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 Cheshire & throughout the UK. 

View our Swimming Pool design portfolio



Horsley & Townsend: Swimming pool architects in Cheshire

Adding an indoor swimming pool to your home offers the perfect way to enhance your lifestyle and property. Considering an indoor pool is a big decision though and detailed planning is essential for the completion of a successful project. At Horsley & Townsend we work with clients in Cheshire and throughout the UK, helping them turn their ideas and aspirations into reality.

Indoor swimming pool design – what are the options?

The ideal swimming pool design for your property will depend on your home’s size, location and the amount of outdoor space available. Adding a pool extension connected to the house is a superb way to ensure easy access throughout the year, whilst a detached pool building is ideal if you’d prefer an additional place in which to relax and unwind. Insufficient outdoor space doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t add a pool to your home as it may be possible to design and install a basement pool conversion.

The indoor swimming pool design process

At Horsley & Townsend we work closely with our clients to create swimming pool designs to suit their home, budget and lifestyle. We’ll provide guidance on all aspects of the design of your indoor swimming pool; covering everything from it’s size and shape, through to exterior landscaping and interior fittings.

Our approach beings with an initial consultation meeting after which we’ll supply design visuals which will give you an understanding of what can be achieved. Then, once an overall design has been finalised with you, we’ll start work on the detailed drawings required for planning permission approval.

Thanks to our wide-ranging experience in designing swimming pools in varied locations, we have the expertise required to help you navigate through the planning process. In addition, our experience also applies to pool design projects in what might be perceived as challenging locations including National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings. Rest assured that we’ll make the process as stress free as possible by communicating regularly with you throughout the planning stages to ensure the end result meets your expectations.

Once planning permission has been received, we’ll tender for experienced contractors who have worked on previous indoor pool build and installation projects. In addition, we will also manage the process of applying for and meeting the relevant building regulations standards. Finally, once the build stage of your project is underway, we’ll continue to provide our support and expertise through regular on-site visits and inspections.

Areas & Specialisms

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