After 12 years of working as a salaried architect in the Lake District with Stables and Gilchrist/Rhodes Day of Windermere , South Lakeland Council, Eden District Council and ADK of Keswick, Graham started his own practice in 1992 working from his home in Sockbridge near Penrith, Cumbria.
Soon the practice flourished and relocated to an office in Penrith with space enough for the 5-6 person team. Today the practice is based in 'state of the art' offices at Eden Business Park, Penrith,
Over the years the practice has maintained the same core team, ensuring greater continuity of the practice ethos and expertise.
Our philosophy focuses on developing a personal and professional service combining environmental principles, contemporary design and vernacular architectural tradition.
We care about design, and we work hard with our clients to create crafted, innovative solutions, that are attractive and often sensitive to the surrounding context.
In many instances we work closely with planning consultants, planners and developers to help unlock problematic sites/projects.
What can we do for your project?
We can provide a full list of architectural services-
-Pre application feasibility studies and planning consultation
-Building Regulation applications
-Production information and tender documentation
-Contract administration as part of full architectural service
-We can provide architects certificates if required. (check with mortgage provider as not all accept these certificates)
-CDM principle designer services
Our services can be tailored to your requirements. For example many of our clients only require partial services upto Building Regulations approval. Please contact us and we can discuss your needs.
We can provide the following additional work-
-3 dimensional modelling of proposals
-Computer generated photoreal images to support applications
-Hand Drawn presentation images
We have forged close links with various consultants whose input may be required to realise your project.
-Structural and Civil Engineers
-Quantity Surveyors to provide cost plans etc.
We tailor our output/drawings specifically to each project. This ranges from hand drawn drawings for more a more traditional/sensitive approach through to CAD and BIM drawings where buildings are fully modelled in 3d.
This full range of output we believe makes us unique and ideally suited to prepare your drawings specifically to your project requirements.
Planning and working with developers
We work with planning consultants and developers at early stages of projects either to unlock potential sites and secure outline planning permissions, or simply to prepare sketch feasibility studies to help assess the viability of a site.
We don't set 'headline' fees for each type of project. We feel this doesn't account for the complexities of the design service we offer. We also find that clients can easily get hit with additional fees which never goes down well.
We prepare each fee proposal specific to each project with a cost against each service required so that all the work we do is properly accounted for in the fee proposal.
We keep timesheets for each project so we can prepare competive fee proposals based on similar past projects.
On larger and more complex projects we often work to RIBA fees scales which works on a percentage based on the building class of the proposal set against the total construction cost.
What happens next?
Please get in contact with us and we can arrange a meeting with you either in our office or on site to discuss your project further.
Based on the discussions we can then provide you with a competitive fee proposal for the services you require.