Planning

Communication is Key

When it comes to delivering a successful project, communication is key. We work closely with our clients in developing a brief that meets design aspirations, site constraints and budget.

The planning stage of your development can often be the most crucial aspect of a project and the correct approach to obtaining the pre-application advice can help to avoid unnecessary delays and costs.

With accurate measured surveys and topographical land surveys undertaken by our in-house team, we are able to ensure that our carefully drafted planning drawings provide the detail and design which can save time and money at the later building stage. Working closely with our clients, we take projects through from conception to Planning or Building Regulation submission. Our final working drawing packages include detailed specification notes to assist in the tender stage and for successful on-site management.

When it comes to delivering a successful project, communication is key. We work closely with our clients in developing a brief that meets design aspirations, site constraints and budget.

The planning stage of your development can often be the most crucial aspect of a project and the correct approach to obtaining the pre-application advice can help to avoid unnecessary delays and costs.

With accurate measured surveys and topographical land surveys undertaken by our in-house team, we are able to ensure that our carefully drafted planning drawings provide the detail and design which can save time and money at the later building stage. Working closely with our clients, we take projects through from conception to Planning or Building Regulation submission. Our final working drawing packages include detailed specification notes to assist in the tender stage and for successful on-site management.

Current or Recently Completed Projects

Cottage Renovation and Extension

As a multi-disciplinary practice we are able to combine our professional specialisms to meet a variety of property related needs. For this particular project we were asked to prepare a Building Survey report of a period cottage in Pury End, Northamptonshire.

The Survey highlighted a distinct lack of recent maintenance. There were also some inappropriate past repairs and a less than impressive 1970’s extension. Fortunately, however, there were no serious structural defects and the property had considerable potential for extension, refurbishment and remodelling.

With confidence from our Building Survey report, the client was able to complete on the sale.  We were then asked to provide a full design service to renovate and extend the property. This was to take the form of a two-storey rear extension. At ground floor it would include a new kitchen, dining room and family room. At first floor the client requested a master bedroom with en-suite and a further single bedroom. A new utility room would be formed on the footprint of the existing outbuilding.

In order to ensure that our design drawings are based on accurate data, we used laser scanners to compile detailed 3D models, plans, elevations and sections of the existing structure.

Working closely with our client, we took the design brief and prepared feasibility proposals for comment and discussion. The feasibility proposals were then fine-tuned to produce the final Planning Drawings that were submitted as a ‘Full-Plans Application’ to the Local Authority.

Upon successfully obtaining Planning Approval, we further advanced the plans and elevations to provide a detailed Working Drawing Package. These included comprehensive construction notes and detailed specifications. They were used to obtain Building Control Approval and also assisted with securing competitive quotations from local building contractors.

The project is now nearing completion and we very much look forward to posting photos of the finished article. It truly will be an idyllic family home in a beautiful location.

Residential Extension and Alterations including Orangery

The owner of this Arts and Crafts inspired Edwardian house in Oxfordshire required internal structural alterations to rationalise the ground floor layout together with the construction of a large rear extension in the form of an Orangery with lantern roof. Having to navigate local authority requirements for an archaeological dig on the site owing to historical interest of the local area we are pleased that the project is now complete and are delighted with the end results.

Industrial Units and Offices, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes

For this interesting project our remit was to prepare a detailed working drawings package for a three phase development of industrial units and office accommodation in Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes.  Our comprehensive CAD drawings have enabled the successful application for Building Control Approval, have been utilised in the tendering process and are currently assisting as a Construction Guide on site.  The project is now into its second phase and we are enjoying seeing its progression.

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