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About Us – Profile – Approach – Hunter Architects & Planners

Working with a small number of clients each year, we specialise in the design, renovation, extension and remodelling of existing houses as well as new bespoke self-build and speculative homes.

For each our focus is you.

You’ll be inspired by our ceaseless ambition to explore and create your perfect home as together we seek that elusive equilibrium – a home that responds to every demand and occasion of life while balancing the financial, functional, practical and technical aspects of your build.

The magic thread that runs through it all is you. Understanding, interpreting and formulating a solution that responds to your unique circumstances is our vital starting point.

A Home That Really Suits Our Needs

It is a such privilege to have had the opportunity to build our own house and end up with a home that really suits our needs, our family and hopefully the future. We are grateful to everyone that was part of the process, we are delighted with the outcome and extremely proud of what has been achieved.
B & R Howell, Client

Outstanding Service

We feel that the service we received from you was outstanding. Very professional and structured. You came up with practical, cost effective solutions. Communication was always quick and responsive.
I & L Northcroft, Client

Handled Efficiently and Professionally

We would not hesitate to recommend you to other prospective clients or to use you again. It was always easy to contact you and there were never any long delays. Everything was handled efficiently and professionally – plus the experience you have in dealing with the planning authorities ensured that the drawings not only match our original brief but also fulfil all the necessary regulations.
G Hunt, Client

Took The Time To Understand Our Brief

We would recommend their services. They took the time to understand our brief, encouraged us to think about our design, and added real value in offering excellent complimentary ideas for our house. His knowledge of local Trafford Council planning was invaluable in getting planning permission.
M Krupa, Client

Our Dream Home

We would strongly recommend Hunter Architects and would use them for future projects as and when they arise without any hesitation. They are very passionate about any project. Good lateral thinking of all aspects of our dream project.
M Kumar, Client

Would Recommend Without Hesitation

We were very happy with Hunter Architects’ Services; trouble free and great communications at all times. Very easy to deal with and would recommend without any hesitation. We tried several other Architects but none convinced us we would get an approval for our project. We noted Hunter Architects on a Public Notice displayed at a site near to us and made contact with them, thank goodness we did.
M Jones, Client

Nothing To Be Improved Upon

A very professional, efficient not to say friendly service from start to finish. We would not hesitate to recommend Hunter Architects to anyone. Nothing to be improved upon – service was excellent and friendly throughout, from initial consultation to planning permission approval. K Kenny, Client

Fantastic To Work With

I found Hunter Architects fantastic to work with, this was our first ever project and they assisted us in visioning what we would want in our home. When I spoke to Hunter Architects I just knew they were right to help me create our dream home for my family.
P Livesey, Client

Our approach

We have no fixed aesthetic preferring to listen, interpret and then realise your aspirations to create an inspiring and robust building that stand the test of time.

Balancing imagination and pragmatism

A beautiful home should also be functional. While we take care to maximise light and space, we also pay attention to your need for ease of access, storage and flexibility. We’ll accommodate pushchairs, wheelie bins and wheelchairs to make sure your home works for you for life.

Ego-less architects

We mean it when we say it’s all about you and your future happiness. Like you, we believe life is for living. So, let’s build you a home that helps you do that to the very best of your ability. If you share our passion for a life well lived, we’ll get on famously.

Context is everything

What surrounds your home? How will you use the space? How much is the construction budget? Are there planning restrictions? Geographical compromises? Context drives and defines your build. We seek to balance these elements. Be assured, your personal context is always at the centre of our build.

Expertly crafted Homes

While the shell of a house, the daylighting, space and function set the tone for a project, the sense of homeliness and comfort are in the details. For that reason, we work with a range of local craftsmen and suppliers. As part of our service, we would look to introduce and integrate these aspects into the early design stages.

Your Team

Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter

BA (Hons), MArch, RIBA, RTPI

Full of ideas and energy, Ian will transport you from ‘could be’ to ‘will be’ as he elevates your ideas into fully functioning design specifications. For more information connect with Ian and Gillian on Linkedin

Gillian Hunter

Gillian Hunter

BA (Hons), MArch, RIBA

Gillian takes these ideas and aspirations and translates them into a home, balancing form and space to make them work seamlessly for you. For more information connect with Ian and Gillian on Linkedin

At a glance


Hunter Architects Altrincham Trafford Cheshire - RIBA & RTPI Planners

At a glance

• RIBA Chartered Architects • RTPI Chartered Town Planner • Sustainability and Conservation Consultants • Built their own house in 2010 • Trafford Council Accredited Planning Agent • LABC Partner for Building Regulations • Parents to three young boys

It was a sunny September day at Sheffield University when Ian and Gillian first met. Working on a model of Farnsworth House, sparks flew.

20 years later, the duo are the proud parents of three young boys and founders of Hunter Architects & Planners in Altrincham, Cheshire.

After working for international and award winning Architects, Ian and Gillian realised there was a better way of doing things. In 2006 they devised a boutique architecture, planning and sustainability service for consumers exclusively looking to develop high quality family homes.

Since that time, Hunter Architects & Planners has earned a reputation as an established local specialist, renowned for its friendly, efficient and exacting service and elegant, contemporary design.

Coupled with years of experience and knowledge, Hunter Architects & Planners offers clients an inspiring yet reassuring service that’s approachable and supportive. Having built their own sustainable house on a challenging site with a modest budget, Ian and Gillian have first-hand experience visualising and realising a build. They also recognise the rewards. You’ll find a human approach at the heart of everything they do.


Straightforward advice.

Designing homes from concepts and feasibility studies and securing planning permission and building regulations approval, our in-house Chartered RIBA Architects provide a full architectural service to see you through to the finished article.


Current and relevant

With an in-house RTPI Planning Consultant we have a successful record obtaining planning permission (including via appeal) across Green Belt, Conservation Areas, Backland Plots, Paragraph 55 Homes as well as using Permitted Development rights.

Why Hunter Architects

Work with a husband and wife team Most architectural firms have a poor female-to-male Architect ratio. Gill’s expertise are prized in this industry and we’re proud to offer clients a balanced team with complementary skills and approaches.

Who offer expert planning and sustainability assistance As an in-house service, this specialist expertise remains affordable and sustainability can become an integral feature of all designs. While not always a driver, we find sustainability is an important factor for many clients.

And deal exclusively with bespoke, residential projects We intimately understand the planning, technical and regulatory aspects and have the right contacts to make your project a success. With experience designing and constructing our own bespoke, sustainable family home, we understand and appreciate the financial, legal and personal complexities, limitations and requirements of the process and project.

Where we work

Based in South Manchester with roots in Flintshire and Lancashire, many of our projects are within the North West of England and North Wales but we works across the whole of the UK.

Having delivered extensive work across a range of local planning authorities we’ve accumulated expert knowledge of the various local planning policies and restrictions, benefiting clients in terms of approvals and timings.

Due to our unique approach and experience though, we are regularly approached, and continue to work across the UK, with experience from Scotland to the south coast of England and from the East to West Coasts.

While our projects are located to a specific geography, our working methods do not limit where our clients are based. We successfully work with clients based, or travelling, all over the world, as far as America and Asia as equally as those based just around the corner.


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This is personal

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