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Our services are tailored to the needs of the client

The majority of our projects start at the beginning with brief development and concept design through to the end where we administer the building contract to completion.

Concept Design and Feasibility

Our free initial consultation with the client is to establish the brief, to discuss the context and parameters of the project. Following this we take the opportunity to review the site, discuss initial sketch designs and costs and outline the project requirements which will normally include planning applications and building regulations approval. Once agreed we carry out a measured survey on which to base the design development.

Planning Process

Projects that include external changes, additional space or a change of use require planning permission. Historically significant buildings such as those that are Listed will require Listed Building Consent for all changes internally and externally.

We have a vast wealth of experience and are highly skilled in acquiring Planning and Listed building Consent in sensitive and sometimes difficult locations. 

Our approach is to apply our knowledge and experience to carefully prepare, submit and negotiate all types of planning related consents.

Pre- Application Design development

The process begins with the development of the design to the clients wishes. The sketch scheme is then prepared for a pre-application advice, a service provided by the local authority to gain an understanding of the officer’s views on a project. This provides a foundation for the full planning application and is highly useful when dealing with contentious issues. It takes approximately four weeks for the council to return a response, during which time the required reports can be complied for full planning. Each project is different and each local authority is different which means the requirements for each application will be tailored to the project.

Full Planning

Full planning will take into account the feedback from planners and the input from consultants such as structural engineers, arboriculturists etc. These will be incorporated into the submission. The required reports will be dependent on the individual project particulars.

Listed building

As necessary listed building consent will also be applied for at the same time as planning. Both applications run concurrently.

Further Permissions

Further permissions may be required such as License to Alter from management companies and party wall awards, production of information for these requirements will be carried out as necessary.

Detail Design

Building Regulations

Achieving planning permission is a milestone in any project. At this point we prepare the construction and building regulation information to ensure that the construction of the project meets with all of the relevant legal policies current at that time. Health and Safety in Construction is of vital importance and we can guide the client through their responsibilities in this regard and prepare the required pre-construction health and safety information.

Construction Drawings

This includes coordinating construction drawings, specifications and builders’ requirements and working closely with other consultants such as structural engineers, to ensure the project is fully realised prior to commencing the construction phase.

Interior Design

We provide luxury bespoke interior design schemes based on our client’s aspirations. We use space, light, texture and tone to create beautiful individual designs. The comfort of the client is paramount to our designs for their homes; we are inspired by elegance and simplicity and seek to deliver this in all our projects.

We can provide full interior design schemes including, architectural details (lighting systems, cinema installations, staircases, fireplaces, skirting, architraves, cornices, etc.) colour schemes, joinery packages including built-in furniture (dressing rooms, hidden storage, bedheads, wardrobes, bars) cabinetry (dressers, desks, bedside tables, coffee tables) Upholstered furniture (sofas and chairs), Room dressing (soft furnishing, curtains, blinds)

On Site: Project Management & Contract Administration

The construction phase package provides information necessary for the actual construction of the project, it includes drawings, priced schedules, specification of the design and the pre-commencement health and safety file. Once the contractor is appointed and a building contract is agreed we administer the building contract through to handover and conclusion of the construction process to ensure each project is completed to the highest of standards. Regular site meetings are carried out to ensure progress is in a timely manner and valuations of the work to ensure fair payment.

We have many years’ experience of successful completed buildings from individual house refurbishments to larger scale commercial projects. Our expertise in this process means that we have an excellent track record in keeping projects on time and in budget and all of our projects are completed to the highest of standards.


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