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Nov 18
Darkin Architects aim for the sky

South Wales based Darkin Architects have been entered into a UK-Wide competition by roof light giant Velux. Josh Heaton from Agency Spring, ...

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Nov 18
Why I Hate Flat Roofs

I hate flat roofs. Don't get me wrong, they can be amazing in the right circumstances, but that's not what I'm talking about today. I hate flat roofs ...

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Nov 18
Top 5 Checks Before Building Your Extension

Assuming you've got your plans in place and secured your planning permission, building regulations and other consents, what should you check before th...

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Nov 18
4.5: Mobilisation

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 4: Technical Design. I will be writing a series ...

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Oct 18
Wales Introduces Approved Document Q

Part Q: Security has been part of the English Building Regulations since October 2015 and from November 2018 the Welsh Version will take effect. Pa...

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Oct 18
What Can I Build Without Planning Permission?

A simple question with a complicated answer! Unfortunately, I will need to start with a caveat - This article is not a definitive answer, but a rough ...

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Oct 18
6 Roof Window Tips

Roofs are more than just weather protection, they can do wonders for extra space creation, storage or lighting when used properly. Today, we count dow...

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Oct 18
Architects and Architectural People

It's not uncommon for us to take on a project started by someone else. Frequently, the client will talk about their previous 'Architect' only for us t...

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Sep 18
4: Technical Design

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 3: Planning. I will be writing a series of artic...

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Sep 18
Will Robots Replace Architects?

Over recent years, there's been much speculation online and in the media of the rise of the machines replacing our human workforce. So will this mean ...

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Sep 18
How to get it right: Bolting timbers together correctly

If you are doubling up floor joists, creating trimmers or trimming joists around stairs and chimneys they all need connecting properly so that they ca...

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Sep 18
Top 5 Barn Conversions Tips

There are so many unloved rural buildings across Wales that there's ample opportunity for a Barn Conversion. Today, we're listing our top 5 tips for a...

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Aug 18
The SIPS Sandwich: A recipe for disaster?

Written by Ashley Wood, Senior Technician You may have seen or heard of SIPS panels before, possibly on a television series that follow a couple th...

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Aug 18
3: Planning

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 2: Sketch Scheme. I will be writing a series of ...

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Aug 18
Designing for Dementia and the Elderly

Britain has an aging population and whilst dementia isn't the preserve of the elderly, it is more commonly found in older people. As designers, what c...

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Aug 18
Half Marathon in Aid of Local Causes

Our Managing Director, David, is running the Llanelli Half Marathon in aid of local causes, namely CYCA, Shopmobility and Friends of Llanelli Train St...

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Aug 18
2: Sketch Scheme

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 1: Surveys. I will be writing a series of articl...

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Jul 18
1: Surveys

Today, I'm continuing my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article following on from Stage 0: Strategic Definition I will be writ...

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Jul 18
RSAW AGM 2018

Last week, architects from across Wales travelled to the Mid-Wales Arts Centre for their annual general meeting. The Mid-Wales Arts Centre in Caersws...

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Jul 18
Calling All M+E Consultants

As we continue to move forward with our implementation and development of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in practice, we're seeking to forge lin...

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Jul 18
Circular 008/2018 - Private Sewerage

Publication of Circular 008/2018 – Planning requirement in respect of the use of private sewerage in new development, incorporating septic tanks...

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Jun 18
Calling All Quantity Surveyors

As we continue to move forward with our implementation and development of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in practice, we're seeking to forge lin...

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Jun 18
Where to install smoke alarms and heat alarms

Smoke alarms have been a standard feature in new homes since they were first introduced into Approved Document B in 1992. Whilst they are now installe...

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Jun 18
0: Strategic Definition

Following on from my article summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, I will be writing a series of articles going into more detail on each stage to help p...

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Jun 18
Sports Sponsorship

Darkin Architects are proud to continue to sponsor our very own Tom Phillips of Ynysygerwn AFC. Tom is club captain and lead the team superbly...

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May 18
Do You Have a Candidate?

I refer, (obviously) to candidate sites for local development plans. Local Development Plans are prepared so that each Local Authority can set out th...

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May 18
2018: Building Regs Changes

"Unless you're moving forwards, you're moving backwards." The old adage applied to business, is certainly the case for Building Regulations and there...

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May 18
Do Architects Retire?

There's a famous adage in the world of architecture that architects never retire, they drop dead with a pencil in their hand. This was almost literall...

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May 18
RIBA Plan of Work

Architects and other industry professionals need a common language to describe the stages of a construction project which is where the Royal Institu...

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Apr 18
Clean Sweep: Considering Chimneys and Flues

Clearly not just a twee decorative feature, chimneys need careful consideration whether on new build or refurbishment. Planning & Heritage conside...

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Apr 18
Still using email?

As the digital revolution rolls on, the way in which we communicate continues to evolve, including the way we use email in the workplace and to comm...

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Apr 18
Top 7 Home Renovation Trends

Following on from our recent article 'renovate not relocate', we look at the top 7 home renovation trends. This list is based on a 2018 report which l...

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Apr 18
Renovate not Relocate

Why go to the expense and stress of moving when you could extend your current home? According figures from the BBC, the credit crunch has resulted in ...

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Mar 18
The End of Outline Planning?

The Welsh Assembly Government is currently out to consultation on changes to Planning Policy in Wales (PPW). Amongst the many proposals, one of the mo...

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Mar 18
2018 Extension of the Year

Darkin Architects win Extension of the Year An extension to a home in Bridgend, designed by Darkin Architects has been awarded 'Best Extension' in th...

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Mar 18
Chwarae Teg Exemplar Employer Award©

Darkin Architects have been awarded the Chwarae Teg Exemplar Employer Award©.  It is awarded to businesses to recognise areas of g...

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Feb 18
Guest Speaker

Virtual Reality in Architectural Practice Today, our Managing Director, David Darkin was invited to speak to students of the School of Architecture a...

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Feb 18
The Fire Extinguisher: 200 Years and Counting

The fire Extinguisher: 200 Years and Counting It's 200 years since Captain George William Manby invented the "Extincteur" in 1818. It was the first e...

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Jan 18
Tech Update: Notches & Holes in Solid Timber Joists

How to get it right: Notches & holes in solid timber joists   When installing pipework or cabling, floor or ceiling joists may need to be n...

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Jan 18
Architecture 2018

Happy New Year! Darkin Architects Presents "5 things to know about 2018" for Darkin Architects and the Built Environment. 1. 10 Years at the Helm I...

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Dec 17
Tech Update: Using Concrete In Cold Weather

Concrete is a fundamental ingredient in modern construction and it is important to understand how the material can be used in the winter months. ...

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Oct 17
Director Becomes President Of Chamber Of Trade

Congratulations to our Managing Director, David Darkin on his election as the new President of the Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Commerce.  Davi...

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Aug 17
The Death of Bricks and Mortar

"Bricks and Mortar" is the ubiquitous phrase often used to describe property, but how much longer will we use "bricks and mortar" or masonry construct...

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Aug 17
What Is BIM?

"Things which are different in order simply to be different are seldom better; but that which is made to be better is almost always different." - Diet...

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May 17
Public Consultation Success

Yesterday and today, Menter Bro Dinefwr, in partnership with Darkin Architects, consulted the public on proposals to renovate the Shire Hall in Llande...

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Mar 17
Llanelli Star Awards Sponsorship 2017

We're proud to announce that for the 7th time, we will be Sponsoring the Llanelli Star Awards. This year, we will be sponsoring the category of Teacho...

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Jan 17
Back To The Drawing Board?

It's been 10 years since Darkin Architects made the switch from the Drawing Board to digital drafting via AutoCAD. So much has changed since 2007, bac...

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Nov 16
Darkin Architects Win Exemplar Employer Award

Darkin Architect have been recognised for our commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. ...

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Jun 16
Darkin Architects Are Proud To Continue Sponsorship

Tomorrow night, Darkin Architects once again look forward to rewarding a positive contribution to the community at the Llanelli Star Awards. The even ...

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Apr 16
Replica Lighthouse Set For Burry Port Roundabout

Burry Port is set to welcome an additional lighthouse. But all is not quite as it seems. The new lighthouse will be added to Moreb Roundabout and wi...

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Mar 16
Top Tech Offering

Architect Gives Chance To View Home Virtually By: Llanelli Star Printed: March 23, 2016 Unless you're an architect or a builder, chances are thar...

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Dec 15
Westminster Business Forum

Darkin Architects were invited to attend a forum on Welsh Business in Westminster. Hosted in the Houses of Parliament, the forum was an opportunity fo...

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Nov 15
Consultation Success

Today Darkin Architects, together with the Friends of Llanelli Train Station and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Nia Griffith, con...

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Aug 15
Llanelli Chapel Fire

In the clip below, see Managing Director, David Darkin, being interviewed for Channel S4C's Evening News, talking about the architecture of a Llanelli...

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Mar 15
Town Centre CCTV Cutbacks

Axing of Llanelli CCTV Would Make It Easier For Criminals To Operate, It Is Claimed By: Llanelli Star Posted: March 25, 2015   A MOVE not t...

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Mar 15
Swansea Council To Charge For Pre-Application Advice

Swansea City Council have announced that they are going to start charging for pre-planning application enquiries. This follows the trend seen in Engla...

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Mar 15
Llanelli Train Station Revamp, Featured In Llanelli Herald

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Dec 14
Darkin Architects Featured In Llanelli Star

Architect In Meeting By: Llanelli Star Posted: October 24, 2014   A Llanelli architect joined a discussion on the economic recovery with seni...

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Oct 14
Darkin Architects Featured In South Wales Evening Post

Llanelli Architect And Businessman Says, "Town Centre Is Improving" By: Chad Welch Posted: October 24, 2014   A LLANELLI architect and busine...

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Oct 14
Does New Wales Planning Policy Make Life Easier For Developers?

July 2014 saw the introduction of the New Planning Policy Wales 2014 (PPW14). This will make life easier for anyone building a new home and we'll...

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Sep 14
Planning Permission Received For Fields Twins' Extension

Darkin Architects are proud to announce that we have gained planning consent for Kirsty and Catherine Fields to extend their home. This extension will...

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Sep 13
Darkin Architects Showcase Our New Radio Advert

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Oct 12
Darkin Architects Proudly Sponsor Scarlettes Netball Team

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Sep 12
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Nov 11
Darkin Architects Shop Front Renovations Make The Local Newspaper

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Jan 11
Darkin Architects Enter 15th Year of Business!

2011 sees Darkin Architects' 15th year of trade - A Happy New Year indeed The business was initially set up after Byron Darkin, the company's found...

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Oct 10
Darkin Architects Sponsor The Llanelli Star Community Awards 2010

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Sep 10
Darkin Architects Sponsor Llanelli Star Community Awards 2010

Darkin Architects will be presenting the "Young Person of the Year" award at this year's award ceremony to be held at Parc Y Scarlets on 23rd October....

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Aug 10
Darkin Architects Repeat Mentoring Success

Following the success of last year's mentoring scheme, David Darkin travels to Cardiff University once more. Darkin Architects are working with RSAW a...

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Aug 10
Darkin Architects Raise £180 For Charity Shelter

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Apr 10
Article In The Llanelli Star & Carmarthen Journal

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