Project type

Local knowledge & expertise

If you’re looking for the best architects in Surrey and interested in massively effective projects delivered on time and needing minimal revisions, you’re going to love working with us

We work on residential projects in Spelthorne, Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Woking, Elmbridge, Guildford, Waverley, Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead Tandridge.

Since 2013, we’ve been working with the planning and building control departments of all the Surrey councils on projects from extensions to new build houses, so we know their local planning policies, building regulations and requirements inside out.

Recognised as one of the best residential architecture firms in the South-East of England, we work across the entire residential architecture spectrum with construction budgets of 100k - 10m. With a proven track record delivering home extensions, flat conversions, HMOs, new build houses and flats, we deliver incredibly successful projects for national house builders and seasoned property developers right through to first-time investors and homeowners.

Looking for an architecture firm in Surrey?

Throughout the planning, design, and construction journey's highs and lows, you'll find our team open, communicative, and down-to-earth. Unlike numerous architecture practices, we consistently endeavour to underpromise and overdeliver.

Write us a message
Decorative image of an architect working
Pale beige and white simple map of Surrey area showing how little green and blue space is within its boundaries

We serve homeowners and developers throughout Surrey

This includes:

CR3, CR5, CR6, GU1, GU10, GU12, GU15, GU16, GU18, GU19, GU2, GU20, GU21, GU22, GU23, GU24, GU25, GU26, GU27, GU3, GU4, GU5, GU6, GU7, GU8, GU9, KT10, KT11, KT12, KT13, KT14, KT15, KT16, KT17, KT18, KT20, KT21, KT22, KT23, KT24, KT7, KT8, RH1, RH10, RH12, RH19, RH2, RH3, RH4, RH5, RH6, RH7, RH8, RH9, SM7, TN16, TN8, TW15, TW16, TW17, TW18, TW19, TW20

Blue and red house boat docked on a lush green canal whilst being under a canopy of trees whose leaves are reflected in the water

What makes Surrey special?

Located 16 miles to the South-West of London, the historic county of Surrey is home to ancient heathlands, vast stretches of tranquil waterways and some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes. Surrey is at the doorstep of the capital making it a popular commuter settlement, as it is close enough for daily travel into central London but also a considerable distance away from the London hustle and bustle. With a population of 1.2 million, Surrey is England’s 12th most populous county.

Surrey is the most wooded and leafiest county in England. Over a fifth of the county is covered by trees. Within Surrey is the Surrey Hill Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which accounts for over a quarter of the county. Leith Hill is the highest point in South East England and is renowned for its unparalleled views and unruined landscape.

Surrey is famous for its ancient market towns including Gilford, Dorking and Kingston. These market towns have a vibrant offering of unique and independent shops, eating establishments and cultural and historic sites. Notable stately homes and historic houses within the county include Polesden Lacey, Elizabethan Loseley Park and the Clandon Park House, a Palladian mansion currently being restored after a devastating fire in 2015.

Aerial view of the 'Surrey style' architecture showcased in its neighbourhood alongside its very winding streets

The architecture of Surrey

Surrey has a rich architectural history. A significant proportion of Surrey’s exceptional architecture is under enhanced protection through the county’s 200 conservation areas and over six thousand listed buildings. Most of these buildings will have been listed for their architectural significance.

‘Surrey style’ architecture was chiefly inspired by Edwin Lutyens and the arts and crafts movement, which began in 19th and aimed to counteract the dehumanising effects of the Industrial Revolution. In combination, these design styles sought to reflect local vernacular traditions. Surrey’s sense of place is deeply rooted in its picturesque villages, hamlets and village greens.

Feminine hand measuring and marking on sets of architectural designs verifying it is as per planning policy

Planning applications in Surrey

In the year ending June 2020, all Surrey planning authorities received 13,427 planning applications and approved 85% of those applications submitted. In this time period, 7,830 householder development applications were made and 448 listed building consent applications were submitted.

Our expertise in planning applications means we have a 97% success rate of getting planning permission for our clients (across all councils). Surrey is a place where we have a deep knowledge of the workings of the local authorities. As our client, we will increase your chances of getting planning consent for your project.

Aerial view of a neighbourhood set around an oval piece of greenery, turning what could have been a boring cul-de-sac into a beautiful circular drive around the neighbourhood

Most popular projects for homeowners

Our projects for homeowners in Surrey range from home extensions, loft extensions, home renovations and barn conversions. We also have substantial experience in getting planning permission in the Green Belt, especially for houses using all the exceptions allowed under the regulations, including Paragraph 79 houses (aka Paragraph 55 houses) in the countryside.

Whether you want a home extension that will transform how your house feels inside and out or you have a large plot you want to build a new house on, we would love to help.

Aerial view of three medium size dwelling houses with large green back gardens, small outbuildings or sheds and two luxury pools

Most popular projects for developers

Our projects for developers in Surrey range from listed building renovations to medium scale new build housing schemes in the Green Belt. We have a strong track record of getting the most from constrained plots with planning restrictions.

Whether you want to make changes to a listed building, breathe life into a neglected midcentury new townhouse or are aiming to build new homes in the Green Belt, we’ve got the skills and knowledge to turn your wishes into reality.

“ Norma at Urbanist Architecture was the consummate planning professional, supporting us to submit an application that had previously been rejected. Her advice was timely, detailed and good value and ultimately successful in delivering the permission we needed. ”

Charlotte C. — Surrey

“ We found Urbanist Architecture after multiple failed attempts at getting planning permission. If it wasn't for them and there dedication my family would have needed to move away! For that we are all extremely grateful. throughout our whole experience Urbanist Architecture were helpful, professional and very informative. ”

Matt B. — London
Gold drop lighting fixture with grey radiators in the background
Gold drop lighting fixture with grey radiators in the background
Whether you are wondering whether you can planning permission in the Green Belt or you want to extend in Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames or Guildford, we can help.
Signature of Ufuk Bahar, BA(Hons) MA
Managing Director
Ufuk Bahar

BA(Hons) MA
Managing Director

Portrait of Ufuk Bahar, BA(Hons) MA
Managing Director

Ready to unlock the potential of your project?

We specialise in crafting creative design and planning strategies to unlock the hidden potential of developments, secure planning permission and deliver imaginative projects on tricky sites

Write us a message
Decorative image of an architect working