Experts in building control
passionate about buildings

Oculus is an expert team of highly knowledgeable Approved Inspectors for Building Control and consultants for Fire Safety for properties located throughout England and Wales.

Leaders in their field, they are advocates of early consultation, a pioneering approach that allows them to gain compliance with the concepts and requirements embodied in the building regulations, throughout the entire design and construction process. This both mitigates the risk of additional expensive design and construction costs and enables clients to maintain the integrity of their architectural vision.

Although their expertise spans the full range of architectural styles and building types, they do have a particular passion for historic buildings. Their specialist knowledge in this area enables them to analyse and advise on the most cost-effective, least intrusive ways of fulfilling the requirements of building regulations for accessibility and fire safety, whilst maintaining and protecting the fabric of the historic building itself.

Finding an innovative solution for fire safety can save budget, the architects vision and, most importantly, lives

Experience and Expertise

  • structural design checked by our in-house Chartered Engineers
  • a wealth of experience in establishing principles on important matters such as fire strategy and fire engineering approaches to fire safety
  • site inspections during construction at a frequency to suit the complexity of the construction programme
  • site inspections undertaken by qualified Chartered Building Control Surveyors
  • knowledgeable and consistent interpretation of the Building Regulations and allied legislation


Excellent Customer Service

  • competitive fees
  • a single point of contact for the building control service regardless of the location of a project
  • the option of operating as an integrated member of the Design Team to ensure a smooth transition from design to construction on site
  • a quality management system that enables staff to respond quickly and efficiently to our clients' needs
  • a flexible and non-bureaucratic approach of the privatised building control system
  • recourse to other construction expertise within Oculus Building Consultancy

Efficient and Economical Process

  • early consultation on projects to avoid expensive, abortive design work and delays in the design process
  • a building control service that meets the needs of the project and ensures a smooth route to compliance
  • operation of the approval process on a programme of staged approvals as design information becomes available
  • the opportunity to resolve any problems at the earliest possible stage in the process thus avoiding potential conflict
  • experience and expertise in applying the Building Regulations to historic buildings

CASE STUDY
Astley Castle

A 12th-century fortified manor which had been lying in ruins since a fire in 1978, Astley Castle had seen additions and revisions carried out in almost every century since Medieval times. Throughout its history the site has been owned by no less than three Queens of England.

The Landmark Trust boldly set out to reinstate occupancy of Astley Castle in a manner appropriate for the 21st century.  After careful recording, those parts of the building beyond pragmatic repair were taken down.  By inserting a groundbreaking modern holiday home into the shell of the ancient castle, the architects, Witherford Watson Mann, were able to both stabilise the ruin and create the next layer of the building’s history.  The results showcase how modern architecture can be unashamedly but sympathetically stitched into ancient fabric to significant effect.

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CASE STUDY
Wessex Water, Bath

The client, Bennetts Associates Architects and Buro Happold Consulting Engineers created the most energy efficient and sustainable building in the country with the highest BREEAM rating at that time for a commercial office building. In environmental terms the project was acclaimed by the Building Research Establishment as the ‘greenest’ commercial building in the UK. It stands as an exemplary example of energy efficiency, low embodied energy, recycling including aggregate for the concrete structure and recycled storm and grey water and enhanced biodiversity. 

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CASE STUDY
Carlton Club, London

Following a fire risk assessment on the club, Oculus was brought in to find suitable solutions for fire safety works required in the significant findings of the report. With the club being a listed building any works would need to have minimal impact on the historic fabric and disruption to the guest accommodation in the Club kept to a minimum. 

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