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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 have an in-house Passivhaus and low energy consultant to help ensure that the building you create is efficient and comfortable.



This low energy home, designed as a replacement house in the countryside, uses passivhaus principles and was a self-build home for our clients, who finished it to a very high standard. The main building uses a fabric first approach to low energy design with a compact form, high levels of insulation and south facing glazing to maximise useful winter solar gains, helping to reduce heating demand. Another benefit of this design approach is high levels of indoor comfort. The project also uses renewable energy in the form of heat recovery ventilation, an air source heat pump, and solar panels. The use of rainwater harvesting and PV solar panels adds to a truly sustainable design.


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Energy efficiency was one of our client's top priorities on this detached home. We worked closely with them to provide a solution which gave them exciting architectural spaces whilst meeting Passivhaus criteria at planning stage. For energy modelling we used DesignPH software for optional design development and PHPP for the planning stage Passivhaus assessment.

“Henk and his team have been a real pleasure to work with on our planning application for a new build house. 

Their design is creative, modern and elegant. Hives came up with creative solutions to suit our needs, whilst also working within tight planning constraints. Through Passivhaus modelling of design options, we can look forward to living in a very comfortable and low energy house, making the most of renewable energy. “