Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact
details for people who can help you with your Architectural Design
requirement for a medium sized project (house extension etc) in your local area. This list will contain suppliers with a
mixed range of abilities from large Architectural practices through to
Architectural Drawing Technicians. You will be provided with their full
contact details, all within less than a second and you will then be
able to contact them directly to discuss what level of service you
require. Should you wish to place an order you would deal with them
directly. There is no middle man. If your project is only very minor then select small project. If your project is in fact very large then select large project.
If you have difficulty filling in the form or if you need help, please call us on 0800 0147 453.
Who should you consider for your Design Project?
This website provides a listing service for Architects, Architectural Technicians and Interior Designers. When considering who to choose for a project, the first consideration is the size of the project. Larger projects should normally be handled by a Registered Architect who will be highly trained and will hopefully be able to provide a high level of design flair. Small home improvements can be done by an Architect, an Architectural Technician, or a Surveyor. Each case should be considered on its own merits. If you are about to embark on a project it will probably be best for you to talk to a range of potential suppliers and then start to identify what sort of supplier will be best for you.
A good Architect will be able to take your design idea and make sure it is translated into a practical project. They will provide an invaluable link between you and your builder, and they will be able to add the creative spark needed to make a building more than just a functional space. They will be able to give you a new insight into the best use of materials, and also any environmental considerations from using them. They will show you the best use of your available space and how to use light to enhance this. In many cases they will also be able to help you with legislative issues surrounding your project, such as planning permission and building regulations.
When looking for a suitable Company or Individual to carry out your work, it is important to compile a checklist of things to consider. For example the size of the company you would prefer to work with, their location and areas of expertise. You can then prepare an overview, or 'brief', of the work you need carrying out for discussion with your chosen Company or individual. This will help you both to understand what the requirement is, and may help prevent any misunderstandings at a later stage.
Your chosen supplier will be able to help you consider what you want
out of the project and how your requirements are likely to change in the
future. You will also need to consider the requirements of the local
planning authorities, possible limitations of the existing building or
site, and other regulatory requirements. Historic buildings will also
have further requirements and permissions that will need to be taken
As well as discussing your requirement and your options in detail and
producing drawings, your chosen supplier may also be able to help you
with planning applications, party wall issues, and sourcing builders and
contractors to undertake the work. Some suppliers will also provide
management services to oversee the whole project if required.
What are the questions that you should be asking about your project?
A good Architect, Architectural Technician or Surveyor providing an
Architectural Design service, will have a lot of experience of producing
innovative designs for a wide variety of conditions. Some of the
points that they will be considering will be:
How can the project be planned to best suit your requirements and
those of the planners and other regulatory bodies?
How can costs be kept to a minimum but without cutting corners?
How can the project be carried out using sustainable methods to
reduce the impact on the environment?
Does anything need to be considered to ensure that the resulting
building is free from toxic emissions?
How can the building be made reasonably airtight to keep unwanted
draughts out but at the same time ensure adequate ventilation?
How should insulation be used to keep the building warm?
What consideration will need to be given to the use of breathable
materials to allow moisture to satisfactorily pass through the building
fabric? The new building should not suffer from condensation problems.
How can solar energy be captured to help keep the building warm
during cold periods?
How can solar shading be used to ensure that the building does not
get too hot in the summer?
What are the options for the use of natural and renewable energy like
wood for heating, and wind and sun for electricity generation?
How can water usage be kept to a minimum? Is there scope for
rainwater capture for washing machines, toilets and garden irrigation?
What are the requirements for sewage waste and treatment on site?
What materials can be sourced locally, using a smaller carbon
Are there any party wall requirements that will need to be
Should an old building be pulled down, or can it be renovated to make
it more reusable, in a way that uses less new materials and generates
How can a new building be constructed so that at the end of its life
as much of the materials as possible can be reused or recycled in a more
If your project is only very minor then select small project. If your project is in fact very large then select large project.
More information about Architects
For projects requiring the expertise and design flair of a qualified Architect, a question that sometimes arises is; which suppliers are Architects and which suppliers are not Architects?
Anyone calling themselves an ‘Architect’ must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This is a requirement under Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997. ARB is the UK’s statutory regulator of architects. They keep a public register, which is searchable online, of around 33,000 architects (www.arb.org.uk). Every architect on their register has met the required standards for education, training and practice.
Many Architects are also members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (www.architecture.com). This is in effect a trade organisation that champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and the excellence of its members. ‘Chartered Architects’ are those that comply with the RIBA’s strict criteria. In a similar way, Architectural firms can become a ‘Chartered Practice’ provided they meet the strict requirements of the RIBA’s accreditation scheme.
Who else might be able to help me?
Once the design is complete, you may also require a Structural
Engineer to carry out the necessary structural calculations. If you
require a list of Structural Engineers who can provide Structural Calculations please click here.
If you just require help with a planning permission application, click here for a list
of suppliers who can help you.
If you just require help with building regulation approvals click here for a list of
suppliers who can help you.
If you just require help with a party wall issue click here for a list of suppliers
who can help you.
Architects can also help with interior design or you may wish to look for an Interior Designer.
Whether you like modern architecture or old, we can supply contact
details for a range of people who will be able to help you.
Are you an Architect?
If you offer Architectural Design services and you want to find out
more about being listed on this website, please click here.