WELCOME TO ARCHETYPE CENTRAL
Architectural Design & Planning Services
Archetype Central offers an architectural design and planning service. Specialising predominantly in residential design, the practice’s portfolio spans a wide range of development:
- Loft conversions
- New builds
The practice is able to offer design solutions from the traditional to the contemporary. Sustainability underpins the practice’s approach to design but we appreciate that more traditional methods of design and construction may be better suited to some projects. Ultimately, you are in control of the process and we will listen to you, taking on board your preferences. The services that we offer are divided into clear stages, enabling you – the client – the opportunity to pick and choose the level of service appropriate to your needs and budget.
The amount of involvement that you have in the project is entirely down to you. We will listen carefully to your needs and translate them into a design that fully meets your requirements.
The practice offers services on a sub-contract basis to:
Architects – inhouse, Architects – externally, Structural Engineers, Builders & Developers and many more.
Founded by Richard Smith BSc Hons, Archetype Central’s diverse portfolio includes projects ranging from small residential extensions to one-off new builds in locations across the country and specifically within the south east of England.
Having worked for a number of architects & architectural practices, small and large, in England and in Wales, Richard has developed a wealth of experience in design and construction in residential and commercial architecture. It is with this experience and knowledge, for more than 20 years, that has established Archetype Central. Perseverance and faith has made Archetype Central what it is today, a thriving and energetic practice.
The practice recognises that architectural projects are a very personal experience for the client and, as such, we look to forge a constructive relationship with them. A mutual understanding of the end goal underpins this relationship. Our passion and enthusiasm for architecture and the built form is expressed in our approach to design and the way in which we deftly make efficient use of light and space. No project is too small.
The practice is affiliated with The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The practice also has good working relationships with trades from architects, structural engineers through to builders, main contractors and sub-contractors, saving you time with searching for recommended professionals.
Free initial consultation
A measured and photographed survey of the existing building undertaken
Sketch schemes produced according to your design brief and requirements
- Detailed planning application package submitted to the local planning authority in accordance with your chosen design scheme
- Negotiation with the local planning authority throughout the course of planning application determination period
- Design and access statements and planning statements produced, where necessary, at a professional level
BUILDING REGULATIONS APPLICATIONS
- Construction drawings produced in accordance with current building regulations
- Application for building regulations approval submitted to local authority under a full plans application or a building notice (non-complex projects only)
- Structural information and calculations provided by structural engineer
- Liaison with local authority to ensure building regulations approval
- Services layouts, joist layouts, specification produced as a package
- Contractors sourced and package distributed for estimates
- Interim programme site sign-off of completed works
- Individual site call-out facility
- Defects inspection
- Fully rendered 3D models of your development
- Helps you to envisage your development before it is built
- Assists the local authority in planning decisions
Archetype Central’s projects include an array of different designs & builds. Below are just some of the work that has been produced. Please click on an image for more photos.
I found Archetype Central to offer a professional service at affordable prices. In addition I was very happy that Richard was able to negotiate with the planning officers on my behalf to try to agree to the changes in my plans.
Dr Gilbert Merrow, Guildford
May I say how pleased I have been with the professionalism of your service. The drawings were excellent and I appreciated the suggestions which helped to improve the original plans. It was also a great help to have your experience and advice to get things through the mire of the planning process. My wife and I are delighted with the extension to our home and we have received many favourable comments from our friends. Please feel free to pass on these comments to any of your new business contacts.
Mr & Mrs Wilkinson , Plaistow, West Sussex
We had been deliberating over various ideas for an extension to our house for some time. Richard came over and did a great job of listening to our needs and then converted these quickly into outline drawings. Once we had reviewed these options and made our choices, he then developed these into full building plans and progressed these smoothly through the planning and building approvals processes. The builders we used for the work were able to understand and work from his plans without any need for changes and the work went quickly through to completion in time for Christmas.
We are very pleased with the finished result and would not hesitate in recommending Richard Smith to homeowners, builders or developers.
John and Sara Coghlan, Bramley, Surrey