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Townscape Architects – your residential partner

Townscape Architects is a RIBA chartered practice with offices in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and Leeds, West Yorkshire. Our team works with trusted partners to deliver innovative architectural solutions for a range of residential and commercial clients.

Every aspect of your architecture requirements can be handled by our team. You do not need to worry about planning departments, building regulations or health and safety. We will sort it all for you.

You do not need to worry about structural alterations, ground conditions, building services or space planning. We have experts for that. You can let us manage for you all sub-contractors, engineers and builders. On a commercial project, we work with anyone else you may have appointed and will provide as much or as little input as you require.

From day one we can advise and add value through feasibility studies, budget forecasts and viability assessments. You get our experience from previous projects. You get the service standards and control processes of a chartered practice. We want to be the first name for architectural services in the North of England, so we asked our clients in Yorkshire what sets us apart as chartered architects. They said:

“customer satisfaction is of prime importance”
“care and attention to detail”
“to be kept informed”
“a smooth process”
“efficient and professional, with great results”

From all your feedback we have learned that your priority is for an architect to understand, solve and then deliver the architectural designs and completed build projects you want. That’s what we do for you. Understand, solve, deliver.

YOU

You have a dream that you want realised, or a space you want utilised.

For you, working with an architect might be a new and daunting experience, or it might be something you have done before. Either way, choosing the right architect is an important decision. Not all architects are the same. We want you to make the right choice. We want you to be able to say you are pleased to have chosen Townscape.

You might be looking for the wow factor; or a sympathetic restoration; a cosy re-design of living space; or a sleek-lined modernisation. You have a dream that you want realised, or a space you want utilised.

You might have questions about planning permission, space utilisation, construction budgets, timescales, design factors. Those questions all need answering. Later on, building regulations, tenders for work, on-site project management all must be taken care of. We do all that for you.

We hope you like things straightforward. We do. We follow a simple three-step approach with you.

Understand

Your project is unique. What you want is different.

We work with you and with your ideas. We listen and learn of your hopes (and sometimes even you fears). What you don’t want and what you do want. Our experience becomes your experience. You share our knowledge and share your feelings. Together we make a plan.

Solve

Step two. Designed to solve.

Design, innovation and creativity. No problem.

You can see and feel the plans take shape. The ideas we discussed and the concepts we created are now shaped and made solid. You will be given answers not questions; you will feel involved not isolated; we work on creating for you the innovative, imaginative, design-led solutions you want.

Meet the brief, solve the problem. No problem.

Deliver

The most important thing we build? Relationships. With all the details agreed, you can now watch as your project really comes alive. We work for you with everyone involved on site and off: planning departments, contractors, engineers, builders. They all want clarity. They all want consistency. Our reputation means that you know your project is in safe hands. With our award-winning track record as residential architects the whole team working for you is responsible, accountable, professional. We deliver.

“You know when you have worked with Townscape”.

OUR SERVICES

STEP BY STEP

Stage 1 – The measured survey

The measured survey of your property gives us a place to start – it will provide a set of plans and elevations of your property in its current form. The survey will take 2-3 hours to complete the site measurements and a further 2 weeks to prepare the survey drawings using CAD software. Once complete, the creative design phase can begin.

Stage 2 – The Design Phase (Planning)

First stop, the development of the brief – an in depth discussion at your home to find out what makes you tick. What do you like; what do you dislike; how big, what’s your style? The brief is an evolving document that details out your criteria for the project. We will guide you through the brief but it would be useful to start gathering your thoughts in advance of this meeting. We like scrap books, books full of scribble, newspaper cuttings and pages ripped out of magazines. It doesn’t have to be tidy, but it helps us to identify your preferred style and taste.

Following our briefing meeting we will develop a range of ideas for the transformation of your property. To assist the decision making process we will help outline a budget for the construction works. We will work with you to develop the plans until you are entirely satisfied with the results.

Once we have agreed upon a suitable scheme the final part of this design phase is to submit a detailed planning application. Don’t worry, we will deal with every aspect of this for you and we will keep you updated on the planning process throughout.

Stage 3 – Getting Technical (Building Regulations)

At townscape we use our expertise and knowledge to guide you through the whole construction process from start to finish. We deal with all the necessary approvals for you such as building regulations and party wall notices. We will liaise with structural engineers on your behalf as to get the calculations you need for the structural elements. Its then time to coordinate the design of kitchens, bathrooms, audio visual equipment and fitted furniture to ensure the whole construction process is as smooth and efficient as possible. We will help you select the most appropriate materials for the build such as glazing systems, flooring and interior finishes. If you want to ‘go green’ then townscape can guide you on the latest energy efficient building techniques, glazing, renewable energy sources, low energy lighting systems and green building materials.

Once all the detail is collected, the specifications written and the drawings are finalised its time for us to submit the building regulations application for you. You can sit back and relax while we tender the project for you. Our tried and tested tendering process will ensure you obtain 3 competitive quotations for the building work to be completed. We have long established relationships with many of Yorkshires best local builders, and we use these long term relationships to negotiate the best quality and best prices on your behalf.

Stage 4 – It’s time to get building (construction)

Once a builder has been selected and all the approvals are in place then it’s time for us to set up the contracts between you and the builder. Once the contracts are signed and he work commence on site we will visit site between once and twice a week to make sure that the work is being undertaken in accordance with the drawings; specifications and schedules of works. This careful monitoring phase ensures the highest standards of workmanship are achieved and that you only pay the builder for work that meets with approval. This rigorous process will keep you protected and in control throughout the build phase.

ETHOS

VISION

It is our Vision for Townscape Architects to be recognised and respected as the design leader in the north of England, valued for our rigorous application of design creativity and admired for our passion, professionalism and contribution to the built environment.

MISSION

It is our Mission to be the best investment our clients can make, by understanding their needs and delivering for them high quality building solutions, using best practice methodology to push design boundaries in both the commercial and the residential sectors.

VALUES

  • We are passionate about design, and seek to push design boundaries whenever we can
  • We are proud of our chartered status, and epitomise it in everything we do
  • We understand, we solve and we deliver for our clients, and for each other
  • The first thing we build is a relationship
AWARDS

In 2013 Townscape won 2 prestigious local awards for its work; The Northern Design Awards and The Leeds Architecture Awards for the best conserved building. The judges praised a “very fine piece of restoration which deserves top marks for conservation.

We are a RIBA Chartered Practice and we are ARB registered. This means we adhere to the highest professional standards, so you can be sure that:

  • All architectural work is under the personal supervision of an RIBA Chartered Architect;
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance cover is in place which satisfies the Architects;Registration Board
  • A Quality Management System is operational;
  • An appropriate Health & Safety Policy is operational;
  • A written Environmental Management Policy in place;
  • A return is made for the annual RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey;
  • A management system is in place to ensure adherence to the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct.
SUSTAINABLEDESIGN

Townscape are leading the way in eco residential design.

With a passion for creating super efficient housing designed to highest of environmental standards. From improving existing housing, to top of the range new build’s built to Passiv Haus standards, Townscape have the experience and expertise in house to deliver the projects from concept to completion. We work with trusted partners and contractors to deliver turn key packages to our clients.

Contact us to find out more or visit our blog for further details of Passiv Haus design;https://www.townscape-architects.co.uk/news/helping-you-go-green/

NICK SILCOCK

COMPANY FOUNDER

Architecture. Is it a science? Is it an art?

Truly great architecture reflects the value you place on things. It captures the feelings you want and meets the needs you have. It is a blend of science and art: designed to inspire, to calm, to function. It is a uniquely human perspective on the built environment that appeals to our senses and can unite or divide us. Architecture is the physical representation and interpretation of emotion; the practical application of design principles; the way in which we structure the space around us. Done well, architecture is beyond description, triggering reactions from our deeper feelings on an almost subconscious level, whilst also presenting us with a practical realisation of our physical requirements. It draws on our past, it symbolises our present, it provides a legacy for future generations.

I think I have always felt that way. I remember building dens as a kid, getting adventurous and muddy in equal measure as I tried to be more and more inventive. I loved art. Even now, the smell of poster paint or powder water colour takes me right back to my primary school days: an apron (really an old shirt on backwards), a brush and a pot of water beside me (allegedly non-spill, but we knew different), a sheet of paper in front of me, and an imagination full of ideas. Later, it was model building, with the added discipline of now following instructions. I pored over the detailed plans and took painstaking care to paint and assemble each piece accurately.

Then, at school, I had a week work experience with a local architect. That was it. I discovered that people got paid for having ideas and drawing up plans as a profession. I knew then, and I still know now. Architecture was for me. I was going to be, and always will be, an architect.

So here I am, a Chartered RIBA architect, and in 2007 I founded Townscape architects, a RIBA chartered practice. We have offices in Yorkshire: one in the beautifully architectural spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and another in the vibrant and commercial city of Leeds, West Yorkshire. From these bases we travel the north of England serving our residential and commercial clients. We are large enough to take on multi-million pound projects, and make sure that each one has a dedicated project manager, and still small enough so I can be personally involved in each project.

That way, I know that as a client you get the best possible attention to detail; you get the most attentive of customer care; and you get the innovative high quality architectural solutions that you are looking for.

We have a strong portfolio of successfully completed projects ranging in construction value from £10k to in excess of £4million. This includes small extensions, listed building restorations, new builds and commercial developments.

Whatever size your project, I give you my personal guarantee that the passion and rigour I developed as a boy, and the highest standards of professionalism and effectiveness that are embodied within our chartered status, will be present in every aspect of our work for you.