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Here you can find recent news on topics such as changes affecting planning, as well as information on the services we offer, interior design advice and help with common questions we often get asked at Lapworth Architects when starting an architectural project.
From 1st August 2020 a new permitted development (PD) right will include 2 storey extensions on purpose-built blocks of flats. This will only apply to buildings currently over three storeys in height and the total height of the extended building cannot be greater than 30 metres, and the new accommodation
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.
I want to build an annexe for my family – 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 coming years. The nuclear family is changing, and with
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
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.
‘Anything is possible’ when it comes to the future of Great Barr Hall, according to the architects employed to breathe new life into the crumbing building. Lapworth Architects, which has been involved in restoring prestigious sites including Hagley Hall and Croome Court in Worcestershire, is looking at a range of
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
As concerns grow around the issue of climate change, people are becoming more and more aware of the need for environmentally friendly architecture. There is a greater consideration of the impact of its actions and consumers expect this to be taken into account in every aspect of modern life. In
Great Barr Hall consists of a Grade II* Listed Building and a Registered Park built by the Scott Family with imprints from the architect John Nash and landscape architects William Shenstone and Humphrey Repton. The hall has very strong associations with the lunar society and was used as one of
If you’re experienced in builds, it’s worth considering ‘why do I need an architect?’, especially if you already have plans. Engaging an architect on your project gives you a guarantee of professionalism and quality in the design, planning and project management stages of the build… Content coming soon! Lapworth Architects
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 a great extent, on the features
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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