Design Forward is an established design practice based in Cardiff that serves manufacturers and self-builders across the UK.

We provide detailed computer-aided drawings for domestic and commercial new builds and extensions using the latest design software which means that:

They can be used to submit planning and building regulation applications.

They can be shared on BIM (building information management) to enable everyone involved (quantity surveyors, energy consultants, builders etc) in the project to have easy access to large files.

A comprehensive material list is automatically generated to ensure that you can order the right material in the right quantities for the structural component of your building.

We can send information directly to the cutting saw/drill machine to factories across the UK to minimise delays.


About Richard Kennedy 

After graduating from Brighton University, Richard Kennedy started his career on the drawing board working for a large civil engineering consultancy. Here, the discipline of doing the majority of the thinking, planning and co-ordination at a very early stage of the building process became deeply ingrained in his approach to projects.

This ethos led him to managing a design office for a reputable Swedish timber frame package company. In 2004, he started his own company and by word of mouth alone (website launched May 2017), grew his business to working with major timber frame and SIP (structural insulated panel) companies all over the UK.

Over the last 30 years and with each project, his goal has been to apply the wealth of knowledge from Germany, Sweden and Canada about the fabric first approach to building more efficiently, cost-effectively and sustainably.

He takes a holistic approach, utilising modern materials and innovative techniques to create a balance between aesthetics, comfort, durability, energy efficiency and a healthy internal environment.

His vision is that one day our homes will have identities just like us, and that they will be better tailored to our unique lives.