As Chartered Architectural Technologists and Chartered Building Engineers, we can provide a creative architectural design service which is reinforced by a sound technical knowledge that really works. Our projects have regularly been complemented by professionals in the Planning Departments and Planning Committees along with Local Authority Building Inspectors and Building Contractors on site.
We believe that the client should receive an individual bespoke design which befits the location and which takes into account the opportunities and constraints that the site throws at it. As a result, the client receives an innovated design which performs. Our multi-award winning creative team work on varied projects anywhere in the UK from small extensions and refurbishments through to bespoke individual dwellings and large housing developments.
We are experienced in Residential; Commercial; Leisure; Agricultural; Educational and Industrial design. We work in various ways, from freehand artist concepts and 3D computer visualisations enabling clients to ‘walk thru’ and ‘fly-by’ their building, through to 2D CAD working drawings. Our full architectural service would include feasibility studies and design presentations and submissions to the Local Authority along with handling the applications.
We are able to carry out comprehensive feasibility appraisals to explore opportunities. This would be done using all types of medium to best demonstrate potential gain to the client and maximise land value for clients.
We partner with an Eco sustainable specialists therefore we can provide help and advice from Eco Design and products to the use of clever sustainable technologies. We are also able to design buildings to Passivhaus standards.
We believe that Eco begins with good design
Due to our extensive training and sophisticated equipment, we are able to carry out detailed land surveys to ascertain land levels and contours of sites, together with accurately surveying buildings and landscaping present.
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The experience and knowledge of the firm allows us to create sympathetic buildings within Conservation Areas of settlements as well as within open countryside locations.
This practice is also experienced and trained to work on Listed Buildings, including obtaining Listed Building Consent and overseeing work on site.
Clients are offered a tailored Architectural & Inspection Service, comprising the design and/or preparation of working drawings to obtain Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval. Clients may approach us with a design that they have in mind or we are able to create the design for them.
This would be coupled with an Inspection Service, which would enable us to issue ‘Architect Certificates’ to allow clients to obtain a mortgage. We would work with the Bank or Building Society to enable all ‘draw down’ of funds at key stages throughout the ‘build’ to allow the finances for the project to run smoothly.
Our qualifications and level of experience – Architect Certificates or Professional Consultants’ Certificates exceed the requirements by all Banks and Building Societies.
Our self build certificates are in accordance with The Council of Mortgage Lenders Handbook.
The advantage of our self build package, as opposed to the more restrictive nature of NHBC or Local Authority Building Control (LABC) guarantee schemes, is that free architectural and design advice is available during the course of ‘the build’.
Because we listen very carefully to our clients’ requirements, we are able to tailor our services to meet the demands of the client. Our services may be part or an amalgamation of different elements of the above services.
We offer further services using our network partnership of various consultants to enable a fully ‘one stop shop’ in house service.
Due to the full qualifications of the practice in the Chartered Institute Of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Association Of Building Engineers, the firm holds considerable Professional Indemnity insurance along with Public Liability Insurance for client protection.
Due to the practice’s commitment towards providing a high level quality of service, we have been awarded the ISO9001 Assurance Mark, for client’s peace of mind
As a result of being fully qualified and Chartered of Three Institutes, we are bound by a Professional Code of Conduct. This is peace of mind for the client that they are safe in the knowledge that their project and business with us will be handled in the strictest of confidence and highest level of professionalism
Our professional institutes monitor us to ensure that we are full knowledgeable on the latest construction techniques and legislation. We therefore have an internal and external training programme to maintain our expertise in the subject that allows us to be at the forefront of our profession
Neil Dowlman Architecture is an award winning CIAT and CABE chartered practice based in Lincolnshire