A FIRM of architects has opened a new studio in Conwy to cope with a surge in local business.

Base Architecture and Design has established an office at the Riverside Business Park to service and develop its growing portfolio of residential and commercial clients. The practice already has offices in Shrewsbury and Chester.

The company has been working in North Wales for several years but a steep rise in demand for its services in the past three years has led to the creation of the new studio.

Current projects in North Wales include a development of 111 new homes, including starter properties and affordable housing, in Glan Conwy, high quality new build social housing in Gloddeath Street, Llandudno and a design for up to 21 tourism lets in Anglesey.

The practice has developed a reputation for delivering high end innovative designs for residential projects including small and large scale housing developments and commercial schemes.

Its clients in the region include Brenig Construction, one of North Wales’ leading civil engineering and construction companies, Brenig Homes and Calon Homes.

Harry Reece Base Architecture and Design director said: “Conwy is a thriving area with a lot of development and investment going on, particularly along the A55 corridor. The business landscape in North Wales is evolving rapidly and we want to be part of its future, bringing our creative design capabilities and client service to both residential and commercial development.

"Conwy itself is at the heart of that so it was the ideal place for us to put down roots.

He added: “We look forward to being part of the innovative framework that shapes North Wales in the years to come.” The practice employs a team of 18 working in its three offices.