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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
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
The Royal High School, Bath

Cranwell House is a Grade II-listed Victorian mansion house set within a significant historic landscape in the World Heritage City of Bath. It was purchased by The Girls’ Day School Trust as the future home for the Junior School of The Royal High School Bath, which was looking to move from outmoded facilities on its existing site elsewhere in the city centre.

Following a limited competition Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios were appointed to sensitively refurbish the main house, reinstating the principal rooms of the house as new teaching spaces and introducing a contemporary and sustainable extension building within the immediate context of the listed building and the wider parkland setting.

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CASE STUDY
Pegasus House

Standing immediately beside Barnwell House, iconic Aerospace Building Pegasus House has also officially opened following restoration and renovation works. Originally the headquarters of the Bristol Aerospace Company, Pegasus House is a Grade II listed art-deco building built in 1936 which is now at the heart of the new Airbus Aerospace Park. Several heritage features have been retained including a historic four storey stained glass window that chronologically illustrates the evolution of the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s planes, referencing Greek mythology & folklore.

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