Hello, I'm David, a Worcestershire-based architect specialising in creating high-performance, sustainable buildings that meet the demands of our changing climate. I work closely with clients to design new buildings and revitalise existing ones, future-proofing them against rising energy costs, whilst creating a timeless aesthetic that harmonises with the local environment.

David Holland Passive House Architect
Photo credit: Jim Holland

What I offer:

  • Expertise in sustainable architectural design and construction practices
  • A dedication to people and planet-friendly solutions
  • A personalised and tailored approach to your unique needs
  • A commitment to quality, craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail
  • A reliable network of construction professionals in Worcestershire and beyond, to support your project from start to finish

Why choose me:

  • I prioritise sustainability and energy efficiency in all of my designs
  • I understand the importance of creating comfortable, healthy spaces
  • I value open communication and collaboration throughout the entire architectural design and construction process
  • I bring years of experience and a track record of successful projects throughout Worcestershrie, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and beyond
  • I'm committed to building trust and transparency with all of my clients

I'm an architect that is passionate about creating sustainable and considered homes that are friendly to both people and the planet. If you share this vision and want to join my waiting list, please get in touch. I'm based in Worcestershire, but am willing to consider projects throughout the midlands, south west, and welsh borders. I'm currently fully booked for 2024, but please get in touch if you would like to discuss a project for 2025.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Passive House is a building that is designed to use minimal energy whilst providing optimal comfort and health conditions for its occupants. This is acheived by building a highly-efficient thermal envelope that is well insulated and airtight. Additionally, high quality triple-glazed windows are installed, and the building incorporates a ducted ventilation system that simultaneously delivers a constant stream of fresh clean air whilst recovering heat from the outgoing air.

A retrofit, or more specifically a 'deep retrofit', is the carefully planned process of transforming an existing building into a low-energy building. With a well-implemented retrofit, a previously inefficient building can begin to approach Passive House levels of efficiency and can typically reduce its energy use by 70-80%. This provides similar benefits to a Passive House, but in addition, it is often much less envrionmentally damaging than demolition and reconstruction, and it can be implemented in stages, over a longer period of time (years if necessary), which can make it a more accessible route to energy-efficiency. In the same way as new-builds can be certified as a Passive House, a retrofit can be certified as an EnerPHit retrofit.

Fees are always calculated on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the scope of services and the complexity and scale of the project. As an initial guide, fees for an illustrated feasibility study start at £2,250. For most projects requiring a full set of architectural services (RIBA stages 1-6), the overall fee is likely to fall somewhere in the region of 8-12% of the construction cost.

Designing and delivering projects to the highest-possible standards takes many hundreds of hours of my time. In order to maintain those standards, it is necessary to limit the number of projects I am working on at any given point in time and as such I have to operate a waiting list for new clients. I will normally discuss your project with you soon after your enquiry, and then if we agree that we're a good fit, I will be happy to add you to my waiting list.

Clients who are open to the creative process and who want to benefit from the experience of a passionate and enthusiastic architect, are far more likely to value my services. If you already have fixed ideas about the design of your project, there is a good chance that there is another architect or designer that will be able to better serve your needs.

I am based near Worcester and will generally serve projects on sites within a 2-hour radius. As well as serving Worcestershire, I also undertake projects throughout the midlands including Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, welsh-borders, and the Cotswolds. I'm always happy to discuss projects further afield, and am currently working on projects in mid-Wales and Bedfordshire.