Architects Offer Huge Advantages When It Comes To Planning Permission For New Houses & Extensions

Architects Offer Huge Advantages When It Comes To Planning Permission For New Houses & Extensions

How Architects Can Save You Major Headaches When It Comes to Planning Permission on New Houses and extensions

Anyone planning a new house build or adding to their existing house will benefit from taking M P Architects from the very beginning of their project.

We are a RIBA and ARB registered practice meaning our staff are fully qualified and have spent years training to be experts in our field.

We offer services from initial consultation, through design and achieving planning consent to project managing your project for you. Therefore, taking the stress away and making sure it is built in accordance with the plans and compliant to the current regulations.

We will concentrate on the benefits you can receive by appointing M P Architects in terms of planning permission for new houses and extensions.

Do you need planning permission?

This largely depends upon the project you are undertaking. If you do need planning permission, then you need to make sure this is in place prior to any building works being carried out.

Some extensions fall under ‘Permitted Development’ which we will cover in another article.

If you are looking at building a new house(s) or extension that does not fall into Permitted Development, then obtaining planning permission is essential.

This is where M P Architects can be of immediate benefit to you. With our free initial consultation, we are able to come and meet you, discuss your requirements, advise you whether planning permission is required and how we think we can help you make your dreams come true.

If your project does require planning permission and work commences without obtaining it, then it is possible that an enforcement notice will be served. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to continue building, but you should stop and get M P Architects involved to advise you on the best way forward and achieve planning consent for you.

Different rules for designated areas/listed buildings:

Extending or building in the conservation area and altering a listed building can sometimes prove challenging, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.  M P Architects have a very good working relationship with the local authorities, especially with the conservation officers to achieve permission for altering or extending your listed building.

Submitting a pre-application enquiry to the council prior to a planning application can save a lot of time and money. M P Architects often attend the pre-application meeting with our client at the Council’s office or on site, to discuss different design options with the planning officer and establish the principle of the development.

M P Architects can offer an invaluable service

When it comes to planning permission, experienced local architects such as M P Architects is key to gaining permission.

Here are some key reasons why:

  • Rules on planning permission vary depending on your location and the type of project you are undertaking. M P Architects can offer invaluable insight and service in this respect.
  • Experienced local architects are intimate with what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to your locality. M P Architects have extensive experience of how planning permission is viewed by the local authorities.
  • Professionally qualified local architects can advise on what (if any) changes to plans should be made before (or during) application. This advice will help greatly in terms of obtaining planning permission for new homes as well as extensions and outbuildings.
  • Timing of applying/amending (where necessary)/receiving of any planning permission is crucial to the success of start dates of any project. M P Architects can advise this at the beginning of your project.

Taking the weight off your shoulders – Carrying out a project related to the building of a new home involves many strands. If M P Architects have been appointed to carry out the full service of project managing on-site.  We will ensure your house will be built to a high standard, we will check all the construction details have been built to the correct design and specifications.  We will liaise with the builder for any queries so you don’t have to. Most importantly, we will ensure the project is completed on time and on budget.

Using a respected local architect like M P Architects makes eminent sense:

As we touched on at the beginning of the piece, availing of the services of a respected local architect will most certainly benefit your project.

In most cases, the more involved an architect is in a project, the more rewarding the outcome.  Visit our testimonial page to see what other people said about using our services.

 

 

A beautiful two-storey attached annexe completed

We have recently completed this beautiful two-storey attached annexe in Harlow, which M P Architects were involved from initial design to construction completion covering all the RIBA Stages 0-7.

We are very pleased with the final outcome.  One of our recommended builders Thornwood Construction Ltd won the project through the formal tender process, and they have worked closely with our client and Architect to build this annexe.

The attached annexe, which is the left-hand-side extension in the photo (taken on the 4th December 2019) has received a number of compliments from neighbours.  The extension feels like it has been part of the original house since the beginning; its size, style and materials matched the site perfectly.

Throughout the project, our goal is to achieve the best design and value for our client and keep the designs within their budget, while still delivering a high standard of finish to match the existing house.

The planning for this project was challenging at the beginning, as the Council refused our initial application due to the large size of the extension.  However, after our experienced Architect liaised with the Planning Officer and discussed the design with him, we then resubmitted the drawings without changing the size but with a 600mm set back from the main house and achieved consent for our client.

M P Architects is honoured to have carried out a full architectural service for this project, and we are delighted with the result.   We are also very pleased to have received the following compliment email/feedback from our client on our last day of site inspection:

 

“Dear Martyn,

I have mentioned on my emails in the past to you how grateful we were to have Dandi remain on our project. I do not think i am able to being to thank her enough for what she has done for us.
I emailed you about Thornwood, and the quality of the build, but please can you note how Dandi has gone above and beyond what I ever imagined an architect would be able to do; and ask that this email is to be held considerably higher in regard.

Being at the end of a phone, on WhatsApp, FaceTime, not only in office hours, but when a query or worry arose that we knew she could help with.

I have searched endlessly with RIBA and ARB and then spoke to them to how to officially compliment her as an architect but sadly, I have been informed there is only a complaints procedure and there is no formal route to comment on her excellence.

I am emailing you today ahead of our meeting as I wanted to personally say thank you.
I am very happy to recommend you as an architectural firm but also Dandi for her individuality.
Her kindness, support, personality and sense of humour has added a valuable layer to her architectural experience and skill.

Once again, thank you.

Kind regards”

 

I wish our clients all the best in the future and we hope they are enjoying living in the new spaces.

If you have a residential project in mind and don’t know where to start, at M P Architects LLP we offer a free initial site visit to discuss your goals and aspirations and we will provide a free quotation for our work.  Please feel free to drop us an email or a phone call.  Click the text to see our Testimonial page and our Portfolio of some complected projects.

 

Why Do I Need An Architect?

Whatever type of newbuild or home improvement project you are planning there is a serious, early decision to be made.

This relates to whether or not you should use the services of an architect.

With this in mind, here are some important reasons as to why an architect can be of huge value. This is regardless of how small or large your project is.

Fully trained to see the bigger picture:

Architects are highly trained professionals.  To become a registered Architect in the UK, a minimum of 7 years of full time higher education and 2 years of work experience or equivalent is required.  

It is only natural that due to their training and experience they will see things that many of us will miss.  One of the many assets they possess is the ability to see the “bigger picture” of any project.

An architect’s expert eye will help in such things as:

  • Making the best use of the space you have available
  • Ensure the best value for your investment
  • Coming up with unique, individual and interesting designs that suit your individual needs – They can offer a different ‘take’ on your original thoughts and proposed designs. These ideas will often be far more appealing once they are understood
  • Lighting is a crucial aspect of any project, but is one that is very often overlooked! Architects can advise on natural and artificial lighting options that will best suit the type of project and space available. Well-lit areas can make the world of difference in terms of appeal and the finished project.
  • Balance – An architect’s ability to look at the project as a whole from start to finish means the completed project will exude balance and style.
  • Help your project to finish within budget and on time.

Spotting those small issues that can become major bugbears!

Don’t underestimate this benefit. Many do to their cost! Even the smallest building projects involve a lot of planning and design.

To the inexperienced eye, it is very easy to overlook what initially appear to be small issues. Unfortunately, these can turn into major bugbears that will cost to put right.

Just 3 examples of the many that an untrained eye can miss are:

  • What are the planning constraints on your site? 
  • Where is the best, least conspicuous place for any outlet pipes?
  • How to build an extension that looks and works like it has always been part of the existing house?

Planning permission and overseeing the whole project:

Unless you have a great deal of time to spare when it comes to establishing and then running a project to satisfactory completion then an architect will add real value.

If planning permission is required (or you even think it may be!) then an architect can be an invaluable asset.

They are fully experienced in successfully navigating local planning authority laws and will ensure your application is processed in the correct manner.

By appointing an architect as the Contract Admin and Project Manager you are taking a real weight off your shoulders. Benefits of their assistance will be seen in such things as:

  • Recommending the most appropriate builders and qualified tradesmen
  • Managing the work schedule
  • Ensuring the quality of work meets required standards
  • Work carried out meets building control requirements
  • Liaising with local authorities
  • Keep the total project cost within agreed budgets


What to look for when appointing an architect

The architect you appoint should be fully qualified. In this sense, your architect should be members of, and governed by:

  • The ARB – Architects Registration Board – This is a body which has been established by Parliament and acts as the independent UK regulator of architects. If checks need to be made you can access a publicly available database.
  • RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects – This is an association of architects and comprises of individuals who are licensed to practice architecture in the UK.

For additional peace of mind, it should be noted that all architects are subject to a statutory code of practice. They also have Professional Indemnity Insurance which is in place to protect clients.

Vastly increase your chances of a successful project outcome

The straight fact is that by engaging an architect to assist in your overall project you are taking an important step.

This decision will help to ensure a far more satisfactory project outcome than would otherwise be the case. A final factor that should not be overlooked; your stress factor will also be greatly reduced!

From Work Experience to Apprentice

M P Architects LLP are proud to support local schools and colleges and are happy for young aspiring Architects and Interior Designers to spend time with us carrying out work experience.

Some of these young people enjoy it so much we have invited them back to spend more time with us during their holidays. At our Practice, students get the opportunity to use AutoCAD and Revit as well as joining Architects on-site visits and surveys to get an insight into life as an Architect.

Martyn Pattie visits local schools to give career talks about the life of an Architect and what it is like to work in the industry.

Last year M P Architects LLP were joined by a work experience student called Ellie-Mae. She was confident, enthusiastic and keen to learn the ins and outs of what is involved in being an Architect. Ellie-Mae had previously used photoshop but had no architectural experience. After her week shadowing the team Ellie-Mae was able to comfortably navigate AutoCAD at a basic level and produce a drawing as specified.

Following Ellie-Mae’s work experience, she saw an open day advertised at London South Bank University (LSBU) – she went to enquire to find out more. One of the courses they were offering was an Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship – Architecture BA (Hons).

The main appeal was that the course was accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This accreditation means you satisfy the criteria for RIBA Part 1 exemption when you complete your apprenticeship, putting you one step closer to becoming registered as an architect.

Ellie-Mae approached M P Architects LLP to consider if it would be possible for the Practice to sponsor her. Martyn Pattie (Practice Partner) was delighted to offer Ellie-Mae a position at the Practice as a Junior Architectural Assistant and to sponsor her on the apprentice scheme as London South Bank University.

Ellie-Mae joined the practice in September 2019. Over the last 8 weeks Ellie-Mae has hit the ground running. She is determined, driven and not afraid of hard work or to ask questions to learn and get involved.

We are delighted to have her as part of the team and are keen to support her through her studies over the next few years as she settles into her role and is committed to working toward becoming a qualified architect.

 

Claudia Gregory

B.Sc. (Hons) Social Sciences, MA in Personnel and Development

Practice Manager

New & Innovative Building Materials

Architects certainly have their work cut out to come up with building design that makes best use of eco-friendly materials.

Thankfully there is a real push in this direction. Here are some of the techniques that are being used to construct homes and business premises of the future.

Smart Glass:

This really is a multi-purpose, highly effective building material. Here are just 5 examples of where it can be used:

  • Commercial building projects.
  • Residential building projects.
  • Healthcare establishments.
  • Hospitality suites.
  • Permanent or semi-permanent exhibition buildings.

Glass facades, partitioning and windows can either be manually or automatically controlled. Such operations work to regulate the amount of light, glare as well as heat that is passed through a building’s windows.

What does this mean for the occupants?

Smart Glass is highly effective at regulating the temperature inside buildings.

It can reduce the need for air-conditioning during the summer yet provide additional heating during those cold snaps and wintertime.

An example of self-tinting: Through this process the glass tints itself in order to shade interiors. This prevents heat from escaping outdoors.

Two forms of smart glass:

This flexible material comes in two forms, both of which respond to heat retrospectively:

  • Electrochromic Smart Glass: This responds manually through an electrical charge that is sent to a printed thin film on the glass.
  • Thermochromic Smart Glass: Many would class this as being even ‘smarter’ glass. It responds to the sun’s direct heat and then shades the inside area with the appropriate level of tint.

Net-Zero Buildings:

This is a very appropriate name for futuristic buildings. Basically, architects will be responsible for designing buildings that generate the same amount of energy as they use over the course of their occupancy. In measurable terms this will be on an annual basis.

Net-Zero buildings operate through the use of passive systems which heat and cool interiors.

Without wishing to get overly technical the process consists of the building mass; examples being large areas of concrete, stone or water which are naturally used to retain heat throughout daylight hours. This heat is then gradually released during the evening’s cooler hours.

In with the new, but don’t forget the old!

The above are just two examples of ‘new’ technology, but innovative architects have certainly not forgotten the past.

Materials such as:

  • Fungal mycelium – A fast-growing, fully mouldable and completely compostable material that is excellent for cladding, insulation and temporary structures.
  • Natural fibres: These are also enjoying a new lease of life. Examples here being Bamboo, Cork, Linen, Plywood and cardboard. All can be ethically produced with low environmental impact.

A host of ways to make buildings more sustainable:

We have only really touched the surface with regard to the ways that architects are looking at when it comes to the construction of eco-friendly buildings.

Progressive architectural companies have many other ideas, ways and materials that can be utilised when it comes to this type of innovative building construction.

If you are keen to understand more for your next building project, please do discuss the options with a well-respected architectural company.

 

 

Loft conversions – The Ideal Way To Extend Your Existing Home

House owners in need of more space do have the option of moving to a larger property, but there is an option that offers additional space in an existing property without the upheaval of moving home.

That option is a loft conversion.

Here are some major benefits and reasons why an increasing number of households are finding such a conversion to be an excellent alternative.

Far less upheaval all round:

Finding a new home to suit your space requirements can be time-consuming and stressful.

Costs incurred will include the value of the new property, stamp duty, solicitor fees and the actual cost of moving from one house to another.

Packing your worldly goods and then unpacking them is another consideration that adds to the challenge of moving home.

You then need to take into account facts such as:

  • Unless you find a property in reasonably close proximity to your existing one it may mean additional commute time to your place of work (or finding new employment).
  • Arranging a new school for the children.
  • Settling in to a brand-new environment with the social challenges this brings for the whole family.

When all of these factors and many more are taken into account it is easy to understand that moving home is quite rightly viewed as a huge project, one that cannot be taken lightly.

Gain space without losing any!

A major reason for considering moving home is that your growing family now require more space.

Yes, you can consider building an extension on your existing home, but unless your property is situated in ample grounds you will certainly loose outside space and the freedom which goes with it.

By taking the advice and ideas of a well-respected architect you will find that the conversion of your loft will add additional, very function space such as an office, a children’s den, or the most popular choice; an additional bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

A light, airy addition to your property:

By definition a loft conversion can be designed to make the most of natural light. Being at the top of the house means natural light is far less restricted from surrounding properties or trees.

Window styles can be far more expansive and a roof-window really can make the most of sunshine and daylight. You will also find views from a loft conversion far more elevated than from other rooms in your home.

Added value to your home:

We must make this point because a loft conversion is seen as one of the most cost-effective and valuable home improvements you can make.

The fact that the external structure is already in place reduces the overall cost, inclement weather does little to reduce the progression of work as the majority of this will be carried out from the inside (unlike building an extension), and in many cases planning permission is not required.

A well-designed loft conversion can add up to 20% on the value of your existing home.

A final point to ponder:

In many cases the cost of converting your loft as opposed to moving home is equivalent to the stamp duty you will pay if taking the latter option.

This means that by deciding on a loft conversion you are gaining more living space while paying less for it.

How Planned Architecture Can Help Tackle Global Warming

Today’s architectural companies are well aware that they can have a huge impact on reducing carbon footprint and global warming.

Here’s why, and how responsible architects are addressing this major issue.

Building in isolation needs to be addressed:

For far too many years we have been building in isolation and not taking into account environmental issues.

This is seen in the fact that the vast majority of buildings are currently consuming far more energy than they require to deliver services to occupants.

Indeed, industry estimates put figures of building consumption at 35% of generated energy and nearly double that (60%) of all electricity used.

These figures show that although initiatives to reduce global warming and carbon footprint are gathering pace, there is still lots of scope to improve the situation.

5 ways in which architects are assisting:

Here are 5 ways in which responsible architects are addressing environmental concerns in relation to new building projects.

  • Pre-development: Architectural knowledge and assessment of how the building consumes will likely affect the climate before the project commences is a must.

Once this is understood, the architect(s) concerned can look for possible alternatives and consider resources that are more efficient than those originally tabled.

  • Efficient lighting: When it comes to commercial buildings, it is estimated that lighting requirements account for about 40% of energy used.

Daylight is obviously the most sustainable lighting source available, but it goes without saying that electrical lighting must always be used to complement natural light.

Environmentally conscious architects are now concentrating on building design that makes full use of daylight penetration. By doing so they are reducing the reliance on electric lighting.

  • Water efficiency: This must be viewed as a major environmental issue. The challenge for architects is how to reduce the amount of energy expended in terms of supplying, treating and the use of a buildings water supply.

In this respect, two innovative design inclusions are gaining credence: Rooftop gardens and Rain gardens.

These positive steps allow rainwater to penetrate the ground rather than simply having it run off.

  • Use of recycled materials: It is well known that millions of tonnes of construction waste is generated each year.

While the challenge is not always an easy one, responsible architects are now looking at innovative ways to reuse on-site materials wherever possible.

  • Procure material as locally as possible: It is fully understood that this may not always be possible, but it is certainly something that should not be overlooked.

The procurement of required materials for a project from quality sources close to site can have a significant impact on carbon emissions and the closer the better.

Through the reduction of material transportation distances, the carbon footprint caused by material delivery is being reduced accordingly.

When considering a building project consider the environment!

Project managers and/or individuals who are tasked with new building projects need to be aware of how important it is to consider the environmental impact of the task in hand before any project work commences.

In order to complete a building project that is as environmentally friendly as possible it is strongly recommended that they liaise with an environmentally aware and astute architectural firm.

Establishing such cooperation from the pre-planning stage to project completion will ensure solid advice on ways to tackle the very real environmental issues that currently exist.

Three Property Alterations That Add Most Value To Your Home

Homeowners look at alterations to their property for two distinct reasons.

In the first instance it will afford greater comfort for all those living there, and when these alterations are carried out professionally, they will add value to your property.

Starting with one alteration that may not be uppermost in many homeowners’ minds, here are three property alterations that will certainly achieve the two benefits mentioned above.

#1        Cellar conversion or addition of a cellar:

Existing cellars: Those properties with an existing cellar can maximise this space by turning them into additional living space, precious storage space or a home cinema.

Estimations of the added value to your property go as high as 30%. The caveat here is that the alteration building costs per square metre should be less than the square metre price of the area.

This may seem a major conversion project, but with correct advice it can be one of the least complex.

For planning purposes this type of work qualifies as ‘change of use’. That being the case, you should not require planning permission. Although those living in a listed building who intend to make any structural changes to their property do need to discuss such a project with a local architect and obtain advice from their local planning office.

Those who currently do not have a cellar/basement can create one by digging down to add the required square footage to their home. For such a project, specialist skills are required.

This involves work relating to excavation, structural engineering and the all-important waterproofing. Again, speaking with a respected architect will reap rewards from beginning to end of such a project.

#2        Conversion of a loft into an additional bedroom:

Instead of going down with a basement project, many property owners look upwards to convert their loft into an additional bedroom. To ensure maximum benefit from such a conversion you should consider adding an en-suite bathroom.

The majority of lofts can be converted, but it really is worth your while consulting an architect on viability and design options available for such a conversion.

We say this because there are two common types of loft conversion with many different elements of design choice:

  • ‘Roof Light’ Conversion: This is the most cost-effective loft conversion as it requires far less structural work to be carried out.
  • Mansard Conversion/adding dormers: Although this is a more complex and expensive conversion it gives you far greater design scope. A mansard conversion requires that either one or both roof slopes are replaced. This new structure will have steeper sides and a roof that is almost flat.

#3        Garage conversion:

When it comes to adding additional living space to your property a garage conversion is a very popular choice. It can be particularly beneficial for those who have parking space around their property.

Before any work begins it is important to ascertain that the garage construction is suitable for conversion and whether planning permission will be required.

Many homeowners find that work involved in such a project does not require planning permission because it is classed as ‘permitted development’.

While planning permission may not be necessary, such a conversion will always be subject to building regulations. This is to make sure it is structurally sound.

Scope galore:

Your existing property can be redesigned or added to through well-planned alteration projects.

This makes the benefits in terms of additional comfort and future added value certainly worthy of consideration.

 

Chelmsford, Essex – a desirable countryside location keeps Chelmsford architects busy

Long before the architects in Chelmsford of today were designing homes to meet the current housing demand, Chelmsford was popular as a place to live and work.  Located in the ‘v’ of the rivers Cam and Chelmer, since ancient times the site of the City has valued for its riverside location as well as its proximity and good access to the historic towns of Colchester and London.  A town of some standing has thrived in the area from Saxon times.

By 1189 the town was known as Chelmsford, and its location on the Londinium – Camulodonum Roman road (the modern A12) ensured it prospered.  By the 13th Century, Chelmsford had become Essex’s county town.  In modern times, Chelmsford has continued to be well served by excellent rail and road connections into London; to three major airports; City, Stanstead and Southend and the busy ports of Tilbury so in 1914 Chelmsford became a cathedral town and finally in 2012, it was granted City status by H M Queen Elizabeth II.

Morphing through the centuries from a market town, coaching town, industrial town and more recently into a townhome to the retail and financial sectors; as a place to live and work, the popularity of Chelmsford has not waned.

All the trappings of a city but in a rural environment

Sitting on the edge of the Greenbelt, 30 miles east of London, Chelmsford is a popular choice of home town for City and Dockland commuters seeking a rural lifestyle but reluctant to be too far from the buzz of the country’s capital as a short train journey of 30 minutes will take them back into London, Liverpool St station where they can reconnect with the buzz of capital city life.

However, living in the county’s only city, many find that all they require is to hand.  Chelmsford has a thriving entertainment and cultural scene.  The city hosts music festivals have two theatres and a new state of the art cinema complex.  There are impressive stately houses to visit and many beautiful parks to explore.  In the city centre, there is no shortage of independent restaurants, bars and cafes.  Many of the well-known food franchises have also invested in the area.  Chelmsford is fast becoming known as the foodie capital of Essex!  In fact, the city is so proud of its cultural facilities it is setting its cap at becoming the UK’s City of Culture.

A major business based in Essex

Since Chelmsford’s elevation to city status, a boom in development has followed.  According to Experion, Chelmsford has become the biggest business based in Essex, proving an attractive and strategic location for businesses wishing to locate close to London and needing access to excellent communication infrastructure.  While the old manufacturing and engineering businesses such as Crompton, Marconni and Hoffmans have long since closed, Chelmsford is attracting investment from other major sectors such as finance, science and technology, moving away from its industrial past towards a city of modern high-value businesses and upmarket retailers such as John Lewis.  With so much investment in businesses in the area, commercial architects in Chelmsford Essex have experienced strong demand for their architectural services, carrying out feasibility studies, designing new shops and offices and retail outlets.

A surge in residential new housing and property extensions

Having decided the City of Chelmsford with its suburbs and surrounding villages is the right place for you to live you will find there is a variety of style, size and value of property to choose to invest in.  In the city, there is a choice of large modern new houses on small developments and flats along the waterside. There are also roads with Victorian terraces, many of which are ripe for conversion into flats attracting the ‘buy to let’ investor.

With its ever-expanding population, the main borough of Chelmsford now incorporates all or part of the former parishes of Broomfield, Great Baddow, Galleywood, Writtle, Moulsham, Widford, and Springfield, including Springfield Barnes, now known as Chelmer Village.  Within these areas, there are properties reflecting the different architectural styles over the decades. These properties offer great potential for families to enter the market at a good price and Chelmsford architects are much in demand providing, extension and interior redesign services to upgrade them into modern, warm and welcoming homes.

Chelmsford has much history and in the city, and hamlets of the outlying villages, there is still the opportunity to buy a listed building, or barn, just looking to be converted.  MP Architects LLP in the past few years has completed hundreds of projects in Chelmsford; we have considerable experience in working with historic buildings and barns, updating them so that the current owners can enjoy the traditional features while benefitting, as far as is reasonably possible, from modern design and technology.

With quick commutes to London and important Essex towns, good schools, a university, pretty villages, and vast swathes of protected countryside and beautiful river estuaries it is no wonder that Chelmsford is a popular choice for buyers when looking at investing in property.

If you are seeking an architect to help you create a home in Chelmsford that reflects your lifestyle and meets your needs, MP Architects LLP have helped many families achieve the home of their dreams.  We know that when searching the internet for “architects near me” or “award-winning” you will find many options, but we consider we are one of the best architects in Chelmsford and Essex.  We are proud of the standard and diversity of our projects and our high quality, professional service.  You can view examples of our previous work including house extensions, new build houses and commercial projects, by visiting our portfolio page.

If you are searching for professional, proactive and responsive architects in Chelmsford, Essex, contact us today.  The initial consultation is usually free.  We look forward to meeting you.

Brentwood, Essex – a regular in the top 10 lists of desirable places to live

Brentwood, Essex – a regular in the top 10 lists of desirable places to live

It is not surprising that architects in Brentwood Essex are busy.  Growing from humble beginnings in the 12th Century as a convenient stopping place for pilgrims travelling from the Midlands to Canterbury, Brentwood has thrived and is in high demand as a place to live.  The location affords great diversity in terms of lifestyle opportunities, and it is not surprising that it is a favourite place for families; commuters, landlords and commercial business developers to invest.  You only need a little research to discover why.

Fantastic transport links to major cities and international airports.

Brentwood is nestled in greenbelt on the edge of the London, and those who settle here can experience the benefits of a rural lifestyle knowing that a short journey of only just over 30 minutes by TFL will reconnect them to the buzz of London’s city life and its attractions.  Shenfield, a popular leafy suburb of Brentwood, is also a quick commute of around 20 minutes into Liverpool Street Station, London.  West Horndon is another suburb with good commuting access to London Fenchurch Street Station.

The London orbital road, M25, is easily accessed just 2 miles south-west of Brentwood, while the A12 bypasses Brentwood town linking commuters easily to Stratford East London.  The M11, just one junction down the M25, leads to major destinations, such as Cambridge, in little over an hour.  The A12 is also a major artery going through to Colchester, the ports of Harwich, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Lowestoft and finally Great Yarmouth in East Anglia.

International commuters and holidaymakers can use the upgraded international airport of Southend, a quick an easy journey from either Brentwood town rail station or Shenfield train station.

Living outside the country’s capital city doesn’t mean you will miss out

Brentwood has a flourishing nightlife, and the foodie scene is hot too with well-known franchises such as Nandos in Brentwood high street and good gastropubs and fine dining restaurants tucked away down the country lanes.  If shopping is a major pastime, the keynote retail centres of Essex such as Lakeside Basildon Eastgate and Freeport are a quick journey away either by car or train.

A varied choice of housing options

 Having decided the borough of Brentwood is geographically the right place for you to settle, you will discover that this area is a pleasing mixture of well-kept towns and villages.  The district includes the towns of Brentwood, Hutton and Shenfield.  Venturing a little further out, you will find attractive traditional villages and hamlets such as Ingatestone – often noted as one of the prettiest villages in Brentwood.

 You will quickly notice that there is a variety of style, size and value of property to choose to invest in.  Commercial developers have invested in the area, keeping architects serving Brentwood busy designing a variety of new homes to suit different tastes and lifestyles; whether it be statement one-off houses, small developments, apartments, retirement homes or affordable housing.

In the suburbs, there is a good opportunity to buy an older style house at a reasonable price and Architects in Brentwood are busy using their interior design skills upgrading them into modern warm and welcoming homes.  In the hamlets there are desirable traditional thatched country cottages available and you can still find a barn to convert.

With its convenient location just outside London, excellent transport networks to the capital and other key destinations in the country, a choice of urban or rural living, fantastic leisure opportunities and excellent educational establishments, Brentwood looks set to remain a popular place to settle, and any architect in Brentwood will continue to be much in demand.

MP Architects LLP are proud of the standard and diversity of our projects and our high quality, professional service.  We have completed hundreds of projects in Bentwood in recent years. You can view examples of our previous work including house extensions, new build houses and commercial projects, by visiting our portfolio page.

If you are searching for professional, proactive and responsive architects in Chelmsford, Essex, contact us today.  The initial consultation is usually free.  We look forward to meeting you.