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 York

Residential & Commercial Architects services throughout York


At Horsley Townsend Architects we have many years of experience on working on a range of architecture projects in York and surrounding areas.  We believe in bringing our unique perspective to every project – from simple extensions to residential properties through to complete refurbishments, new builds and work on industrial, commercial and retail buildings – our imaginative approach to architecture can help you realise your dream project.

In addition, we are experienced conservation architects having worked on Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed building renovations throughout Yorkshire.  Find out more about our Grade I and Grade II listed architectural projects.


Our approach to architecture


We strongly believe that our bespoke service is the best way for us to meet the aspirations of our individual clients.  We’ll work closely with you every step of the way and because we know that the needs of each client are different, we offer the flexibility for you to appoint us for just some or all aspects of your project.

Our work as architects can be divided into approximately four stages with the first stage being the submission of a valid planning application. This can then be followed by the submission of an application to ensure your project meets with the relevant building regulations.

After these two stages have been completed, we can prepare detailed construction drawings and documents which can be used by you to obtain quotes from builders.  Once you’ve appointed a builder, the plans which we have prepared can be used by the builder to proceed with the construction phase of the project.

The final stage is our guidance and advice during your project construction.

We believe in offering our clients a flexible service which is why we’re happy for you to appoint us as many (or as few) stages, depending on your budget or requirements.

We know that our clients want to work with experienced, professional architects; York customers will be reassured to know that at Horsley Townsend we are a RIBA Chartered architect practice.


Where we work


Our architect practice is based Yorkshire and over the years we’ve worked on many projects in York.  As some of the most experienced architects working in York, we’ve been involved in projects on Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed building, in Conservation areas, World Heritage Sites and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Get in touch


Whether you’d like ideas on remodelling your house, or would like to discuss plans for a new build property, we’re happy to offer further advice and guidance.  Get in touch for more information on our architect services in York.

Areas & Specialisms

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