AABD: Cambridge Architects
Architecture and Building Design are the Cambridge Architects that are pragmatic, approachable and cost effective. In every case, we deliver the most appropriate solution that satisfies your vision, specification or problem.
Our experience comprises major buildings and house extensions, new building and refurbishments, the public and private sectors. Especially for home extensions and domestic refurbishments, we have a clear, pragmatic residential architectural philosophy. Mostly we work in the Cambridge area, and are based near St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge.
All our clients deal directly with Tim Bonavia, our fully qualified RIBA architect. Tim grew up, trained and has always practiced in Cambridge as an architect. We have worked with and know almost all the local officials, contractors and suppliers.
AABD: Completed Projects On Time and Budget.
Our clients want a building completed within budget and on time. We appreciate that a great architectural design is only a small part of your project.
- With decades of experience, we know the thinking, policies and practices of the local planning officials. We know what schemes the planners will accept, and what schemes they’ll reject. When we appeal, we enjoy a high success rate.
- Over many years, we’ve assessed the strengths and weakness of the local contractors, and will select around three to five appropriately skilled builders to tender. Once work commences, our client’s thinking sometimes changes, or the chosen contractor uncovers problems with the existing building. Many contractors rely on these changes and problem to make their profits. However, we have the ability to negotiate better than most property owners. This is because we expect contractors to charge fairly and reasonably for these changes, otherwise we won’t invite them to tender for any other project.
- There is some innovation in building materials, and we devote considerable time to meeting suppliers and attending exhibitions. Where appropriate we utilise these products, e.g., if they are cheaper, require less maintenance, or look better.