Reigate Architects Wins LABC Building Excellence Award 2023

We are delighted to announce that Reigate Architects is the south-east regional winner of the LABC Building Excellence Award 2023 for the Best Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team. Alongside our colleagues at Southern Building Control Partnership this award recognises the efficiency of our collaboration and the strength of our partnership. This has enabled us to create imaginative, efficient, designs that are fully compliant with the UK Building Regulations.

One of the most notable achievements of this partnership has been the successful construction of a Passivhaus within the Green Belt and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Throughout our collaborative journey, Southern Building Control Partnership has consistently provided us with invaluable advice and guidance. Their dedicated officers have been instrumental in offering professional insights and practical solutions, contributing significantly to the success of our projects.

If you’re embarking on a new building project or considering an extension, we invite you to talk to a member of our dedicated team to learn more about how we can bring your vision to life.

Transforming load-bearing elements into design assets

At Reigate Architects we take pride in our ability to envisage and implement creative ideas, such as changing a structural requirement, for example, a load-bearing column into a design asset.
Here are a few examples of what we mean;

A U-shaped steel support column transformed into a stylish bookshelf:
In our Windmill Cottage project an open-plan extension presented an opportunity for creativity. Here we asked the structural engineer to design a U-shaped steel column so that we could clad this and use the support as a bookcase. This harmonious blend of functionality and aesthetics exemplifies our commitment to unique design solutions. 

Nature-inspired living room with a circular oak column:
Rather than using an ordinary steel column we specified  a circular oak column for our North Reigate project, to support the first floor.  Unlike steelwork, timber structural elements do not always need applied fire protection. 

Columns that provide functional shelving and highlight a change in floor level:
Our Eversfield Road project in Reigate, incorporated two columns not only to highlight a change in floor level but also to provide functional shelving. These columns serve both structural and decorative purposes, maximising the use of available space while adding visual interest to the interior. 

Industrial-themed kitchen with a black steel column:
At our Higher Drive project, we took the opportunity to integrate a black steel column into our client’s kitchen layout. This structural necessity became an integral part of the kitchen’s design,  complementing the overall industrial theme. 

If you are thinking about expanding your current property or embarking on a new build, contact Reigate Architects to discover how we transform your living spaces into stunning design assets.

Enhance your home with a kitchen extension

There’s a reason why people end up in the kitchen at parties – apart from easier access to food and drink!

Kitchens have evolved from being merely a functional space for preparing meals. A kitchen is now the most frequently used room in a house, serving as a hub for socialising, dining, and family gatherings.

A kitchen extension can come in many shapes and sizes, depending on your needs and available space. Whether you choose to extend to the side, rear, or ‘wrap around’ your property, Reigate Architects will help you make the most of your available space.

Natural daylight plays a crucial role in making a kitchen feel inviting and spacious. Our architects can incorporate skylights and large glazed windows and doors into your extension design, seamlessly connecting your kitchen to the outdoors. This creates a bright and airy ambiance, regardless of the extension’s size.

In today’s modern homes, flexibility is key. We can help you create multifunctional open-plan living spaces that can adapt to your family’s evolving needs. Your kitchen extension could accommodate additional rooms such as a utility room, a downstairs WC/wet room, an office space, or a cosy living/snug area where the whole family can relax and enjoy quality time together.

Some kitchen extensions are designed to modernise existing spaces while also providing much-needed storage solutions. Our architects can work with you to optimise your kitchen’s layout and storage capacity, ensuring a clutter-free and organised environment.

A well-thought-out kitchen extension is not just about creating more space; it’s an investment in your home’s value and your lifestyle. It can transform the entire feel of your house, making it a more comfortable and enjoyable place to live.

Whether you are planning to make adaptations to your current property or embark on a brand new home build, our experienced team is here to guide you through every step of the process. We aim to create spaces that reflect your unique style and meet your practical needs.

Take a look at our extensions & alterations projects.

For further information or to talk to a member of our team about your project, please contact us.

Celebrating Over 2000 Appointments

2000 Appointments Accomplished We are very happy to announce a remarkable milestone in our journey at Reigate Architects, having successfully completed over two thousand projects in and around Surrey. We are privileged to have been entrusted with the dreams and aspirations of so many clients.

Our extensive portfolio spans a diverse range of projects, including extensions, alterations, remodelling, and new build developments. We take pride in our ability to cater to all types of budgets and locations, be it within town centres, Conservation Areas, Green Belt zones, or rural landscapes.

The strategic location of our practice in Reigate, Surrey has proven to be a significant advantage for our clients. Through years of experience we understand the planning and building regulation requirements of Surrey’s Local Authorities. Because of this we can anticipate and navigate potential challenges so that your project runs as smoothly as possible.

Moreover, our established network of trusted local suppliers, tradesmen, and contractors allows us to provide our clients with the resources needed to execute their projects with precision and efficiency. This invaluable network has been cultivated over years of collaboration, ensuring that we can deliver on our promises of quality and reliability.

We owe this remarkable achievement only to the dedication and expertise of our talented team of architects, technicians, administrators and support staff who consistently go ‘above and beyond’. Each project, no matter how big or small, has been an opportunity for us to demonstrate our passion for design and commitment to excellence.

To all of our clients, past and present, we extend our heartfelt thanks for entrusting us with your project. Your support has been the driving force behind our success, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.

Thank you to all our past and current clients for being a part of our legacy.

Whether you are thinking about expanding your current property or embarking on a new build, talk to Reigate Architects to discover how we can bring your vision to life.

Adding Sustainable Features to your Design – Green Roofs

Green Roofs – Sustainable Benefits:
As energy efficiency and concerns for the environment become important design considerations, Reigate Architects are keen to incorporate features to create greener, more environmentally friendly buildings. One such feature is Sedum roofs.

Green roofs – A natural solution:
Sedum roofs, also known as green roofs or living roofs, offer many advantages over traditional roofing solutions. These reduce your carbon footprint and also lower energy bills, in an attractive manner.
Here’s why:

1. Thermal Performance: Sedum roofs enhance the thermal performance of your building, reducing the need for heating and cooling. This translates into substantial long-term energy savings.

2. Biodiversity and Conservation: Green roofs provide a habitat for wildlife and support pollinators, contributing to the preservation of local ecosystems.

3. Rainwater Management: Acting as a natural filter, sedum roofs purify rainwater and reduce stormwater runoff, alleviating the strain on urban drainage systems.

4. Urban Heat Island Mitigation: Green roofs play a vital role in countering the urban heat island effect, helping lower energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

5. Aesthetic Beauty: Green rooftops can enrich and enhance urban and rural landscapes, fostering a sense of well-being and tranquillity and promoting integration between man-made structures and the natural world. They can be the perfect partner for a garden office or for a flat roof extension that is overlooked from an upstairs windows.

Our Old School Mews, North Downs house, West Reigate projects demonstrate how sedum roofs were incorporated into our designs.

6. Low Maintenance: Sedum plants are naturally drought-tolerant, requiring minimal upkeep, cutting or pruning; they thrive independently.

7. Air Quality Improvement: Like all plants, sedum contributes to reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere, enhancing air quality and aiding in greenhouse gas reduction.

8. Wildlife Support: By attracting bees, butterflies, and other essential insects, sedum roofs support wildlife in city environments.

If you’re looking to make sustainable adaptations to your property or considering undertaking a sustainable and/or passivhaus project, talk to Reigate Architects who can bring your vision to life.

Welcome to Lauren – our new architectural apprentice

We are delighted to welcome Lauren, an Architectural Apprentice, into our team. We look forward to supporting Lauren on her journey to becoming a Part 1 qualified architect, after completing her four year, architectural degree course at London South Bank University.

Reigate Architects fully supports apprenticeship degree schemes. We are committed to integrating apprentices into our practice, providing mentoring and the benefits of practical experience.

Lauren is a valued member of our team. She is being guided by our qualified senior architects and is experiencing projects from the initial consultation through to completion – providing Lauren with a real insight into becoming a qualified architect.

In Lauren’s (currently very limited) free time, Lauren is a dedicated, but not an obsessive, A-ha fan!