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We are looking for an enthusiastic Architect or experienced Part II Architectural Assistant with job running experience to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have experience working on residential projects through all RIBA stages in the UK and display good technical knowledge. Witcher Crawford are a medium sized practice working predominantly in the […]

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Architectural Technician or Technologist to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have at least five years’ experience working on residential projects in the UK and have excellent technical and detailing skills. Witcher Crawford are a medium sized practice working predominantly in the high end private […]

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Witcher Crawford are delighted to receive Planning Permission for an impressive new-build property in rural Hampshire.

Nestled in a sensitive site adjacent to ancient woodland, the design demanded meticulous consideration of its context and the unique needs of our disabled client. The functionality of the planform, flow within the property, ease of use and access of all spaces was the starting point for creating this new home.

The resultant scheme is an interplay of utilitarian and contemporary domestic architecture, with a brickwork, zinc, and cedar material palette with large format glazing. In combination, this provides a high quality of light and low need for maintenance, whilst fitting with its sensitive rural setting. Detailing of cedar interspersed on the façade and a triangulated zinc porch add a contemporary quality to the overall design.

Within the heart of the design lies an open-plan layout, thoughtfully crafted to prioritize accessibility, and equipped with tailor-made facilities, including an X-Y hoist system and hydrotherapy pool. In addition, the proposal incorporates solar panels, amplifying its environmental credentials and sustainability.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Part I Assistant to aid with a range of projects at our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have a good working knowledge of AutoCAD and good working ability in SketchUp. We provide a broad and engaging experience that will be of great benefit when progressing to […]

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Witcher Crawford are excited to share a proposal for a new signature canopy concept for the Phoenix Theatre, built from a network of tessellated triangular panels. The design seeks to generate interest in the front façade with a new energy that will elevate the theatre as a centrepiece in the community of Bordon.

Green triangular panels reflect the theatre site’s deep army history, formally part of Bordon and Longmoor Camp. The canopy form is inspired by themes of parasitic architecture that generates powerful visual interest from the striking triangular geometry imposed on the existing brick skin.

The works include external level changes and a new internal lift to improve accessibility for all. This is part of a broader initiative that involves roof maintenance, the installation of solar panels, and additional internal refurbishments which collectively contribute to securing the sustainability of the theatre for the years ahead.

We are very pleased to announce that we have received planning permission for this accessible hydrotherapy pool extension to a family home in Hampshire.

The design of this extension is centred around creating a comfortable and accessible space;  providing new hydrotherapy pool facilities and introducing an open plan configuration to the most active areas of the house which will improve manoeuvrability for wheelchair use.

The brick extension features a low pitch zinc roof and timber elements for a soft, contemporary appearance against the traditional detached house. New glazing with the use of timber louvres and deep overhangs will utilise Southern sunlight to provide quality of light to the new hydrotherapy space and into existing areas of the house. The extension will link to a newly landscaped garden to form a considered overall scheme which will be enjoyed by all the family.

We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and proactive Part II Assistant to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have at least 1 years’ experience working in the residential sector with good technical knowledge and great communication skills. Witcher Crawford are a friendly practice working predominately in the high end private domestic sectors […]

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We are looking for an enthusiastic Architectural Technician to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have at least two years’ experience working on residential projects and have a good technical and detailing skills. Witcher Crawford are a medium sized practice working predominantly in the high end private domestic sectors across the whole of […]

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We are delighted to share our most recent Planning Approval for our Lifetime Home on this rural National Park site. The proposal includes the alteration of an existing property with the addition of a larger modern extension to provide much needed and suitable accommodation for wheelchair use.

The new contemporary extension is designed with the influence of a modern barn structure that will utilise zinc and timber cladding. The scheme is enhanced by new native planting that form hedgerows and wildlife corridors allowing the proposals to harmonise with the wider countryside setting. The topography of the site presented us with an interesting challenge for an accessible home, but the combined architectural and landscape design will provide full accessibility around the site.

Internally the property will offer flexible living arrangements and a hydrotherapy pool as well as utilising specialist assistive technology to make the home as functional and enjoyable as possible.

Building on our successful start to 2023, January brings another planning permission for a large extension and remodelling of this rural property in Hampshire.

This Eclectic style extension has been designed as a modern twist to the original house that harmonises with the existing forms and massing, providing well crafted architectural details and interest. The design focuses on the provision of a new larger kitchen and family hub space that feeds into the rest of the house. A new two storey front entrance has also been designed to create a focal point to the principal facade.

The new principal bedroom suite includes a large window seat with day bed that looks out over the rolling Hampshire countryside.

Our first working day of the new year has yielded planning approval for the extension and remodelling of a detached property in Hampshire.

The designs give the property a contemporary twist in a modern Eclecticism, bringing flexible modern family living.

The permission also includes an array of PV panels to improve the property's energy performance and running costs.

An early Christmas present has come in from Winchester City council for one of our client. We are happy to have received planning approval for this small contemporary extension and garden studio in Winchester.

The project involves internal alterations, rear and attic extensions, and a separate garden studio to the rear of the property on this urban house to provide modern family living.

The extension and garden studio have been designed to have a contemporary form which is clad in zinc for a clean modern aesthetic.

The works will provide a more logical layout and larger amenity space for a growing family to enjoy their property and allow private home working.

We are very pleased to have received planning approval for a complex extension in the Green Belt in Dorset.

Working closely with the planning team during pre-application discussions, approval was gained for a substantial extension which will provide much needed space and privacy for the family living in this small cottage. The works also include the alteration of the cottage to provide a new central staircase, replacing the existing unsafe stair in the living room. The property is now ready to be transformed into a modern family home.

A large hole has been dug at our site for a new build contemporary Arts and Crafts house near the South Downs.

With the foundations piled and the site dug down to the required levels, we will imminently begin constructing this new build house, starting with the basement pool. The site is being prepped for the pouring of the floor slab and forming the pool, walls will follow soon after.

See our previous post on this project here.

https://youtube.com/shorts/0vTRXXkqLTQ

With its external envelope fully finished, including the complimentary oak and wrought iron detailing to the private first floor terrace, the interior is reaching its final stages. We have also included a sneak peak of the pool progress where the polished plaster walls are just about to commence.

The transformation of this modern family home in Winchester is nearing completion.

The project has been constructed during a challenging period of economic change with material shortages and aluminium windows almost becoming the mythical fenestration.

We look forward to sharing finished images of the bright interiors soon.

We were approached by a client who was unsuccessful in achieving planning approval with other consultants. By carrying out a detailed analysis of the site and after careful negotiations with the local authority, Witcher Crawford Architects managed to secure planning consent in 2019 for a new build house on this sensitive site. The house is now complete.

This new build house has recently come to completion in Leatherhead. The project involved replacing a mid-20th century bungalow and garage with a new 2 storey house with an integrated garage.

The client asked for a traditional and unfussy design to be in keeping with the local vernacular, and to be a standalone building in its own right.

Undertaking a careful assessment of the site and the street context, we successfully achieved planning approval for a 240% increase in floor area from the existing house to the new design. 

After 10 years of dedication to the technical detail of projects at Witcher Crawford, Mike Benford is finally hanging up his set square as his retires from the architectural profession. It is with our greatest thanks and appreciation that we wish Mike a long and happy retirement.

Born a year after the end of the WWII, Mike has worked for a number of prestigious architectural practices in Hampshire, but he saved the best for last when joining Witcher Crawford in 2012. Our relationship goes back over twenty years when working with Mike at a previous practice. His immaculately hand drawn details and elegant handwriting were well regarded by consultants and contractors alike.

Mike has been an inspiration, mentor, fount of all knowledge and all round technical guru at Witcher Crawford and many staff past and present have benefited from his wealth of experience.

His calm and friendly demeanour will be sorely missed, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

Thank you Mike and don’t forget to pop by for some tea and cake from time to time.

This project involved extensive remodelling and extensions to a post war detached house, more than doubling the size of the property. This was a challenging brief due to site restrictions, in particular numerous mature trees in close proximity. The house is designed in a modern Arts and Crafts style, with creasing tiles and stone details used throughout. Large metal framed glazing was crucial to the design in order to flood the deep floor plan with natural light and open the house up to the mature garden.

Check out our new page on this project here

This newly completed extension has seen Witcher Crawford return to a property where we had created a basement extension more than a decade earlier. Charged with designing a two storey extension over the top of our previous work, we set to make the property more functional for modern family living. Harnessing natural light was a big part of the design with light passages dropping through the extension, with an impressive glass floor to the living room.

The new extension brings contemporary spaces to this Georgian terraced property.

We are very pleased to announce the granting of Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent for the extension and alteration of a Grade II Listed Barn.

The project creates much needed alterations and an extension that will provide a functional home tailored to the specific needs of the disabled resident. The works are sensitive to the listed structure, and the extension has been designed to carry through the language of the barn.

The remodelling and extension of this elegant country house near the south coast in Hampshire has allowed us to created some fantastic spaces for modern family living. The new orangery provides a great family hub, with the new cinema having become their favourite space. The property also includes a new feature staircase, gym and part subterranean garage. We are just waiting for sun to appear so that we can share external images of the house and landscaping.

We are delighted to have been granted planning approval for the extension and full refurbishment of this Edwardian house in Southampton. Following some poor modernisation in the late 1980’s the property has been left empty for the past 20 years.

Witcher Crawford will restore the lost Edwardian Architecture details whist adding a modern Edwardian extension to the rear of this sloping site.

It has been a busy few months for Witcher Crawford with a number of our projects being completed on site or in the main throws of construction. We have also had a number of exciting architectural projects submitted for planning, in Hampshire, Sussex and Devon.

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We are looking for an enthusiastic Architect or experienced Part II Architectural Assistant with job running experience to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have experience working on residential projects through all RIBA stages in the UK and display good technical knowledge. Witcher Crawford are a medium sized practice working predominantly in the […]

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Architectural Technician or Technologist to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have at least five years’ experience working on residential projects in the UK and have excellent technical and detailing skills. Witcher Crawford are a medium sized practice working predominantly in the high end private […]

Read more

Witcher Crawford are delighted to receive Planning Permission for an impressive new-build property in rural Hampshire.

Nestled in a sensitive site adjacent to ancient woodland, the design demanded meticulous consideration of its context and the unique needs of our disabled client. The functionality of the planform, flow within the property, ease of use and access of all spaces was the starting point for creating this new home.

The resultant scheme is an interplay of utilitarian and contemporary domestic architecture, with a brickwork, zinc, and cedar material palette with large format glazing. In combination, this provides a high quality of light and low need for maintenance, whilst fitting with its sensitive rural setting. Detailing of cedar interspersed on the façade and a triangulated zinc porch add a contemporary quality to the overall design.

Within the heart of the design lies an open-plan layout, thoughtfully crafted to prioritize accessibility, and equipped with tailor-made facilities, including an X-Y hoist system and hydrotherapy pool. In addition, the proposal incorporates solar panels, amplifying its environmental credentials and sustainability.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Part I Assistant to aid with a range of projects at our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have a good working knowledge of AutoCAD and good working ability in SketchUp. We provide a broad and engaging experience that will be of great benefit when progressing to […]

Read more

Witcher Crawford are excited to share a proposal for a new signature canopy concept for the Phoenix Theatre, built from a network of tessellated triangular panels. The design seeks to generate interest in the front façade with a new energy that will elevate the theatre as a centrepiece in the community of Bordon.

Green triangular panels reflect the theatre site’s deep army history, formally part of Bordon and Longmoor Camp. The canopy form is inspired by themes of parasitic architecture that generates powerful visual interest from the striking triangular geometry imposed on the existing brick skin.

The works include external level changes and a new internal lift to improve accessibility for all. This is part of a broader initiative that involves roof maintenance, the installation of solar panels, and additional internal refurbishments which collectively contribute to securing the sustainability of the theatre for the years ahead.

We are very pleased to announce that we have received planning permission for this accessible hydrotherapy pool extension to a family home in Hampshire.

The design of this extension is centred around creating a comfortable and accessible space;  providing new hydrotherapy pool facilities and introducing an open plan configuration to the most active areas of the house which will improve manoeuvrability for wheelchair use.

The brick extension features a low pitch zinc roof and timber elements for a soft, contemporary appearance against the traditional detached house. New glazing with the use of timber louvres and deep overhangs will utilise Southern sunlight to provide quality of light to the new hydrotherapy space and into existing areas of the house. The extension will link to a newly landscaped garden to form a considered overall scheme which will be enjoyed by all the family.

We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and proactive Part II Assistant to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have at least 1 years’ experience working in the residential sector with good technical knowledge and great communication skills. Witcher Crawford are a friendly practice working predominately in the high end private domestic sectors […]

Read more

We are looking for an enthusiastic Architectural Technician to join our practice in Winchester. Applicants should ideally have at least two years’ experience working on residential projects and have a good technical and detailing skills. Witcher Crawford are a medium sized practice working predominantly in the high end private domestic sectors across the whole of […]

Read more

We are delighted to share our most recent Planning Approval for our Lifetime Home on this rural National Park site. The proposal includes the alteration of an existing property with the addition of a larger modern extension to provide much needed and suitable accommodation for wheelchair use.

The new contemporary extension is designed with the influence of a modern barn structure that will utilise zinc and timber cladding. The scheme is enhanced by new native planting that form hedgerows and wildlife corridors allowing the proposals to harmonise with the wider countryside setting. The topography of the site presented us with an interesting challenge for an accessible home, but the combined architectural and landscape design will provide full accessibility around the site.

Internally the property will offer flexible living arrangements and a hydrotherapy pool as well as utilising specialist assistive technology to make the home as functional and enjoyable as possible.

Building on our successful start to 2023, January brings another planning permission for a large extension and remodelling of this rural property in Hampshire.

This Eclectic style extension has been designed as a modern twist to the original house that harmonises with the existing forms and massing, providing well crafted architectural details and interest. The design focuses on the provision of a new larger kitchen and family hub space that feeds into the rest of the house. A new two storey front entrance has also been designed to create a focal point to the principal facade.

The new principal bedroom suite includes a large window seat with day bed that looks out over the rolling Hampshire countryside.

Our first working day of the new year has yielded planning approval for the extension and remodelling of a detached property in Hampshire.

The designs give the property a contemporary twist in a modern Eclecticism, bringing flexible modern family living.

The permission also includes an array of PV panels to improve the property's energy performance and running costs.

An early Christmas present has come in from Winchester City council for one of our client. We are happy to have received planning approval for this small contemporary extension and garden studio in Winchester.

The project involves internal alterations, rear and attic extensions, and a separate garden studio to the rear of the property on this urban house to provide modern family living.

The extension and garden studio have been designed to have a contemporary form which is clad in zinc for a clean modern aesthetic.

The works will provide a more logical layout and larger amenity space for a growing family to enjoy their property and allow private home working.

We are very pleased to have received planning approval for a complex extension in the Green Belt in Dorset.

Working closely with the planning team during pre-application discussions, approval was gained for a substantial extension which will provide much needed space and privacy for the family living in this small cottage. The works also include the alteration of the cottage to provide a new central staircase, replacing the existing unsafe stair in the living room. The property is now ready to be transformed into a modern family home.

A large hole has been dug at our site for a new build contemporary Arts and Crafts house near the South Downs.

With the foundations piled and the site dug down to the required levels, we will imminently begin constructing this new build house, starting with the basement pool. The site is being prepped for the pouring of the floor slab and forming the pool, walls will follow soon after.

See our previous post on this project here.

https://youtube.com/shorts/0vTRXXkqLTQ

With its external envelope fully finished, including the complimentary oak and wrought iron detailing to the private first floor terrace, the interior is reaching its final stages. We have also included a sneak peak of the pool progress where the polished plaster walls are just about to commence.

The transformation of this modern family home in Winchester is nearing completion.

The project has been constructed during a challenging period of economic change with material shortages and aluminium windows almost becoming the mythical fenestration.

We look forward to sharing finished images of the bright interiors soon.

We were approached by a client who was unsuccessful in achieving planning approval with other consultants. By carrying out a detailed analysis of the site and after careful negotiations with the local authority, Witcher Crawford Architects managed to secure planning consent in 2019 for a new build house on this sensitive site. The house is now complete.

This new build house has recently come to completion in Leatherhead. The project involved replacing a mid-20th century bungalow and garage with a new 2 storey house with an integrated garage.

The client asked for a traditional and unfussy design to be in keeping with the local vernacular, and to be a standalone building in its own right.

Undertaking a careful assessment of the site and the street context, we successfully achieved planning approval for a 240% increase in floor area from the existing house to the new design. 

After 10 years of dedication to the technical detail of projects at Witcher Crawford, Mike Benford is finally hanging up his set square as his retires from the architectural profession. It is with our greatest thanks and appreciation that we wish Mike a long and happy retirement.

Born a year after the end of the WWII, Mike has worked for a number of prestigious architectural practices in Hampshire, but he saved the best for last when joining Witcher Crawford in 2012. Our relationship goes back over twenty years when working with Mike at a previous practice. His immaculately hand drawn details and elegant handwriting were well regarded by consultants and contractors alike.

Mike has been an inspiration, mentor, fount of all knowledge and all round technical guru at Witcher Crawford and many staff past and present have benefited from his wealth of experience.

His calm and friendly demeanour will be sorely missed, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

Thank you Mike and don’t forget to pop by for some tea and cake from time to time.

This project involved extensive remodelling and extensions to a post war detached house, more than doubling the size of the property. This was a challenging brief due to site restrictions, in particular numerous mature trees in close proximity. The house is designed in a modern Arts and Crafts style, with creasing tiles and stone details used throughout. Large metal framed glazing was crucial to the design in order to flood the deep floor plan with natural light and open the house up to the mature garden.

Check out our new page on this project here

This newly completed extension has seen Witcher Crawford return to a property where we had created a basement extension more than a decade earlier. Charged with designing a two storey extension over the top of our previous work, we set to make the property more functional for modern family living. Harnessing natural light was a big part of the design with light passages dropping through the extension, with an impressive glass floor to the living room.

The new extension brings contemporary spaces to this Georgian terraced property.

We are very pleased to announce the granting of Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent for the extension and alteration of a Grade II Listed Barn.

The project creates much needed alterations and an extension that will provide a functional home tailored to the specific needs of the disabled resident. The works are sensitive to the listed structure, and the extension has been designed to carry through the language of the barn.

The remodelling and extension of this elegant country house near the south coast in Hampshire has allowed us to created some fantastic spaces for modern family living. The new orangery provides a great family hub, with the new cinema having become their favourite space. The property also includes a new feature staircase, gym and part subterranean garage. We are just waiting for sun to appear so that we can share external images of the house and landscaping.

We are delighted to have been granted planning approval for the extension and full refurbishment of this Edwardian house in Southampton. Following some poor modernisation in the late 1980’s the property has been left empty for the past 20 years.

Witcher Crawford will restore the lost Edwardian Architecture details whist adding a modern Edwardian extension to the rear of this sloping site.

It has been a busy few months for Witcher Crawford with a number of our projects being completed on site or in the main throws of construction. We have also had a number of exciting architectural projects submitted for planning, in Hampshire, Sussex and Devon.

Read more