Architects Sussex

Specialist Architects In Sussex

James Wells Architects is a group of Architects in Sussex. We’re a RIBA chartered practice specialising in creating award winning, beautiful homes with that rare ‘feel good’ factor.

With offices in Chichester, our architects are well placed to cover projects in both West Sussex and East Sussex and have specific design experience of working in the South Downs National Park which stretches from Hampshire through West Sussex and into East Sussex.

Award Winning Residential Architects in Sussex

If you are looking for award-winning residential architects in Sussex, JWA also has an impressive track record of designing homes that have won awards from The Daily Telegraph British Homes Award through to Civic Trust Awards and Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.

Historical Sussex

The county of Sussex escaped the wholesale rearrangements of life and customs which the Viking invasions brought to much of England. As such the kingdom of South Saxons or Sussex was one of the original seven kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England. With a reputation for an aversion to being pushed around, the people of Sussex have a strong vein of independence and respect for independence of other people. This can be seen in the challenges we face with the local planning departments; that our Architects Sussex team have good working relationships with Chichester, South Downs National Park, Horsham, Ardur, Waverley and Wealden District Council Planning Departments.

In terms of building styles, Sussex has significant historic buildings dating back to the Roman Villas of Fishbourne and Bignor; through the stunning Norman architecture of Battle Abbey and Chichester Cathedral to Nash’s regency architecture for King George IV’s Royal Pavilion in Brighton. The modernist gems of the 1935 De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill on Sea and Powell & Moya’s 1962 Chichester Festival Theatre are note worthy. More recent Contemporary architectural gems include Hastings Contemporary East Beach Café, Pallant House Gallery and Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft.

Building With Local Materials

With over 20+ years of experience our Architects Sussex team have a wealth of expertise in designing homes. Our clients come to us if they have a listed building, are looking for a barn conversion or are wanting to build a completely new home as a replacement dwelling.

Our designs often use traditional local materials from the White Chalk as seen at Amberley Museum to the quarry flint such as The Old School House at Angmering and the historical walls of Chichester through to the Carstone which is evident in many Fittleworth cottages.  James and his Sussex architect team are adept at incorporating tradition materials employed with a more contemporary aesthetic. We have a track record of refurbishing, refreshing and creating new build homes.

Building in West Sussex and East Sussex

With over two decades of hands-on experience, our Architects Sussex team is well-versed in the art of crafting exceptional homes throughout West Sussex and East Sussex. Our clients turn to us for various needs, whether it’s preserving the character of a listed building, breathing new life into a barn conversion, or realising their dream of a completely new home.

What sets us apart is our ability to understand your unique vision and requirements. From conserving the rich history of structures to designing modern, innovative living spaces, we take pride in our diverse portfolio.

Our track record showcases our expertise in revitalising, reimagining, and bringing to life bespoke homes that align perfectly with your vision.

Get In Touch With Our Architects Sussex Team

James has designed two new build houses for his own family Beach House, West Sussex and South Downs National Park Home. Both these projects were created to work to a specific budget and within tight restrictions from the local planning authorities and both are situated in Sussex.  Both these projects also won awards when completed.

If your needs are complex and you find it difficult to envisage quite how to achieve what you want or you are anxious about the design approach, cost implications or the type of construction best suited to your needs then the assistance of a good architect will be invaluable.

If you’d like to find out more about working with our award winning architects in Sussex, please see the What We Do section of our website, or send us a message using our online contact form.

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