2020…. a year with a twist, to say the least!

2020…. a year with a twist, to say the least!

2020…. a year with a twist, to say the least!

History in the making, patience, and resilience plus many other lessons have been learnt since the pandemic occurred in March.

I would like to begin by saying, I am incredibly proud of my team who have worked tirelessly and safely to keep our practice running efficiently and keeping all build projects moving at great pace during the unprecedented times of 2020.  

Throughout the year we have seen an incredible range of exciting projects, working with some of the ‘best in the business’ within the planning, development, and construction sectors.  

The practice has enjoyed a couple of significant staff appointments and an exceptionally well-deserved promotion for a key member of our team.   

We continue to be nominated for some incredibly prestigious architectural awards and in November, we celebrated a market-leading accolade win for ‘Barn Conversions in Essex”.  

MP Architects LLP would like to express our sincere thanks for the loyalty and goodwill of our customers, friends, suppliers, and acquaintances in 2020.  We are all excited by the opportunities within the local community that lie ahead for us in 2021. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, whatever tier you find yourself in and may your holiday season be filled with laughter, joy, and peace.   

Wishing you happiness and well-being for a prosperous New Year.  

Best wishes and stay safe.

Martyn Pattie 

Our Christmas Opening Hours 

Thursday 24th December – Closing at 12.00 pm

Friday 25th December – Office Closed

Monday 28th December – Office Closed

Tuesday 29th December – Office Closed 

Wednesday 30th December – Office Closed 

Thursday 31st December – Office Closed 

Friday 1st January – Office Closed

Office re-opening on Monday 4 January 2021


Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/

Emerging from Lockdown to Tier 2

COVID-Secure Essex Architects

As Essex emerges from lockdown and enters the restrictions of Tier 2, we find ourselves with a new set of rules to navigate. 

Short of a Christmas miracle, it seems that we will be working within the new tier 2 restrictions for the near future…..So, whilst hanging up the Christmas decorations and keeping our festive spirits high, we want you to know that we are just as committed to working safely with you on your build project throughout the festive season and beyond.  

We have robust measures in place to allow our team to work safely and diligently ‘on-site’ and ‘off-site’ following the Governments ‘Hands, Face, Space’ ethos. All of our clients have access to virtual meetings and our superb video conferencing options. When on-site, we will always wear a face covering, adhere to sanitising and the physical distancing rules, by keeping 2 metres apart.  

We hope you will find it reassuring to know there are still many ways we can work together effectively and efficiently to move your project forward in a COVID-secure environment throughout the Christmas holiday period and beyond.  

Happy Advent to you all. Stay healthy. 

Martyn Pattie 


Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/

MP Architects wins top award for Bringing Essex Barns Back to Life.

MP Architects LLP have won the BUILD 2020 Architecture Award – Best Contemporary Barn Conversions – Essex  

This annual awards cornerstone, which is in its 5th year, highlights the extraordinary work and expertise of Architects across the globe.  

MP Architects LLP were awarded this impressive accolade by a panel of industry leaders in recognition of our expertise and skill that strikes the perfect balance of historic fabric with modern tastes when designing and transforming unused agricultural buildings into beautiful Essex homes, Offices and Commercial buildings. 

Seen as a clear front runner in this category for our innovative yet practical design and commitment to the use of environmentally-friendly reclaimed building materials wherever possible, we were recognised for undoubtedly embodying the very heart of architecture with a desire to push boundaries and stay ahead of the curve. 

Click here to see the Build official announcement.

Discussing the success of these deserving winners, Awards Coordinator Kaven Cooper praised the programme’s winners: “The Architecture Awards highlight only those who have proven themselves as paragons in the sector. I am proud to recognise them and wish them the best of luck for the future.” 

Martyn Pattie – BA Arch (Oxford), Dip Arch (Oxford), RIBA, ARB commented,  “We are incredibly proud to receive this award. As specialists in the Barn arena, we are delighted to be recognised for our long-standing history of working with some incredibly rewarding barn conversions in Essex.  My team of highly skilled RIBA Accredited Chartered Architects prides themselves on supporting barn owners to achieve great designs for seamless flow and wonderful living spaces that they desire from a barn conversion along with rapid planning permission. We look forward to continuing to build on our success of this award with some very exciting projects in the pipeline” 

If you own or are considering buying a redundant agricultural building to convert into a home, workshop, or office space, let us share our award-winning knowledge and design expertise with you. 


Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/

Open with Confidence and COVID Secure

Can I continue to work with MP Architects on my build project during the tier 2 & 3 lockdown?

In response to the on-going pandemic, we wanted to help you understand how you can continue to work with us on your build project. 

After months of uncertainty from the impact of COVID-19 and the continuous changing of rules and regulations, we have taken some practical steps to ensure our Architectural planning and design service can continue safely and effectively. 

As always, we are committed to providing excellent Architectural excellence with the Health and Safety of our staff and customers being paramount. 

We are frequently reviewing the Public Health England guidelines and have put robust measures in place to allow our team to work safely and diligently following the Governments ‘Hands, Face, Space’ ethos. 

Currently, there is no limit to the group size when you are meeting or gathering for work purposes, however, all of our clients have the access to virtual meetings and our superb video conferencing options.  

Where it is necessary to be on-site, we will always wear a face covering and adhere to sanitising and physical distancing rules, by keeping 2 metres apart. 

As much as we know ‘business as normal’ is not a phrase we will be using any time soon, it is reassuring for you to know that even in the event of a tier 3 lockdown there are still many ways we can continue to work together to move your project forward. 

We look forward to working with new and existing clients safely and effectively in a COVID-secure environment throughout the pandemic and beyond. 


Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/

Make Working from Home Work for You

Millions of people have been forced to work from home since the coronavirus outbreak in what could be described as the biggest remote working experiment in history. 

It is without a doubt that working from home can have a positive effect on both your work and life balance, and in a ‘post-crisis’ world you may want to continue this way of living.

Studies have proved that the most common benefit of home working is the elimination of the unrelenting commute. By not traveling to work you can save time and money all whilst having a positive impact on the environment. 

As well as making far better business sense, the extra time may also  provide more you with opportunities to see your family, exercise, cook healthier meals, complete household chores or simply just catch up on an extra hour of sleep.

The technology capability to support valuable working from home is solid and available, however, you do need to be in the right ‘zone’ to be happy and productive. Slouching on the sofa with a laptop or hunched over the kitchen table is far from an ideal work environment. 

By creating a separate office environment you can retain a professional and productive workspace whilst ensuring privacy and less opportunity to be distracted.

Have you considered setting up a home office as a separate structure from your home? This will create a clear distinction between home and work life, especially if your work demands a quiet space away from family life and a barking dog!

Could it be a possibility that you may need to invite colleagues or clients to your home office in the future?  A light and airy garden office, stylish garage conversion, or beautiful home extension could be the perfect place to create the professional arena you may need. 

MP Architects can support you with identifying the best position to situate your home office and create the perfect professional working environment that will retain your privacy and increase productivity.  Also, where necessary we will obtain quick and simple planning permission if your outbuilding falls outside the boundaries of permitted development.

We are here to help you to commit and define this new way of working life.   Your new home office will help you focus and increase efficiency, whilst also giving you the opportunity for mid-morning coffee breaks with your partner, walking the dog at lunchtime, or just clocking off at 5pm to relax in the evening sunshine with a delicious G&T.


Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/

G & T
G & T

Great Ideas, Brilliant Designs, Perfect New Homes

Designing and building a new home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you will ever undertake.

It is often said ‘that everyone has at least one house build within them’ and with recent studies showing that one-third of all new detached homes are self-built, maybe it could be time to turn your ‘new-home dream’ into a reality. 

Anyone who is remotely interested in commissioning a bespoke home will have surely indulged in one of the popular ‘self-build’ TV shows and what’s not to love!   Beautiful elaborate homes, practical living quarters with desirable design features such as dog showers and laundry chutes whilst ensuring the ultimate use of space and a real sense of excitement and pride by the home-owner when the project has been completed. 

However, building a new home can be an incredibly daunting experience and no matter how many TV shows you watch, books or blogs you read, it is incredibly hard to become an expert on everything from design, planning laws, to building regulations and all that is in between.

So, a great place to start is by researching local residential Architects that have a proven track record with good design concepts for new homes in your area.  A good Architect can guide and support you through the entire process of building your new home from scratch.  They can help you understand the project’s feasibility and the planning process you may be facing.

New homes require a lot of expert thought into innovative, economical and sustainable design features, all the while being aware of accessibility, environmental impact and the optimum financial return should you ever choose to sell.

Yes, building a custom home is a big job, you can expect lots of highs throughout the process.  The excitement of receiving the first issue of beautiful plans and drawings, the success of approved planning permission, building work commencing and rooms starting to take shape will surely will give you nothing but pride and satisfaction throughout the journey.

 By surrounding yourself with a quality team of experienced experts, you can be assured that the difficulties will be few and you will soon be enjoying life in your beautiful new-home that has been completed efficiently and to an exceptionally high standard.

If you have future property plans and would like some professional advice on how to achieve them our fantastic team at MP Architects are here and ready to support you. 

There is no need for ‘face to face’ meetings or handshakes, we are working just as effectively through contactless telephone consultations and our easy to use virtual meeting resources. 

Please contact us at any time via email or telephone to discuss putting the plans in place for your future way of living.

 We look forward to hearing from you.

Stay healthy.


Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/

Your Future Way of Living

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to own the world, the Government message remains crystal clear. Stay at Home. 

Could the perfect medicine to pass the time in isolation be re-evaluating your future life and property plans?

It is true that the COVID-19 lockdown has brought the property sales market to a standstill and that our economy will be affected.  

However, once we get past this ‘history-making’ blip, experts say that there could be an economic boom.  People will have re-evaluated life and living and start to spend money on the things that they now deem are most important to themselves and their families.

Has being forced to ‘work from home’ actually been a real success? Whilst earning your livelihood from the kitchen table has been ok for now, if it is to be part of a longer-term solution to your work/life balance, you could be considering building a beautiful new home office.

The imposed downtime may have finally enabled you to spend some quality time, searching online for that perfect plot of land to build your dream new home or even a development project. Is now the time to make it happen?

Or have you realised that for more harmonious living, your growing teenagers need their own space away from the family fold and the answer is building an exercise studio, music room or even a stylish annex?

COVID-19 has changed our outlook dramatically.  Apart from anything else it has given us time to rethink and consider what matters most and how we will all live our lives going forward.

If you have future property plans and would like some professional advice on how to achieve them our fantastic team at MP Architects are here and ready to support you. 

Our talented Architects offer exciting ideas and expert opinions on layouts and plans.  You can take advantage of their extensive local ‘planning permission’ knowledge and let their brilliant drawings turn your concept into a reality.

There is no need for ‘face to face’ meetings or handshakes, we are working just as effectively through contactless telephone consultations and our easy to use virtual meeting resources.  

Please contact us at any time via email or telephone to discuss putting the plans in place for your future way of living.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Stay healthy.


Author : Jessica Parkes. Read more articles for MP Architects LLP https://www.martynpattie.co.uk/news/

Improve your home this Easter Bank Holiday

Traditionally the Easter weekend provides the perfect opportunity to think about some potential home improvements.   Maybe you’re thinking about applying a fresh lick of paint to your bedroom wall, tackling the overgrown garden, clearing the guttering or considering a larger scale project such as a home extension, building that long-awaited home office or pool house.

With the UK still on lockdown, the long weekend could be a great chance to spend a moment considering how to add value to your home, making the most of the space you have or indeed put a plan of action together for that long-awaited house project.

Speaking with neighbours who have undertaken similar projects can offer you some great advice on build time scales, costs and implications.  It is important that ‘social distancing’ is observed, but how about a chat over the garden fence or from the front gate all with a 2-metre distance, of course! 

A sizeable project will need a level of professional help.  MP Architects in Essex are ready and waiting to support every aspect of your project, firstly by bringing your vision to life with expert drawings of the amazing new space you desire.

We will also assist you with our wealth of local authority knowledge, advising on what does and doesn’t need planning permission, along with any building regulations you may be facing.  

Planning applications can be a daunting and tricky task, but with our assistance, we can assure you of a simple, slick and stress-free process.

Once your plans are approved, you may start to think about obtaining quotes for the work ahead. This is another area where we can support you with recommendations for brilliant local tradesmen with a proven track record for quality of work, adhering to timescales and finishing the job on budget.

A good project manager needs to understand drawings and foresee any potential issues, whilst working with the tradesmen to keep the job on course and in budget. Should you need it, MP Architects offer a full architectural service, managing on-site and covering all of the RIBA stages.

So, a pro-active Easter weekend means that your home project will be all ready to ‘hit the ground running’ as soon as life in the UK gets back to normal.

But it shouldn’t all be work, work, work, make sure you take time to relax and indulge in some perfect ‘social distancing’ with a nice cup of tea and a tasty hot cross bun whilst day-dreaming about your lovely new space.

Happy Easter.

Making your home the best version of itself during COVID-19

So, life in general is on hold, schools are shut, lunch with friends is off-limits and a quick pint down the pub has to be postponed.

That’s right, the Government has asked us to stay inside to protect the NHS and the health of the nation.

Some say this is a time to sleep and binge on box sets or even learn a new skill. Whilst it is true that we should all use this down-time to recharge and re-boot our own systems, it is also a golden opportunity to make the most of this recess and stop procrastinating over house plans that have been just an intention and not a reality due to your normal everyday time constraints.

You may love your home, but being hunkered down in it right now with your nearest and dearest could have you thinking that there simply isn’t enough space for you all. 

Recent Government advice is that all house moves should be put on hold wherever possible until the COVID-19 situation is less demanding, that coupled with the inevitable temporary slump in the economy, a new home is probably off of the menu.  

So, how about you use this period of self-isolation as the perfect time to consider how you can add value or improve your home to make it the best it can be.

Have you been considering some renovations in the form of a top floor extension, conversion of a garage, an extra bedroom, and bathroom, a garden room, home office or if you’re lucky enough an in-house haven just to get away from it all?

MP Architects LLP is a local experienced company that can help you improve your home to make it the best version of itself.  

Our dedicated team are working remotely but just as effectively throughout the COVID_19 crisis to support and advise homeowners with ideas, drawings, layouts and plans.  

Our extensive knowledge means that we can advise you on planning permission requirements, specialising in the recently relaxed rights of permitted development, so you may not even need to go through the traditional planning permission channels to create your perfect space.

Please contact us at any time via email, telephone and our easy to use virtual meeting resources to discuss how we can help you design your perfect project.

We would love to hear from you.

Stay healthy.