Ian Banks qualified as a RIBA chartered architect in 1990 and set up his own collaborative practice in 2007 operating in predominantly Cheshire and South Manchester. The residential design service offered by his practice is the key part of his wider limited company portfolio. Ian takes great pride in the ethics and integrity of this work, and always strives to deliver great bespoke design, customer service and professionalism in equal measure. Project design expertise includes new build and self build custom houses; small to large residential extensions and sun rooms; loft and basement conversions; domestic swimming pools, gyms, bars and home cinemas; Other specialisms involve sustainable green design, including Ground and Air Source Heat Pump technology and modular building systems; and planning advice on Permitted Development and ‘Class Q exceptions’ for housing new build and large conversions and extensions in Green Belt and Open Countryside.


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

We found Ian to be very helpful and thorough in designing our extension. We would highly recommend him as he helped us through the whole process from planning permission to building regs approval to recommending builders - invaluable given we were complete novices in this area!
Extension, Sale 2021
Ian did a great job for us, right from the initial concept through to detailed design and then to project management of the building contractor. Created a great space for us at the rear of the house which really accentuated the aspect onto the garden. Thoughtful throughout and always flexible. Wouldn’t hesitate to use Ian again and to recommend him to others!
Extension, Cheadle 2013
Ian was the architect for a major and complex house expansion project. These projects can be stressful and are hard to manage. Ian guided us patiently through every step and helped us keep to budget. He managed the contractor and kept the team together. He was always available and willing to attend site. He understood our vision for the project and played a big role in it being brought to life. But perhaps the biggest recommendation we can make is that he did all this with a friendly professionalism throughout.
Swimming Pool Extension, Lothersdale 2018


Level of experience

5+ years experience

Registered architect



Cheshire East, North West

Distance preference

20 miles

Company type:

Freelance individual

Preferred project Budget

£50,000 - £500,000+