Recommended Posts

Good evening,

Hoping that someone can offer some advice. We have just been granted planning permission (after 17 months) to convert a grade 2 listed barn which has collapsed into a 4 bedroom home. We have had numerous redesigns before getting the permission granted - our architect is lovely but it has cost so much so far. Today we have been advised it will now cost £11,000 to obtain building regs, along with structural engineer costs and archeological studies.

Is there a cheaper way to obtain building regs? I know we will need the structural engineer as no-one has accessed the internal barn due to the collapse and level 2 archeology report a condition so happy to proceed with them.

Would appreciate any help,

Bernadette 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you not have a quote for the full service at the start?
Grade II so presumably you are in England somewhere? there's a few different ways you can get building regs, but it comes down a bit to your attitude to risk, you can use a different architect or architectural technologist to do the regs drawings but you really want to get someone with experience of listed building and traditional techniques. 

What's your overall budget (or build cost) looking like and have you engaged the architect on a percentage based fee or is that a time charge they are basing the figures on?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Depending on your time, you might be able to do a lot yourself. Not Structural engineering but Building regs are manageable. Look at @JSHarris
blog for some inspiration. But generally speaking you should be able to get a Structural Engineer for somewhere around 2k£. I did mine online and found it excellent even many people are against that and rather have somebody local. With regards to a renovation /barn conversion it might be beneficial to have someone looking at it rather than doing pure desktop calculations. But even than, shop around. Quotes vary massively (mine where between 1250£ - 7650£, all local, all for SE calcs.). BUILDING REGS. wise I found the local Building regs officer very helpful and would go with them, they will answer all the questions and when you hand in your "homemade" plans, will advise of what extras/changes they would need. Have a look on templates and just copy+paste. Works for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My suggestion would  be to seek a recommendation or three from the most experienced person at your established old style local estate agent.

 

As a second string you could try the Historic Houses Association.

 

Ferdinand

 

Edited by Ferdinand

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now