Our way of designing

Our designs revolve around client driven, clean, effective and environmentally proactive architectural solutions. AC | A will always promote durable, low maintenance and sustainable architecture on all projects we undertake. We will if required, go to the lengths of taking into account the sourcing of the materials to minimise their impact on the environment together with the life cycle costs of construction.

Principles of sustainable design revolve around key design decisions such as:
Solar orientation of a building
Sustainable material sourcing
Energy requirements and renewable energy usage
Heating, cooling and passive ventilating systems
Waste management

Covering the West Midlands, Mid and North Wales and the North West, with most recent projects in areas such as Whitchurch, Chester, Crewe, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere and Wrexham, Llangollen, Manchester and Prestwich, AC|A are able to provide all aspects of architectural design whilst also being able to lead teams of construction consultants giving you a co-ordinated approach to the whole of the project.

This includes but is not limited to:
Initial briefing consultation,
Site appraisals & feasibility designs,
Building surveying,
Site topographical surveying,
 Setting up a Party Wall Act agreement (a separate surveyor will be required for dispute resolutions)
Planning and building control applications,
Detailed design & the procurement process
Contractor engagement
Lead consultant services
On site supervision of the works
Contract Administration services
Project completion

In today’s multi-media world, we are able to provide our clients with a number of drawing techniques and via an array of different formats.

Our main way of working is via PDF format, submitted at A1-A3 size drawings via email or hardcopy. Our skills centre around a design initially sketched out, then precisely drawn on computer aided design software to provide you with clean crisp line drawing for whatever your purposes are.

We have a range of illustration tools from hand-drawn and AutoCAD drafting techniques to Photoshop and Sketch up images, rendered to give you either the technical or the illustration drawings you need to realise your aspirations. We are able to provide sketch models for spatial planning should the project require. Beyond the drawings, we administer our projects in a highly efficient manner giving you clear and concise guidance along the way.

AC|A is covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance to a value of half a million pounds and will tailor this to suit its clients needs. We engage in continuing professional development and have access to all relevant reference material and regulatory documentation.

AC|A is a member of the following professional bodies:

Royal Institute of British Architects

Promoting good quality buildings with clear instruction. Membership of the RIBA is recognised the world over as a symbol of professional excellence. Chartered Architects and Chartered Architectural Practices have reached the gold standard in their profession.

Architects Registration Board

Ensuring that architects are governor and regulated on behalf of the public. The ARB was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects profession in the UK.  They are an independent, public interest body and their work is based around regulating architects to ensure that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.

Construction Skills Certification Scheme

CSCS was set up with the aim of improving competence to reduce accidents and drive up on-site efficiency. Successful applicants are issued with a card giving them a means of identification and proof of their achievements. Cards are increasingly demanded as evidence of occupational competence by contractors, public and private clients and others.