What We Do
We combine our passion, design flair and technical expertise to transform your site and aspirations into inspiring and innovative architecture.
Time Architects are a specialist heritage architectural practice with Architects accredited in building conservation.
We are experts in works to listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled ancient monuments, national parks, registered parks and gardens and world heritage sites with experience of contemporary, award winning modern designs.
Based in Sheffield, and on the edge of the Peak District National Park, we work predominantly across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire with the ability to work nationwide. We provide a large range of services including:
Time Architects is a blend of modern architectural enthusiasm and flair with timeless heritage values and expertise.
The practice was formed in Sheffield in 2011 by managing director, Mike Leigh, following over 10 years of working within leading national conservation practices and having gained a considerable amount of experience caring for and developing some of the finest and best loved buildings in the UK.
We have since developed a broad portfolio of conservation based projects in the Commercial, Cultural, Ecclesiastical, Healthcare, Hospitality and Residential sectors.
Our reputation is founded on providing high quality creative design services and strategic advice to our clients based on experience, understanding and innovation. We deliver inspirational buildings on time, and within budget, to meet our client’s needs and expectations.
Architecture is the creation of inspiring places that enrich the lives and experiences of people who use them.
Architecture is all about people, places and spaces. Space is the three dimensional field within which we exist but as soon as we manipulate that environment, give it physical characteristics or purpose, we create a place. We spend so much time in and around buildings we feel these ought to be enriching and inspiring places to be.
Good design is born from a thorough understanding of the site and its surrounding context. The building should acknowledge and respond to the environment that surrounds it. Careful thought needs to be given to the environment, climate, topography, urban grain, built environment, site history, wider area characteristics, social use, wider views/ vistas, materials, scale, volume and external appearance. In understanding and adhering to these factors the site should help direct the design process and if done well, the resulting building will sit harmoniously on its site.
The process of arriving, interacting and using a building needs to be considered as a journey. We strongly believe the architect should understand how the user will use the space leading up to the building and within it. Space sizes, partitions, doors, windows, stairs, fixtures, fittings etc. materials and thermal and acoustic environment should all be envisaged so that the building journey is an enriching one. Spaces should be located adjacent to spaces for reasons and link together properly and enticingly.
With an existing building it is of paramount importance the architect understands the ethos and principles of the original design. An understanding of styles, materials, detailing and construction methods leads to appropriate repairs, and when combined with passionate design flair, to good conservation architecture.
Any architectural project can be confusing and overwhelming for a client so we take great care to listen to their needs and ensure they are informed and engaged throughout. We have also created the following brochures to help give you a better understanding of the process:
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