As an RIBA Chartered Practice we can undertake all types and sizes of project, no matter how small or specialized it may be. Since our experience extends over many years in the UK and abroad, we can respond to a client’s needs with a deep understanding and expertise.
We have extensive knowledge and experience of working locally especially in the Yorkshire Dales, South Lakeland and Eden. We have a good working relationship with the local planning authority offices, as well as a deep understanding of the policy issues in these areas. If you would like help and advice on your project no matter how large or small it is, we are here to help and will talk you through your options.
Our domestic work has recently included:
- extensions (garage, greenhouses, conservatories and small extensions)
- small housing developments (1 to many dwellings on exception and windfall sites)
- conversions (barn and reinstatement of former dwellings)
- historic assessments (Listed Building reports in compliance with planning conditions or submitted prior to a planning application)
- business uses (helping obtain planning permission for business uses of existing and new buildings)
- community projects (village halls, public toilets, public spaces)
- farming issues (from diversification of the business to agricultural workers dwellings)
- enforcement cases (helping clients navigate mitigate potential breaches in planning)
- general policy advice in regards to Local Plans.
Heritage, Conservation and Archaeology
Heritage and Conservation
We can undertake and manage a wide range of heritage projects from small scale historic assessments to large scale development of tourism sites.
Our heritage services include:
- Desktop assessments
- Historic research and interpretation
- Heritage tourism
- Heritage site development
- Historic building recording
- Surveys and drawings
We prepare statements on historical architecture and interiors as part of the requirements for planning applications.
Historic Building Recording is conducted either by hand using tapes and rods or by means of photogrammetric methods.
Drawings and 3D models are generally produced with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and can be supplemented with hand-drawn sketches where appropriate.
For tourism projects, we can conduct research into heritage sites and produce feasibility reports with recommendations and concept designs.
We can assist Local Authorities and community groups apply for heritage and civic improvement funding through research and visualisations. We also provide advice and information on various aspects of heritage development including planning issues, accessibility requirements, funding, and education and interpretation issues.
We can undertake a range of archaeological investigations, including the smooth management of an excavation, and also help complete planning requirements.
We offer the following archaeology services:
- Environmental impact assessments
- Field walking and test pitting
- Geophysical (resistivity) surveying
- Small-scale topographical surveys
- Watching briefs
- Small-scale archaeological excavations
- Archaeological illustration
- Artefact processing
We carry out environmental impact assessments of potential or known archaeological sites. These can be part of the requirements for local planning applications to determine if further archaeological work is necessary.
Geophysical surveying is a form of non-intrusive assessment which we can conduct as part of the environmental impact assessment or in preparation for archaeological excavation.
We can conduct field walking, test pitting, watching briefs and prepare reports in accordance with planning requirements or for other needs.
In addition we can conduct and manage archaeological work including site surveys, excavations, artefact processing and analysis, and report writing.
All work and reporting is completed in accordance with Institute for Archaeologists (IFA) and Council for British Archaeology (CBA) standards and guidance.
Urban Design and Public Realm
Urban Design has assumed a new importance over the last decade in the handling of places both old and new. As trained architects and urban designers we are fully conversant with the latest thinking on spatial planning and urban design in shaping places.
We can undertake urban design commissions employing the latest techniques of master planning and urban design coding where requred.
We provide the following urban design services
- site appraisal
- conceptual site planning
- site development briefs
- preparation of urban design codes
We can prepare conceptual urban designs and visualisations to illustrate how land could be developed. This could be in the form of a site development brief or a full Development Proposal brochure in full colour where necessary.
We have links with specialists that can be involved in preparing proposals to realise ‘shared space’ schemes, and to mitigate environmental, ecological, noise and air pollution aspects of development.
A vibrant and people-friendly Public Realm is a vital ingredient of successful places. Its character and quality are determined by how each space has evolved and is currently used in design terms.
Our approach embraces the fabric of streets and spaces, the pattern of uses and activity, and the quality of design, detail and materials.
We can help devise public realm design strategies so that individual projects can play a clearly identified role in helping create successful public spaces. We have links with landscape design practices with whom we would work closely to implement such strategies.
We provide the following public realm services.
- urban fabric assessment
- pedestrian movement assessment
- historic features appraisal
- preparation of public realm proposals
We can prepare detailed conceptual proposals for townscape initiatives and illustrate these with ‘before and after’ artists illustrations, as well as views from our 3D modelling software.
The process of urban development is characterised by dynamic change which requires flexible, but far sighted, comprehensive physical plans. These should be based on understanding the economic, social and cultural forces acting upon society.
Successful master planning is based on making a framework for such change and this should integrate urban design and planning expertise. It requires a strong vision to tackle the complexity of real issues and build community consensus. In addition a clear implementation strategy is needed as a guide through the complex planning and development process.
Our services in master planning are based on considerable experience of involvement in major projects and can include:
- national and regional strategy formulation
- urban structure planning
- land use planning and design
- site master planning
- GIS applications for plan-making
- development and planning standards
- planning legislation and controls
Increasingly planning is focusing on smaller areas within cities and towns. We can provide more detailed guidance within the strategic framework set by comprehensive plans. As the process of change quickens and urban areas mature, the need to adapt and re-plan areas to meet contemporary needs becomes more urgent.
Local planning has to deal very largely with residential areas, as the most important urban land use, in order to improve people’s living environments. We can assess urban design issues and the overall environmental character of centres in cities and towns.