We are Raise

We are a team of architects with offices in Chester, Bristol and Sherborne. From Chester we work across Cheshire, the Wirral and North Wales. From Bristol and Sherborne we work across Somerset, Dorset and South Wales.

We're on a mission to use our design skills to maximise the potential of existing buildings or create something strikingly new.

We work for residential clients, independent local businesses and estate owners.

If you are a professional client looking for an effective design team or a first-time client looking for guidance and support through the design and construction process, then we could be just what you need.

"I recommended you partly because you saw things differently from other people. Plus the reliability side of things and the attention to detail was fantastic."
Lucy Bureau - client

How we can help you

We offer a complete architectural and interiors service for traditional, contemporary and heritage buildings. Our RIBA Chartered Practice status ensures that we provide you with high standards of quality control and customer service.

Project services could involve feasibility or master-planning studies, followed by concept design, statutory approvals, technical design, contractor procurement, through to management on-site. We will tailor our input to suit your particular project and your specific requirements.

Working to an agreed programme, we will work with you to develop the budget and ensure that what you want from your project is tuned to how much you want to pay for it.

"The biggest thing was that you listened and then you went away and came up with ideas. I am a great a believer in working with people who listen to you. "
Mike Hiscock - client

How we will make it happen

We will organise the project according to a plan of work which will define the project brief and the scope of each work stage together with the associated fees and time periods. This plan will form the basis of our agreement with you.

Every project will be the responsibility of a Director who will report directly to you. We recognise that even on the smallest project, there are many decisions to be made and therefore communication is key.

We will use our experience to guide your project through the planning system.  We will provide advice on other consultants, potential suppliers, makers and building contractors. We will design your project to be energy efficient and sustainable.

"I was impressed by the thought and creativity that had gone into the designs. I also wanted a firm that wasn't too small and had the back up of a team. "
Luke Montagu - client


Our Story

The practice was set up by Andy Foster in 2004 in his home town of Chester. Soon after, Randal Turner joined and together they have developed the practice into a talented design team with a strong reputation for delivering sensitive and complex projects which require considerable thought and care to resolve.

2017 was a big year for Raise with the re-branding of the practice, the opening of a new office in Bristol and the re-location of one of our offices to Sherborne. Even more exciting times lie ahead in 2018!

Our Way

We’re set up as a design studio, working around one big table in each of our offices. We're a team and we share the job of running the office between us. We employ freelancers and consultants for the tasks that we can’t or don’t want to do.

We take on university graduates every year and provide the experience to fast-track them through their professional qualification.

We are approachable and personable and we enjoy supporting first-time clients.

Our Place

The places where we live and work are important to us. We hope that our design contribution will help to improve each of these places . But we are also keen to do what ever else we can.

This means that we are involved in many local initiatives in the public, charity and volunteer sectors. 

In addition, we often provide work experience for local school children dreaming about becoming an architect.