Areas of Practice

 

Architectural services

Architecture North is committed to delivering inspiring but practical projects whilst creating a sustainable future through design. We cover a wide range of sectors including mixed use, residential, commercial, hotels, retail, agriculture and the public sector. Our architectural team provide a full design and supervisory service from concept through to detailed construction drawings and supervision. We do not believe in standard solutions and pride ourselves on providing our diverse range of clients with bespoke designs that meet their requirements.

Measured surveys

carry out fully digital measured building surveys using the latest technology. All our surveys are produced using the industry standard AutoCAD. We offer 2D floor and elevation plans and produce full 3D models of structures if required.



FEASIBILITY STUDIES

We work closely with all of our clients to shape a clear design brief from the outset of each project. Therefore most projects begin by starting with a Feasibility Study where the main goal is to establish the best design solutions for the project so that the client is confident that their requirements are understood and are being met by the design. Drawing work at this stage will usually be in sketch form and will be discussed in a meeting with the client.


EXTENSIONS AND ALTERATIONS

Ideas, tangible or not, are the most important things to protect in today’s competitive creative market. With so many channels and constantly replenishing feeds to watch out for, tracing the ownership and originality of a design, brand name, or invention needs the laser-focused eye of a trained attorney. We’ll handle the search, application, and filing process of trademarks, copyrights, and patents. And if your idea has been infringed upon, our litigation team will negotiate the best possible licensing and settlement agreements.

NEW INDIVIDUAL DWELLINGS

have successfully helped clients who are seeking to design and build their own individual house as well as developers looking to maximise the potential of individual building plots. We have considerable experience in traditional designs as well as bespoke, contemporary dwellings.

HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

has designed numerous residential developments, ranging in size from just a couple of dwellings up to over 100, for individual clients, housing developers and housing associations. Sites where we have successfully obtained planning permission range from infill plots in urban and rural locations to the redevelopment of sites in town centres. In all cases ldc has worked closely with the client to maximise the potential of the site, providing attractive dwellings and surroundings for potential purchasers which are also acceptable to the Planning Authority.


CONVERSIONS

have experience in all types of projects ranging from loft conversions to the conversion of agricultural and industrial buildings to dwellings. We have more recently been successful in utilising the permitted development regulations which allow for agricultural buildings to be converted into dwellings without the need for full planning permission.

PLANNING ADVICE

has widespread and wide ranging experience in planning for developments including housing, commercial, retail and leisure uses; in rural and urban areas as well as conservation areas. We can help you with everything from planning applications and planning appeals to enforcement notices, objections and changes of use.

Using our extensive knowledge of both local and national planning policy and of the planning system we can provide advice on your project from inception through to completion.

FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT

Flood Risk Assessments (FRA) are required for any planning applications within areas at risk of flooding and also for major developments. ldc have extensive experience in producing site specific FRA’s for all types of developments including residential, commercial and industrial. Our assessments are produced in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and often through consultation with the Environment Agency.


PLANNING APPLICATIONS

have extensive experience with planning applications which cover all sectors including, commercial, industrial, agricultural, leisure, mixed use, change of use, residential developments and historic listed buildings. We are committed to achieving successful outcomes and our track record in guiding projects through all stages of the planning system is built upon a thorough understanding of planning law and our good working relationship with the planning departments in the area.

DISCHARGE OF CONDITIONS

Following approval of a planning application there may be the need to discharge planning conditions as well as handling the detailed technical design before construction can commence. While ldc aim to achieve planning permission with minimal conditions it is often necessary to submit a formal conditions application where the Local Planning Authority require further information. This often involves further information regarding aspects of the development including materials, finishes, drainage and landscaping.

BUILDING REGULATIONS

Building Regulations are national standards which apply to most types of building work. They ensure that the environment in which we all live is a safe and healthy place. They also ensure that adequate access and facilities are provided for people with disabilities and include requirements for conservation of fuel and power. we offer a very innovative and modern approach to obtaining Building Regulations approval where we are fully versant with the latest technologies and standards. All our Building Regulations submissions are of the highest technical excellence and are recognised as such by our partnered Local Authority.


LISTED BUILDING & CONSERVATION AREAS

have experience in proposing works to historic, listed buildings and also within Conservation Areas. As such, ldc has the knowledge and experience of dealing with English Heritage and Local Authority conservation officers to ensure successful Listed Building applications for our clients.

3D VISUALS & ARTISITS IMPRESSIONS

can create photorealistic 3D architectural images for developers and in order to support our planning applications.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Building Regulations are national standards which apply to most types of building work. They ensure that the environment in which we all live is a safe and healthy place. They also ensure that adequate access and facilities are provided for people with disabilities and include requirements for conservation of fuel and power. we offer a very innovative and modern approach to obtaining Building Regulations approval where we are fully versant with the latest technologies and standards. All our Building Regulations submissions are of the highest technical excellence and are recognised as such by our partnered Local Authority.