Architectural Services

Ellis Belk is a diverse practice, working in a wide range of construction sectors. Projects undertaken range from the traditional, including refurbishment, extensions and new build in all sectors of the market, to the diverse including public art, town centre regeneration, logistics and training facilities.

We have extensive experience utilising modern methods of construction such as Beco blocks (Polystyrene Blocks filled with concrete), Timber Frame, and SIPs, to name but a few. (click here for more information).

Another part of our work includes designs for various Housing Associations. These schemes range from small infill developments of 1 or 2 houses to medium schemes of 40+ units.

Our knowledge and ability to undertake both SAP and BREEAM assessments ensures our designs consider environmental and energy efficiency requirements at an early stage in the design process. These skills enable us to provide guidance on both the achievement of Building Regulation Requirements and the Code for Sustainable Homes .

Our team are fully knowledgeable of both AutoCad and Revit software enabiling us to prepare 2D plans, sketch proposals and 3D models . We pride ourselves on our ability to generate realistic computerized models to aid interpretation of projects and proposals.

Our approach to the design process follows the methodical sequence listed below:

  • Pre-planning

    To establish your aspirations and proposals the first step in our design process is an informal meeting, from which we will gather necessary information to progress the design. Our initial interpretation can be demonstrated in a variety of media including 2D Plans and elevations, 3D models, and simple sketches.

  • Design expertise

    Using our design expertise we can provide you with recommendations to progress the design, this may include the utilisation of low or zero carbon technologies . Gathering details of your proposals at this early stage will negate the need for retrospective planning permission.

  • Pre-Application discussions

    This service allows the case officer (Council representative) to review the application prior to official submission. A large majority of Councils' charge for this service, however, it does answer any difficult or potentially controversial questions. It is noted that this part of the process can be by removed if not considered necessary.

  • Planning process

    Following completion of a successful, functional, and aesthetically pleasing design we will develop and annotate our drawings to ensure that they are sufficient for submission to the Local Planning Authority. Our services include submission of the Planning Application and any necessary correspondence to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. Fees associated with the submission of a Planning Application may vary and may include necessary contributions to cover items such as Heathland and transportation.

  • Building Regulations

    Upon gaining Planning Permission the next step is to ascertain Building Regulation approval, for which we can compile a comprehensive set of drawings and construction notes. This detailed stage in the design process requires consideration of items such as low or zero carbon technologies and in particular compliance with Approved Document L ‘Conservation of Fuel and Power’.

    We have many years experience preparing designs for both Planning and Building Control and have a partnership agreement with Poole Borough Council’s building control department allowing Building Regulation applications to be assessed locally.

  • Collaboration

    Upon gaining Building Regulation Approval and successful completion of the tender process the build process can begin. Our services include support throughout the build process in the capacity of project manager and client representative working together with the design team.

  • Finishing

    As the build comes to an end a snagging list is formulated for the contractor to address any aspects of the development which fall to meet the design requirements. As a team we strive to ensure our clients are presented with a rounded, confident and professional service.