Although our focus as retail architects is largely on design and planning, thanks to our previous form with the company, we have also undertaken work for the Construction Office, in particular working up tender information for new build and refurbishment projects – broadening our experience in the sector even further.

Our team at Lapworth have a great portfolio of work as retail architects projects with Lidl supermarkets – and have most frequently been appointed as architectural consultants to gain planning permission for stores in unusual or prominent locations.

As a company with a strong corporate identity, Lidl needs their stores to be instantly recognisable and for their architectural spaces to reflect the core principles of the Lidl standard. 

We have often been asked to work with difficult sites where a standard Lidl store layout has been unacceptable and meet with Planning Officers and / or Conservation Officers to create a building that is individual to the site but retains the look of the brand.

We were able to redesign and re-present the projects and gain the necessary consents in for the stores in Sutton Coldfield, Wincanton, Melksham and Dagenham.

Our experience in listed buildings and conservation areas has also been helpful, and we were appointed to deal specifically with a Listed Building issue in Willenhall, near Walsall on a Lidl project.

We’ve also worked with more contemporary architecture, as we are involved with a modern Grade II Listed Building incorporating a Lidl store on Lower Bristol Road, Bath.

In addition to Lidl, we have also worked with Sainsbury’s and Budgens on mixed-use projects in Birmingham and the Cotswolds – once again our specialism in designing and getting planning permission for retail developments in tricky locations comes to the fore. 

If you’re looking for planning permission for retail and mixed-use schemes in the West Midlands, give Lapworth Architects a call on 0121 455 0032 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Why Lapworth Architects?


Our 20+ years of work mean great design and good relationships with planning departments across the region to give our projects the best chance of getting planning permission and starting building.


Our breadth of local knowledge makes us an efficient and sustainable choice of architect, and we have a vested interest in improving our own  built environment right here in the West Midlands. 


At whatever stage you’re at with your project, if you’re looking for honest, quality advice from real professionals, chat to us, leave us a message or call us on the number at the top of the page. Let’s talk!