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 swimming pool design

We deliver stunning pool design & build projects in Oxfordshire throughout the UK. 

View our Swimming Pool design portfolio



Swimming pool architects in Oxfordshire

Horsley & Townsend is an established RIBA architecture practice providing high quality swimming pool design services for clients in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. Our expertise covers a wide range of swimming pool designs, including basement pools, wellness facilities and pool extension buildings. We take great pride in working closely with our clients in order to turn their ideas into reality, creating beautiful pools of superb quality and exceptional design.

Do I need an architect to design a swimming pool?

The answer to this question is very simple: yes, working with an architect is an essential part of any pool design and installation project. Once we have talked through your ideas and aspirations for the project, we’ll start work on the detailed drawings and structural analysis required as these areas of expertise don’t sit within the remit of most swimming pool installation contractors.

It’s important to bear in mind that without detailed plans for your project, obtaining accurate costings from pool installation contractors will be very difficult, if not impossible. Furthermore, plans also need to be created to ensure the project meets any necessary planning regulations.

Our swimming pool design services provide the starting point for a high quality outcome and we’ll work with you throughout the process by providing our expertise at every stage. We’ll begin with consultation during which we’ll discuss your ideas and aspirations; looking in-depth at the options available to you.

The most suitable type of indoor swimming pool for your home will, of course, depend on the size and location of your property, and the amount of outdoor space available. Basement pools are the perfect solution in situations where sufficient outdoor space is limited, whilst detached pool buildings are ideal for properties with large gardens. In addition, in some cases it’s possible to consider re-purposing an existing building such as a stable block or barn.

Once we have finalised a design we’ll begin work on obtaining necessary planning permission. The majority of indoor pools require planning permission and we’ll supply the drawings required to ensure this process is as straightforward as possible. Our wide-ranging expertise covers projects in what might be perceived as challenging locations, including Areas of Outstanding Beauty and National Parks.

We’ll also use the plans we create to tender for quotes from reputable, experienced pool contractors. Finally, once the construction phase of your project is underway, we’ll continue to provide professional support through regular on-site visits and inspections.

If you’re looking for a swimming pool designer in Oxfordshire, please get in touch with Horsley & Townsend to discuss your requirements.

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