Coronavirus [COVID-19] Notice [updated April 2021]

Government guidelines allowing, First Thursday Club are pleased to announce plans to re-open the club in September.


The club was founded by established, leading companies that provide a significant presence across the Bristol and South West market.


The founding members were brought together to reflect the principle construction disciplines – architectural design (AHR), construction (Kier), project management & cost consultancy (Currie and Brown) and engineering (Clarkebond and Silcock Dawson).


Each founder provides a principle role within the club to ensure its smooth running and to ensure the central ethos is maintained.


In 2018 Bright Event Management was brought into the management of the club to provide additional skill and expertise on the day to day running of the events and membership.

Karle Burford

AHR - Director

Karle is Director of AHR Architects based in the Bristol office. He is responsible for a number of significant projects located throughout the region across many sectors. He has particular interest in the masterplanning, regeneration and commercial sectors. He has been with AHR since 2005.

About AHR

AHR is one of Europe’s longest standing architecture and building consultancy practices, with experience dating back to 1835. AHR today is one of Europe’s largest practices and has evolved into an international business encompassing 450 staff in 12 offices.

As architects we are passionate about design and the positive effects good design can have on our environment. As building consultants we are passionate about how we care for buildings and how their creative re-use can enhance the fabric of our communities.

Our collective experience and the creativity of our teams, combined with our commitment to innovation and design research, allows us to help our clients develop environments that respond positively to the particular challenges of a project and the wider social, economic and climatic issues we all face.

The way we design and care for our environment is changing rapidly and we continue to seek innovative solutions and develop new ways of working to meet the future needs of our clients and society.

We work in all sectors including civic, education, health, transport, office, leisure, retail, residential, and science.

In the south west AHR has grown to be a major player in the area with several significant projects across the region.

Tim Westwood

Kier Construction - Regional Business Development Manager

Regional Business Development Manager with Kier Construction in Bristol for 16 years, during which time I’ve developed strong business relationships across the region and in all sectors of the industry.

About Kier

With particular knowledge and experience in the public sector and understanding of the particular demands of the Health, Education, Civic as well as blue light and custodial developments on projects up to £50m in value. Have a broad understanding of the application and deployment of a wide cross section of Framework arrangements and understanding of EC procurement rules. Current activities are driven towards maintaining a regional business that now has a turnover well in excess of £200m annually.

Tom Hill

Silcock Dawson & Partners - Regional Director (Bristol)

Tom joined Silcock Dawson & Partners (Bristol Office) as Regional Director in 2018. He is a chartered engineer and brings with him a wealth of experience in the industry working across various sectors including education, residential, retail, commercial and industrial within both public and private sectors on projects in the UK and overseas. Tom will lead the Bristol office and look to grow their presence in the South West region.

About Silcock Dawson & Partners

Silcock Dawson was established in 1984 and has developed a wide base of experience in all aspects of Building Services Engineering. Since 1984 the Company has grown progressively and now employs a staff of over 60 with offices in Princes Risborough, Bristol and London.

Our experience encompasses all types of projects, including, retail, leisure, commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, residential, information technology, scientific and research facilities. Silcock Dawson operates a Quality Assurance System to BS EN ISO 9001 which is registered by British Standards Institution.

James Edmonds

Clarkebond - Associate Director

James is an Associate Director at Clarkebond with over 9 years’ experience working across sectors including education, historic structures, industrial, leisure, offices, residential, retail and waste.

With good problem-solving and technical skills, James has played a key role in the successful delivery of some significant projects in the South West and Wales, using his strong communication and inter-personal skills to build good relationships within stakeholder teams. Projects include Cyfarthfa Retail Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Finzel’s Reach, Bristol, the redevelopment of the previous Gloucester Greyfriars site, Access 18, Avonmouth, McArthurs Yard, Bristol and the award-winning Being Brunel Museum on Bristol harbour side.

James is also involved in business development for the Bristol office and acts a mentor for engineers aiming for Chartered status with the Institution of Structural Engineers.
James has a BSc and MEng in Civil Engineering, is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and is a committee member of the First Thursday Club.

About Clarkebond

Clarkebond is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy with 3 offices in the UK. We are focused on the challenges of today’s construction projects and the delivery of solutions tailored to client requirements. We take pride in our ability to provide a personalised service with ALL commissions headed up by senior management. Alongside our core engineering services we also provide pre-planning advice, flood risk assessments, transport planning, geo-environmental engineering, waste management, contaminated land assessments, expert witness, building resilience and facade engineering using in-house expertise.