Architecture & Design
Whether you have a dream home in mind or just more space from your existing house, you have come to the right place!
Architecture & Design Services provide Architecture Services throughout Scotland.
Specialising in all aspects of Domestic Property Design, from conversions of Listed Buildings to House Extensions and New-Build Homes, Architecture & Design Services have a track record of delivering complicated projects on challenging sites.
Architecture & Design Services are dedicated to providing a bespoke, flexible and professional service at an affordable price.
To provide peace of mind to our clients, we carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.
For more information on the kind of work undertaken by Architectural Design Services, please view the Architectural Services section.
Permitted Development or Full Planning Permission?
Architecture & Design Services will be happy to advise on your project.
Architecture & Design Services are available at any time to discuss your project, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Architecture & Design Services have a Structural Engineer who carries out all structural engineering requirements and calculations for projects.
We can therefore provide a complete package - full range of calculations as required by the Local Authority Planning Departments and Building Standards Departments.
Building Standards Regulations
Building standards regulations are statutory instruments that seek to ensure that the policies set out in the relevant legislation are carried out. Building warrants approval is required for most building work in the UK. Building regulations that apply across England and Wales are set out in the Building Act 1984.
The regulations made under the Act have been periodically updated, rewritten or consolidated, with the latest and current version being the Building Regulations 2010. The UK Government is responsible for the relevant legislation and administration in England.
The detailed requirements of Building regulations in England and Wales are scheduled within 14 separate headings.
Newer versions of Building Regulations are generally not retrospective, they are applied to each new change or modification to a building (or new part of a building) but do not require renovation of existing elements. There are general requirements for any change or improvement, that the building must not be left any less satisfactory in compliance than before the works, and areas worked on must not be left in unsafe condition by reference to current standards. The Regulations may also specify in some cases, that when enough work is done in an area (such as partial new insulation) the remainder of that area must be brought to an appropriate standard, however the standard required for an existing building may be less stringent than that required for a completely new building.
The Regulations also specify, that some types of work must be undertaken by an appropriate qualified professional (such as works on gas or certain electrical matters), or must be notified to the relevant local authority's Building Control department ("LABC") for certification or approval.
Building regulations are distinct from planning permission; they control how buildings are to be designed or modified while planning permission is concerned with appropriate development, the nature of land usage, and the appearance of neighbourhoods.
Therefore, both must be considered when building works are to be undertaken.