Most of the time extensions can be built without the need for a planning application, but must meet a set criteria. We can help achieve this to minimise red tape before you can start building. If you’re going for a larger project, drawings are a necessity with a full planning application. The drawings help you communicate what you want to both the council, building control and builders to so are crucial to a successful project. Whether or not you require planning permission, ProDesign are here to fulfil any of your architectural design requirements.
Conversions of your attic or garage space are an easy way to add room, often without the need for a planning application. With both there is a minefield of building and fire regulations that need to be met are correctly abided by. We can offer our knowledge and expertise for any conversion project, no matter the size.
Ever wanted to build your own home? Down-to-earth or bespoke, we can provide a design to suit your requirements by managing your aspirations and budget. We can maintain a traditional design or create something special or even something ultra-modern.
We have worked on various large developments including HMOs, Apartment Complexes & Commercial premises. We work hand in hand with investors, builders and the council to make sure everyone’s needs are met. We aim to supersede the requirements of all three in both functionality and aesthetics.
Planning Drawings are the first step in creating your new space. Even if planning is not required for your project, most builders need a drawing to accurately cost the work and neighbours would need to see the scope if the Part Wall Act applies. We create effective plans covering all the major design aspects of the build and giving a good representation of the finished product.
Building regulations are a minimum standard for any building work. As part of the regulations you need a highly detailed drawing and construction notes that specifies each part of the build from insulation to electrical outlets. We work closely with building control officers to make sure each aspect is correct before you start on the build.
Open plan and large openings are becoming the norm, but creating these spaces often means removing load bearing walls. To support the wall above, a reinforcing beam needs to be inserted. To make sure this will carry the load calculations need to be done and are required by Building Control to ensure the structural stability of the build.
Everyone hates paperwork. We help you by taking this burden off your shoulders. Not only do we submit all the documentation to the relevant council or building control officers, but we liaise with them throughout the process to reduce the amount of orchestrating required on your part.
We know planning laws inside and out so we can advise on how these apply and/or effect your project. Throughout the design phases we consider the final build and it’s practicality, making suggestions as the project evolves.
At ProDesign, we also offer an in-house service to create stunning 3D visuals of proposed projects so our clients can picture exactly what the development would look like in amazing detail. We model to fine detail the colours, finishes, surfaces for a true representation of the ultimate design.
Homeowner, builders and developers need SAP calculations to produce EPC certificates and demonstrate compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations.
At ProDesign, we have a qualified in-house EPC assessor that can conduct calculations too.
An EPC is a legally valid certificate which provides an energy efficiency score (presented on an A-G scale) related to a property’s running expenses. This rating will consider the potential energy performance of the property itself (the fabric) and its services (heating, lighting, hot water etc).
EPCs are mandatory in the UK whenever a property is put up for sale or lease or is newly built. The EPC is valid for 10 years.
The EPC document will also enclose:
A SAP rating is the calculation that is needed in order to generate a Predicted Energy Assessment and an On-Construction Energy Performance Certificate. Building Regulations demand that an SAP calculation and a Predicted EPC is submitted for new dwellings prior to the beginning of construction work. This involves a score from 1-100+ based on annual energy costs from:
Design & Access statements accompany a planning application when necessary; they offer an opportunity for applicants to explain how their proposed build meets the site, setting and how accessible it is to other users. This is normally applicable for major developments. This framework is provided to justify the design principles and concepts. These are commonly needed for conservation areas and listed buildings.
You would normally need a flood risk assessment for developments within the flood zones. We recommend contacting your local planning authority to check if your proposed development lies in an area classified as having critical drainage problems. In some special cases of change of use to a more vulnerable class the site could be prone to flooding from other water sources other than rivers and seas such as surface water drains or reservoirs.
Although we try to get out to everyone to give a personalised service, we may not be able to come to your property. If you’d like us to still do your drawings we can do this at a reduced rate - See our ‘Contact Free’ option in the Price Calculator.