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Award winning architects

Introducing Lilly Lewarne Architects, building creative, honest designs with utmost consideration for the environment.

Lilly Lewarne is an award-winning architect business with over 25 years in practice. We hear from Directors Gill and James Moran, Gill tells us: “The in depth local knowledge we have and the appreciation of our beautiful surroundings is reflected in the creative and honest designs that we produce.”

An example of Lilly Lewarne’s expert consideration is Quay House in St Mawes, this build stands testament to Lilly Lewarne’s conscientious approach to architecture, developing a home that blends seamlessly into its environment. The design of Quay House responds to its steep topography on the edge of a river, the lower level is submerged into the ground and it has a turf roof, which allows the building to merge with its surroundings with minimal impact on the visual beauty of the environment.

Overcoming planning difficulties, such as the impact that a building will have on its environment, whether that’s in natural surroundings or in a neighbourhood is Lilly Lewarne’s speciality. On the back of Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) it has become increasingly difficult to be granted planning consent, Gill explains: “Neighbourhood plans decentralise planning decisions, putting decision making back in the hands of local people.”

The consequence being that it is now increasingly difficult to gain planning consent on new builds, however Lilly Lewarne are experts at overcoming these difficulties and have just finished a new build that is the first contemporary design to be granted planning permission after the adoption of the Roseland Neighbourhood Development Plan. James continues: “We have a high success rate of gaining consent, the permission was granted at appeal and this is due to the fact that we consider very carefully what should be taken to appeal, this comes down to an excellent understanding of planning legislation, and our understanding of contextual constraints and opportunities, as well as a thorough design and review process.”

Therefore, anyone considering a new build or an extension where there is an NDP in place needs to be aware that these have significant weight in the planning process at a local level, as such, it’s important to engage an architect with a good local knowledge, which Lilly Lewarne have
in abundance.

Lilly Lewarne Architects work closely with its clients to design homes that respond to topography and location, to create builds with minimal impact on the visual beauty of their environment and to blend into their surroundings, the result being stunning builds that make the most their location whilst also being conscious of the environmental impact that building homes has.

Working on projects around Cornwall, we’ve done a bit of research and have discovered some of the stunning projects that this innovative company have worked on. Whether it’s a matter of completely rebuilding a home, such as Quay House in St Mawes which involved demolishing and rebuilding into something spectacular, they are experts at transforming spaces, always keeping in mind your particular requirements, and how
to build with the utmost consideration to the environment.


Lilly Lewarne Architects

No. 1 Poltisco Wharf, Malpas Road

Truro, Cornwall TR1 1QH
01872 261000