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Planning Services

We include a free initial consultation of up to one hour with our clients to ascertain their requirements, when we listen to their proposals, these are often for designing single houses, extensions, new garages, garage conversions, loft conversions and porches.

We also specialize in one off new house designs and more as may required by speculators or developers.

On instruction, our scope of works extends to carrying out a full measurement survey, taking levels as necessary, photographs and preparing CAD schemes for review. We then prepare CAD drawings for submission to the planning department of the relevant local authority. We recommend awaiting planning approval before applying for building control approval (if required) with the extra detail they may require, which we are able to do for you after planning approval is obtained. The extra drawings will be made to meet full building regulation approval showing foundation details and including any structural calculations that may be required.

We can arrange the preliminary contract supervisor and basic health and safety planning to be handed to prospective contractors along with the detailed drawings that can then be used for pricing – we can manage the tender procedure including supplying bills of quantities and specifications to ensure that the selected contractors all price for the same work that you require.

Once a contractor has been selected we can seamlessly hand over to them as principle contractors and if required can project manage the works through to completion.

About us - Established from my great grandfather’s construction business which originated in 1796

Eric Marchbanks our managing director was “born and bred” into the construction industry, after college he has worked on the following:- minor through to major refurbishments; Extensions, Garages and Loft Conversions to One of Design Houses. He has also worked alongside English Heritage on projects ranging from Churches to Castles (Ancient monuments), to grade 1 listed and grade two star buildings and houses.

Eric Marchbanks who is still our managing director personally supervised all the works as Main contractor and project manager for works to the tower of St. Nicholas Church - those works were awarded the King of Prussia Award.

We take pride in our work, and whether you want a small job or some major work. In particular we treat both you and your property with the respect and standard we would wish to receive from our suppliers.


What we do

Marchbanks can produce plans to suit your need from the small to the large at competitive prices for the work we do. We can submit to the relevant planning authorities on your behalf and negotiate with them as necessary for the consent. If required we can also manage the tender procedure including helping you to meet your required Health and Safety obligations with outside contractors and finally we can project manage the works through to completion ensuring that the contractor works efficiently and effectively including vetting Contractors interim an final accounts on your behalf before issuing certificates for payment whether you are using a main contractor or a variety of subcontractors.

Whilst we serve a wide range of individual domestic clients, we also are able to serve property speculators designing new houses and residential developments including Housing Associations.

We are happy to work with clients who for whatever reason wish to complete either 'self-build' projects from just producing designs and plans through to full Contract administration and Site Supervision.

Call or email us today, via our Contact page, for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Designs to meet your requirements - we can design your project with lots of Architectural features or as a no frills budget design with cost per m2 of building as the main criteria or somewhere in between. However, we try to blend any extension to the existing and won't design something that will devalue your house (we have had customer suggestions in the past that would do just that!). We will voice our opinion and offer advice against those suggestions

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