James Wells Architects is based in the heart of Chichester and is an RIBA chartered practice skilled in designing award winning, beautiful homes with that rare ‘feel good’ factor.

Our Chichester Architects are well placed to cover local projects both in the city centre as well as in the 16 wards that comprise Chichester District Council. Our team has specific design experience of working in the South Downs National Park with regular projects in Fernhurst, Loxwood, Midhurst, Petworth and Fittleworth.

A Walk Through Chichester’s Architectural Marvels, Guided by Chichester Architects

Chichester is a beautiful historic city dating back to 43AD when the Romans first settled in the area. This major market town became an Anglo-Saxon settlement, resisted the Viking invasions and prospered during Norman and Medieval times. Today, its stunning Norman Cathedral dominates the city centre with amazing historic architecture including the octagonal Medieval Market Cross built of Caen stone and the Georgian houses built around the Pallants.

Pallant House Gallery is housed in a Grade I Listed Queen Anne townhouse with a contemporary extension designed by Long & Kentish in 2006. The 1962 Chichester Festival Theatre opened with Sir Laurence Olivier as Creative Director, the original building was designed by Powell & Moya and in 1989 the Minerva Theatre opened – the Theatre complex was extensively refurbished in 2014 by Haworth Thompkins.

Chichester Architects’ Expertise in Contemporary Living

Our Chichester based Architects 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 Chichester architects are equally skilled in creating contemporary homes in historic buildings or designing award winning new beach side homes.

Our designs often use traditional local materials from the historical flint walls of Chichester through to the Carstone which is evident in many Fittleworth cottages. James and our Chichester architects are adept at incorporating traditional materials employed with a more contemporary aesthetic. We have a track record of refurbishing historic buildings and creating new build homes.

Here is a stunning beachside holiday home built in 2001 which takes inspiration from the iconic modern house design of Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra in California in the 1920s and 1930s. Here James created an award-winning, single storey house which celebrates the stunning sea views whilst incorporating a simple material palette of white render, glass, stainless steel, sand coloured brick and timber.

By contrast this New Build Barn sits alongside the Grade II listed farmhouse which is nestled in the South Downs National Park. With this project we negotiated planning consent by proving that a barn originally existed on the site of the new barn. The scheme was designed using the salvaged local stone retrieved from the ruins of the original barn and detailed with beautiful, locally sourced oak.  The barn houses a gym with home office, library and games room over. This project won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in 2021.

Contact Our Chichester Architects Team

If you’d like to find out more about working with a Chichester architect, please see the What We Do section of our website.

We produce well designed award winning buildings at all levels of cost and for all types of location, whether it be in a town centre, Conservation Area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

New Build Barn West Sussex

New Build Barn, West Sussex

00 Penthouse Central London

Central London Penthouse

00 Listed House remodelling 1

Listed House in South Downs National Park

00 Pool House Spa

Pool House & Spa, West Sussex

00 Castle external front facade

Grade II Listed Castle Refurbishment

Listed Cottage Downland Village

Listed Cottage Downland Village

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