How do I find an architect in Bradford?
With homify's ever-increasing lists of professionals, finding an architect in a specific location is easier than ever before. Simply type in 'Bristol' in the 'search' bar, or click on the city's name in our selection of locations at the bottom of the '[Architects](https://www.homify.co.uk/professionals/architects)' page.
In addition to including the location of the architect, we also provide their contact details, relevant website, plus examples of previous projects completed. That way, you get a strong idea of the type of designs each architect is capable of.
Be sure to also take a look at customer reviews (if available) in your search for the architect that's perfect for your architectural project in Bradford.
What can a Bradford architect do for me?
Whether it's to live, work, learn, eat, meet or worship, people need a physical space/structure to do it in. And that's where an architect comes in, whose job it is to design said structure, whether it's for a private or public space, indoors or out. An architect is a licensed professional trained in the art and science of building design.
But in addition to designing the appearance of a building, an architect also uses his skills to ensure that the structure is functional, safe and economical and that it suits the needs of the people who use it.
An architect may also assist the client in obtaining construction bids, selecting the right contractors, and negotiating construction contracts. It's also common for an architect to work with engineers, urban planners, interior designers and other professionals engaged in the same project.
Remember that the different cities and regions in the UK have their own councils, with each having different rules and regulations pertaining to architectural builds and renovations. By choosing an architect from the Bradford area, you gain a professional who knows the local environment and climate, reputable contractors and correct materials, plus the relevant building regulations and authority rules.
Things to think about when looking for an architect in Bradford
Know yourself first
Before you scope out homify's extensive collection of architects, first know what your own tastes and style are. And determine what the nature of your architectural job is. Do you need a house built from scratch? A kitchen renovated? A new porch connecting your house with the [garden](https://www.homify.co.uk/rooms/garden)?
Thanks to homify's vast range of images and ideas, you have a world of inspiration to help you find the perfect build, design and style for your project. Sifting through the images will also help you discover much of your own taste, plus put you in contact with the professionals responsible for those designs.
Remember that each architect in the UK is different with their own unique style and taste.
Interview your architect(s)
After you've identified several potential professionals, set up interviews. Bear in mind that some architectural firms may charge for the initial interview and consultation, so enquire about this before setting up a meeting.
As you'll be working with your architect for a potentially long time (depending on the nature of the project), you'll be best off looking for someone who you can get along with. You're not just looking for an expert in the building field; you're also searching for a reliable and professional building partner.
During the interview / meeting, ask anything you may be curious about. Some questions to keep in mind include:
• How busy is the firm currently and does it have the capacity to take on your project?
• Who will be in charge of your project? (you need to be introduced to them at the initial meeting)
• What experience does the company have working on projects similar to yours?
• What sort of fee and budget structure can you expect from the architect?
Remember that your prospective architect should also have plenty of questions for you. Always be wary of someone who says yes to every single question you ask without asking anything in return.
Making the final choice
After conducting several interviews, make a shortlist of the best candidates for the job. Ask the architect to take you on a tour of one of their previous projects – hearing their own impressions of their work is invaluable.
Be sure to also ask for a list of references from past clients and contractors who worked with the architect.
Remember that your architect must be registered with the Architects Registration Board.
How much will it cost to hire an architect in Bradford?
There are no standard architect's fees in the UK. Originally, the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) produced a recommended fee scale that indicated the costs of particular sizes and the types of projects. Today, every architectural firm produce their own fee charts based on various factors such as the size, type, and quality of a project that a client requests.
If the brief and budget are well defined, the architect's costs are usually negotiated at the start of a project.
Architects in the UK typically charge in one of three ways:
• Percentage of construction costs: This is based on the construction cost (excluding VAT and professional fees) and is generally proportional to the work required. It gives the client a reasonable indication of the total architectural fees while also allowing for some flexibility should the project scope increase.
• Lump sum: Very carefully defined based on nature of work required. The fee must be renegotiated if the project changes significantly.
• Time charge / hourly rate: This works well at the start of a project when the scope hasn't been well defined. It can also provide flexibility with a 'pay as you go' approach for the entire project.
Bradford is located in the foothills of the Pennines and 14 km west of Leeds. Historically, it formed part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It rose to prominence in the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, especially wool.
The oldest building in the city is the cathedral, which functioned as a parish church for most of the time. Today, only a handful of other Medieval buildings can be seen in Bradford, including Bolling Hall (preserved as a museum). Quite a few Victorian buildings still exist, such as the City Hall and the former Wool Exchange.
Approximately 37 parks and gardens can be found within the city district, including Lister Park which was voted Britain's Best Park for 2006.