USL Architects – Architect practice for London
If you are looking for an architect in Central London or West London, then USL Architects can help you. We are a chartered practice, offering a range of residential architectural services. Established in 2015 and bringing over 20 years of experience, our team is experienced in delivering projects of all sizes, from an extension to your home or loft conversion through to a complete property redevelopment.
Specialists in central London property projects
USL Architects has the experience and skill sets for a number of specialist architectural services. This includes working in central London with listed buildings, conservation areas, landlords and estates. Working with landlords on the client behalf especially for requirements such as an LTA (licence to alter). Prior to undertaking major works in flats or leasehold properties the leaseholder will normlly be requested to obtain consent from the freeholder or landlord. We can help in the process to produce drawings, documents, coordinate and liaise with the landlords surveyor towards obtaining the LTA. we have worked with domestic and larger landlords and estates such as :
The Crown Estate
We work with London homeowners to support them through the stages of their home renovation project. These include feasibility studies, concept design, planning applications, party wall services and building control drawings and tender packages to obtain quotes from builders and contractors.
Extending your London home
We undertake all sizes of property extension projects in Central and West London, including one and two storey extensions, rear and side extensions and loft conversions. Our team is experienced with working with local authority planning department to take the stress out of the planning application process. Currently, in some areas you can apply for ground floor extensions up to 6 to 8 metres in depth
Converting your garage
These days it's common for garages to be used as storage for clutter rather than for storing the car. Make better use of this space and convert it into a habitable room, a bedroom, home office, utility room or hobby room, with a window in the front for added natural daylight. We can prepare and make the planning application on your behalf
Converting your loft
Space is typically at a premium in London homes so why not make use of your property’s existing loft space to create additional bedrooms or living space. We can help you make the best use of the additional space a loft conversion can bring to your home. We can prepare and submit application under 'permitted development rights' or 'planning application' to include a dormer conversion
Party Wall services for London property projects
Home extensions and loft conversion projects often involve a wall that is shared with a neighbour, called a party wall. We can help you through the process of notifying neighbours of work and ensuring all of the necessary steps are followed including issuing of notices and the final award. We can act as your party wall surveyor if you are undertaking the works or in response to a notice issued by your neighbour.
Converting a property into flats in London
Thinking of converting your property in to flats or an HMO (house of multiple occupancy). We can help with a feasibility study to establish the possible number of units, prepare a detailed scheme design and the planning applications.
USL Architects services and project development method
We can take your project from concept to completion.
Measured survey – This is where we survey and measure the property from which we produce the existing drawings that will be used as the basis for all the proposal drawings going forward.
Client brief – This is an opportunity for the client to brief us as to what they are looking to achieve and require from the project.
Feasibility study – Prior to undertaking a full scheme design, we undertake a feasibility study to establish what can be achieved and if meets your requirements. We will produce a number of options for your considerations
Scheme design – Developing the feasibility study in to a more developed design with detailed room layouts and space planning.
Planning application drawings – We will use the client approved scheme to prepare and submit the planning application.
Post planning approval - Once planning has been approved we can produce a full set of engineering and building regulation drawings. These can be used to obtain prices from builder, submission for building control approval and by the builder
Party wall matters – As party wall surveyor we can provide services to issue notices to any neighbours that may be affected by the works as is required under the Party Wall Act 1996
We also provide full turnkey, design and build service. Contact us for more details.