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building regulations

Building Regulations are a set of minimum standards for design construction and alternations to virtually every building. They are developed by the Government and approved by Parliament.

Building Regulations also contain a list of requirements that are designed to ensure minimum standards for health, safety, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency, sustainability and to prevent misuse, abuse or contamination of water supplies.

These regulations set national standards for building work, whether it be on a major new development or an extension or alterations to your home. They cover all aspects of construction including foundations, damp-proofing, and the overall stability of the building, insulation, ventilation, heating, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire. They also ensure that adequate facilities for people with disabilities are provided in certain types of building.

The So Sound team in Leeds and Manchester have an in-depth knowledge of the building regulations and we work closely with one of the market leading building control specialists.

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From start to finish Peter and his team were exemplary, from the initial meeting where we discussed our thoughts and requirements to the site visits, the first draft of drawings, the slight amends and then to the final submission, and subsequent approval. Peter's knowledge of local planning laws and what can and cannot be achieved is something which is well worth investing in, and without that we would not be in the position we are now in.

Mr & Mrs Farrington

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At what point should I involve an architect/architectural designer in my project?
As early as possible! At So Sound Design we provide creative guidance and advice most effectively the earlier we can be involved in the process. This allows us to make the best of any available opportunities and avoid potential pitfalls.

Can you give an accurate estimate as to the cost of the work?
At So Sound Design we have built professional relations with building companies, allowing us to provide our clients with an accurate cost for proposed building works.

Do I need Planning Permission?
Not necessarily, depending on the existence and size of any previous development your project may be achievable under ‘permitted development’. If your property is a flat or within a conservation area, then a planning application will be required.

What is the difference between and Architect and Architectural Designer?
So Sound Design’s managing Director Pete is an Architectural Designer and not an Architect. What's the difference? Traditionally, Draughtsmen were the behind the scene work horses, helping to develop the architect’s ideas. These days the roles have blurred somewhat with Draughtsmen setting up businesses of their own, hence the birth of the Architectural Designer. Architectural Designers are able to do everything an Architect can. Architectural Designers can produce architectural and detailed construction drawings, submit plans to council for consent and create imaginative, practical and attractive designs. They are also capable in leading a project team and acting as an agent, taking care of any project requirements. Pete has over 30 years’ experience in architecture and the construction trade and a great understanding of how a building should be designed and built. In addition to this Pete is also a qualified project manager, providing him with the skills to not only design a building but also to take any project from the initial stages of design right through to completion of the build. So who should I choose for my project? If you're building a sports stadium, office block, or grand hotel for instance, look at a person’s experience; what projects have they worked on before, are these commercially biased? Has that person experience of construction as well as design and therefore, are they capable of seeing the project through from design to build completion? Do they have a good understanding of the build construction and quality? If so, a good Architectural Designer is more than capable, and usually more affordable than an Architect. Here at So Sound Design our director can offer you the full package.

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