• We work with you and your clients to design bespoke buildings and spaces that meet your needs


    We are award winning architectural designers

    and practitioners with over 25 years experience of working with vulnerable people


  • Projects

    Thinking big acting small

    The Free Prisoner

    From Removal to Inclusion


    Sanctuary. Wherever you need it.

    Community Garden

    Beeston Leeds

  • The Free Prisoner

    From Removal to Inclusion


    The Free Prisoner features in a recent blog by criminal justice commentator Russell Webster.

    WAN Small Spaces Award 2016

    Seeds was long listed for this specialist category that celebrates small scale architecture, recognising inspirational projects that deliver novel, aesthetically ambitious ways of maximising space within a minimal footprint.

    Architecture For The Common Good

    SAFE Innovations have been nominated for the RIBAJ MacEwen Award: Architecture For The Common Good. for their project seedS.


    The award promotes architectural projects with a social conscious.

    RIBA NWSLA Shortlist 2014


    Karl Lenton, Free Unit, Professional Diploma in Architecture nominated for a RIBA Live Project Award for his 5th year design project seedS: The Mobile Therapeutic Healing Environment for secure settings.

    A sticking plaster on a failing prison system?

    Richard Rowley discusses the 'prison crisis' and how we can embrace innovation and make real change.

    Business Advantage Award winners 2015


    SAFE Innovations has been awarded the Lupton Fawcett Denison Till Business Advantage Award. The Business Advantage Awards offers a support package of mentoring and/or legal support worth £5,000 to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Profiles

    We've got a top notch team and a wide network of experts

    Claire Shepherd


    Managing Director Claire Shepherd is an award-winning leader in health, criminal justice and social care services to vulnerable people. She has a proven record of transforming health services, improving patient safety and increasing access to services by vulnerable people.

    With a Masters in Leadership, Claire has led teams to win the Lupton Fawcett Business Advantage Award, three Health Service Journal awards, Bupa, Tilley and National Centre for Innovation awards and, was runner up in the 2009 Secretary of State award for Health Service Management. Claire has presented at a number of national and international conferences on improving access to services for vulnerable people, and patient safety.


    Karl Lenton

    BA Hons Arch. Pg Dip Arch. 

    Creative Director Karl Lenton spent six years in architectural education in Leeds and London, winning the John CASS Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2014. Karl is co-founder of architectural practice Burr Lenton Architecture (BLA).



    Karl was shortlisted for the RIBA South West Regional Live Project Award in 2014 and long listed for the RIBAJ MacEwen Award: Architecture for The Common Good in 2016 for his work on projects for vulnerable people.




    Karl has recently been appointed to the Leeds Business Improvement District and is a member of The Free Unit.



    Richard Rowley


    Business Development and Relationship Manager Richard Rowley is a creative and highly effective professional with 19 years experience of working with voluntary, public and private sector organisations in the criminal justice arena.


    Richard's experience of working across all sectors gives him a unique perspective of justice with the capability to understand and appreciate contrasting agendas. His passion stems from working in public and private sector prisons and in some of the most deprived communities with those affected by crime and poverty.


    Richard was nominated for a Butler Trust Award, recognising exceptional dedication and creativity in the resettlement of former prisoners.


  • We work with the NHS, Ministry of Justice, private and third sector organisations



    Service users are at the heart of everything we do

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