Journal

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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