Our Practice

OUR STORY

We are a design led award winning architectural practice based in West Sussex with a small team of creative architects and designers who have a passion for carefully considered quality buildings, which are both functional yet have a sensitive relationship within the landscape.

We are an RIBA Chartered Practice with over 30 years’ experience working with private and developer clients from the initial design stage through to completion of the works on site. Trevor Pullen previously held a senior role in Neil Holland Architects, working on projects throughout Sussex and the Home Counties.

Experienced in creating beautiful new homes, extending and remodelling existing properties and converting rural buildings for domestic use. We produce well designed award-winning buildings at all levels of cost and for all types of location, whether it be in a town centre, Conservation Area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We pride ourselves on our high standard of presentation and understanding of the planning system which is borne out by the success of our applications. We can offer our clients a variety of techniques, from the latest CAD and 3D visualization to traditional hand drawings, sketches and painted perspectives which often prove invaluable when presenting to local authorities, Parish Councils and Community groups.

The practice also has considerable experience in Town Planning, conservation of buildings and interior design.

Whatever the brief, we approach each project with fresh enthusiasm and believe that close collaboration with our clients from the outset is of paramount importance. We seek to design buildings which both complement and enhance their surroundings, with the sensitive use of materials and attention to detail which is often key to a beautiful yet functional building of its time and place.

An integral part of this approach is our commitment to sustainability from design and detailing of the construction to the servicing of our buildings.

Interior Design

As architects and designers, our role is also to ensure that the Interior design of a building is an integrated part of the architectural process, ensuring a cohesive transition between the internal and external spaces. From the conceptual stage through to administering the works on site, our schemes are often supported by clear renderings and plans to convey our thoughts ensuring quality designs finished to the highest standards.

A building’s architectural language often has an influence on the interior theme, whether it be traditional or contemporary. We can guide you through this process advising on a selection of materials and finishes, from ironmongery and light fittings, to wall decoration and floor finishes, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as the design of built-in joinery and custom-made furnishings, making every project unique to each client.

OUR TEAM

Artisans in a Modern World

We are a dedicated team of creative architects and designers who love designing beautiful buildings and bring together a broad range of skills and experience. We regularly undertake commissions ranging from traditional to contemporary schemes, along with the restoration and remodelling of listed buildings.

Trevor Pullen

Trevor Pullen

After studying at Brighton School of Architecture and University of Portsmouth, Trevor gained valuable experience with several award winning practices including 20 years at a senior level with Neil Holland Architects, remodelling and designing new family homes in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Following Neil’s retirement, Trevor established his own practice, where he continues his ambition to attain excellence in design with carefully crafted buildings, while promoting the evolution of traditional architecture and modern technologies to create outstanding buildings that sit comfortably within their surroundings. Having grown up in Chichester, Trevor has a comprehensive knowledge of the local area and appreciates the complexities of obtaining planning permission in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Harbour Conservation Areas and the newly formed South Downs National Park.

Kevin Lancaster

Kevin Lancaster

Studying at the University of Portsmouth and the University of Brighton, Kevin has worked as an Architect for several award-winning companies. He has experience with contemporary and traditional design primarily working on private residential schemes. Kevin’s view of architecture is an eclectic mix, with a strong belief in finding balance between the clients’ ambitions and the site context. He enjoys the whole design process from initial concepts through to being on site.

Ben Hume

Ben Hume

Ben graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2017 after completing his Master of Architecture Degree. Prior to joining Pullen Architecture, Ben gained valuable experience at Neil Holland Architects, working on a number of residential projects ranging from the remodelling of existing buildings to new schemes. Ben is interested in both contemporary and traditional architecture and is inspired by buildings that articulate modern interventions juxtaposed against the historic fabric, expressing layers of history and cultural identity. These core themes forming the basis of Ben’s graduating thesis project located in Liepaja, Latvia. Exploring how historical context and cultural challenges can impact on the creation of space.

Sara Rielly

Sara Rielly

With a keen interest in art and architecture, Sara has over 20 years’ experience working for interior designers and architects and joins Pullen Architecture as Practice Manager. Having worked in other industries, Sara prefers the atmosphere and creative environment of an architect’s practice.

Joy Pullen

Joy Pullen

Joy comes from a background in property sales and management and is a former member of the National Association of Estate Agents, which often brings a fresh approach when dealing with developer led commissions. Her passion for interior design and a calm methodical approach to commissions is reflected in our happy office environment.

Finley

Finley

Finley is a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, who maintains a calming presence within the office and greets clients with much enthusiasm and affection.

OUR APPROACH

In appointing an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice you will be affording peace of mind in not only our ability to achieve excellence in design, but also our compliance with the RIBA Code of Conduct, covering insurance, Health and Safety, CDM and quality management procedures.

We approach each project with fresh enthusiasm working closely with our clients from inception to completion, to ensure the best possible results. We pride ourselves on our excellent client relationships and sensitive approach to all our projects.

Understanding and developing the brief is one of the most important stages of the architectural design process. We work closely with every client to deliver outstanding results that are succinctly tailored to their needs.

Our design process is methodical but instinctive, a fusion of architectural creativity, and a commitment to sustainable technologies. We work hard to ensure our projects are consistently delivered on time and on budget.

We offer a comprehensive RIBA service, from project inception to completion. We are committed to helping clients identify and realise the design strategy that best suits their needs. We can provide a range of services including feasibility studies, concept design, planning applications, detailed design and Building Regulations applications, as well as contract administration through the construction process.

Each project and client is unique, and therefore our service is bespoke and tailored to individual needs. However, the following guide provides an overview of our typical role throughout a project to give an idea of what can be expected when working with us.

Initial Consultation

RIBA work stage 0-1

The design process begins with a meeting with an architect at your property. During this initial meeting we will help to define your brief and advise on the best way forward for the project.

During this meeting we will advise you of any other specialist consultants that we think will be required for the planning stage, such as the commissioning of Flood Risk Assessments, Bat Surveys, Ecological Reports and Tree Surveys to satisfy the planning authority.

Concept & Developed Design

RIBA work stages 2-3

The design process is a collaborative one, and we will discuss each aspect of the proposal with you as the design develops.

With the aid of drawings and visual illustrations we will convey to you our design ideas of how best to arrange space and form within the site context and continue a design dialogue with you, including discussion on form, style and suitable materials for your project.

Once a scheme has been agreed with yourselves we will then complete all other drawings and documents in readiness for submitting the necessary detailed Planning applications.

Technical Design

RIBA work stage 4

 

Once planning consent has been granted we will progress the design from planning drawings to a fully developed scheme of detailed design drawings and schedules describing the works.

These technical drawings will be co-ordinated with structural and building services information in readiness for the submission of a Building Regulations Application.

At this stage a Schedule of Works and construction details of key element will be added to the technical drawings to form a full construction package suitable to tender the building work to invited contractors.

Construction

RIBA work stages 5-7

 

We will advise you of the most suitable contract for your project and aid you in the selection of the building contractor.

During construction works we will visit the site to review progress and to ensure that work is proceeding in accordance with the proposed designs and administer the contract through to completion.

Following completion of the works we will make final inspections and advise on any rectification works required.

Let's talk...

If you like what you see and are considering a building project we would be very happy to discuss this with you without any obligation. You can get in touch directly using the contact details provided above or email us with more details using the contact form provided. We look forward to hearing from you.