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Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) has been delivering award winning bespoke housing projects for 10 decades since our formation in 1919. Today, SBA has a specialist residential design team of over 20 full time chartered professionals, headed by Darren Heffer (Director).

Privately funded projects have been designed and delivered for international, national, regional and local developers, housebuilders, agents, land promoters and individual clients.

SBA also sits on numerous publically funded frameworks for Registered Providers, Local Authorities and Charities. Many of the projects resulting from these frameworks are funded by Homes England / Homes and Communities Agency.

Projects range in size from a single dwelling to 300+ and include new build developments on Greenfield and Brownfield sites, remodelled and extended schemes as well as conversions of listed and historic buildings. Developments have been delivered in urban and rural locations.

Increasingly SBA is delivering Joint Venture, mixed-use, mix-tenure developments where we are able to bring our clients added value through our expertise across several sectors.

SBA provides our clients with the following key services in the residential sector;

  • Architectural
  • Planning Consultant
  • Master-planning
  • Interior Design
  • Principal Designer
  • Clerk of Works
  • Project Management


Darren Heffer

Darren has over 20 years’ experience in delivering Residential projects in both the private and publically funded sectors. Projects range in value from £250k to £30m+. Private clients include developers, housebuilders, contractors and operators; Public clients include Registered Providers, Local Authorities and Charities.


Residential Team

Residential Team Members

Meet our Residential Team


  • 'We have been very impressed with Saunders Boston, having worked with them on a variety of housing and care schemes. We find their team’s expertise leads to innovative yet cost-effective design solutions that deliver high-quality homes. Their specialist residential team takes the time to ensure all designs are provided in a timely manner and to a depth of detail that contributes to the smooth running of our projects. In addition, the company’s approachable, friendly ethos means they are a pleasure to work alongside and makes them an integral part of any residential design team.'

    Justin Coote (Development Manager) Lovell Partnership
  • Campbell Buchanan and Saunders Boston have worked successfully together on many residential projects of varying sizes over a period of at least 10 years. Saunders Boston’s comprehensive understanding of the developer’s need for outstanding and commercially viable design is second to none. This combined with a full understanding of local policies and commitment to engagement ensures that their schemes quickly win the support of all interested parties and make positive progress through the planning process. Consistently delivering commercially viable good design with a strong market appeal makes Saunders Boston a key player in the success of our business.

    Andy Girvan, Campbell Buchanan