MortonScarr is a design-led architectural practice with offices in the centre of Brighton. Founded in 2011, we create private and commercial spaces around the needs and desires of our clients.

Through our established planning and development process, we rigorously assess potential projects to find creative and efficient ways forward. Each architectural solution is formed by a house process rather than a house style, resulting in original designs that embrace a specific set of challenges. Our work exists to be experienced. As a result, each project takes shape around the individual – and is complete only when those who use it set foot inside for the first time. With a strong track record in delivering projects, both technically and commercially, we are more than just a design practice. We make it happen.

As a RIBA Chartered Practice, we offer full services in building design, interiors and master planning. Our portfolio spans a range of sectors including residential projects for both private and developer clients, commercial, arts, education, hotels and leisure. Further capabilities include conservation design, project management, feasibility studies, statutory applications, construction information and anything else needed to visualise and realise architectural design projects.

MortonScarr was formerly known as CDMS Architects until a rebrand in 2018.
RIBA – Plan of Work

The RIBA Plan of Work allows us to create our best work. It’s the definitive framework for UK architectural design projects. We use six recognised stages to guide clients from initial concept through to procurement services and final construction, reaching clear milestones along the way. Mapping out the project from day one allows us to openly discuss ideas, without restricting creativity.
Stage 0/1 – Feasibility Study

When we’re at our most creative. We begin with a feasibility study to develop a thorough project brief. This stage involves highlighting any opportunities or constraints presented by the existing site or building, and getting the ball rolling with initial concept ideas. Following a site visit, we then prepare a feasibility study report with our recommendations together with a budget cost, programme information and everything you need to move forward.
Stage 2 – Concept Design

Refining ideas and feedback. Together, we develop the brief to create a single, preferred concept design. We then review this vision against the construction budget, assist with bringing in other outside consultants if needed, and discuss pre-application planning feedback with the Local Authority along with any other due diligence steps to make sure everyone agrees with the concept design layout in principle.
Stage 3 – Developed Design

Submitting a planning application. This is when we confirm the form of the building and the external materials. First, we develop the concept into a detailed plan, elevation and section. Design statements and reports are prepared before submitting a formal planning application to the Local Authority on your behalf. We are proactive with all planning applications, following up and keeping in close contact as things progress.
Stage 4 – Technical design

Focusing on the detail. Throughout the technical design stage, we lock down the practical details to prepare construction information for contractors to provide accurate costs. In coordination with other consultants, we then discharge any planning conditions, draw up full working construction drawings, specify internal and external elements, submit building control applications and agree on a timescale for the build.
Stage 5/6 – Construction

Bringing your project to life. We can oversee the construction period from the moment contractors set foot on site to the day of the final handover – how closely we are involved will depend on the type of contract. Above and beyond acting as your architect throughout the construction, we can also manage contractors, impartially administer the building contract, help to resolve any issues and prepare for a seamless completion.