Please find below some useful FAQ’s, if you have a more project specific query or one which is not answered on this page do be in touch and we will be happy to help – Contact Us


Q. Do I need an Architect?

Not every design, development or extension project will need input from an Architect. However, instructing an Architect at an early stage can help you explore all the potential project options open to you, ensuring that your time and finances are well spent and that your final project delivers clever, practical design and use solutions which return value for money well in excess of any architectural fees you might be charged. For more information please see RIBA’s guide on appointing and working with an Architect.


Q. How much does an Architect charge?

MOOi fees will vary depending on the location, size and complexity of your project and how much input you might need from us. Our fees are reviewed on an on-going basis to ensure they remain competitive and continue to deliver value for money. If you would like more information on our fees please contact us and we’d be happy to discuss this with you.


Q. Will my project need planning permission?

As with our fees, whether or not your project will require planning permission depends on its specific details, including location and size. We can discuss with you the recent changes to planning legislation and advise you on making a planning application, if necessary. For more information relating to planning in Cambridge, please see here.


Q. We’re based in a conservation area; can we still develop our home?

Working in Cambridge and London for several years we have extensive experience of alteration and extension projects within local conservation area boundaries. Liaising closely with local planning authorities we can advise you on any restrictions applicable to your project, ensuring that they are considered and incorporated sensitively at an early stage. Examples of our recent residential projects in the Cambridgeshire conservation area include alterations and extensions, loft and garage conversions and new build home offices. For more information on the conservation areas within Cambridge, please see here.