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 throughout the UK. 

View our Swimming Pool design portfolio



Horsley & Townsend - bespoke swimming pool design in Oxfordshire

We are an established architecture practice, with wide ranging expertise in the design of swimming pools, spa buildings and pool houses for residential properties. Adding a pool to your home is the perfect way to enhance your lifestyle whilst adding value to your property. We’ll use our expertise in pool design and construction to maximise space within your property, whether this is through a swimming pool extension building or a basement pool.

Swimming pool design services

Each project we work on is unique. From initial design ideas and conception, through to project completion, we’ll work closely with you to ensure the end result exceeds their expectations. Our design process begins with an initial meeting which is an important opportunity to talk through your budget and ideas. In addition, we’ll also use this time to look closely at any possible opportunities or site constraints, such as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Listed Building Status. Once this initial consultation stage is complete, we’ll create a bespoke brief that closely considers your requirements and aspirations for the project.

In terms of possible pool design options, swimming pool installation doesn’t necessarily have to be restricted by your property’s footprint. A number of options might be a basement bool or an extension or a detached pool building to complement the exterior landscape. In addition, depending on your requirements, there may be an opportunity to include a spa, for example, whilst a basement pool can be the ideal solution for homes in urban locations.

We have extensive experience of designing swimming pools in a range of locations including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, Listed buildings and properties in conservation areas. Finding design solutions in areas such as these can prove challenging, however we’ll use our experience to seek pre-planning advice if required.

Once these initial stages have been completed, we’ll prepare the necessary building regulations drawings, whilst coordinating other consultants such as surveyors, for example. It is during this stage of a project that we will seek competitive tenders from experienced pool builders and pool contractors. Finally, once the building stage is underway, we will carry out regular site visits and inspections.

Areas & Specialisms

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