Before any works can commence you will require working drawings, the person you appoint
to prepare these is referred to as your “Agent.” The drawings will be submitted to
your Local Planning Authority (LPA) where planning permission is required and also
for Building Regulations approval (see below). Your appointed builder will require
working drawings. These enable your builder to fully understand exactly what is proposed
and ensure no mistakes are made during the build. They also clarify how the project
will progress for both you and the builder, allow your builder to provide an accurate
quotation and a programme that both you and your builder are comfortable with. The
time it takes to obtain Planning Permission will depend on the size and complexity
of your project.
Building Regulations are the requirements laid down by parliament to ensure that
all building work is carried out according to certain acceptable standards. These
include, Health and Safety, structural compliance, energy efficiency, ease of access
and use by the disabled and fire safety. Building Regulations are compulsory and
must be approved by your Local Authority or an organisation registered to ensure
compliance with Building Control.
Structural Calculations are necessary where a supporting wall is being removed or
where the proposed structure is fabricated in such a way that it requires structural
support. These are precisely calculated by a qualified Structural Engineer as part
of the “working drawings” and must then be as part of the approval process, approved
by your Local Authority or an organisation registered to ensure compliance with Building
Party Wall Agreement
Where your property adjoins another property and work is to be carried out; on an
existing wall or structure shared with another property, astride the boundary of
a neighbouring property or where you are excavating near a neighbouring building,
then the Party Wall Act will apply. You will need to notify the relevant neighbour(s)
of you intention to carry out work on the boundary/party wall. In some instances
your neighbour(s) will want to instruct their own Party Wall Surveyor but where
necessary, we can provide this service as part of your design package.
Design and Build
Where required we can recommend and/or work alongside a reputable building contractor
to provide a seamless Design and Build service. We work closely with a small number
of proven, reliable companies who provide a high quality finish with reliability
and have a responsible attitude towards Health and Safety.
We have a 100% success rate in overturning planning refusals. Contact us for a free
appraisal of your case.
We can tailor make a package that suits you, your project and your budget. Contact
us to discuss further.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
We can provide an EPC if you want to find out how energy efficient your home is before
you plan your project. In most cases it is essential for letting or selling purposes.