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Building Control Service

What do we offer?

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Schools must comply with the Building regulations to ensure that buildings are properly constructed and safe for all users. We ensure that school building and refurbishment projects comply with the Building Regulations thus promoting a safe economical learning environment.

We offer two elements within this Traded Service:

  • an advisory service which includes detailed pre-application advice and design team approach, helping you deliver a high quality building project on time and within budget.

  • Building Regulations approval for building projects.

NB: Dangerous structure call outs are dealt with under the statutory duties of the local authority.

Why choose us?

We have extensive knowledge of the Borough’s schools, having been involved in the original construction and any subsequent refurbishment or extension programmes.

The team are professionally qualified, experienced and maintain a stringent Continuous Professional Development programme.

We also have an excellent relationship with other key stakeholders in the building process, such as Planning, the Fire Service and Highways to enable prompt efficient consultation during the design and construction project. Our appreciation of the wider constraints enables our Surveyors to help identify optimum solutions that will ensure a safe teaching environment.

What is provided free?

This is a wholly traded service - there is no free element other than for securing Building Regulations on building projects which are for the benefit of disabled people. This is free to all schools and academies.

What is chargeable?

The following are chargeable to all schools and academies:

  • for a small, annual retainer, we will provide an advisory service which includes detailed pre-application advice and design team approach, helping you deliver a high quality building project on time and within budget. We will also provide general building advice in support of the safe running of your school specifically around fire safety and accessibility.

  • there is a negotiable fee for securing Building Regulations approval for works that are not improvements specifically for the benefit of disabled people.

How the service can be provided / length of agreement

The annual retainer would generally allow for approximately 10 hours surveyor time which can be taken as required.

Building Regulations approval for works can be provided as required depending on projects planned by the school.

Contact Point

Jim Bishop, Principal Building Control Surveyor
Telephone: 01793 466138
Email:        jbishop@swindon.gov.uk
                  or buildingcontrol@swindon.gov.uk 

Costs  

There is an annual retainer fee.

Building Regulation fees quoted are based on a model scheme for small projects. As the scope of larger projects can vary a price is agreed at the beginning of a project to include consultations with relevant statutory bodies, plan examination, checking of structural design information, all site inspections and fulfilment of all duties under the Building Act 1984 and obligations under the Building Control Performance standards.