John Kellett RIBA formed the practice in his home town of Kettering in 2008 to provide a professional service to add value to land and buildings that meets your needs in a cost effective and sustainable way.

The practice uses the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) software complying with the ‘BIM Level 2’ requirement for all public projects. All projects are available to clients as 3D walk-throughs and 3D PDFs to aid understanding of how the completed building will look and feel.

Whilst able to provide services across the County and surrounding ones such as Leicestershire and Rutland, we specialise in providing RIBA Chartered Practice services to the areas covered by Kettering, Northampton and Wellingborough Borough Councils, and East Northamptonshire, Corby and Daventry District Councils.

“Our neighbours are impressed by the transformation from run-down two bedroomed house to large four bedroomed home with terrific views of the open countryside and we’ve already recommended him to others in the village.” – Mr. F, Geddington

About us

KR.eativ: Architects Ltd is an RIBA Chartered Practice that specialises in bespoke homes (member of the Association of Self Build Architects) and working with existing buildings (especially listed ones) to alter, convert and extend, bringing them into functional use in the twenty-first century.

The founder John Kellett BSc(hons) DipArch PGDip(Arch. Pract.) PGDip(Arch.Cons) RIBA, is an ARB registered Architect. Which means an Historic Buildings Advisor, an Architectural Designer, a Client Advisor, a Technologist, a Project Manager, a Planning Consultant, a Building Surveyor, the Principal Designer, an Urban Designer, a Contract Administrator and an Interior Designer. He has over 35 years experience on projects from Country Houses, Hospitals, Resort Villages and Housing to Industrial Parks, Retail (shell and fit out), Churches and Restaurants (shell and fit out), some of them being listed buildings.  He is also a trustee of The Orton Trust and the Rothwell Preservation Trust.


The Royal Institute of British Architects (the professional body for architects) uses a ‘Plan of Work’ which sets out the various stages of a project, the work necessary and the expected outcomes at each of those Stages numbered from ‘0’ to ‘7’.

The very first and initial stage is to get a understanding of your project in terms of requirements, site, context, timescale and budget. The way we work at KR.eativ: Architects is to request some initial details such as previous drawings or sales particulars you might have in order to do some preliminary research on Google etc. prior to meeting with you and provide you with useful advice. The initial meeting is charged at £100 (plus travel if over 20 miles).

If at that meeting we can agree to proceed to the next preliminary stage a ‘quick’, time limited, ‘Feasibility and Options Study’ to assess the site or building and its suitability for your proposed project, the fee for the initial visit will not be charged.

All the following RIBA Workstages in full as follows and we can explain in further depth if required:

Design Stages:

  • 0 – Strategic Definition = Business Case and Site Appraisals
  • 1 – Preparation and Brief = Feasibility Studies
  • 2 – Concept Design
  • 3 – Developed Design = Planning Permission application and Design and Access Statements etc
  • 4a – Technical Design = Building Regulations submission
  • 4b – Technical Design = Construction Drawings, Tender Package, Specification and Schedules etc

Construction and Post-Construction Stages:

  • 5 – Construction = Contract Administration of ‘traditional’ contracts, Payment Certification, and ‘periodic inspection’ of ‘design and build’ contracts.
  • 6 – Handover & Close Out = Practical Completion and Final Account Certification
  • 7 – In Use = ‘Softlanding’ and feedback from users

In addition the following services can be included:

  1. Uncomplex land and building surveys – specialist RICS surveyors can be appointed for more complex issues
  2. Uncomplex town planning issues – specialist RTPI planners can be appointed for more complex issues
  3. Uncomplex structural and energy calculations – specialist chartered engineers can be appointed for more complex issues
  4. Quinquennial Reports for listed buildings etc
  5. Conservation Management Plans for listed buildings etc
  6. Heritage Statements for listed buildings and Conservation Areas etc
  7. Interior Design
  8. Photography by photographer with first class honours degree in photography

All projects are carried out to comply with the BIM level 2 standard required for all public buildings using Vectorworks Architect + Renderworks. This includes any energy modelling, 3D imagery, 3D PDFs and virtual models required.


Please do contact us if we can add value,provide assistance and advice for your project.