Choosing The Right Architect

Architects County Durham

You need to feel comfortable with the architect that you choose to work with you. Every architect has different skills, tastes, experience and abilities. The RIBA offers a “Find An Architect” service for clients. William Gray provide professional and friendly architects county durham and across the North East.

Being a small practice, our architects county durham offer an individual service to clients. We are conscious that clients have finite budgets and work to develop interesting and practical projects within cost constraints. We like to keep clients in the picture at all stages of the work. If you have issues or queries as the project develops, we’re always available to discuss your concerns.

Architect’s Skills

An architect’s training spans seven years. This involves the following skills:

  • Learning practical design skills, arranging and organising space within (and often outside) a building
  • Developing a client’s initial brief requirements
  • Preparing sketch designs and developing these into drawings suitable for submissions for planning approval
  • Applying for planning consents and negotiating with planners
  • Preparing detail drawings showing how elements should be assembled to prevent building failures at a later date
  • Giving advice on the selection of the most appropriate materials and how different materials may interact
  • Integrating services within a building
  • Advising on possible constraints and make applications under the building regulations
  • Prepare detailed specifications suitable for seeking costing tenders from building contractors
  • Advising on suitable contractors
  • Assessing tenders received
  • Recommending a form of building contract appropriate to the scale of the project
  • Carry out inspections to ensure that work is being correctly carried out
  • Issuing valuation certificates as required


Architects County Durham - William Gray Associates

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Planning Experience

We have broad experience with dealing with local authorities on planning matters, especially on listed buildings and within conservation areas. We’re as happy dealing with small works projects (those under £200,000) as with larger schemes. Most of our projects are residential. However we have also carried out commercial office and retail projects as well as buildings for health care for the elderly.


3D Software

We use three dimensional (3D) software for almost all our projects. We find that many clients, being unused to architect’s plans and drawings, can visualise a model more easily. Our software app can be downloaded onto a tablet or mobile phone allowing clients to have the latest amendments almost immediately. Your furniture, pictures etc, can be modelled so that you can see how it might all fit within the completed building well before work even starts on site.


Project Management

With a detailed schedule of works, costs can be managed efficiently and variations, while work is in progress, carefully monitored. We will assist with selecting appropriate materials and suitable fittings, scheduling and costing these out either in advance or as work progresses.


RIBA Chartered Practice

We are a RIBA Chartered Practice. We hold professional indemnity insurance, have an effective quality management system, and comprehensive health and safety and environmental policies in place. Both the RIBA and Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) have codes of conduct for members. Should you have any reasons for complaint or disputes they offer guidance on their websites. If a client has any complaint about our services, please let us know as soon as possible.