Architectural design

Looking for architects in Appledore, North Devon and the South West?

OCRA is a RIBA chartered design studio based in Appledore, specialising in high quality architecture, design and visualisation. We focus on delivering creative and efficient design solutions which add real value to our client’s projects.

OCRA has developed in response to our passion for progressive contemporary and sustainable design that reflects the unique characteristics of the place and the client. Our designs are developed to take into account the varying constraints and opportunities that the site, client and environment provide, enabling us to produce a final project that is a beautiful, workable and a viable solution to the brief.

OCRA has developed organically through the experience our team has gained through both small and large practices throughout the UK; blending the personal service of small firms with the technical knowledge, experience and professionalism of larger practices.

We focus on your needs and the opportunities that the site offers, to develop schemes that inspire and challenge. We utilise modern technology and construction methods to supplement designs that respond to the natural sustainable opportunities of the site.



OCRA is a RIBA chartered practice and as such can offer a full range of architectural design services through your build. We realise the importance of being flexible to suit both you as the client and the project’s specific requirements.

We split our work into the recognised RIBA stages from meeting you to help develop a brief and establish the viability of development, through surveys and architectural design onto planning applications and through to managing the build on site



OCRA combines the best qualities of a small progressive studio with the experience and knowledge of a larger architectural practice to produce a design service that is innovative, cost effective and efficient. We have experience of working on rural, coastal and urban projects of varying scales and sectors and have developed strong working relationships across the design consultant team.

We always ask the question “how do you want to use the space” as we have found that this always creates a better project at the end, regardless if it is a grand design home, or a commercial scheme.

We like to work with people, as such we have both in house and external consultants that specialise in; lighting design, sustainable technologies, planning and furniture design. We also have established relationships with structural engineers, landscape architects and local contractors to help in developing and cost checking schemes.

Architectural Design / Planning / Onsite

As a RIBA charted practice we offer a full service in line with the recognised work stages of the project, from inception, concept design, planning, technical design (including building regulations) and onto site and completion.

We understand that not everyone will want all these architectural design services as such we offer a tailored service to suit each client's and project's needs.


Utilising CAD based information we can produce highly detailed exterior and interior visuals to support developers and planning consultants with their development proposals.

Detailed visuals can be utilised to advertise a development whilst still under construction or to provide additional information in support of a complex planning application.

We produce CGI and hand drawn visuals for use by our clients.

CGI work is usually structured in the following stages:

Stage 1 – Brief & Scope meeting
Stage 2 – 3D modelling of proposals
Stage 3 – Review of outline model
Stage 4 – Prepare final visuals