Telephone: 0161 620 1438

Whittaker Design

Residential, Commercial and Licence Trade Architectural Consultants

Whittaker Design are committed to providing a personal professional service to our clients that is only achieved by commissioning a small practice. We work closely with clients to provide a high quality service ensuring that their needs and objectives are met as far as possible and they are properly represented in the planning and construction process.

CIAT Registered Practice

Specialists in
Residential Development
Home Improvement
Commercial Property
Hospitality Refurbishment
Hotel Enhancement & Expansion
Property Condition Reports
Over 40 years of architectural experience and design excellence
  • Kitchen extension, open plan living
  • New build golf club and leisure facility
  • New build medical center, dental and GP surgery
  • New build housing development
  • Retail refurbishment and interior design
  • Kitchen extension, open plan living
  • New build golf club and leisure facility
  • New build medical center, dental and GP surgery
  • New build housing development
  • Retail refurbishment and interior design

Perfect Personal yet Professional Service. Honest and Reliable. Fair prices. If you need a solution, they go the extra mile to fix it. Thanks Whittaker Design, looking forward to future projects.

Paul Bancroft


Residential Architecture and Interior Design

We provide a drawing service if you are looking to self build an extension or up to a full Architectural package for large housing development schemes. We are experienced with new build individual one off homes and working with existing buildings to convert into residential and multi occupancy use properties.

Specialists in
Building Conversions
Extensions & Annexes
Complete House Design
External Renovation
Internal Renovation

Whittaker Design are my first choice when it comes to advice on design for house building and renovation projects. I have worked with them for a number of years and always found the level of service to be second to none. The team at Whittaker design provide a quick, value for money service that is based on a thorough knowledge of building and the construction process.

Tony Grindrod BSc HONS, MSc, MCIOB, MCMI.
  • Conversion of derelict retail premises into mixed use.
  • Conversion of derelict retail premises into mixed use.
  • Barn conversion result, rural architecture
  • Barn pre-conversion, rural architecture
  • New build housing development and apartments
  • New development feasibility study
  • Interior design and planning - open plan kitchen and dining area
  • Interior design and planning - open plan kitchen and dining area
  • Bespoke build four bedroom family home
  • Building conversion and Interior design
  • Building conversion and Interior design
  • Modern extension to Listed building using aluminium, zinc and glass
Residential development feasibility study Bespoke build for four bedroom family home


Restaurants, Bars, Pubs and Clubs

Working with major national operators to one off entrepreneurial projects for full scheme design from concept or a simple extension. We have worked in the license trade for over 40 years, building new sites, converting buildings and refurbishments to provide great venues from local Public Houses, bars, restaurants, hotels, golf clubs, rugby and football clubs and music venues.

Architectural and interior design
Traditional and Contemporary
Village and City Centre Locations
Chains and Independents
Small to large Conference venues
Full or Part Project Service

We have enjoyed working with Whittaker Design for 2 generations. We continue to value the excellent service, professionalism, success and friendship with Whittaker Design, under the leadership of Alan and Lee.

J W Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
  • Public house terrace and beer garden
  • 3D Architectural drawing for licenced premises
  • Public house entrance
  • Hotel refurbishment bar area
Pub sun terrace and beer garden
  • Interior architectural design, staircase
  • Concept drawings for hotel, golf club
  • Entrance area for public house hotel
  • Hotel refurbishment bar area

Refurbishment, Interior Design and Extensions

If you are looking to gain more covers or looking for a new concept, we can assist you with your requirements. We also offer a full interior design service where we produce sample boards showing all the finishes, carpets, fabrics, curtains, furniture, light fittings, etc. We have experienced contacts throughout the industry allowing us to offer turn key projects handing back premises ready to trade.

moodboard example image


Commercial Property Planning and Design

If you are looking to convert a building in to a home office, small start up office or to a new build warehouse / manufacturing facility, we have experience in this field. We have worked with many different sectors in commercial properties, offices, one off unit to multi occupancy industrial estates and medical practices.

Large and Small Industrial Units
Industrial Estates and Parks
Individual Workshops
Community & Public Buildings

Whittaker Design have done my plans for a new build in Norden, Rochdale, they have innovative ideas and go the extra mile for their customers. Whittaker Design have covered all aspects of work for us. They have helped us in major challenges and I don't honestly believe that we would have got this service from any other architectural practice. Both Alan and Lee are very personable and make stressful situations into easier transitions.

Fran Gracie
Established in 1972 - Over 40 Years of excellent customer service
New build medical center, dental and GP surgery
Commercial and industrial architecture, steel cladding
example of plan drawings


Retail Interior Design and Shopfitting

If you are looking to improve your kerb (visual) appeal for your shop front or wishing to develop a new concept offer we can assist you.

Retail refurbishment and interior design
Retail refurbishment and interior design
Retail refurbishment and interior design

The shop is all ready, it looks fabulous, it made me cry when it was all done!! We are so pleased with it, Lee and Alan did a fantastic job.

Jackie Buckley, Paradis @ Pitter Patter, Lees, Oldham


Legal and Admin Assistance

Our depth of experience in all Legal aspects of the construction and renovation process allows us to assist and guide our clients through areas such as:

  • Planning Permission
  • Party Wall Act
  • Licencing Applications for Retail and Leisure
  • Land and Building Surveys
  • Condition Reports
  • Snagging and Dispute Resolution

More about Whittaker Design

Alan Doherty and Lee Hollinworth of Whittaker DesignWhittaker Design was Established By Donald Whittaker R.I.B.A. In 1972. The present Partners are Alan Doherty M.C.I.A.T. who has been with the Company almost from conception and Lee Hollinworth M.C.I.A.T. who joined the practice from leaving education in 1989. Both partners are Chartered members of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists ( which requires a high level of construction knowledge, experience, a commitment to continuous professional development and a professional interview in front of a panel from the institute to obtain.

Whittaker Design has a high level of understanding of the Planning Act and has dealt with many of the Local Authorities throughout the Country. For a number of years we have been involved in a partnering agreement with our local building control service for submission of all our Building Regulation applications. Through this we have developed a long standing working relationship with the Building Control officers and we are able to have pre application discussions, which can also accelerate applications.

Our extensive knowledge and expertise covers Public Houses, Hotels, Restaraunts, Private Clubs, Golf Clubs, Rugby Clubs, Housing Developments, Industrial / Office Properties, Individual Domestic Commissions and Theatres.

Contact us

Office address:

Whittaker Design


169 St John Street, Lees, Oldham OL4 3DS

Telephone: 0161 620 1438


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