SMG Chartered Architects started as a small practice in 1980 and began life as David Stead & Associates. In 2000 the current Managing Director, Ian Mutton joined and the practice has steadily grown in all aspects of its work, knowledge, scope of design and architecture.
Operating from two offices in Norwich & Sheringham, SMG can now boast 4 RIBA Architects, 13 technical staff and a knowledgeable support team.
Providing a wealth of experience in all fields of architecture & design, SMG has built a reputation for quality, integrity, service and an eye for detail. SMG prides itself on providing a service from start to finish, where you have the personal contact from a member of staff to guide you along the way.
Covering the whole of East Anglia and beyond, SMG is able to offer the complete package for your building design requirements.
The practice offers clients the capabilities and experience to see the projects through all stages from inception, planning, construction and beyond.
Through our employment of experienced and professional personnel with a diverse range of experience, we are able to provide a co-ordinated design role to our clients, offering a single point of contact for a completely integrated design service.
If you would like some advice or a free initial consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at either of the offices and we will be more than happy to assist.
SMG Architects has a fully networked computer system utilising the most up to date and advanced hardware and software packages. The use of this technology ensures the fast and efficient production of information and drawings.
SMG Architects has developed a completely integrated design service for our clients:
As the demand has arisen for the production of three dimensional architectural drawings, SMG has been keen to stay up to date with progression. We have made sure programs are kept updated and that the majority of staff members are proficient with 3D drawing and photo rendering.
The production of these additional drawings assists the design process, ensuring the client is fully aware of all aspects of the design. It also assists with the planning process and consultation.
SMG emphasises the need for supporting the local and global community whether this be helping the local theatre company or with the construction of a school in Africa.
SMG also supports inspired children by offering work experience opportunities when possible and has also been involved in a community based project in conjunction with Norwich City College.
Ian Mutton, in association with Lighthouse Community Church, was made aware of appalling education facilities for children in Uganda. Classrooms had no solid walls and mud floors. With financial contributions from SMG and others, Ian was able to join a team to assist with the improvement of a basic but essential functional building.
SMG is committed to sustained involvement to help improve facilities in Uganda and other African areas.
SMG Architects is driven by the pursuit of creating quality environments and structures, which emphasise the importance of community and sustainability.
We believe structures, environments and landscaping play a crucial part in improving people’s emotions and lifestyles.
We value the need to treat every project individually, its physical context and specific needs of the Client should play a key role in its design.
Conservation category on multiple occasions
For the North Norfolk Tourist Information Centre at Cromer
Outstanding level of craftsmanship, Drayton
Science Block, Paston College
Best customer LABC partnership with local authority building control team
Our residential portfolio and experience ranges from large scale developments to single bespoke houses and extensions with varying design styles and features. SMG aims to ensure the living needs of our clients are fully realised. We take inspiration for design from the client and from the local vernacular.
SMG has been working in the residential sector since the organisation was established in 1980. During this period we have developed a diverse and eclectic portfolio of projects and an ever increasing level of expertise.
With offices in Norwich and Sheringham, SMG is able to work on projects covering all of East Anglia and beyond. If you would like some advice or a free initial consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at either of the offices and we will be more than happy to assist.
SMG believes architecture is crucial within the educational sector, actively inspiring young, developing minds. SMG Architects has worked on numerous projects within this sector and our portfolio includes Gresham's School, Paston Sixth Form College and Woodfields School. This diverse array of educational projects has given SMG the understanding and experience that is required to provide architectural services for all types of educational projects.
SMG has vast experience in conservation and design covering a broad spectrum of styles and types of barns across Norfolk.
We have been involved in many barn conversion projects and therefore understand the need to ensure the design not only satisfies the requirements of the local council but is also complementary to any existing structure or the surrounding landscape.
With ever changing regulations and the relaxation of many, now is the perfect time to consider a barn conversion.
SMG has over the years had the pleasure of working on many places of worship varying from local parish churches to new-build, modern worship centres.
We have a proven track record of working on the most sensitive buildings. We have won awards for our extensions, new builds and accessibility adaptation to ecclesiastical buildings.
We believe it is essential to preserve our built heritage but also to create a design that satisfies our clients’ needs and is beneficial to the church's future.
Building use in the UK contributes to about 50% of the UK's carbon emissions and the construction contributes a further 7%. SMG recognises that the products of our designs will have a much greater environmental impact than our operations.
SMG realises there is a global need for sustainable construction and more importantly sustainable living. We make every effort to incorporate, where possible, sustainable energy sources and materials into our proposals.
Our intention is to create designs that incorporate sustainability, satisfying the clients’ needs and also complementing the local area.
Master planning is something SMG has been involved in since the company's inception and, during this time, we have completed a wide range of projects across the breadth and depth of Norfolk.
Working mainly for the private sector, on brown and green fields sites, we have created designs and detailed construction drawings.
SMG aims to take into account the main aims of the project without forgetting the need for privacy or the importance of sustainability.
Our master planning incorporates the needs of the client, the user and the surrounding communities wherever possible.
SMG has developed a prominent name in the public sector with innovative work on the award winning Tourist Information Centre in Cromer as well as numerous other projects for the local district council.
Public projects often have a great impact onto the surrounding area and community. The building design should therefore be in tune with these needs and requirements.
Commercial buildings are generally designed to assist with business goals, which can include productivity, sustainability, financial goals and customer care. As with public buildings, commercial buildings need to be designed in such a way as to ensure the organisation’s goals are fully realised. We have completed a large range of commercial buildings and complexes with a wide range of specific requirements and uses. Our experience and knowledge within this sector is continually developing.
'It is a new hub of information for tourists and locals alike with a striking roofline of conical turrets and canopies on the Cromer skyline.'
EDP by Richard Batson (reporting on Cromer TIC [left])
For over a decade SMG has been involved in a range of special care projects throughout the East Anglian region, mainly in association with local solicitors.
We appreciate the issues experienced as a result of serious injury and the necessity for positive, proactive and professional work.
These projects require good budgeting and construction management to ensure provisions meet the required standard.
SMG understands that a building has to be designed primarily to satisfy the needs of the occupant and this is emphasised considerably when taking into account medical conditions and requirements.
SMG's experience of conservation work is broad, spans across Norfolk and includes buildings of varied age and therefore design styling.
Our designs are intended to complement existing buildings or buildings within close proximity. This can be achieved by using traditional detailing and construction techniques or alternatively by using a contrasting, contemporary style.
SMG has developed a thorough understanding of the design styles and detailing of different historic buildings. We have also developed a strong working relationship with the conservation department of the local council.
St Davids Nursing Home, Sheringham
Suncourt Nursing Home, Sheringham
St Peter's Church, Sheringham
Sheringham Baptist Church
St Andrew's Church, Little Barningham
St Joseph's RC Church, Cromer and Sheringham
St Andrew's Church, Holt
Norfolk Homes Ltd
Fairstead Homes Ltd
Various Garden Centres
Sheringham Development Company
Ladybird Day Nursery, Sheringham
Gresham's School, Holt
Sheringham High School
Sheringham County Primary School
Sheringham Golf Club
Extensive work in conjunction with Kester Cunningham John Solicitors
Units at the Market Place, Holt
Heinz Factory, Worstead
Sheridan Clark (Civil Engineering) Ltd
Larking & Gowen Accountants, Holt
Hayes & Storr Solicitors, Sheringham
National Trust, Horsey
The Windmill, East Runton
North Norfolk District Council
Mr and Mrs Saunders
Not only is the extension a handsome addition to our home - and regularly receives admiring/envious comments - but it is a major enhancement of the facilties and operational usefulness of the house. We are totally delighted with the result and the upstairs bed/balcony room with its superb vaulted wood lined ceiling is really spectacular - visitors regularly go "Wow!" when they enter for the first time.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your work in drawing up the plans. I have been very happy with the quality of everything you have produced and would recommend SMG to anyone.
When we were required by the local planning authority to reduce an overbuilt parapet wall by 300mm, Stead Mutton worked magnificently. The redesigned roof detail was more in keeping with the 1930 style of the house, and the builder they recommended to do the work was superb.
For me, the skills that Stead Mutton provided were not just architectural skills but also significant management and problem solving skills which are all too easily overlooked when houses are built and renovated.
Mr and Mrs Gates
SMG provide a first class service. Our small extension project was dealt with very professionally from the initial discussions through the design, tendering and project management process. The architect was always attentive, efficient and informative.
The company's approach has meant that the project has been far less stressful than we anticipated it might be. We would highly recommend the company for any project, large or small.
I have dealt with both Jerry Raven and more recently Stuart Smith and I can not fault either gentlemen on their professionalism and levels of service offered.
I intend to continue to use SMG for further projects yet to enter the pipeline and have already recommended SMG to another side of the family who also wish to develop barns on their farm at Gimingham.
Stead Mutton Griggs Architects were recommended to me by my neighbour who had used their services for her own house extension and had been pleased with the experience.
Mr Paul Ericksen undertook the designing of my kitchen extension. Although, in the grand scheme of things, my project was extremely small, I was made to feel that my extension was as important to him as any other may have been, however large. At all times, my questions were answered and explained. All telephone calls were answered promptly.
This was a new experience for me, never having used an architect before, so I was somewhat apprehensive, but I felt that Mr Ericksen’s professionalism and expertise guided and protected me through the procedure from beginning to end.
I would have no hesitation in recommending SMG to anyone in need of an architect.
We have now moved into our newly renovated house at 9 Seacliff, Sheringham. I wanted to say big thank you to SMG, in particular to Steve and Ian, for all your help with this work. Our new extension with its parapet has been much admired and the curved 'prow' of the house is a real landmark as you walk along the promenade. When you look up from the beach the building is starting to return to its former glory in the 1930s. Your suggestions for the interior layout have also worked well and we have made use of every square inch of space in the house.
Thanks again for all your help.
I am writing this letter to thank you for all your hard work helping us build Moonrakers and for the other builds over the last 12 years.
The quality of your designs has been excellent and always appeals to purchasers, and your efforts to solve any problems have been tireless. You have always given us sound advice with 110% effort.
It has been a real pleasure to work with you and I feel very lucky and privileged to have you as part of our team.
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