Building Design & Specification

Plan, Design, Deliver

Plan, Design, Deliver

We know that good building design and specification is critical in delivering projects which meet key time, cost and quality requirements and we work collaboratively with you to take the time to listen to your needs. 

In a fast-paced industry with many product and process innovations, we tailor our design philosophy to suit, blending trusted designs with the newest innovations in environmentally friendly sustainable features.

It is our passion for clear design drawings and specifications that has resulted in our appointment as the lead designers in multiple projects with clients, many of whom are repeat clients. Our broad range of industry experience means that we are truly adaptable and regularly undertake commercial, education, charities, public sector and residential designs for both extensions, new build, and re-modelling of existing buildings. 

Jarman Ward can provide professional, friendly, and engaging services for design and specification, and if desired, we can also package these documents for tender too. 

Why Choose Jarman Ward?

  • AutoCAD Drawings
  • Building Design and Specifications 
  • Materials and Workmanship Schedules
  • NBS Specifications
  • Lead Consultant and Designer
  • Designer and Consultant to Lead Consultant
  • Concept or Feasibility Building Design and Specification 
  • Builders Work Schedules
  • Building Cost Estimating and Management
  • Expertise in Construction Technology

Building Regulations, Planning and Listed Buildings

Many building alterations and improvements require approval under building regulations which apply to new and existing buildings.  For example, most electrical, drainage works, major roof repairs, replacement windows or accessibility improvements all require approval from either the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Officer or an Approved Inspector.

We can design to the approved document guidance on your behalf and in the submission of building control applications and liaison with Building Inspectors.  Our expert knowledge will guide you through the technical requirements and considerations.

In addition, some alterations, or changes of use to a building or some extensions may require planning consent from the Local Planning Authority.  We can produce the relevant information required to obtain planning consent and liaise with the planning department to discuss the application.

What is the difference between Building Regulations and Planning Permission?

Building regulations and Planning Permission are different. You may need both for you project including the payment of two different fees.  

Planning Permission may be needed for a project such as an extension, some loft conversion and some garages but typically the planners are interested in the location of the works, siting of the property, the percentage of building work carried out. 

In addition, some alterations to buildings which form part of a conservation area or are listed buildings protected by statute may require further consents and are in addition to a planning application. These designations generally apply additional criteria to applications and remove some permitted development rights. We are very experienced in Building Regulations, Planning and Listed Building applications. 

What the building control is interested in is, the quality of the work carried out.  They will inspect the property on your behalf at the start of the project and part way through.  They are interested in quality and safety and will check that the works meet the building regulations. 

Contact us for advice if you are unsure.

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Springfields South is a Satellite Centre of The Springfields Academy, a Specialist School for children on the Autistic Spectrum. Springfields South have worked alongside Jarman Ward to provide our young people with an education provision which meets the complex needs of the children within our school.

From design to delivery of an existing building and a new Portakabin, hosting two new classrooms. Jarmin Ward have worked with us to ensure that our environment is bespoke to Springfields and the pupils we educate.

The low arousal environment, that meets our specification, provides our children with a school where they feel safe to be challenged, to learn and develop together, to create relationships and develop their skill sets to build safe independent lives. 

Rebecca Deacon – Head of School – Springfields South

What Our Clients Have To Say

From initial meeting to completion of the project Jarman Ward have provided clear and practical advice allowing the realisation of our comprehensive whole school redevelopment project. We have felt fully consulted at every stage which has ensured that the project they have delivered meets our requirements and provides us with a school that is well equipped to face the future without any of the distractions that would usually accompany a project of this size.

Anthony Cosans – Headteacher – Milton Court Primary Academy

About Jarman Ward

Our ethos is to provide an exceptional tailored service with the core characteristics and flexibility of a small nimble practice, with innovative, forward-thinking solutions which have the Client’s need at heart.

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