ABC Architecture

ABC is owned by Steven White and Fraser Sheerin. We aim to create a simplified process to architecture and construction. A professional, flexible and affordable service with a depth of knowledge and experience is what we offer.

ABC Architecture is a UK-based architectural practice that provides a range of services to clients in both the public and private sectors. At the core of our business is a team of experienced architectural technologists with a combined total of over 35 years in the industry. This brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to each project we undertake, and our commitment to delivering high-quality results has earned them a reputation as one of the leading architectural firms in Edinburgh.

Have a look below to see who we are and what we can do.

Fraser is an Architectural Technologist with over 20 years working in architecture and the construction industry. 12 years were with an East Lothian…
Steven is an Architectural Technologist with over a 15 years’ worth of experience having previously worked in two busy architectural practices and working on various project types…
Abdul is an Architectural Technologist who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Edinburgh Napier University back in 2020..
Enrico is an Architectural Technician, who graduated as an Architect at Bologna University and a Masters at Napier University…

What you can expect from us

The team at ABC Architecture offers a wide range of services to our clients, including design, planning, and contract administration. We work closely with clients to ensure that our vision for a project is realised, and we are able to provide expert advice and guidance throughout the entire process. This includes navigating complex planning regulations, ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget, and providing ongoing support and maintenance once a project is completed.

One of the key strengths of ABC Architecture is our ability to combine our extensive technical knowledge with a creative approach to design. This means that we are able to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the needs of our clients, while also taking into account the broader social, economic, and environmental context of each project. We are committed to using the latest technologies and materials to create buildings and projects that are energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and visually striking.

ABC Architecture has worked on a wide range of projects across a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, and light industrial. We have experience in both new builds and refurbishments, and we are able to adapt our approach to suit the unique requirements of each project. Our portfolio includes everything from large-scale developments to smaller, more bespoke projects, and we have a proven track record of delivering results that exceed our clients’ expectations.

Overall, ABC Architecture is a highly professional and experienced architectural practice that has established itself as a leader in the market segment. Our team of architectural technologists brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to each project, and we are able to provide a comprehensive range of services to our clients. With a strong focus on creativity, sustainability, and innovation, ABC Architecture is well positioned to continue to deliver high-quality results for our clients for years to come.

We have lots of experience.

With over 25 combined years in the industry we have a highly varied background with broad reach. While we generally work in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians we are happy to travel further afield.

Residential Alterations and Extensions
The majority of our work is for private clients who want to improve their homes. We can help you alter, extend, convert and make sense of your living space to maximise your homes potential within your given budget.
Commercial
Commercial
Our experience extends to cafe’s, softplay, single shop units, warehouses, bakeries and zipwire courses. We can turn our hands to most types of commercial work with a highly varied background in smaller scale bespoke commercial design.
Conversions
With a background in rural architecture we have experience in conversion of historic rural properties. From conversions of steadings to individual barns and mills our experience and knowledge is pretty comprehensive.
New Build Housing
New Build Housing
Bespoke one off dwellings for private clients or smaller scale scheme developments with varied house types. We can advise on design, layouts and material finishes to meet your requirements and maximise your development returns.
Agricultural and Equestrian
Agricultural and Equestrian
Whether large scale steel portal frame buildings for multi purpose agricultural use or grain storage. We also have wide-reaching experience with indoor and outdoor equestrian riding arenas and stabling.
Houses of Multiple Occupation
Highly experienced in the design and specification of HMO’s. We can advise on the most effective way to alter or convert your property to get the best return on your investment. We can ease this daunting process no end.
Custom Projects
With a wide and varied experience across a large range of sectors we can provide a service which is catered to your needs. Whether large or small, domestic or commercial we can customise our service to suit your requirements.
With our upfront and honest attitude you’ve nothing to lose.

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Mapping and Deed Plans
We are licensed for purchase and use of OS data plans and can produce land mapping or deed plans through measured surveys for when you come to sell your home. These are compliant with land registry requirements so you can be assured when registering your property ownership.

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EXCELLENT
37 reviews on
Duncan Clarke
Duncan Clarke
01/10/2023
I contacted ABC architecture to help me with the renovation & certification of an old bungalow and their service was excellent from the start but particularly towards the end when it came to liaising with the council planning and regulation department to get the final certificate. Steven was always available to help and was really prompt in dealing with any upcoming issues or queries. Would definitely use them again for any future projects.
Holly Briggs
Holly Briggs
19/06/2023
Steven and Fraser drew up the plans to extend our B listed house and redesign some of the internal footprint. They had great suggestions, were always quick to answer queries and were incredibly helpful when dealing with our local planning department. We have since recommended them to friends and would definitely use them again ourselves.
alan shiels
alan shiels
17/06/2023
An exemplary service from start to finish! In particular Fraser Sheerin who was very knowledgeable attentive and nothing short of a delight to deal with. Thank you for all your efforts and a well deserved 5 stars. Alan S.——Merchiston
Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson
07/06/2023
Fraser did a fantastic job of handling the process of planning and building warrants, as well as helping us land on a suitable design and drawings for our attic conversion in Polwarth. Can't recommend highly enough.
Raymond Abbott
Raymond Abbott
02/06/2023
We were introduced to Steven White at ABC to put together the plans for a bridge from our flat to a terrace in the garden. The communication was excellent throughout and resulted in obtaining planning permission. Construction complete without problem. Thoroughly recommend.
Dave McCandless
Dave McCandless
19/05/2023
We used ABC for our single storey rear extension. While our brief was quite basic Steven offered a number of suggestions and we are very pleased with the result. Responsive, knowledgable and helpful. I would definitely recommend.
Joana Silva
Joana Silva
10/04/2023
Steven helped me with a council application for a project for an open plan kitchen area. Great communication and he always went the extra mile with last minute communications with the council and finishing the required paperwork. Have recommended further to other friends.
steve smith
steve smith
30/09/2022
ABC - Steven, were outstanding from start to finish for our house extension project. They were recommended by a mutual acquaintance - what is better than a word of mouth recommendation based on previous experience. Our original design required some changes & tweaks - these were easily accomplished and conveyed to our builder. All correspondence with the local authority, planning, certification & approvals were handled by ABC/Builder - a painless experience for ourselves. I would have no issue in recommending ABC to provide their services to anyone requiring an architect.
Joseph Bryant
Joseph Bryant
27/09/2022
The project was to provide design, drawings and specifications for a small porch extension to a relatively new detached build including liaison with planning dept. The service we received from ABC was of a very high standard. All communication from Steven via email, personal contact, telephone etc was excellent. All costs were clearly identified and were to estimate. Liaison with LA planning dept. and construction company was very effective and helpful. I have no hesitation in highly recommending ABC. We are very pleased with our new porch. J & F Bryant
EMDG Holdings Ltd
EMDG Holdings Ltd
05/09/2022
That's the second project I'm working with ABC Architects after architect I previously worked with sadly passed away. Steven and Fraser are very professional, their replies to any questions are nearly instantaneous, building regulations knowledge is impressive and fees are very competitive. I really look forward to working with them on the future project

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    Some Customer Testimonials

    See below for a few recent testimonials

    Steve Smith
    ABC – Steven, were outstanding from start to finish for our house extension project. They were recommended by a mutual acquaintance – what is better than a word of mouth recommendation based on previous experience.

    Our original design required some changes & tweaks – these were easily accomplished and conveyed to our builder. All correspondence with the local authority, planning, certification & approvals were handled by ABC/Builder – a painless experience for ourselves.

    I would have no issue in recommending ABC to provide their services to anyone requiring an architect.

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    Joseph Bryant
    The project was to provide design, drawings and specifications for a small porch extension to a relatively new detached build including liaison with planning dept. The service we received from ABC was of a very high standard. All communication from Steven via email, personal contact, telephone etc was excellent. All costs were clearly identified and were to estimate. Liaison with LA planning dept. and construction company was very effective and helpful.

    I have no hesitation in highly recommending ABC. We are very pleased with our new porch.

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    Westgate Coastal Gallery, Gifts & Cafe
    With the help and expertise of ABC Architecture, we have just completed a major separation and conversion of a commercial premises. Well worth the effort!

    We now have a more streamlined retail unit to suit todays retailing, a 2 bedroom apartment with private courtyard and a self contained office unit to let out.

    ABC Architecture and Steven, guided us through the whole process, from start to finish – from bespoke design to planning applications, building warrants and completion certificates.
    The team were also very resourceful and knowledgeable with regards to sourcing builders and QS services – this meant the whole process was seamless.

    One very happy customer, will definitely use ABC again for any future work. Highly Recommend!

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    Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    We often field common questions from customers and people we assist, here are a few that are often asked :

    Can you advise me before I purchase land or a property? →

    We are usually very careful with advising people purchasing land or property as very much subject to getting planning permission. So yes in short we can advise but with caveats depending on planning, warrant and overall cost of works

    How can I find a good builder? →

    Ask your Architectural Tech for recommendations. Reputation and word of mouth are most important. We work with a selection of builders we trust and use regularly and have done for many years. You know the standard of work is good and prices will be reasonable for works undertaken. The cheapest is NOT always the best option

    Should I submit a pre-application to the council? →

    For small scale domestic works it isn’t really required. We can advise on small scale before submission as to what is likely to get permission. For more complex works or multi house developments, larger commercial works etc it can be prudent to submit for preapp advice so you have a comprehensive idea of what’s going to be requested on submission and what is likely to be approved or otherwise. Also. Preapp is all chargeable these days by the council. No free advice anymore.

    Do I need a permit/permission to convert my garage into an office? →

    Building warrant required for the conversion. It depends what the building is and where it is as to whether planning permission is required. If it’s listed it needs listed building consent permission. If conservation area it needs planning permission.

    A home office generally doesn’t need a Change of Use to be obtained as part of the permission but if it’s for a business which has visitors to the premises it does and may not get consent. Might be easier to call and discuss as various situations relative to this query.

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    Project Flow

    Project Flow Detail

    • Full measured survey of your property
    • Draft existing floor plans, elevations and sections
    • Draft design proposals with options based on your brief
    • Obtain detailed budget costs from a quantity surveyor
    • Initial discussions with planning and building control
    • Progress plans from feasibility stage to detailed design drawings
    • Specification of material finishes
    • Liaise with consultants and obtain reports for submission
    • Formal lodgement of planning and/or listed building consent application
    • Liaise with planning through to granting of your planning approval
    • Progress planning drawings to a detailed set of working drawings
    • Technical details and specification
    • Obtain quotes and detailed design from a structural engineer
    • Obtain quotes and insulation values from a building services engineer
    • Formal lodgement of building warrant application
    • Liaise with building control through to granting of your building warrant
    • Production of a schedule of works by a quantity surveyor
    • Compile and issue tender packages to contractors for pricing
    • Review and report on tender prices received
    • Negotiate the final agreed fixed price tender with nominated contractor
    • Acceptance of final price and arranging the contract between client and contractor
    • Submission of start of works and stage forms to the council
    • Weekly site visits to inspect the works as they progress
    • Checking monthly valuations by the main contractor and issue of certificates for payment
    • Addressing queries and variations in the works
    • Controlling and reporting on costs and timescales as the works progress
    • Submission of start of works and stage forms to the council
    • Weekly site visits to inspect the works as they progress
    • Checking monthly valuations by the main contractor and issue of certificates for payment
    • Addressing queries and variations in the works
    • Controlling and reporting on costs and timescales as the works progress
    We can cater our service to meet your needs and start or stop at any stage you wish. We can provide a part service or a full service from feasibility to completion. Our service can be as flexible as you need it to be with fixed price rates for each stage dependent on the build cost of your project.
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