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Pavis Architects understands that the best design comes from a completely integrated approach from conception to completion.

We have a strong creative team, who work with structural and environmental engineers work alongside our architects and technologists, from the beginning of the design process. By doing so, we believe that they can learn from one another and combine their knowledge to devise wholly integrated design solutions.

Our designs and collaborative approach ensures that we have the knowledge base to create buildings that are environmentally sustainable and uplifting to use.

S E R V I C E S - d e t a i l e d - Integrating design quality and systems thinking

Our services are customized to the specific needs of our clients—from building and community designs to project frameworks. We engage in diverse designs across a wide range of scales, types and locations. We create transformative community, charity, cultural, corporate, educational and residential spaces that work in synchronicity with their surroundings.

All our work shares a common purpose: to create places where people and nature can thrive together.


Design Approach = Inspiration and innovation

We are a collaborative, principles-driven design firm that sees the unique characteristics of each place and project as a source of inspiration and innovation. The foundational principles we bring to each project derive from our vision of the future: a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world—with clean air, soil, water and power—economically, equitably, ecologically, and elegantly enjoyed.

Pavis Architects understands that the best design comes from a completely integrated approach from conception to completion.

One of the greatest shifts in the marketplace in recent times has been the move towards the creation of a global ‘user experience’ economy.   This shift – whereby we are now spending almost as much time online as we are offline – has highlighted the central role of technology in people’s lives.  It means that everything we design for our clients needs to reflect the constant re-balancing between what users are demanding and what technology can offer them, and to put this at the heart of our approach.  By establishing an environment in which the ‘smart creatives’ of our studios are continually inspired to explore new opportunities and develop new design approaches, we are creating a strong, competitive base on which to build our presence as architects and designers in the global digital experience economy.

The pace of technological change has been so rapid and widespread that it has affected the type and value of data collected about the user experience and how analysis of that data and the knowledge gained is applied and shared.  Pavis Architects practice model has helped to make us one of the most collaborative and innovative architectural practices, we are now making a significant investment in developing sophisticated tools which allow us to undertake complex spatial planning, modelling the impact of urban and architectural design on the way people use spaces over time

Pavis Architects offer our clients a full range of architectural services as detailed below. 

Our Services Breakdown:

Brief Development

Our unique brief analysis and development process enables us to work with our clients to help them develop brief and refine their organisationally and community needs. As part of this we examine the potential influences on the proposals, looking at their hopes and aspirations along with the social, economic, cultural and financial programmatic influences and drivers for the proposals.

Feasibility studies and Development Appraisals

In order to get the solution to your needs, it is vital that you fully assess the feasibility of your proposals and the options, this enables you to look at a range of options and engage and incorporate all your organisational and community user group requirements . A detailed study will include detailed analysis of client needs and aspirations. Detailed site appraisal with analysis of development proposal options.

The feasibility study can take into account all your organisational and community requirements, restrictions and opportunities as well as national and local policies and guidance including, planning and environmental policy and other government guidance and legislation. Liaison with consultants, advisors, officials, organisational and community groups. Resulting in production of sketch layout options and proposals analysis to assist with decision making and funding options.

The feasibility process is fully collaborative, involving regular updates and meetings with the client to ensure that the study covers the specific areas our clients require, helping to focus on creating proposals which help maximise the likelihood of the success of the proposals and the likelihood of the proposals helping the users, organisations and communities to achieve their true potential. 



Feasibility Studies and Development Appraisals involves research into constraints and opportunities evolving from the location, legal and planning aspects of potential sites as well as their physical characteristics.

This can be a complex process, and independent client advisers may be required by the client to supplement in-house expertise and assist research and evaluation. This might include, Lawyers to report on legal encumbrances and ownership. Surveyors to research site history and planning issues, Geotechnical and civil engineers, rights of light surveyors, archaeological consultants, traffic and highway consultants, services engineers to study existing and future services to site. Valuation surveyors to study demand and competing values, planning consultants, cost consultants.

Potential sites will need to fit reflect the developers corporate strategy in relation to: region and location, size of the potential development, type of development and its market. Proximity to transportation or centres of population, Order of costs. Research into legal issues may include: Title and conveyance documentation, Land Registry records, boundaries and demarcation, restrictive covenants, rights of way and easements, rights of light, party walls, existing tenancies licences and unexpired leases, access, adopted highways and third-party access rights, tree preservation orders, listed buildings and conservation areas.

Government policy on planning is now set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. When considering potential sites, developers may which to consider whether the proposed development will impact on, or be impacted by: The planning history of the site, local needs such as employment and affordable housing, likely local reaction, the need for consultation, the local plan, the potential for the development to set planning precedents for the local area, the effects on the
local community and local businesses, the potential for the imposition of planning conditions or planning obligations (section 106 agreements etc). the community infrastructure levy, transportation and parking restrictions, the likely reaction of statutory consultees and non-statutory consultees, the likely need for an environmental impact assessment and the possible scope of such an assessment, tree preservation orders, listed buildings and conservation area restrictions.

Key physical characteristics of potential site will need to be assessed. This assessment might include: Existing site survey information including drawings of public utilities and services including overhead cables, assessment of shape and topography of the site, any history of flood risk, condition of existing buildings on site, geotechnical information such as previous foundation drawings and any boreholes or trial pit information, characteristics and condition of surrounding buildings affected by the development, ground contamination, landscape features, water run-off and surface drainage, proximity of surrounding occupants likely to be affected by nuisance the redevelopment, old wells, basements and underground obstructions or underground storage tanks.


Also key to the study will me market research might include: the potential effect of changes in working practices, the potential effect of social trends such, the potential effect of technical change, national and regional economic trends, future proofing building requirements, current demand and competing supply of facilities coming onto the market within the timeframe of the development, lessons learned from similar developments, site and local features that may be attractive to future tenants or purchasers, the scale of potential tenant’s or purchasers requirements, local amenities attractive to the market, such as; location, ease of parking , public transportation, estimate of time before the development is completed


Funding Assistance

We are also able to advise and assist our clients to cross reference funding options, putting our clients into contact with organsiations and assist in seeking grants, reviewing conditional, financial restrictions, Sending applications, helping with documentation completion and submission, Generation of financial information production and in meeting grant deadlines.


There are many funding streams for the wide range of types of projects. We are able to assist our clients, organisations and communities in making applications and where possible linking with consultants and organisations linking with other many types of project funding.

There are many organisations out there who want to invest in projects, it is often just a matter of finding the right approach and applying to the right organisation with the correct material.

We assist our clients in putting forward business cases and funding cases of their organisational and community projects . Highlighting the proposals  strength's and resources, demonstrating how the user groups have been involved in the generation of the brief and the proposals.

The most important thing is that when bidding for funds  and about your ideas to make positive changes in your organisation or community. Funders typically want to hear about projects that support: Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces, communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other, taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage.

Community Consultation and Engagement

We are experts in community and organisational engagement. We work with and support communities and organisations so that they have a real say in what happens in their neighbourhoods and in their buildings and built environment.

We provide project delivery support so that communities and organisations can develop and run programmes of community-led engagement and group involvement.. The ethos underpinning all our methods is that they are highly visual, tactile, participatory and community-led.

We use community engagement programmes on diverse scales and issues.

We work with communities and organisations so that their voice can be heard on topics such as neighbourhood planning, new housing and regeneration projects and the provision of services.


We are commissioned by Community, Charity, Education, Arts, Sports and business organisations as well as local authorities, housing providers and community groups to design and run programmes of community engagement. We offer a range of techniques all of which are visual, tactile, participatory and community-led.

We use a range of techniques which allows stake holders to register their views on a range of issues, to work together to identify priorities, and in partnership with local agencies go on to develop an action plan for change.

Our other techniques include ideas walls, aspiration trees and planning and evaluation tools. We provide training for communities wishing to use our techniques and we can facilitate entire programmes of community engagement.

We offer different levels of support for clients to choose from, which can be tailored to meet the needs of the project.


Master-planning and Sustainable Urban Design

We design sustainable places in balance with the aspirations of communities. Integrated urbanism, Pavis Architects approach to masterplanning, acknowledges the interdependence of urban systems and communities as well as the effects of global issues, such as climate change resilience and economic uncertainty, on the future of our cities.

People and place -  Our master-planning proposals are built on our insight into the way places influence wellbeing, work and lifestyle, as well as technical understanding of interconnected systems such as transport, energy waste and information.

We test and refine our proposals with tools and analysis that join up the quantifiable and subjective aspects of spatial, social, environmental and economic context.

Through well-designed night time lighting, we make urban spaces better places to live, work and play.

Pavis Architects deliver plans that meet regulatory approval, and go on to successful implementation. Key to our success is collaboration with partners and stakeholders, which aids progression from design to delivery.

We utilize community consultation and user engagement, from these processes emerges sustainability guidance for design, construction and development, which is passed on to developers as statutory regulations. We created a panel that continues to review sustainability. Early measurements show the success of this strategy in carbon savings that look set to exceed our initial goals.

Places that evolve Pavis Architects understand how placemaking can shape the future of a location, including delivering urban working and living environments that will attract local and international investment, transforming the future of the city centre.

Urban environments are becoming increasingly complex; issues such as changes to household makeup, land scarcity, air quality and noise require innovative solutions. Pavis’ technical understanding of all layers of the built environment allows our master-planners to redefine urban living and working practices.

Our plans open space for development but also bring focus to issues like climate change resilience, for instance by considering the effects of rising sea level on the economic viability and delivery of a new commercial district.


Concept design

Pavis Architects are focused on providing exemplary architecture and creative solutions as part of our collaborative design process. We pride ourselves on fully engaging our clients, this enables us to develop design possibilities through a progressive process of discussion, sketching and digital modelling. We embrace the process to successfully take concepts through to detailed Planning Applications and beyond. 

Technical design

At Pavis Architects we analyse projects and assess the ideal construction methods, sustainable and or Passivhaus technology integration, structural systems, materials, building services and procurement methods.

We to provide fully coordinated technical design packages including general arrangement, detailed drawings and sections as well as full coordination of structure, building services and clash detection. Pavis Architects carry out full technical appraisals including but not limited to Building Regulations, which are as we all understand, the minimum standard. We therefore encourage our clients to consider the benefits of building to a higher standard for the health and success of the building, development and the building users.

We utilise a range of design and production information software and procedures, including Sketchup, AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop. Pavis Architects technical skills and knowledge base assist us in our ability to lead contractor tender processes and analysis of tenders. We also administer building contracts and work with clients and contractors from contract implementation to project completion and handover, as part of our fully tailored service, a sort of pick and mix of architectural services.

Project delivery and management

Pavis Architects comply with all relevant legislation and regulations. As a practice, we have implemented, maintain and continually improve the effectiveness of a Quality Management System.

We have rigorous and transparent approach that we use across all our projects. Maintaining a professional interface with our clients at all times, we ensure complete satisfaction through the delivery of a highly efficient and reliable service which we continually improve through direct feedback from clients, community groups, organisations and consultants with whom we work. 


Interior Design

Our interior design service begins with a consultation. We will listen to your ideas, hopes and aspirations, requirements and thoughts, using them as a focused starting point to create your fresh surroundings. We will produce swatches, catalogues and sample books and will start to bring the vision to life.


Furniture Design Services


Part of our work focuses on bespoke furniture and product design for manufacturers and retailers, as well as freelance furniture design services for the design industry.


Our designs are carefully considered and have a contemporary elegant appeal, designed with manufacturing set ups in mind.


BIM management

Pavis Architects provide innovative and integrated design through working in a Building Information Modelling (BIM) environment. We manage the collaborative BIM process between all design and construction consultants across a wide range of projects and client teams. Investment in the necessary hardware, software and staff training has allowed Pavis Architects to provide highly accurate and coordinated models from concept to construction stages.  

We provide accurate 3D visuals extracted from the model as well as phasing and construction programmes which can be developed alongside the design allowing for efficient project financial planning. Digital models for project handovers can be provided and are highly valuable to clients as accurate Facilities Management tools. The alignment of BIM and sustainability strategies ensures our designs not only comply with relevant standards but go beyond them to provide sustainable buildings that our clients and end users are happy with.


We approach our consulting assignments with the belief that, using the right frame conditions, the built environment can restore ecological health, increase productivity, reduce operating expenses and enhance customer and community well-being, all while balancing the realities of capital investment and operating costs.

Combining our unique capacity for systems thinking with the latest research, we work with designers and owners to develop specific, holistic and practical solutions to challenges faced at all stages of project development, from pre-design to post-occupancy. We help focus resources on the things that matter most and ensure that every action is socially, ecologically and economically beneficial.

Our consulting services are tailored to individual clients but have included:

  • Performance Analysis and Peer Review: With a network of close collaborators, we provide a range of performance studies with an emphasis on clearly communicating design implications—what to do to with the data to make designs more effective in reaching project goals.

  • Project Benchmarking and Design Frameworks: Our detailed frameworks help designers evaluate their work against project goals, sustainability benchmarks and green standards such as BREEAM.

  • Existing Facility Auditing: We provide reviews of existing facilities and identify opportunities for energy, water and materials optimization, increased occupant health and well-being, and ecosystem regeneration.

  • Pre-Design Research + Feasibility Studies: We help identify the right technologies and approaches given a specific program and location, enabling teams to progress quickly with high-performance designs once financing and approvals are in place.

  • Materials Assessments: We analyze the environmental impacts of material choices at the earliest stages of design, assist designers in selecting the right products during design development, and help evaluate products submitted as alternates or substitutions during construction. 

  • Education and Workshops: We offer workshops that educate clients on environmental concepts in the built environment and help them to define sustainability as it relates to their own community, corporate, institutional or individual values.


A key part of our practice process and procedures sees us lecturing at universities and colleges in the UK. We lecture and appear on panels on passivhaus and environmentally conscious community design at conferences in the UK and Europe.

We also lecture at community, organisational and educational events to help provide advice and guidance to groups looking to improve the performance of their building providing inspirational environments for their users.



Sustainability has been a central theme of Pavis Architects work since our inception. To remain at the forefront of advances in sustainable design, we participate in Research and Development Groups which includes a multi-disciplinary Sustainability Forum and dedicated Sustainability Co-ordinators. 

We consider environmental performance holistically: from the embodied energy of materials to life-time energy performance.


In our projects our aim is to pioneer renewable energy solutions, to offer dramatic reductions in pollution and carbon emissions. 

We challenge the conventional view that sustainable design is boring, complex and expensive. Instead, we deliver beautiful and elegant buildings that are economic to build and easy to use.

Every single building we do has sustainability integrated into it from the very earliest concepts, through design, and into construction.

We understand the dynamic balance of building, site, climate, and social context, and capture the positive climatic conditions of daylight, ventilation, and passive solar gain.

Every Pavis Architects design is rigorously assessed to maximise building performance through orientation, building fabric, materials, services strategy, and simple, elegant detailing.

The impact of every building is minimised over its whole life cycle, by radically reducing the energy consumed and carbon emitted during construction and in use, and by carefully specifying robust, renewable and natural materials.

We monitor how our buildings perform in occupation through our post occupancy research and evaluation, staying with a project to ensure the building users know how to operate it for optimum performance, and to apply the lessons we have learned to improve our future designs.

Passivhaus is the world’s most rigorous energy and comfort standard.

Passivhaus is a quality assurance system backed by a rigorous certification process. Its value rests on the assurance that its performance claims are both credible and reflect a genuine benefit to both the user and the environment, including:

  • Minimised energy consumption and energy bills.
  • Avoidance of building defects that can lead to mould growth and building failure.
  • Excellent standards of thermal comfort and high standards of indoor air quality.
  • Optimised lifecycle costs.

Pavis Architects have has adopted Passivhaus as our core approach because it is based on sound building physics, and unlike any other building standard, it has proved its accuracy and performance over a 20 year period of monitoring in a range of building types across Europe.

Passivhaus bridges the all too common performance gap between prediction and reality in the performance of buildings. Passivhaus enables us to directly reduce energy consumption in buildings by design, instead of relying on renewables to merely offset carbon.

We have proved through numerous projects, that with Pavis Architect's approach to design, Passivhaus does not need to cost more than conventional construction

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