Coronavirus (CORVID-19) Announcement
Following the Prime ministers recent announcement of the 23rd March 2020, LM Associates have taken the unprecedented measures of shutting their offices for the next 3 weeks for the first time in over 20 years of trading. Our primary objective is to follow the government advice to keep all our staff, clients & colleagues safe. Phones will be transferred to mobiles and we will do our best where possible run a normal service from the security / safety of our homes. We hope to resume a normal service ASAP and will take the lead from the British Government.
Looking for Architects in Sussex? - LM Associates Ltd are an RIBA Chartered Practice offering a fast, friendly & affordable Architecture & Design Service.
If you are looking for Architects in Sussex do not hesitate to contact us for you FREE no obligation consultation. We can tailor our designs to match your needs and budget, whether you require an extension, conversion or new build development. We are able to help with traditional, contemporary & sustainable design to suit the surrounding area. Based in Mid Sussex we cover East Sussex, West Sussex Surrey, Kent, London & Hampshire.
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LM Associates Ltd - Architects in Sussex are an RIBA Chartered practice based in Lindfield (Haywards Heath). We have over 40 years experience and knowledge in all aspects of construction. We are able to offer help and advice on all aspects of planning and design. Additionally we have excellent knowledge of planning legislation and can advise on the best way of obtaining the required permissions.
Whether you want an extension, new build, loft conversion or major residential or commercial development we are the Architects in Sussex that can help. We can advise on the correct procedures and help obtain planning and building regulations permissions.
We offer a FREE initial consultation with one of our Chartered Architects. When they visit your property they will be able to offer advice on your design requirements. We can also offer advice on potential development / building costs and in most cases advise on whether or not you actually require planning permission.
Therefore if you are looking for an Architect in Sussex (East Sussex or West Sussex), Surrey , Kent, London or Hampshire do not hesitate to contact LM Associates for a no obligation fee quote.
We work in the following & surrounding areas but please feel free to enquire if your area is not listed below.
Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Brighton, Crawley, Gatwick, Lewes, Horsham, East Grinstead. Uckfield, Worthing, Shoreham, Newhaven & Eastbourne. In many circumstances we are also able to cover Surrey, Kent, London and Hampshire.
We offer an affordable comprehensive service whilst working to the RIBA plan of works.
All our services can be tailored to your individual needs, whether you just require a feasibility study or the complete service from inception to completion, LM Associates are the Architects in Sussex to help achieve your goals.
From the outset LM Associates will offer a free no obligation consultation (to our local Sussex based clients) whereby we will either visit your property or invite you to our offices to discuss your proposals. At this point we will discuss your requirements and establish what you hope to achieve and advise if we believe this can be done within your given budget.
At this stage we will also be able to advise whether or not planning permission will be required, due to LM Associates excellent knowledge of planning legislation.
Should you choose to appoint LM Associates as your Architect we are able to undertake the following work stages. At the end of each stage you can decide if you wish to precede using LM Associates for the next stage of works.
If you are planning an extension or alterations, in order to accurately design your proposals we will need to undertake a measured survey of the existing property, from this we will be able to produce scale drawings of the existing building(s) to act as the basis of our design proposals.
Feasibility Sketch Schemes
We will produce some sketch scheme proposals based upon our discussions of your requirements, we will try and offer a number of solutions to help aid your thoughts, we will discuss these with you until you & make any necessary changes until you are happy with the proposals. LM Associates believe this stage is critical and would like to think of this is a partnership between us and our clients and believe interaction between both parties is essential at this early design stage.
Pre Application Advice
In some cases our clients like to enter pre-application discussions with the planners, this is usually done for new development, houses with special character or for large extensions changing the appearance of a house. We will apply for a pre-app to your local authority and should the officer require any changes we will revisit the sketch design proposals and make changes in accordance with both your and the planning officers requirements.
Planning Application Submission
Once we are at a stage that you are happy with the design we will further develop your preferred sketch, add colour and enhance the drawings, produce / instruct any required documentation e.g. flood risk assessment, traffic survey etc and submit the complete planning application to your Local Authority. Upon achieving a successful planning application we are also able to discharge any imposed planning conditions should it be required.
Building Regulations & Working Drawings
Having obtained the required planning consents (where applicable) the next step in the process is to produce the Building Regulation & Working Drawings, this is a set of technical drawings that inform the building inspector how the proposed new build, extension or conversion will be built. Essentially this will be a full set of drawings that a builder can work from to create your proposal, at this stage we will incorporate design details from your structural engineer & any other consultants.
Tendering & Contract Administration
Should you require it, LMA can write a full specification / design brief for you & ask local, reputable builders to provide a fixed price tender for the works on your project, upon receipt of the completed tenders we will undertake our due diligence & provide you with a breakdown of the tenders. Should you wish to proceed LMA will formulate the contracts & appoint the builder on your behalf. Finally we will manage the project throughout the duration & advise you how much & when to pay the builders, we will keep an eye on the builder to ensure he is working to the required standards & at the end of the project we will ensure the building puts right any defects you are not 100% happy with. LMA would continue to work for you for a period of 6 months after the build completion to ensure that any further defects are put right, ensuring you are happy with the final outcome of your project, at which point we will provide a final certificate & complete the contract between all parties.
Having worked with many clients over the years we are lucky enough to call many of them friends from whom we get a lot of referrals & repeat work. We will happily provide references where required and are confident 99% of our clients would recommend LMA to friends & family members.
LM Associates proudly works with a number of organisations & Businesses.
Although the majority LM Associates projects are undertaken on behalf of Private Residential Client’s, LM Associates have proudly worked on many housing projects whether that be for a single dwelling for a small developer or 600+ development for a national house builder. We have also proudly worked for a number of Local Authorities, Housing Associations & within the community providing residential development, community & leisure facilities, Scout Hut’s, School & education facilities all across the South East of England.
In addition to this we have provided our expert knowledge for many clients looking to convert Barns & Office blocks, we have worked on restaurants, gymnasiums, churches, pubs & wine bars, banks, hotels, care homes & many other projects covering East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire & London.
Our services don’t stop there we have worked on many commercial & light industrial projects from extending commercial laundries, extending a scrap recycling plant, providing offices & warehousing, car show rooms, extension to a brick manufacturer & many more.
Therefore whether you require an Architect for a residential, commercial or community project it pays to talk to LM Associates, we are the Architects in Sussex who have done it all & have the knowledge & experience to help no matter the size of the project.
Below are a selection of some of our larger clients, offering you piece of mind that LM Associates have the knowledge expertise to deal with projects whatever the scale.