Portfolio of Richard Dawson, RIBA architect based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, providing architectural services and project management.

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Ask the Architect at the Harrogate Homebuilding and Renovation Show – “architectural speed dating”

A fantastic atmosphere at ‘Ask the Architect’ at the Harrogate Homebuilding and Renovation Show where I was giving consultations on the RIBA sponsored stand.  There was a long queue of customers with all manner of questions. It was a fun packed three hour morning session with quick introductions, rapid analysis from peoples’ photos, plans, approvals, […]


The Northern Homebuilding and Renovating Show, Harrogate Nov 1-3, 2013, come and say hello

The Northern Homebuilding and Renovating Show starts this Friday (Nov 1) in Harrogate and I’ll be on hand on the Royal Institute of British Architect’s  Ask the Architect stand (Hall B, stand 461) from 10.30 am to 1.30pm to answer queries. My particular areas of expertise are domestic new-builds as well as planning, design and building […]


Access Association visit the new Leeds Arena – before Bruce Springsteen!

  R Dawson Architect was delighted to have a private tour of the new Leeds arena along with other members of the Access Association. Richard has been a member of the Access Association for over four years and recently involved as their National Northern representative. The access association aims to improve access and facilities for […]


AECB (The Sustainable Building Group): a preview of this year’s AGM in Bradford

R Dawson Architect is attending this year’s AECB (The Sustainable Building Group) Annual Meeting at BradfordUniversityon Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July It promises to be a feast of sustainable issues for homes and commercial premises, how to achieve a better carbon footprint or simply how to make better use of your resources with the […]


Follow up on the Solar Electric PV installation

Following on from the Solar Electric PV installation on our house in June, on the occasional bright, sunny day in Bingley, I often find myself distracted from work to sneak a look at the electric meter going backwards. Our patience will be rewarded as I have submitted the first 3 month meter reading to OFGEM […]


Extended time limits for approved house holder planning permission

Have you been given planning permission to extend your house but are in need of an extra year to get the work done? Starting on 1st October, 2012, the Government has introduced new arrangements for the extending time limits for approved householder planning permissions for a further year. In the past, planning approvals had been granted […]


Richard joins Business Connections Bradford

Recently I have joined one of the most successful established marketing groups in the area called Business Connections Bradford (BCB). BCB is a group of locally based companies and sole traders who meet every week to help each other increase their business.  It is a dedicated professional business network group for business owners and managers […]


Architect commissions PV system, Bingley

Solar Thermal and PV installation

R Dawson Architect has commissioned a 2.5kWp solar electric photovoltaic (PV) array (electrical power from the sun) to complement the existing solar thermal system (hot water) by using the sun’s power. The 10 panel system is predicted to reduce the electrical monthly bill by around 50% despite the reduction in the Government’s Feed-in-Tariff to 21p […]


Architect Bucks Economic Downturn To Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

Richard Dawson, owner of R Dawson Architect in Bingley

A local architect is bucking the recession and celebrating ten years in business. Bingley-based R. Dawson Architect was established in 2002 by chartered RIBA architect Richard Dawson and specialises in ‘green’ architecture and sustainability issues. Over the years the company has worked with a wide range of clients including church organisations, developers, resident groups and […]


How to make a house in the Saltaire world heritage site energy efficient

There’s little doubt that Saltaire inWest Yorkshireis a fabulous and very popular place to live.  The village’s unique combination of architecture, history and legacy all helped to achieving its world heritage title back in 2001.  Salts Mill and its more recent association with the artist David Hockney also contribute to this thriving community. But because […]


How building blocks manufactured in Yorkshire are helping to create more energy efficient homes.

I have just been on a Plasmor Concrete Products seminar for their ‘Code Connect’ initiative.  Plasmor is a concrete block and concrete block paving manufacturer. It was well presented and demonstrated using locally sourced building materials manufactured in Yorkshire and around the country.  This can contribute to achieving the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) accreditation […]


Park Dale: a remarkable achievement and very inspiring

Yesterday, I went on a RIBA organised visit to the housing development at Park Dale, off Fryston Road, Castleford by NPS Group. The development achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 (the highest) and has district heating provided by biomass.  The existing estate was partially demolished to allow development and the mix comprises 91 new […]


How to reduce your water bills by up to 50%

This information is for new and existing householders and it outlines some ways you can reduce your water bills, really simply, still using many of the same appliances – and you can still have baths! With prices always seeming to go up, as a family of four we are aware of the cumulative effect using […]