about us

50 Degrees North is an award-winning RIBA Chartered practice based in Richmond. We have a passion for residential architecture and love to create beautiful homes which function magnificently.

To every project, we bring a huge wealth of experience and the results are well-considered, well-planned spaces which enhance and simplify the lives of our clients, bringing order and balance. Our strong environmental heritage underlies the thinking for all projects.

We are specialists in the design of:

  • New build homes
  • Whole house remodelling and refurbishment
  • Home extensions
  • Loft conversions

Our clients are homeowners, builders and developers and we have the expertise and capability to work at all scales from simple alterations though to small housing developments.

We have developed an accessible, client-friendly approach to engaging an architect: be that full-service (from initial designs right through to build and snagging) or simply design through to planning permission and handover to your build team.

Our architects encourage collaboration and our designs are the outcome of this conversation: the perfect mix of client desire, married with architectural know-how.

Over the years we have assembled a core list of recommended builders, consultants and suppliers which our clients readily benefit from at every stage throughout their project.

We are based in Richmond and work throughout London, the Home Counties and sometimes further afield.

Please call us on 020 8744 2337 or email info@50degrees.co.uk if you would like to talk through your project and arrange an initial appointment at our studio.

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Our design process and service offering has been finely honed in response to the specific needs of residential clients.

We provide a full architectural service broken down into 5 clear stages. These stages are based on the 'RIBA Plan of Work 2013' - the definitive UK model for the building design and construction process. We tailor the content and output of each stage to meet the requirements of individual projects.

Our service includes coordinating the input of our established network of consultants for example: Structural Engineers, Planning consultants, Arboricultural Specialists, Building Control Companies and Interior Designers.

In the main, we are able to quote on a fixed fee basis - we find that clients like the certainty this gives and helps to reduce possible anxiety about spiralling costs. Our quotes clearly explain what is and what isn't included in each of the work stages. We also give an indication of additional third party costs.



Our 5 stages of service are:

Stage 0: Getting Started

Initial meeting, Brief development, Quote

Stage 1:  Design

Brief development, Measured survey, Desktop research, Design and Planning Issue Drawings

Stage 2: Planning Permission

Planning Application Submission

Stage 3: Preparing to Build

Developed Design, Structural Calculations and Building Regulations Submission

Stage 4: Build Support

Working Drawings, Site visits, Interior Design


An Architect’s Guide to Wrap Around Extensions

written by: 50degrees on 10.05.19

Based in Richmond, we are at the epicentre of ‘extensionville’, where many homes aren’t quite big enough for today’s lifestyles and spatial efficiency weighs on homeowners’ minds. We thrive on finding solutions to our clients’ space issues and specialise in designing side-return and wrap-around extensions (there are many fantastic examples on our projects page). Along with the need to […]

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Wrap Around Extension 1

5 Things you need to know about glass extensions

written by: 50degrees on 12.02.19

Here at 50°North, prospective clients often come into the studio to find out how they can bring more light into their homes. They want to know how they can add more glass without creating a loss of privacy or causing overheating in the summer. Architectural glass can help to create beautiful, bright and airy spaces. […]

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written by: 50degrees on 21.11.18

We’ve been mulling over ways to re-engage with the sustainable agenda and encourage our clients and potential clients to lessen the impact of their buildings on the environment. While there isn’t much current government legislation promoting sustainability, it has never been more relevant to take care of the environment and plan for the future. We […]

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Can you get us planning permission?

written by: 50degrees on 12.11.18

Planning is a system, one we negotiate on most schemes. Some boroughs and councils have good teams and case officers, some are overrun with applications and can be slower and more pedantic. As architects we are asked, usually in the first meeting with a client, ‘can you get us planning permission?’. The short answer is […]

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