Ethos

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We are a dedicated and accomplished team offering a creative approach to design. We strive to combine our expertise and innovative thinking to create fresh and diverse designs, that are based on a keen understanding of architectural heritage and location. Most importantly, the needs and wishes of our clients are central to us. We listen to each brief carefully and work closely with our clients, offering our 40 years of technical and design expertise, to ensure we can maximise the aesthetic and practical potential of every project. We have a very high Planning Approval success rate, currently 99%, which is a reflection of our experience and knowledge of Planning Systems and Policies. We have developed good relationships with Local Authority Planning Departments across the North of England, which have helped us to understand the nuances of distinct Planning issues in diverse locations. We have particular expertise in working on complex designs in greenbelt, open countryside, barn conversions, Class Q, Conservation and Listed Buildings. A fully accredited member of the RIBA’s Chartered Practice, we work primarily across the North of England in areas in and around Cheshire, Manchester, Yorkshire and Liverpool. We incorporate Senior Architects, Architectural Technicians, Interior Designers and CGI Visualisation, to deliver design excellence and first rate client service. Whatever the Project, we will approach it with great enthusiasm and creativity.
5 Things we love...
  • . Imaginative Design Solutions
  • . Breathing New Life Into Listed Buildings
  • . Natural Light Flooded Rooms
  • . Inspired Clients
  • . High Quality Natural Materials
Quotes that inspire us
  • Architecture is measured against the past, you build in the present and try to imagine the future.

    - Richard Rogers
  • Details are not details, they make the design.

    - Charles Eames
  • To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

    - Anatole France
I wonder if the architect
who built a city on rock and roll
ever found work again?
Our office
The Island
1st Floor Suite
St Ann's Parade
Alderley Road
Wilmslow
SK9 1HG
Contact Details
01625 536767

OurAwards

Armstrong Farm
Winner: What House Award 2013 - Best Luxury House
Alderdale
Finalist: LABC Building Excellence Awards 2011 - Best Individual Dwelling
Blue Hills
Commended: Northern Design Awards 2012 - Best Luxury New Build & Best Property of the Year
Edge House
Winner: Northern Design Awards 2013 - Property of the Year
Loxley
Highly Commended: LABC Building Excellence Awards 2012 - Best Luxury Home
Oakdene
Winner: Northern Design Awards 2011 - Best Luxury New Build / Winner: What House Awards 2011 - Best Luxury House
Perdu
Highly Commended: International Property Awards 2010 - Best Property
Ravenswood
Winner: What House Awards 2009 - Best Luxury House
Seven
Commended: Northern Design Awards 2012 - Best Luxury New Build & Best Property of the Year
Thorn Buildings
Commended: Tameside LBC - Best Build Regeneration, 1996
Westfield
Winner: What House Awards 2008 - Best Luxury House / Winner: Northern Design Awards 2008 - Interior Design
Westpoint
“Concept for Living” (now Northern Design Magazine) - Best Small Inner City Regeneration, 2000
A design isn't finished until
someone is using it.
Brenda Laurel
Neil Collins
Meet the Director
Neil is the passionate Director of NC Architecture. After qualifying in 1980 and working in successful mid-size architectural firms, it wasn’t long before he established his own practice. Driven by his desire to build strong relationships with clients that enabled him to fully understand their needs, he aimed to build a practice that could respond with flexibility and creativity, whilst offering a cost-effective and swift turnaround. Neil is an experienced Architect, having worked for 40 years on diverse projects ranging in size, style and function. His expertise varies from Multiple Housing Schemes, Luxury Homes, Leisure Centres and School Extensions. Neil’s work has been inspired by Phillip Johnson, Frei Otto and Frank Lloyd Wright, in particular the common themes of natural forms, natural light and space. Neil has a passion for buildings, that can be both in the landscape and part of it. A seamless integration into the landscape has inspired much of Neil’s approach to designing homes in Cheshire’s open countryside and greenbelt. His designs maximise natural light in a way that facilitates the synthesis of inside and the natural world outside. Neil is dedicated to working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals. Believing anything is possible, whether commercial or residential, Neil has been able to find innovative ways of designing new buildings on complex sites and breathing life into Listed Buildings, adding value whilst retaining the essence of the protected building. Central to Neil’s philosophy is his commitment to designing engaging and comfortable spaces for their occupants; it is essential to him that he is able to achieve this whilst delivering on the commercial objectives of his client’s brief and each unique site. 40 years after qualifying, Neil remains enthusiastic and committed to delivering for each and every one of his clients.
Neil Collins architect
If you weren’t an optimist
it would be impossible
to be an architect.
Norman Foster
Good design is obvious.
Great design is transparent.
Joe Soparano

MeetThe Team

Tom Woodcock
Project Architect
"I am a design driven Project Architect with a passion for places, buildings and design. First and foremost I believe that buildings should be products of their context. Something which I feel favourite architect Tom Kundig’s buildings represent perfectly."
Yan Le
Senior Architectural Designer
"I see design as a balance of creative and analytical processes. I’m drawn to the challenges associated with the re-use of existing forms and structures. Each has its unique story to tell, which is retained in the buildings’ fabric."
Tony Kaba
Senior Architect - Technical Manager
"Architecture is the art of Solving Problems and Shaping Lives. Growing up, finding simple and innovative ways to create objects out of scrap material motivated my journey through architecture - visualising and finding solutions to design briefs."
Tom Partridge
Project Architect
"In my teenage years I spent time working on construction sites. I think this experience, coupled with my passion for art and design, has given me a pragmatic approach to architecture, with a keen interest in the creative use of building materials."
Iain Legge
Architectural Assistant
"Designing from idea to reality is a challenge that inspires me. Aesthetics are only a part of good design, stability and functionality require a deep understanding of how things come together."
Bianca Morgan
Senior Architect
“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty, but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” ~ Buckminster Fuller. The joy of architecture for me is that every client, site and brief is a different challenge. "
Lucie Whiteman
Project Liaison Manager
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Larry Elder. I enjoy applying my organisational, marketing and finance management skills to move the Practice forward, as it continues to grow and expand into new development sectors."
Debi Evans
Office Manager
"After 6 years working here, I have a keen appreciation for architecture, which is something I enjoy exploring on my travels. My job satisfaction comes from managing the office environment, to support and assist my colleagues."
Lezandri van Rooyen
Architectural Assistant
"My passion for architecture and design stems from a desire to better my surroundings and the lives of those within. Although intrinsic, this is not simply in reference to aesthetic values, but more so in utilising my design capabilities, to help sculpt buildings and environments that make life worth living."