Category Archives: Residential

How to Develop a Small Residential Scheme

The Scheme – Walters Architects Leicester have recently completed a Pre Planning Application for a small residential development in Leicester. It involves a small infill site with an existing red brick coach house to the rear. The client wanted to maintain the exiting building as it is a reasonable size, in fairly good condition and…

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How do Architects Work?

What Architects do- Simplistically, Architects design and deliver buildings. They help clients articulate intentions, meet regulations, secure approvals and provide details in order to cost and manage building proposals. This is a long and complicated process and means working with many consultants, contractors and organisations on behalf of the client. Standards – Anyone can carry…

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Commercial Architecture in Leicester

Industrial/Commercial Building Design – When discussing services with our existing clients we are sometimes surprised to learn they didn’t realise we assist with the design and construction of commercial buildings. Most think we only provide services associated with domestic appointments and, in particular, Listed Buildings or properties within Conservation Areas. Truth is, Walters Architects Leicester…

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Top Class

Walters Architects, Leicester welcomed back a familiar face a couple of weeks ago. Will Lumby has been with the company (on and off) for the last couple of years. He first came to us as a work experience and after showing real enthusiasm for all things relating to design and small practice, we employed him…

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We Are In!

As of today, Monday the 21st June, Walters Architects have finally taken full occupation of our new office at St. Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester. Like most business’s, the Covid Pandemic has had an effect on our staff working arrangements during the last year or so, but today we had all our staff in…

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Case Study – Contracts

Having recently finished Jan Knikkers’ ‘How to Win Work’, I found it especially interesting flicking through the Case Studies in the final part of the book. Before I go any further, it’s possibly best to explain the book is great as a whole but for the purposes of this blog, I just want to consider…

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We work with Listed Buildings

Walters Architects strongly believe it is important to get detailed feed back from clients and consultants in order to progress the practice and improve our services. When we first receive an inquiry we’re quick to ask how the potential client found out about the practice and what it is they know about our services. This…

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Good Service

We finished last week on a high. The pinnacle, for me, was receiving a phone call from a domestic client for whom we had just (earlier that day) gained Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent. The client wanted to speak to the member of staff who had led the Planning submissions. I explained she wasn’t…

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More Straight Forward

Walters Architects are hoping to get involved with more Commercial and Industrial buildings this year and are sampling a new campaign where we specifically target private and professional developers who build, let or sell these structures. Ideally we are looking for warehouses, distribution centres and office owners/managers who need new facilities or want to extend…

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A Bit of Sparkle

Walters Architects have just completed this latest design for a refurbishment, extension, new garage/hobby room and new swimming pool to a Grade II Listed Building within a Conservation Area of Bedfordshire. The scheme will be submitted as a Preliminary Planning Enquiry tomorrow following the client’s approval of our final design. We have undertaken a lot…

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Newly Completed

Our photographer has just sent over the latest images of the house conversion we completed in Leicester at the end of last year. Being the absolute perfectionist he is, the photographer really wanted to wait until the weather improved before taking his final shots. He knows what he’s doing and, yet again, the results are…

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Room at the Top

Walters Architects have recently been involved in a couple of residential projects which see additional stories being added to the flat roofs of existing buildings. Local authorities want to see higher densities in urban centres and this is a great way of developing and utilising existing land. These projects are always financially feasible because the…

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Goodnight Sir

Following the sad news today at the loss of HRH Prince Phillip we, as a practice, would like to acknowledge the achievements of this great man. Not always in the news for the right reasons, Prince Phillip was a dedicated and strong-willed individual who was passionate about science, art, and conservation as well as his…

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Quality Costs

When initially contacting us, one of the first things new clients try to establish is our fees. Most have never used an architect before, don’t understand the role and really have no idea what services they provide. The only thing they are certain of, is that Architect’s fees are expensive. I’m not sure I’ll ever…

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Granted Permission x 3

Walters Architects secured Planning Permission on this Grade II Listed building last month, much to the delight of the client and their construction team. The private home is situated in Rothley, Leicester and the application was made to Charnwood Borough Council via the Planning Portal. Walters Architects are ‘Approved Planning Agents’ with Charnwood Borough Council…

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A New Associate

Walters Architects are pleased to announce that Richard Giles is to become our new Associate as of April 1st, 2021. No, this is not a fools day gag, he really is. Richard has been with Walters Architects for three years now and has excelled in all things architectural, demonstrated a great understanding of professional practice…

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The Grand of Duke of…

Walters Architects are just finishing off the project we’ve been working on in York over the last two years. The scheme involved the construction of two new accommodation blocks providing a total of 11 new apartments. There are 9 new apartments within the two new buildings at the rear of the site and 2 new…

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Bigger, Better

Walters Architects are signing a new lease agreement today to take on a bigger, better equipped office in the Cathedral Quarter of the city. Situated on the second floor of the old Alderman Newton Boys Grammar School on Cathedral square, our new office has spectacular views of the Church of St. Martin’s and great access…

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Spot the Difference

Walters Architects visited one of our newly completed domestic projects in Leicester earlier this week with our photographer and once we’d received his images we were really pleasantly surprised at how close to our original design the build had been executed. The client was happy to give us a full tour and every room was…

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Celebrating the Best

This morning (19th March 2021) our Principal, Kevin Walters, will be introducing the WAP (Walters Architect Prize) to BA 3 Architecture students at Leeds Beckett University for 2021. Following the introduction of this years award we will be attending a series of students Crits to understand what they have been doing the last few months….

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More Mud

Following our previous post ‘Moving Muck’ on the 30th November 2020, we thought it might be nice to provide a quick update on our large commercial site in Hamilton, Leicester. We popped by again last week and saw great progress being made on the ground works, drainage and retaining walls. The ground workers are very…

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Tender Opportunities

At Walters Architects we excel at providing robust, complete and professional architectural services for both, domestic and commercial clients. We pride ourselves not just on the design of interesting structures but also the delivery of buildings. We offer a number of services from full appointments to bespoke commissions. Whilst clients appreciate flexibility, our delivery is…

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New Build Offices

Walters Architects are pleased to have completed their Planning Pack for a new build office scheme in Leicestershire for a local house builder. The design is intended to look like an existing barn conversion due to the open nature of the site. The structure will be masonry with a feather edged cladding to the outer…

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Happy New Year

Walters Architects would like to wish all our clients, consultants, contractors and associates a very happy New Year. Here hoping its a little more conventional than the last.

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Phase III of New Trade Park, Leicester

Walters Architects have recently completed the planning package for the third instalment of our trade park scheme in North West Leicester. This next instalment is for three speculative trade counters to the south of the site once the new retaining wall is completed (see previous blog post 30.11.20) and the new levels are resolved. We…

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Seasonal Greetings

It’s been a bit of an odd year hasnt it? Lets just hope that 2021 is a little better and we can continue to design and deliver beautiful building s for our existing and new clients. Merry Christmas everyone.

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Moving Muck

Works started a couple of weeks ago on our commercial development in Hamilton, Leicester and last week was our first opportunity to visit site. The scheme initially involves extending an existing car showroom by building a new valeting suite and associated parking to the south. Due to the topography of the site, the plot must…

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More ‘Stuff’ – Inclusivity

In a previous blog post (We do ‘Other Stuff’) we mentioned one of our less known in-house services as Commercial Interior designers, see blog post 18th November 2020. Richard in the office is a qualified and experienced Interior Design and whilst he can tackle any architectural challenges he does like to keep his eye on…

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It’s a Privilege

Walters Architects are extremely pleased to have been invited to provide a short article for local estate agents, Knightsbridge, to be included in the December issue of their Land & New Homes publication. The practice have been working with their head of Land and New Homes department for a while now and find him and…

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We Need a New Practice Manager

Due to unforeseen circumstances (largely associated with this damn awful virus) our current Practice Manager has, reluctantly, been forced to leave the company. This is such a shame as Shannon wasn’t with us long, had really fitted in and was showing great signs of being more than capable. Ultimately, family must come first in times…

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We Do ‘Other Stuff’

Walters Architects are trying to remind people that we don’t only design and deliver new buildings but we also provide other services such as commercial interior design for existing and refurbished properties. One of our senior staff is a qualified interior designer and has a wealth of experience in Hotel, Retail and Office design. This…

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Walters Architects Prize 2021

Walters Architects are excited to report that WAP ’21 is on. Despite recent challenging times at Leeds Beckett University the staff and students are trying their upmost to carry on as best as possible and this week the university have confirmed that they will be arranging for Walters Architects to launch the award for best…

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Sound Advise?

Leicester City Council have given Walters Architects the option to withdraw a planning application for an apartment scheme in the city centre due to the lack of an accurate sound survey. Alternatively, the Local Authority will refuse the application because we are unable to provide the required technical data to accompany the application. The sound…

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Good Night Mr. Bond

It was sad to learn of the news that Sean Connery had passed away over the weekend. Most cinema fans appreciate he was a diverse and talented actor, starring in over 65 feature films and winning an Oscar in 1988 for his supporting role of in the Untouchables, but for many he will be most…

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Golden Boy – Sir David Ajay

Walters Architects are extremely pleased to learn that Sir David Adjay OBE will be awarded the 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for his contribution to Architecture. The Ghanaian – British Architect has been a favourite of our practice for a while now and whilst his company (Adjay Associates) has seen global success in recent years…

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to Johnny, Mavis and Drac. Scary movies always rely on the manipulation of architecture and interiors to set the tone and mood of their spooky stories. They usually favour the dark, dank, cold stone and wide open proportions of Gothic architecture to conjure up the most eerie of emotions. Nothing better highlights the…

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Small (but perfectly formed) Commercial Unit

We are always happy to receive photographs of our newly completed buildings and this simple commercial unit on equestrian land in Leicestershire is no exception. Whilst it’s a straight forward design (not much more than a box really) it has made a significant addition to the property and the way our client uses their grounds….

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We are Recruiting

After another surge in workload, Walters Architects are hiring again. We are looing for an experienced member of staff with 5 – 10 years post qualification experience who is able to design and deliver creative buildings for both domestic and commercial clients. Ideally, the candidate must have experience with the Planning process, be able to…

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It’s all about Perspective

Out of the blue, our photographer recently sent us some areal photographs of this project we completed last year. He had been out and about with his new drone and thought we might like to see how the building looked from the air. This particular building was possibly one of the reasons our photographer decided…

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Stop/Start

Our retail unit and accommodation block in Hackney, London has restarted after the project was suspended for a couple of months due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and a change in client personnel. Most projects suffer from slight program delays, so we always advise clients to get going as soon as they can. More time…

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A Sad Loss

I was sad to hear the news that Sir Terence Conran passed away last week at the grand old age of 88. Particularly sad because he was a personal favourite of mine and has been for some time. It’s fair to say that he and his brands have had a big influence on my early…

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The End of an Era

The brilliant high-tech British/Italian architect Richard Rogers announced his retirement last week from his practice Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners at the grand old age of 87. Richard is recognised globally for his complicated steel and glass buildings which express both structure and services to give a truly unique aesthetic. Such buildings included Llyods of…

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Living the Dream

Most people dream of building their own home in the open English countryside but let us tell you, it really isn’t a simple process. Firstly you have to have a suitable site and then you need a robust justification to satisfy the relevant Local Authority Planning department. Be assured, the difficulties are endless, time-consuming and…

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Before and After Works

During a conversation with a potential client a couple of weeks ago, we were told that our projects look great on our website but some clients would like to better understand the extent of the works undertaken, especially in domestic situations. So, due to popular demand (of sorts) we have decided to show this recently…

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Care Home Project

Walters Architects have been working on a care home scheme in Leicester for the last couple of years and now the project is almost complete, we have sent our photographer to take a few snaps for our new website. Here is a quick preview. The project included two large single extensions, formal out door areas,…

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WAP!

Walters Architects are pleased to announce the winner of their 2020 WAP (Walters Architects Prize) which has been awarded to BA 3 Student, Haagar Yousif of Leeds Beckett University. The award was initially intended for the the best final year image but has quickly evolved into the award for the best building related image. Whilst…

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Walters Architects Drawing Award

Walters Architects are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring an award for the best sketch or drawing by an undergraduate on the Architecture degree programme at Leeds Beckett University from 2021. The prize is aimed at encouraging students to expand their sketching and drawings skills in order to explore creativity in a freer,…

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North Finchley Development

Walters Architects are just finalising the relevant information required for a planning application associated with this small apartment scheme in North Finchley, London. The three storey building is situated on a tight triangular site to the rear of an existing apartment building, also owned by our client, and is within close proximity to more conventional…

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A Mock Up, Knocked Up

Walters Architects has just received word that the joinery workshop assisting the contractor has finished a “Mock Up” of the frame on our new timber extension in Leicester, for our approval. This is a really exciting stage of the project as Mock Ups are brilliant for communicating ideas and resolving details before the contractor starts…

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Maidenhead Care Home Extension

Walters Architects have secured full Planning Permission to extend and refurbish a Care Home in Maidenhead for one of their existing clients. The works are extensive and include a new entrance, single two storey side extension, single storey rear extension and new masonry boundary wall.  This scheme will be classed as phase I of the…

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