Briefly described below are some of the projects we have been involved with – past and present.

Private residential

Various new build houses for individual clients, London, Suffolk, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall.

Alteration and refurbishment of several listed Somerset farmhouses, outbuildings etc.

Many projects of refurbishment and extensions to high quality houses and apartments in London, particularly, Chelsea, Fulham, Knightsbridge, Regents Park etc. Services vary from initial outline budgeting to full QS services throughout the project. Designs include “traditional” through to “super avant‑garde”

Repair works in private residential mansion blocks – general defects, dry rot, flood etc.


Conservation and refurbishment of various sections of Grade 1 listed buildings for an international medical charity. Roof, stonework, staircase, services etc.

Complete restoration / modernisation of Grade 1 listed London house. Robert Adam / Edwin Lutyens

Very high specification restaurant extension to Grade 1 listed 16thC hotel

Repairs, alterations and extensions to listed Georgian building for a Bristol Trust to provide supported housing for teenagers.

Listed new residential extension to historic coach house in Wiltshire.

Many of the other private residential buildings we are involved with also have an historic or listing aspect to the project.

Employer’s Agent and CDM-c in respect of several phases of SS Great Britain visitor centre etc.


Charles Knowles Design

New‑build kennels, reception, clinic and cattery buildings for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home at Old Windsor and various projects including landmark new cattery building at Battersea.

Refurbishment of large country house for an animal charity to provide office, conference and residential facilities.

Sheltered alms-house building for Bristol Charities

Initial cost planning, feasibility for major redevelopment ‑ animal welfare facility

Initial cost planning for international conference centre for religious charity.

Full service and Contract Administration for Grade1 listed International Retreat Centre.

Medical / Scientific

Pharmaceutical co – in-house

Royal London Hospital new staff restaurant and kitchens.

Alteration and refurbishment of offices and existing laboratories and wards to form highly serviced specialist medical research facility.

Employers Agent: Category 2‑3 medical research laboratory.

Employers Agent: Various ward alterations and fitting out for medical research facility.

Commercial residential

Construction of part new, part refurbishment, highly serviced luxury apartments.

Assisting developers with community infrastructure levy calculations

Numerous cost planning appointments. 


New residential unit for Trustees of a Bristol school, incorporating latest concepts in energy saving technology, and special needs.

Full service to several private schools’ redevelopment projects in West London.

Local authority

Refurbishment of old peoples’ home.

Refitting school laboratories.

Various public open space projects and playgrounds.


Charles Knowles Design

Employer’s agent for pre‑contract phase of design and build airline catering unit, Heathrow.

Contract administrator and planning supervisor for alteration and extension to retail unit and flats over for an organic farm, Bristol.

Alteration and fitting out projects for an American private bank. Bank officer offices, conference facilities and retail banking hall. (2 buildings – 6 floors)

Complete refurbishment and fitting out of Georgian public house to form new wine bar and restaurant.

Development appraisal for an equestrian centre and exhibition centre – West Wales.

Full service for Bento Box take away restaurant.

Cost planning and general advice for Salt Beef Restaurant

Full service for new private London club.

Cost planning for stately home visitor centre and restaurant.

Cost planning for private 18-bedroom boutique hotel (Minehead)

Numerous other cost planning appointments.


Assisting contractors with presentation of tender and final account documentation and general contract administration.


Assisting Architects and Employers with “problem” contracts.

Various expert witness appointments as part of expert team and as single joint expert.

Representing Employer’s interests to liquidators and loss adjusters.

Assisting employers and contractors in respect of VAT calculations.

Assessment of rebuilding costs for insurance purposes.