Sandiacre local has reason to celebrate this Christmas after successful launch of new architectural design firm

Sandiacre local has reason to celebrate this Christmas after successful launch of new architectural design firm

A new architectural design start-up, The Practical Planning Company is ending the year on a high after experiencing a whirlwind of success and growth since launching just two months ago. 

Founded by local talent, Benjamin Heginbotham, and bridged on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the Sandiacre-based firm is perfectly positioned to offer its services across the region. And, since launching in October 2019, it has experienced an unanticipated number of sales, surpassing all targets.

Producing architectural design and technical plans, managing submissions for planning permission and building control, and assisting customers in the search for a reputable builder, The Practical Planning Company provides the whole package – giving people everything they need to design and build their forever home.

Benjamin, director of the company and head of design, began his career in joinery and construction, working as a self-employed tradesman and site manager. After completing a degree in architecture (Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part One) the 28-year-old, who lives with his wife and young son in Sandiacre, honed his skills over the last few years as an architectural designer, helping to design over 500 home extensions across the region.

“Extending or improving your home can be incredibly expensive and confusing,” explains Benjamin, “which makes it incredibly difficult for people to achieve exactly what they want, navigate the process smoothly and keep within their budget.

“That’s why I launched The Practical Planning Company; we make the process of designing and building your forever home easier, more transparent and more affordable. Our fees are clear from the outset, with no hidden costs and no secret extras and we equip our customers with the knowledge they need, so they don’t feel lost along the way. Our mission is simple: we believe in giving everyday homeowners the space they need and deserve.”

Having partnered with several local builders and industry professionals since its launch, the firm is now looking to create a network of local tradespeople, industry experts and brands, making it even easier for people in the East Midlands to achieve their dream home.

Benjamin adds:

“We’re a very new company, and we’re a small team, but we’re incredibly happy with how well it’s gone so far. Our customers have given us some amazing reviews and we’re really excited to see how the next year goes!”

The Practical Planning Company offers architectural design services across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. To find out more information about the firm and its services, visit or contact the team on 0115 874 8570.

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