Council grant paves way for architects arrival in town

Coun Peter Wilson with Simon and Katie Lewis-Pierpoint in their new design studio in Cheapside, Chorley.
Coun Peter Wilson with Simon and Katie Lewis-Pierpoint in their new design studio in Cheapside, Chorley.

An award-winning architectural practice has opened its doors in Chorley town centre with a helping hand from Chorley Council.

SDA Architecture is run by husband and wife team Simon and Katie Lewis-Pierpoinand has clients across the region, in London and in Dubai and has featured in high-end magazines.

They were awarded grants by Chorley Council totalling more than £4,600 to refurbish and improve their new business premises in Cheapside.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We were able to offer them shop floor and shop front grants to help them set up in their new home.

“As you’d expect of a design studio they’ve refurbished the premises to make it into a pleasant, welcoming and modern ‘space’ without losing the character of a street steeped in history.”

SDA Architecture was established in Wigan in 2007 by Simon and Katie andhaving moved to the Chorley area, the couple wanted to set up their base in Chorley town and they spotted the ‘quirky’ premises in Cheapside.

Katie said: “We liked these offices, they are good location, the area is highlighted for regeneration over the coming years. It met our design criteria of a traditional frontage and we have been able to make it quite quirky inside and highlight features.

“We wanted it to look boutique style and for people to be comfortable when they come in because it can be daunting to walk into professional offices.”

Simon and Katie are regularly invited as expert consultants for the architecture and technology roadshow ‘Grand Designs’ Live.

Simon added: “We love architectural design full stop and we want Chorley to benefit from that, to create beautiful architecture within what is a really nice borough. We want to be part of the community in Chorley, linking in with other local businesses such as surveyors and engineers, and from a design perspective we want to be involved in modelling and reshaping Chorley and assisting the Local Authority over the years to come.

“We love architecture in any form we’ll design anything from a single storey extension to a development of 500 houses in the greenbelt, even a piece of furniture or a shed!

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our design work, we want people to say ‘that’s an SDA design’ not just another design and for clients to be able to see the difference.”

Councillor Wilson added: “Boosting the local economy is one of our key priorities which is why we put so much into supporting new and established businesses in the borough with grants, help and advice. I would advise anyone interested in setting up a new business in Chorley to contact us on 01257 515151 or via the website to find out just what help is available.”