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Jonathan Rains



E: jon@archibaldshaw.co.uk

Special Expertise

Jon has over 40 years’ experience in the design of buildings and structures.  He has worked with all building materials, including reinforced concrete, steelwork, timber and masonry. 

Career Details

Jon joined the Chichester office of Archibald Shaw in 1972, working on numerous projects including mid-rise housing developments in the City of Portsmouth, schools, offices and a leisure centre.  In 1974 he worked in the British Virgin Islands on the design of a swimming pool and hotel development.  In 1977 he was seconded to a subsidiary of Taylor Woodrow to work on site on a marina development in Scotland.

In 1978 Jon relocated to the Reading office and worked on varied projects, including highway structures for the Lower Earley development and a superstore.

In 1984 he established the Newbury office and became a Partner in 1987.  He has worked in a variety of sectors, including schools, housing, commercial developments, health, retail and on industrial buildings.  Projects have included several large country houses, the refurbishment of Drummonds Bank in Trafalgar Square, and a distribution centre in Andover.  Designs have ranged from a picture hook for an extremely large and valuable painting to developments such as the Vineyard at Stockcross, Donnington Valley Hotel and the Camp Hopson department store.

Over the course of his career Jon has worked on projects at Greenham Common when it was a military base in the 1980s to the more recent development of New Greenham Park.

Over the years Jon has worked on numerous historic structures.  He has a wide experience in surveying and buildings’ defects analysis, diagnosis and remedial work.

Jon is married with three adult children.  He enjoys travelling, gardening and plays the occasional game of golf to an atrocious standard. 


  • University of Birmingham, BSc Civil Engineering
  • Chartered Engineer, CEng
  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, MICE, 1978