RIBA architect Matthew founded his practice in 2008, after qualifying as an architect in 1998.

I like to keep the practice small and workflow manageable so that I can concentrate on each project. This ensures that every project is successful, affordable, and most importantly meets the needs of the client.

I have a very good town planning track record and understand how to navigate through the planning system to get the best approval to suit the client's/householders needs.

For small scale domestic residential projects (extensions, loft conversions etc) I provide a fixed fee ‘design and approvals’ service. For this I carry out a measured survey, go through the design options, produce a full set of drawings, and get all of the necessary approvals in place. This provides everything the householder needs to get prices from a contractor/builder and for them to be able to carry out the building work. I don’t have a regular role during the building work but are on hand for advice and guidance if required. Alternatively I can offer a full service which includes overseeing the building work and certification.

If required, I can recommend good affordable structural engineers, construction professionals, and competent reliable building contractors and tradesmen.


Loft conversions, Kitchens, Sustainable design, Joinery design, Extensions, Planning applications, Re-planning / Internal alterations, New builds, Accessible design

side return extension


A really helpful consultation, that actually gave me a reality check, particularly with side extensions. Lots of food for thought and alot wiser for the experience.

[Matthew's practice] helped obtain planning permission and building regulations approval after being let down by my previous architect. I find Matthew to be very professional in his work, keeping me well informed with the application process and overcoming all the obstacles put by the council.
Russell Parkes, Double storey rear extension & loft conversion, South Woodford
Matthew was extremely helpful in designing a scheme on a difficult site for me. He had great attention to detail and successfully obtained planning permission. His practice also offer good value for money. I would certainly recommend Hardcastle Architects
Mike Walton, Rear Extension, East London
I called Matthew and asked him to help me obtain planning permission on my listed flat in a conservation area - not an easy task. From the outset Matthew was very friendly, transparent with his fee structure and kept to all appointments. He dealt with the planning and conservation officers and offered practical solutions to get around issues that were brought up. Matthew is very easy to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Helen Bailey, Clapton Square, Hackney


Level of experience

5+ years experience

Registered architect



Hackney, London

Distance preference

20 miles

Company type:

Freelance individual

Preferred project Budget

£0 - £500,000+