Architectural Design

At Spencer Pughe Associates our goal is to provide architectural design services that deliver our client’s requirements.

We will work closely with your to develop a design brief that you are happy for us to use as the basis of developing concept sketch designs. Following acceptance of the concept design, we will develop this further into more detailed design suitable for the purpose in hand.

Our aim is to guide you through the design stage to achieve your aspirations whilst always maintaining regulatory compliance and working within your budget.

Recent projects include bespoke individual houses, chapel conversions, various residential conversions and alterations and community building projects along with commercial offices.

Where necessary we advise on the appointment of other specialist construction professionals such as Structural Engineers and Building Services Engineers to ensure that the whole design achieves the aims of the design brief.

All our design work is prepared using CAD and where appropriate 3D modelling software.  For ease of communication with you all our design work can be sent via email.


Our approach to preparing a planning application follows the various stages detailed below.

  • Feasibility Study - We review local and national planning guidance and precedents to assess whether the proposed scheme is feasible. Quite often this stage forms part of our initial site visit.
  • Design - If we consider the scheme broadly complies with local policy and is technically possible then we prepare a detailed design brief with the client and prepare a design that meets the client’s needs within the confines set by the Local Authority Planning Guidance.
  • Submission of application - Once we have arrived at a design that meets your needs, this is developed into a full set of drawings and documents suitable for submission to the Local Authority.
  • Liaison with case officer - Throughout the determination of the planning application, we regularly contact the case officer to answer any concerns they may have.

Building Regulations

Building Regulations affect both residential and commercial property. They govern and guide the technical aspect of how buildings are constructed, regardless of whether Planning Permission is required.

We can produce all the necessary drawings, plans, details, specifications and structural calculations that may be required for a Full Plans Submission or deal with the matter as a Building Notice where appropriate.

Contravention of the Regulations can result in significant penalties so it’s important to ensure that works are properly specified and supervised. We can offer advice on the operation of the Regulations and how to comply with them, liaise with the Local Authority on your behalf and apply for and gain Building Regulation Approval.