Lee Davidson RIBA

  • cafe front conversion

    Lee was excellent. Communication was very efficient. he did a site visit and produced the plans quickly. I took care of submission to the council and for listed buildings. When changes were needed he also responded very quickly and kept us informed. His charges were also very reasonable.

  • Internal redesign - building regs drawings

    Lee was great throughout the process. He responded professionally and thoroughly to my job advert and answered all my subsequent questions promptly.
    He was really helpful when we met and offered lots of advice on many aspects of our scheme, even those outside the scope of his instructions.
    He was able to turn around the drawings very quickly and by the date he said he would. We were very happy with the scheme he came up with and
    I would definitely work with him again in the future.

  • Extension advice and planning permission preparation

  • Initial advice on ground floor extension

  • Side Return Extension

    Lee helped with drawings for our extension project. He is an experience architect and has provided us with some valuable advice.

  • Rear and side extension design and planning

  • Architectural plans for a kitchen redesign

  • Assistance with planning permission application

    Lee has been very helpful throughout the process of making my planning application, including the pre-planning application and the various adjustments to our application resulting from that exercise.

  • Fitting partition walls in open plan studio

    Lee is very generous with his time and expertise. Very helpful, knowledgeable and great communicator. He gave me many useful tips at the onset of my project.

  • Extension plans

  • Design options to relocate bathroom

    Lee provided us with lots of ideas and was very generous with his time in discussing the project during his consultation. He gave us options that we hadn't previously thought of. He also gave us a very honest appraisal of which of his services were required and saved us a good deal of money.

  • License to Alter and Building Control approval

    Efficient and knowledgable, gave some really good insight and tips.
    Would definitely recommend.

  • Convert terrace for additional floor space

  • Roof Terrace Loft Conversion

    Lee was very helpful from the outset at the site visit and through the whole planning application. I would defiantly recommend him.

  • Kitchen extension plan ASAP

    Was ok, provided good suggestion on layout, had to chase my drawings, bit small drawings given they print on A3, but overall seemed to pass with the council.

  • Structural Engineer required for Building Control appli

  • Building extension and loft extension

    Lee was very helpful and very knowledgeable. He provided a lot of useful information and highly recommend

  • Need drawings for garage conversion to residential

  • Quote on Upstairs extension for Coach House

  • House split into flats, garage conversion

    I have had couple of interactions with Lee Davidson. Over the phone and then email follow up, where he did research on what we discussed during our phone call and then he sent me the relevant information that I required.
    I appreciate that it was prompt, I received emails within few hours of our telephone conversation.
    During our phone call, he seems professional and knowledgable on the subject we discussed.

    Maria

  • Plans for garage conversion and loft conversion

  • Planning Permission Drawings for Basement Conversion

    Lee was extremely helpful and generated some really good ideas in relation to our building project. He spent a good amount of time with us and drew up excellent plans to submit for planning permission. Lee was very professional and oversaw the planning permission application on our behalf which was accepted within a reasonable timeframe. I would highly recommend Lee as we found him to be a very creative and adaptable architect.

  • Plans for a side return extension.

  • Weatherboarded outbuilding/workshop

    Lee came to assess our project and provided some honest and very useful advice... he made suggestions on how we could proceed and highlighted our limitations. Although we were not due to use his services as our project was going to exceed our budget, Lee kindly gave up his own time to research alternatives for us and let us know these by email. Really appreciated his help.

  • Kitchen options

    We hired Lee for advice on potential options open to us to improve and increase our kitchen space. He was extremely helpful explaining the options to us and the pros and cons of each. We now know what will be best for us and he has doubt saved us money in the long run. Throughly recommended.

  • internal configuration changes - glazebrook

    Lee was speedy in response, arrived on time and spent time understanding our requirements before rapidly providing the plans we requested. Thoroughly recommend his services.

  • structural engineer or surveyor required

  • Salisbury Road

    We wanted to explore the idea of changing the circulation on the ground floor and had a consultation session with Lee about it. He was patient and friendly and gave us lots of practical advice and talked us through the process on how to get started.

  • Basement conversion and side rear extension

  • Loft Conversion

    I hired Lee for planning permission on a loft conversion, it became apparent the task was overwhelming for him & skillset was not up to the standard required, this was echoed by the planning officer. He submitted drawings without consulting me, was very slow in his responses. More than once the planning officer told him his drawings were not good enough & missing important details. The planning officer spelt everything out that needed doing & despite this his drawings were still substandard. It took 6wks from initial contact to get the papers submitted. Our application was made valid three months from first contract and he forgot to submit the heritage statement. The planning officer had to refer him to the Residential Standards on a number of occasions as his drawings & proposed plans contravened them. I was surprised at his handling of this: I would expected that he would understand the Residential Standards & how to apply them but also that he would respond appropriately to the planning officers guidance & suggestions promptly in order to get my plans through, rather than arguing minutiae or ignoring the planning officers comments. The planning officer made numerous requests for him to provide scaled drawings & accurate dimensions to properly assess my application. This is a basic aspect of planning and certainly what i expected from him given his qualifications. I withdrew the application as it became apparent it would not be completed in time or to the standard required.

    Lee Davidson RIBA's reply:

    Although a challenging context in the Blackheath Conservation Area, Case Officer Russell Brown and I successfully agreed an acceptable scheme with Mr Cullen. It is completely normal for a Case Officer to request additional info (drawings/reports etc) in order to agree scheme specifics.
    Without prior notice, Mr Cullen decided to withdraw his Application 4 days before the Decision was due. I fear this may have been prompted by the time-pressured Case Officer. Unfortunately once an Application is withdrawn the Officer is no longer obliged to produce his report. I would therefore have advised against taking this approach; I believe Mr Cullen would have received consent. I therefore wish him every future success.
    Best Wishes Lee Davidson

  • Internal redesign & extend 2 bed Victorian maisonnette

  • Various renovations

    Lee visited us and gave us lots of good advice and new ideas and left us with a feeling we've got it all pretty much under control which was nice as we can't really afford an architect. But thanks to Lee's positive attitude we now feel confident to take this project on ourselves.

  • Redesign internal layout of large Victorian 2 bed flat

  • Small extension

    I needed drawings for a small extension and for them to be submitted to the planning department, I'd already had one refusal. Lee went through the procedure with me and had some brilliant ideas, he e-mailed me regularly and kept me updated throughout! I couldn't recommend him enough absolutely fantastic I received planning permission a couple of days ago! He is trustworthy and really thinks out of the box
    If I need an architect again Lee will be my first port of call.

  • Extension

    Lee has been great during this process, providing input, ideas and thoughts during the design process and handling interactions with the council planning department when required. Recommended.

  • Extension at the rear of the house

    Very helpful discussion and ideas. I now know what's possible within my budget.

  • Reconfigure bedroom layout & design new extension

  • L Shaped rear extension -ground floor

    Can't rate Lee highly enough, exactly what we were looking for, an architect with patience, experience and ideas for our project. He suggested things we would never have thought of and that advice is priceless. We had a consultation with Lee and it wasn't rushed and he really listened to what we wanted and even when I amended the plans just prior to submission Lee was fine with that. I am pleased to report that we now have planning permission thanks to Lee's patience and resilience with the planners. There are cheaper and there are more expensive Architects out there but Lee is a professional, worth the money. I am now recommending him to friends.

  • Flat conversion/extension

    Lee was very cooperative throughout the process. It took some time but Lee handled well the interaction with the planning officer.

  • Planning & construction drawings for loft conversion

  • remodel/extension

    Lee was extremely helpful and successfully guided us through the planning permission stage.

  • Floor plan drawing

  • Roof extension

    Lee was very responsive and came round to look at the work we needed doing the day after contacting him, he spent a couple of hours quietly measuring up and taking notes. He also spoke at length with us about what we wanted to do and offered advice on what may or may not get through planning. He completed the drawings a week or so later and was more than happy to make any amendments we wanted. We are now getting ready to submit these drawings to the planners, which Lee is helping us to do. Lee is a lovely chap and if we get planning permission we will definitely ask him to help us with the actual job.

  • Architecture Design for flat and loft conversion

  • architects plans

    Great communication and easy to work with and more important delivers on the deadline!

  • Plans for loft conversion

    Lee gave us informed information regarding our possible loft conversion. We are actively following his advice.

  • Kitchen extension

    Lee did a good job for us, providing Architectural and Detail Design drawings for a small (3m x 3m) extension to our kitchen.
    The extension hasn't been built yet so too early to say if the Architecture works or not - but we assume so based on positive comments from our builder!
    +ve points - Lee gave very professional advice and produced professional drawings including modifications as required. Lee's drawings went through permitted development check at the council without a hitch and within agreed timescale. Provided good contacts for Structural Engineering and Building Control. Lee worked well with the Structural Engineer.
    -ve points - given that this is fairly small scale work - Lee was sometimes a bit slow to respond to requests and overall I feel his services are fairly pricey for this size of project.
    : Would we use Lee again & recommend him - yes.

  • Ground floor extension

    Great and always went out of his way to help with any issues.

  • Architect/Structural engineer for replacement dorma

    A hearty recommendation for Lee- he came along at times that suited us and came up with some ideas for our Loft & Kitchen extension. The plans came in on time and Lee helped with an issue that came up with the local Planning Department very late on in the job. Thanks Lee!

  • Outline plans for house reordering

  • Top floor flat reconfigure with planning required

    Excellent. Lee went over and beyond in regards to helping us secure planning and a further amendment. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

  • Remodeling front of the house.

    He rings me 9:45pm to tell me that he paid so much money to the website he wont be able to see his sick child in Germany. He is very rude and full of it keep clear.

    Lee Davidson RIBA's reply:

    Hi, It was a shame to receive this feedback comment. Mr Savas had asked me to call him as soon as possible to discuss his scheme, I am always happy to call after working hours if this is useful for the client. Unfortunately Mr Savas was not in favour of paying my £250 fee for the Initial 2 hour consultation. Unfortunately this is a necessary charge which does help deter those who seek free help and advice. I wish Mr Savas all the best with his project moving forward. Best wishes Lee Davidson RIBA

  • Drawings of an internal wall to be removed

  • Planning Permission - Replacement Windows

    Lee dealt with our planning application quickly and smoothly and kept us up to date throughout the process. The end result was a planning application that effectively explained our proposal both in writing and through the supporting drawings. Having recently had the application approved by Southwark Council I would not hesitate to recommend Lee to others.

  • Produce design & drawings for planning approval

  • Single storey extension design

  • Loft Conversion 6m x 6m

    Lee was excellent in providing thorough detail at the start of our engagement, as well as through every step of the process. Quick to respond and clear communication throughout, I would definitely appoint Lee for future projects.

  • Architect

  • Design for outside stairs/balcony

    The drawings and plans were excellent. Unfortunately our planning permission process was slightly more long-winded than anticipated but got there in the end thanks to Lee's help and persistence with our local council.

  • Assistance with designing a rear and side extension

  • Drawings and planning application for a garage

  • Side Return extension plans for planning permission

  • Extension plans

    Mr Davidson attended the property and seemed very helpful, knowledgeable and professional. We tasked him with drawing plans for a two-storey rear extension.

    He demanded all his fees up front, and from this point forward the level of responsiveness and the quality of work significantly dropped, sometimes taking over a week to respond to queries.

    The planning permission was subsequently turned down, with the planning office stating that the plans never stood a chance of approval, as they did not meet the standards laid out in the regulations, something that the architect should have been well aware of. The officer also commented on the substandard drawings which lacked details expected from an architect, and was surprised at how much we were charged for something so basic.

    When we asked Mr. Davidson for some simple amendments to the drawings in order to meet regulations and be submitted again; he quoted us an extortionate hourly rate, given we had already paid him well upwards of a 4 figure sum. We refused, and decided to make the alterations ourselves, which sums up how simple the changes should have been for a trained architect. We received planning approval for the drawings we amended and submitted ourselves.

    We would highly advise to avoid him at all cost if you don’t want to waste your time and money.

  • Side return/wrap around extension

  • Opening up staircase

    Even though Lee couldn't carry out the work for me on this occasion, he spent a lot of time educating me on the work that would be done and the whole process. He was also able to suggest a number of professionals that could assist me. I would definitely recommend Lee's services.

  • Kitchen Dinner family room development and extension

  • Roof Terrace Mansard Design

  • Rear Extension, Upstairs reconfig Layout and Loft conv.

  • Extensions

    Lee is a very patient man, explained the work in details and will answer your questions in his knowledge.
    I have left all the planning jobs in his hands and he has done it brilliantly.
    He is very professional and the cost is very open and reasonable, we will definitely recommend him to my other friends.

  • Plans required for Merton Council Prior Approval

    Lee was very helpful in giving us advice for the work we were having done. He was very knowledgeable and gave us solid advice. I would definitely use him again and refer to anyone else.

  • Extension

    We had a very pleasant experience with Lee and he was able to get us the planning permission even though the council tried to be funny. Highly recommended :)

  • Architectural advice/drawings on 1930's semi in Lambeth

    Some very useful information was offered by Lee and he has helped us have a good understanding of what is and isn't possible. Some rough designs were sketched on the day and now we are in a position to make decisions on what we want to do.
    Nice guy and I would definitely recommend him

  • Draw and apply for planning

    Thank you very much for you assistance. At present we are not moving forward with the build as it was planned. Many Thanks Faye

  • Renovation/Extension, Drawings and Planning Approvals

  • Rear extension

  • Design and create plans for garage conversion

  • Drawings&planning application house extension by 1floor

  • Single story extension

  • Side 2 storey extension

  • Advice

  • Barn conversation / change of use

  • Architect

  • Rear ground floor extension & re-layout

    Lee was responsive and understood our needs in arriving at a new ground floor layout that was as we wanted. He came up with a solutions when required and recommended a very good and responsive structural engineer as well. Our works are complete and the space works just as we envisioned it would.

  • Drawings & Planning Permission Chimney Removal

    Lee proved some very compelling ideas and contact on how to process with my job further. I had limited idea on what I needed actually and he has given me nice advices on what will be the best way to complete it and helped to find a structural engineer to help. The task is still ongoing and it was probably slightly different from his core competence but would recommend him no problem.

  • Extension

    Lee has been fantastic drawing up the plans (both planning and building regs) for our single storey rear kitchen/diner extension and bathroom redesign. Working in property, I've had plenty of experience with architects and cannot recommend Lee highly enough. He has sound practical and legal knowledge and was very competitive and transparent re fees throughout the process. He had a number of creative ideas which we had not previously considered which have really added value to our project as well as the value of our home, which is always an added benefit. Lee has been quick to respond to queries throughout and has assisted with additional issues which have arisen (such as dealing with a query raised by a neighbour) with very good advice all free of charge.

    If I was to do any further works I wouldn't hesitate in using Lee and would highly recommend him to others.

    Dan

    London

  • Kitchen Dining Room

  • House extension and remodelling

    Lee has been great so far on this job. Very quick response and meeting was arranged quickly. Spent a lot of time with me on the first and explained the procedures. The fees are fare and I feel confident with his advice and expertise.

  • new build

    If you want to throw time and money down the drain employ this joker who insists on having all his fees upfront and then gives you the run around until you go away and he fails in the duties charged to him. What an absolute waste of space this lunatic is. Be warned.

    Lee Davidson RIBA's reply:

    I was appointed by Mr Arthurs to prepare scheme drawings for Pre Planning Application Advice with Enfield Council for a speculative 3 bed house.
    Enfield Council provided extremely useful advice for Mr Arthurs regarding this scheme in order that he could proceed with a Full Planning Application. Mr Arthurs has consistently mistaken this advice for a refusal of a Planning application.
    I have therefore referred Mr Arthurs to the RIBA website should he wish to source an alternative Architect to prepare a Full Planning Application.
    I wish him all the best with his ventures.

  • Design of ground floor extension

  • Summerlee Avenue, East Finchley N2

  • Modifying plan drawings for rear & 1st floor extension

  • Extension to kitchen and add in downstairs bathroom

    Been clear and efficient throughout and kept chasing re planning. Completed first stage, and now on to the main design stage, so early days but so far so good. Thanks.

  • Floor plan guidance

    Fantastic advice, generous with his time. Would highly recommend

  • Technical drawings required for 2 applications

    Really easy to deal with so far, fair pricing and good quality of work. Looking forward to doing further projects for sure.

  • House Renovations

  • Kitchen side extension

  • Architectural plans for extension to house

  • Draw plans for an extension and oversee planning app

    Lee was hired to draw up some plans for an extension and a garage conversion. It was a long journey due to the councils slow archaic process but lee persevered and got the planning approved. His communication throughout was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to use his services again. Highly recommended.

  • Plans for extension

    Lee provided us with an excellent consultation. Arrived on time, was helpful and informative. Highly skilled, Highly recommended.

  • extention

  • Extend kitchen, convert loft and move internal stairs

    My interactions with Lee were quite some time ago, but given our experiences, we would not utilise Lee's services again. Our plans were ultimately approved by the council, which was the desired outcome, but in our experience, Lee lacks the bedside manner we expected from a professional service provider - hence the neutral feedback.

    I wish Lee all the best.

  • Single Storey Extension to back of mid terrace Hendon

    Hired Lee for extension consultation.

  • Remodelling a bedroom & ensuite to create 2 bedrooms

    Really enjoyed working with Lee-he came to our home on a Saturday at a time to suit us to discuss our ideas, and had the plans drawn up quicker than his original timeline estimate, which was great. Lee then submitted & liaised with the local authority on our behalf too. Would have no hesitation in recommending Lee & would definitely use again.

  • rear house extension and loft conversion

    Lee spent a great deal of time with us working through the details of our back extension. He was very patient and had lots of good suggestions. He was completely transparent about the fees we would be charged and made it clear what our options were. He helped out too with suggesting other contractors/professionals we needed at different times to take the project forward. Things got pretty pushed at towards the end after the council appeared to have forgotten about our planning permission, but Lee moved everything forward for us and we were good to go as planned. I am sure things got quite aggravating for him at times, but he was able to keep things on track, and we were very grateful for his thoroughness.

  • Plans and Permission for Terraced House in Muswell Hill

  • Design extension to 1930s house, Richmond Borough

    Lee designed a ground floor, part first floor extension for our house and submitted the application to the council, liaising with the planning officer as required during the process. He made some great suggestions and was very helpful as we made decisions about what we wanted. I would highly recommend him to others.

  • Refurb of Victorian Terrace House's Kitchen/Dining Room

  • End terrace house extension

    We hired Lee to provide an initial consultation on an end terrace house extension. Lee spent over 3 hours with my wife and walked through the whole process. He was very thorough and provided us with several ideas to consider. As a follow up he provided an estimation of the cost of the project and the process/timeline.

    Although we are not going to go ahead with the extension - we would definitely use him on any future projects. Highly recommended.

  • Plans for single storey extension

  • Garage Conversion Plans

  • Loft conversion & garden room/kitchen revision

  • Design input and Drawings required for house updating

  • Extension to rear of property , possible wrap around

  • Loft Conversion

    We hired Lee to advise on a loft conversion but he gave us better ideas on how to improve the look of the house by doing an extension. We were very impressed with his in-depth and diverse knowledge and experience .
    We would recommend Lee to friends and family.

  • Rear extension plus internal remodelling

    Discussions with Lee were great. He clarified the process, pricing and approach and was very flexible. A good guy to deal with.

  • Residential 2 story extension / loft development

  • Extension ideas, feasibility. drawings, etc.

    Lovely chap with some nice ideas, and a reasonable initial quote. Problem was, when he got home, he decided the actually wanted to charge more than seven times what quoted!

  • Extension to basement flat

  • Planning permission for conversion town house

    From the very moment I hired Lee the communication was brilliant. Lee called me and spent a while explaining the process and the next steps. Lee then came over at an agreed date and spent a few hours at the property advising on the best way of doing our conversion. I already had some ideas of what I wanted to do but Lees experience meant that I changed my original plans to what Lee suggested as it was a much better layout. At that point I instructed Lee to complete the plans which were done exactly to my requirements and in good time. Lee continued to update me throughout the application process regularly and kept in touch with the planning officer dealing with our application.

    I will definitely use Lee again and would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for architectural services. An absolute pleasure to deal with. Many thanks.

  • Loft Conversion/Flat layout

  • planning permission for balcony & garage conversion

  • Loft Conversion Plans

    Lee was very prompt and professional, he provide due with multiple options for our loft conversion before drawing up plans.

  • Re-design of a Victorian house in Leytonstone

    We hired Lee to advise on a side return extension. He was responsive and helpful with his advice. He produced a set of pre-planning drawings. Unfortunately, we decided not to proceed but he was helpful all the same.

  • House extension unsure of size

  • Need some drawings for a terrace extension

  • Sleeping platform

    Lee, was very knowledgeable when dealing with the particular design problem he was faced with. His plans were excellent, work fairly priced, an easy professional.

  • Small terraced house, need plans for reconfiguring room

    Gave a great consultation with good insight as to what we could and couldnt acheive for our budget.

  • Reconfiguring ground floor of 1930's Semi Detached

    Lee was very professional and insightful and we are very pleased with the advice he provided and we plan to retain his services in the near future. Highly recommended.

  • Handrail scale drawing

    Lee was very helpful. Got the job done very quickly and efficiently. Highly recommended.

  • Extension and room conversion plans

  • Large chunk of paster blown out, need investigation

  • Designs & plans for house extension wanted

  • Reconfiguring a Victorian house

    Lee prepared initial drawings for us. We did not proceed with finalising the drawings. They were functional but not very imaginative.

  • Planning permission

    I can't recommend Lee enough. Lee has been great at recommending how we might layout the extension we are planning. Making suggestions to our original ideas, taking into account how the light will fall in the room. And other considerations that we had not even considered. Gain planning consent from the council has not been as straight forward as we had hoped. Lee has kept is up to date and pulled together alternative designs that have enabled us to gain planning permission without compromising the design. We hope to continue to make use of Lee's services through to completion.

  • House extension

  • review before purchase

    Lee was very knowledgeable and helpful. It would have helped on my side to gather more information prior to the meeting (conservation area, etc), but Lee provided all information, suggestions, focus on the most salient points.
    I have recommended him to a friend.

  • Garage extension.

    Lee Davidson

    Very approachable made the whole process of my planning application very simple and straight forward.
    His online quote was reasonable so I knew what I was getting into before agreeing to the job. He then came out for a site visit and we discussed the project. Plans where drawn which when approved by me he submitted to the relevant authorities.
    The professionalism definitely helped in winning my application so thanks very much. Would recommend and use him again.

  • Drawing internal changes

  • Architectural Technician

    Lee was efficient, professional, knowledgeable and friendly. He carried out the job quickly and was available for questions throughout the process. His rate was very reasonable as well.
    Recommended.

  • Planning for rear roof terrace sliding doors

  • Garage extension and stairs relocation

  • Assess development potential of my flat

    Really pleased with the service Lee offered - which was to advise upon and draw up some basic plans in support of a planning application for a loft conversion (which was successfully approved). Lee took great care to explain the details. He was polite, punctual, and readily stepped up to communicate directly with other professionals involved in the process where ever appropriate. Would definitely hire again.

  • Extension+interior deco update

    Came across Lee's contact last November (2010) and things are moving forward with a great pace.

    Few great things to mention:
    -Easy to communicate
    -Quick to respond
    -Reliable and experience
    -Able to take feedback from client and transform to realistic plan and proposals
    -Working closely with local planning authority to ensure all are planned and proceed as quick as possible.

    Would strongly recommend him for any architectural services.

    Cheers

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