Architectural services

Whitfield Architects offers premium-quality services at extremely competitive rates.

If you’d like to know more about us, take a look at our experience and credentials. You may also find it helpful to read Why use an architect?.

We can be flexible depending on your projectso you only pay for for the services you actually require. If you’d like a tailored estimate, just drop us an email at hello@whitfieldarchitects.com with your full address and a brief description of your requirements

Our architectural services for residential, commercial and heritage projects include…

1) Design
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Our design service begins with an architectural survey, so we can take measurements, assess your existing property and produce accurate CAD drawings of what’s there already.

This forms an essential basis for the design process and any future steps you take.

We can then present you with design ideas and options, then discuss these with you and create a final, preferred design for the layout and external appearance of your property.

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2) Planning application or permitted development?
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Your chosen design will determine which local authority process you need to follow. We can then assist you with:

  • Planning permission applications – which offer the most design flexibility
  • Neighbourhood consultations – for large extensions that don’t require planning permission
  • Permitted development – for small, simple developments that adhere to certain restrictions

We’ll produce and submit suitable drawings and documentation for the council, monitor the process throughout and provide advice about any challenges that arise.

It’s rare for an application to be completely unsuccessful. More often, the council will request design modifications, which we’ll discuss with you.

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3) Building regulations compliance
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Building regulations compliance is required for legal reasons, for the vast majority of building projects. 

For ultimate clarity and thoroughness before you invest in building, we recommend undertaking a Full Plans Application. This means we draw the exact technical design for the local authority to approve in advance.

This can help you to keep a tighter control on costs and other issues, as a builder can use our technical drawings to confirm a fixed, itemised quotation.

The official documentation you receive will also assist with selling a property at a later date, as buyers’ surveyors and solicitors will always ask to see proof that changes to a property have been carried out properly.

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We can also advise you of likely third-party fees, so you can get a better idea of the full cost of your project. These include elements such as:

  • Local authority submission and inspection fees (council administration charges)
  • Structural engineering calculations and drawings (where required)
  • In-depth surveys to establish precise external and land dimensions (where required)
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And if you’d like advice and support futher down the road, we’re highly experienced in:

Construction

Site visits during construction to make sure that:

  • Building work is being carried out correctly, according to technical drawings; and that it adheres to planning and building regulations as agreed
  • Any defective work is noted, which must then be rectified before payment is made to building contractors

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Completion and use

Further site inspections to provide:

  • Final snagging before the final construction bill is settled
  • Certification of values of construction work completed, as determined by a quantity surveyor (if relevant)

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