Undertaking building work to improve your home is one of the biggest investments you will make so wouldn’t you want a qualified professional involved? As a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) chartered practice we can be on your side to lead you through the whole process and provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings.
The following are just some of the benefits of employing an RIBA Chartered Practice:
With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations. Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action.
Planning Permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused.
On some occasions, for small extensions or alteration projects, your work may fall within your permitted development rights and as such would not require planning permission. We can advise you on whether it does but for further information please click on the following links:
We will meet with you on site or at our offices to discuss your ideas for the project. Our experience will help stretch what can be achieved within your budget to improve the overall design and maximise the return on your investment.
We will carry out a measured survey of your site or existing property.
We will provide a sketch design based on the brief we have discussed and developed at stage 1.
We will prepare the drawings and documents for the planning application, check that they meet with your approval and submit them on your behalf.
This approval is required even if your project falls within the permitted development regime and covers the functional requirements of buildings (please note that building regulation drawings are not construction drawings which can also be produced if required).
After stage 5 our involvement can be tailored to meet your needs. If you do not want to take the project forward yourself we can prepare tender documents and arrange the tender process for the build. We have contacts with a number of builders, engineers and other building professionals who we can recommend to you if required.
Again if you require this service we can meet with your builder regularly on site to check on progress, answer any design queries and ensure that your building is progressing on budget and being built as drawn. We will liaise with other specialists and oversee the construction through to successful conclusion.
A Conservation Area is an area that is considered to be of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ and where it is important to preserve or enhance this special character. If you live in a conservation area any proposed work to your property may require Conservation Area Consent. With extensive experience of working in Conservation Areas we can guide you through the planning process and liaise with the local authority where necessary.
A ‘listed building’ is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national importance in terms of architectural or historic interest. Permission, known as Listed Building Consent, must be obtained from the Local Planning Authority for any proposed alteration that would affect a listed building’s special interest.
Should Listed Building Consent be required we can liaise with the Local Authority’s Conservation Officers and complete the necessary documentation to submit an Application for on your behalf.
A Green Belt is an area of land protected by planning policy to control urban growth and provide continued access to countryside. Although development within a Green Belt is restricted, we can advise on what can be built within such areas.
If you propose to carry out work which involves an existing wall or structure shared with another property; building a wall up to or astride a boundary with a neighbouring property or excavating near a neighbouring building it may be subject to the 1996 Party Wall Act. In such cases, you may be required to notify your adjoining home owners. We can provide the necessary advice detailing what course of action is required.
Choosing builders to work on your property can be a major decision. With the all too familiar TV programs highlighting the pitfalls of employing ‘cowboy builders’ a few simple steps can avoid the misery of employing the wrong firm.
There are a number of reputable building firms in and around the Cheshire region so whether it’s a new build house, extension or simple refurbishment your project shouldn’t be problematic.
Whatever your project, it’s essential that you make as many checks as possible. Here’s a list of some of the questions you may wish to ask:
The government’s TrustMark scheme is designed to help the general public avoid cowboy traders. For further details go to http://www.trustmark.org.uk/