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SafeGuard Armour is an industry-leading body armour manufacturer, with a large presence in the UK, Europe and North America. Founded in 2006, they have seen rapid growth in their business at an international level, and as such, need to ensure they have the facilities to enable their operations to perform successfully and efficiently. That is exactly what they were able to do as a result of working with the CK team, having their designs, planning application and building regulations all handled by us, as well as managing the build of their project too.

The brief for the project revolved around the central theme of the Leeds based headquarters bringing together the showroom for the business as well as an up to date, intricate office for the staff to operate from. To get that, a tired industrial space had to be completely transformed by our team. This, alongside the vast space for operations and dispatch, enables the business to evolve further than their previous location with restricted access and lack of office space would allow.

The CK team was led by CK Architect Stephen Gale, who worked with the client through the entire architectural process from conception to completion, ensuring that the project was masterful, and purpose-built in every step and resulted in a truly magnificent and future-proofed creation.

Project Brief

Stephen Gale


 Project Management


  Planning Application

 Building Regulations

The project began with initial designs and concepts, working with the client to design the facility they needed for their operation to excel. Guided by our expertise and industry tested knowledge, we ensured a comprehensive and effective design that was a perfect fit for the SafeGuard business.

The next step of the stage was the planning process, at which point we created the planning drawings, and worked with the local planning authority to get all relevant information and support before the application was submitted. This helped ensure a successful application well fitted to the area and maintained the efficiency of the completion of the project in line with the businesses aims.

Following this were the more technical building regulations drawings to ensure the build itself would be of only the highest standard in line with the rest of the work produced, and with the vision of the finished creation. We worked with a private building inspector along with our client to develop the design that was both feasible and efficient, factoring in all relevant materials, budgets, structural calculations and every other area of the project guaranteeing the project to be as streamlined as possible.

Finally, the creation of the building itself was also overseen by Stephen Gale too, who managed the entire project directly. This meant working with Safeguard to choose the correct and most cost-effective builder for the job, maintaining a positive working relationship among all parties, upholding clear channels of communication, and performing regular site inspections to make the project as efficient as possible in order to maximise the client’s budget.

Client Reviews

CK Architectural Hull

4.8Out of 5 stars

Overall rating out of 32 Google reviews

Abi and Stu Bell
3 months ago

We had two sets of plans drawn up for our home exploring different options. Liam really helped us to understand the art of the possible. All we have to do now is get on with it!

5 months ago

Really happy with the CK Architectural Hull Team. From initial contact through to the final stages they provided excellent customer support and really helped our ideas come to life. Their ideas for our space were beyond our expectations and we couldn't be happier. The quality of the drawings are brilliant, which were also commented on by the builders we had round to quote for the works. They also provided really good support with the planning and building control side of things which took a big stress out of the process (this depends on which package of theirs you choose). I would definitely recommend CK. Special extended thanks to Liam and Donna.

Chris Goodacre
6 months ago

i dealt with joshua as an architect and he was very professional and thorough. He was cooperative , knowledgeable and easy work with. Even people i dealt with at head office were really helpful and knew everything i needed to help me through the process. As a company i would definately use again and recommend.

Glenn Moxon
6 months ago

CK Architectural provided a brilliant Service. Both professional and friendly. I also found the builder I used (SC Construction) through them and would highly recommend both.

They have really helped with the paperwork and permissions needed for my loft conversion. 100% recommend this company!

Skala Kamal
8 months ago

This is the second project I have used CK Architects on and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again or to recommend them to others. Karen is highly professional, friendly, and quick, listened to our requirements and acted on everything so beautifully. We are very impressed with the fast, efficient service provided by CK Architectural Design staff members.

Alex Harrison
10 months ago

Exactly what I wanted. No sales rubbish, no broken promises. They did exactly what I asked for, right first time, for the exact price quoted. I'd definitely use the company again.

David Caley
a year ago

Excellent service and communication. The company correctly and quickly identified my requirements, and worked accurately and within (very reasonable) quotation. Any queries and additional dimensions or details which the design engineer had, were clearly requested, allowing me to be able to quickly furnish the exact information and measurements, and negating the need for site visits, thus keeping costs in check. The first draft of the engineering drawings were very impressive - as a project engineer involved in the materials handling industry, I am well used to working with and interpreting CAD drawings, so was able to appreciate the high level of detail and clarity therein. I have been pleased and impressed with the service provided and care taken by CK Architectural, in bringing this part of my project to a successful conclusion - the Local Authority Building Control department accepted the drawings and specifications at first draft, without any amendments or changes. I am happy to recommend this company to anyone seeking a friendly, helpful, skilled and professional service.

Viorel Ispas
2 years ago

Karl Filby
2 years ago

CK Architectural led us through our whole project of two significant extensions from start to finish. At the outset during concept the input was both practical and creative. Several of our own ideas were improved upon and other ideas added. The creation of the designs was collaborative with CKA listening to our needs and wishes and incorporating them as practically possible. The budget was agreed with CKA and they kept a tight lid on the finances. The initial plan was actually built within budget, and we just crept over due to a couple of unforeseen changes, such as the roof tiles to match current being discontinued and therefore we chose to have a new roof. CKA made frequent visits to site and it always felt as if they had the project under control. It is not until you embark upon a venture such as this, as a novice, that you realise how complex it all is. However, with CKA leading the way on drawing completion, obtaining planning permission, appointing reputable contractors and managing Building Control eveything felt smooth and was stress free for us as the client. For the service we received we thought CKS priced their involvement very fairly.

Mark Griffin
2 years ago

CK Architectural where very thorough, professional and prompt when drawing up our plans, providing options and guidance when choosing & deciding what would work best with the space created. Any additional questions/queries where also answered straight away and always provided useful information. Very pleased with the service received and have recommended to friends and family.

Delwar Hossain
3 years ago

Excellent Service and prompt!! I have taken CK's service twice. Chris and his team is very helpful and most importantly have enough patience to accommodate my frequently changing mind set. I would happily recommend any one to CK Architectural and wish them all the best.

Dave Turner
3 years ago

Highly recommend CK Architectural. Chris and his team did a great job gaining planning permission for a new build and renovation of an existing property. We hit some dead ends with the planning officer but Chris found different ways of getting around the problems without going over budget.

We have use the team at CK Architectural on 2 projects of ours over the years. They have never let us down. They have always worked with us to produce the designs we wanted and handled everything for us through the Planning and Building Control stage, keeping us updated at the carious stages. We will most certainly use again if we decide to do another project.

Nick Atkinson
2 years ago

Chris gave a brilliant service for our loft conversion design, including all planning details for the local authority, and completion of working drawings. the service was without question excellent, especially since this was all through a pandemic. Thankyou

Craig Grundy
2 years ago

I use CK Architectural being a builder and have for a number of years now, with absolutely nothing but professionalism and great feedback from the team. All that and good value for your money. Personally I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Lars Cavi
3 years ago

As a developer in Hull, I have been working with CK Architectural on many complex projects and they have always delivered a great professional service. Highly recommended. Lars

Denise Hill
4 years ago

I have used CK Architectural for numerous project over the past few years and find them to be attentive, conscientious and very reliable. And most of all they offer excellent value for money.

Carla Dulare
4 years ago

Enjoyed working with CK on our loft conversion, kept us updated along the way and very happy with the outcome and the service. Would highly recommend

Peter Tyas
3 years ago

Great service from the team at CK helping out with a every changing project design. Friendly and knowledgeable service, which I would recommend. Thanks.


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