Extensions, Remodelling, Loft Conversions, New Build Houses, Barn Conversions.
Residential architecture has always been at the core of our existence as Western Building Consultants, our loyal clients are at the heart of everything we do.
As a Chartered Architectural Technology & Surveying practice in Cardiff, we aim to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to architectural design. We tackle each project individually and have experience in residential projects throughout the South West including Bath, Bristol, Frome, Newport and more.
We also focus on Residential Architecture services throughout Cardiff from the inner-city locations.
In addition to Cardiff, we service other areas in the South-West such as Newport, Frome, Bath, Swindon and South Gloucestershire.
In the last 15 years, we have serviced thousands of residential architectural clients designing extensions, remodelling, loft conversions, new build bespoke houses and much more. Our skill set is very suited to the homeowner as we can take much of the hassle out of the architectural process.
We believe that often the architectural process and the way it is described to clients gets overcomplicated, so at Western we like to keep things simple. Simple contracts, clear fixed pricing and solid advice. The 1,2,3 approach essentially involves the feasibility (stage 1) up to planning permission, the technical (stage 2) up to construction and the build (stage 3). Our services will always fall into one of these key stages and this will be mapped out in your free consultation and quotation. Allowing you to appropriately budget as we only invoice you once work has been carried out in the various stages. By designing our quotations in a simple menu style system, you only pay for what you use and none of what you don’t. It also removes any ambiguity of a lump sum contract or the complications of a percentage of project cost-based quotation.
Our team of skilled design professionals in Cardiff and Newport include several architectural technologists, architects, conservation specialists, chartered surveyors and a planning coordinator. We aim to provide comprehensive design solutions for the domestic and commercial market.
We provide a distinctly different approach to many other architects and surveyors, utilising our unique multidisciplinary approach we are able to offer our clients a broad range of services throughout their project such as: Initial scheme designs for planning applications in Bath, feasibility studies, Listed Building applications, Building Regulations packages and specifications, planning coordination and 3d modelling. Our company has been designing buildings for over ten years, and our staff have a combined construction experience that exceeds a century.
Our technical knowledge is unparalleled, most architects provide little advice when it comes to the technical stages about the structure of a building leaving most of the structural specification to an engineer. At Western we specify most of the timber elements of a building within our fixed price limiting the cost of the engineering at a later stage. This provides real value to our residential clients and goes above and beyond most architecture practices specifications.
We pride ourselves on an excellent first-time planning application pass rate for domestic extensions and remodelling works. As a householder, you may feel intimidated by the prospect of a construction project. Our team is here to guide you through every step of the process and provide the support and reassurance you need.
Using our skill and multidisciplinary approach we can take you every step of the way from concept to completion ensuring our services are perfectly tailored to suit your project, because although some houses are alike no clients ever are.
Please take the time to review what services we can provide below which includes Barn Conversion, New Build Dwellings, Extensions and Remodelling and loft conversions.
We provide homeowners with contemporary and classical architecture for their homes, with innovative solutions.
These projects range from total remodelling and extensions to simple alterations such as loft conversions, or replacement glazing. We work with all types of building old and new and can produce designs to suit all budgets. We tailor our services to meet your needs.
We work have carried out work on a large range of buildings including historically sensitive grade I, II and II* Listed Buildings.
We have vast experience with Local Planning Authorities such as Cardiff Council and Newport City Council regarding residential householder applications achieving planning permission for over 98% of our residential applications in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Commerce Park, Unit R17, Marshall Way
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28 Cathedral Road
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Unit 2, Byre Workshops, Winterbourne Court Farm Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne
I have enjoyed working with Western Building Consultants on a complicated project for about 4 years now. During that time they have without fail given me a high level of customer service, being welcoming, responsive and competent.
As a customer I particularly appreciate that WBC are value for money. They also stick to their quotes and don’t add a lot of extras. Help and advice is always forthcoming generally at no extra charge.
Thank you so much for all your advice today. That was so very helpful, not only with the structure of the property but especially with your comments about the whole set up. I can see that we were within a gnat’s whisker of entering a complete can of worms… Thank you so much for saving us from making a stupid mistake.
Thanks to you both your help in this matter – you were both extremely efficient and accommodating (more than I can say about other companies I contacted).
Your professionalism has been invaluable, thank you.
Thank you for your extremely comprehensive report. It will be of immense help when deciding on the works we would like to carry out on the property. We have decided to take your advice and move into the property and live in it for a while to assess our requirements.
Thank you for your prompt service, could not have asked or expected more. I note your comments and in an ideal world everything would have been 1.
Will not hesitate to recommend you, and will make a point of letting the estate agent know this too.
I just wanted to say thank you very much for your thorough and clear report. It is written in an informative and jargon free way which has made a pretty hefty document ultimately digestible and easy to understand.
Hello Kerry, Many thanks for the report and invoice receipt.
Please pass on my thanks to Paul for the survey. In my working life, I read many stock survey reports – I work with social housing providers to set up their asset management strategies – and this was one of the clearest and most comprehensive I’ve seen.
Dear Paul, Thank you so much for your fast response and the detail in your report is very very good and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your efforts.
Many thanks for your swift and thorough return of this report, we so appreciate you getting this back to us on such a tight turn around this week, and on the first read it seems extremely clear and comprehensive.
Hi Kerry / Paul, Thanks for sending the survey across.
I’d also like to thank you for your excellent service and professionalism. I considered many surveyors before choosing to proceed with you and it’s clear that I made the right choice. I won’t hesitate to recommend you to family, friends and colleagues in the future.
“We have commissioned three building surveys from WBC until we found the house that was right for us and all thanks to you”
I never expected so much detail, the report was really great and there were things I never even considered, even being in the construction trade
The report was brilliant and went into so much detail, having had reports from other surveyors in the past this report was far superior
“Highly recommended. Good customer service over the phone and by email. Very quick: from the initial phone call booking a site visit to me receiving the calculations took only 8 days.”
“We used James Dean …Western Building Consultants as an architect. Very good”
“Good surveyors & structural engineers that we used were www.westernbuildingconsultants.com
We were really happy with them, they came highly recommended by several people”
“Excellent service and help from the initial design/planning stage through to the end of all works”
“I can recommend Western Building Consultants. They are great on structural calculations, advice and technical drawings to whatever extent you want. We used them for advice and calcs for taking out our main load bearing wall downstairs. They were recommended several times over when we started looking.”
“Superb, professional, efficient, friendly, positive”