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ABRACAD Architects have been established for over 30 years with much of our work coming from recommendation and with a high proportion of repeat business. At any one time we are usually dealing with about 50 ongoing projects in their various stages, from multi-million pound developments to residential extensions.

As an independent private architectural practice, based in Bracknell, we primarily design buildings and project manage their construction within constraints such as site specific, time, cost and safety. We have now accumulated considerable experience, become familiar with the complex bureaucratic systems, and established a wide network of useful contacts.

Good design should be seen as an investment. A well designed building is more valuable than a badly designed building and may not necessarily cost any more to build. We can often make you money by negotiating a valuable planning permission and save you money by designing an energy efficient and low maintenance building.

Some designers like to promote a particular style, but all our designs are different because all our clients and their circumstances are different. We start by listening to you to try to understand your particular needs and desires, and accept that the client is always right! We also practice what we preach and still happily live and work in the dwelling and studio we designed and built for ourselves 33 years ago.

The most valuable part of our service is often our initial advice and ideas which can sometimes highlight a better way forward. Our training and considerable experience enables us to add value to every project and provide solutions to all types of building problem.

Over the years we have been successful both at negotiating and securing the best possible planning permissions in the shortest possible time (in some cases making our clients considerable profit) and in designing places that people like and which therefore also sell well when the time comes.

  Some clients get so frustrated with the Planners that they resort to extreme measures, like this one in Oxford - if only they had contacted us...

Why employ Abracad?

Qualified Architect with many years experience involving over 1,000 miscellaneous projects, including actual building experience.

Imaginative and practical designs.

Independent local service.

All technical drawings are computer based using the latest AutoCAD software, click here for example drawings and here for example 3D views.

We add value with our designs, deal with planning and building regulations applications and can see the project through to completion.

We maintain Professional Indemnity insurance and keep up-to-date with new developments.

By keeping our overheads low we are able to charge relatively low fees (often less than 50% of those recommended by the Royal Institute of British Architects) and therefore we don't need to conceal our prices!

We have worked on most types and size of building project, large/small, contemporary/traditional, some involving thatch and stone, many Listed or in Conservation/Green Belt areas, but all individually designed to suit the situation, resulting in several awards.

We provide an efficient and friendly service, and have a sense of humour!


The team:

Alistair Lloyd (BA Hons Dip Arch Dip UD, ARB Registered Architect) has been in private practice for over 30 years since gaining a good degree in Architectural Studies, a Diploma in Architecture and a Diploma in Urban Design, all at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University). Alistair started out working on building sites and took a year in 1983 to design and build 'The Atrium', which won the Southern Region Energy Award. Married with 2 grown up daughters. Alistair has played team squash for Wellington College for many years and enjoys travelling.

Sarah Lloyd constantly helps with the secretarial, administrative and financial aspects of the business, and also works part-time at the local school on a daily basis. Interests include horseriding and yoga.

Steven Turner has worked with Abracad for nearly 20 years and continues to provide first class CAD drafting services. Steve is also keen on sport.

We hope the following track-record examples from our hundreds of projects, plus associated information, will encourage you to consider what we might help you to achieve.

This website has over 100 pages of information featuring about 50 miscellaneous projects (only about 5% of what we have done), but for all the statistics we are driven by the desire to create high quality solutions - we only note our output to demonstrate how hard we work!

We seek a healthy mix of work wherever we can add real value, are fortunate enough to be able to choose clients we want to work with, and welcome feedback on all aspects of our service so that we can keep improving.

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