As retail and commercial architects, we have often been asked to work with difficult sites where a standard retail or commercial solution has been unacceptable. We commonly meet and work with Planning Officers and / or Conservation Officers across the West Midlands to create or refurbish a building that is individual to the site but still meets the needs of the client or developer. 

By way of example, we were engaged by Lidl to design a new store on the site of a former car dealership in Sutton Coldfield. Lidl had previously submitted a planning application for their standard store but had not been able to achieve consent.

We took the Lidl standard store and redesigned the principal elevation to the main road to help the store sit better within the local context. The rest of the store remained largely as the standard specification, albeit material more in keeping with the local area were selected to further integrate the building in to its surroundings. We have also undertaken work for the Construction Office, in particular working up tender information for new build and refurbishment projects.

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Budgens, Broadway
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Quorn Grange Hotel

Another of our projects as retail and commercial architects involved refurbishing a scheme in Moseley. These buildings consisted of a mixture of shops and offices, all in a very poor state of repair caused by lacking maintenance and neglect. Located in the heart of Moseley Village and the Moseley conservation area, the brief for this project was a mixture of new build residential and conversion, and also retail space for Sainsbury’s in addition to office space.

In a more rural scheme, Chase Homes commissioned us to design  the redevelopment of the former Gordon Russell Works set in the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway. The design evolved through considerable consultation with the local planning authority and English Heritage, given the complexity of the site, and its location in a conservation area and an AONB. The mixed use development included retail, commercial and residential accommodation including the design of a Budgens store located around a new town square.

At Quorn Grange Hotel in the East Midlands, we designed a new extension to this popular hotel, as well as a contemporary new nursery, mewshouses and refurbished an office block to make sure that Quorn Grange can carry on its fantastic educational work well into the future. 

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Longford Marina
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Simpsons, Edgbaston

At Longford Marina, near Coventry, our brief was to design a use for a patch of unused land that was problematic for the local community – to which end we designed a 225-berth marina and light industrial park, providing employment, housing and leisure for the local community. 

We also worked on refurbishing the prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons, creating a new orangery for diners, as well as staff and guest accommodation in this listed building in Edgbaston – one of our most impressive and visible projects. 

From these projects, you can see that our experience in retail and commercial architecture has focussed on mid-scale mixed-use developments in suburban and semi-rural settings as a sustainable way to improve and integrate the different needs residents, workers and developers have. These complex projects are a real test of our expertise and knowledge, but have given us a fantastic portfolio of work. 

If you have a commercial or retail project in the West Midlands that you’re looking to get off the ground, come to Lapworth Architects. Give us a call on 0121 455 0032 and see how we can help you get a fantastic return on your investment.

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abid shah
abid shah
13:03 17 Sep 20
Lapworth Architects provided me with a excellent service, which was responsive, high quality, professional and dealt... with the council on my behalf. I would strongly recommend more
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 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 more
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