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Established in 2012, APL Architecture is a thriving Manchester-based practice delivering projects across the North West. With all scales of domestic extensions and alterations, a growing portfolio of large commercial projects, and new house builds, we’re proud to provide the same diligence and personal service whoever we’re collaborating with. For us, it’s all about the brief. Understanding what our clients want and translating that into meticulous digital drawings, insightful advice and vocal project leadership. We practice a supportive, client-led approach, working sensitively to any budget in order to provide the peace of mind and high quality that is demanded in every context.


APL provides a full remit of architectural services across all manner of commercial, residential and domestic projects. We can assist with everything from initial site appraisals to generating full digital drawings, liaising with contractors and acting as a lead consultant on projects ranging up to multi-million pound overhauls and multi-property residential designs.

We seek to apply cutting edge creativity in each new project we take on, incorporating increasingly sustainable solutions wherever we can. We’re constantly looking at the practical application of new and innovative concepts and materials that will make the buildings we help to shape smarter and more environmentally friendly.


Since APL Architecture was established, we have been privileged to work on projects right across the domestic and commerical sectors. However, the services and skills involved in each are quite different. If you are a commercial customer, feel free to download our Schedule of Services to take a closer look at our approach to commercial projects.

If you’re a domestic customer, take a look below to find a simple outline of the process we generally follow when working on extensions and alterations. The better you understand the whole building process - and how we can fit into that - the easier it is to achieve the results you want as quickly, smoothly and cost effectively as possible. So if you’d like a bit more detail on any aspect, please feel free to get in touch.

Domestic extensions and alterations



The first thing we do is visit your property to make an initial appraisal of the factors involved, such as neighbouring properties. Once we’ve done this we can sit down and take your brief, so we understand exactly what you want to achieve and what kind of budget you are working to. We can advise you on the other consultants you may need to commission – such as Structural Engineers – before generating a detailed digital drawing of your existing property, and a new drawing that incorporate your design ideas.



Not all house extensions or alterations require planning permission, but if you do need to make a Householder Planning Application, we will take care of everything. We’ll make the application on your behalf and liaise with the Local Authority to make sure their comments are taken into consideration, applying their conditions to the work as you move forward.


We will supply all the information you need to find the right builder, co-ordinating everything into a final drawing and providing any necessary advice until you’re ready to begin construction.


We will share information with your builder, as and when they need, making sure they are aware of their Health and Safety obligations. We can make site visits where required too, and are happy to act as lead consultant, giving direction to other parties to help steer the design process and ensure good communication throughout.


Finally, we will liaise with Building Control for a final inspection, so you have all the paperwork you need before relaxing and enjoying the results of all that hard work.