We provide planning and detailed design services, as well as contract administration and services during construction.

We pride ourselves on a personal and responsive service. We are good designers, who listen to your specific requirements.  We have been successful in obtaining planning permissions for challenging sites, where others have failed. We can design in any style you like, be it contemporary or traditional, and have in-house listed building expertise for work on historic buildings.

We work in partnership with PassivHaus and other energy consultants to ensure that the building you create is efficient and comfortable.



Hives were called in following the rejection of two previous planning applications, for this hilltop site in the Chilterns. Our brief was for a new design and to take the project to completion. The design is entirely new-build and is a collage of motifs from early Lutyens, featuring oak roof trusses and bay windows. To achieve the finest quality finish within a conventional contract required meticulous attention to detail and this was recognised by an award for the brickwork detailing. The house is heated and cooled by ground source heating, and smart automation controls lighting, shading, security and entertainment. The house has a lift and includes a basement fitness pool and a cinema suite.



This house was set in beautiful gardens, and incorporated 16th century framing, but its layout was entirely unsuitable for modern family life. Hives took the pieces and joined them up so that the kitchen and living areas opened up to the children's room and linked to the parent’s workspaces via a loggia and glazed link. In the process, modern lighting, cabling and heating were concealed while the hidden character of the old house was revealed, and the house was made worthy of its setting.