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 Skipton

Who we are

At Horsley Townsend Architects we are professional architects with a wide range of experience of working on diverse projects in Skipton and surrounding areas.  From stunning contemporary new builds, through to the sympathetic remodelling of Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed buildings, we bring a new perspective to all of our projects.

With expertise across a range of areas, as one of the leading architects in Skipton, our projects have included residential extensions, refurbishments and remodelling, new build projects – including multiple new builds – along with commercial, industrial and retail developments.

The locations of the projects we’ve worked on in Skipton are as diverse as the projects themselves: from work in residential areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, our work has taken us throughout Yorkshire.

Although most of our clients are based in Yorkshire, our wide-ranging portfolio also includes projects in London, the south of England, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We know that our clients want to work with technically skilled, professional and imaginative architects; Skipton clients can relax in the knowledge that we’ll bring not only our expertise but a fresh approach to their project – no matter how small.

Our approach


Our bespoke service has been developed over many years and is designed to suit the individual aspirations of every client.

We begin each project with a free, no-obligation meeting as this is the best way for us to begin building a picture of how you visualise your project, ensuring that the end result works for you.

We divide the way we work into four approximate ‘stages’, the first being the submission of a planning application.  This can then be followed by the submission of a building regulations application – an essential requirement if your project is to stand the test of time.

The third stage is the preparation of detailed drawings and documents; these can be used to help you find a suitable builder for your project and once you’ve appointed a builder, the plans can be used to allow them to carry out the building work.

The last stage is for us to offer you the benefit of our assistance during the actual construction phase.  These four stages are the standard RIBA appointments and as a RIBA Chartered architects practice, we offer the clients the flexibility to appoint us for some or all of the four stages.

Areas & Specialisms

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