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Born:

Andrew Philip Keeling
Date of Birth 17/04/64
Place of Birth 16 Cedar Drive, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, England
Schools Streetly Infants & Juniors, Codsall St. Nicholas, Codsall High
Further Education Bilston College
Qualifications 'O' Level - 'A' Level - HNC Building Studies
Maths, Art, Chemistry, English Language, General Studies, Technical Drawing, Physics & Human Biology

Other Qualifications

Bronze Medallion in Lifesaving - RYA Yachtmaster - First Aid - PADI Open Water Scuba 

Employment

The Mason Richards Partnership 1981 -1985
Wolverhampton's Premier Architectural Practice
A multi-disciplinary practice providing a personal and comprehensive Architectural Design service fully integrated with Landscape Architecture, Planning, Engineering and Project Management expertise in the practice, and available throughout the UK from offices in the West Midlands and Bristol.

Whilst learning the basics of architecture, I also attended Bilston College to study Building Studies. Working on a wide and varied range of commercial buildings, my last two years were spent surveying public houses for Bass and Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries and designing pub extensions and new licensed premises for both companies.

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Building Design Practice 1985 - 1989
Wolverhampton Architects
Architects who designed The Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill in the Midlands.

I joined Building Design virtually at the start of construction of the Merry Hill shopping centre, overseeing some of the building works and preparing working drawings. I was promoted to being in charge of Phase III of the centre and on completion was part of the team designing the massive Phase V of the complex.

Prestoplan Homes 1989 - 1990
Timber Framed Housing Company
Specialist Timber Frame company based in Preston in Lancashire.

I joined as an Area Manager covering the South Midlands and South Wales and was involved in the overseeing of construction of a variety of commercial buildings.

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Ministry of Agriculture (ADAS) 1990 - 1992
Government Agency
I joined the ADAS team on a contract basis to help the architectural department working on a wide variety of projects from barns to golf courses.

Black Bear Public House 1990 - 1993 - part time
Lower Gornal Pub
Small pub but very busy during the early nineties when the Black Country Bus Tours used to visit and take over the 'Bear Pit' function room.

I learnt many aspects of running a pub and eventually became bar manager

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Castlemore Securities Limited 1992 - 1999
Property Development Company
Castlemore, founded in 1970, is one of Britain's leading Development Companies and has an ambitious development and investment programme. Based in Halesowen in the Midland, it specialises in retail and leisure developments throughout the UK, particularly over the last ten years, and now has a portfolio of schemes under construction or with consent of over 250 million pounds sterling. Its investment arm has a rental income of over 2 million pounds sterling a year.

I rejoined a former boss to help with the design of a range of commercial projects including a number of retail parks. I designed the new Castlemore head office and also spent time searching for new sites to develop. I was also responsible for the computer network and learned HTML language and created the Castlemore web site. I also created my own Rotaski web site and started a guide to good pubs in the UK.

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Rotaski 1999 -
Wed Site Design
Web Site Design Company based in Lower Gornal, South Staffordshire.

I set up a new business designing web sites and expanding the pub website - The Fat Badgers Guide to Quality Inns

APK Design 2001 -
In 2001 I visited Prime Oak Buildings in Wombourne, Staffordshire to discuss their plans for a website. My proposals were accepted and I started work on the site. I learned that Prime Oak were having difficulties finding a company that could produce a brochure that they were happy with and mentioned that I had produced brochures for Castlemore. I then designed the Prime Oak Brochure, business cards and 'Barney' - the flying Barn Owl logo. With the website well underway, Prime Oak learned of my Architectural background and I then started producing the working drawings in AutoCad later learning to also produce 3D drawings.
With the workload expanding, Prime Oak employed further AutoCad specialists and I set about writing a number of databases to log brochure enquiries, suppliers, stock handling, material ordering, clients and most importantly a quoting database. Since the end of 2002 I have been responsible for quoting all of the website enquiries and most of the other buildings designed by Prime Oak's team of countrywide designers. Along with doing much of the ordering of materials, I also maintain the computer network, organise photographs of completed projects and look after Prime Oak's advertising. I remain self employed and continue to maintain the Fat Badgers Guide to Good Pubs in my 'spare' ?! time and also create websites for other companies.