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Architecture Services Inverness

Mabbett’s architecture group is a RIAS Chartered Practice. We provide a complete Architecture and Planning service, including concept sketches, Planning and building warrant applications, tendering and completion supported by in-house chartered planners, engineers, environmentalists, ecologists, landscape architects and infrastructure specialists.

Our Project Capabilities

We have provided architecture design for the following building types:

  • One-Off Houses
  • General Housing & Flatted Developments
  • Affordable Housing Developments
  • Country Estates
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Retail Units
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Bespoke Processing Units
  • Cafes, Restaurant and Bars
  • Swimming Pools
  • Hotels, Guest Houses & Holiday Apartments, Lodges and Hostels
  • Building Conversions & Renovations (including Listed Buildings)
  • University Buildings
  • Offices
  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Community Centres
  • Football Stadium
  • Dental Surgery
  • Doctor’s Surgery

Our Client Base

We have a wide and diverse client base that includes:

  • Private Landowners
  • Private individuals, 
  • Housing Associations in both urban and rural settings, 
  • Country estates and farms
  • Property developers
  • Hotel and Tourism operators 
  • Commercial and Retail Business
  • Office based business
  • Industrial Sector Business
  • Leisure Sector Operators

Our experience and proficiency

Our Architects are experienced and proficient at undertaking the following project stages of the architecture process:

  • Feasibility Studies and Architectural Design
  • Planning Applications
  • Building Warrants 
  • Production Information
  • Tendering
  • Works on Site
  • Completion
  • Final Certification

Our architectural services

Feasibility Studies and Architectural Design

Our architectural concepts and designs are meticulously crafted to provide a bespoke, considered solution which reflects your requirements illustrated and brought to life in stunning three-dimensional visualisations using the latest software alongside our in-house experts eye for detail.

Planning Application Services

The Mabbett Architectural team are experienced in preparing and administering planning consents and building warrants as outlined below, some of which may well be relevant depending on your project site, its history and its constraints.

  • Full Planning Permission: This is the most common type of application and covers the majority of applications for new buildings, extensions, alterations to existing buildings and changing the use of a building or piece of land. Full details of your proposals need to be submitted for this type of consent. These consents usually last for three years.
  • Planning in Principle, (PIP Application):  This type of application allows you to apply for consent without providing full details of the design or siting at the outset. This consent does not actually allow you to start your development – it confirms that the proposal is acceptable in principle, and usually lasts for three years. A new application will need to be submitted giving the full details of the proposals before any development can commence, most usually an MSC application as noted below.
  • Approval of Matters specified in a Condition, (MSC Application): This type of application needs to be submitted following the granting of planning permission for Permission in Principle and should include full details of the proposal as well as any other information requested as part of the conditions of the original consent. These consents usually last for two years.
  • Non-Material Variation: This type of application is to apply for changes to a full Planning Permission or MSC application that are minor and considered to be ‘Non-Material’ to the consent as approved.
  • Conservation Area Consent: This type of application is to apply to demolish a structure within a Conservation Area.
  • Listed Building Consent: This type of application is required for most works to a listed building, internal or external need listed building consent, and they may also need full planning permission.
  • Agricultural Prior Notification: This type of Application is for developments of agricultural buildings on farm holdings. The Planning Authority has 28 days to determine whether or not the proposal is deemed ‘permitted development’. 

Building Warrant

  • Building Warrant Application: for Building Control there are two main types of application. This type of application requires proposals to demonstrate compliance with the Building Technical Standards (regulations). The scope varies according to building type.
  • Building Warrant Amendment: This type of application is in effect a ‘mini’ Building Warrant Application which varies the original Warrant to incorporate changes to the design necessitating consideration under the Building Standards (regulations).

Management of Applications

In conjunction with our in-house Planning Team we are dedicated to simplifying the process of planning and building warrant applications and helping to bring a project vision to life. Whether the client is a homeowner, developer, or business owner, we are here to assist at every step of the way.

Our expert team understands the complexities of navigating through planning and building regulations, permits, and approvals. From minor alterations to large-scale developments, we are able to handle all types of applications with precision and efficiency.

Listed Building Renovations

Our meticulous approach to listed building renovation encompasses architectural detailing, structural alterations, and the integration of sustainable technologies.

3D Presentation

Our skilled team of architects and 3D visualisation experts work closely to meticulously craft a bespoke virtual experience tailored to your project.

Building Conversions

Whether you’re seeking to transform a historic landmark into a boutique hotel, convert an old factory into trendy loft apartments, or repurpose a commercial space into a vibrant retail destination, we have the expertise to bring your vision to fruition.

SAPS/ EPC Certification

With SAPS/EPC certification, we adhere to rigorous standards, ensuring that our designs optimize energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and promote long-term sustainability.

Title Deed Plans

We are able to prepare Title Deed Plans which comply with the requirements of the National Registers of Scotland, which would be submitted by the legal profession for recording.

Enquire with a local Architect about your project in Inverness & The Highlands.

To speak with a local Architect about your project in Inverness & The Highlands, call us on 01463 217 605 or, complete the form.

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Our Architecture Team

As Director - Planning and Development, I am responsible for the growth and management of our construction and development client base and overseeing professional service delivery within the planning and development group.

Jamie Roddie

Director, Planning & Development


More than 37 years experience in all aspects of Architecture, Design and Construction Management including private clients, developers, and general architectural consultancy within Scotland, primarily the Highlands and Islands.

Shane Rodgers

Manager, Architecture

Chartered Architect

I'm a qualified architect in both Romania (since 2002) and UK (since 2010). During this time I was involved in a variety of projects from design to completion. I'm also a fully accredited SAP assessor for Domestic Buildings.

Adrian Fatol

Senior Chartered Architect


I am an Architectural Technician with 20+ years experience in delivering projects for commercial, industrial and housing sector clients. I am also an accredited energy assessor for domestic new builds.

Norman MacKenzie

Senior Architectural Technician


I am a Senior Architectural Technician and approved SAP assessor with 15 years of experience working on a wide range of Planning and Architectural designs in both commercial and residential.

David Critch

Senior Architectural Technician

HNC Construction Management, MCIAT, On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (OCDEA)

I am qualified architectural technician with over 20 years’ experience. My role varies from preparing presentations, autocad drawings for sketches, planning applications and building warrants from housing to commercial projects.

Caroline Leese

Senior Architectural Technician


Crawford Greenfield bio picture

I have been a graphic designer for over 25 years and have been specialising in photomontage, GIS and visibility mapping since 2004. I love using maps, 3D, visualisations and animation to tell the story of a project or process.

Crawford T. Greenfield

Senior Visualisation and Graphics Specialist

I am a 3D Technician & Photographer who has over 10 years experience in producing realistic renders and visualisations of proposed architectural designs in both commercial and residential.

Peter Johnston

3D Technician & Photographer