RIBA Chartered Architects

Our approachable and experienced design team is composed of architects, architectural assistants, designers and technicians, who offer comprehensive architectural design services from concept through to completion.

About Our Architectural Design Services

We believe that good design is a crucial part of the planning process. Getting the design of a project right is critical to gaining a successful planning consent and avoiding unnecessary delay and costs.

Our team of RIBA Chartered Architects and Architectural Assistants have a wealth of experience working with homeowners, developers and the public sector.

We can help you to establish your brief and work through your design ideas, whilst bringing solutions to make your building a successful place to live or work in.

Our architectural team are based in Derby, and Sheffield, with additional offices in Matlock, and Macclesfield.

Key Contact

David Symons

David Symons

Associate Director - Chartered Architect

Guiding You through the Design Process - from Concept to Completion

At Planning & Design Practice, we aim to make the design process as smooth as possible for you. Take a read below of the key steps within our design process so you know what to expect.

Stage 0 of the design process involves us determining whether it is actually possible to build anything on your site within your budget. This includes an initial site appraisal whereby we will assess if there are any constraints or risks with your project that may require the expertise of one of our Planning or Heritage consultants.

Stage 1 of our design process is when you will receive your free estimate letter which details our understanding of your project and whether we recommend the use of our Architects. If there are risks involved, we will complete a Planning Feasibility Study to assess the planning policy case for your project and instil confidence before moving forward.

If possible we will also seek pre-application planning advice from your local council. In addition to this, we will set out any third-party information we require to fully understand your project. This can include topographic site surveys, measured building surveys, ecology surveys, tree surveys or any other specific surveys applicable to your site.

Stage 2 of the design process is when the creativity begins. We will produce floor plans, with a range of options to determine the flow of your home. We will also start creating 3D sketch visuals that set out the external size and shape of your design. This is when we will also begin to think about the locations of doors and windows for your project. Once this is completed, we can then reach out for necessary planning advice or applications.

Stage 3 is when we produce a full set of floor plans and elevation drawings which will align your design with planning and building constraints. We will review the design against necessary building regulations and ensure the design is practicable and buildable so planning permission is achieved. 3D visuals will then be produced to give you an indication of what the design will look like when completed.

Once planning is achieved, stage 4 of the design process is when we will develop your project to the point that a contractor can provide you with an accurate cost. Building regulations can also be achieved and the project can be realised to the standard you envision.

Once you have chosen your builder, you may want us to be involved in monitoring the building process to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. During this stage we will work with the builder to ensure they understand exactly what you are expecting from the project. Throughout the build we will visit the site to complete valuations before any payments are made to the builder. We can also help to resolve any technical issues that occur during the process.

With a wealth of experience working with homeowners, developers and the public sector we can take your project from conception through to completion, maximising its full potential.

For more information about our planning process take a read of our useful guide by clicking here.

Architecture Services We Provide:

Brief development

Building analysis

Building regulations

Conceptual design

Consultation coordination

Creative design

Detailed drawings

Establish a design brief

Feasibility studies

Heritage reports

Initial review of site

Issue construction drawings

Landscape design

Pre-application advice

RIBA Work stage 1

RIBA Work stages 2-3

RIBA Work stage 4

RIBA Work stages 5-6

Site planning

Space planning

Sustainability advice and analysis

Technical design

Key Contact

David Symons

David Symons

Associate Director - Chartered Architect

Architecture Projects

Bespoke new homes, extensions, rural dwellings and urban living - A selection of our Architectural Design Projects

Bespoke New Home

Working with the local planning authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council, we prepared a truly individual design that took precedent from the street's alternating profiles of gables fronting the highway and running parallel.

Why Choose Planning & Design Practice?

At Planning & Design, our values are rooted in providing a friendly service and fully meeting your expectations whilst maintaining integrity and prioritising teamwork. You can rely on us to provide honest, sound advice and to maintain high, professional standards.


We provide honest and sound advice, mediate when required and maintain high professional standards


We always try to exceed client expectations. Our project management experience is second to none.


Our friendly team is always happy to offer advice on your planning and architectural queries!

How Can We Help You?

Comprising town planners, designers and architects, our staff bring a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds. We can work alongside you to provide the services and expertise required to complete your project successfully.