Western Building Consultants
Cardiff

Architecture - Engineering - Surveying

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Our Services

Western Building Consultants have simply the widest variety of architecture, engineering and surveying services available on the Market. Our multi-disciplinary approach is unique to South Wales, we employ RIBA architects, RICS Building Surveyors, CABE Building Engineers & FPWS party wall surveyors amongst other professions to provide a one stop shop for your property project. Our services are broken down into three broad categories of Architecture, Engineering & Surveying Find out more below.

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Architecture

Value, Pragmatism & Varied Architectural Style

Our practice has been established for over 15 Years and we have a combined experience of over 100 years of practice.


Our Architects & Technologists specialise in domestic home designs, extension, remodels, new builds and barn conversions in Cardiff.


Our commercial team work with on Hotels, Retail, Education & Offices.

Our Team work on over 500 projects a year and have extensive knowledge of the planning and listed building system including the use of Permitted Development Rights. 

We be believe in a balance between beauty and function, our aim is to make projects deliverable for our clients, with excellent value at the core of our design ethos.

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Surveying

Life Cycle Support, Rapid Reports & Property Expertise

Our team at Western Building Consultants Cardiff are here for you from the first moment you are looking to purchase a property to when you dispose of it and everything in between. Many peoples first interaction with a building surveying professional is the RICS Homebuyer report or Full building Survey we produce for clients in Cardiff purchasing houses. 

We Also provide property maintenance services such as single fault defect diagnosis, lease reviews, Dilapidations and Party Wall Awards in Cardiff. 

Our team of surveyors also offers project management and administration services through utilising the JCT suite of contracts.

We act as CDM principal designers in Cardiff, (formally CDM Co-ordinators) to help administer the H&S aspects of construction projects.

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Engineering

Fast, Efficient & Architecturally Focused Design

When it comes to structural engineering there is a shortage of key professionals in the industry, couple this with technically focused practices and this can often result in poor customer experience.

At Western Building Consultants we turn this on its head. We create fast efficient engineering designs with customer shrive in mind. Quick turn around for quotes and work are a key focus and providing undeniable value in the process.

If you are searching for a structural engineering service in Cardiff WBC can help you.

We produce designs for other practices including structural Steel and Timber beams, columns and frame systems. Engineering reports and specifications for remedial repairs. 

WBC also carry out common civil engineering services such as Soakaway designs to BRE 365, SAP Energy Calculations, and dropped kerb applications.

 

Party Wall Surveys

WBC employ MFPWS party wall surveyors. They have over 20 years of experience dealing with Party Wall Etc. Act matters including, Party Wall Awards, Schedules of Condition and boundary disputes. If you need to serve notice to your neighbour or you have been served a notice contact us for a free over the phone consultation on the next steps.

Extensions

Western Building Consultants are experts at designing extensions for your home or commercial property. We have RIBA Architects & CIAT technologists that have years remodelling expertise. Delivering your project on time and on budget. If you have a project in Cardiff why not book a free consolation today?

Loft Conversions

At Western Building Consultants we are experts at designing clever loft conversions in Cardiff. We design them in a pragmatic way balancing the needs of our clients and the overall aesthetic. Our Architects and Technologists have years of loft design experience and partner up with several local loft conversion companies to provide their in house design team. We have an excellent knowledge of permitted development rights and planning helping you achieve your dream conversion.

Contemporary New Builds

At Western Building Consultants our architects have vast experience designing contemporary and conceptual new build properties. Our designs are often inspired by their context and are formed to suit the topography, positioning and environment of a project.

Traditional New Builds

At WBC we have delivered many traditional style new dwellings. Our heritage of working on Listed Buildings means our architects and technologists are competent at detailing traditional features and incorporating modern technology into older style buildings. We have also used modern construction methods such as ICF, Straw Bale or SIP panel technology into traditional buildings.

Barn Conversions

At WBC we have managed to help hundreds of people turn old redundant agriculture buildings into sleek and character filled barn conversions. Our Architects have designed and got consent for listed buildings and have vast experience converting modern steel and concrete framed structures into beautiful homes, using Class Q permitted development rules. Having a unique blend of Architects, Technologists, Surveyors and Engineers means we can in most conversions satisfy all of the requirements for planning conditions and applications.

Housing Developments & Change of Use

If you are a developer and have been searching for an architect to take you through the process of developing a clean site into housing or a brownfield site that requires conversions etc. WBC have extensive project experience. We offer a practical and technology driven service that can help reduce construction costs, keep expensive consultants to a minimum and provide a first class service. We have experience of projects up to 50 units and commonly work on projects involving the conversion of offices, commercial or industrial buildings into new dwellings.

Office Design

Western Building Consultants Architects are skilled at providing inspiring and comfortable working environments. We have experience of delivering large scale change of use projects into working offices and working along side interior designers or fit out contractors to provide smaller scale office fit outs. We often apply for advertising consent, carryout fire risk assessments or listed building consent alongside our design service.

Hotel Design

We have vast experience of the hotel sector, from surveying existing properties for acquisition through to refurbishments, extensions or new builds we have played a part in every step of the design and construction process. Our team of skilled architects, technologists and surveyors are suitably qualified and experienced to help deliver your project including advising on construction issues such as crane permits, party wall consent and CDM principal designer roles.

Retail & Hospitality

WBC have helped many retail and hospitality businesses over the years deliver inspiring environments. From Cafe refurbishments, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, new build cafes and even a bowling alley! WBC can help you from initial acquisition of a commercial premises trough a lease review, advice on dilapidations, advertisement consent, shop layouts, listed building consent and much more. If you are thinking of moving into a new commercial property do contact us to see how we can help.

Conservation & Heritage Design

Our heritage and pedigree was developed on the listed streets of Bath. With the highest density of listed buildings anywhere in the UK and particularly tight rules surrounding the UNESCO world heritage city, the team at WBC have honed their skills in the heritage market. Our staff include those that have studied architectural conservation and the practice as a whole has an excellent working knowledge of old buildings. Whether you have a listed building or old property that you need sound advice about altering or maintaining please get in contact.

Building Surveys

WBC provide RICS Homebuyer and Full building surveys, we have years of experience and provide a fast and efficient service, with quick turnaround times. If you are looking to purchase a new property get in touch to see what level of survey would be suitable.

Structural Calculations

WBC's structural engineers and building engineers design a number of structures for building control approval. Including steel beam design and framed structures. If you are looking fr a structural engineer to carryout a report in Cardiff please get in touch for a quotation.

Soakaway Calculations to BRE 365

With an increased focus on SUD by building control and planning authorities the need to carryout Soakaway designs is becoming more prevalent. If you have a  project in Cardiff that requires a soakaway calculation to BRE 365, please get in contact.

CDM Principal Designer

Western have been providing CDM services for several years and previously as a CDM Co-ordinator. As a CDM principal designer we offer a range of other complimentary H&S services such as Site Audits & Principal contractor assistance.

Profesisonal Consultants Certificate

Western Provide CML approved Professional Consultants Certificates on projects in Cardiff. Our chartered professionals will provide a number of on site inspections to ensure the property is being built in a suitable way. Once complete we can issue a 6 year certificate for the benefit of your finance provider.

Project Administration

Western provide project administration services to help you deliver your construction project on time and on budget. Utilising the JCT suite of contracts we can deliver projects from 50K-multi million pound contracts. We usually write schedule of works, written specifications, help with tendering, provide site visits/audits and sign off stage payments. if you need help delivering your project in Cardiff contact WBC today for a quotation.

Single Fault Defect Diagnosis

Do you own a building with a problem? WBC are skilled building surveyors who can undertake single fault defect diagnosis. Perhaps you have a damp issue or cracking, WBC can assess the issues at hand using building pathology techniques and provide specifications for repair. Get a quote today to see how little it costs for an independent defect diagnosis.

 

Contact Us

Sophia House
28 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

02922679366

 
 

Management Team

Our team consists of over 20 different members of staff meet some of the management team below.

Mark Wiltshire

Architecture Manager

Mark originally from Swansea is a chartered architectural technologist and has a BSc (Cons) in Architectural Technology and Design and a Masters degree in Architectural Conservation.

Sam George

Chief Operating Director

Sam originally from Pontypool is a chartered Fellow of CABE, chartered architectural technologist and RICS Associate. He has a Masters in Building Surveying and undergraduate ATD degree.

James Dean

Managing Director

James originally from over the bridge in Bristol has an MSc in Building Surveying and a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology. He hasis an MFPWS qualified party wall surveyor, Fellow of CABE, MCIAT and AssocRICS qualified.

 

What makes us different?

Value for money

Cost & Design Conscious

Large Team

 Expertise, Continuity & Varied Style

Realistic Timescales

Fast Turnaround Times & Commercially Driven

Ethically Minded

Gold Fair-trade Award Winning

1 Stop Shop

Simplifying Your Project

Technically Superior

Consultant Levels of Knowledge

Great Network

Local Knowledge & The Best Business Contacts

Free Consultation

For Architectural & Engineering Projects

 

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