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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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So Sound Design provided us with a consultancy and design service, which allowed us to complete our renovation activity in just eight weeks and within a restricted and finite budget. Their excellent understanding of the planning process ensured that planning permission was granted quickly, with no issues – particularly challenging given the location of the building in a conservation area. Their design consultancy service ensured we were able to make well considered design decisions which allowed us to meet our aspirations within our limited budget. The resulting schedule of works provided by So Sound Design allowed us to manage our contractors and suppliers to very specific deliverables, enabling tight control of budget and timescales. It was a pleasure working with such a professional, knowledgeable and customer focussed organisation.

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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.

Will you need any other professionals on your project?
Every project is different and has different requirements and we will advise you of any other consultants that may be required. At So Sound Design we have built professional relationships with private building inspectors, planning advisers, structural engineers and landscape architects to ensure we are able to provide our clients with a complete service for their project.

What happens at the initial consultation?
The initial consultation is a time for us to discuss your requirements and to see if you feel we are the right company for your project. At this time, we will discuss your needs and ideas, our experience and capabilities to deliver what you require. During the meeting you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions, or ask for clarification of anything that has been discussed.

Can you provide Structural Calculations?
Yes, we work in conjunction with a structural engineer and can provide all calculations required by your local authority.

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