ADC (Bristol) Ltd
Architectural Design Solutions
Draughting Services
Planning and Regulation Packages
T.01454 852 169


Our highly experienced staff can provide design assistance with every aspect of your development, and produce high quality drawings to suit many requirements.  All of our drawings are created using up-to-date computer aided design software (CAD), which enables accurate electronic drawings to be produced. Some examples of our work can be seen on our portfolio page.
Our services cover many types of project design and drawing work, including:-

  • Extensions       
  • Loft Conversions          
  • New Build
  • Residential / Commercial Conversions
  • Change of use
  • Conservatories
  • Alterations
  • Measured surveys
  • Lease plans

At ADC, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with a friendly, fast, efficient service where you, the client, come first.  Our skilled staff are able to draw upon their experience and combine them with your ideas and requirements to obtain the right design for you, which can be discussed during your free initial consultation. There are many varied stages involved in a design process, some of which are described below.

The Process

All of these stages may not be required.  Please click to select a particular stage for further information.

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First Contact & Advice

At ADC we understand that planning your own extension, new build, or renovation project can be very daunting. That is why, when you make first contact, we are more than happy to discuss your project and help you understand the course you may need to take and decisions that stand before you.

Free Initial on-site Consultation

ADC offer a free, on-site, service where we will discuss your requirements, taking on board your design ideas and budget, and assess the feasibility of your project from a planning and construction point of view.

We will explain all of the stages that your particular project will follow and the timescales likely in achieving planning consent & building regulation approval.

Finally, we will provide you with a full, no obligation, detailed quotation which will set out all of the costs you will be likely to incur throughout the design stage including any local authority charges.

Existing Drawings

"A good job begins with a good survey". That is why, at ADC, we employ our own in-house staff who have been expertly trained to carry out a fully detailed, measured, survey in order to produce a set of drawings of the existing building or site. These drawings are required by local authorities to form the basis of any applications, as well as enabling us to produce accurate sketch schemes, planning drawings and regulation packages where practicable.

The on-site survey can take several hours to complete and, dependent upon your requirements, may require access to every room of your property, loft space and outbuildings as well as locating internal / external drainage points and mains services routes such as Water, Gas & Electricity.

Proposed Design Drawings

Using existing drawings, we can produce proposed sketches and layout plans detailing various possible options so you can further understand how your project will look, its functionality, and how it will fit in with your lifestyle. We can produce 3D visualisations and full building modelling on request.

Planning Applications

Permitted Development

Permitted development rights mean that certain, small-scale, domestic projects can be created without the need to apply for planning permission.  It’s worth noting, however, that in some areas, permitted development rights are more restrictive, or have been removed completely.

We can help you understand the relevant guidelines and assist you with your design in order to comply.  Should you wish to have written confirmation that the proposal meets permitted development guidelines, we can file an application for a Lawful Development Certificate.

Pre-Application Advice

A pre-application enquiry can be submitted to the local authority if there is any doubt about the acceptability of the proposed design.  This application seeks general advice on the likelihood of a project’s success, although does not guarantee achieving full planning approval.  The process is cheaper than a full planning application and can help to avoid or address unwanted issues and objections.

Full Planning Applications

If full planning permission is required for your chosen development, appropriate documents need to be submitted to the local authority.  The application requires submission of existing and proposed drawings, as well as detailed forms and, in certain circumstances, a ‘design & access’ statement, flood risk assessments and sustainability reports. 

ADC can submit your application and address any issues or questions which may arise during the consideration process.

Building Regulation Applications

Building Regulations are a set of legal documents set out by government that aim to achieve standards throughout the construction industry.  They form a vital link between planning and final construction, and apply to most building work.

For a fixed fee, the local authority will assess your domestic extension, loft conversion or new build property for compliance with regulations such as:-

  • Structural Stability
  • Energy Efficiency & Insulation
  • Means of escape & Fire Safety
  • Access & Use for the disabled

Building regulation applications require much more detail than planning applications due to the extensive amount of legal regulations that building work has to comply with.  ADC specialise in the preparation and submission of Building Regulation applications.  Their vast experience & knowledge of producing highly accurate, detailed drawings have forged a close working relationship with local authorities, meaning that you will benefit from both a personal service and speedy approval.

ADC can also provide advice on how to apply for Building Regulation Approval using approved assessors, or how to obtain a National House-Building Council warranty.

Approved Assessors

Building control assessment, approval and on-site inspections can be carried out by independent approved assessors and is applied for in much the same way as local authority approval.

Benefits of using individual approved inspectors can include a reduced fee, personal liaison, involvement at an earlier stage and an insured service.

National House-Building Council (NHBC)

This is an independent organisation whose aim is to provide warranty and insurance on new build & newly converted housing projects. To achieve approval, the new build or conversion must be designed, built and monitored by their own assessors to meet their own set of standards. Once completed, a ‘buildmark’ ten year warranty and insurance policy is issued to the new homeowner.

ADC have worked with many independent approved inspectors as well as the NHBC and are happy to discuss the benefits of either option with you.

LABC Partner Authority Scheme

ADC (Bristol) Ltd is a member of the ‘LABC Partner Authority Scheme’:  This simplifies and expedites applications submitted to building control, making the process as efficient as possible.  As a member, ADC and its clients benefit from improved services and relationships with local authorities throughout the UK.

Working with architects, individuals & professionals in Bristol, Bath, Avon, Gloucestershire and surrounding areas to provide technical drawings for building regulations, planning permission and other draughting services.

ADC (Bristol) Ltd, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 0BB | Telephone: 01454 852 169