About Us

Who we are & what we do

Solway Architectural Services Ltd

Architectural Design & Planning Practice based in Workington, Cumbria

Solway Architectural Services Ltd is an established architectural design practice, offering architectural planning and design services within West Cumbria including Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport, Cockermouth and surrounding areas.

Solway Architectural Services Ltd have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the design and planning of all types of residential and commercial projects.

We design plans to your specification for everything from a new front porch, garages, single and double story rear and side extensions to new build bungalows and houses.

At Solway Architectural Services Ltd we aim to deliver a personal, professional service and design to the highest quality and standards.

We pride ourselves in our client centered approach, our attention to detail and our ability to deliver cost effective solutions to every project.

Why Choose Us?

  • Experience – with over 30 years of experience, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the design and planning of all types of residential and commercial projects.

  • Communication – we consistently keep our clients informed; our responsiveness to your enquiries is second to none.

  • Local Builder Network – We have good working relationships with local builders so can connect you with someone professional and trustworthy to carry out your construction work.

  • Bespoke Service – We understand that each client’s requirements are specific. To tailor the design to your specific needs we provide an in-depth investigation to understand the motivations behind your project needs.

  • Customer Satisfaction – Customer satisfaction is the key to the success of any business, that’s why we work hard to ensure that our customers receive a quality of service that continues to build our reputation.

  • Excellent Reputation – We have built a reputation for providing a reliable, efficient and friendly service to all our customer.

Services

We are able to assist you from conception to completion including all design, planning and building regulation documentation

Architectural Design & Planning Services for Residential & Commercial Properties in West Cumbria

Solway Architectural Services Ltd provide full design and planning services for both residental and commercial properties, whether that be to extend your property, create an annexe, apply for change of use or develop a new build house.

We believe the planning stage of your development is the most critical, and in the long run the creation of comprehensive plans will save you from frustrations and extra costs in the building stage.

Design & Planning Permission Applications

At the start of every project there is an initial idea. Solway Architectural Services Ltd can produce a sketch scheme, sometimes termed a feasibility study, to begin turning that idea into a reality. A sketch scheme can help you to understand what the design may look like, inside and out. This allows us to realistically establish a design for your extension, refurbishment or new build.

Following the successful completion of a sketch scheme or feasibility study, the next stage is to develop the design into a more formalised proposal for submission to the local authority. We will then produce developed planning drawings, existing building and site drawings of the property from surveys, proposed external layout drawings as well as others where necessary.

Working Drawings & Building Regulation Applications

Once planning permission has been granted the next stage of any project is to begin the technical design stage. One part of this stage is to produce a set of building regulations drawings and other materials for submission to the local authority or private building control inspector.

Solway Architectural Services Ltd can produce technical and detailed design drawings and all necessary documents, as may be required to ensure you project is passed for building regulation, and complies with them.

How We Work

How our architectural design and planning practice will work for you

At an initial consultation we will visit your property and meet with you to discuss your project requirements in detail.

We take time to understand the brief that you have in terms of the space requirements, the style of design you envisage and what you are trying to achieve. The more information you can give us, the better we can understand your brief.

Following the consultation we will collate the information gathered and provide you with a detailed quotation to include all architectural services to deliver your design.

Most projects will require a level of surveying to produce drawings of the existing site and/or building, so we will take measurements to create an outline plan of the existing layout. Once we have the survey information we can produce the sketch scheme proposals to meet the brief.

Following the completion of a sketch scheme, we will then produce developed planning drawings, existing building and site drawings of the property from surveys, proposed external layout drawings as well as others where necessary.

Design and Access Statement's will also be producted, where necessary. This will help summarise the proposal from concept to developed design.

We will also prepare technical drawings with sufficient detail for a building firm to construct the proposal. These drawings contain the specific information required to obtain building regulations approval for your project.

Once the project design and plans have been finalised, Solway Architectural Services Ltd will prepare a full planning application and submit all documentation on your behalf.

Once submitted we will aim to keep in regular contact with the Local Authority via meetings, phone calls, emails and keep record and pass forward information to provide you feedback on the application as it progresses through the determination period

Typically, planning consent takes 8 – 11 weeks including our time to prepare drawings and application.

Once planning permission has been granted the next stage of any project is to begin the technical design stage. At this stage we will produce a set of building regulations drawings and other materials for submission to the local authority or private building control inspector.

This information includes: application forms, technical and detailed design drawings and written documents.

Once submitted we can usually very quickly look to seek conditional approval or at least gain an understanding of whether or not the application will be successful, sometime allowing works to begin with confidence prior to approval.

Building Regulation Approval can take up to 8 weeks to gain following a submission.

FAQS

Most common questions asked by our customers

Solway Architectural Services Ltd can cater for small and medium scale projects. But regardless of size, we treat all of our clients jobs with the same professionalism and importance.

At an initial consultation we will visit your property and meet with you to discuss in detail your requirements. We take time to understand the brief that you have in terms of space requirements, the style of design and what you are trying to achieve. The more information you can give us, the better we can understand your brief.

Following the consultation we will collate the information gathered and provide you with a detailed quotation to include all architectural services to deliver your design.

This depends on the size and complexity of the project. However, for most small, staightforward domestic projects we allow around 3 weeks to produce a design in close consultation with you.

The package will comprise of:

  • Existing and proposed plans and elevations at a scale of 1:100
  • Location plans at a scale of 1:1250
  • Existing and proposed block plans at a scale of 1:200 or 500.
  • Design and Access statement (new builds only)
  • Sections at a scale of 1:50, and
  • Construction details to satisfy the Building Regulations Part A to Part R.

For domestic properties, planning consent relates to changes in the appearance or use of buildings such as an extension to a house, or a conversion of a house into flats.

Planning should not be confused with the building regulations that are entirely separate. Planning can be one of the main hurdles to clear when thinking about making changes to your home and needs to be given consideration from the start. It may be possible that your project can be done within permitted development – we will be able to advise you of this during our initial consultation/visit.

Once the design and plans have been finalised, Solway Architectural Services Ltd will prepare a full planning application and submit all documentation on your behalf, leaving you with fully approved plans ready for Building Regulations.

Typically, planning consent takes 8 – 11 weeks including our time to prepare drawings and application.

Please note you will require a statutory application fee to accompany your planning application.

Once planning has been approved we would look to move forward with a Building Regulations submission so we can develop your approved design into a detailed proposal.

For small extensions and alterations, your proposals may fall within your Permitted Development Rights which means that planning permission will not be necessary.

There are a number of limits on height, volume etc. that your proposals need to be within for permitted development to apply.

If your project is eligible for permitted development we would recommend that you apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development to confirm this. The application needs to be supported by suitable drawings and calculations which we can help with.

Buildings of particular architectural interest are often officially Listed and thereby protected.

Many residential buildings are listed Grade 2 which means that all alterations (not just those to the outside or original parts) have to be approved under Listed Building Consent. Making a Listed Building Consent application is similar to making a planning application – but with a few differences.

The process may be handled by a conservation officer within your local planning department or might be referred to English Heritage and there is no application fee.

As with standard planning permissions, Solway Architectural Services Ltd has lots of experience in making listed building consent applications.

Living in a conservation area usually means that changes to the external appearance of your building will be a particularly sensitive issue.

You may well need to complete an application for Conservation Area Consent as well as a Planning Application (and some times even when a Planning Application is not required).

Again, it is advisable to check with your local planning department or we can do this for you.

It is very common with alterations to domestic buildings (even for detached houses) that action under the Party Wall legislation will be necessary. Works that effect a wall, fence or any part of your neighbour’s structure, within certain specified distances will require notification to adjoining owners in accordance with the party wall act 1996.

This notification can be a complicated procedure and can take a good deal of time and Solway Architectural Services Ltd are well placed to advise.

Not to be confused with planning, the building regulations are there to ensure that buildings are made to a minimum quality standard for such things as structure, fire escape, drainage, ventilation, insulation and so on.

The regulations can often seem unreasonable, but they are all there for good reasons. Building regulations matters are usually handled by building control officers in the Building Control Department of your local authority but increasingly private licenced inspectors are an alterantive. Unlike planning, there is no committee and you should not have to endure a long wait for approvals.

Once planning permission has been granted the next stage of any project is to begin the technical design stage. One part of this stage is to produce a set of building regulations drawings and other materials for submission to the local authority or private building control inspector. These building regulations submissions are almost always necessary

Solway Architectural Services Ltd can produce a set of information that can be submitted to building control for approval. This information includes: application forms, technical and detailed design drawing and written documents.

 

When choosing a builder yourself, make sure that you can check the company out. A good starting point is to ask friends, neighbours or other homeowners who have recently had work done close to where you live, to see if there is anybody they can recommend.

Once you have chosen some possible builders, contact them for a list of references and follow these up even if they came highly recommended.

We have good working relationships with local builders so we can connect you with someone professional and trustworthy to carry out your construction work if required.

Contact Us

Contact us today for a free no-obligation quotation and consultation

If you are based within West Cumbria including Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport, Cockermouth and surrounding areas and would like more information on our architectural design and planning services or request a free no-obligation quotation and consultation, please contact us using the following contact details or complete our enquiry form:

Solway Architectural Services Ltd,
36 Guard Street, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4DZ
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