About Horsley Townsend Architects

Horsley Townsend Architects was established in 2001 by Bill Horsley and Guy Townsend and we are now in our 21st year. The majority of our work is in Yorkshire and the North of England. However our portfolio includes work in Dorset, Kent, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Republic of Ireland.

Our services

Building types

New top end houses

Refurbishment, alterations and extensions to large houses

Specialist architects in swimming pool design

Equestrian facilities, stables, horse stalls, lunging arenas and horse walkers

Hotels, restaurants, pubs

Offices, industrial units and other commercial projects

Cultural buildings

Conservation & designated areas

Grade 1 listed buildings

Grade 2* listed buildings

Grade 2 listed buildings

Buildings or development sites in green belt

Buildings or development sites in open countryside

Buildings or development sites in conservation areas World heritage sites

Buildings or development sites in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Buildings or development sites in national parks

Services offered

Inception and feasibility studies

Preparation and submission of planning applications

Preparation and submission of building regulations applications

Preparation of tender documents and obtaining tenders from building contractors

Architect’s services during the construction phase of a project



Architects in Ilkley

Horsley Townsend provides architect services in Ilkley and across Yorkshire with a wide-ranging specialist portfolio of projects that extends throughout England and Scotland.  We’ve worked on a diverse range of architectural projects from simple home or house extensions in Ilkley and Ben Rhydding, as well as property refurbishments and new house builds.

Projects we’ve worked on have been in locations as diverse as their designs including Conservation Areas, National Parks, open countryside and towns.

Providing professional architectural services throughout Ilkley

In addition to providing first class residential architectural services throughout Ilkley, we’ve completed  major commercial projects which involved the extensive alteration and extension of Grade 1 listed buildings; we have also completed building projects which incorporated work on Grade 2 listed buildings.

Other recently completed commercial architectural projects include restaurants and the extensive renovation, refurbishment of a Grade 1 listed hotel as well as many more.


How we work


We pride ourselves on offering a combination of excellent design skills and technical, professional experience.  Established in 2001, at Horsley Townsend Architects we are members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

We know that our clients are looking for experienced, professional architects; Ilkley customers can benefit from our experience of working on a wide range of different projects in their area – from projects on residential properties through to larger commercial and industrial projects.

We’ll begin by meeting with you at the property and at this meeting we’ll talk through ideas you may have, or if you need a little inspiration, we’ll offer some ideas of our own.  We don’t require any payment at this stage; after this first meeting we’ll send you a written quotation before taking the project any further.

Our work is carried out using the standard RIBA appointments; this simply means that you can appoint us to carry out one or all four of the ‘stages’ that are generally involved in each project.  The first stage is up to the submission of a valid planning application, with the second stage being up to the submission of a building regulations application.

The third stage of any project is the preparation of construction drawings and plans; these can be used to help you obtain quotes from builders and once you have found a builder that you are happy to work with, the plans will be used by the builder to actually build the building.

The fourth stage is for us to work with you during the construction of your building project.

Areas & Specialisms

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