The Building Regulations are what the government set out to be the minimum standards for any building work is to be built to, everything from heat loss, structure , sound etc. are taken into consideration. The Building Act 2000 makes it a legal requirement to gain Building Regs. approval before any building work can be undertaken. This is done by adding technical detail to the drawings, at the same time we include mechanical and electrical detail to the clients specification.
There are now two different routes in which clients can choose to gain Building Regs. approval, there's the private and public routes, we have vast experience in using both methods so can achieve an approval in the quickest time possible.
The planning stage is a crucial stage of any project, without it you can not legally build, unless the proposed project falls with the 'Permitted Development' criteria. Although never guaranteed, we do succeed in gaining a high percentage of planning approvals, approximately 90%. This often adds significant value, not only to increase the monetary value of a property, but also to the standard of living for our client.
If permission is rejected we often negotiate with the councils to find a solution or if not appeal, again winning a high percentage. Good design is our priority and also the councils, so this regularly leads to approvals.
CAD Design & Drafting
Although working with private clients makes up the majority of work we undertake, we also work alongside other Architectural practices. Steven Turner & Associates has a reputation for quick and efficient CAD and surveying work, so Architectural practices find it cost effective to sub-contact this side of a project. Working together with other practices not only diversifies the work that we undertake, but acts as a forum for ideas and on the latest legislation which is about to be brought out.
Many companies do not provide this service, however we feel it is healthy for there to be communication between professionals to provide the best service for the client.
On most projects we find that there is a need for 3D visualisation, from a basic 3D model to help the client visualise the project, to a photo realistic image to help with a property sale, or for a planning permission. All of our drawings are produced using CAD so it is a smooth transition to produce a 3D model.
Not only do we do this on private jobs but again we work alongside other Architectural practices to provide this service for them. As many practices use a drawing board to produce drawings, we can also convert those drawings to CAD and produce a 3D model from the CAD 2D drawing.