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Architects in Birmingham

Extending upwards with Permitted Development

What are the new PDR for extending homes upwards? As of 31st August 2020, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020 grants homeowners the chance to extend their houses upwards – both for their own use and to create additional dwellings – without

Architecture

How to do a Garage Conversion

A garage conversion is a great way to expand your home without the inconvenience of an extension, building up or needing party wall agreements. If your lifestyle has changed, you need more accommodation, or you’re simply not using the garage much, converting it is straightforwards thanks to Permitted Development Rights. 

Architecture

Lapworth boost Walsall town centre with hat-trick of housing projects

Local Birmingham architects and property developers are looking to transform unused office space in Walsall town centre into sustainable apartments in line with council masterplan to transform town post-Covid and revive high street fortunes with mixed-use developments.  Lapworth Architects and Kalam Family Property Developers looking to invest in trio of

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Architecture

Architect’s Certificate

What is an architect’s certificate? An architect’s certificate of completion is a document issued by a professional consultant, such as a chartered architect or surveyor, on a new build or newly converted property that vouches for the quality of the build and can be used to raise finance on it.

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Architecture

Can I build an outbuilding under permitted development?

I want to build an outbuilding for my family – can I do it under permitted development rules or do I need planning permission? With architecture looking to undergoing some major changes in the post-Covid landscape, more sectioned-off space and more flexible accommodation is likely to be a trend in

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Architecture

Current Planning Permission Extended to 2021

Planning Permission Deadline Extended to 2021 The government has recently announced that any projects with planning permission that expires before the end of 2020 will automatically be extended until April 2021. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said: ‘Building the homes the country needs is central to the mission of this government

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Architecture

Permitted Development Rights

At Lapworth Architects, we want to help our clients understand aspects of the planning system that need to be taken into account when it comes to design. If you’re planning an extension, it’s worth considering what you can build under the implied consent of the Permitted Development rights.

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Architecture

Architectural Must Have Features

As people’s expectations change over time, architects must shift their focus to meet demand when they are designing new housing. As priorities come and go, we’ve noticed a few things that seem to be the rising trends of the moment, so we’ve decided to share our observations with you. Here’s

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Architects in Birmingham

Home Extensions – things to bear in mind

Looking for architects for your extension? Whether you’ve got an expanding family or WFH, home extensions are an investment that really pay off, and this article explores house extension ideas for properties in the West Midlands. The approach you take will depend on your style, your needs, and also to

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Architects in Birmingham

The 45-degree code – what it means for you

The 45° Code is a measure used around the West Midlands by most councils to ensure that any extension work does not impinge on neighbours’ outlook or access to light.  The Code is designed to provide a fair balance between the wishes of the property owners who want to build

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J F
J F
10:56 23 May 20
I contacted lapworth to carry out a site survey for a self build. I got great advice and a very fast turn around of my... report. We will definitely be using lapworth again for our designs.read more
nibha hegde
nibha hegde
19:51 20 Apr 20
I am extremely pleased with Lapworth architects. I just told them in my amateur way what I imagined or wanted in my... bungalow and they drew lovely accurate plans. Michael patiently took on board my multiple requests to make changes as new ideas came to me and he always incorporated them with even further development which shows his expertise. Michael provided monthly supervision service which I think is priceless and is the best part of hiring him!. He visited the site regularly, liaised with various other professionals involved like building control people, engineers, etc, did trouble shooting promptly, ensured costing is kept to minimum, and made sure the work is being carried out to the highest standards in a timely manner. The contractors and builders have also found this service very useful because of helpful professional advise and on-site discussions. I have noted from his late night/weekend emails/calls that Michael has worked very hard on my project- which was a total makeover of a rather dilapidated-closed- space building with poor lighting and access- and made it into a well lit, open spaced bright modern bungalow. He has always kept me well informed. Lastly, I have to say, because of his dedication, the project has carried on with practically no stress or worries imparted to me! He is well connected and tendered my project to a very good builder- for which `I am grateful. I sometimes hear other friends' stories of 'nightmare building projects' and I secretly thank my stars that I gave this project to Lapworth. I wish Michael and his team well. If I were lucky enough to acquire another property, I will promptly give the project to Lapworth again! :)read more
Hugh Humphreys
Hugh Humphreys
23:23 19 Feb 20
Did a very competent job with good value for money, understood my needs and produced the drawings for a complex... extension quickly. Made the small changes requested and continued to provide support on detail on request. I would use them again on further projectsread more
Kay Bedi
Kay Bedi
16:54 01 Feb 20
I used Lapworth after using two different architects who were unable to secure planning permission due to lack of... knowledge in relation to green belt policy and lack of expertise in relation to producing reports alongside planning applications. Ultimately these were the two things that were required to get out planning application approved and we were impressed with the knowledge, expertise and professionalism of everyone we had interactions with at the firm. The firm is better value for money than others we have used as they provide better quality of service at the same price. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them. The staff have a great attitude and work hard to get you the outcome you want. We finally got our application approved and if we had come to Lapworth to start with we would not have wasted two years and a considerable amount of money trying to get planning approved. Thanks to all at Lapworth, particularly Tristan and Tumi for working so hard and providing a great customer service and quality work also thank you to Mike for the great service he has provided. Kayread more
Colin Andrews
Colin Andrews
16:25 15 Jan 20
I can honestly say I don't give reviews, but on this occasion I felt I must. Michael Singh of Lapworth Architects spoke... on behalf of my Company's planning application at Walsall Planning committee for an Adventure Golf Course situated in the Green Belt. The application was submitted in February 2018 and at last came before committee with over 40 objections from residents. Michael Singh spoke on my behalf and obviously new his stuff. He showed he cared about this application. His passion caused others to be convinced not just because of his force of reasoning, but also because he was visibly enjoying the beliefs he wanted the committee to accept. Michael Singh won over the committee members through his professional manner. Accurate, competent, credible, intelligent, knowledgeable, likeable, and believable. The committee voted in favour and gave planning approval. I highly recommend Lapworth Architect's. I definitely will use them again. Thank you so much Michael you were just BRILLIANT Regards Colin Andrews Directorread more
Rajashankar rao
Rajashankar rao
09:53 18 Feb 19
We ( me and my wife) would definitely recommend Lapworth architects without any hesitation.They have been professional... and very prompt in answering our issues. They have been efficient in getting the plans we desired and did the whole application from scratch without any delays. We personally had Manraj to look into our case and absolutely none issues. He has been very efficient in chasing the application process along with updates and infact, got the application approved without any changes.read more
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