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The Project

Ana and her team at Sidorova Design were engaged to produce Building Control plans for a warehouse unit in Barking that was to be converted into a multi-floor retail outlet complete with showroom, stock room and offices.

The precise location was the Unit 1 warehouse in the Barking Industrial Estate (Alfreds Way, Barking, IG11).

Ana’s client, the owner, had obtained Planning Permission for certain changes to the internal layout of the unit and, notably, an extension of the First Floor.

What are Building Control Drawings?

‘Building Control drawings’ (also known as ‘Building Regulations’ drawings) are prepared by architects in order to ensure that the development/project they pertain to meets certain legally-recognised standards that apply to all buildings.

Building Control drawings are more technically-oriented and detailed than Planning drawings

Ultimately, they aim of Building Regulations is to protect people’s health and safety in the built environment by establishing a set of professionally acknowledged and enforceable criteria.

The package of Building control plans put together by Sidorova Design (further detailed below) were submitted to the Building Control Inspector.

Sidorova Design’s Work

Ana and her team put together plans outlining the proposed changes to the property. Her Building Control application pack consisted of General Arrangements, Elevations, a Block Plan, Proposed Section drawings, Details drawings, Proposed 3D drawings and Fire Strategy plans (the Fire Strategy plans were initial drawings prepared for submittal to a consultant specialising in fire safety who would advise further in this particular area).

Below are side-by-side comparisons contrasting the existing warehouse layout with the proposed design, along with examples of the other plans worked on by Sidorova Design.

Existing plans vs. New Layout plans:

Examples of Building Control plans for the Barking Shop fronts by Sidorova Design:


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