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

We're specialist architects in equestrian design

We deliver stunning equestrian design in Cumbria & build projects throughout the UK. 

View our latest equestrian building project



Equestrian Architects Cumbria: Architecture in the Heart of the UK

At Horsley Townsend, we are a team of experienced equestrian architects, specialising in the design of exceptional equestrian facilities in Cumbria and across the UK. Since our establishment in 2001, we have consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in equestrian design and architecture.  Our expertise spans from creating bespoke stables and horse walkers to designing expansive indoor riding arenas, each project reflecting our passion for equine architecture.

In Cumbria, a region with a long equestrian heritage, our work as equestrian architects takes on a special significance. We understand that each project is a unique blend of client aspirations, the specific needs of the equine occupants and the natural beauty of the area. This understanding drives our approach to each design, ensuring that every facility we create is not only aesthetically pleasing but also highly functional and tailored to the specific requirements of the horses and their caretakers.

Equestrian design services in Cumbria

Our services as RIBA chartered architects providing equestrian design services in Cumbria are comprehensive, encompassing everything from initial concept development to project completion. We conduct thorough feasibility studies, ensuring that every aspect of the project is viable and in line with your vision. Our expertise also includes navigating the complexities of planning applications and building regulations, particularly in sensitive areas such as conservation zones, national parks, and locations with listed building statuses.

Our approach is client-centred, ensuring that we work closely with you throughout the process. We begin by understanding your specific needs, desires, and any potential challenges that may arise due to the location of the project.

As architects specialising in equestrian facility design services, we are acutely aware of the importance of creating environments that are safe, comfortable, and conducive to the well-being of horses. We incorporate the latest trends in equine facility design, ensuring that our projects are not only modern and stylish but also adhere to the best practices in equine care and management.

Specialists in equine building design

Our portfolio showcases a diverse range of equine building design projects, each reflecting our commitment to equestrian architecture. From private stables that blend seamlessly with the rural landscape to large-scale equestrian centres that serve as focal points for the local equestrian community, our work is a testament to our expertise and passion for this unique aspect of architectural design.

At Horsley Townsend, we pride ourselves on our ability to turn your equestrian dreams into reality. Our team of expert equestrian architects in Cumbria is ready to assist you in creating a facility that not only meets your needs but also surpasses your expectations.

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