We are about to embark on a barn renovation for which full planning consent has been granted on the architects draft plans. We want to make some minor changes so was wondering if we needed to get the architect to re-draft and re-submit or can we do it ourselves? Also assuming we don’t have to use the architect, is it worth engaging a structural engineer to design the roof and floors?

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  • Vince Holden - Construction Project Manager Holden

    Kearn
    The answer to each question really does depend on the changes and structural elements that you have in mind.
    I suggest that you seek the assistance of a Construction P.M.

  • Kearn Malin

    Thanks Vince however, an architect will tell me I need an architect, a structural engineer will says I need one of them and now a construction PM says that is what I need. The key question is do I actually have to use any of them? Can I as an individual re-submit the plans myself? For safety/warranty/peace of mind should I get a structural engineer to design my roof and floors or can a specialist subcontractor do that for me?

  • Vince Holden - Construction Project Manager Holden

    Kearn

    If I am reading this correctly then you have two different issues

    If the changes are to do with planning and are minor, then yes you can deal with that yourself , the planners will tell you what they require. They are not really concerned with structural matters, that is Building Control.

    You mention

  • Kearn Malin

    Thanks Vince for the clarity.Yes the changes are minor and also from further research should not be an issue as it is the addition of in-roof solar panels (PV and thermal) and a rain harvesting system and we are not is a conservation area.

    The existing roof beams are in excellent condition and suitable for SIPS so the manufacturer will do the designs in accordance with BRs. Similarly I am getting quotes from specialists for the floors.

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