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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

  • 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
  • access to a site inspection personnel network across England and Wales following our acquisition by Assent
  • 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

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
Castle Drogo - Phase 2

Oculus have been involved in the extensive works been done throughout Castle Drogo since 2013. The Grade 1 listed castle in Devon was constructed of granite and built between the years of 1911 and 1930, and designed by Edwin Lutyens. Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England.

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CASE STUDY
Knole - Conservation Studio

The Conservation Studio is a new facility dedicated to conserving historical objects of the Knole collection. Located in a medieval barn, the Studio has been carefully converted into a two storey building with the original pitched roof profile having been restored after a fire in 1887. The new purpose designed Studio will offer an insight into the work of conservators and their important contribution to the conservation profession. Visitors will be able to observe specialists from multiple conservation disciplines in one location, and gain insight into a world rarely seen from behind closed doors. 

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CASE STUDY
Airbus - AWIC

The new £40m Aircraft Wing Integration Centre is arranged to maximise opportunities for departments to share spaces, equipment and ideas and will provide an innovative, highly flexible and easily adaptable physical test environment that forms a proving ground for the future technologies. This includes Airbus’ Wings of tomorrow programme, part of which focuses on exploring how wings can be more efficient, lighter and easier to make and assemble, looking at the best materials to use, assembly techniques and new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture. Covering 9,050m2 the scheme comprises hangar facilities including a 'Strong Floor' and relocatable ‘Strong Wall’, a high capacity hydraulic system to power multiple test rigs, three overhead cranes, laboratories, testing control rooms and open plan offices. As this facility is to be used to develop new technologies it was clearly important to build in flexibility for future uses. The delivery team was involved through this period and translated the design development into physical form with the same mind-set.

The ‘Strong Floor’ itself is 40 metres long by 18 metres wide and is housed within a building over 25 metres tall to allow the testing of full size wings from the largest Airbus aircraft including long term fatigue testing. A total of 1,440 cubic metres of concrete was used for the floor which took some 23 hours to cast to a total depth of two metres. The steel reinforcement amounted to a total of approximately 280 tonnes of rebar, estimated to be around 54 km laid end-to-end.

The 'Strong Wall' is 14 metres long, 10 metres high, 4.5 metres deep and has a total weight of 220 tonnes. It is made up of four modules and can be configured in two separate two module walls or a single four module wall. The mounting surfaces are machined to a close tolerance and when erected on the strong floor all points on the flange faces are within +/-1mm of a flat vertical plane. The structure is designed to cope with billions of load cycles so resistance to fatigue is the determining factor as well as its immense strength.

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