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This is a creatively designed, single storey dwelling in form, with a shallow pitched roof. It has most of its glazing in the southern and western elevations. It is built using the principles of sustainability as required to be part of the Whiteway Coloney in the Cotswolds

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A luxurious waterfront house with about 7,000sq.ft. of pristine very high quality accommodation, and huge glass fronted deck; giving elevated views over the creek and Fal Estuary. Very energy efficent including photovoltaic panels on rear.

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The Shipwrights Arms at Helford has recently completed the construction of 4 contemporary creek side bedrooms, which is a substantial upgrade to the Grade II Listed public house. With  wonderful views and nearby walks it would be well worth a visit!

A quality, thermally efficient dwelling,  with a contemporary feel in Padstow. A great use of grey standing seams which can be a cost-effective alternative to copper and zinc. This can also significantly reduce the overall height of a building project, and extends the design possibilities.



This build was geared towards Passivhaus level, and  includes exemplary levels of insulation and incorporates techniques for generating, conserving and storing its own energy which is generated on site.  Logix Insulated Concrete Forms were also used for this ultra-energy efficient home.

 The philosophy was conservation of fuel and power and the generation of energy from renewable sources for this woodland home. Built as a simple timber frame dwelling using Epiphytic Bromeliads (air plants) on the roof,  the hope is for a return in investment within 10 years! 

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A-Tec Design are committed to providing a flexible approach to client needs. We offer a free initial consultation and site visit and can offer you a competitive, no obligation quote for your consideration

 We can offer support in the following professional architectural design services:


Bespoke new build


Commercial and residential work


Planning & Building Regulations applications


Sustainable advice


Energy efficiency

Passivhaus Designs



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About us

About us

A-Tec Design are a ‘Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists’ registered practice, started by Daren Thomas in 1996, providing a professional architectural design service throughout Cornwall and the South of England.

Throughout his 30+years in the design and construction industry, Daren has worked on all different types of projects, and has worked hard to further his knowledge and understanding of the construction industry.


With a keen interest in sustainability and energy efficient development, Daren is fully trained in the use of the Passivhaus design software and prides himself on using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials and construction methods where possible.

A-Tec Design support the idea that all new and refurbished buildings, whether big or small, should minimise the amount of energy in use while providing high aesthetic value for the end users.


Charitable Work

  With a love of birds and mammals we are proud of our working relationship with the Barn Owl Trust Conserving the Barn Owl and its environment ( 

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We have also worked alongside Prickles & Paws Prickles & Paws ( Our ethos is to provide our services free of charge, as we do not consider it appropriate to remove valuable funds from charities that need the support and help that volunteers provide.

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9 Treninnick Hill

Tel: 01872 300798

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