Our design department has covered most domestic situations from garages, conservatories, house extensions and loft conversions. We have also designed many houses in and around the Swindon area. We are willing to travel and have previously undertaken works in London and along the South Coast.


In the commercial sector, we have carried out design work relating to signs, change of use, farm buildings, shops, offices, pubs, restaurants and hotels. We have recently designed a sports complex near Swindon with a swimming pool, associated facilities, clubroom and bar, all of which were disabled friendly.

On domestic work, such as house extensions, we can normally guarantee a seven day service. That is, from measuring up to ready for plans submission. We do not know of any other design companies offering this service. Our service includes advising all clients and liaison with the Local Authorities on our clients behalf if you have a design request that is out of the ordinary or if it is a doubtful site.
 

After seven days and the drawings are ready for submission, we will come to your house and go through the designs with you explaining the drawings and other details to you. At this stage we will present you with three envelopes.

The first will contain the entire Planning Permission package. This will include the necessary copies of the plans, all of the forms completed and signed, the Ordnance Survey drawings all coloured in as required along with the specification. Sometimes a formal notice will have to be served on the neighbours, this will also be taken care of.

The second envelope will contain the entire Building Regulation package, together with the drawings & application forms completed and signed as before, Ordnance Survey drawings and fee notices.

The third envelope is for you and will contain extra copies of the plans, specifications, and contract tender documents to assist you when getting quotations from builders to carry out the work.
   

All you need to do is to put an accompanying cheque in the Planning and Building Control envelopes and send them off, nothing could be easier. The Local Authorities normally take eight weeks to reach a decision on planning. If Planning Permission is not required, then work can commence as soon as the Building Regulation approval has been submitted, even though it has not been passed.

Although we are a “Design and Build” company, we are more than happy to quote you for design work only. Our service does not stop at the design stage. We can oversee the works if needed in a project management role. We can help you choose a contractor and give you advice based on our many years in the industry. Our service is through to the completion certificate stage.
 

Charges for planning services.
For domestic design works, we will provide ten copies of the plans, a full written specification and tender documents.

Garage from £350.00   Conservatory from £450.00  
Single storey extension from £450.00   Loft conversion from £450.00
Two storey extension from £600.00
(Full house by negotiation)

In some instances where structural steel calculations are required, a registered Engineer will have to calculate any steel loadings. We can recommend an Engineer who will invoice you separately.

The Planning Permission and Building Regulation fees are not included as their charges vary. An estimate figure for a domestic extension is £135.00 for Planning Permission and £140.00 for Building Regulation approval. There will also be another fee for the Building Inspections which is £280.00 for a sized extension. The plans must also be accompanied with Ordnance Survey extracts for your house which cost £25.00 for the six copies required.

For any extra copy of the drawings there is a charge of £1.00 per copy. An hourly rate of £30.00 per hour will be charged for any other negotiations, work on your behalf to the Local Authorities, or project management.

We will ensure the passing of the Building Regulations but any advice given by us or given to us by the Local Authorities regarding Planning Permission does not automatically guarantee the passing of such matters, and work must not be carried out until we have the necessary approvals.

If you would like more information on our design services then please see our contact page for further details.
 
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