About Us

Inspiration Architects is a bespoke, highly experienced studio offering specialist architecture and interior design to the Newbury, Hungerford and Berkshire areas.

Who We Are

Inspiration Architects is owned and run by Annika Hatchwell and Brian Daws, a husband and wife team who founded Inspiration in 1999. We care deeply about the quality of work we produce, and pride ourselves in being able to spend time offering our clients a personalised service tailored to your exact needs.

Brian Daws
Brian Daws


A qualified building technologist before also qualifying as an architect, Brian has extensive experience of high end design on construction projects. Brian has designed and delivered many luxury private residential projects as well as numerous commercial developments. Brian knows that the success of a great design is in the details and he is relentless in his pursuit of getting it right.

Annika Hatchwell
Annika Hatchwell


A qualified architect with a love of contemporary design. Annika likes to push the boundaries in order to create a beautiful and distinctive new home. She likes to think outside the box to create spaces and effects even in a listed building that were not previously thought possible. Her interest in creating a home that will delight its owner on a daily basis extends to every detail and she has delivered interior design projects that not only complement the building but also reflect the personalities of its the occupants.

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Pursuing Inspiration

“God is in the details” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 

Our name serves as a description to others of who we are and how important design quality is to us. In practice this means we will not stop the design process until we believe the solution we have arrived at is one that is inspired. Furthermore it serves as a constant reminder to ourselves whilst we pursue our projects that we are always seeking to achieve an end result that will inspire those that ultimately encounter our work.

"Throughout our project we found Inspiration to be open, honest and totally realistic in terms of the art of the possible. We also chose them as project managers and throughout the whole process their advice was invaluable, particularly in terms of interfacing with the builders and contractors, and their level of engagement and commitment was superb. As a result, we have our dream home! We would not hesitate use their services again and would be delighted to recommend them to potential clients."

Christine Hopley and David Hopley OBE, Thatcham

“Inspiration provided a beautifully bright and creative design that perfectly fitted our requirements. They were also extremely helpful in advising on layout and design wherever necessary.”

Sue and Peter Richardson, Newbury

“From the first outline concept that we received, it was clear that Inspiration were not only listening to our needs and requests but they also exceeded our expectations on design and layout. The support we received throughout the construction was excellent and Inspiration’s approach was efficient and professional.”

Natalie and Robert Nixon, Stanford Dingley

"I chose Inspiration because I felt that Annika really understood my vision of how I wanted the property to be. The result has been that a small farm workers cottage has been transformed into a 21st century home but has still retained its charm and quirkiness. The kitchen certainly has the wow factor I wanted and the angled doors from the hall into the kitchen are a real feature. I love it!”

Katrina Rostrum, Stanford Dingley

"Our new kitchen extension is a wonderful space to live in. The light is lovely and the feeling of space and being close to the garden is fabulous. Everything went smoothly and the result is everything we asked for. Thank you for all your hard work and support."

David and Sue Sinfield, Newbury

"We found the Inspiration team through a recommendation when we began to plan for the extension and modernisation of our home. From the beginning we found them friendly and professional, with that important balance of sound advice mixed with a willingness to work with our vision for the completed project. There were a number of challenging aspects to our job (riverside location, flood plain consent, raft and pile foundations and sewer re-location) the complexity of which they handled with minimum involvement from us. They also advised us on sourcing structural engineers and building contractors. Our decision to work with Inspiration was an important factor in the successful completion of our project"

Damian Saunders, Burghfield

"We chose Inspiration Architects when we had decided to stay in our village but wanted to live in a smaller house with minimum impact on the environment.  We had a vision of what we wanted and Brian Daws and his team turned that vision into the stunning zero carbon house where we now live.  Building your house is never going to be stress free, particularly when you are seeking permission for a cutting edge house in a Conservation Area next to a listed building using unfamiliar eco-friendly materials.  However throughout the process we had confidence Inspiration understood what we wanted and was on our side.  We would thoroughly recommend them"

Roche Garard, Hampshire village

"My wife and I wanted to write a review regarding our experience with Inspiration Architects in relation to our future home.  We both agree that the service, understanding and responses exceeded our expectations greatly.  When we received the final proposal/drawings/examples we knew we had made the right decision in engaging your services.  In fact we were blown away.  Whilst building a home is a daunting task it is great to know that we have professionals such as yourselves to help us.  Thank you."

Johnathon Day, Ashford Hill

"The service we received from Inspiration was excellent, from the creative ideas at the planning stage to the support throughout the project.  We have used inspiration again since our first kitchen conversion and extension project and would highly recommend their services"

Lucy Antysz, Newbury


We've won a range of awards for our work over the years, for projects both international and domestic. 'Augustus Village' in southern Turkey, a development of over 50 luxury villas, was chosen from worldwide competition for 'Best Development' and more as a direct result of our work.

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