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Our Profile

Founded in 1979, Howarth Litchfield’s reputation has been built on delivering world-class architectural, interior design, surveying and management services. We offer award winning architectural solutions and unique designs, proactively working with our clients’ to deliver high quality projects based on a thorough understanding of the vision, aspirations and objectives.

Our professional and friendly team strives to be one of the finest architectural consultancy firms contributing to client success, wherever we work.

The unique multi-disciplinary capability provides reliable total project solutions or selective professional services to seamlessly fit any project requirement.

We have won regional RICS awards for the last five years and Sacriston Surgery was Building of the Year in 2009.

In 2011 we picked up accolades in conservation and community sections, which recognise the diverse skills that HLP have used for all of our clients.

The New Year - First Quarter

It’s been a busy first quarter for the practice and I realise I haven’t uploaded a blog due to workload; which is actually a great admission.


We are seeing activity across many sectors in the practice.  A gradual confidence is emerging amongst clients both old and new.

The interior design, surveying and Architectural teams seem to be undertaking a huge variety of projects.


I said last year that clients really ought to get projects moving as prices were likely to start increasing and my crystal ball has been correct. There is cost inflation on materials and a growing desire amongst the builders to uplift the preliminaries cost from near zero to 5%.  We are seeing contractors turning down tenders as they become more specific on what they are interested in.


Don’t despair, good value still exists.  Market conditions still result in good value if you pick the right consultant, contractor and contract.


All too often, when we become involved in a project, we see that poor choices/decisions in the early stages can have a lasting effect.  So if you have project that’s at the embryonic stages, then give one of the Directors a call.


All the best for Spring 


Neil Turner, Director


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CPI at NETPark Sedgefield


We are delighted to have won, in competition, the New Build for Innovative Formulations for CPI at NETPark Sedgefield, showing that Howarth Litchfield is known for its quality, output and the ability to be competitive.


David Pickersgill, Director said, “This is a great project for a blue chip client to produce a new research facility and office accommodation under the government's high value manufacturing Catapult initiative”.


The project design work has commenced and will be submitted for Planning in the near future.




RICS North East Renaissance Awards 2015

We attended the impressive RICS Awards 2105 North East Renaissance on Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Last year we were shortlisted for an impressive 9 awards and came away with a couple of prizes. This year we didn’t enter due to a number of jobs just finishing after the entry dates.  Although we have one in the Yorkshire region for Trinity Academy; so our fingers are firmly crossed for that one.


For next year, we have an exciting list of projects ready for entry across all the categories - so watch this space!

Thanks to the host Phil Spencer and to the RICS for a well organised ceremony as always. It would have been nice to have heard a little more from him, clearly his brief varied from the previous year’s compere. Nonetheless a lovely evening.

Neil Turner - Director

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Wheatley Hill Surgery - update


Wheatley Hill - April 2015a

The new Wheatley Hill Surgery work is progressing well with Surgo Construction.

On their website, Wheatley Hill Surgery stated, "Well countdown is on for the move into your new surgery. The exact opening will be confirmed for later on in May once we have moved from the old surgery. The Old surgery will then be demolished to create a new car park."

Durham Castle

Black Stair


HLP are assisting Durham University’s Estates and Buildings Department in strengthening works to the 400 year old Black Stair. Constructed in 1662 for Bishop Cosin, the spectacular cantilevered stair rises through 4 levels. Made of pine with oak treads, the balustrades are filled with carved and pierced panels of exceptional boldness and vigour.

A structural survey in 2014 by Ed Morton Associates showed the landings, which were extensively rebuilt in the 1960’s, to be deflecting excessively under load due to substandard timbers and joinery work.

The current project involves the introduction of modern engineered timber joists between the existing ones to strengthen the landings.

The work is being carried out by Graeme Ash Ltd., joiners with assistance from the Estates and Buildings in-house team. HLP have provided conservation advice including record drawings of the position and size of every floor board so that the floors can be reinstated exactly as found.