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Professional Consultants Certificates

6 Year Professional Consultants Certificates in Bath, Bristol, Frome, Newport, Cardiff & Swindon

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Alternative to Building Warranty CML Professional Consultants Certificates (PCC) in Bath

If you are building a new dwelling, doing a barn conversion or converting a historic property into flats, it is likely you will need to take out a Professional Consultants Certificate or a Latent Defects Warranty. Western Building Consultants carry out PCC's in Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Newport, Cardiff, Swindon and beyond.

Bath Barn Conversion, Architect, Class Q, barn

What is a Professional Consultants Certificate?

Previously known as an architects certificate, the PCC is a certificate issued by a construction professional to demonstrate to lenders against properties that the building has been constructed in a suitable way.

What the council of mortgage lenders say:

The CML Professional Consultants Certificate (PCC) is for use by professional consultants when designing and or monitoring the construction or conversion of residential buildings. We introduced the PCC in England, Wales and Scotland in 2000, in the Isle of Man in 2001 and Northern Ireland in 2004. The purpose of the PCC is confirm to the lender (or its conveyancer) that a professional consultant:

  • has visited the property to check its progress of construction
  • its conformity with drawings approved under building regulations and its conformity with drawings/instructions issued under the building contract;
  • will remain liable to the first purchasers and their lender and subsequent purchasers and lenders for the period of 6 years from the date of the certificate;
  • has appropriate experience in the design and/or monitoring of the construction and conversion of residential buildings;
  • will keep a certain level of professional indemnity insurance in force to cover his liabilities under the certificate.

The steps we recommend you take before we undertake a PCC for yourself are as follows:

  • Ensure you have full building regulations compliance plans drawn up with a suitable specification and sufficient technical information.
  • Ensure you have checked with your mortgage lender that they accept a CML PCC.
  • Have Building Regulations plans approval in place.
  • Ensure you have received a contract from ourselves and it has been signed and returned.


As Chartered Building Surveyors regulated by the RICS and Chartered Building Engineers training affiliate with CABE we aim to provide Professional Consultants Certificates that are suitable to enable people to lend money against housing developments. Our certification is accepted by the council of mortgage lenders and in many cases negates the need for an expensive latent defects warranty provided by NHBC, premier guarantee, BLP insurance or similar. We provide this service throughout the Bath, Bristol, Frome, Newport, Cardiff and Swindon predominantly, however we will travel further afield if required.

If you would like to discuss us providing a PCC in the South West area and to obtain a quotation, please telephone 01225 789307 or email

Rural Architecture, New Build, Bath,Wiltshire, South Glos, Architects, Surveyors

Rural Architecture, New Build Dwellings Architects, Engineers & Surveyors.

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Sam George MSc BSc (Hons) MCIAT FCABE C.BuildE AssocRICS

T. 01225 789307

James Dean MSc BSc (Hons) MFPWS FCIAT FCABE C.Build E AssocRICS

T. 01225 789307

Why us

Ethically Minded

Ethically Minded

Being socially responsible and promoting excellent ethics is at the forefront of our business. Our staff are happy and content and this is shown through our positive approach to your project. We work to the highest professional standards as required by both the RICS and CIAT. You can rest assured that when you employ WBC you will be supporting an organisation that champions local, national and international projects through schemes such as FairTrade, Mentoring Plus and the Bath percent club. This is backed up by a rigorous Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. We sponsor many grass roots sports clubs such as Combe Down Rugby Club, Frome Park Bowls Club & Cardiff Harlequins.

Realistic Timescales

Realistic Timescales

We are realistic with timescales and honest about what you will receive. Most people underestimate the time involved with a building project, but we are upfront about what is involved and will be clear about how long a project might take. Throughout the project we will continue to update you about progress and will advise you if there will be a disruption in the timetable.

Varied Architectural Style and Building Types

Varied Architectural Style and Building Types

We have vast planning experience and are adaptable to most architectural styles and ages of buildings. We are perfectly able to adapt to the style of your property from contemporary to traditional, urban to rural. We have designed projects in most styles and can use our broad experience to help design the best solution for your property, using whatever construction technology best suits your needs. Whether you plan a modest alteration or something spectacular WBC can help you achieve your project goals.

Consultant Levels of Knowledge

Consultant Levels of Knowledge

We employ qualified professionals with a variety of skill sets and the latest training. many of our employees have specialist post graduate qualifications. We also train selected staff through university programmes and professional qualifications to ensure our clients get the best trained surveyors and up to date advice. You will receive a professional, comprehensive and cohesive consultation and guidance throughout the project, ensuring that your development is handled with a consultant level of knowledge.

Survey to Completion Guarantee

Survey to Completion Guarantee

We are here for you when you need us, with our survey to completion guarantee. You won’t be left alone, we will fit in wherever you need us in the project or guide you through the whole process. You will have the knowledge that someone is always at hand whatever level of service you need.

Cost Conscious, Value for Money & Fixed Fees

Cost Conscious, Value for Money & Fixed Fees

Whilst offering exceptional value for money we also bring a positive, approachable, pragmatic, realistic and well rounded attitude to your project. You will feel at ease discussing issues with your project, our pragmatic approach to design and refurbishment means that we can often deliver built in VALUE. One example of this is recognising where cost savings can be made in the design without compromising the overall scheme and offering a higher standard of technical specification over many of our competitors, this reduces the need for outside engineering input and ultimately saves you money in fees. We are grounded which means that we can deliver a build in a cost conscious manner in order to make sure our projects are buildable.

Well Networked with Local Knowledge

Well Networked with Local Knowledge

Where we do not have the in house skills to tackle an element of a project we are well networked locally to utilise outside consultants that we have built up relationships with over many years. You will get the best of local knowledge and be introduced to like minded trusted suppliers with excellent professional services.

One Stop Shop

One Stop Shop

We can provide the majority of services required for a small project in house, making us practically a one stop shop. Having most services in house means that we are often fully accountable for the professional services on your project, this ensures simplicity, communication and efficiency. By utilising a multi-disciplinary approach we are able to keep professional costs for the project extremely competitive and hassle free, essentially you only pay for one set of overheads.

Unparalleled Technical Knowledge

Unparalleled Technical Knowledge

We have unparalleled technical knowledge and produce comprehensive architectural designs and surveys. You will be getting market-leading technical advice that has been approached with imaginative problem-solving techniques. This helps us to identify potential problems with a build before they arise.

Our knowledge adds value, an example of this is that most architects do not provide any advice on the structure of a building during the building regulations approval stage, relying on a structural engineer to produce all work relating to the super structure. At Western Building Consultants we provide structural advice on many areas, such as timber design for floors and roofs, limiting the scope of the engineers work and saving you money.

Large Team of Surveyors

Large Team of Surveyors

Having a large team of surveyors means that your project is unlikely to be held up due to other circumstances, there will always be at least two surveyors familiar with the project therefore continuity and a personal service will be retained. On larger schemes a bigger team will be assembled with the required specialist knowledge to fully support your project.

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Newport Office

Merlin House

No 1 Langstone Business Park,

Priory Drive


Frome Office

Commerce Park, Unit R17, Marshall Way


Bath Office

Western House,

2 Rush Hill


Cardiff Office

Sophia House,

28 Cathedral Road


Swindon Office

Kingston House,

Lydiard Fields


Bristol Office

Studio 1a,

31 Berkeley Square

0117 3294290

South Gloucestershire Office

Unit 2, Byre Workshops, Winterbourne Court Farm Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne

0117 3294290

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