My wife and I worked with HAL on a project to establish the feasibility of building a retirement home in the grounds of our home. She quickly identified the conversion and extension of an outbuilding as the best option. She produced plans which maintained most of the existing building whilst fully meeting our requirements. Pam is a pleasure to work with. She was very attentive to our needs whilst adding a lot of value with her own ideas. After an initial delay because she had commitments to existing clients, she moved things on at pace. It felt like we were her only client. We consider her fees good value and would use her again or recommend her to friends without hesitation.
Pam provided helpful input on what we could do with the space we had. The process through local authorities was handled well with all questions promptly answered. The resulting design has enabled the family to have more space in the current climate when we are all at home.
Thank you so much for all your help and advice on this project. You have been wonderful to work with and have given some great thought and advice to this extension. As you know I have already recommended you to my friends, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you again.
Pam is very easy to work with. Her knowledge and expertise proved invaluable in resolving problems with the original design and the end result regularly draws favourable comments from people walking past my house. Very happy customer
We approached Pam of Hertfordshire Architects over 2 years ago to help us obtain planning permission on a particularly sensitive site on green belt in the Welwyn countryside. The majority of applications on the road had been turned down so it was important that to us to employ a local architect with excellent knowledge. With careful interpretation and analysis of local planning policy she successfully obtained planning permission for a large detached new build. Pams expertise and advice had been greatly appreciated and look upon her as a friend.
I have worked with Pam as part of the LABC Partnership scheme and have found her to be very professional and knowledgeable in obtaining Building Regulations approval. Pam is very approachable and produces detailed working drawings that are practical and comprehensible, aiding with the construction process on site. Pam’s expertise allows her to achieve positive outcomes when working with planning and building control officers, I was thrilled when Pam obtained planning permission on a sensitive corner plot for a residential development.
My project of a single storey rear extension and potential third bedroom added to an existing bungalow is probably one of the smaller commissions received by HAL. However, it was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner by Pam Stokes who was both approachable and flexible when the design aspirations were somewhat undermined by budgetary constraints. Pam’s suggestions and willingness to look at alternative ways of realising as much of the design and space potential as possible whilst bearing the cost implications in mind made a stressful situation a great deal easier. At all stages of the process Pam kept me informed, from the initial design to submission of building regulations
I have been very pleased with all aspects of the service provided by HAL.
Pam certainly knows her stuff! Pam has successfully guided us through the plethora of planning rules and regulations we need to comply with to build our extension. Pam is also very diplomatic. When I wanted to build something elaborate and totally unrealistic she very skillfully steered me in the right direction so that we did not get carried away with unnecessary expense. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hertfordshire Architects Ltd.
Our project was far from straightforward and involved the refurbishment of three old victorian buildings into both detached houses and flats. The service, professionalism and advice we received throughout the project from Hal was first class while at the same time friendly. I would recommend Hal to anyone from small/self builder to large developer.
If anyone doubts whether hiring an architect is a waste of time or money, we can assure you it is not! Even for a small extension project like ours, the number of processes involved can be very daunting. Pam has dealt with all the tedious planning applications and associated paperwork, leaving us to concentrate on getting excited about our new build! She has replied to all our queries immediately, creating detailed plans for the builders to work from (for which they are very grateful!). We have been impressed with the helpful, friendly and professional way in which Pam has dealt with us and the planning process and we have no hesitation in recommending her to others.
Pam at Hertfordshire Architects has been very efficient and extremely helpful during the planning process of my extension - I would highly recommend her service ! Thank you
HAL have supported my application for planning with careful and considerate attention to detail. I felt the communication was exceptional and HAL were always happy to talk and explain the process at all times. The planning design and drawings were superb, the effort and professionalism that went into my appeal documentation was superb and a stone was not left unturned. HAL are very knowledgeable about the planning laws and regulations and as a client who's application is so important this is very reassuring!
We approached Pam in 2012 about extending and renovating our property in Ware. She was very thorough and patient in taking us through the different options to help us see what was feasible, and she successfully guided our plans through the planning application and building regulations stages. Pam kept us informed at every point in the process and was prompt, friendly and helpful in responding to our ideas and comments. We would definitely use her again in a similar project.
We have had the pleasure of working in association with HAL on our last 4 projects. They offer a fantastic and comprehensive service from start to finish. They are highly efficient, very pro active and a joy to liase with.
Delighted with the work undertaken by Hertfordshire architects. Our requirements were understood perfectly and we were pleased with the initial drawings. Our architect took the plans through the application process (which was complex at times, given we live in a conservation area). She liaised fully with the local authority, very quickly consulting us and making changes as necessary. We are now ready to go with the build, having had little to do ourselves - which as busy professionals, is exactly the kind of service we needed. Happy to recommend.
The plans for our extension were drawn up by Pam Stokes at Hertfordshire Architects. Pam visited us to discuss our ideas and guided us through what would and wouldn't work and helped us understand the whole approval process. The plans were delivered by the agreed date and Pam managed the whole building regs process with our local planning office. We were very happy with the guidance and support provided.
Having worked with Pam Stokes for many years in private practise I have total confidence in her as a talented Architect who delivers extremely competent work from initial inception of a project through to completion on site. HAL are very thorough and pay very close attention to detail, giving clear advice at each stage of a project allowing definitive client decisions to be made at the appropriate time. On Stockbridge Meadows, HAL took my initial design and instructions and produced a very credible scheme which allowed us to extend our home in the most efficient of cost effective manor resulting in a finished project that blends seamlessly with the existing house. The house really doesn't look like it has been extended at all! Technically HAL are very strong and cover all current legislation very well, again giving clear advice when it is needed. Overall we are extremely happy with our extension and the service provided by HAL and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to other prospective clients.
I asked Pamela at HAL to work for me on developing an empty plot of land. With this being my first project it was an extremely daunting task but with the correct help and expertise I have been able to move forward with complete confidence. It is extremely important to have the correct people working with you and I knew I'd made the right choice, I've received a thoroughly professional service with reliable guidance and detailed advice. I have a difficult plot to work with and decided a pre planning application was an important first step, Pamela provided a detailed pre planning application and I couldn't have asked for more. I can honestly say from personal experience I would highly recommend Pamela from HAL and I will certainly ask HAL to work with me on any future projects.
I employed HAL to design my garage and kitchen extension. After the initial discussion about my requirements, Pamela Stokes obtained confirmation from the local planning department that my project did not require full planning permission and could be built under my permitted development rights. I then asked HAL to proceed with the preparation of building regulations drawings and these were submitted to the council's building control department on my behalf. HAL liaised with my builder during the construction period, responding to any queries and ensured that the building work was carried out as per the approved drawings. The work was completed on time and to my satisfaction and now I would not hesitate to recommend HAL to anyone who may need professional architectural advice or services.