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.

Industry  & Project news

Goldsmith Street – a shining example of a more sustainable future

We are feeling really warm and fuzzy about the outstanding recent winner of several prestigious awards, including the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize, and the new Neave Brown Award for Housing – this award, named in honour of the late Neave Brown (1929 – 2018), is given to...

Permitted Development Rights – Further changes set for Autumn 2019

What are Permitted Development Rights...? Put simply – these are policies which allow the homeowner or developer rights to extend a property, within certain specifications, relating to maximum depth and width, amongst other factors. There is no fee for Permitted...

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...

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We are proud to have supported the charity Build Africa over the past two years. Build Africa has now joined forces to become part of the Street Child family.

Street Child prides itself on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places where others won’t, including remote, hard- to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states. Street Child currently delivers programmes in 16 countries across Africa and Asia.

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