“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.”

Neil & Abi, Biddenham

“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.”

John, Nixon Building Maintenance

“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.”

Helen, Turvey

“Working with Alice was a very good experience. We would strongly recommend Darrington Architects. Deciding to remove our conservatory and extend our kitchen into a new space was nerve wracking at first but Alice was calm and professional and was always reassuring. Deciding on a design that was in keeping with a house built in 1908 and yet incorporating a contemporary look was something Alice understood right from the beginning. She understood what we wanted to achieve. She came up with a number of drawings and gave us excellent advice on all the processes involved in extending a house. We love the end product and are delighted with our new space.”

Doug & Sara, Bedford

“I would not hesitate to recommend Alice, based on my experience. Throughout the development of a scheme, undertaking of the building works and working to an efficient completion with the builders to enable us to get the property onto the market as quickly as possible, she was informative, helpful and proactive. We look forward to using Darrington Architects on our next project.”

Steve, Bedford

“We contacted Darrington Architects and asked for practical advice and help as soon as we moved into our renovation property. Alice has given us sound advice and creative ideas that prove she really understands our requirements, and also the process needed to work with an older property in a conservation area. We are delighted to continue working with Darrington Architects – Alice is helping us to realise our dream and breathe new life into a wonderful old building.”

Clare & Neal, Bedford

“The designs we had from Darrington Architects are well thought out, practical and made us really consider what we need and what we’re aiming for. We’re really very pleased with the end result!”

Emma & Patrick, North London

“Alice was recommended to me by a builder. Her response was quick and the design options formed were excellent and thorough. I now recommend Darrington Architects to friends needing an architect, as well as using them on a secondary project of mine!”

Chris, Bedford

“We have developed a great working relationship with Alice and enjoy working alongside her throughout the development of schemes. She works confidently with us to ensure each project achieves the end goal – we would highly recommend Darrington Architects.”

Tim, T M Freeman Builders Ltd.

“Alice intuitively understands the needs of the client and works hard to deliver these in the context of site constraints. This project was in a sensitive location at the heart of the Peak District National Park. She delivered a contemporary design for a replacement dwelling that took its cues from the local vernacular so that it harmonised with the landscape of the area. We obtained planning permission for a significantly larger dwelling on the site via delegated powers and with no third party objections – a feat almost unheard of in this part of the world!”


“Alice is professional and knowledgeable. She perfectly understood our brief and helped to draw out our requirements. This process was essential to match our aspirations with reality and create a design which was in-budget, but still had a wow factor. Her support through the tender process, build and then completion was invaluable. Knowing that we could rely on Alice for help and support throughout made a huge difference to our build experience. We really do think that the results speak for themselves.”


“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.”

sharon, head teacher, turvey primary

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