Who we are

We have been working in the North Yorkshire, London and Home Counties region in excess of 30 years. We are vastly experienced in both the residential and commercial sectors, including work involving conservation areas, listed buildings, and exception sites.


As a company, we promote cost effectiveness to maximise development value while maintaining high-quality design principles within the framework of local and national planning policies.

We work closely with excellent building contractors in both the North and South and we can provide a comprehensive design and build package tailored to your requirements. For expert loft conversions, refurbishments, new build developments and more – contact us on 01325 713133.

We are experienced in the design and implementation in the following Commercial & Residential projects;

  • New Builds
  • Loft Conversions
  • Extensions
  • Glass Design
  • Refurbishment
  • Commercial
  • Garages/Out Buildings
  • Change of use
  • Basements


Services we provide include Residential and Commercial Building Design and Construction services including;

  • Architectural Design Services
  • Development Plans
  • Building Design Consultancy
  • Structural Alterations
  • Planning Approvals
  • Building Control Approvals
  • Structural Calculations
  • Party Wall Agreements

Most building projects require the need to apply for the standard statutory consents that include planning permission and/or lawful development approval and building regulations approval. The need for party wall agreements is also required in most cases also.

In most circumstances, a client would have to engage an Architect or Architectural Designer, Structural Engineer and Party Wall Surveyor separately, to deal with all the various aspects of a project. Pddesign provide a unique ‘one stop shop’ service in the fact that we deal with both the architectural and structural design elements of a project, as well as advising on party wall matters, building over agreements with Thames Water, etc.

We prepare, submit and administer all relevant applications on behalf of our clients, and generally provide help and support from inception to completion.

Pddesign provide all of these services in one package, therefore minimising the need for multiple consultants, which is more cost effective.

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The Team

Paul Draper ~ IEng, AMIStructE
Managing Director

Paul is the founding member of pddesign that was formed in July 2002.

Paul graduated from Westminster College, London in June 1993 after successfully completing a Higher National Certificate in Building. Previous qualifications include a First Diploma in Construction and Ordinary National Certificate in Building.

In 1987, Paul started his career as a Technical Draughtsman for Hind WoodHouse Partnership, a small architectural practice based in London. In 1989, he joined the Carl Bro Group as a structural engineering/cad technician and was involved in a variety of different projects ranging from small residential to large office developments.

In 1994, Paul joined the Elliott Wood Partnership as a Structural Engineering CAD Technician and was involved in the design and detailing of various projects including small to medium residential and commercial developments including a well-known Bar/Restaurant Chain. He progressed to the level of Associate Designate before deciding to leave in May 2002 to form his own Consultancy.

Paul became an Associate Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the Engineering Council (UK) in October 2003. Paul will shortly be proceeding to become a Chartered Member of IStructE.

As a structural engineer and architectural designer, Paul has extensive experience and varied knowledge of all types of residential extensions and conversions, new build dwellings, basements, etc and can initially help a client design and visualise the space they require with all structural aspects considered at the design stage and then proceed to provide a full detailed building works package to enable a client to engage a builder and finally commence the works on site.

Paul became an Associate Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and an Incorporated Engineer with the Engineering Council (UK) in October 2003.

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Dan Smith ~ BSc(Hons), ACIAT

Dan started his career here at Pddesign having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 with a degree in Architectural technology. He spent 3 years at Pddesign acquiring a great depth of knowledge about the planning process, building control and developing his technical expertise in design and construction.

In 2016 Dan decided to make the move into large scale construction with Harris Irwin Associates. He quickly developed into a competent user of Revit and BIM software and was running large scale multi-million pound care home projects from planning to construction.

Dan rejoined Pddesign as our Senior Architectural Technician in April 2019 and has been helping our clients take their projects from inception to completion as well as enabling Pddesign to enter the world of Revit and provide 3D modelling of projects as required.

Dan is an Associate member of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

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Jason Galvin
Galvin Lofts and Renovations

An exemplary Building Contractor who we have worked extensively with over the past few years. Providing a very high quality efficient, cost effective service on a variety of residential projects. Please visit their website for more information.

Click on the name of the project below to see examples of our collaborations;

Littleton Street, SW18
Ondine Road, SE15

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David Cobb
Chartered Surveyor

David Cobb – An excellent chartered surveyor who we have worked with for a number of years on a variety of different projects. He is a very pragmatic surveyor who provides clear and concise advice and is very competitive.

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ODC Glass
Folding, Sliding Glass Manufacturers

Based in London and Poole, ODC fabricates, designs, supplies and installs high-quality architectural glazing solutions, including folding sliding door systems, glass structures, windows and rooflights, to customers, both commercial and residential, in the UK. Please visit their website for more information.

Click on the name of the project below to see examples of our collaborations;

Silverwood House, Kinston Upon Thames

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Watson Woods Partnership
Party Wall Surveyors

They are very experienced, specialist Party Wall Surveyors. All their surveyors are qualified and are registered members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. ​​Their fees are reasonable and normally offer a fixed fee and most importantly they are dedicated to resolving problems between neighbours rather than profiting from a dispute. Please visit their website for more information.

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