Considerations when building or adapting commercial properties

Considerations when building or adapting commercial property Cheslyn Building Contractors

As an expert building firm with extensive experience in the commercial and industrial sectors, Cheslyn Building Contractors have developed and delivered building work spanning across a range of services from small works refurbishments to major design and build developments including schools, public buildings, commercial, ecclesiastical, leisure, retail and health facilities. There are many considerations when building or adapting commercial properties. Conversion can be defined as a change in function or change in use, such as converting an office block and making it suitable for residential use. Adaptation means the process of adjustment and alteration of a building to meet new requirements. It is key that before embarking on the conversion or adaption of an existing building that there is a thorough understanding of its properties, both structural and building fabric. With this knowledge, correct diagnosis can be made, as can informed decision making.

Planning and permits

There are many different aspects to consider when it comes to building a commercial property. Planning and zoning is an essential consideration as local councils may have strict regulations about the size of the property, its location and what kind of business you can operate from it.  Consideration will need to be given in obtaining all the necessary permits before working on the property to ensure that all plans meet all safety standards and adhere to council planning regulations before starting construction. Councils won’t approve any plans until they have been through this process first.

In the UK, planning permission is required for almost all types of commercial “development” as defined within the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This includes brand new constructions, demolitions, rebuilds, subdivisions and structural alterations, such as office extensions or changes to shop fronts and external security shutters. However, interior modifications and additional buildings within the boundaries of the original property, may not require planning permission.

Adhere to Current UK Building Regulations

Commercial property in the UK needs to provide a safe environment for all people. Before, during and after construction, it is imperative that all UK Building Regulations are strictly adhered to. Necessary precautions must be taken to ensure the building complies with standards relating to:

  • Structure
  • Fire safety
  • Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture:
  • Toxic substances
  • Resistance to sound
  • Ventilation
  • Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency
  • Drainage and waste disposal
  • Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
  • Protection from falling, collision and impact
  • Conservation of fuel and power
  • Access to and use of buildings
  • Electrical safety
  • Security in dwellings
  • High-speed electronic communications networks
  • Material and workmanship


As commercial builders in Staffordshire we work alongside architects, contractors, investors, property developers, insurers and authorities supporting commercial building developments in and around Staffordshire and the West Midlands. We have an in-depth understanding of the standards required in commercial building work which enables us to offer the best possible commercial construction support.

Our unique combination of experienced building management and our own all-trades team of craftsmen are the perfect combination of ingredients to ensure your offices, retail and leisure project is built in line with all of the regulatory requirements including planning, insurance and risk assessments.

For further information and advice on considerations when building or adapting a commercial properties, please contact us here.