Preferred Partners

We have built up a network of trusted specialist professionals who make up our Preferred Partners.

This service ensures that almost any specialist advice required through the Four Stage Planning & Design Process can be dealt with quickly and efficiently to provide the best possible chance of success.

Our Preferred Partners work with the Planning and Architecture teams to provide the necessary technical support required to address site constraints and issues that may arise from local residents through to the statutory consultees that assess the application after submission.

If you are interested in becoming a Preferred Partner please do not hesitate to contact Brian Woods on
01737 225711.

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Preferred Partners

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1

Preparation and Brief

We work closely with all of our clients to shape a clear design brief from the outset of each project. The site constraints often dictate the level of specialist external advice required to support a planning application. Obtaining topographical surveys, seeking highways, heritage, noise, arboricultural and ecological advice at an early stage is fundamental to ensuring the best chance of obtaining planning permission and ensuring the project can be built successfully from the outset.

Preferred Partners or input from other external consultants are not always necessary on every application, however it is becoming more important to front load applications to ensure sufficient information is provided for the Local Planning Authority as well as reducing the number of pre-commencement conditions that slow down the process after permission has been granted.

  • Involves: Liaising with Preferred Partners or external consultants at an early stage
  • Results in: Obtaining necessary fee proposals from identified Preferred Partners
2

Pre-application submission

The Concept Design covers the outline proposals for the project leading to a pre application submission to the Local Planning Authority where required. While projects vary, this stage ensures that the Design brief has been met before moving on to the Developed design stage. Additional reports may not be required at this stage to validate a pre-application submission, however where there are significant constraints or the high probability that one of the Local Planning Authorities internal consultees will need to comment then providing the necessary information at an early stage can secure a more positive response from the Local Planning Authority at this stage.

  • Involves: Liaising with Preferred Partners or external consultants and addressing planning policy and site constraints with the necessary information
  • Results in: Client approval and/or Pre-Application submission (Usually requires a meeting with and written response from the Local Planning Authority)
3

Planning Application Submission

Leading to the Planning Application submission

Using feedback from the client and/or pre application process the Developed Design can be finalised. We work closely with our Preferred Partners and/or external consultants to ensure that the site constraints and relevant planning policies have been addressed in order to progress with an application. This often involves Arboricultural reports to identify tree constraints and protection plans, Highways reports to ensure pedestrian and vehicular safety and Ecology walkovers to ensure that wildlife and protected species are not harmed by the proposal. Other reports that are becoming mandatory are Energy Statements and Community Infrastructure Levy forms setting out any necessary contributions triggered by the proposal.

Architectural Visualisation is used for all types of application and can make all the difference when conveying the impact of a proposal on the character of the area. Some Local Planning Authorities will request Architectural Visualisations to use at Planning Committee to provide additional detail for members of the public or elected members to provide additional detail.

  • Involves: Liaising with Preferred Partners to ensure that the Planning Submission covers all of the constraints identified at the outset or following pre application feedback from the Local Planning Authority
  • Results in: Planning application submission; monitoring application through to decision. Liaising with Preferred Partners and/or external consultants to ensure that internal consultee comments are responded too where necessary
4

Technical Design

Building Regulations, discharge of conditions and beyond

Following receipt of the planning approval there may be the need to discharge conditions as well as handling the detailed technical design before construction can commence. Our services include Building Regulations drawings and submissions, detailed drawings and specifications, tendering and contract administration. Our Preferred Partners and/or external consultants will provide specialist reports to aid the discharge or conditions and provide technical information such as Structural Calculations for Buildings Regulations as well as advice from Quantity Surveyors on costings to enable us to go out to tender on building projects.

  • Involves: Assessing planning conditions; Co-ordinating external consultants; Building Regulations drawings; detailed drawings & specifications
  • Results in: Releasing pre commencement conditions; Building Regulations plans approval; Contract administration; Hand over
 

WS Preferred Partners

WSPA Preferred Partner - Adnitt Acoustics

Adnitt Acoustics

Adnitt Acoustics is an independent acoustic consultancy practice based in Epsom in Surrey. Our services span the entire design and build process, from providing sound and vibration design advice and solutions to testing and monitoring of noise, dust and air leakage.

With most development sites in the South East affected by some form of transport noise, meeting the acoustic components of local authority planning requirements can be onerous. We help clients through the planning process by assessing the extent of any problem, providing practical recommendations, producing the necessary reports and, if appropriate, attending planning meetings.

We can also assess the situation where a new development might affect noise sensitive residential neighbours, including licensing and planning applications.

Call 020 7099 9735 or email Chris Turner at cturner@adnitt.com.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Alex Orrow Photography

Alex Orrow Photography

Alex has been a commercial architecture and corporate portrait photographer for 20 years, in London and now Reigate, Surrey. Shooting locally, across the UK and around the world.

In that time he’s been lucky enough to work with all sorts of amazing people, from nurses and newborns to sports stars and chief executives, with the odd celebrity chef and prime minister thrown in for good measure.

His work spans everything from corporate marketing to magazine editorials, with specialities in portrait, location, architectural and healthcare photography. He’s earned the trust of a mix of regular clients, including governmental departments, big multinationals, public bodies and local independent businesses.

Working alone or with art directors and designers, in the studio or in demanding environments, his approach is all about putting people at ease to capture the dynamic, creative shots you need with minimal fuss and equipment. I look forward to working with you on your next project.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Applied Ecology Ltd

Applied Ecology Ltd

Applied Ecology Ltd specialises in the provision of business-focused ecological expertise

We operate across the UK, providing support to the following sectors:

  • Commercial and residential
  • Mineral extraction and restoration
  • Nature conservation and biodiversity
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Urban regeneration
  • Utility development
WSPA Preferred Partner - AT Land Surveys

AT Land Surveys Ltd

AT Land Surveys LTD aims to provide survey data in a cost effective, swift and professional manner to a wide variety of clients.

With over 30 years survey experience in both the public and private sectors and using the latest Leica instrumentation and dedicated survey software we provide the following services:

  • Topographical Surveys
  • Measured Building Surveys
  • 3D Visualisation and Analysis
  • Precise Monitoring
  • Volumetric Surveys
WSPA Preferred Partner - Base Energy

Base Energy

We are a multi-disciplined and experienced Building and Energy Consultancy firm carrying out sustainable building and energy assessments. Base Energy was established in 2008 and now has offices in the North West & South of England. We have grown due to the increase in the building industries emphasis on sustainable development. We have expertise from across the industry, with over 35 years of experience dealing with a wide portfolio of clients including major multi-national companies and independent architects/developers. We continually strive to offer the most comprehensive building consultant service for building developments.

Our team of experienced Sustainability Consultants constantly grows their knowledge and experience of the industry to ensure that we offer the most effective service for you and offer competent advice to be able to get the most out of your development. Supporting and advising our Clients with the concept of sustainable development and we continue to build our portfolio of services in order to offer a complete solution for a sustainable development.

Choose us with confidence to carry out sustainable building and energy assessments to the highest standard.

Our services include:

  • Daylight and Sunlight Studies
  • SAP / SBEM calculations
  • EPCs
  • BREEAM Schemes
  • Sustainability / Energy Statements
WSPA Preferred Partner - Base Energy

Base Energy

We are a multi-disciplined and experienced Building and Energy Consultancy firm carrying out sustainable building and energy assessments. Base Energy was established in 2008 and now has offices in the North West & South of England. We have grown due to the increase in the building industries emphasis on sustainable development. We have expertise from across the industry, with over 35 years of experience dealing with a wide portfolio of clients including major multi-national companies and independent architects/developers. We continually strive to offer the most comprehensive building consultant service for building developments.

Our team of experienced Sustainability Consultants constantly grows their knowledge and experience of the industry to ensure that we offer the most effective service for you and offer competent advice to be able to get the most out of your development. Supporting and advising our Clients with the concept of sustainable development and we continue to build our portfolio of services in order to offer a complete solution for a sustainable development. Choose us with confidence to carry out sustainable building and energy assessments to the highest standard.

Our services include:

  • SAP / SBEM calculations
  • EPCs
  • BREEAM Schemes
  • Sustainability / Energy Statements
WSPA Preferred Partner - David Archer Associates

David Archer Associates

David Archer is a well respected Arboricultural Consultant handling a wide variety of tree related work including:

  • Residential and Commercial sites
  • Arboricultural Method Statements
  • Tree Protection Plans
  • Expert evidence at appeal

Contact David Archer on 01273 597796 or david@daa-arboriculture.co.uk.

WSPA Preferred Partner - David Archer Associates

David Archer Associates

Based in south-east England, Claire Munn heads up the Ecology team for David Archer Associates and provide a full suite of ecology advice, surveys and reports.

We provide a multi-disciplinary service and bespoke solutions to a variety of environmental constraints and opportunities. We are experienced in providing advice for a range of developments requiring planning consent, those that are permitted developments and a range of other projects.

We also deliver free ecology-based CPDs, which can be tailored to suit your requirements.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Deborah Law Interiors

Deborah Law Interiors Ltd

Deborah Law is an award winning interior designer, who’s practice focuses on designing what’s right for the client and their property.

They advise on the best use of space and design every element from flooring, kitchens & bathrooms, furniture, soft furnishings, art etc. Everything you need to achieve a rewarding individual space to live in.

Our partnership with Deborah Law Interiors assists WS clients in achieving an outstanding interior as well as an exterior property finish. There could be a unique design feature that has a structural element, to the planning of interior walls, floor levels, lighting and then full interior design.

Working across the South of England predominantly, they design new properties and re-design and renovate existing ones to an amazing standard.

Contact: Deborah Law on 01344 620255

WSPA Preferred Partner - Draffin Associates

Draffin Associates

Draffin Associates is an independent landscape and environmental design consultancy, the core skills being landscape planning and design offered in a personal and responsive service. We assist landowners, and property developers in enhancing their land investment. We help clients to build commercially successful schemes while addressing environmental issues.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Motion

Motion

Motion works in partnership with clients and transport authorities to achieve innovative, sustainable, integrated, viable and safe transport solutions. Our wide-ranging skills are deployed frequently, though not exclusively, on development led projects.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Newmans Solicitors

Newmans Solicitors

Solicitors for Business
At Newmans, our solicitors take the time to understand your business in order that we can then provide you with a legal service and the required level of expertise to help your business achieve its goals. Our experts are able to advise your business on a wide range of matters including:-

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Commercial Property & Re-mortgaging
  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Debt Recovery
  • Employment
  • IP, Trade Marks & Patents

Services for Individuals
Having a solicitor should be as natural as having a doctor or a dentist to call upon whenever the need arises because as sure as you will get flu or a toothache during your lifetime, you will also face a time when you need legal advice from a solicitor. Newmans’ private client services cover virtually all areas of law and we can advise you on all the legal requirements you have.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Pegasus Group

Pegasus Group

Pegasus Group’s heritage specialists, acting for private and public clients, advise widely in respect of heritage issues, including providing specialist services to owners, and custodians with regards to historic buildings, historic landscapes and archaeology. This includes undertaking heritage assessments, assessing and articulating the significance of heritage assets, preparing impact assessments, providing heritage expert witness at Public Inquiry and designing schemes of mitigation.

The historic environment is a key feature of this country’s rich and varies urban and rural landscape and includes designated heritage assets such as Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, Scheduled Monuments and Registered Parks and Gardens as well as many undesignated heritage assets.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Pegasus Group

Pegasus Group

Pegasus Group’s heritage specialists, acting for private and public clients, advise widely in respect of heritage issues, including providing specialist services to owners, and custodians with regards to historic buildings, historic landscapes and archaeology. This includes undertaking heritage assessments, assessing and articulating the significance of heritage assets, preparing impact assessments, providing heritage expert witness at Public Inquiry and designing schemes of mitigation.

The historic environment is a key feature of this country’s rich and varies urban and rural landscape and includes designated heritage assets such as Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, Scheduled Monuments and Registered Parks and Gardens as well as many undesignated heritage assets.

Our work focuses on problem solving and securing permission for development with added expertise in built heritage, historic landscapes and archaeology.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Petrow Harley

Petrow Harley

Petrow Harley is an award winning practice of Chartered Landscape Architects with over twenty years professional experience. We have successfully worked on over 500 separate projects and developed a collaborative and ideas led approach to the problem solving of environmental issues faced when making changes to our world. This is successfully combined with the technical abilities we have amassed over many years for a broad range of private and public sector clients.

Our strength lies with our ability to bring together the diverse skills and experience required within a working culture that combines creativity, pragmatism and commercial sense.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Solent Sky Services

Solent Sky Services

We're the South's premier team of Hampshire-based CAA-certified drone pilots, filmmakers, photographers and digital content creators - we’re the complete aerial package. Through our passion of technology, drones, collaboration, and delivering an exceptional service we provide clients with boundary-pushing aerial filming, drone photography and inspection services. We have multiple crews based in Portsmouth and London and are fully insured up to £5m across the UK and Worldwide. We also work with a number of other media and aerial companies and are happy to organise spotters, observers, pilots, camera crews and operators to help you!

Specialising in Aerial Roof Surveys comprising up to 10,000 images – Documented in well presented reports. These reports can be annotated by third parties where required and are available online for up to 1 year!

Contact Mike Woods on 02393 879 555.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Solent Surveying Services

Solent Surveying Services

Mike Woods has over 15 years experience surveying properties and managing claims in the insurance industry. He specialises in property repair following disasters occurring.

Solent Surveying Services can resolve any dispute under The Party Wall Act 1996. They assist building owners, adjoining owners, builders, surveyors, architects, planning consultants, and contractors.

What drives Solent Surveying Services is being able to assist in enabling projects to take place and to resolve and help prevent disputes. They enjoy meeting people in general, people are like buildings, they all have different personalities and constructions! They strive to create legacy and be good ancestors. Customer experience is paramount, and a bespoke service is important to us.

Hard to access areas need to be surveyed to be included in a schedule of condition? Not a problem for us as we can use one of our drones.

Contact Mike Woods on 02393 879 555.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Stilwell Partnership

Stilwell Partnership

Our Highway Consultants add value at the inception of the Housing or Commercial Development. Traffic engineers model solutions to traffic planning, parking, and highway design. Subsequently, we produce AutoCAD drawings to required highway design standards, which may then form the basis of a Section 278 and/or 38 agreement.

WSPA Preferred Partner - Stilwell Partnership

Stilwell Partnership

The Stilwell Partnership are a Quality Accredited practice of Consulting Civil Engineers; Specialists in Highways and Drainage Engineering Design.

By finding solutions to contentious problems of traffic impact and flood risk we enable building development projects to achieve Planning Consent.

Subsequently for developments from individual properties up to multiple dwellings, we smooth the construction process by producing detailed design drawings and the contract specification.

WSPA Preferred Partner - The Heritage Advisory

The Heritage Advisory

The Heritage Advisory provides independent, commercially informed advice and services in the historic environment and conservation. For schemes involving listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, new design or archaeological deposits, we provide support at all stages of planning and development.

From feasibility and concept, throughout the whole of the planning process, to site and the discharge of conditions or appeal.

Acting on behalf of developers, architects, planners and property owners, our expertise is drawn from projects across the public, private and third sectors, involving a wide variety of historic buildings and areas, throughout the UK. As a result, our approach to advocacy and negotiation with authorities on behalf of clients is pragmatic and objective, whilst remaining both cost-efficient and effective.

The Heritage Advisory, call 07951 926869, or email msanderson@theheritageadvisory.co.uk.

WSPA Preferred Partner - The Polygon Studio

The Polygon Studio

The Polygon Studio are a highly creative and passionate digital studio with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. We work seamlessly alongside our clients from the initial concept to final production, adapting to their individual creative workflow. We provide creative solutions for 3D Visualisation, 3D Animation and 3D Print covering architectural visualisation, property marketing, company videos, photorealistic walkthroughs, architectural models and company branding.

3D Visualisation
We specialise in creating emotive computer generated images with stunning photo realism which create a real impact.

3D Animation
We combine CG animations, motion graphics and high quality imagery and audio to create captivating film.

3D Print
We utilise detailed 3D modelling and the latest 3D SLA printing technologies to create beautifully finished, bespoke 3D models. Turning your ideas into reality.

Get in touch with Dan Greenway on 07739072281 or email info@thepolygonstudio.com.