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Winston Newman Chartered Architect
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Practice Profile

The Practice was founded in 1982 by Winston Newman BA (Hons) B Arch RIBA. Since then, we have been responsible for the design and construction of a wide range of building projects mainly throughout London and Hertfordshire.

We remain a small Practice and are therefore able to offer a very personal service tailored to suit the varied nature of Clients requirements.

We greatly value our professional reputation and most of our work is obtained from the personal recommendation of previous Clients.

Our Clients range from companies, both large and small, to private individuals. We aim to provide them with the best possible service at a reasonable cost.

Usually, we see a project through from first ideas to its realisation and completion. For this purpose we are able to mobilise the full range of conventional architectural services. Our drawings are fully computerised, using the AutoCad system, which we find compatible with our professional contacts.

Some Clients have extensive experience within the building industry and yet they value our specific skills and use them selectively, only when required.

Where Clients have their own contractors, we may carry out the design and detailing of the project and obtain statutory approvals.

Since 1996, we have been working with GSK Research & Development in Stevenage, making numerous alterations to their enormous site and working with their own specialist teams in developing cutting edge flexible laboratory space.

On the other extreme, where Clients have not built before, we take pride in patiently steering them through the whole process, to help realise their dreams.

Not all our work results in actual construction. We undertake feasibility studies to ascertain the development potential of a particular building or site. We will often be asked to obtain detailed Planning Consent for buildings or land to enhance their value before the plot is sold on.

The Party Wall Act affects many properties today. Apart from acting as Party Wall Surveyor for our own projects, we are often asked to act in that capacity for our Clients, when their neighbour is building next to them.

Similarly, we are often called upon to look into the affect of a planning application on our Client, when a neighbour is proposing to build and we object accordingly.

We have carried out grant aided work to residential and commercial premises in designated improvement areas.

We have a fairly rational and organised approach to the design of a project. We believe that the design of a scheme should respond to a site and respect its context. On the other hand, wherever possible, we seek to use modern materials in a contemporary way.

In order to successfully construct a modern building it is essential to have a good team of professionals. Over the years we have worked well with many Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Mechanical & Electrical Services Engineers. We are also happy to work with the Client’s preferred specialists.

All our built work is judged on the skill and professionalism of the Building Contractor implementing the work. We can point to many cases of successful and ongoing relationships with building Contractors, both large and small.

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