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    Commercial Building Control Professionals

    Building Control Services For Your Next Project

    With experience and expertise across a wide range of developments, Shore’s surveyors are dedicated to providing a professional, collaborative, quality service for each project that we take on.

    Whether you require commercial building control for a CAT A or CAT B office, block of flats, retail units, educational or healthcare premises, you will need a statutory consultation to be compliant with the Approved Inspector Building Control Process and Building Regulations. No matter how big or small your project may be, we will assist you with your statutory building regulatory requirements. We can assist whether you’re at the pre-application stage of a project for a newbuild development fitout of your existing building. Alternatively, if you wish us to step in further down the line and offer plan checking or site inspections, we’ll be there to support you until you receive your Final Certificate. Here are some of the assessments and building control services we provide.

    Fire Authority Consultations

    Fire safety is a major consideration as part of your London building control and we will work with the Fire Authority to ensure that fire routes, in terms of access and escape are clearly determined and viable. Extra precautions need to be included in layouts where there is sleeping accommodation, as well as basements or basement carparks which require adequate ventilation.

    Structural Assessments

    Your dedicated commercial building control team can support you throughout your project by checking structural assessments and calculations to ensure that the foundations and structure of your building are constructed correctly.

    Accessibility Options

    Access for disabled and ambulant disabled people into your building should also be factored into your commercial fit out so as to be inclusive to everyone who needs to enter your premises. Considerations are likely to include wide access points, ramps as well as accessible toilets and the addition of wheelchair refuges for users to remain in reasonable safety for a short period of time in a fire emergency whilst waiting for rescue etc.

    When you instruct Shore as your choice of building control consultant, you can be sure that our team will assist you with your project to avoid unnecessary delays and help to achieve successful completion whilst demonstrating reasonable compliance with all building control requirements.

    Work With Market Leading Building Control Providers

    Shore are one of the leading Building Control providers within London. Over the last 15 years we have worked on thousands of high-profile buildings and office fit-outs within the city.

    Our outstanding reputation has enabled us to develop effective relationships with clients, project managers, designers and contractors etc, resulting in continued professional partnerships and business growth.

    Irrespective of the size or value of your project we will support you with our wealth of industry knowledge, carefully evaluating each project to tailor our services to meet your individual needs.

    As an independent Approved Inspector we are authorised by the Government and licensed by the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register (CICAIR Ltd) to carry out Building Control anywhere in England and Wales.

    If you have any questions about the services we offer, or wish to discuss the unique requirements of your individual project in further detail, then our professional team of building control providers are ready to help. To find out more about Building Control and how we can help contact us.


    We are able to use our years of knowledge and experience to become integrated into the design team to assist clients to successfully achieve their aspirations.

    • Our Services

      We provide support and advice across a range of different construction projects and industry sectors, providing an effective and efficient approach to Building Control from design to completion:

      • Design (Pre-application) Advice – Prior to submission of your application Shore welcome the opportunity to review your proposals and offer early feedback on significant areas of your design which may be impacted by the Building Regulations. Typically this may include the review of the means of escape provisions and welfare arrangements.
      • We find that this early engagement is invaluable to our clients, and can discuss your project remotely, or meet you on site or at your offices.
      • Application Submission – We will carefully check your application submission, prepare and submit the Initial Notice to the Local Authority on your behalf.
      • Plans Checking – We will check your plans for compliance with the Building Regulations. Shore will issue a Schedule of Comments and observations identifying where additional information or clarification may be required. During this process we carry out Statutory Consultations with the Fire Authority and other Statutory Undertakers where necessary.
      • Site Inspections – We will carry out site inspections at various stages of your project. Inspection schedules are tailored to the individual project and typically include (but not limited to):
        • New builds i.e. commencement, excavations, foundations etc
        • Refurbishments i.e. commencement, fire stopping, drainage etc
      • Completion – Upon successful completion of your project Shore will be pleased to issue the Final Certificate.
        We can offer services for a variety of construction projects including (but not limited to):

        • Fit-out of offices to CAT A and B standard
        • New build
        • Extensions
        • Full/part refurbishments

      Regardless of the size of your project, we offer the same high quality and professional services from conception through to completion.

    • Application and Service Delivery

      Applications should be submitted to us a minimum of 5 days prior to works commencing. This is to allow us sufficient time to serve the Initial Notice to the Local Authority.

      If you would like us to review your plans and specifications the earlier we receive your application, the more chance we will have to address any issues before work commences on site, avoiding unnecessary delays.

      A Building Control application can be made with Shore by downloading and completing the form, and sending it to us by email or post.

      We will usually require suitable and sufficient drawings and calculations, including fire strategies and structural calculations to enable us to check for compliance with the Building Regulations.

      What happens next?

      Work should not be started until after the Initial Notice approval period, which is a maximum of 5 working days from submission of the Notice.

      The person responsible for carrying out the work must notify Shore at certain stages of the project to enable suitable inspections to be undertaken.

      Once the work has been completed, a final inspection has been carried out and all relevant commissioning certificates have been received, a Final Certificate is issued to the person responsible for carrying out the work. A copy of which is also provided to the relevant Local Authority and the Fire Authority.

      The Final Certificate is an important statutory document providing evidence that the project has achieved a reasonable level of compliance with the Building Regulations and may be required when selling, refinancing or satisfying the requirements for a licence to alter.

      Regulation 38

      Under Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations 2010, upon completion of the works confirmation is required that the fire safety information for the area where the work has been carried out has been updated and provided to the responsible person for the building. This shall be upon completion or occupation, whichever is earliest.

      Is there a time limit for works to commence on site?

      Once we have received your application you have a time limit of three years for works to start on site. Unfortunately, if you have not started work within three years the application is cancelled. However, you are able to make a new application which Shore would be able to assist you with.

      Once work has commenced you have an unlimited time to complete the work. However, if occupation takes places then specific time limits will apply in which you will need to complete the work.

    • Booking An Inspection

      Inspections are carried out at various key stages of your project and although schedules are agreed in advance, you or your contractor will need to advise us when each key stage is reached to arrange an inspection.

      When contacting us to arrange an inspection we will need the following information from you:

      • Site address
      • Date inspection required
      • Contact number
      • Application reference number
      • Full details of contractor

      To book your inspection contact us.

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