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'We are a small team that aim to make buildings that perform well.  We work on projects large and small, old and new.   In a changing world, the environment and our response to it is becoming a key consideration in the work we do.  Energy use is a function of the things we all do inside buildings.  Properly understanding clients' needs is therefore key to creating properly sustainable buildings.
We can't do this in isolation and we draw on relationships with many other disciplines and a rich mix of clients to deliver bespoke buildings that honestly express something of their purpose and composition. In short, we're here to help.'
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Our Services

OWLA is an RIBA Chartered Architectural Practice.  We work from offices in Suffolk and design spaces and places for a range of organisations and individuals. We are a responsive team that offer the following services:

  • Feasibility and Briefing

  • Measured Surveys

  • Planning and Listed Building Applications

  • Technical Design

  • Statutory Consents

  • Tender Services

  • Contract Administration / Management

  • CDM Services



What We Do

Our work encompasses contemporary design and historic buildings and has won a number of awards.  We operate as a small team on a collaborative basis to deliver solutions that have both relevance and value to our clients. Underpinning this is an acceptance that buildings must offer long-term service and perform both economically and environmentally.


OWLA work on projects in the range £50K - £7 million in many areas including the residential, care, commercial and community sectors.  We are also familiar with grant-funded, self-build and modest domestic projects.  We recognize that not all clients and jobs are the same and so we are flexible in the range and scope of services we are able to provide.  A partial service will generally include the planning or production phases of a project whilst a full service will incorporate the construction phase as an integrated whole.  In addition to core design skills the practice is able to provide 3D visualization, party wall advice, Principal Designer’s duties and a number of other ancillary services.

Site inspections are a key part of what we do.

Who We Are

OWL Architects grew out of the successful practice of Tayler and Green Architects in the 1980’s and was incorporated as OWLA Limited in 2015.  Now based in mid Suffolk, we undertake projects both locally and in the wider south-east.  Our clients share the common aim of wanting to successfully realize a building project.  Our motivation is simple; to assist them in doing this the best we can.


As members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) we subscribe to accepted standards of professionalism and adopt industry best practice wherever possible.  We are happy to discuss your project and invite you to contact us if we can help you in anyway.

We use model making in addition to a variety of software platforms to assist the design process and visualisation.


We work for a variety of clients both private, institutional and public.  Much of our work involves us with domestic projects, local businesses and directly with Parochial Church Councils and School Governing Bodies.  In addition we work for larger client bodies and in association with other building consultants. A selection of these are set out below.


Lowestoft Charity Board
Waveney District Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk Coastal District Council
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Suffolk NHS
Norfolk and Waveney Chamber of Commerce
Birds Eye Walls
Play Dri Products
Vanderbilt Homes
M S Oakes
Barsham Securities
Lowestoft College
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese
The Greensleeves Homes Trust
AKD Engineering
The Benacre Estate

Bond Helicopters

East Suffolk District Council

Benacre Estates
YMCA Limited

Caravan Club of Great Britain
Decembre Properties
Burlington Baptist Church
Bungay Community Council
Waldringfield Golf Club
Scottish and Southern Energy
Bessant Limited
British Metal Treatments
Trident Marketing
Staff Bank
MPS Developments Ltd
Miller Homes
The Bedingfield Almshouse Charity
CFW Developments LLP
Margaret Ogilvie Trust
Isaac Lord

Challs International

Qualitas Healthcare

Bungay Community Council

And many, many private individuals


Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society: Mount Ephraim House 2022
ESDC Quality of Place Award: Westleton Village Hall 2020

RIBA Suffolk Design Award: Challs Building 2018
RIBA Suffolk Design Award: Alpha Centre 2014
Broadland Enhancemant Award: Lingwood Church 2010
SCC Framework Partner 2010
RIBA Historic Housing Award: Windmill Green 2009
SJCC  Design Award: Kite Building 2009
SNDC Quality of Place Award 2004
SAA Craftsmanship Award: St Marks Church 1996
NAA Craftsmanship Award: House at Overy Staithe 1994
As Tayler and Green
DOE Award: Sybil Carthew Trust Homes Woodbridge
Ministry of Housing Award: Church Green
Ministry of Housing Award: Bergh Apton
RIBA Bronze Medal: LRDC Housing Gillingham
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