Design

Contractor Design, roof detail

We are not qualified architects but we can do design and build, we can provide a certain level of architectural drawings in house. But for projects such as, dwelling extensions, where planning permission is needed. We will forward one of our out of house highly skilled architects to you.

Here is, you can find some information about the design stages.

Design Stage

Site Survey: 
Once appointed, It is conducted a site survey at your property. From this, a set of existing plans will be drawn which will form the basis of all architectural, and interior design drawings.  
Project briefing  
The meeting is to discuss your project brief, any planning requirements, specific design requirements, budget, etc. Any key architectural/interior design features are also discussed at this meeting. 

Planning meeting
This meeting presents 2-3 planning options and advice on all planning matters and the required party wall.  It is agreed on the preferred option for planning submission, and discuss the development of the design moving forward. 

Architectural design & Interior design mood boards
This meeting presents design options to you and design ideas and prices for any key features. It is agreed on the preferred architectural option and layouts, interior mood boards, and discuss the development of the design moving forward. 

Structural Engineering: 
If required, All engineering drawings produced by Structural Engineer including calculations for planning, and party wall surveyors. 

Meeting 4:(architectural design sign off & Interior design concepts) 
During this meeting, the preferred design option is developed. The objective of this meeting is to finalise the architectural, and structural design, as well as the project brief and the budget. Initial interior design concepts will also be presented in this meeting, including ideas for finishes, kitchen etc. 

Meeting 5:(Interior design sign off) 
The objective of this meeting is to finalise as much of the interior design as possible including select Finishes, Fixtures and Fittings. (bearing in mind that some decisions are made on-site during the design + construct process).
 
Final Design: 
It covers the final design layout and an itemised costing's document for approval. 

Planning submissions & approval

Planning application 
Application for planning permission on your behalf to gain local council approval. The application is made with a set of planning drawings if required a Design + Access Statement and a completed planning application and fees. 

Party Wall Agreements: 
Should a Party Wall Agreement be required, a surveyor is supplied with the final design, who will manage this process, and obtain a Party Wall Agreement on your half. 

Thames Water / Utilities: 
If your proposal involves building over or near public sewers, or there are new connections, the agreement of Thames Water Utilities Ltd. must be sought. Where a formal agreement or a CCTV Survey are requested, a fee is payable. 
Building Control: 
Before starting work on-site, the final design is submitted to the Building Control Department of the local council. This is required as per British Building Standards. A Building Control Officer is appointed for the project to make regular visits to the site to ensure that all construction stages meet building regulations. 
 

Planning Application Process 

Planning process: 
Once the planning application has been submitted, it can take between 10 - 12 weeks (depending on the nature of the design) until a decision by the council has been reached.