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Services We Provide

Architectural Design

As architects we understand the importance of good design and as such believe that the initial design stages of a project are of critical importance. Following the formulation of the project brief and the correlation of survey information, we will embark on a design exercise working closely with the client using successful precedent, hand sketches, computer aided design and a range of models to develop the design.

Architectural Conservation

The office has a long history of involvement with historic buildings and has developed a methodologies for their sensitive repair and adaptation. A portfolio of differing historic projects has enabled the practice to gain a detailed understanding of traditional building techniques and knowledge of long term material performance. Peter Holden is accredited with AABC (Architects Accredited in Building Conservation).


We are experienced in the planning process and helping clients navigate the complex requirements of Welsh planning legislation. We have experience in negotiating complex planning applications including conservation area, scheduled monument and listed building consents including major applications and pre-consultation exercises.


Contract Administration

As contract administrator we will act as an impartial representative between the two parties and ensure that the selected contractor carries out the works in accordance with the information package provided. Following the introduction of the CDM 2015 regulations, it is now a government requirement that most projects require the appointment of a Principal Designer to plan, manage and monitor Health and Safety during the pre construction work stages. Acanthus Holden Architects can offer this role in compliance with CDM15.

About Acanthus Holden

Acanthus Holden is primarily an architectural practice, but in addition to its core activities, Acanthus Holden provide, planning consultancy, Principal Designer, project management and historic building consultancy. It is our belief that to produce the best result, and effective co-ordination and delivery a set of skills is required which extends beyond pure architectural services, so whilst architecture remains our core business activity, the practice regularly uses its other in-house skills to add value to the service it provides.

Acanthus Holden can provide both architectural and planning services for projects, a desirable and streamlined combination for many clients. This combination works particularly well on sensitive sites where a planning approach integrated with an intelligent design based solution can really pay dividends.

The practice has provided comprehensive design services that extend from inception to completion on site for more than 25 years. The practice is also acknowledged as one that pursues an environmentally sensitive and sustainable approach to projects and has experience of working on BREEAM and Passivhaus schemes. There are two Conservation Architects in the practice and the Practice has considerable experience on working on listed buildings.

Acanthus Holden is well known throughout West Wales for its commitment to design through the conservation and creative re-use of redundant buildings as well as the  design and integration of new buildings in sensitive environments. The Practice has also designed a number of important sustainable buildings. Through offering both planning and architectural services, Acanthus Holden has the ability to consider not only the design and immediate setting of any building, but also its impact on the wider environment.

The Practice is the Welsh representative of Acanthus Associated Practices Limited: a national group of firms committed to excellence in Architecture and the Conservation of the Environment.

Mae’r practis yn falch o’i wreiddiau Cymreig ac yn hybu’r defnydd o’r iaith ar bob cyfle. 

‘Acanthus have a great track record and the only recent complete restoration of a local or even UK Norman castle. They know the current local capabilities and have worked with all the local craftsmen. The have UK wide knowledge and experience and know the historical building techniques and materials of the area.’

Keith Griffiths
Owner & Chairman of Aedas

Meet the Team

Now with 8 architecturally trained staff, the office is one of the largest architectural practices in Wales outside of Cardiff and South-east Wales. Staff are encouraged to cycle to work and all take maximum advantage of the surrounding environment and the nearby Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

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