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Western Design Architects (WDA) are an award winning Dorset Architectural practice established in 1986. 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

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Conservation Architecture

Trent Meadows

Complex restoration and extension of a Grade II Listed Georgian house in Puddletown, Dorset.

Purbeck Stone Walls
Commercial Architecture

Harbour View Burial Ground

Award-winning contemporary crematorium design and chapel near Poole.

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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 West’s 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 your needs, responds to its setting and realises its potential.

About Us
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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.

Our News

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New approval for an extension in Iwerne Minster

04 July 2024

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Planning Approval for 20 houses in Sixpenny Handley

26 June 2024

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18 new affordable apartments in Weymouth

20 June 2024