Coming soon....

...our new projects at:-

Pinewood Road, Branksome Park - 7 Residential Apartments

London Road, Staines - 11 Residential Apartments

Beaumont Road, Canford Cliffs - 3 new build detached houses

Wootton Mount, Bournemouth - 37 Residential Apartments

Heath Road, Richmond - 10 Residential Apartments

CGI's and project descriptions to follow shortly. 



Union Architecture are an expanding Dorset based architectural practice who are looking for an Architect or Technologist with a minimum of 5 years UK based experience. 

From our Poole Office, you will be expected to manage a number of small to medium residential projects from design through to completion. A strong technical knowledge is essential, which will be combined with a client facing role. 

The ideal candidate will have experience job running and use Revit/AutoCAD. A knowledge of SketchUp and photoshop would be advantageous but not essential. 

Please send your CV to


Union Architecture have now moved office. As of 2nd April  we are now located at Thera House, 45a Commercial Road, Ashley Cross, BH14 0HU. 

Our phone number is still 01202 683 522. 

We look forward to seeing you at our new office soon.

Approved: Kings Avenue, Lower Parkstone - 3 House Plot Split

Union Architecture have just achieved a planning approval for the demolition of an existing dwelling and construction of 3 new houses in the Lower Parkstone area.

UA designed the houses and led the application submission - which involved the co-ordination of tree and ecology consultants. The scheme was approved within 6 weeks of submission, with minimal alterations. 

The early integration of the planner and tree officer, teamed with good design, provided a smooth process which has helped to deliver these quality houses straight from the Union Architecture drawing board.

If you think your site may have plot split potential, please call our office for a no obligation discussion. 

Approved: Mont Blanc, Woolton - Garden Sub Division approval

On the edge of the Liverpool Woolton Conservation Area, UA have recently gained an approval for a contemporary dwelling in the garden of an existing dwelling. Due to the nature of Woolton Village, being covered by numerous Conservation Areas, this form of plot split development is rare and especially so for a dwelling that departs from the vernacular style. Construction is due to start in May with completion by the end of the year. 


Approved: Springfield Road, Ashley Cross - Householder application approval

Union Architecture has recently achieved a planning approval for the extension & refurbishment of an existing 2 storey traditional dwelling. 

The existing dwelling was in need of some TLC, so Union Architecture developed a design to help the client recognise the potential of the property. With our 3D modelling software and photo realistic computer generated images, we provided an exciting, contemporary design that will bring the building into the 21st century. 

The ground floor design included a south facing facing front extension to contain a swimming pool and entertainment area. A new 2nd floor was added allowing the creation of a master suite, lounge and large terrace providing views of Poole Harbour and Corfe Castle. The building was re-elevated with a contemporary styling, with large expanses of glazing with brise soleil maximising the southern orientation.

The floor area of the property has increased by almost 50 % to 5,500 sq ft under a House Holder Application. 

If you would like to discuss the development potential of your property please call us for a no obligation conversation.

The proof is in the pudding...

The soon to be completed 28 Baldwin Street residential development in Bristol City Centre, experienced a 'gold rush' from prospective purchasers this weekend. Some of the future occupiers even camped over night to be in contention of purchasing a luxury apartment in this sought after location.

The opening weekend saw a number of these apartments reserved, with the remaining few expected to go very soon.

Working closely with WN Interiors, Union Architecture developed the apartment  layouts and specification to help create this vibrant, urban environment.

To reserve your own, or to view the sales brochure visit the development website here.



Approved: Ravine Road, Canford Cliffs - Householder application approval

Union Architecture has recently achieved a planning approval for the extension & refurbishment of an existing dormer bungalow. 

The brief was to re-elevate the dwelling with a contemporary styling, whilst revising the layout of the existing property to meet the needs of the modern day family. A second floor was added to the property containing 4 double bedrooms including a master suite. 

Whilst the site is not located within a conservation area, it's frontage forms the context of the Canford Cliffs North Conservation Area. This resulted in detailed discussions with the local conservation officer to ensure we provided a quality design which enhanced the street scene. These successful discussions allowed us to secure a planning approval for a contemporary building within a traditional setting  

If you would like to discuss the development potential of your property please call us for a no obligation conversation.

Approved: Hurst Hill, Lilliput - Permitted Development Approval

Union Architecture have recently achieved a planning approval  for the refurbishment of an existing bungalow which resulted in the floor space doubling in size to 2,500 sqft, all under permitted development. 

The scheme consisted of re-configuration of the existing entrance level layout to form 4 bedrooms and a Master Suite. The lower level will be a family kitchen dining area, and cinema room. The elevations will be upgraded to compliment the local character of Hurst Hill, whilst creating a modern facade.

Union Architecture assisted with the tender process and choice of contractor, with the build aiming to be complete late Spring.

If you would like to discuss the permitted development potential of your property please call us for a no obligation conversation.

Less is…?

With a shortage of housing in major cities developers and designers are often presented with the question of how to deliver a project which incorporates affordable units that are both livable and marketable.

One such project is the recently completed Carmel Place by nArchitects in New York. Made up of 55 ‘micro’ units which range in size from 273 to 360 square feet the development is perhaps more a kin to a student accommodation than  apartments.

Efficient floor plans and inventive in built furniture solutions help transform unit interiors from rooms into homes however it is arguably the focus on integrating meaningful shared amenities which will ensure the success of the scheme.

APPROVED: elevational upgrades to Maxet House

The last piece of the planning puzzle has been achieved for this mixed use development in the heart of Bristol City Centre. The building originally consisted of a range of use classes – Bar, Comedy Club and Offices. Union Architecture, with the assistance of CSJ Planning ( have now achieved 3 planning approvals on this project. Ultimately the scheme will consist of 53 apartments with a restaurant at ground floor.

Union led the meetings and site visits with Bristol Council Planning in order to develop a scheme for the upgrade of the main Baldwin Street & Telephone Exchange elevations. Due to the sites location within the City and Queens Square conservation area a particularly sympathetic design was required.  After much negotiation, various sample submissions and visualisations, a positive decision was reached, allowing the construction works to progress in line with the agreed programme.

DCLG given permission to appeal affordable homes threshold ruling

The High Court ruling, handed down in July, quashed the policy, which excluded developments of ten homes or fewer, or 1,000 square metres or less in floorspace, from the requirement to provide or contribute to affordable housing.

The rulingfollowed a legal challenge launched by Reading Borough and West Berkshire District Councils, prompted the removal of paragraphs from a section on planning obligations in the national planning practice guidance related to the small development policy.

The guidance is said to have contravened the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004’s presumption in favour of the development plan, and that the consultation process had been unfair.

At the time, the DCLG said it would be seeking permission to appeal against the judge’s decision, as it would have a "disproportionate impact on smaller builders who are important in providing homes for local communities".

In a statement issued by a DCLG spokesman, it said: "We can confirm we have been granted permission to appeal against the judge’s decision on the West Berkshire and Reading court case."

Builders warned that the removal of the guidance would lead to fewer homes being built as small firms respond by avoiding attempting to develop certain sites.

The ruling also posed problems for a number of local planning authorities. A clutch of local plans, including adopted plans and documents submitted for examination, contained affordable housing policies informed by the now-revoked guidance.

The judgment also created difficulties for councils that had incorporated the now-deleted guidance into their draft Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedules, typically opting to charge higher rates for smaller residential schemes because of higher levels of viability resulting from the affordable housing exemption.

We can expect this appeal to take several months and in the meantime the present situation applies – the policy is not in force and so local affordable housing thresholds apply.

Building Regulations Part M change

From the 1st October 2015 there will be a new Building Regulations part M to contend with. Whilst the technical implications of the changes have been under consideration for many months in the various draft documents what hasn’t been fully appreciated is the impact the change might have on the planning process. With the introduction of 3 categories in residential development, the planning authority must now be consulted to advise on what mix or number is required for each category type in a development. Union Architecture, in discussion with consultant colleagues, E3 Cube (Access Auditors), are reviewing all current projects to check compliance and also advising clients with historic planning approvals that will now need to comply.