Pear Tree Close CASE STUDY

Project address:

Pear Tree Close, Erith

Type of property:

3 Bed Semi Detached Property.

Description of proposed work:

Single-Storey Side and Rear Extension including Garage Conversion and Internal Alterations.

Type of planning approval required for the project:

Full Householders Planning Permission.

Clients requests and concerns:

The client wanted an open plan kitchen, living, dining, snug area, and a downstairs cloakroom. They wanted to convert their garage which was damp and cold, into a secure space for the client’s motorbikes. As the house did not have side access, they also wanted to keep a route of access to the outside leading from the garage to the back garden. They were concerned about the drains and the adjourning neighbours existing conservatory wall, which was substandard and looked likely that it would fall down.

Services client requested:

Stage 1 Architecture:
Designs and Planning Approval –

Stage 2 Building Consultancy:
Providing continued advice including setting up and defining your building project


Stage 1 Architecture:

Designs and Planning Approval –

Foreseeable problems and concerns during the site survey and designs consultation:

No serious problems were found.

How clients concerns and problems were resolved:

Neighbours boundary wall was in a bad condition and existing manholes were in the way of the new extension.

Problems with Planning approval.

No problems. Approved first time.

Building Consultancy

Stage 2 Building Consultancy:

Providing continued advice throughout, including setting up and defining your building project

Compulsory third-party services set up for the client:

CDM Health & Safety:

We ensure the building contractors take full responsibility of the Health & Safety. Making all injuries and fatalities during the construction, the building contractors’ responsibility and not the clients.

Building Control:

We use a private Building Control company on the project due to the good quality service they provide. You have the officers’ mobile and office contact numbers and they provide 24 hour, 7 days a week contact. The company supplies an experienced Building Control Officer to attend site at certain points of the building stages to ensure certain elements of the building project have been completed to minimum building regulation standards. Building Control will sign off your building project and issue you with the completion certificate.

Structural Calculation:

We set up Structural Calculations with one of our recommended experienced Structural Engineers. We work with a few selected structural engineers and put together the right Structural Engineer with the right client’s proposals.

Thames Water build over agreement:

We set up Build Over Agreements. This involves sending drawings that show existing and proposed drainage to your local water authority confirming the drainage proposal are to go in relation to the new proposed designs and foundations. Once the designs have been confirmed by the local water authority, we set up the Agreement. Building Control need this information for project sign off.

Party Wall Act / Surveyor

As my client fell within the Party Wall Act, they needed to address this. They did this by speaking with their neighbours and agreed that my client could proceed with the building works without the need of employing a Party Wall Surveyor.

Providing continued advice and support:

Gave support in finding the perfect reliable builder.
Made sure all the right questions were asked before work started so all parties knew what to expect from the outset. This is done by using our unique “Builders Questionnaire” Pre-construction phase plan.
Made sure all those awkward conversations with the builder were answered before the work started.
We put in place fair and transparent work schedules and payment plans, ensuring no large upfront deposits and payments are made for works not completed.
We carried out weekly site visits whilst the work was being carried out to make sure the works and payments stayed on track.
Stayed working with the client right up until their build is fully completed.

Building Works Completed:

Building works completed on time and on budget.

Client Review:

“Terry’s support and advice was invaluable when we were going through the process of deciding on a builder and setting up agreements with water board and building control. I have been extremely happy with his service and highly recommend his company.
From our initial chat we felt comfortable with Terry and through the drawing and planning stage of our project his work has been excellent. He is professional, helpful and his understanding of the process has been invaluable. We are incredibly happy we chose to work with Terry as he has explained everything and kept us informed and the planning was agreed without any problems or changes. He gave a full breakdown of his costs and an understanding of any costs that we would come across later in the process from third parties. We highly recommend Wilson Architectural Building Designs Ltd.”


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