I first met Simon in 2012 with a view to creating a extra room to our home. The thing I most remember with Simon is that he completely listens… and from that he very quickly tuned in to what we were trying to create.
His interpretations in his concepts were excellent as was his support through the build.
Simon and his team went on to provide a personal, professional and very successful project.
I have recommended WBD on other projects knowing that they will provide a cohesive service and will give people the confidence to move their plans ahead.
We first purchased Wavell house with the intension of utilising our previously preferred architect to carry out the conversion of the former Air tours head offices into 55 apartments.
Following discussions with the previous owner he highly recommended WBD and following an initial meeting with Simon Wallis, the practice owner, it was clear he had a lot of knowledge of the existing building and how the conversion should be carried out. We were soon satisfied WBD understood our development ethos and were the consultants that could deliver the project we were looking for.
WBD were successful in achieving planning permission for 48 apartments to create larger, more prestigious apartments over the previously approved scheme, we were delighted with Simon’s ideas for creating exciting internal spaces that included bridges, mezzanines, tall open areas and a high amount of natural light to create apartments all with various unique design features that we are looking forward to seeing when complete.
WBD then went onto produce the detailed working drawings for the construction phase. This required them to liaise and manage various consultants and authorities that had either been recommended by WBD, who had worked with before, or we had put forward. This again gave us confidence that this stage would be as smooth as the planning application phase. The drawings were produced and delivered in time for the tender and construction stages.
The level of detail is second to none, the feedback from the contractors has had nothing but praise, with details ranging from the acoustic treatment and thermal upgrades to all retained elements to completed the build. It is clear any potential difficulties have been considered to maintain a smooth build and cost control.
WBD have also produced the sales brochure layouts and photo realistic CGIs and apartment walkthroughs all again to a very high standard completing and exceeding what we have come to expect from an architectural practice.
It is clear the skill set and experiences within WBD are vast. We have expressed we will be working with WBD as and when a new project requires any architectural services.
We have been elated with the service delivered by WBD and enjoyed working with Simon. We have no hesitation in recommending WBD should you be considering employing an architectural practice.
Siobhan Molloy Managing Director at Molloy Hale Ltd
I have worked with Simon on a number of projects recently, including the following:
• Replacement dwelling house in Green Belt and adjoining the Lever Park Historic Gardens at Rivington. Due to the Green Belt status of the site and the sensitive historic context a thoughtful and sympathetic design approach was required. The exercise also involved extensive pre and post application negotiations with the Local Planning Authority.
• Residential conversion scheme involving historic mill buildings in East Lancashire. Working in a traditional townscape (stone and slate predominating) but where a high quality, modern design approach was dictated by the client. I look forward to working with Simon and WBD in the future. I have found Simon to be professional and diligent in his approach to clients. He demonstrates strong design ability combined with good organisational skills. His designs are well considered from the outset, various options have been considered to achieve the most appropriate, exciting and innovative projects.
Alastair J Skelton BSc (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI Partner
Wallis Building Designs carried out all the necessary work required to get my company’s first project off the ground smoothly.
They provided detailed plans and drawings, and dealt with all the requirements of the planning and building control process in an efficient and timely manner.
I have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Russ Neve, Neve Investments Ltd
We are delighted with the architectural design services we received from Wallis Building Designs, who were recommended to us when we were seeking advice to develop and extend our property. Simon visited us to view the property and discuss our aspirations in the first instance, and was able to creatively capture our requirements to create a range of options to demonstrate the best use of space and value for money.
Simon was happy to answer any questions we had which helped us choose the right option for us, and then progressed the planning application on our behalf, liaising with the local authority to agree a solution which was acceptable to both ourselves as the client and our local planning authority.
We are pleased to endorse the work of Wallis Building Designs and will certainly recommend their professional architectural design service to friends and family.
Medium Sized Contractor
I would like to thank you on behalf of our company for the professional working relationship we have built up over the last few months.
It has been a pleasure to work alongside you and not only do we appreciate your expert advice, but our clients are also both impressed and satisfied with the work you produce, communication you offer and the liaison as and when required.
I hope we can continue the excellent team work we have developed and look forward to moving on to some exciting projects in the months ahead
Nilli Williamson. For and on behalf of Exceptional Living Ltd
As a newcomer to the world of business it can be a nerve-wracking decision about who to employ as the architect for your project. You obviously want it to be someone who shares your vision for the end result and who will deliver excellence; someone to make your dream become a reality. For me, Simon Wallis is that architect and I genuinely could not recommend him more highly.
From our initial meeting on site and at every step of the way Simon has been professional, courteous and helpful. Above all, he listens carefully to your ideas, questions and concerns. Nothing is too much trouble for Simon and his team and he deals well with unexpected issues and problems as they arise (an inevitability when dealing with a building project), absorbing those stresses without ever passing them onto you, the client, unnecessarily. He also demonstrates a rare patience which I have appreciated enormously; it definitely made me feel calmer about the project and I felt reassured at all times that my views had been carefully considered.
Simon fully immerses himself in your project and cares about doing the best job possible. He’s been fantastic with me at Nanny Plums at championing my vision and negotiating with Planning and other services on my behalf. Simon always has the best interests of his clients at heart. He prides himself upon his excellent reputation and deservedly so.
I will definitely be using Simon Wallis and WBD again in the future for further projects and it’s been my pleasure to have already recommended him to a number of friends and colleagues who have needed an excellent architectural company. In an age of uncertainty Simon Wallis is a name you can trust to deliver an exceptional, professional service. Thanks Simon!
CAROLINE MORTON, DIRECTOR OF NANNY PLUMS NURSERY.