About Us

Whether you're looking for architectural and interior design services for a domestic or a commercial property, at The Alpha Studio, we have years of experience and are fully experienced to work with you every step of the way. From design through to planning, reviewing and the commencement of construction, we'll be there to guide you and get the most out of your ideas and inspiration. We like to co-create with our clients, and help you turn your aspirations into reality. If this sounds good to you, get in touch with us.

Do you spend your evenings glued to Grand Designs, imagining how you would design a dream home of your very own? With our architectural and construction services, you're one step closer to realising that dream. We are affordable, friendly, approachable and committed to co-creating a space that's truly yours to enjoy for a lifetime. Let's discuss your vision and work together to make it a reality.

Studio Alpha is a unique residential architectural and interior design practice based in London, providing clients with a complete service for your dream design from concept through to completion.

Our architectural designs are conceived in response to environmental, landscape and client needs. This follows the belief that our surroundings directly influence the quality of our lives. Key to our design approach is exploring the varying shades of how our clients live and ensure we get the right balance between spectacular design and functionality.

We build strong, trusted relationships with our clients through honest, professional and creative advice, cutting-edge design, craftsmanship and budget-conscious intelligent build solutions.

The Design Progress Will Start with Initial meeting

  • RIBA work stage 1

The design process begins with a meeting with an architect at your property. This initial design session lasts for either half a day or a full day, depending on your requirements. We will help to define your brief and advise on the best way forward for the project.

  1. Brief development

Our services include developing the brief and discussing alternative approaches for your project. This stage includes advising on the need for other consultants, from structural engineers to home automation specialists. We will also assess any soil or structural investigations required.

  1. Proposed sketches

We will discuss a variety of design ideas with you, including material finishes, organisation of spaces, qualities of natural light and views.

Following this we will produce a set of scaled, hand-drawn sketch plans. 


  1. Assess required consents

The statutory consents required for your building project will be considered.

  1. Cost information

Your budget will be discussed and agreed. We will provide outline construction cost information based on current prices per square metre for comparable projects in London.

  1. Draft programme

A programme will be produced alongside the payment schedule that describes the sequence and duration of each element of the design and construction works until completion on site.

The Next Step will be Outline Design

  • RIBA work stages 2-3

The design process is a collaborative one, and your architect will discuss each aspect of the proposal in detail with you as the design develops. We provide architects plans, other drawings, material samples and 3D rendered views that illustrate the qualities of the proposed spaces.

  1. Appoint consultants

We will suggest appropriate consultants from our list of suitable firms in London. These may include a structural engineer, a party wall surveyor and an approved inspector.

  1. Outline designs

Our proposals will be developed into a full set of planning drawings. We can produce realistic 3D visualisations alongside sketch drawings to enable you to clearly envisage ideas. We will work closely with you to decide the final appearance of the scheme, including material finishes, for which we can provide samples and mood boards.

  1. Obtain cost estimates

At this stage, a quantity surveyor may be appointed to produce a detailed cost estimate of the scheme prior to submitting a planning application. This will ensure that the project is on budget. The cost report provides a detailed ‘shopping list’ of all items in the project, allowing informed decisions to be made if savings are required on specific items.

  1. Planning consents

Pre-application advice may be sought from the local authority. Following this, an application will be prepared for planning consents. Plans, elevations and sections will be submitted alongside a design and access statement.

For smaller projects there is usually an eight-week determination period, in which time the planners will consult with neighbours and relevant bodies.


  1. Other consents

Various other consents may be required, depending on the scope of the project. These may include listed building consent, freeholder consent for leasehold properties or Highway’s approval.

Detailed Design will Follow

  • RIBA work stage 4

Our services at this stage typically include progressing the design from planning drawings to a fully developed proposal, with detailed drawings and schedules describing the works.

  1. Detailed designs

Detailed drawings (sometimes called blueprints or architectural details) will be produced to finalise all elements of the design, indicating key junctions, structural design, services including electrical layouts, and floor, wall and roof constructions.

  1. Building Regulations

A building regulations package including detailed drawings and notes are submitted to an approved inspector who will certify compliance with the building regulations.

  1. Party wall notices

We will liaise with a party wall surveyor to ensure that the appropriate party wall notices are issued in accordance with the work described on the detailed drawings if required.

  1. Interior design

We are able to produce a complete interior design for all projects, including soft furnishings. We also offer landscape design, bespoke joinery and kitchen design if required.

  1. Select building contract

We will advise on the selection of an appropriate building contract for the works, and explain the process of entering into a building contract if required.

  1. Prepare tender documents

Tender documents will be prepared to supply to contractors for pricing. These will include a schedule of works, detailed demolition and construction drawings.

  1. Invite contractors to tender

Contractors will be invited to tender, allowing a period of 4 weeks for contractors to review the documents and return completed tender submissions with a lump sum price and a total contract duration in weeks. We will advise on the selection of a contractor.

Our Services during Construction

  • RIBA work stages 5-6

During construction works, we will visit the site to see that work is proceeding in accordance with the proposed designs. Following completion your architect will make final inspections and advise on any rectification works required.

  1. Appoint a contractor

A pre-contract meeting will be arranged with the selected contractor to discuss the project in detail and to present the building contract for signatures.

  1. Issue construction drawings

A full set of construction drawings will be issued to the contractor and work will begin on site.

  1. Contractor’s queries

We will deal with queries and issue formal Architect’s Instructions to the contractor.

  1. Certify work completed

At regular intervals we will visit site to inspect all work, to ensure that it is completed to the required standard. Once this is agreed, we will certify the work completed and the sums due to the contractor.

  1. Extensions of time & claims

Typically, a building contract contains provisions for damages to be awarded to the client for overruns on the part of the contractor. The contractor may however claim for extensions of time for valid reasons. We will assess these and award if appropriate.

  1. Final account and certificate

Our practical completion certificate transfers possession of the building to the client. At this stage, the rectification period will begin. This is typically a 6-month period in which the contractor is instructed to return to rectify any relevant issues.

Once the final certificate is issued at the end of this period the remaining retention sum is paid to the contractor.