Project Reference: 18_05

Project Type: Residential & Commercial 

Client Type: Developer

Local Authority: Kensington & Chelsea 

Project Description: Conversion on Sarm Recording Studios chapel and offices into 9 residential flats, 4 mew houses and an independent office building.

Buchanan-Lacey Architects Role: Stephen Buchanan-Lacey has been heavily involved in this project from the planning stage when at his previous practise. When setting up Buchanan-Lacey Architects the developer asked Stephen to remain involved in the project and coordinate the large amount of paperwork required as well as coordinate sign off of statutory requirements.


During completing these works the contractor also employed Buchanan-Lacey Architects to complete a similar role from their side.

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Project Reference: 18_06

Project Type: Residential

Client Type: Private

Approvals Achieved: Householder Application for Planning Permission

Local Authority: Redbridge

Project Description: Full refurbishment of existing dwelling with a large rear extension opening into the sloping site. The works also include a loft conversion and general internal alterations. Approval has also been granted for revising the external render and a new entrance porch.

Buchanan-Lacey Architects Role: Buchanan-Lacey Architects have been involved in the project from day one. We have compiled, submitted and coordinated the planning process with a difficult Redbridge Council. Our involvement continues on site, coordinating information and dealing with any on site queries.

Clients Comments: Great to work with, fast and responsive. Really useful design contributions. A massive help in managing the planning process. 

Project Reference: 18_11

Project Type: Residential

Client Type: Private

Approvals Achieved: Householder Application for Planning Permission/Certificate of Lawful Development/Large Householder Application

Local Authority: Islington

Project Description: Rear infill extension to Victorian terrace house to form a large kitchen area with level garden access at rear. Dormer extension to add forth bedroom above closet wing. entrance porch.

Buchanan-Lacey Architects Role: Buchanan-Lacey have completed a number of applications on this project to achieve all works that the client required. The process was split, and various types of applications were used. Our involvement also included involvement in contractor discussions and general on-site queries.

Clients Comments: Stephen is great at explaining the complicated process of remodelling a house in a really clear way !!!! He helped us visualise our plans and make important decisions early on in the process.

We have instructed BLA to advise and manage the planning consent process (to do multiple extensions to a Highbury terraced house). We have been pushing to get things moving as quickly as possible and Stephen has been incredible at helping us get the drawings and applications completed quickly and accurately. Stephen has always been readily available to speak/meet to discuss ideas, etc and has been very easy to communicate with. Stephens guidance with regards to party wall surveyors and structural engineers has also been invaluable.

Stephen has also been refreshingly forthcoming and transparent with regards to his fees (and what is included/excluded) and we definitely feel that we have received good value for money.

Project Reference: 18_15

Project Type: Residential

Client Type: Private

Project Description: Construction of rear extension, loft conversion and garden office. Full refurbishment throughout the property.

Buchanan-Lacey Architects Role: The client had already received approvals for the works but asked Buchanan-Lacey Architects to be involved on site to review on going works and advice on building regulation requirements as well as deal with the Building Control Office to gain Building Regulations Approval.

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