Victoria Hall and Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. Paul was the Project Leader for both buildings - a single construction project valued at over £20m. The project had many challenges in both its design and relentlessly demanding management. It was exhausting work which did not end with the buildings’ successful completion (The Victoria Hall won a Civic Trust Award). He continued to work excessively long hours arguing Levitt Bernstein’s case for equitable remuneration, eventually delivering a favourable settlement.
This was a significant moment in LBA's history and one that the practice shall be indebted to Paul for.
Paul took early retirement not long afterwards but carried working on a consultancy basis making yet another major contribution - the masterplanning of 650 homes in the Bermondsey Spa area of Southwark.
He was a talented pianist, equally at home with classical and jazz, an inspired (and sometimes savage) cartoonist with a dangerously quiet manner that hinted at the controlled fury which, very occasionally, he could release with devastating effect. LBA owes its survival at its darkest time largely to Paul, to whom those of us who worked with him will always be grateful.