About the Studio

Welcome to Studio Arkell, a design focused Architect’s practice based in Christchurch, Dorset. Established in 2020, we provide first-rate architectural, interior and landscape design services across the South Coast.

We're guided by a simple yet powerful ethos: create beautiful, considered architecture. It’s this driving value that leads us to approach every project with a thoughtful eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

By carefully planning every aspect of a design, from the big decisions of layout, spatial flow and materiality down to the smallest bespoke detail, we achieve perfect harmony between form and function. Our buildings don’t just meet the practical needs of their occupants; they’re intentional statements of timeless design.

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Who We Are

Studio Arkell is a RIBA-chartered practice headed by RIBA Chartered & ARB-registered architect Hannah Arkell.

Based between the South Coast of Dorset and the New Forest in Hampshire, we’re dedicated to delivering the same level of design rigour typically associated with big city practice. Collectively, our experienced team of architectural assistants, technicians, and specialist associates have a balanced depth of knowledge & up-to-date skill sets, allowing us to offer you a broad range of bespoke design solutions varying in type, complexity and scale.

By combining traditional drafting skills and design techniques with innovative research, material knowledge, and evolving technologies, we’re able to incorporate a workable blend of old and new into each of our projects.

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What We Do

With a vast combined knowledge and experience spanning many decades, the team at Studio Arkell are able to offer:

  • Concept design
  • All aspects of planning advice and application
  • Interior and landscape design
  • Technical drawings

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We work on a diverse array of building types, and can provide advice and design solutions for:

  • Residential extensions, conversions, and reconfigurations
  • Commercial design and build schemes
  • Heritage and listed buildings
  • New build designs
  • Investment projects and feasibility studies

Your unique vision is at the heart of what we create. We work closely with you to understand your design aspirations and just how, together, we can bring them to life. We find further inspiration in the wonder of the natural world & surrounding environment, as well as the wealth of art and architecture around us.

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Our History

Over time, the Studio founder, Hannah Arkell, has developed a particular interest in the impact of technology in architecture through the processes of design, communication, and construction methodology. She furthered her knowledge through her ground breaking research at Royal Danish Academy, focusing on the ways natural materials can be used to create beautiful yet sustainable architecture of all kinds.

Her architecture career has taken her through Manchester, London, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Porto, and finally, in January 2020, back to her hometown of Christchurch. It was then and there that Studio Arkell was born.

Studio Arkell has achieved a number of significant milestones since then. In 2021, we gained fully accredited RIBA membership, welcomed new team members, and celebrated our first birthday with a virtual lockdown party.

Further growth in 2022 saw us opening the doors to our beautiful new offices in the bustling heart of Christchurch town centre. Naturally, this was cause for celebration! We marked the big day with an office launch party and were overwhelmed by the tremendous support we received from clients, colleagues, business associates, friends, and family, all making the occasion even more special.

2023 has brought further expansion to our team of designers and technical specialists, ensuring that the new office space always feels a buzz with activity and creativity.

Looking forward, we are excited to complete our current portfolio of projects, start on some new ones, further build our team and embark on the many exciting endeavours still to come.

Join Our Team

As our studio continues to thrive & grow, we remain committed to expanding our team with creative, solution-led individuals who can bring their unique talents to both the design and technical stages of our varied portfolio of work.

Do you think you’d be the perfect fit to join our busy and vibrant studio? Read more by clicking the link below!

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Book a Consultation

Whether residential or commercial, renovation or new build, you can trust the team at Studio Arkell to create the outstanding results you’re looking for.

We’d love to answer your questions and explain our specialist architectural services in more detail, so don’t hesitate to reach out today. Book a no-obligation consultation online or call us on 01202 232423!

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