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About us

BDA is a design led RIBA Chartered Architectural Practice based close to Southend on Sea in Essex.

Neighbouring the Historic Market Town of Rochford on the mainline link to London, Liverpool Street means that we have direct access to most travel networks linking the UK and we are also situated conveniently within a short distance of the M25, allowing us to cover most locations.

The practice has evolved significantly since its original formation by Jeff Sharp as a Sole Practitioner in the late 1980's.

We have now successfully established ourselves as an exciting and innovative medium sized practice, who over time have amassed a diverse portfolio of projects in the residential, healthcare, education, leisure and commercial sectors.

We have established a significant track record ensuring that our clients realise the true potential of their projects, whether an extension to an existing house, the design of a new build bespoke home or a large-scale project for one of our developer clients.

We listen to our clients and thrive on providing them with an efficient, imaginative, effective and fully committed service from inception to completion.


BDA have completed numerous successful projects in Essex, London and Nationally for many clients including Housing Associations & Local Authorities as well as private and commercial clients. Several projects have involved working in collaboration with other consultants and design teams achieving a very high standard of finished projects.


Architectural Design Service
BDA offer the full architectural service across all RIBA Work Stages, from preparation, design and pre-construction, to construction and use.


Stage 0 – Strategic Definition

This is the consideration stage for you as the client. Once you have contacted us, we would arrange a convenient time to visit you, or for you to visit our studio to talk through your proposals and ideas. It is important for you to write down the outcomes you want to achieve, this is a critical starting point.

It is always advisable to meet a selection of Architects or Designers at this stage, as during this period is when you make the important decision of which Architect or Designer to appoint.

“A good Architect actually pays for themselves more than once. You will reap the reward and the building will be hugely better and deliver much better value for it.”

Kevin McCloud, developer and TV Presenter, Grand Designs


Stage 1 – Preparation & Brief

Should we be successful and you appoint us as your Architects, we would then assist you to prepare the design brief, confirming the key requirements, constraints, procurement method, procedures, organisational structures and the range of consultants and specialists you’ll need to engage for the project.

At this stage a measured and photographic survey will be carried out and a full set of existing drawings will be produced.

We believe that the most important factor when undertaking a project, is to fully understand the importance of the client’s needs and to find an appropriate and achievable solution which not only precisely meets those needs but is also innovative and exciting.


Stage 2 – Concept Design

We then analyse the design brief and during this exciting stage prepare the feasibility concept design ideas based on your brief, often with options and showing outline proposals for structural and building methods, including outline specifications.

We review the procurement method and if required provide the information required to estimate a construction cost.

Once these are ready (usually about 2 weeks) we will issue them to you for comment and (or) discussion.


Stage 3 – Developed Design

At this stage, we develop the approved concept design to detailed design drawings.

During this period, we would confirm the relevant approvals that you will be required to obtain and consult with the relevant Local Authority.

It is crucial to make sure the correct permissions for the work are in place. We will advise on the best approach, and prepare all of the required drawings and forms.

We will submit the application on to the Local Authority for the relevant type of Planning Approval required on your behalf, and act as your agent throughout the entire process until decision is issued.


Stage 4 – Technical Design

During this stage, along with any other required consultants we will prepare the technical design drawings and specifications and (or) schedule of works that will be used for tendering and construction purposes.

It is at this stage where we will submit the technical design drawings to the Local Authority or an Independent Approved Building Control service for checking for compliance with the UK Building Regulations.


Stage 5 – Construction

Throughout the construction phase we are able to administer the contract with the building contractor, carryout regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost and certify payment due to the building contractor.


Stage 6 – Handover & Close Out

When the project is ready to hand over, we are able to inspect the works and issue a certificate of Practical Completion once the works have been completed in accordance with the drawings and (or) any other contract documents. We can advise on defect resolution and help you agree the final account. We can also help building users during the initial occupation period and carry out post-occupation evaluations.


Stage 7 – In Use

We advise on defect resolution and help you agree the final account. We can also help building users during the initial occupation period and carry out post-occupation evaluations.

Other services

Interior Design Measured Surveys Graphic Design Branding

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The studio is led by Creative Director & Chartered Architect Scott Fairley and Founding Director Jeff Sharp.

Our well rounded and complete team consists of highly skilled Chartered Architects, Designers, Technologists and Consultants that work seamlessly and collaboratively in house and externally to repeatedly deliver high quality, innovative, usable and economical design solutions.

We are thoroughly committed to logical and rational design, furnishing our clients with buildings that exceed their expectations.

Our studio is based in a former Golf Professional’s Shop, set in a quiet, relaxing rural environment, overlooking beautiful tree lined green space, providing the perfect context for innovative and creative thinking.

The BDA team

The entire BDA team work across all stages of a project from the inception to completion. This ensures that there is an enthusiastic and energetic atmosphere in the studio and this interpreted directly into the buildings that we craft.

Our mission is to bring together the highest calibre of Architectural Professionals.

We believe that the BDA team offers excellence at all levels and every member is committed to continued professional development and are always striving to acquire new skills.

Jeff Sharp, AIPD MSAEC
Founding Director

Scott Fairley, BA (Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA
Creative Director/Chartered Architect

Greg Nichols, DipArch ARB RIBA
Senior Associate/Chartered Architect

Craig Pallett, BA (Hons) Arch
Associate/Architectural Designer

Iain Stobbs, BA (Hons) PG DipArch
Associate/Architectural Designer

Emily Grech,
Architectural Assistant


Rob Jarratt, BSc (Hons) MArch ARB RIBA
Consultant Chartered Architect

Oliver Beacham, ACIAT
Consultant Architectural Technologist

Daniel Adeshile, BA (Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA
Consultant Chartered Architect



Studio on the Green
Ballards Gore Golf Club
Gore Road, Canewdon, Essex SS4 2DA

(01702) 548 588