So Sound Design


planning advice

At So Sound design in Leeds and Manchester, we are able to offer our clients a planning consultancy service. This is to ensure that you stand the best possible chance of achieving planning permission.

The So Sound architectural design team will manage all communication with the local planning authorities, liaise with other consultants and manage the planning application.

We have found this service to have a positive impact on our client’s confidence as we are able to highlight potential planning concerns at an early stage in the design process.

At So Sound Design we can provide advice on such issues as party walls, right to light, overshadowing of neighbours and permitted development. We are also able to advice on conservation, historical preservation, listed building consent and flood risk.

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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.

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What services do you provide after doing the plans to help me ensure my project turns out as expected with the builder?
We provide a full architectural service from concept to completion. That means we can be with you for the duration of the project, including the building process. At So Sound Design we can provide a tendering service to help you select an appropriate building contractor and also set up and administer a construction contract, to manage the relationship between you and the builder. This gives you the peace of mind that you've always got a professional at hand every step of the way.

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.

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.

Can you recommend a builder?
Yes, we work closely with a number of established local small builders but are not affiliated with any one of them in particular. It is very much in our interests to only work with competent contractors wherever possible.

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