Conserving the Past,
Designing the Future
We are Specialist Conservation Architects, offering personal and bespoke services, across Yorkshire & Derbyshire, with building conservation at the centre of all our work.
Working with an Architect
Appointing an Architect is a big decision and it is important that you get it right so you feel confident about the professionals you work with. An Architect can offer great value to a project - no matter what size or budget - and at Crooks Architecture we offer a full architectural service from conception through to completion. We can assist with coordination of the project and advise on space, scale, lighting (natural and artificial), energy efficiency, decoration, cost, programme, planning & legal aspects, appointing other consultants and generally getting the best out of your project.
By involving an Architect early on, you can ensure that you get the design you want, whilst keeping control of time, cost and quality, and avoid needing to learn the complexities of the planning system, the Building Regulations or managing Party Wall issues.
We are happy to meet with potential clients to discuss their project - no matter what size. Contact us for more information. We can offer services in connection with:
Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent
We are able to prepare designs, compile all supporting documentation and submit applications for planning permission and other consents for projects of all scales.
Building Regulations Approval
We can prepare full applications for Building Regulations Approvals, with all accompanying drawings and notes, as well as coordinating the input from other specialist consultants.
Faculty Approval (or other ecclesiastical equivalents)
We work with faith buildings across different denominations, helping to obtain the necessary ecclesiastical consents (such as Faculty and BULBAC permissions)
Concept and Specialist Architectural Design
From conception to completion, from hand-drawings to computer aided design, we work with our clients to develop designs to meet their brief
Party Wall Matters
We can advice on the need (or otherwise) for you to serve Party Wall Notices on your neighbours and assist in the preparation and issuing of those.
Contract Administration & CDM Health & Safety
We are qualified to act as CDM Principal Designer and we work with Clients to advise them of their obligations under the Regulations.
Crooks Architecture is the result of the merging of Tom Crooks Architecture & Richard Crooks Partnership, enabling us to provide Specialist Conservation Architect's services across the whole of the Midlands and North of England. Tom Crooks Architecture was established in 2013, by Tom Crooks, with the aim of providing Specialist Conservation Architect's services across the Peak District and Sheffield, as well as the wider Yorkshire and Derbyshire areas. Since our beginnings we have worked in close partnership with fellow Conservation Architect's practice, Richard Crooks Partnership, based in Leeds before officially merging in 2023 to become Crooks Architecture.
We are delighted to have a Hathersage Office, based in the Grade II listed building, The Dovecote, and retain our Leeds office, in Horsforth.
Accredited as a Specialist Conservation Architect with the country's leading conservation accreditation body (the AABC) makes us uniquely qualified to offer highly specialised advice on historic buildings and building in historically sensitive environments.
We have established connections with local specialists such as structural engineers and environmental consultants, as well as local craftspeople and contractors. We can guide you through the entire process from conception to completion, and anything in between.
Establishing a good relationship with our clients is at the forefront of everything we do. We value the personal service we offer, with oversight of all jobs provided by Tom Crooks to ensure a consistent high quality service. We are always available to meet face-to-face to address any questions or needs you may have and to assist with every aspect of the project.
We aim to create beauty through design; taking what already exists in our landscape, historic buildings, and communities, to shape the future of our built environment with the production of beautiful, practical, and sustainable spaces. Architecture is not just about physical buildings. It is about the home you live in, the office you work in, or the church you worship in. Our unique approach brings buildings to life, truly honouring what they represent.
Every building has the potential to be something special and we aim to realise that potential with all our projects. We get as much pleasure from working with a client to re-arrange their existing house and a grand architectural masterpiece.
Meet The Team
Chartered Conservation Architect & Director
BA(Hons), MArch., PG. Dip. (Arch), R.I.B.A, A.A.B.C.
Tom is an RIBA Chartered Architect and AABC Accredited Specialist Conservation Architect, registered with the foremost architects' conservation accreditation body in the UK (The AABC). Tom has over fifteen years experience working on building conservation projects, involving Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II "listed" buildings as well as Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Previous projects have involved crucible steel works, churches & cathedrals, cemeteries, factories and barns to name but a few.
Tom is an Architect Consultant to the Sheffield Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and Membership Secretary to the Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association (EASA). He has also sat on working groups for the Church Buildings Council in developing best practice guidance notes for Churches and Architects on sustainability and net-zero carbon and the Association of Consultant Architects (ACA) in updating forms of appointment for Architects.
He has previously held the role of Church Treasurer at his local church and village Group Scout Leader, as well as being involved in several other community interest groups.
Part II Architectural Assistant
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Part II Architectural Assistant
Matt is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant, having completed both his undergraduate and master's degrees at Sheffield Hallam University with a focus on participatory architecture. His academic journey emphasizes the importance of engaging with the diverse actors and agents associated with any given space. With hands-on experience in commercial architecture, he brings a practical approach to balancing aesthetics and functionality. Beyond conventional design, he is deeply passionate about conservation architecture, aiming to preserve not just the physical structures but also the individuals contributing to the life of these spaces. Matt says "My goal is to connect buildings, people, and history through designs that tell a story, respecting the past, serving the present, and preparing for the future."
H.R. Manager & Welfare Officer
Dora is primarily concerned with the welfare and happiness of the office staff and is always around to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for stroking and fuss, and if you have a treat, all the better!
You will usually find Dora curled up under the desks, no doubt contemplating how to help further creativity and well-being within the office. She will always ensure all the staff take time out and have well-timed breaks throughout the day - so long as that involves stroking her.
Her specialist skills include feet warming, rolling over, sleeping and office inspiration.
The Dovecote, Hathersage Hall Business Centre, Main Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BB
Tel: 01433 440 466
14 Calverley Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4DZ
Tel: 0113 2818080
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