Darrington Architects provide architectural services from conception to completion. Our services include gathering pre-design information (measuring, acquiring topographical surveys and observation data collecting), design development, obtaining planning permission or a certificate of lawful development, building control approval, working drawings for construction, tendering with building contract advice as required and onto site.


The development of a ‘design’ for any project encompasses several phases, starting with pre-design, which includes measuring your existing property or acquiring topographical data for new plot projects. This practical information informs the development of the design ideas. The design ideas phase usually consists of several options, revisions and amendments, evolving towards a final agreed design. This final design phase concludes with a submission for planning permission or a certificate of lawful development from the local planning authority. It is at this stage we will discuss any further legal requirements with you, such as duties under the Party Wall Act, if appropriate.

The final stage is the detail design development and formation of drawings and information required for a building control submission and for the ‘working drawing’ package, which is required for construction.


Tendering the scheme is the process undertaken to obtain actual build costs for the project. It may be there is a builder you have in mind for the works, or that tendering to a few builders is your preferred route – at which point we can form a tender report and recommendation on the appointment of a builder. It is during this stage that we can talk through building contracts and options available to you.

Build & On Site

This is the exciting part, where the development of your scheme comes to life! We can work with you and your contractors at arranged on-site meetings during the build stage, if required.

Client testimonials

Neil & Abi, Biddenham

We can't recommend Alice highly enough! She is both professional and friendly, and her support through both the design and tender process has been invaluable. We are very grateful we chose Darrington Architects to provide their services for our build.

John, Nixon Building Maintenance

Alice is a very dedicated and committed architect. She takes great pride in everything she does and will work alongside the builders who are working on her projects from start to finish to ensure everything is done correctly and to an excellent standard. I would highly recommend Darrington Architects.

Helen, Turvey

I have wanted to change the layout of my kitchen, dining room and bathroom for some time - Alice listened to my ramblings and turned them into three different options. Her support through the process has been exemplary and I highly recommend Darrington Architects.

Sharon Coles, Head Teacher

Turvey Primary needed an additional classroom and cloakroom area as part of our conversion to a primary school. We worked with Alice from Darrington Architects to come up with a suitable design that met the needs of the children within the allocated budget.  Alice was a delight to work with, she quickly understood what we were trying to achieve and used her professional knowledge to produce two initial designs.  We then worked with Alice to ensure the final design would meet all of our needs.  We are very pleased with the final build.  Alice is an excellent communicator and kept us fully informed every step of the way.  I would highly recommend Darrington Architects.

Industry  & Project news

Spring has sprung!

We’ve spent plenty of time down at the planning office over the past couple of months, making sure our clients’ projects get the approval they need to go ahead. The Foster + Partners controversial 1000ft (305.3m) high London “Tulip Skyscraper” project has really...

We’ve Turned Three!

We can hardly believe how time has flown, but here at Darrington Architects we’re proud to be celebrating our third year of business this month!

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Darrington Architects is delighted to support the charity Build Africa. We're giving them a monthly donation to help them keep up the amazing work that they do. We feel the work Build Africa does resonates deeply with some of our own values and our experience working in the education sector. We have seen first-hand how improving educational environments can transform the lives of children in poverty.

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