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Oct 21
Tech Update: Using Concrete In Cold Weather

Concrete is a fundamental ingredient in modern construction and it is important to understand how the material can be used in the winter months. ...

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Sep 21
Cost Contingency in Construction

Expect the Unexpected Even though a great deal of thought, planning and experience goes in to each project, we still regularly come across unexpect...

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Aug 21
The Scope Triangle

This week - a top project management tip that we work to when helping clients plan their construction projects, The Scope Triangle! It may be known...

04
Aug 21
We're Hiring

We're hiring a Property and Estates Worker to help us manage and maintain our buildings. The position will be filled via the UK Government's Kicksta...

23
Jul 21
Daylight Robert - An Introduction to Tariff Engineering

Architect David Darkin introduces the concept of Tariff Engineering and how it affects the built environment....

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Jul 21
Tech Update: Notches & Holes in Solid Timber Joists

How to get it right: Notches & holes in solid timber joists   When installing pipework or cabling, floor or ceiling joists may need to be n...

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Jul 21
Business Community Recognition July 2021

Business owner David Darkin was today recognised for his outstanding contribution to the business community in the South West Wales area. As a member ...

14
Jun 21
Competition Time

Darkin Architects are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and as a bit of fun, the team have shared what they were doing in the 90's! To be in with th...

09
Jun 21
Garden Walls - What do I need to know?

Many local councils will have restrictions on the height of walls and fences and you should check with your local Planning team before you start any w...

03
Jun 21
It's our Silver Anniversary!

We're really excited to reach our 25th year of trading! In June 1996, Byron Darkin took early retirement from Llanelli Borough Council, but within fo...

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May 21
The SIPS Sandwich: A recipe for disaster?

  You may have seen or heard of SIPS panels before, possibly on a television series that follow a couple that have bought a plot of land with a ...

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May 21
1st Birthday for Neath Studio

It's time to wish our Neath Studio a happy 1st Birthday! Despite lockdown and the pandemic, last year we expanded our service offering by opening a d...

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Apr 21
Ben Glazebrook Joins Darkin Architects

We'd like to give a warm welcome to Ben Glazebrook who joins Darkin Architects from The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University as an ...

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Apr 21
Where to install smoke alarms and heat alarms

Smoke alarms have been a standard feature in new homes since they were first introduced into Approved Document B in 1992. Whilst they are now installe...

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Mar 21
Ar y Radio Gyda Aled Hughes

Y bore 'ma roedd prif pensaer a perchennog Darkin Architects, David Darkin wedi ei cael cyfweliad ar sioe Aled Hughes as BBC Radio Cymru. Roedd y sgw...

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Mar 21
Mike Cahill Joins Darkin Architects

Darkin Architects have continued to grow our team with the appointment of Senior Technician Mike Cahill. Mike brings over 30 years of experience to th...

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Mar 21
Ultimate Landlord Podcast with John Penquet

This week, Darkin Architects' owner, David Darkin was the guest on The Ultimate Landlord Podcast with John Penquet. In the podcast, David and Joh...

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Mar 21
Post Pandemic Construction

What does the future of the construction industry look like? As the UK continues to deliver its vaccine programme, the end of the pandemic era seems ...

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Feb 21
What happens when you submit a planning application?

Architect David Darkin describes the process that happens after we've submitted a planning application.  ...

18
Feb 21
Danielle Churchill Joins Darkin Architects

We'd like to give a warm welcome to Danielle Churchill who joins Darkin Architects from UWTSD as an Architectural Assistant. Danielle will join our de...

11
Feb 21
Neath College Guest Speaker

Education has always been a passion at Darkin Architects. As well as promoting lifelong learning and continuous professional development within the te...

28
Jan 21
Surround Yourself with Great People and the Rest is Easy

Last week, business owner and architect David Darkin was a featured speaker at Prime Cymru's Be Your Own Boss Event. Prime Cymru hosted a series of...

01
Jan 21
Architecture in 2021

At the beginning of the year, I like to take a look at the upcoming twelve months and make some predictions on what I see for the year ahead. Given th...

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Dec 20
Round Up of 2020

It seems like a lifetime ago, but at the start of the year I wrote an article making some predictions about the year ahead. Given the year that we've ...

12
Nov 20
Town Centre Redevelopment

Bold plans were announced today for Llanelli Town Centre with a regeneration scheme known as 'Y Linc'. The Welsh Government backed scheme, designed b...

04
Nov 20
Clean Sweep: Considering Chimneys and Flues

Clearly not just a twee decorative feature, chimneys need careful consideration whether on new build or refurbishment. Planning & Heritage conside...

28
Oct 20
Coventry University Guest Speaker

Following on from engagements at Universities in Cardiff and Swansea, our Principal Architect, David Darkin was invited to speak at Coventry Universit...

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Oct 20
David Darkin Re-Elected Chamber President

This week saw the first ever online AGM of the Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Commerce. As the longest continuously operating Chamber of Trade and Comm...

08
Oct 20
Covid Update - Visits & Meetings

We are still undertaking site visits and would like to take this opportunity to share with our customers, suppliers and contractors the processes whic...

26
Sep 20
Do you do plans?

We're often asked "Do you do plans?" and I say "No". The idea of plans or blueprints etc are very much synonymous with the image of the architect. Th...

10
Sep 20
What's Radon Gas, and How Does it Affect My Build?

"Radon is a radioactive gas, we can't see, smell or taste it: you need special equipment to detect it. It comes from the rocks and soil found everywhe...

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Aug 20
Darkin Architects Appoints Business Development Manager

We're really pleased to welcome Justine Davies to our team. Justine will be heading up business development for the practice, helping to grow our new ...

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Jul 20
National Business Awards Nomination

We're really proud of our company owner David Darkin for his recent nomination for a national business award. David attended an awards gala last Satur...

23
Jul 20
Changes to planning fees and related applications

In light of new Welsh Government amendments to Town and Country Planning Regulations we like to keep the public up to date on the potential costings f...

16
Jul 20
Can I Cut Down My Neighbour's Tree?

In today's video, practice owner and architect, David Darkin gives some practical advice on nuisance neighbours.   ...

09
Jul 20
Home Office Pod or Extension?

We've been receiving oodles of enquiries for home offices pods in gardens or extensions for home working. So what's the best route? Each option h...

20
Jun 20
Neath Studio Now Open

We're in! After successfully winning the contracts for many projects in Neath, we decided to open an office in the Town Centre to help us deliver thes...

04
Jun 20
Save lives when your PC is idle

If you're as old as me, you'll remember fiddling with the screensaver on your PC; Spending ages trying to find a cool set of patterns or writing jokey...

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May 20
Neath Studio Coming Soon

The world may have fundamentally changed as we know it, but the globe continues to turn and people still look to the future. Having secured a number o...

08
May 20
2018-2019 - A retrospective

2018-2019 was a very busy time for Darkin Architects and for business owner David Darkin. This time was captured in a series of images by photographer...

09
Apr 20
Design Principle - Skeuomorphism

What is Skeuomorphic design, what are some examples and how does it work in building design? ...

02
Apr 20
Doing Our Bit to Battle Covid-19

Darkin Architects are doing our bit to battle Covid-19, repurposing our 3D printer to print PPE Visors for NHS workers. We've joined Frontline 3D Pri...

26
Mar 20
Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Response We've been receiving high numbers of calls from Clients and Contractors and have therefore produced this response to answer the mos...

13
Mar 20
Service Update from Darkin Architects

Darkin Architects wish to reassure our existing and prospective customers who may be concerned about service interruption due to the current outbreak ...

02
Mar 20
Work Experience

Last month we welcomed Beca Davies for work experience at Darkin Architects. Beca had the opportunity to experience the role of an Architect for a wee...

26
Feb 20
More Planning Success

Darkin Architects Gain Planning Permission for Single Storey Side Extension to an early farmhouse in Carmarthenshire.  Today we received the fan...

07
Jan 20
SAB - One Year On

Sorry - this is definitely an article for the nerds, as I vent frustrations on the drainage regulations introduced in Wales on 7th January 2019. The S...

01
Jan 20
Architecture in 2020

As one year closes and another begins, we thought we'd take a look ahead at what we may be able to expect in 2020. Here are our top predictions for ar...

20
Dec 19
Merry Christmas from Darkin Architects

We wish all of our customers and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be closed from 20.12.2019 and will re-open in the New...

31
Oct 19
Changing Places Campaign

"Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well ...

28
Oct 19
Why always Carmarthenshire?

Planning and Building Control are very different. Case and point, you have the option to go private with your building control. Many of our clients as...

17
Oct 19
Forward Planning

Today I attended Carmarthenshire County Council's (CCC) LDP Stakeholder Workshop at The Beacon in Dafen. The workshop was attended by Architects, Plan...

09
Oct 19
Darkin Architects Welcomes New Team Member

We're excited to welcome onboard our newest team member, Sam Clark. Sam is an Architectural Engineer and brings with him a fresh perspective on con...

19
Sep 19
Macmillan Coffee Morning

This year we are delighted to be supporting Macmillan Cancer Support by holding a coffee morning at our offices on September 27th.  Come join us...

12
Sep 19
Why our motto is 'Drawing on Experience'

Our mission is to improve the experience of construction, not just for our clients, but all those involved. Architecture is an experience, yet a comm...

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Aug 19
We're Hiring!

Due to continued Company expansion, we are now looking for a Quantity Surveyor to join our team in Llanelli. We fully support our team’s career ...

21
Aug 19
Quality Assured Architects

This week our ISO 9001:2015 Certificate arrived! The certificate is the culmination of a lot of hard work and significant investment in time from the...

08
Aug 19
Work Experience 2019

Every year at Darkin Architects we like to welcome school pupils from across South Wales for work experience at Darkin Architects; Places are limited,...

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Jul 19
Bats in Buildings

All British bats are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. It's an offence to deliberately capture, injure or kill them or to delib...

17
Jul 19
Revisiting Glyn Abbey Golf Club

First opened for play in 1992, the clubhouse followed at the turn of the century. Starting with humble beginnings, the original clubhouse building was...

10
Jul 19
Part L Wales 2020

Yesterday I was privileged to join the working group of the new Approved Document Part L on behalf of the RIBA. The group was convened of experts from...

04
Jul 19
Renovate not Relocate

Why go to the expense and stress of moving when you could extend your current home? According to figures from the BBC, the credit crunch has resulted ...

27
Jun 19
Bait & Switch: The Importance of Tendering

How can your Architect ensure that you're getting the best value from your builder?  Many people will say that it's the detailed information, ...

13
Jun 19
Marvels Sponsorship

Darkin Architects are proud to be sponsors to the Marvels Netball Team in Llanelli. Below are some photographs of the team in their fantastic new kit....

21
May 19
New Studio Introduction

We're in! As you may have seen a few weeks ago, we've moved offices in Llanelli from John Street to Queen Victoria Road. We've still got a lot of work...

09
May 19
Getting To Know The Team..

The Team David Llewelyn Darkin (Owner & Architect) My father was a Borough Architect, following in his footsteps I went to university to study...

02
May 19
David Concludes Term as Mayor

Congratulations to business owner David Darkin and completing his term of office as Mayor of Llanelli. "It's been a fantastic experience. I'm very pr...

25
Apr 19
Phillips is the Hero!

Congratulations to Architect Tom Phillips on scoring the decisive goal for Welsh Division Three side Ynysygerwn to take them through to the final of t...

19
Apr 19
We've Moved!

We're pleased to say that our Llanelli Studio has moved to a new home at Queen Victoria Road. Thanks to successfully becoming the architect for many n...

04
Apr 19
What Is BIM?

"Things which are different in order simply to be different are seldom better; but that which is made to be better is almost always different." - Diet...

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Mar 19
The Death of Bricks and Mortar

"Bricks and Mortar" is the ubiquitous phrase often used to describe property, but how much longer will we use "bricks and mortar" or masonry construct...

21
Mar 19
Training Centre Proposals Complete

Working to tight deadlines, Darkin Architects were appointed by Willing & able earlier this year to mobilise the redevelopment of the former NHS F...

14
Mar 19
Stage 7: Completion

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 6: Handover & Close Out. I am now concluding...

05
Mar 19
Darkin Architects bring 'Vision' to blind man

Since we launched our 3D printing service last month, we've received a lot of interest from across Wales, but the one that piqued our interest was fro...

27
Feb 19
How to choose an Architect

The architect is commonly the lead consultant on any construction project, responsible for coordinating the design and construction information in ord...

20
Feb 19
5 Best Ways to Waste Your Money When Building

After working in the construction industry for a long time, I thought I'd share my top tips for the best ways to waste money when embarking on a const...

14
Feb 19
David Runs Half Marathon

Congratulations to Managing Director, David Darkin on completing the Llanelli Half Marathon last Sunday. After training for 3 months, David completed ...

07
Feb 19
3D Printing Service Launched!

We're proud to announce that our 3D printing service is now up and running!  Architecture should always be about an experience; It's inherently ...

31
Jan 19
Stage 6: Handover & Close Out

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 5: Construction. I will be writing a series of a...

24
Jan 19
New Service Coming Soon!

Darkin Architects are proud to announce that we've acquired a 3D printer. Soon, we'll be able to offer our clients 3D printed models of their project ...

09
Jan 19
Pros and Cons of Self-Build Homes

Building your own home is the ultimate DIY project, but it's a lot more than that, it can be the height of aspirational living, the fulfilment of a ch...

02
Jan 19
Top 10 Tips for your Attic/Garage Conversion

Converting your attic or garage can be a great way to add some additional space to your home without building a full-blown extension; It can be cheape...

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Nov 18
Stage 5: Construction

It's likely to have taken a long time to get here, but at last you're ready for the actual construction works to start and all your planning and prepa...

22
Nov 18
Better Value by Extending Your Home

Is your home feeling a little bit cramped? Perhaps you've run out of storage, or the kids need a bigger bedroom. You may be looking to move to a bigge...

16
Nov 18
Darkin Architects aim for the sky

South Wales based Darkin Architects have been entered into a UK-Wide competition by roof light giant Velux. Josh Heaton from Agency Spring, ...

15
Nov 18
Why I Hate Flat Roofs

I hate flat roofs. Don't get me wrong, they can be amazing in the right circumstances, but that's not what I'm talking about today. I hate flat roofs ...

08
Nov 18
Top 5 Checks Before Building Your Extension

Assuming you've got your plans in place and secured your planning permission, building regulations and other consents, what should you check before th...

01
Nov 18
4.5: Mobilisation

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 4: Technical Design. I will be writing a series ...

22
Oct 18
Wales Introduces Approved Document Q

Part Q: Security has been part of the English Building Regulations since October 2015 and from November 2018 the Welsh Version will take effect. Pa...

18
Oct 18
What Can I Build Without Planning Permission?

A simple question with a complicated answer! Unfortunately, I will need to start with a caveat - This article is not a definitive answer, but a rough ...

10
Oct 18
6 Roof Window Tips

Roofs are more than just weather protection, they can do wonders for extra space creation, storage or lighting when used properly. Today, we count dow...

03
Oct 18
Architects and Architectural People

It's not uncommon for us to take on a project started by someone else. Frequently, the client will talk about their previous 'Architect' only for us t...

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Sep 18
4: Technical Design

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 3: Planning. I will be writing a series of artic...

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Sep 18
Will Robots Replace Architects?

Over recent years, there's been much speculation online and in the media of the rise of the machines replacing our human workforce. So will this mean ...

11
Sep 18
How to get it right: Bolting timbers together correctly

If you are doubling up floor joists, creating trimmers or trimming joists around stairs and chimneys they all need connecting properly so that they ca...

04
Sep 18
Top 5 Barn Conversions Tips

There are so many unloved rural buildings across Wales that there's ample opportunity for a Barn Conversion. Today, we're listing our top 5 tips for a...

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Aug 18
3: Planning

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 2: Sketch Scheme. I will be writing a series of ...

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Aug 18
Designing for Dementia and the Elderly

Britain has an aging population and whilst dementia isn't the preserve of the elderly, it is more commonly found in older people. As designers, what c...

08
Aug 18
Half Marathon in Aid of Local Causes

Our Managing Director, David, is running the Llanelli Half Marathon in aid of local causes, namely CYCA, Shopmobility and Friends of Llanelli Train St...

02
Aug 18
2: Sketch Scheme

Following my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article continues from Stage 1: Surveys. I will be writing a series of articl...

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Jul 18
1: Surveys

Today, I'm continuing my articles summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, this article following on from Stage 0: Strategic Definition I will be writ...

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Jul 18
RSAW AGM 2018

Last week, architects from across Wales travelled to the Mid-Wales Arts Centre for their annual general meeting. The Mid-Wales Arts Centre in Caersws...

07
Jul 18
Calling All M+E Consultants

As we continue to move forward with our implementation and development of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in practice, we're seeking to forge lin...

03
Jul 18
Circular 008/2018 - Private Sewerage

Publication of Circular 008/2018 – Planning requirement in respect of the use of private sewerage in new development, incorporating septic tanks...

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Jun 18
Calling All Quantity Surveyors

As we continue to move forward with our implementation and development of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in practice, we're seeking to forge lin...

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Jun 18
0: Strategic Definition

Following on from my article summarising the RIBA Plan of Works, I will be writing a series of articles going into more detail on each stage to help p...

04
Jun 18
Sports Sponsorship

Darkin Architects are proud to continue to sponsor our very own Tom Phillips of Ynysygerwn AFC. Tom is club captain and lead the team superbly...

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May 18
Do You Have a Candidate?

I refer, (obviously) to candidate sites for local development plans. Local Development Plans are prepared so that each Local Authority can set out th...

13
May 18
2018: Building Regs Changes

"Unless you're moving forwards, you're moving backwards." The old adage applied to business, is certainly the case for Building Regulations and there...

07
May 18
Do Architects Retire?

There's a famous adage in the world of architecture that architects never retire, they drop dead with a pencil in their hand. This was almost literall...

01
May 18
RIBA Plan of Work

Architects and other industry professionals need a common language to describe the stages of a construction project which is where the Royal Institu...

17
Apr 18
Still using email?

As the digital revolution rolls on, the way in which we communicate continues to evolve, including the way we use email in the workplace and to comm...

07
Apr 18
Top 7 Home Renovation Trends

Following on from our recent article 'renovate not relocate', we look at the top 7 home renovation trends. This list is based on a 2018 report which l...

29
Mar 18
The End of Outline Planning?

The Welsh Assembly Government is currently out to consultation on changes to Planning Policy in Wales (PPW). Amongst the many proposals, one of the mo...

12
Mar 18
2018 Extension of the Year

Darkin Architects win Extension of the Year An extension to a home in Bridgend, designed by Darkin Architects has been awarded 'Best Extension' in th...

03
Mar 18
Chwarae Teg Exemplar Employer Award©

Darkin Architects have been awarded the Chwarae Teg Exemplar Employer Award©.  It is awarded to businesses to recognise areas of g...

23
Feb 18
Guest Speaker

Virtual Reality in Architectural Practice Today, our Managing Director, David Darkin was invited to speak to students of the School of Architecture a...

06
Feb 18
The Fire Extinguisher: 200 Years and Counting

The fire Extinguisher: 200 Years and Counting It's 200 years since Captain George William Manby invented the "Extincteur" in 1818. It was the first e...

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Jan 18
Architecture 2018

Happy New Year! Darkin Architects Presents "5 things to know about 2018" for Darkin Architects and the Built Environment. 1. 10 Years at the Helm I...

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Oct 17
Director Becomes President Of Chamber Of Trade

Congratulations to our Managing Director, David Darkin on his election as the new President of the Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Commerce.  Davi...

12
May 17
Public Consultation Success

Yesterday and today, Menter Bro Dinefwr, in partnership with Darkin Architects, consulted the public on proposals to renovate the Shire Hall in Llande...

07
Mar 17
Llanelli Star Awards Sponsorship 2017

We're proud to announce that for the 7th time, we will be Sponsoring the Llanelli Star Awards. This year, we will be sponsoring the category of Teacho...

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Jan 17
Back To The Drawing Board?

It's been 10 years since Darkin Architects made the switch from the Drawing Board to digital drafting via AutoCAD. So much has changed since 2007, bac...

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Nov 16
Darkin Architects Win Exemplar Employer Award

Darkin Architect have been recognised for our commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. ...

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Jun 16
Darkin Architects Are Proud To Continue Sponsorship

Tomorrow night, Darkin Architects once again look forward to rewarding a positive contribution to the community at the Llanelli Star Awards. The even ...

20
Apr 16
Replica Lighthouse Set For Burry Port Roundabout

Burry Port is set to welcome an additional lighthouse. But all is not quite as it seems. The new lighthouse will be added to Moreb Roundabout and wi...

23
Mar 16
Top Tech Offering

Architect Gives Chance To View Home Virtually By: Llanelli Star Printed: March 23, 2016 Unless you're an architect or a builder, chances are thar...

07
Dec 15
Westminster Business Forum

Darkin Architects were invited to attend a forum on Welsh Business in Westminster. Hosted in the Houses of Parliament, the forum was an opportunity fo...

27
Nov 15
Consultation Success

Today Darkin Architects, together with the Friends of Llanelli Train Station and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Nia Griffith, con...

14
Aug 15
Llanelli Chapel Fire

In the clip below, see Managing Director, David Darkin, being interviewed for Channel S4C's Evening News, talking about the architecture of a Llanelli...

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Mar 15
Town Centre CCTV Cutbacks

Axing of Llanelli CCTV Would Make It Easier For Criminals To Operate, It Is Claimed By: Llanelli Star Posted: March 25, 2015   A MOVE not t...

24
Mar 15
Swansea Council To Charge For Pre-Application Advice

Swansea City Council have announced that they are going to start charging for pre-planning application enquiries. This follows the trend seen in Engla...

13
Mar 15
Llanelli Train Station Revamp, Featured In Llanelli Herald

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Dec 14
Darkin Architects Featured In Llanelli Star

Architect In Meeting By: Llanelli Star Posted: October 24, 2014   A Llanelli architect joined a discussion on the economic recovery with seni...

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Oct 14
Darkin Architects Featured In South Wales Evening Post

Llanelli Architect And Businessman Says, "Town Centre Is Improving" By: Chad Welch Posted: October 24, 2014   A LLANELLI architect and busine...

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Oct 14
Does New Wales Planning Policy Make Life Easier For Developers?

July 2014 saw the introduction of the New Planning Policy Wales 2014 (PPW14). This will make life easier for anyone building a new home and we'll...

14
Sep 14
Planning Permission Received For Fields Twins' Extension

Darkin Architects are proud to announce that we have gained planning consent for Kirsty and Catherine Fields to extend their home. This extension will...

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Sep 13
Darkin Architects Showcase Our New Radio Advert

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Oct 12
Darkin Architects Proudly Sponsor Scarlettes Netball Team

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Sep 12
Nominate Your Hero Now

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Nov 11
Darkin Architects Shop Front Renovations Make The Local Newspaper

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Jan 11
Darkin Architects Enter 15th Year of Business!

2011 sees Darkin Architects' 15th year of trade - A Happy New Year indeed The business was initially set up after Byron Darkin, the company's found...

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Oct 10
Darkin Architects Sponsor The Llanelli Star Community Awards 2010

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Sep 10
Darkin Architects Sponsor Llanelli Star Community Awards 2010

Darkin Architects will be presenting the "Young Person of the Year" award at this year's award ceremony to be held at Parc Y Scarlets on 23rd October....

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Aug 10
Darkin Architects Repeat Mentoring Success

Following the success of last year's mentoring scheme, David Darkin travels to Cardiff University once more. Darkin Architects are working with RSAW a...

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Aug 10
Darkin Architects Raise £180 For Charity Shelter

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Apr 10
Article In The Llanelli Star & Carmarthen Journal

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