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Local authority building control is the largest provider of building control services to the construction industry by far and as a not-for-profit operation our services are always charged at cost.  (Find out what your local building control team can do for you.)

LABC provide a complete building solution service for clients working on conversions and change of use projects. As well as building control services, we can provide building warrantiesfire risk assessmentsair pressure testingacoustic testing and energy efficiency tests to make sure your project is safely constructed and meets the latest environmental standards.

Here are some of the developments our teams have been involved in:

Examples Development details Council
Church Farm, High Halden - Barn Conversion - LABC
Church Farm, High Halden

A barn conversion by Cox Restorations.

As well as being asked to provide building control services, Cox Restorations took advantage of LABC's SAP and EPC production services for this energy efficient conversion. 

Ashford Council
Duchy Farm - Conversion of farmhouse and three barn conversions
Duchy Farm, Chelveston-Cum-Caldecott

A conversion of a Grade II-listed farmstead into a farmhouse and three barn conversions by Grace Homes.

The irregularities common in historic buildings were successfully overcome with the help of this local authority building control team, and the project came in on time and on budget.

East Northamptonshire Council
Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

A development of affordable studios for over 100 artists within a Grade I listed factory.

Pre-commencement meetings began at a very early stage, because bringing this project in on budget was going to prove a challenge. The building control team were able to help ensure the best balance of compliance and conservation. 

Plymouth City Council
Lancaster Moor Hospital - Conversion of asylum
Lancaster Moor Hospital, Lancaster

The conversion of a Grade II-listed Victorian asylum into unique apartments by P J Livesey.

Communication and regular co-ordinated meetings were key to the success of this project and a strong relationship of trust and confidence was forged with the local authority along the way.

Lancaster City Council
Millfields Trafalgar Building Plymouth - change of use LABC
Trafalgar Building, Plymouth

Conversion of former Royal Naval Hospital the Trafalgar Building into 10 luxury apartments by TEC Construction.

Building control were involved from inception to completion, providing pre-application advice, plans approval and constant communication throughout the build.


Plymouth Council
Erneley Close, Longside, Manchester
Erneley Close, Longside, Manchester

A retrofit project of two dilapidated maisonette blocks into low energy modern accommodation. 

With the building control team's assistance, this is one of the largest Passivhaus retrofits undertaken by a housing association (One Manchester).

Manchester Council
St James Street, London
St James Street, London

A mission church in a previous life, this building was redeveloped as office space with an added observatory!

The council's building control team provided guidance that was "generous and invaluable" and were an essential part of the team.

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Smithills Coaching House, Bolton
Smithills Coaching House, Bolton

Conversion of a Grade II listed coaching house into five dwellings by Jones Homes

Communication between the building control team and architects Atelier MB was frequent and necessary owing to the complexities of working on a listed building.

Bolton Council

Contact details

For more information on any of the above please contact Commercial Director Martin Taylor at or by ringing Deputy MD Lorna Stimpson on 07525 967226. Or contact your local building control team to find out how they can help bring your project in on time and budget. 

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