Manchester Architects and Building Designers

Manchester Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Manchester architects to help you extend the kitchen and install bifold doors opening out onto a newly landscaped garden? Maybe the challenge is a loft conversion but you’re not sure how to make the most of the limited space up there? You might even wish to hire architects in Manchester to help you build your own house from the ground up. Architects can help you to get a clearer idea of what is possible, both in terms of the land you own and the budget you have. They have extensive knowledge of architectural design, construction methods and building materials, not to mention a strong appreciation of ergonomics – warmth, light and flow within a property. Architects will also be far more capable of seeing the bigger picture – carefully balancing aesthetic appeal with structural safety – and navigating all those little steps from concept through to completion. And with their local knowledge, your Manchester architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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Guy Taylor Associates, Founded in 1969, is an award winning, innovative and forward thinking design studio with... Read More
  • 0161 696 1487
  • Manchester M21 9DJ
Award Winning Architectural Design Company Based in Manchester
Well established Building Surveying & Consultant Design company in Manchester who have an excellent understanding...
  • 07741 175755
The Llama Group is a collective of RIBA Architects, Interior Designers & Construction Division all working... Read More
  • 0191 580 4277
  • Nr Alderley Edge SK11 9JY, Cheshire
Award Winning, Forward Thinking Architectural Practice | Manchester
Founded in 1969, the team at Guy Taylor Associates provide an exceptional body of knowledge and expertise. We...
  • 0161 696 1487
We are Architects and Interior Designers. Our philosophy is that good design should be attractive, sustainable,... Read More
  • 01625 536622
  • Wilmslow SK9 6LG, Greater Manchester
Best of Houzz Award Winner Service '19
Creative Architects - Experienced & Tailored Design for the Individual
We take pride in our creative & collaborative approach, paying equal attention to the intricacies of each bespoke...
  • 01625 800376
We are a friendly experience team that caters for the clients requirements either as their home or commercial... Read More
  • 0161 928 0051
  • Altrincham WA15 9HX, Cheshire
Unsure how to start your Home Design?
Award Winning Architecture Practice Based in the North West
Specialising in energy efficient, non-toxic design, heritage conservation & eco-refurbishment. i-architect...
  • 0161 694 7381
Scott Donald Architecture is an award-winning practice based in Sale, Manchester. Specialising in... Read More
  • 0161 962 9962
  • Manchester M33 2AR, Greater Manchester
theCAVE is a design led studio providing innovative, practical solutions to a variety of challenging commissions.... Read More
  • 01625 838632
  • Cheshire SK9 7EJ, Cheshire
Specialising in personalised luxury, Tsiantar Architects was formed in 1986 by George Tsiantar. This RIBA... Read More
  • 0161 928 0034
  • Altrincham WA14 1HE, Cheshire
Orange design studio is a visionary architectural practice based in mirfield, west yorkshire. They focus on... Read More
  • 0191 917 9521
  • Mirfield WF14 8AA, West Yorkshire
Kimble Roden Architects Ltd is a talented design practice based in the North West. The directors Edwina Kimble... Read More
  • 01625 402442
  • Alderley Edge sk9 7la, Cheshire
At Pride Rd Architects, we know what it takes to turn a house into a home. A property into a sanctuary. We turn... Read More
  • 07989 744336
  • Gatley SK8 4PE, Greater Manchester
You need better quality space, more space, more comfortable space, space that really works for you and will adapt... Read More
  • 0161 694 7381
  • Manchester M21 0YL, Greater Manchester
We are a well established Building Surveying and Consultant Design company in Manchester who have an excellent... Read More
  • 07741 175755
  • Manchester M27 5QG, Lancashire
We believe that good design adds value to anything. Read More
  • 0161 234 0991
  • Manchester M1 3NJ, Greater Manchester
Architect Magda from Pride Road operates across South and West Manchester If you would like to contact me,... Read More
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  • Manchester M16 0HD, Greater Manchester
We are a growing practice owing our continued success to being entirely focused on our clients' experience. If... Read More
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  • Manchester M23HZ, Greater Manchester
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
Guy Taylor Associates
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"We undertook a massive extension and renovation project of a 1911 arts and crafts house. We were keen to incorporate eco-design elements and we were referred to Chris Rogers and GTA by our environmental consultant. From our first meeting to completion of the project Chris went above and beyond. Always coming up with good ideas that fitted our specifications. Always quick to suggest sensible solutions to problems as they arose. Always available and an invaluable point of contact between us and the contractors on site. He took us through design and planning permission, tendering, refining the scope of the works and finalising the contract with the main contractor, the build itself, snagging...everything! Our build was between July 2016 and April 2017 and I don't think we would have managed it without Chris on the team. We have no hesitation at all in recommending Chris for projects big and small (and in fact have already recommended him to friends embarking on their own projects)."
- Chris Gutteridge
Llama Group
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"I feel very fortunate to have discovered Llama Property Developments. This came at a time when my wife and I were struggling to comprehend the sheer size and scale (and opportunity!) of our build. What you will get from Llama: 1) Honesty - they will not pretend or lie to you about what is possible/achievable. 2) Professionalism - I'm actually a Project Director in another field - but Andy's ability to run projects, to time, agreed spec and budget - and at any give time, see the 'whole picture' - is startlingly good and key to the success of your project. 3) Creativity - yes you're paying for a service - but having access to such a wealth of experience and ideas - which enables Andy and the team to make sensible, achievable and appropriate suggestions all the way through is a huge plus 4) Quality - the quality of the tradesmen/professionals in the Llama team really has to be seen to be believed. From Planning Consultant, Architect and Project Manager, to Builders, Carpenters, Interior Design etc - the output is incredibly good. I genuinely have not seen better. 5) Proven Track Record - this was a big thing for my wife and I (to put our minds at ease). Look at what Llama have achieved - their portfolio (and don't forget the awards!) isn't simply impressive - their work is stunning. At this end of the market, my experience is that some companies are still 'playing at it'. Llama are the real deal. I have no hesitations in recommending them and will be using them in future."
- tomw2000
Fasciato Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"Four years after completion and the house is still fantastic. The brief was to transform and extend an old house for modern living. After interviewing a short list of architects we chose Chris. The preliminary sketch he showed me with his ideas after his first visit to the site was replicated and enhanced in the final build. Every "annoying" trait of the old house has been eliminated and what we have now is a beautiful combination of an old and modern house which works well. The old part of the house is made of stone on the left and the new part of the house is glass and wood on the right. The large window area gives outstanding view over our wood which the previous old and small windows did not give. Chris also designed a free standing glass and wood studio which sits to the left of the house - again with outstanding views The team (builder RG Walker, Quantity Surveyor Tozer and Tozer and architect Fasciato) worked extremely well together to deliver a project that was on time, on budget and of outstanding quality. I would and have recommended Fasciato."
- amtsanders
Trinity Architecture & Design Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"Very accomplished professional company who go the extra mile to make sure you are happy with their services. I have used them to design and plan a new dwelling house, and found them to be superb from inception to completion. On budget and on time. Very innovative and 'out of the box' thinking, where necessary. Excellent knowledge of the planning system and all regulations. Very good at speaking and dealing with local planning departments and building control, and better than excellent at delivering a positive outcome.Made a huge difference to the outcome on my project, by winning over the planners with innovative changes. I would highly recommend Trinity Architecture and Design to anyone who are looking for a top quality architect."
- toddyart
Scott Donald Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"We couldn't recommend Scott highly enough for any client looking to create a project with the highest levels of creativity, innovation and finish. Scott is fun and exciting to work with but professional from start to finish with an astonishing eye for detail. When we receive work from Scott we know that we will be working on a project born from passion and the desire to do something unique and uncompromised in both concept and delivery. We also know a lot of the hard work will have been done for us as the proportions, sociability and use of the living spaces has been considered and executed to an exemplary standard. Scott’s genuine passion for what he does shines through in every aspect of the project and clients are invigorated and inspired by the drive and commitment he brings every step of the way."
- Marcus Watkins
theCAVE architecture + design
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
""I am currently working with James on a demanding residential project. The project has been subject to substantial changes during the build period. James's enthusiasm, knowledge, drive and professionalism has been a key factor in helping drive the project forward, achieving demanding targets along the way. James has been particularly helpful with key elements not in his original scope of services. I would have no hesitation recommending James and the Team for similar, unique, residential schemes""
- echelon123
Tsiantar Architects Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"Here at Diane berry kitchens we get to see lots of architects designs and the work Tsiantar architects produce is always great, they seem to understand so easily their client and are happy to push the boundaries to create very unique properties. We have always like working on houses that they create and would happily recommend them."
- Diane Berry Kitchens
Orange Design Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"From the way Orange Design first worked with us, understanding our needs, revising the drawings, making practical suggestions, obtaining all the necessary planning and building control permissions – through to the way they managed the tendering process on our behalf, approaching builders and then making frequent site visits during the build phase, it was all reassuring to know that we had a professional we could rely on and call on as the various needs arose."
- paul1161
Kimble Roden Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"We engaged Kimble Roden to design our new open plan kitchen/dining/living room. Very impressed with their professional and helpful attitude throughout along with their attention to detail. We would highly recommend them."
- janiesarah
Pride Road Manchester
Architects and Building Designers in Manchester
"We have successfully worked with Lisa Raynes of Raynes Architecture on a number of projects, we have created an excellent rapport and work really well together as part of a professional team. Lisa is knowledgeable and is able to transfer the clients ideas and dreams onto paper, much to their delight. She takes a practical approach to common problems and her personality enables her to easily engage with all clients and provide practical solutions."
- dawsongreen
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How do I choose the right Manchester architect?

Begin by determining the type of architectural service you require. Is it merely advice that you need? Or a detailed set of architectural design plans? Are you hoping to add a single-storey extension or are you really looking for someone to design you a custom home and handle construction management right through to completion? One of the most important duties of full service architects in Manchester is to serve as project managers and supervise most aspects of construction as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

Architecture is an incredibly technical profession and one where getting things wrong can literally put lives at risk, so do background checks on your Manchester architect. Check they are registered with architecture associations such as the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Being part of an architecture association means that an architect or architecture firm has met certain standards, qualifications and practices, and can be held accountable if they don’t meet these standards. It’s advisable to choose architects that specialise in the kind of project that you are undertaking as their existing experience will shine through in the completed design. Look for an architect in Manchester that can provide references and reviews of their previous work.

Once you have determined the service level you need, your next consideration will be architectural style. Some architects specialise in designing for traditional housing such as period cottages and country homes, or even in designing modern replicas in a period style. Others have a knack for imagining bolder, more futuristic architectural design in Manchester incorporating the latest green technology. Check their Houzz profile and website for examples of previous work. Early on, try to gauge availability – there’s no point in choosing an architect that’s going to be booked for months if you have a tight deadline. Some architects are happy to do all their work online or over the phone with you, but if you’d prefer to work with an architect in person then check that your chosen architects in Manchester will travel to you.

What is the process to hire an architect?

At the first meeting, preferably at your property or building site, give as clear a picture as possible of the kind of home you are trying to create to your architects. Chat through your goals, projected budget, scope of work, schedule and feedback, together with any very specific requirements you might have. It is crucial that your architects are clear about their responsibilities and that these are documented in the contract. Ask them to walk you through the process, including the number of architectural design consultations, site visits and what they will be delivering and when, e.g. feasibility study, a technical drawing, tender package and/or planning application drawings. They could illustrate this using a previous client’s project. Also, what does the architect need from you? Deeds, rights of way, deposit, staged payments etc. Once you have covered all this detail, you are ready to make your choice and get started. The architecture company in Manchester that you hire will likely start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings, CAD and videos, but this is by no means essential.

What makes a good architect?

You are looking for architects in Manchester that have the right balance of creative flair, technical nous, practicality and impeccable service to see you through. Get a sense of whether they are a good listener, collaborator and problem solver. Checking their references will also be invaluable at this stage so look at their Houzz profile for past customer reviews. Ask to speak to previous clients, particularly regarding their responsiveness and ability to work creatively around a budget.

How much does hiring an architect cost?

There is no set payment structure for an architect. Some Manchester architects will charge an hourly rate, others base their fees on a percentage of the total construction cost or propose a fixed fee (payable in instalments) for projects such as house extensions or a complete home design. You may wish to pay in stages to safeguard against any possible dissatisfaction with the quality of service. Make sure the total figure and payment schedule is agreed as part of your contract, particularly if you are trying to accurately estimate the cost of building a house.

What are the important questions to ask architects in Manchester?

  • How long have you been an architect in Manchester? Are you part of ARB and RIBA? Are you part of any other associations of architectural design in Manchester?
  • How would you improve my current property and what do you think is the best use of my available budget?
  • Please can you tell me about similar projects you have undertaken and why you are the right person for the job?
  • What will be some of the main challenges?
  • Do you have experience of managing the construction phase?
  • Will you be the lead architect on this project?
  • Can you give me an overview of this project and tell me who will be doing what?
  • How long will the project take?
  • What will you charge, and will that be based on an hourly rate, a percentage of the project cost, or a fixed fee?
  • Can you recommend builders and contractors in my area?
  • Is there other expenditure that I might have missed and and how can I sensibly cut those costs?
  • What happens if there is a dispute? How would you resolve it?
  • Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
  • How often will you be updating me on progress, either face to face or on the phone?

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