Andrew Minto Architecture: An Evolution From Building Surveyor to Designer to Developer

Andrew Minto’s journey into architecture and development began as a humble Building Surveyor. With a particular interest in construction, he soon specialised by becoming a Building Inspector.

During eight years as a Building Inspector at North Somerset Council, he gained invaluable experience and insight into all sorts of building practices.

Andrew Minto, Landhaven Founder with his dog

Whilst working in this role – and constantly sorting problems that should have been dealt with at the design stage – Andrew realised that he was passionate about design. He decided to go part-time so that he could re-train and set up an architectural practice. Andrew Minto Architecture was born.

“I enjoyed my job as a building inspector but got frustrated with poor design or where people were trying to cut corners. The more I saw the more I wanted to be involved in the creative side of building properties.”

Andrew set up the new design practice, with a list of (good) builders that knew him well, knew his approach, and were keen to work with him. He was soon inundated with projects across Bristol, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. He was working full-time on design within one year of starting the practice.

With his background at the Local Authority and with the complexity of getting new-builds through the building regulations, Andrew soon specialised in new-build developments and large remodelling projects. He most enjoyed helping families realise their ambition of constructing new homes or turning what they had into something special.

His comprehensive approach, detailed knowledge of Planning requirements and Building Regulations, an eye for appealing design, a problem-solving attitude, and cutting-dege 3D-modelling software, all proved instrumental in bringing numerous projects to successful fruition.

awards

Andrew’s commitment to excellence has been recognised through numerous esteemed LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence Awards during his tenure at Andrew Minto Architecture.

LABC Awards Finalist 2016 Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home in Redland, Bristol

2016

LABC Building Excellence Awards: West of England Regional Finalists for major remodelling of home on Metford Road, Bristol

Before and after pictures of the bungalow development in Portishead

2017

LABC Building Excellence Awards: West of England Regional Finalists for major remodelling of home on Wood Hill Park, Portishead

Andrew Minto LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Awards

2018

LABC Building Excellence Awards: West of England Regional Finalists for 'Best Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team (Bristol City Council)

“Helping clients design beautiful new homes was absolutely brilliant but it meant not having control over all of the decisions and handing back the project once approvals were in place. For me, the biggest satisfaction is seeing the project right through – from the initial conception to the very end. This would be possible if I controlled the whole development - which sparked the idea for a property development company”

Andrew Minto - headshot photo

Building on Success

Andrew’s love of buildings and a passion for designing and building better homes, led him to eventually found property development company Landhaven in 2015 along with two like-minded investors, with a mission to deliver quality over quantity and bespoke, beautiful homes to be proud of.

 

Our mission is to create beautiful design-led homes built well for a lifetime and beyond. And in doing so, foster collaborative opportunities that work well for all involved.

 

For several years, Andrew juggled the operation of his architecture practice alongside Landhaven, seamlessly providing design, planning, and management services to both. However, in 2020, a pivotal decision was made to consolidate all property design, planning, and development services under one roof –  with a focus on the growth and maturity of Landhaven.

With Landhaven’s birth, Andrew was able to offer a new generation of developer. No more cheap, uninspiring builds. He envisioned a developer focused on quality, and on creating spaces that bring joy and energy! The paradigm shift is towards a thoughtful and meticulous approach, concerned about the environment and community, and prioritising design-centric homes, built to last a lifetime and beyond.

'We design every home we build to minimise environmental impact. From how we’re using energy and resources, to materials used and where they’re coming from. We look at how our homes, and the people living in them, can better connect with their natural environments.'

Landhaven housing developer in Bristol

Andrew’s unique experience and insight ensures he can manage everything from start to finish. From first concepts and applying for planning permission through to funding and construction, and eventual sale or rental. He manages the whole process to ensure the project completes successfully.

Moreover, he’s always trying to foresee potential problems and design better solutions to avoid costly mistakes or compliance issues further down the line.

Now an award-winning property development company Landhaven was most recently a finalist at the Bristol Property Awards 2023 in the ‘Developer’ and ‘Transformation’ categories. In 2021 Landhaven won a Federation of Master Builders award, and in 2020 won North Somerset Council’s Building Excellence Award for ‘Best Small Housing Development’.

With a blend of luxury co-living and family homes already in its portfolio Landhaven has more exciting projects underway and offers opportunities to both sellers of development plots and investors.

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