UNA's site specific and place-making approach involves the continuous refinement of buildings designed for living in, both new and refurbished. We pursue this at the level of the individual dwelling, the street and the community, seeking to develop the architectural form, the spatial organisation and the functionality.
Our intention is to create and develop design that adds value. Our architects always work in close collaboration with fellow technical disciplines to ensure buildability and to continuously refine and develop general solutions that work well.
We develop and prepare plans for: brownfield and contaminated land, greenfield sites, high streets, infill sites, mixed use developments, new settlements, the public realm, sustainable landscapes, town centres, and urban regeneration.
Our varied portfolio includes the design of housing for: general needs, refurbishment and new-build, hostels, hotels, sheltered, supported, listed buildings and heritage, private and subsidised housing, and student housing
Residential services include:
Party Wall surveyors
Feasibility and capacity studies
Scheme design for planning approval
Detail design for building procurement
UNA have a wide range of experience in most forms of commercial buildings ranging from health and leisure facilities to offices, health care, and hotels. Fundamental to the development of these buildings is the development of the project through local and national planning policy. Our experienced team brings specialist planning advice to the heart of the design process. We clarify planning policy at each appropriate level, providing clear and considered guidance to our clients in order to minimise planning risk and obstacles to planning approval. Involvement of and clear communication with all stakeholders in the planning process, including; local residents, planning officers and professional teams, is central to our approach.
Commercial services include:
Advice on planning policy
Strategic advice and assessments
Representations and submissions
Planning applications and appeals
Discharge of planning conditions
Listed building and conservation advice
We offer practical advice at strategic and detailed level, backed up with appropriate technical assessment, enabling clients to implement affordable low and zero carbon strategies for individual homes through to extensive masterplans.
Our commitment to building systems development and the possibilities of mass-production through off-site manufacture has led to a key role in developing new technologies for pre-fabricated dwelling units achieving up to Code 5 for Sustainable Homes.
Sustainability services include:
Low and zero carbon strategies for: Building Designs, Masterplanning, New Build, Retro-fit.
Environmental consultancy and assessments
Code for Sustainable Homes
We are experienced and knowledgable project managers with a strong track record of providing projects on time and to budget. We believe that successful project management depends on developing an accurate and thorough project master plan.
The project master plan should define and confirm the project goals and objectives, it should also identify tasks and how goals will be achieved, quantify the resources needed, and determine budgets and timelines for completion.
It should also include managing the implementation of the project master plan, along with operating regular controls to ensure that there is accurate and objective information on performance relative to the plan, and the mechanisms to implement recovery actions where necessary.
Project management services include:
Project master planning