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Let’s talk about Tenders

What are Tender Packs?     Tenders are proposals from potential contractors or suppliers with regards to an imminent construction or design project, who have either been invited or would like to provide services or materials. In the interest of simplicity, there should be a different document regarding each service tendered for, if more than one service is tendered by one supplier. All the suppliers or contractors should follow a similar template so that like-for-like comparisons can be made, and errors avoi ...

Our Secret

Sshhh!     Sneak Preview of Our Secret Take a peek at London Architect Extension Architecture’s blue chip spa design, Our Secret in Westbourne Grove. In June 2017 we prepared designs for this exciting change of use application from A1 Retail to Sui Generis (Leisure) for spa treatments.     Project Trail Our client had been a successful tennis pro, so naturally he chose a business that was health-related. Also he is from Northern Europe, where some spa treatments tend to be very specialized ...

What is a Design and Access Statement…

...and when do I need one? Since June 2013, you will only require a Design and Access Statement if your building or premises has a GIA (Gross Internal Area) of over 1,000m2. For developers; if you are trying to achieve 9 units or less, your project will not need one. For 10 units or more, or if you have a listed building in a conservation area, as well as a Heritage Statement you would need a Design and Access Statement for listed building consent.     Conservation areas If you live in a conservation area ...

Planning Consultant vs Architect

  Why you need a Planning Consultant vs Architect  If you plan to build or extend your property, it is worth hiring a planning consultant v architect in to save time and money, because they will guide you through the process of making a planning application to your local council by choosing from the various route options to optimise your chance of approval.   Benefits of having a Planning Consultant vs Architect When the planning officers tackle your application, it will be stronger with a planni ...

What is the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and when does it apply?

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 governs certain types of work that a building owner (the person undertaking the construction works), undertakes to their property. The Act ensures that prior to commencing those proposed works, the building owner serves a Party Wall Notice upon the adjoining owner (the neighbour adjoining the construction works). The Party Wall Notice gives the adjoining owner the opportunity and legal right to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to review the proposed works from the perspective of their pro ...

What is a Change of Use

  Change of use from A1 retail to D2 studio gym (2,400 square feet.)   If you wish to apply for a change of use of a premises, you may need planning permission from your LPA. However, permission will not be needed if your existing and intended use fall within the same class or range of classes, see class list in the table below. Also certain changes of use are permitted without applying for permission, as also shown in brief in the second table below.   Use Classes Uses for buildings are clas ...

London Architects, Extension Architecture are exhibiting again…

See us this month at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. London 22-24 September 2017 – 10am – 5pm Come and visit our stand at the Homebuilding and Renovation Show and take advantage of our special promotion. This is a must-see show in the central London, where you can meet professionals in the industry, have a look at the products for yourself and get your project moving. The show offers professional advice and general examples such as: new builds renovations conversions extensions kitchen de ...
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