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Western Design Architects (WDA) are an award winning Dorset Architectural practice. We have a reputation for exciting contemporary design and expertise in historic building conservation, both in town and country

We partner with people who aspire to create new spaces, reimagine existing ones or design a new way of experiencing them.

Selected Projects

traditional thatched cottage with new extension
Residential Architecture

Three Little Pigs

Restoration and extension to an iconic Grade II listed thatched cob cottage in Milton Abbas.

Purbeck Stone Walls
Commercial Architecture

Harbour View Burial Ground

Award-winning contemporary crematorium design and chapel near Poole.

contemporary woodland house at dusk
Residential Architecture

Bury Road

A modern, low energy sustainable Architect designed home within the Branksome Park Conservation Area in Poole.

Established in 1986, Western Design Architects (WDA) has completed thousands of projects, won 50+ awards and earned the respect of being one of the South Wests leading RIBA Chartered Architectural practices. View more in our portfolio.

All Projects
Our Approach

How do we do it

A perfect architectural design can only be achieved when all the key factors have been thoroughly considered. Client brief, budget, site constraints, sustainability and materials all need to be carefully explored to allow us to reach a final creative solution that adheres to our rigorous design principles. The result is an inspired building or space that reflects our clients demands, responds to its setting and realises its potential.

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Selected Architectural Services
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Concept Design

This stage studies if a project is feasible – that is, it is financially viable and determines the benefits and reasons for a project to move forward. Working with our Architects, a concept design is the first creative phase allowing designers to explore numerous options to reach the best possible design.

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The final design is refined in collaboration with other consultants ready to submit as a planning application to the Local Authority.

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Technical Design

Detailed technical construction drawings are produced for building regulations and to allow our creative vision to be accurately realised during the build.

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Bats flying in our latest Class Q Barn Approval

08 June 2023

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Weymouth apartments construction

05 June 2023

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Planning approval for a new subterranean home

22 May 2023