Our architectural services in both Cornwall and beyond, combine functional knowledge and creative flair with a thirst to craft standout projects. Whether it’s helping capture your ideas on the page, developing your planning proposals for your new build, liaising with experts or seeing your project through to the very end of construction, Märraum’s architects services will help weave your perfect story into a reality – however big or small your project might be.
Below is an outline of some of our services – please see our Process page for detailed information on the key project stages
Feasibility and Concept Design
We know that the initial stage of design is a time full of exciting possibilities. We also know it can be difficult to envisage what lies ahead. During this design phase, ideas are fluid and flexibility is key.
Whether we’re working with you to develop your ideas or taking your designs and growing them with 3D visual design software, at Märraum we can help you experience your space before it’s even built. It also helps us brush up on the finer details of your build, so we know exactly what to expect as the build comes to life.
And Planning Applications
An ambitious design plan, a proposal in a conservation area, a listed building –occasionally some planning proposals are a bit more complicated than others. If we think it'll be helpful for your project, we’ll recommend this pre-planning stage. It’ll give us a chance to test the water, and gather constructive feedback to give your project the best chance of getting planning approval.
Our team is well-versed in leading you through the planning process, and because we’re accredited agents, it’ll be a smoother time too. We work closely with the local authorities like Cornwall Council, providing information and drawings in a specific style and format that helps reduce their decision time by up to half – helping you breathe easy. What’s more, as a RIBA accredited studio, we have direct access to an even bigger pool of professional expertise to draw from too. All the better for getting your project off the paper.
Fire escapes, drainage issues, insulation – with every build comes the need to ensure proper building standards are met. As active members of the RIBA, we pride ourselves on an eye for the finer detail, producing detailed high quality architect’s drawings that lay everything out clearly, so they can be submitted to the authority for approval – and your build can get underway.
Construction and Tender
Bridging the gaps between design and construction, at Märraum we’ve built solid foundations with the people who’ll really make your space shine.
Once building regulations are approved, we can take away the hassle of organising your build by liaising with contractors and builders, getting quotes and working up the build schedule. This gives you the control to say what you want, and how much you want to pay. To make sure your build is as easy as possible, we’re also happy to come on site regularly to check everything is coming along smoothly.
People we like to work with
As a small core team, we keep ourselves one step ahead by drawing on the best specialists around. By regularly weaving our skills together with other specialists, we’re able to take our talents further through a greater network of knowledge that will elevate your space.
Whether it’s crafted pencil drawings, forward-thinking structural engineers, planning submissions or construction teams that really know their stuff, the list of experts we work with regularly is always growing. Here's just a selection of specialists and friends we collaborate with:
Landstone Construction – A highly skilled team, specialising in new builds and the renovation of listed buildings.
Shepherd Contracting – After starting out as landscape designers, they’re now specialists in renovation projects, masonry, roofing and bespoke finishes.
Jewell Construction – Initially recommended by a client, the quality and smooth running of the construction was clear.
Metal Surgery, Metal Engineering – This expert team has 40 years’ experience providing metal engineering and structural building solutions.
Eleanor Bell, Lighting Designer – A Cornwall-based lighting designer and NICEIC approved contractor, Eleanor crosses the boundaries between art and engineering.
Derek Smith, Structural Engineer – Providing us with brilliant service helping us with building regulations. Derek is the structural engineer we use for the majority of our projects.
Peter Skerrett, Architect – A Cornwall-based concept architect who we’ve worked with on a number of projects including Jubilee Warehouse and Springmoor.
BBS Building Control – A leading approved inspector providing high quality building control services, these are our go-to guys for building control applications.
Cornwall Council Planning – As accredited agents, we have a great relationship with the householder planning department. Due to the way we submit our applications, the planning decision process time can be reduced by as much as 50%.