Paul of Altham Lewis Architects is exceptional. We instructed him on a full house renovation in Clapham South. He listened to our requests, took on-board our suggestions and created our ideal layout. He provided various options to challenge our thinking to ensure we were making the best use of our space.
He is incredibly responsive and very professional, any questions or queries we had were dealt with very promptly. He is well versed in the planning laws and has a wealth of experience in dealing with councils. He understood our project and was committed to ensuring it was approved with the council, he articulately challenged any concerns the council raised and had our proposal approved.
Paul perfectly marries the experience of working with a larger firm (i.e., very responsive, professional and knowledgeable) with the personal approach of an independent contractor. We would highly recommend instructing Paul and very much hope to use him on another project.
Mr & Mrs Madden, Clapham
I used Paul Lewis to design my new home in Kensington. Paul was really lovely to work with and very efficient - I really love my house, it looks fantastic and I would not change a thing. Paul made excellent use of the space.
Miss Gillespie, Kensington
We first met Paul at Grand Designs Live where we noticed he was showing clients how something would look in reality. He had been to the show previously and had returned with his clients to illustrate his ideas. We decided that was the kind of proactive architect we needed! We had been struggling to achieve a "blank sheet of paper" approach to the redesign of our existing Victorian basement, vaults and planned extension. All the plans we’d received from our original architect were variations on a theme and uninspiring and this was holding up our commencing the work.
A few days after the show we showed Paul the space and outlined our living needs. He came back very promptly and efficiently with something which is phenomenal. He thought completely out of the box and we were thrilled with how clever and innovative his ideas were for our space. He helped us with the necessary planning amendments, our building contract and has been on hand for any extra detailing involved in a Victorian design-build refurbishment project. We are almost at the end of our build and our basement is fantastic! Paul’s ability to see things differently is inspired. He is friendly, articulate and helpful to work with and we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him.
Mr & Mrs Green, Fulham
Paul is the best architect I know. He has brilliant vision and makes a difference to a project very quickly. He has completed 3 projects for us: two residential and one commercial. In each instance he has drawn up excellent plans that make best use of space whilst sticking to our budget.
We are very impressed with Paul’s ability and have recommended him to quite a few people.
Mr & Mrs King, Carshalton
We were introduced to Paul through a mutual acquaintance in 2014 and subsequently commissioned Altham Lewis to create some design ideas for a large extension to our detached property in South London. We spoke to a number of architects prior to Paul but none had the professionalism, enthusiasm or the level of diversified architectural experience that he was able to demonstrate.
We were absolutely delighted with Paul’s work, level of service and delivery time and would have no hesitations in recommending him to others who may be contemplating a build project.
Mr & Mrs MacDonald, Sanderstead
I would thoroughly recommend Paul Lewis as an architect. He designed a highly complex renovation involving combining two Soho flats into one and additionally led me through the planning and regulatory steps. I would be happy to speak further to provide some more specifics.
Mr Foy, Soho.
Altham Lewis have worked with us for several years now on planning application projects as well as construction phase projects. We have found them to be especially knowledgeable and technically proficient. The work delivered has always been of a high quality and in very good time.
I can recommend them for all types of architecture, from house design through to high quality façade detailing on commercial buildings.
Ben Coleman, PPR Estates
I worked with Paul early in his career and found him to be a thoughtful and clever designer with an eye for detail. He is professional. industrious, honest and a great communicator and I highly recommend him.
Dr Henry Skates (ARB Registered Architect)
Altham Lewis Architects found a beautiful and elegant solution to some particular architectural challenges encountered at our property. The end result has been to create a stunning and unique terraced house in the middle of London – which is no mean feat!
Mr & Mrs Ingrassia Fulham
We employed Altham Lewis Architects for our ground floor extension, Paul himself took the lead in the feasibility of the design options, together with our wishes and requirements, culminating in the most efficient final detail design proposal.
We were offered a very professional, diligent service and personal service. Paul has a very good technical knowledge base together with the relevant experience in dealing with third parties matters and consents from Party Wall agreements, building control and planning obligations.
I have no hesitation in recommending Paul to others.
Mr. Hashmi, Richmond Upon Thames, London
Paul prepared a number of drawings for a renovation of our ground floor flat in a Victorian terraced house in Fulham. There were several iterations as they required approval from an awkward freeholder, but with his help, advice and expertise we were able to satisfy the freeholder without compromising on our own requirements and now have a spacious light and airy three bedroom, two bathroom home.
Paul was quick to suggest ideas that dealt the freeholder's concerns, was able to turn around revisions quickly and was at our side when the council received a complaint from the freeholder, explaining that what we had built was exactly in line with what they had approved, right to the number of brick courses.
Mr & Mrs Page, Fulham
I have known and worked with Paul Lewis of Altham Lewis Architects since 2009 when, as the project architect, Paul led a team for the initial design and gained planning approval for a 263 bed hotel. Comprising a 14 storey tower element and incorporating a 3 storey listed building.
We have since worked together on a number of feasibility schemes. The latest project being a 65 bed hotel for which Paul provided the planning application drawings which gained scheme approval with the Local Authority.
Paul respects the wishes of the client and briefing team and has always offered timely and valued advice, with work being delivered on time and within the fee scale offered at engagement.
Clifford Read ABFIM. TnCIOB. LICOW
Paul from Altham Lewis came recommended to me and the service I received has been excellent.
His design work is highly creative whilst delivering modern, practical and simple solutions.
He has always responded quickly and has made a complex and detailed process of submission and approval straightforward.
He has made the project we are undertaking feel much less daunting than it would otherwise have been. He has designed a beautiful house and his continuing assistance will ensure that it becomes a reality.
I have no hesitation in passing on the recommendation I received. He has been a pleasure to work with.
Mr Collins, Carshalton
I would like anyone interested in appointing Paul Lewis as their Architect to know that I cannot imagine how they could be at all dissatisfied with his services.
From the outset he has always been extremely friendly, approachable, civil, professional, always responding efficiently, and very honest (something I value extremely). He has always gone out of his way to help with any of my misunderstandings, clarification of details, issues or queries I have needed to ask, understand or learn more about, and also made very good recommendations for any other services required during the process.
His designs really do reflect, and make the best of the space he is going to work with and are exciting and seemed to be more unique compared to many standard designs I looked at. This certainly made me think much more about the best design for my property which I would not have done before instructing Paul. I am so much more confident the result would be something special. Thank you Paul for all your help, genuineness and your experience.
Miss Harris, Sutton
Paul inspired us to dream beyond our initial ideas to create an exciting layout for our house refurbishment, extension and basement. He then worked hard and diligently on our behalf to negotiate with Westminster council to overcome objections and achieve planning permission.
Mr & Mrs Catterall, Westminster
Having work with Paul on a number projects, I would recommend him to clients for architectural services. He is inclusive, creative and a professional member of the design team.
Harriet Forde, Interior Designer
We commissioned Paul to design our house extension. He offered a confidence and reassurance in his manner and was easy to talk to and discuss our ideas. He created a beautiful design that met our needs and supported us through the planning application through to getting specifications.
He offered his time over the phone to talk us through the complex process and stages leading up to the build. We found him highly professional, trustworthy, acting with honesty and integrity in his work.
Mr & Mrs Nagamootoo, Caterham
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