Commercial + Industrial Services
Commercial projects generally start with a feasibility study; this involves a discussion on
what you want, the aspirations for your project, your site’s suitability and consideration of
any existing buildings and anything else we need to contemplate that may affect the
build, and of course the costs to your business.
When the examination is complete, schemes will then be developed and compared
before progressing with the most appropriate option for your own requirements and
Once this is done a programme of work will be created which outlines the necessary
parties involved, the associated timeline of the project and ensuring that all of the client's
needs are met at this early stage.
Planning permission is not always required for your project, however it is commonly
requisite and this will be determined at the outset.
Detailed architectural drawings and planning specifics are needed for the full
presentation process. This comprehensive package of information assists Council
Planners in providing them with the knowledge they require to grant authorisation for the
development of your job or scheme to go forward. It is imperative that the information is
precise so giving your project the best chance of being approved, in the shortest possible
Over the years, FGH have built solid relationships with the local authorities they work
with and are ideally placed, with an in-depth knowledge of the local council and planning
application considerations, to see your application through the entire planning process.
In order to overcome any concerns and moderating the likelihood of the plan being
rejected any issues with your application will be discussed directly with the planners
before submission. This will save you the expense of redesign and any resubmission
fees at a later date.
With planning permission approved, a building warrant is then required. A building
warrant is a separate further application that is submitted to your local authority, which
includes the practical information of your project. The application includes applied
technical drawings and a constructional description for the various elements of
drainage, foundations, general structure, roof formation, thermal performance, heating,
ventilation, external and internal finishes, fire safety, electricity, gas and water etc.
It should be noted that statutory fees are associated with all applications to the Planning
and Building Control departments within the Local Authority. FGH electronically lodge all
applications with the Scottish Government’s ePlanning and eBuilding Standards website
portal which provides a safe transfer of information and your submission fees.
Time wise building warrant applications can take some time to progress through the
Council systems – often up to 8 weeks; however FGH with extensive experience of the
warrant procedure and understanding of the local authority process will minimise this
The construction stage of your project is underpinned by strong communication – it is the
secret to a successful project! The building phase is where the original concept becomes
Acting as a connection between you and your builder, FGH provide management support
throughout your entire build. We will keep you informed and updated at all times liaising
with your Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor and any other consultants employed.
FGH will play an effective role for as much, or as little as you require them to. In any
event, FGH will ensure that your project is a success!
In addition to the fundamental architectural design facilities, FGH also offers the following supplementary services: