We regularly work with domestic clients on a range of projects from modest extensions, through to grand one-off contemporary houses. Unlike many practices, we don’t shy away from small projects - we understand that in some ways these can be just as challenging, if not more so, than larger commercial developments. Likewise, they can be the most rewarding. Using our experience and creativity, we can unlock the full potential of your project, whatever scale it may be.
Our portfolio includes a number of conservation projects involving work in conservation areas and alterations, extensions and refurbishment of Listed Buildings. We approach conservation projects in meticulous detail, where necessary, working with the local authority. We always aim to develop solutions that both respect and preserve the character of the historic fabric, whilst giving it a new lease of life through well-considered interventions, and contemporary additions that allow the building to meet the demands of modern day living.
Building Information Modelling
The UK is currently undergoing somewhat of a digital revolution through its adoption of Building Information Modelling (commonly referred to as BIM) as a result of the Government’s BIM mandate. Whilst BIM might not be mandatory for smaller public projects, or private projects, the benefits of BIM are indisputable so we use it as standard. We have the tools and the know-how to deliver BIM ‘Level 2’ compliant models and COBie 2.4 datasets for your project. If you don’t know what these are, just know that we can build a detailed and intelligent digital model of your building giving you a better understanding of your building and allowing you to interact more closely with the design process, ensuring you get what you are expecting.
CDM Principal Designer
New legislation came into place in 2015 that applies to all construction projects and which relates to the safe construction and maintenance of buildings. The CDM Regulations 2015 now place legal duties on all types of clients to appoint competent people and to provide certain ‘Pre-construction Information’ to consultants and contractors. One such appointment is that of the ‘Principal Designer’ who is responsible for coordinating the input of the design team and where possible designing out construction hazards. We are ideally placed to fulfil this role, and we can advise you on what Pre-construction Information you should be providing to fulfil your duties under the regulations..
We can provide you with sound advice in relation to the planning process, policies and relevant legislation and how to minimise any associated risks with pursuing planning permission for your project. We have a good track record for achieving planning permission on awkward sites including sites in the Green Belt, and working with heritage assets such as Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.
Using various digital design tools, we are able to accurately assess the energy performance of your project, and optimise the design to reduce whole-life costs and your project’s impact on the environment. We also have our own accredited 'on-construction' energy assessor, meaning we can also provide SAP energy assessments for domestic projects, and EPC certificates for newly constructed dwellings.