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Darkin Architects

Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019


Award winning architect's studio, providing creative guidance and advice throughout South Wales

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27 March 2019

Working witg Darkin Architects was a total pleasure. It was less like receiving a service and more like working with an invested friend, with an AAA grade product at the end. Highly recommended.

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27 March 2019

Creative and value for money every time.

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18 March 2019

David Darkin is organised, friendly and always comes up with solutions to assist in every situation

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27 November 2018

David and his team have done several projects for me and are working on some others. They provide a great service and are good value. Keep up the good work.

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28 October 2018

David and his team are a pleasure to deal with. Excellent service and skills.
High recommend them.

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30 July 2018

Great to deal with and always really prompt with advice (which is undoubtedly needed during construction work!) Thank you.

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23 July 2018

Awesome Business - But I would say that - It's mine!

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23 July 2018

Excellent forward thinking Architects practice.
Pleasure working with them.
Brilliant customer service also.

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19 April 2016

Wonderful company, professional and a pleasure to deal with! Always listened to what we needed and go things done to time scales we had set. I would happily recommend Darkin Architects! More...

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7 April 2016

Gave us clear advice and provided us with thought-out options that were innovative.
Would recommend and will be using again on future projects

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Before we can begin working on proposals, we need accurate, measured drawings. As such, one of the first things we do is measure up your whole property and prepare existing drawings. These will be prepared in digital format (AutoCAD or Revit), suitable for use by other professionals. We still use tape measures for the odd tricky situation, but the bulk of survey measurement is done by laser for improved speed and accuracy.

Probably the best part of our job is working with our clients to design their projects. We listen carefully to get our client's brief, allowing us to respond with creative output. We produce hand drawn sketch schemes and/or computer generated sketch schemes using state of the art industry software such as Sketch-Up, AutoCAD and Revit.

As part of our service, we can meet with you either at your place of work, home, or in our purpose built conference room at our offices.

The best result is a strong response - love it or hate it, if you have a strong feeling towards our proposals, it gives us a great position to shape the scheme into a building and environment that you need. We strive for emotive design to shape great spaces.

We can consult with the planning department in your local authority on your proposed development. Whilst charging for pre-application advise is common practice for many authorities in England, thankfully this is not the case for most local authorities in Wales. Consequently, a Pre-Application enquiry is often recommended to help smooth the planning process as the planner will often discuss relevant policies that effect the area and share their opinion on the scheme 'without prejudice'. They will also typically let you know if any supplementary information is required such as Bat Reports, Topographical Surveys and Flood Consequences Assessments, all of which can be procured through Darkin Architects.

Do you need planning consent? Which type of planning application do you complete?

Darkin Architects have an established history of planning applications and can prepare and submit your application for applications such as:

Householder planning consent
Full planning consent
Outline planning consent
Conservation area consent
Reserved Matters
Listed building consent
Advertisement consent
Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)
Prior notification
Removal/variation of conditions
Approval of conditions
Consent under Tree Preservation Orders
Notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas

We submit all of our planning applications online using the Planning Portal. This facilitates easier communication between all parties, reduces paper usage and reduces cost to our clients.

What if you don't get the planning permission you want? Darkin Architects can prepare and submit your planning appeal.

A building regulations application will be required for most types of building work. Get in touch to find out where approval is required.

Darkin Architects have a proven track record in Building Regulations Applications and Compliance and can help you make sure that your build complies with Building Regulations.