There is continued pressure on the construction industry to deal with current and projected demands of a growing & migrating global population. According to the United Nations 68% of the worlds population are projected to live in urban areas by 2050, and today 55% live in urban areas.

This urbanisation is evident in Birmingham. The city's population over the past few years has already risen from 1.18million in 2016 to 1.26million in 2018 and Birmingham is one of three cities forecasted for huge growth over the next 10 years. This projected increase is fuelled by the city’s progressive infrastructure strategy.

The Midland Metro City Centre extension to New Street station has been an immediate success and High- speed 2 continues to progress with the enabling works now underway and the civil infrastructure works being planned
With travel times now predicted to reduce from 1hr21mins to 49mins from Birmingham to London the need for housing in Birmingham is uppermost as urban growth is outpacing the ability to build affordable and sustainable living space.
With the average commute time into London 74mins the extension of Birmingham as a suburb to London is going to provide ever greater opportunities.

Birmingham Architects And Planners

With this backdrop of rapid expansion and high demand for housing, choosing a suitable architect for a Birmingham project requires considerable thought. You want a firm that understands the specific local issues which is also staying ahead of curve in terms of acquiring skills, refining processes and actively seeking solutions to address the issues of urbanisation. You will also want to look into their planning expertise so that your project does not fall at the first hurdle.

Architects cover a lot of ground to get a project up and running. First, they need to provide basic services for any kind of project they undertake: these services include programming, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration. Every architect or architectural firm should be able to offer these services in compliance with the industry’s standard of practice.

Once the basic services have been fulfilled, architects can then move on to provide any additional services that are required: these are the services that are offered to better assist their clients.  Some of these services include technical drawings, alternative project delivery selection, sustainable design, urban design, planning consultancy, bidding/negotiation, project management, 3D rendering, site selection, feasibility studies, building condition audits, full-time representation, electrical schematics, and mixed use architecture.

Rickett Architects & Planning Consultants are committed to offering all of these services and more. They also observe the eight stages based on the RIBA Plan of Work. If you are interested in scheduling an initial consultation for the project you have in mind, give us a call today.

Things You Need To Know Before Hiring An Architect?

Whether you are starting to build your dream home or develop a multi-storey block of affordable housing, there are a number of factors to bear in mind:

  • Be open-minded and flexible when choosing the right people for the job.
  • Allow enough time for you and your architect to do the work properly.
  • Make sure to sort out the budget before hiring an architect for the job.
  • Think long-term. This means that your architect has to know about structural integrity and can provide useful suggestions to increase your property’s value and flexibility for the future.
  • Consider whether your architect already has a team they would like to work with for the project.

Reasons To Hire An Experienced Architect

Hiring a Birmingham Architect early on in the process is the best idea if you want your project to run smoothly. Working with a professional architect tends to help create a plan that’s more suited to your requirements, in terms of the style and your budget. You should consult with an experienced architect on a project if:

  • You do not have any idea of where to start.
  • Your space is restricted.
  • You’re not confident making building choices on your own.
  • Your local building authorities require you to use one.
  • You plan to remodel a unique or historic home, change house styles, or build on a complicated construction site.
  • You’re working on a tight budget.


Architects play a crucial role in the success of any construction project. This is why it is crucial to make the right choice on which professional to get for the job. Let Rickett Architects & Planning Consultants help you plan effectively and design your property just the way you envisioned it. Give us a call today to request for a quotation.


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