Commercial architecture

Whitfield Architects takes a straightforward, cost-effective approach to architectural services, which we find creates the happiest clients. But we also add the design flair that makes new ventures really stand out.

We have over 10 years’ experience of working with commercial building projects from start to finish, as well as a wealth of hands-on masterplanning expertise on sites of all sizes.

We approach every task with the same high level of creativity and commitment, from conceptual design and detailed specifications right through to site inspections and completion.

Our commercial architecture specialisms include:

  • Office schemes
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs
  • Period restorations and listed buildings (please see our heritage page)
  • Supermarkets
  • Visitor centres
  • Schools and nurseries

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In more detail, our commercial architectural services include:

Feasibility studies
PURPOSE: To establish the accommodation capabilities of a building or site.

WHAT WE CAN DO: Work with a full design team to consider how your vision could be delivered, including ground conditions, planning risks and suitable height appraisals. This would include drawings, masterplans, area schedules and feasibility reports, depending on your requirements.

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Detailed planning permission
PURPOSE: To achieve valuable planning approval, whether you wish to develop a site yourself or sell it forward.

WHAT WE CAN DO: Site plans, site masterplans, floor plans, elevations, CGIs, verified planning views, design and access statements, coordination of the design team for planning submissions. We can also complete a BREEAM pre-assessment as part of our services, if required (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).  

PLUS: We specialise in the conversion of historic buildings for commercial purposes.

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Technical design
PURPOSE: Development of planning application drawings suitable for tender purposes and building regulations compliance. A fixed price can be agreed based on design team drawings.

WHAT WE CAN DO: Technical drawings, detailed schedules (i.e. doors, windows, ironmongery), detailed specifications, designer’s risk assessments, BREEAM design acceptance.

PLUS: Coordination of the design team in the role of Lead Designer (liaising with the Approved Inspector); and construction support when the contract is out to tender.

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Construction
PURPOSE: Working for either the client or contractor, monitoring works on site as the project progresses.

WHAT WE CAN DO: Drawings, specifications, construction schedules, compliance checks in reference to agreed drawings, BREEAM assessments, building regulations and planning permission.   

PLUS: Snagging based on completed works, lists of defects and advice for resolution.

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PURPOSE: Ensuring all matters are resolved before the client takes delivery or occupation of the building.

PLUS: Monitoring operational matters during the first few years, analysing what was right, what was wrong and lessons to consider for future projects.

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Why choose us?

Our founder Mark Whitfield is a chartered architect with extensive experience in commercial architecture, including more than a decade working in Manchester city centre.

Examples of his past work include grade-II-listed building The Courthouse on Deansgate in Manchester, now home to popular steak restaurant Hawksmoor; and Rutherford House, a £3.2m office building on Westlakes Science Park in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

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