These range from small in scale to large and complex including:
Planning applications (new buildings, extensions, loft conversions, Developments)
Building regulation drawings and specifications
Feasibility studies ( to investigate and evaluate the potential of a site or building)
Investment and Development Consultancy
Whether looking to add value to a property or identify attractive investment opportunities, we have a strong track record of successfully advising private clients, investors and developers.
Bringing new life and purpose to buildings is a challenging but equally rewarding task that requires specialist skill and expertise. We deal with approximately 40 different Local Councils and we have a success rate of 98% in our applications
Really good quality and we loved the ideas that Alex created which we didnt think were possible. Alex was very good at explaining the options available to us, the expected timelines, any potential issues and how he would deal with them. We were very happy with his plans and we thought it was a reasonable price. More...
Alex and his team did an outstanding job, professional throughout. Following an on site visit by Alex his team followed up to take laser guided measurements of the entire house. Alex & his team came up with some really thoughtful options in what was a difficult brief. They were very patient with my many alteration requests and were always a step ahead of any thoughts and ideas I tried to bring to the table. It was very daunting prospect finding an architect given the project cost at stake, but I was delighted with Alex Architects and couldn't recommend them highly enough. More...
We used Alex to do all the design and planning work for our side return and 1st floor extension.Alex did a great job and we are really happy with the end result. He was very helpful and really approachable. He helped navigate all the issues that a project like ours can throw up. More...
I would highly recommend Alex D as an architect. He is very efficient, happy to help and has designed some brilliant plans for our cottage renovation.
We used Alex to help us with ideas and plans for our substantial house renovation, following a terrible experience with a previous architect. As well as taking the time to understand our difficulties and situation, Alex actually went out of his way to help us improve the original plans and as a result we have a much better new design we are very happy with. He also helped us sort out all the structural and building regs drawings so that we have everything our builder needs. He was professional throughout and actually he's such a very nice guy and very easy to work with, so it made for a pleasant experience. I would recommend him completely. More...
We hired Alex for a double storey extension design and renovation. Alex and his team were absolute professionals, from the initial consultation meeting with Alex, the survey with his team and the liaising with the council for planning. Alex listened to our brief, advised us on what was achievable and produced a great imaginative design, maximising the space we have. Throughout the whole process the communication was excellent and we would highly recommend Alex D Architects to anyone looking to hire an architect. More...
The team with Alex's guidance have exceeded my expectations. They have delivered an amazing designed home which I didn't think was possible. Excellent customer service and highly skilled professional architects that made the whole process stress free with the different services they offer. The best architect firm by a country mile and I would highly recommend. Thank you A team! More...
Alex and his team have been outstandingly professional from the very beginning. Since my wife & I decided to go ahead with having extensions, I knew that Alex D architects were right for us. We believe that choosing the right architect is just as important as finding the right builder. We had spoken to others prior to our meeting. We are fastidious with whom we choose to do work for us, but Alex has vast amounts of knowledge and experience, and it shows. We very much felt after the 1st meeting that he and his team were the correct choice. We weren’t wrong. All the daunting thoughts we had were erased. He was not cocky or big headed, bullish or arrogant. Like I said we had talked to others prior to meeting Alex. I truly believe his biggest attribute, above all his others, is that he listens to his clients. Yes, he listens, then he advises. To us, that's what is extremely important. His team came around our house to do all measurements, and they too were professional, courteous and hard working. When we first got the plans, I asked Alex a whole host of questions and he answered them all clearly and confidently. The plans were clear, precise, detailed and presented with care & pride. They were not misleading or confusing. Would I use Alex D architects again? my answer would be without doubt, 100%. We would personally recommend Alex D architects highly to anyone looking to hire an architect. A very happy and fortunate client of Alex D Architects. Thanks Alex. More...
Alex is a talented, imaginative architect; he effectively took us through the process to the point of applying for planning permission, communicating in a timely manner to avoid any delays in proceedings. I highly recommend Alex and team for their courteous, professional manner and creative approach. More...
Fantastic service and excellent value, Alex is a true creative professional. He went above and beyond the requirements for my project from start to finish, within the timescale required. I thoroughly recommend Alex and his team for any architectural needs, it was an absolute pleasure working with them. More...
We hired Alex to draw up plans for an extension and reconfigure the interior of our 1980’s house improving our living space. After discussing our requirement he presented ideas to us which were always creative, he responded promptly to any contact we made to him. We found him friendly and professional and his extensive knowledge enabled us to obtain planning approval with our local authority. We highly recommend Alex D Architects and we are looking forward to the next phase of taking the Plans through to Building Control. More...
We hired Alex to provide architectural drawings for a large loft extension and ground floor extension for a bungalow. With a colleague, he did a thorough site survey and produced planning drawings submitted them to the LA and we have now received full planning permission and moving to the next stage. I would have no hesitation in recommending him. More...
Alex is always ready to help where he can ; is very creative ; is always prepared to work on ideas with you to formulate a solution ; your problem becomes his problem and is always prepared to give his time out of hours as well as in hours. More...
Alex has been a fantastic find. His honesty, flexibility, attention to detail and willingness to listen to our needs and requests.
His pricing is competitive and he sticks to his quotation.
We have developed a great working relationship and are very happy to have found him. I would definitely recommend him and use his services again. More...
Alex Durao provided us with detailed drawings and advice , when we decided to raise the roof and put an extension on our bungalow.
He thought of clever ideas of how to maximise our living space and modernise the dated 60’s bungalow look . His professional and friendly approach and extensive knowledge helped us get the plans passed with the local authorities.
We highly recommend Alex D Architects and won’t hesitate to hire them again ourselves. More...
We used Alex D Architects for a two story extension and loft conversion. The work we wanted to carry out was extensive, Alex was very helpful and knowledgable about design and planning (specifically with our local authority). He went above and beyond in order to help us. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alex, we now have a much better design/layout for our house, and should we decide to move, we will be giving Alex a call. More...
We have used Alex for a number of projects now and have always been very pleased with the service and outcomes.
For this project, Alex delivered an outstanding service once again. After discussing our requirements we were presented with several options that creatively utilised the available space.
The planning process proceeded very smoothly and permission was given without any issues.
We will definitely use again. More...
Alex helped us to design a 2-storey side extension for our house in Oxfordshire. He and his team were very helpful and were able to give us a good range of ideas to make the best use of a space that had already been altered, on a very limited budget.
His charges were very reasonable compared to competitors, and his work was completed in a timely manner and to a high standard - no issues with planning applications or building regulations.
Alex and his team were also very willing to adapt to minor changes that were needed as a result of the evolving nature of the project and our limited budget. When Alex was away, his staff (especially another Alex!) were helpful and able to complete the drawings that we needed to various applications. More...
I have found Alex to be extremely responsive, informative and patient throughout the process. Even when I was asking for drawings he had already provided! Alex has given objective and sound advice in regards to our ideas, as well as bringing his own creative thoughts to help guide us. More...
I was recommended Alex D Architects by a friend after seeing some of the work Alex done for him. Alex was highly professional, had some great ideas both from a layout perspective and aesthetically. Got us through planning very quickly and has been really great about making a number of changes to the designs/layouts. Solid and reliable architect. More...
We decided to invite Alex to give us an initial consultation on our two-storey side and rear extension project after being impressed with the reviews his practice had received on Houzz and another review site. We also arranged booked consultation with two other firms. Alex stood head and shoulders above the other firms. He was exactly as described in the reviews my wife and I had previously read. He was highly professional and personable and, after taking on board our vision of how we want to live in our home, gave us some great advice and insights on what our realistic options were for our extension project. When we engaged Alex, he and his colleague were very thorough in measuring up the property and we were highly impressed by the designs we received - every detail of our home was captured in the drawings for the existing plan, and the design he came up with for the extension was both clever and functional. He supported us through the successful planning approval process, and he is about to embark upon the drawings for building regs. Alex and his team have been a pleasure to work with throughout. Highly recommended! More...
We highly recommend Alex and their professional team to anyone who is looking for a reliable and committed Architectural company.
Alex understood our brief on the design & most importantly they are very much in touch on a day to day basis to give regular updates on the progress of the project.
Thank you once again for all your help on our house project .
Mr & Mrs Nanda More...
I found Alex and his team exceeded all expectations with regard to the development of plans and drawings. I asked Alex to prepare building reg drawings which he produced to a high standard. On top of this, he corrected errors on drawing produced by my previous architect and provided ideas beyond the original scope that could be incorporated into the plans. Overall, extremely pleased with his work and would highly recommend him More...
We hired Alex D Architects to draw up plans and building regulations for an extension and basement. Alex and the team are great. They came up with a really innovative design that will give us loads of additional space and hopefully look very cool too! Very open to listening to our ideas and feedback, and responding to our many questions. Ours isn't a straightforward job but Alex has been really clear about where we have options and may have to adapt once building work gets underway and the foundations are all exposed etc. We really valued this openness and transparency. We trust Alex and the team 100% which is the most important thing for us. More...
Alex helped us reconfigure the ground floor of our house, turning a warren of hallways and little rooms into a mix of open plan living areas and right-size accommodation. He also advised on planning and permitted development strategies. It's been collaborative and the final drawings give us the best possible layout in a way that's going to cost less to build. Recommended More...
Alex has drawn up plans for a two story rear extension along with some internal reconfiguration of rooms on my detached house .
He has been excellent in liaising with planning throughout and brilliant in dealing and getting around objections from a neighbour . This has certainly added to the time and energy he has had to put into my project but he has never complained and always worked tirelessly to seek a satisfactory solution .
He has suggested some great alternative ideas in the design and is always willing to listen to your suggestions . I would highly recommend Alex for his attention to detail, professionalism, work ethic, quick response to emails and telephone calls and always willing to go that bit extra so you are happy with the final result . More...
I contacted Alex after being very disappointed with a previous firm to complete drawings for my home extension.
Alex was very easy to work with, listening to what I wanted and coming back with drawings and variations which we could discuss and iterate for a final design.
All the way through, Alex has managed the planning and provided advice on the process, giving us a sense of assurance for our first time as home builders.
Very happy to recommend Alex and his firm. More...
We have been working with Alex for the past few months on planning a 2 storey rear extension. From our first meeting we found Alex a pleasure to work with, very friendly, patient and responsive - always willing to spend time answering questions and as we're lucky enough to live very locally we have benefitted from a few home visits! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alex and his team. Their attention to detail, experience and design led thinking inspires confidence that everything is well thought through and will turn out well. Planning approval has just been given and we're looking forward to continuing to work together on the next stages of the project. Thank you! More...
This was my first experience working with an Architect where planning approval was required. We have a 2 storey dormer bungalow that we plan to add a large 2 storey rear extension to.
I had quite a specific design already roughly drawn by myself but needed a professional to do it correctly and advise what could and could not be possible in order to gain planning consent without any major issues. Alex arrived on time for an initial consultation and after this meeting I decided he was the man for the job. Some days later our house was set upon by Alex and 2 other members of his team who spent 2 hours fully surveying the property to produce a plan which formed the basis for addition of the extension. The initial designs were emailed to me a few weeks later as agreed and feedback was via email followed by a phone call. The plans were updated quickly, approved by me and then Alex submitted to planning. About 8 weeks later I got a mail from Alex with a copy of the approval letter from the council; job done!
I found Alex very helpful, easy to get along with and of course knowledgeable about what we could get through planning. All in all the process was surprisingly straightforward and I have no qualms about recommending Alex D Architects to anyone. More...
Alex really put thought into the project while listening and taking into consideration our views . He managed to get the space we required while dealing with a more than normal complicated roof structure . We planned a two story extension on one side of the back of our house . This involved creating two new bedrooms with en suites and more open plan living space downstairs. There was various internal changes including repositioning the stairs location and extending one of the bedrooms in the void left by the old stairs location. He and his colleague have a very professional and personable manner and nothing was too much bother . Alex worked closely with the planning officer and obtained their thoughts and views along the way. We would highly recommend Alex . More...
I would highly recommend the services of Alex D Architects. We were incredibly impressed not just by Alex's work as an architect, but also with how quickly he always got back to us on all our queries and questions. We also found his services excellently priced. No doubt we will use him again for future projects. More...
Alex and his team were very professional and came up with great ideas which allowed us to alter our house design to better suits our needs both now and in the future.
Owner at Motivografico Design Consultants
Working with Alex is a real pleasure.
We have worked in a few projects, namely the "Old Sea Rescue Museum" in Alvor Portimão, Algarve and few smaller projects.
Alex is a very talented architect with an eye for detail and very good taste.
He has a lot of experience in all facets of architecture, design and construction.
His interests range form architectural design to furniture and equiment.
He is very professional, honest and reliable.
He has my highest recommendation More...
We hired Alex as architect to design a single storey extension to our house and to apply for planning consent, which was necessary because we are in Green Belt and an AONB.
He understood our brief perfectly first time, understood the level of risk of a planning refusal and recommended a traditional design to match the existing house which would be the one most likely to get planning consent without an appeal. It worked; he got us a quick planning consent. That was a surprise to us because we had to go to appeal to get consent for a smaller, much less prominent building extension 15 years ago.
Alex designs much larger schemes than ours and could have been forgiven for giving us less attention than his higher-paying clients. that was not the case; we had thorough and attentive service throughout and will be asking him to provide another service for us - to prepare a short specification for us to use to get prices from builders. Good value for money and thoroughly recommended; he and his small team are a pleasure to work with. More...
We are very happy working with Alex. He is dedicated and patient person, he also thinks on your behalf. Of course he is very good at what he is doing. We would definitely recommend Alex to anyone who has the similar needs. Tao More...
An entirely positive experience. Patience and commitment to the brief was considered with excellent communication throughout. Alex gained my trust on our meeting. A very genial guy. He also delivered. With excellent service throughout. Very happy to have found and used Alex. More...
We hired Alex D to help us with a re-configuration of our downstairs living area and garage conversion. We have no real negatives - the key positives were:
- Alex listens carefully to the brief: he gave us a scheme which met our requirements (i.e. in line with our budget and which worked for our proposed use). However he was pro-active at suggesting some changes which proved to be inspired and which involved minimal additional cost. He made a number of observations when pitching that no other architects spotted.
- Alex is a top-class professional who was able to work well with all the other people involved (e.g. structural engineers, builders etc). Everything was delivered on time and executed flawlessly. All of the other professionals were very impressed by him.
- Alex is a very personable guy who is very approachable and down to earth. He was very responsive as the project continued and always available.
- He is very practical - I think his talents were very under-utilised on our project but he did not try to over-complicate anything and on a few occasions gave us some very good advice to help control costs.
In short, we were extremely impressed, would use him again and have recommended Alex D to our friends. More...
Alex is a talented architect who brought imagination and thought to our design. Alex drafted plans for a side extension for us with an innovative solution to bring light into an inner room with a skylight and niche. He very effectively took us through the process to the point of applying for planning permission, politely reminding us to progress as we prevaricated and delayed ourselves. I would highly recommend him for his courteous and professional manner too. More...
I needed plans drawn up for a small extension and contacted Alex,I found him professionally very knowledgeable he explained every detail in a very simple and understandable language, communication and checking client's understanding was good and work was completed to my satisfaction i will certainly recommend Alex to a friend .
Alex carried out the full design and planning process for the redevelopment of an old pub site into mixed residential properties. Alex came up with a refreshing approach and design concept. The project was managed exceptionally well from concept through to full planning approval as commissioned. Highly recommended. More...
We're delighted to have chosen Alex for our project- his professionalism, attention to detail, and innovative & modern designs have far exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend him.
I hired Alex for a house extension on my listed property and found his service and knowledge in this area a great help especially dealing with a particularly difficult planning office. He helped negotiate workable compromises and came up with good ideas with limited space. Alex always goes above and beyond to get the best results and I will uses his services again and have recommended his company to others. More...
Alex was excellent to work with. Professional, responded quickly and came up with some very good creative suggestions. Our plans ended up much better than we had originally envisaged.
We have worked with Alex on several projects and he is now our only recommended architect. His background allows him to be realistic in terms of design, practicality and construction. His ability and talent mean he always brings plenty of fresh ideas to projects and I wholeheartedly back his modern approach to design. I would thoroughly recommend Alex D Architects for any project from redesigns through to new builds. I have so much faith in his ability he is even designing my new home! More...
Alex helped us sort out a house build in Portugal which turned out to be fantastic. His attention to detail on the entire project was amazing so I would highly recommend him to anyone for his design work and being able to produce a wonderful finished article. He was a joy to know and work with. We sold the project on so we're not able to finish it but would use Alex again if and when we find another project either in Portugal or here in England! More...
Hello Alexander, it was a pleasure to work in partnership . The professionalism and speed of your decisions were crucial to our excellent performance in good art projects and works carried out .
A strong and big hug to your new future challenges .
Paulo Sardinha More...
We have worked with Alex on a couple of large developments and I have to say that we have been more than happy with the services provided. Alex is personable and has a detailed knowledge with regard to design and the practicalities of seeing what starts as an idea developing through drawings to the finished item. I would have no reservations in recommending Alex for both large and small works (and have in fact already recommended others to use his service...) and will certainly be using him on my next project. More...
Hired to design and deal with the local Planning Dept.
The challenge was to interpret my ideas for a significant house extension - convert garage and build to the rear. I was worried that, like choosing any professional (Solicitor, Accountant etc), you find Too late that the relationship is not working and then it is difficult and costly to unwind the situation. However Alex has been knowledgeable and flexible - i fail to see how anyone could have a problem with him. He 'translated' my scribbles and made useful suggestions including a major change that will save money and yet achieve the same objective.
Planning Permission has now been given the green light and i look forward to continuing to work with Alex during the project. More...
There are three assumptions that argue the preference for the work of an architect.
Quality, time and price.
Here we have it all.
Thank you for your work. More...
Alex transformed my kitchen space from something ordinary and poorly planned to a fantastic family space that we all can now enjoy everyday. He though of every detail to make the most of the space and made sure I didn't over spend too. Would absolutely recommend him for large renovations to a smaller extension and re-design like mine. More...
Cant recommend Alex and his team highly enough. Hes done 2 separate projects for us, both with problems (due to planning, not them), and hes not rested until these issues have been sorted, going well beyond the call of duty.
Dont hesitate to use them.