Matthew Eyles Architects
Architects East – Central London
At Matthew Eyles Architects our guiding principle is that all projects within the practice no matter how small, should be led by an experienced Architect. The practice was founded by Matthew Eyles in 2003. Matthew has worked in architectural practice for 30 years and qualified in 1995. He heads our small, enthusiastic and dedicated team who bring a variety of skills and experience to his design leadership.
We are registered and chartered Architects. The practice is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Matthew Eyles is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). As Architects, we operate under the requirements of the ARB and the RIBA. The practice carries full professional Indemnity Insurance as one of the requirements of registration with the ARB.
Collectively, the team at Matthew Eyles Architects brings a wide range of experience to projects.
Our established expertise in Planning, Permitted Development legislation, working within Conservation Areas, dealing with historic, heritage and Listed Buildings etc. as well as our detailed construction knowledge, informs our designs and allows us to fully advise our clients and to produce designs which are innovative at the same time as meeting the requirements of planning and building legislation.
Matthew brings to the team:
– 30-years of experience in the Architectural profession.
– Almost 20-years working in London.
– Over 10-years working in Waltham Forest, east London and Essex.
It was a pleasure to work with Matthew on the loft conversion for my house. I had quite a good idea of what I wanted and Matthew was able to develop my sketch designs so that the final result had a finesse and quality of finish that was far beyond my expectations. Mairi Johnson
Our approach to design
In thinking through the design or alteration of living spaces, we believe that it is important to analyse, understand and question the way that they will be used so that the end product offers both utility and delight. Throughout the design process we will discuss, question and investigate the ways you wish to use the space so that we can reach an elegant and thoughtful solution which best suits your requirements both now and into the future.
Design is naturally influenced by various constraints (requirements to build to a clear budget, implications of planning requirements, space limitations etc.). At Matthew Eyles Architects, we bring our experience and design flair to create high quality elegant spaces, informed by and making a virtue of design constraints.
We appreciate, that good and careful detailing avoids visual clashes and untidy junctions in buildings. As experienced architects, we give careful consideration to these issues throughout the design process.
It is worth investing as much time, thought and budget as possible in getting the essence of the spaces correct. When a space works well and is well lit, it should “speak for itself” and provide a great setting for your furniture and fittings.
There are commonly perceived “problems” with much old housing stock (lack of light to rear rooms, small kitchens without space for dining or good connection to other living areas, lack of views and access into rear gardens, inconvenient ground floor bathrooms etc.). It is our experience that resolving these issues with careful design, not only improves the living space for our clients but also adds value to the property.
Most properties have Permitted Development Rights which allow various extensions and alterations without requiring full planning consent. Our experience and in-depth knowledge of planning legislation and requirements allows us to offer creative solutions which work in planning terms as well as providing innovative and pleasing design solutions.
At Matthew Eyles Architects, we believe that alterations and additions to existing properties should address a clearly defined brief and result in a building where the additions are both purposeful and elegant. The whole should be greater than the sum of the parts.
In housing where the availability of adequate land for large extensions can be an issue, a natural solution is to “go-up” and convert the roof space.
In most cases, Permitted Development Rights allow for the conversion of the roof space, including dormer extensions.
Whilst the general principles of Permitted Development legislation are apparently simple, the details are complex. At Matthew Eyles Architects, we have considerable experience in and an in-depth understanding of Permitted Development legislation ensuring that our proposals are fully compliant in each case.
As well as extending to gain additional space, in many cases the best solution to a brief can include refurbishment and reconfiguration of existing spaces. All spaces have circulation routes within them.
The key to good design, is to make those circulation routes work efficiently without compromising the usability of the space.
Our experience of working with historic buildings (in particular London housing stock) together with our knowledge of historic construction forms allows us to propose elegant solutions to both existing and new spaces.
As well as our experience in sympathetically altering and extending existing buildings, we have an established track record in the design and construction of new buildings including luxury and speculative housing, small commercial developments and education buildings.
If we are to retain a human relationship with our buildings and spaces, it is essential that the design process retains a craft-based approach. When used appropriately, new technologies offer much to the design process, particularly in terms of investigating and communicating design potentials. We feel very strongly that new technologies linked to traditional methods of preparing and communicating project information enable us to explore ideas more easily and thoroughly than by using traditional methods alone.
This synergy also improves the ways in which we can communicate ideas and proposals to clients, planning departments, contractors etc. Following this principle, we use three-dimensional technology through all stages of our projects. In line with emerging Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies we fully model all buildings in 3D from the earliest stages of a project and continue to investigate and integrate the potential of these new technologies at all stages of our work.
We are now working entirely in 3D using BIM
As part of our bespoke architectural service, all our projects are modelled in 3D. One of the benefits is that our clients are able to visualize at no extra-cost, how designs will look before any building works start.
Modelling our projects in 3D allows us to:
Fully investigate design proposals in detail from the earliest stages.
Understand the building and address structural and construction design at an early stage.
Clearly communicate our proposals to our clients.
Provide three dimensional views of all our proposals to communicate to clients, planning authorities etc.
Allow our client to take virtual tours of the proposed spaces throughout the design process.
We are an enthusiastic and dedicated team bringing a variety of skills and experience to your projects and all happy to assist you at the different stages on your project.
We offer a wide range of architectural services on a variety of types of project ranging through small scale domestic works; historic building works and small to medium commercial and residential development projects.
3D dimensional surveys
In order to design, we need an accurate representation of the building. When we receive a commission, the first priority is to carry out a full dimensional survey so that we can prepare detailed information to work from. We will prepare a set of “existing” drawings (plans, sections and elevations) which will form the basis for planning applications etc.
Following the briefing/design meeting and when the “existing” drawings have been completed, we will commence the design process. This starts with our initial proposals, which will be prepared on the basis of our initial brief, together with our experience of what may work best for the property. These first proposals are simply an exercise in putting ideas onto paper for discussion. As such they will not always be the right solution but hopefully be a good catalyst for the design discussion. As Architects, our role is to help our clients achieve the best possible potential in their project. On that basis, our first proposals may stretch the brief a little, if nothing else to demonstrate the potential for the project.
Once the design has been finalised and “signed-off”, we will prepare drawings and documents suitable for submission to the local authority planning department (full planning, prior approval application, application for a Certificate of Lawfulness etc.). On receipt of the relevant planning application fee, we will submit the application, which starts the planning process. We will monitor your application as it progresses through the planning system and keep you appraised of any developments.
Building Regulations and Construction
We will prepare and submit a Building Regulations (Notice) application on your behalf. Works can commence on site with 48 hours of the submission of and payment for the Building Notice application. The drawings generally include plans, sections, elevations, details and full specification notes and are generally prepared in the following categories: Construction summary drawings / Demolitions drawings / Structures and setting-out drawings / Drainage, plumbing and heating drawings / General building works drawings / Electrical layout drawings / Fit-out and finishes drawings.