Townscape Architects - partnering with regional and national charities, community groups and trusts to design and deliver first-class, purpose designed properties.

Townscape Architects – your trusted partner

Townscape Architects are a RIBA chartered practice with its studios in Harrogate and York, North Yorkshire. Our team works across the UK to design and deliver innovative projects for a range of charity organisations, trusts and community groups.

At Townscape every customer gets their own dedicated architect and project manager specifically selected for the individual project requirements.  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 understand how charity projects are delivered and the requirements of the Charity Commission. You get our experience from previous projects. You get the service standards and control processes of a chartered practice.

As a charity client you want a safe pair of hands. Every project is different and you want an architect who has the right experience. You might want innovative designs; you might need creative solutions.

At the early stages you might need advice on project costs, viability and timescales. You might need information for trustees’ meetings and fundraising campaigns.  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 charity project, we will help you to build a trusted team of professionals to deliver the project.


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The first thing you get from Townscape is a dedicated project manager. To truly understand your project and everything you need, you need someone you can trust; someone who has been on site with you; someone you can relate to, always pick up the phone to, someone you know understands what your brief is all about.  You want a partner to rely on. We understand.


Charity projects can be complex projects. Your Townscape project manager will lead a bespoke team of professionals, specifically brought together to focus on your requirements.

We solve problems before they become your problems. Effective communication and clarity of purpose mean you can be confident that everyone involved has a clear picture of what is needed. Real alternatives and all options are explored.

Then what you get from Townscape are design solutions that work and are deliverable.


You want it on time. You want it right. You want all your boxes ticked. We get that, and we make sure that is what you get. And we want to deliver more for you. When you know the designs are better than you imagined; when you have working relationships and partnerships that are stronger than you thought possible; when you have seen innovation and creativity at every stage of your project; that’s when we know we have delivered for you.

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Get design ideas as well as answers to those burning questions such as planning permission, construction budgets, builders and timescales.

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The Start of a Journey …...

We can help you from the earliest stages of a project to assist in the crystallisation of those initial ideas. You will have questions on viability, costs and timescales. A meeting on site to discuss your requirements for the project is usually the place to start and from here we will be able to prepare a plan to move the project forward.​


Once we understand your requirements we will work with you to develop the ideas further, this might include the preparation of plans, concepts and  images for fundraising purposes.   After this viability and cost appraisals are prepared that will underpin the projects delivery.​


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 development option is most appropriate for you.​


When the viability appraisal 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 facility starting to take shape. We will meet with you and key stakeholders regularly to discuss and develop the design until a final​ plan is agreed.​


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 facility. This means​ that the design is fully understood and developed before construction begins​


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.


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​.


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.​


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.​

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