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Our commercial architecture services in Kent are meant to help clients create a perfect commercial business property for their company or transform an existing property into a space that can help them achieve their goals.

We are specialist Commercial Architects who have helped to create thousands of commercial buildings in Kent and Kent.

With architects based in Kent and Kent we can offer competitive prices and in July 2024 are able to get costs to you very quickly.

With over 20 years of experience, we have built a very large client base that would highly recommend us as a company. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

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Commercial architecture is the backbone of any commercial field. Unlike residential architects, commercial architect offers their services to new or existing companies, planning out a new property that can match all the requirements and needs of their client company.

If you want to know more, then here is a breakdown of the process and why it is so useful.

We offer a number of great Commercial Architect services in Kent and are more than happy in assisting you on anything from price, to dimensions, to specification.

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Why Choose Us?

Our architects are part of a high-quality team that has been given the best training and experience possible in Kent, but if you still are not completely convinced, then here are some key details to consider:

Award-Winning Work

Not only has some of our work been award-winning thanks to creative solutions and intelligent architectural design choices, but the development of these solutions has been backed up with excellent training.

Award-winning design plans are rare, even for the best architectural groups, since a lot of care and attention is needed during the design and planning stages.

This award-winning architectural work also came from a greater focus on the design, considering the services that the design needs to support. Instead of being generic projects, each architectural challenge is made to match the service of the building it is for.


Our group is a RIBA Chartered Practice, and earning that certification (which is almost award-winning in itself) requires that a director or partner is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Other accreditations back up the quality of our architectural projects, the skills of our architects, or the general good practice of the men and women who help construct the finished design.
You can see more architectural accreditations on our website. If you want to know more about a specific seal of approval or mark of quality, feel free to contact us and ask.

Benefits Of A Commercial Architect

4 benefits to hiring our team of commercial ARCHITECTS!

There are many benefits to hiring a retail architect some of these include:

If you have a specific design in mind but you are finding it difficult to execute this without drawing up the right design plan.

This is where professional architects prove extremely useful. If you would like more information don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

Costs Of A Commercial Architect In Kent

The average cost of a commercial architect in Kent is 7-10% of the construction cost

There are many things that factor into the cost of an architect these include:

If you would like more in-depth costs get in touch with us today for a free no-obligation quote!

What Does Commercial Architecture Involve?

While the basics of these commercial projects are obvious – planning and designing a construction project – architects can have a range of uses that are not purely related to building plans.
Our commercial architects are focused on meeting the needs of clients, whatever they may be.

Site Assessments

Our team is able to look at an existing site and create simple assessments before any project in July 2024 even begins.

This makes it easier for the architecture to be planned out with the focus on the right pieces of detail, such as making the building safe and stable later in the construction process.
All commercial buildings are built with the aim of being a successful retail business or office.

However, before work has begun, the architects get involved in the pre-planning work to see what kind of renovation or construction work would be viable.

If you want more details about how this service works, you can easily get in touch with us.


All architectural work is based on the expertise of an architect and the plans or demands of their client’s representatives.

Designers can’t design if they do not have a focus, and architects need a focus to start planning out architecture. Even then, architectural designs are influenced by client wishes and certain design preferences.

Each design needs to be based on what the client wants, and that means a lot of design talks before the design planning even starts.

Looking at the site helps, but architects usually need to sit down with their clients and simply talk about their design vision before they start.

Plans for Retail Stores

Retail stores require a lot of planning work. Commercial retail property is an investment that needs research into logistics issues, the number of customers that can reach the property, and how visible that building will be from key routes.

Retail buildings are also heavily based on foot traffic. These buildings rely on architects to manage the interior spaces – the design of each area, whether the building has multiple floors, and where staff-only areas will be placed.

Knowing how interiors are laid out is of the utmost importance if you want to use the space correctly. This is even more important for a business that offers an in-store service, with customers having to line up and potentially sit inside (like restaurants).

Commercial clients are not just getting architects to design the buildings but also need the architects to figure out how a building can be adapted to suit its location.

Local building regulations might not permit a billboard on the finished design, but our architects could find other ways to highlight the business’ location.

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Plans for Offices

Companies that need new offices or other non-retail buildings rely on a professional design in the same way, but for different reasons.

Our architects not only discuss your needs before starting work but focus on the detail needed to make an office usable at an individual or team level.

While many companies hire contractors and designers to create the most attractive spaces possible in big displays of wealth, this can get in the way of a successful commercial future.

Part of the process is deciding how space can function as an office, either for an individual or an entire project team.

What Should I Consider with Commercial Projects?

Commercial architects still have to build their commercial design within certain rules or frameworks, and the client needs to understand that there are always limits.

Our architects do the best they can with the local laws and material restrictions they might have, providing the best possible design relative to what the client has asked for.

If there is anything you want to know about a specific service we offer or how we carry it out, contact us for more details.


Our architecture is designed to be as safe as possible. Even an indoor business with a single floor can require safety considerations, especially in a manufacturing area.

Our design studio has had plenty of practice with safety thanks to previous projects, and the development or renovation of a new property will always be safety-focused.

What Are Some Major Safety Concerns?

In the UK, there are a lot of rules about how architecture can be designed and how a building should be moved through.

The first obvious architectural detail is emergency exits. Architectural plans need clear ways to leave the building, and most architectural drawings also include extra data or details for fire extinguishers, etc.

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Architectural design documents also have to specify wheelchair access if needed, showing obvious paths for customers who use wheelchairs to utilize that do not involve getting upstairs.

New architectural development designs for commercial buildings often have to separate service areas from employee areas. The design should include distinctions between the storage spaces and customer spaces.

Our architects are capable of keeping track of any safety concerns while working on these projects and will focus on implementing all necessary safety details in their designs.


As obvious as it might sound, the design of a space can be a serious concern during the planning stage.

Working with businesses across the UK makes it clear that different UK organisations, even in the same commercial niches or industries, have their own design preferences and needs.

For example, one project may call for a modern technology-company-style design, while another needs our design studio to create something with roots in older architecture.

Those businesses may offer the same services, but the design behind those services has a completely different focus.

Can Buildings Be Repurposed

All projects are different, but most architecture has to be designed in a way that makes it usable by visitors and employees alike.

Our architects can help transform a residential building or existing storefront into something completely different, but the architectural demands put on our studio are still the same.

The development of an existing space can be just as complicated as constructing a new one. If you want to know more about this kind of service, you can contact us with any burning questions you may have.

Building Regulations

Building regulations are always going to limit the kind of architectural structures that our commercial architects can create.

However, these regulations can also force projects down particular paths or deny certain options. Our architects are trained to understand these regulations.

For example, UK building regulations say that architecture has to be stable in the event of an accident and that there are exit routes if fires break out.

Architectural plans need to take this into account, and many architectural projects are heavily reworked around the locations of fire exits in buildings.

What does This Mean for Commercial Clients?

When working with a commercial architect, following building regulations can seem like quite a tender process.

Areas like London might have their own London-specific regulations, and some areas of London even limit the size of London buildings or what kind of designs they can have.

For commercial architecture in crowded cities (again, like London), this might also mean that London commercial spaces have stricter limits.

Buildings may need certain architectural features, and the project may not be allowed to develop beyond set boundaries, even if that means overhanging signs.

Some regulations also impact marketing. Setting up marketing beyond the borders of your property in the UK is not generally legal, even if it is with a poster or sticker on a brick wall. They have to be contained on the same area of land/within the building.

Planning Permission

Any architectural project in the UK needs planning permission before the architect can start work.

No matter which studio is working on the design or where the development area is in the country (from London to open rural spaces), permission from the government is still needed.


The planning permission requires the studio to submit the design. The design is checked and considered before being either approved as a design or rejected as a failed design that is not suitable for that location.

At Commercial Architects, we can assist you with the best specifications, costs and prices. Make sure you contact us today for a number of great Commercial Architect services.

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How Can I Get Rejected?

A rejected design can be rejected for many reasons. The studio project design may include elements that are physically impossible to construct.

It is possible that the design may not meet minimum size requirements, something that can matter a lot in certain high-traffic areas.

A design might actively have a poor impact on spaces around it or be too close to a residential space. It is also possible for one to actively block other buildings if designed poorly.

The project design might simply not be needed. A design will often be refused not because of the architectural value but because the project is pointless: opening one business across the street from another business in the same franchise or chain, for example.


What Is The Purpose Of Commercial Architects?

A commercial architect specialises in building projects such as hotels, museums, hospitals, and public buildings.

These architects are experts in designing buildings that are practical for a large number of building users whilst also aiming to be memorable or even inspirational places.

Do I Need To Hire An Architect?

Hiring an architect will majorly benefit your company if you’re creating a new space that’s going to affect the exterior of your property, it’s best to get an architect on board.

Having one present on these big projects helps ensure the work is done correctly and safely.


Our architects are well-trained in being able to design solutions rather than architecture tweaks that look good but do not offer any real benefits. Each design is based on the experience of real architects with an understanding of the building they are designing a plan for.

Each of the architects we employ is accredited and properly trained, allowing them to find the problem and design solutions with the full support of each organisation that has accredited them. The rest of the teams are focused on searching for any concerns or requirements they can find that might need to be mentioned to the architect.

The design efforts involved can often mean that the architects come up with multiple plans, like a toggle: navigation around one design plan might reveal a flaw that needs to be corrected on another floor of the building or as part of a completely different project entirely.

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Make sure you contact us today for a number of great Commercial Architect services in East of England.

Here are some towns we cover near Kent.

Maidstone, Aylesford, Ditton, Gillingham, Chatham
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