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Chartered Architects – Guildford

We are a Guildford architect with chartered status, serving Surrey and the surrounding areas.

 

Contact us now to see how we can help.

FORM Design Group is a firm of leading architects serving Guildford, Surrey. We offer full architectural services from concept stage through to completion, including architectural design, management of the planning process and building regulations and structures.

 

By offering a full service, we can advise on the basics, such as whether planning consent is required (and if so, the probability of success), the best method of construction, and which other external consultants will be required to see the project through.

 

We work with a wide range of specialist consultants and construction companies in Guildford and Surrey, so we can recommend builders and help with project management.

 

We undertake a range of architectural projects such as: 

 

  • Commercial New Builds and Mixed Use Developments
  • New Houses and Flats
  • Listed Buildings
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Loft Conversions
  • Community Projects
  • Home Extensions

FEATURED PROJECT

Contemporary Residential Apartment Block

The brief for this project was to design a contemporary 3-storey apartment block to accommodate 9 high-quality residential apartments. FORM Design Group have been commissioned to take the project from its inception, through the planning process and take the project onto site.

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Contemporary Residential

Architectural Services – Client Testimonials

What Our Clients Say…

Why choose FORM Design Group as your Guildford Architects?

We are an accredited RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) practice and registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board).

 

Our partners have been working in the Guildford and the wider Surrey area for over 30 years for the local council, private developers, investors and homeowners, so we have extensive local knowledge.

 

We offer a full range of architectural services from design to planning application support, building regulations and site support.  Our expertise means that our architectural designers have an enviable success rate.

Building a home? Adding an extension? Commercial build?

 

We can help!

Ask Mike

Get the answers to your FAQs by FORM’s lead Architect, Mike Chidzey BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Mike’s love of contemporary design shines through his extensive public and private sector portfolio, but he is also an expert on traditional architecture, in particular the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement.

 

Mike is passionate about creating buildings that don’t just look good, but which fit their intended use and setting.  This approach has been applied to residential, commercial and industrial architectural projects as well as hotels, retail parks, car showrooms, recording studios, marinas and many more.

 

“Our combination of technology and experience offers a formidable combination for our clients.  At FORM Design Group, we excel at communicating ideas that can give clients clear visuals that let them see a design in action, which really distinguishes us from others.”

How much do architects charge for plans?

The costs of architects’ plans vary depending on the services required and the scope of each project. For example, a single-storey extension will be charged differently to plans for a large commercial property.

Can I design my own house or do I need an architect?

An architect isn’t necessarily a legal requirement however the skills an architect has are hugely beneficial to people looking to create their perfect home or commercial development.

 

An architect has design down to a science. The skill of an architect is in translating your thoughts onto paper in order to create a bespoke plan that brings your idea to life.

Do architects charge for an initial consultation?

It depends on which architect firm you speak with. At FORM Design Group, we welcome initial enquiries to best understand what you are looking to achieve.

Do I need an architect to draw plans to get planning permission?

There is no legal necessity to have an architect draw plans to secure planning permission. That said, an experienced architect is likely to create a plan that will meet planning requirements set by local councils. Please do call us to discuss your project in more detail if you are unsure.

Can you help me to complete planning applications to secure planning approval?

Yes, we can. We can advise on the best course to take when it comes to drafting and submitting planning applications to give you the best chance of success.

Can FORM Design Group help with project management?

We can. We offer a full range of architectural services, which cover everything from planning to project completion.

What’s the difference between an architect and an architectural designer or technologist?

To call yourself an ‘Architect’ in the UK you must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), which is there to protect your interests. The professional body requires all practising architects to carry insurance – something you should ask anyone.

 

If you are considering appointing them.  Members of the RIBA and ARB must adhere to their professional code of conduct.

 

Architects are generally more ‘design led’ with greater interest, experience and training in the aesthetic and spatial qualities of a project. Whereas Architectural Technologists often just have experience and training in the science and technology of building, e.g. how and why they are constructed in a certain way, using certain materials.

 

Good architects also understand the science and technology of building, as it’s part of their training, which is more extensive.

 

Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves an ‘Architectural Designer’ or use some derivation of the term or offer ‘Architectural Services’.  Qualifications and experience are key.

Examples of our Architectural Design Projects