A busy Autumn here at Peak Architects has seen the submission of two planning applications for George Bateman & Sons Ltd, further establishing ourselves in the hospitality sector.

Designs were submitted to the Peak Park Planning Authority for the Ladybower Inn,Bamford, for the erection of a two storey letting unit, and internal and external alterations to an existing outbuilding.

Detailed planning and Listed Building Applications were also submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council for the extension & internal alterations of The Kings Head Public House, a Grade II Listed building on Yeoman Street within the heart of the Bonsall Conservation Area, Derbyshire.


Peak Architects are delighted to have been appointed on an exciting project which will see a new restaurant and bar located in the old Natwest building in the heart of Hathersage.

After a difficult year of negotiations with the local Planning Authority and after a successful planning appeal, Peak Architects are to undertake the detailed design for both the Architectural and Interior Design services.

‘Bank House’ is expected to open in April 2018 and we can’t wait!


Architects/ Architectural Technologists Wanted

Due to a series of recent commissions and continued growth Peak Architects are looking to recruit both qualified ARB registered architects and CIAT registered architectural technologists.

If you wish to be part of an award winning design led practice based in our Sheffield Studio please forward your CV and samples of your work to: Info@peakarchitects.co.uk.

Great to see our latest Planning Approval for a conversion and extension in the Peak District being well received in the Press.



New Starter at Peak Architects

We are delighted to announce that Gerard Langley has joined Peak Architects as an architectural technologist. Gerard has joined Peak Architects from Sheffield Hallam University where he received a first class degree in BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and has been shortlisted for  the CIAT Student Award for Excellence in his final Architectural Technology-Project.

His passion for Guinness and coffee will certainly make him a good fit!

New Entrance Pavilion Complete

Peak Architects have recently completed the extension of the former ‘Sandvik’ building on the Holbrook Industrial Estate. In addition to a simple linear extension of the main warehouse to provide additional warehousing and workspace, Peak Architects were asked to create a new entrance building providing dedicated staff and visitor entrances, mess and restroom facilities.

Peak Architects proposal creates a dynamic steel framed pavilion which contrasts with the main warehouse and act as a focal point upon entry to the site. The client and staff are delighted with the building with Hill Pumps director Dominic Hewins saying ‘the building has been greatly admired by both staff and visitors to the site and creates a real statement of intent for Hill Pumps as business’.


One Week – Three Planning Applications

Another busy week at Peak Architects with three new planning applications submitted across Sheffield and the Peak Park.

One notable application was for the conversion and extension of single storey pre-fabricated concrete single skinned insulated  house within the Peak Park to provide a modern contemporary pavilion integrating the principles of ‘passive haus’ with high levels of insulation including triple glazing ; whole house ventilation, use of sustainable materials and sustainable techniques including photovoltaics, water harvesting and the use of  low energy/ water saving devices. The design looks at the wooded context and seeks to use materials which will age naturally and allow the building to sit tight to the ground and nestle into its surroundings.

Peak Architects Director Paul Holden commented ‘this is a reflection of the continued growth and reputation of Peak Architects, we are continually improving on the quality of all our designs, integrating high levels of sustainability into our buildings within the prescribed levels of affordability ‘

Another Day, Another Site!

We had a great site visit today on a large house conversion in Chinley, the project is due for completion in May with the first fix electrical and plumbing starting on site next week.

Together with Nick our part 1 student we reviewed the works to date and discussed details around the external terrace and drainage details. Its mundane stuff but gave Nick a great insite into a working site and how details on the boards translate to site.

Next step…tiling layouts!


‘The Cattle Shed’ nearing completion

We managed to visit the cattle shed today and it was great to see the building beginning to emerge from its scaffolding shroud and really begin to reveal its character and charm.

This camping barn will be open in mid March. The site was awash with workmen completing the external works and the client was busy dressing and furnishing the 11 ensuite rooms and large open plan living space in advance of first occupation.Untitled-1

Art Deco Inspired House Refurbishment

Peak Architects have recently submitted a planning application for the remodelling and extending of a family home in Sheffield to provide a bespoke 5,000sqft bespoke residence.

Planning is anticipated in April 2017 with a start on site anticipated for later in the year.


New Sheffield Office for Peak Architects

Peak Architects are delighted to announce that we have now moved into our new Sheffield Office and relocated our Hope Valley office to new premises in Hathersage.

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Peak Architects’ Director Paul Holden says’ the opening of our new Sheffield office is a natural progression for Peak Architects and follows a year of sustained growth and a number of new commissions in Sheffield and its City region. Inconjunction with offices in Hathersage; this new office will allows us to better serve our existing and future clients across all the regions within which we operate’.

From 01 February 2017 our new addresses will be:

Hope Valley Studio: Underedge, Back Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1AR

Sheffield Studio: Broom Hall, 8-10 Broomhall Road, Sheffield S10 2DR


Sheffield-based Peak Architects has appointed Nick Davis to its team as a Part 1 architectural assistant.  Nick, aged 22, has graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Architecture and Environmental Design.

Peak Architects’ founder and director, Paul Holden, says: “We are delighted that Nick has joined our team at Peak Architects.  He was recommended directly by the University and we instantly recognised that his design flair, technical knowledge and commitment will be a real benefit to Peak Architects.”

Originally from Staffordshire, Nick is another example of someone who has come to Sheffield to study and whose enjoyment of all things outdoors has encouraged them to make the city their home.

Outside of architecture, Nick enjoys cycling, climbing and running.

Brosterfield Campsite submitted for Planning

Peak Architects has been appointed by the Peak District National Park Authority  to develop designs for a new amenity block and wardens’ lodge to support its application for a new campsite in Foolow within the Peak District National Park. The buildings within the cluster for Brosterfield Campsite are oriented at an angle to each other to create a series of external and internal courtyards.  The designs take reference from local vernacular sheep sheds and agricultural buildings. A planning decision is expected on November 20.


Peak Architects has designed a beautiful woodland bird hide on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire.  Sited on the edge of a copse of trees adjacent to the Children’s Farmyard, allowing young bird watchers to feel part of the woodland habitat, the hide has a cedar shingle-clad exterior that will slowly turn to a metallic grey, with a birch ply lining.

Peak Architects’ founder and director, Paul Holden, comments: “We were commissioned by the Chatsworth House Trust to design a hide to enable children to feel close to the wildlife and birds in the woodland.

“We designed a subtle, organic wooden structure that is both sustainable and lightweight in construction.  The curves of the simple timber-framed structure take reference from its location adjacent to a ‘HaHa’, a feature of the original Capability Brown-landscaped gardens within the Estate.”

Constructed for only £12,000 and within four weeks, the building is fully wheelchair/DDA accessible and has viewing slots at multiple heights to allow for people of all ages and abilities to use the hide with ease. Because of the limited site access, the hide was partially fabricated off-site by Beau Vale Construction.

As the site falls within the general classification of the Grade 1* listing for the Chatsworth Estate, detailed planning permission was required for the bird hide.

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Peak Architects in-conjunction with Primesite UK, the Sheffield-based property developer, has submitted a planning application to return the former Wake Smith solicitors offices on Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield to their former role as family homes.

The application to develop the vacant villas opposite Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens features plans for  four town houses to replace existing ancillary buildings behind the offices, two with four bedrooms and two with five, plus nine apartments within the office building.

Once also the headquarters of Bassett Foods, the building is in a key location opposite the Botanical Gardens where offices and residential houses stand shoulder-to-shoulder.

Primesite UK managing director Scott Hinchliffe said: “This is an extremely high profile site as it’s seen by everyone who passes the Botanical Gardens.  Our development therefore has to be sympathetic and respect the area’s history and prime location.  We plan to maintain the integrity of what were once grand family homes.

“The site currently includes a 1950’s extension and car parking for 40 cars to the rear infill site which are of no architectural merit, so we plan to replace this with four high-spec town houses in keeping with their neighbours on Rutland Park and Southbourne Road.

“The city desperately needs new family homes to meet the required provision. This site is sustainable and is a rare opportunity for both conversion and new build in South West Sheffield.”

Peak Architects managing director Paul Holden comments on the plan: “Because of the building’s history and position in a highly sought-after residential location we have a responsibility to retain the impressive exterior.

“The new town houses will benefit from the latest technology and sustainability.  In converting the former offices back to their original residential use we will achieve a balance between restoration and enhancement, complementing the grandeur of the original building.”

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Peak Architects adds graduate to team

Peak Architects has recruited Josh Dobson to its team. Josh, aged 25, is completing his Masters Degree in Architecture at the University of Nottingham while working at the practice as an architectural assistant.

He gained his BA (Hons) in architecture at Northumbria University and has completed various professional courses, including the BIM Foundation Course and Professional Certification in Autodesk Revit, as well as gaining the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certificate.

Josh already has experience as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant where he gained experience working in a variety of sectors, including Healthcare, Education and Commercial.

Outside of architecture, Josh plays competitive squash in the Endsleigh IMS Squash Box Leagues.

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Sheffield architects win design award for Chatsworth building

Peak Architects has won the prestigious Build Award for the Best UK Small Project of the Year Award, for its design of the Chatsworth Stickyard Education Centre. The project has been completed for client The Devonshire Education Trust and is now in use by schools and colleges visiting the Chatsworth Estate.

Peak Architects’ founder and director, Paul Holden, comments: “The annual Build Awards search the entire world of architecture for designs that they consider exceptional. We are particularly proud of the Stickyard design where we converted a redundant Grade 1 listed cart shed and barns into a glorious outdoor education centre.

“The ‘Stickyard’ provides a balance between the historic restoration of the listed buildings and the insertion of modern functional elements which create a series of dynamic teaching spaces; we believe that this approach was picked up and appreciated by the Build Award team.”

This latest award comes on the back of two recent national shortlisting for the Stickyard within the RIBA and RICS Awards; as well as Peak Architects being a finalist in Building Design Magazine ‘Small Architectural Practice of the Year Ward 2016’.

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Chatsworth Stables Opens for Business

The redevelopment of the Chatsworth Stables to provide a new restaurant and retail spaces opened successfully for business on time for the Easter Holidays.

Working with the Chatsworth Team and the contractor, H.A. Briddon’s this challenging project involved the glazing of the final quadrant of the Grade 1* listed stable block and refurbishment of the existing retail spaces by the rationalisation of the services with the introduction of a new service raft; improving the pedestrian flows and the introduction of a new central pedestrian entrance. The extension of the retail spaces into the final quadrant allowed a new restaurant space with associated kitchen and rest rooms to be incorporated.


Bank Close House Planning Application

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Peak Architects have submitted a planning application to Chesterfield Borough Council for the refurbishment of the Grade II* Bank Close House and an extension to provide extended facilities for the care home operated by Devonshire Care. The new accommodation will provide 36 ensuite bedrooms; a central covered courtyard providing communal facilities and ancillary staff and support accommodation.

Peak Architects are very proud to have one of its projects, Chatsworth Stickyard, shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands 2016 Awards. This comes as the third short listing in the past month, along with RICS Awards in the Building Conservation category and the BD Small Project Architect of the Year Awards.

See the full shortlists here

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RICS Awards

BD Architect of the Year Award

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Hathersage-based Peak Architects has added Petra Schwarczova to its team as part of its ongoing expansion programme.  Petra was the winner of the CIAT Award for Outstanding Graduating Student in Architectural Technology; received a CIAT commendation for excellence in architectural technology and graduated with First Class Honours from Sheffield Hallam University.

Peak Architects director, Paul Holden, speaks highly of his latest recruit: “Petra was a much-sought after graduate so we are thrilled she has chosen to join Peak Architects; the ability to attract skilled staff of Petra’s calibre is central to our approach and reflects on our growing reputation across the Peak Park and Sheffield City Region.”

Peak Architects has recently been short-listed for two national architecture prizes, the RICS Awards and the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards.

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Peak Architects Shortlisted!

Peak Architects are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for this year’s BD Small Project Architect of the Year Award. See the full list here.

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