US

Townscape Architects are a RIBA chartered practice with a studio in Harrogate and York, North Yorkshire. We design spectacular residential properties, bespoke new homes, property transformations and commercial architectural developments throughout Yorkshire and across England.

We work with home owners, ambitious property developers, community groups and charities to deliver award winning property transformations and developments. We are small enough to care and large enough to cope.

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.

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 want great ideas and fantastic designs. You also want attention to detail, a professional service; a smooth and efficient project from start to finish.

You want someone you can trust; someone to guide you and advise you; someone with the right experience, who demonstrates they want the best for you. We offer a free one hour no-commitment consultation so you can see for yourself that Townscape will work for you.

We know about architecture, we know about design, we know about building projects. We know that your priority is for an architect who understands, solves and then delivers the architectural designs and completed build projects you want.

That’s what we do for you. Understand, solve, deliver

THE TEAM

You want great ideas and fantastic designs. You also want attention to detail, a professional service; a smooth and efficient project from start to finish.

You want someone you can trust; someone to guide you and advise you; someone with the right experience, who demonstrates they want the best for you. We offer a free one hour no-commitment consultation so you can see for yourself that Townscape will work for you.

We know about architecture, we know about design, we know about building projects. We know that your priority is for an architect who understands, solves and then delivers the architectural designs and completed build projects you want.

That’s what we do for you. Understand, solve, deliver

01 WE UNDERSTAND
Townscape Viability Appraisal TM

SERVICES

The Start of a Journey…..

At Townscape we promise to be at your side throughout every step of your project. We like to keep things straightforward and this is a typical plan of how we work with you:

UNDERSTANDING YOUR REQUIREMENTS

We can help from the earliest stages of a project, even before the property is purchased. We will find out all about your aspirations for the project, your likes and dislikes, your wish list of requirements. We will discuss this with you at the project outset; all of this information is compiled into a project brief.​

APPRAISAL

Once we understand your requirements we will initiate an intense creative design process. A series of ideas, sketches and images will be prepared to show how your property may be designed or transformed. We will then meet with you to review and discuss the various layouts in further detail.​

VIABILITY REPORT

A viability report will be prepared to​ provide you with high level project information such as an indication of build costs, site constraints, planning constraints and an indicative programme for the works. This report will assist you in deciding which of the sketch options is most appropriate for you.​

02 WE SOLVE
Planning Stage

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

When the feasibility study is complete we will work with you to​ develop a preferred option in further​ detail. During this part of the process​ you will see the designs of your new​ home starting to take shape. We will meet with you regularly to discuss and develop the design until a final​ plan is agreed.​

3D VISUALISATION

Using the latest software we are able​ to build a computer generated 3D model of your new home. By using virtual reality and a set of 3D glasses you will be able to take a virtual tour of your property. This means​ that the design is fully understood and developed before construction begins​

PLANNING PROCESS

The planning system can be a minefield.​ To ensure the best chance of success we use our knowledge, expertise and pro active approach to manage the​ planning process on your behalf. We​ will monitor the application and keep a​ close eye on progress until a decision is​ made.

03 WE DELIVER
Construction Stages

TECHNICAL DESIGN

This involves preparing technical​ drawings and specifications that​ a builder will need to accurately price a​ project and to build from. There is a lot​ to consider but there is no need to worry​ as we will guide you through all of the​ options, from fixtures and fittings, windows​ and doors through to the finishing touches​.

PROJECT TENDER

Choosing the right contractor for the​ project is essential. We will tender the project to obtain competitive​ quotes on your behalf. When the quotes are received we will assist​ you in selecting the best builder for the project. We will then set up the necessary building contracts; construction can then commence.​

MONITOR CONSTRUCION

We will be at your side at every step through to completion. We will carry out site inspections to check that the work is carried out properly, certify payments to the contractor, and deal with the builder on your behalf. Even​ when the project is complete we will be​ on hand to deal with any problems that​ arise.​

COMPANY

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

RIBA Chartered Practice

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.

Townscape are leading the way in eco design.

With a passion for creating super efficient buildings 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/

Awards

Townscape have won prestigious local awards for its work; The Northern Design Awards (both as winners and finalists) 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.

Nick Silcock (founder) – Building a Reputation

Being an architect is important to me. Like most children, in Primary School I loved to draw, paint and build models. The urge to create and design has stayed with me. Then at Secondary School, thanks to a work placement with a local architect, I decided that architecture was for me. Later, as I worked and trained through University and beyond, the true ambition – the master plan, if you like – was realised. I knew that simply being an architect was not enough. I wanted to have a reputation that was well-earned. I wanted to be respected for the work I did and the way in which I worked with clients. I wanted you as a client to refer to me as ‘your’ architect, not just ‘an’ architect. I wanted to be unmatched in the service you received and the value you gained.

I have always believed that you should dream big, plan meticulously, and work passionately. Always be flexible, always be creative. And always deliver on your promises.

So that is what I set up Townscape Architects to do. We are a RIBA chartered practice, and we are proud to adhere to the rigorous standards that requires. We have offices in Yorkshire: one in the beautifully architectural spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and another in the vibrant and historic city of York.   From these bases we travel the north of England serving our residential and commercial clients. Our projects vary in size from around £50k to c.£10m. Each one has a dedicated project manager, and our size means that I can be personally oversee each project.

As your  partner we want you to know that all the standards and assurances you would expect are in place. All architectural work is under the personal supervision of an RIBA Chartered Architect, and our management, control and safety processes are some of the most rigorous in the industry.

Truly great architecture does not simply contribute to the landscape, it becomes the landscape. In a commercial environment design and function must sit seamlessly together. As our  client you want the practical application of design principles; you want architectural solutions that are on brief, on budget, on target.

A creative mind, an eye for detail, a safe pair of hands: these are the qualities that are embodied within our chartered status, and they will be present in every aspect of our work for you. You know when you have worked with Townscape. You have my word. And I deliver on my promises.