We pride ourselves in our knowledge of buildings. We have undertaken architectural design, building surveying and contract administration for 20 years. This combination of skills ensures that we know how buildings are constructed and design extensions and alterations that harmonise and add value to the host building.

We work closely with Local Authorities, including Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Malling, Sevenoaks and Wealden District Council, where we have built up a good relationship with the planning officers. We are knowledgeable of the planning system and are able to advise on development that complies with both local and national policy guidelines.

REAL Design comprises of myself, Daniel Cooper, Chartered Building Surveyor, a trainee surveyor, Sam Moss, with a degree in building surveying, who is currently studying to become a member of the RICS, and administration support working from our office in Tunbridge Wells.

I studied at Nottingham University to achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Geography. I worked on a building site, as a labourer, for two years. I then commenced training to become a chartered surveyor via the College of Estate Management. In 1998 I was elected a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  In 2013 I obtained a first class distinction MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment. I was awarded the 2012 Purcell Miller Tritton Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in years 1 and 2 of the course. I have recently become an Affiliate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

REAL design has been commended in the LABC Building Excellence Awards in recognition of high standards of design, construction and workmanship for a commercial project in Sevenoaks.

I ran two offices of a large independent surveying practice in the South East for nine years and was chairman of the organisation for two years. During my professional career I have always undertaken architectural design, construction projects and building surveys. REAL design was created to focus on my passion, architectural design and listed buildings of all ages – including modern structures as well as traditional forms of construction. REAL design has undertaken over 3000 scaled drawings and project managed over 60 builds. We manage all sizes and types of construction projects from £5,000 and so far up to £850,000.

We operate within the South East of England and London. Please call to arrange an appointment to discuss your project. 

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