Your Building Control Service
Providing a complete local authority statutory building control approval service across Hertfordshire, our team of qualified surveyors work in collaboration with builders, architects and agents, ensuring that every building project achieves approval with the minimum of disruption.
Is to become the Building Compliance Consultancy of choice, unrivalled in the marketplace and renowned for our:
- Great service
- Great people
- Great results
Is to add value to our customers and communities by leading the compliance process and so ensuring quality buildings.
Underpin all that we do and provide a framework for our staff in which to make the right decision.
Coupled with our Mission, they highlight that we are in business for the public good and not purely to make a profit. To become the Building Compliance Consultancy of choice, we recognise that we need to create the right behaviours within our teams. So, our focus is on our people – supporting the investment we make in them to ensure that they achieve their potential and deliver the best possible service on behalf of our clients.
Help Every Step of the Way
Building regulations can be complex, but there’s no need for them to be daunting. Our Building Control processes have been designed to add value, by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy, delays and costs.
Covering all aspects of building work – from simple extensions and loft conversions to large-scale commercial or residential developments, we work with both commercial and residential customers, offering advice and guidance throughout a project.
We have achieved ISO 9001 status and in 2019 were awarded the LABC Warranty Bricks Award as the best local authority partner. Our surveyors have also been recognised nationally and as well as LABC Trainee of the year for 2018, LABC Rising Star for 2019 and LABC Superstar for 2019. Two of our surveyors are on the LABC training panel and on the LABC technical panel.
Operating in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas, our team of qualified surveyors are one of the largest in the area, and are on hand to help with all aspects of the build (or renovation), whilst adhering to Health and Safety regulations.
Simon Heywood -
BSc PG Dip MSc MCIPS
Simon has spent the last 10 years working in the public services industry. He led the Local Government practice for a consultancy company, delivering transformation and procurement projects prior to joining an outsourcing company when the consultancy was bought. Simon then joined a conglomerate owned by a Local Authority, with responsibility as Managing Director for two of the divisions, and was appointed a main board director.
Simon is more of an all-rounder than a specialist. He is, however, passionate about delivering great customer service and ensuring that the conditions are created within the business to enable our people to go the extra mile for customers.
Trevor Clements -
Head of Business Development
Trevor has over 35 years of experience working with Local Authorities in the region and represents the service at a national level on the LABC Technical Working Group, The Building Control Alliance Technical Panel and the Robust Details standards committee. He is the author of local and national guidance on related technical topics and takes an active role in delivering training and CPD to our customers and staff. Out of the office he is a keen runner and cyclist.
Steve Polfreman -
MRICS C.BUILD E FCABE MFPWS
Head of Quality & Compliance
A Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Building Engineer and Member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, Steve has over 36 years of experience in Building Control.
He is well connected across Local Authorities, the Local Government Association and LABC. Steve leads from the front and matches technical excellence with modern and novel working methods. Steve has a proven track record of surveyor training and development, change management, process/systems implementation and quality management.
Steve has a particular interest in architectural design and outside of work is a musician, photographer and long-distance walker.
Head of Operations & Finance
Caroline has over 20 years experience as an auditor, including working in the technical department of a top International audit firm based in London, specialising in project management, fraud detection and prevention, and the audit of FTSE 100 and international Companies.
Caroline has been responsible for the technical, accounting and IT training for a top tier Audit firm and been a guest speaker at various technical and university courses. In the last fifteen years she has extensive experience at senior and executive level working in commercial organisations across diverse industries such as Insurance, Recruitment, Rail Travel and Importing fruit, in particular enjoying working with entrepreneurs and new companies.
A keen Star Wars fan and couch based Lara Croft.
John Swainson -
Head of Building Control North
John has been in Building Control for over 30 years. Trained in the busy, multi-cultural Inner London Borough of Hackney, he eventually became Head of Building Control and Licensing.
John is a Chartered Building Surveyor and is an RICS Assessment of Professional Competence Assessor. Passionate about his profession, he is extremely keen to ensure more young people take an interest in and enter the Building Control profession.
Richard Hearne -
BSC(Hons) C.BUILD E MCABE AIFireE
Head of Building Control South
Richard has been working in public sector Building Control for 20 years. Experienced in working with both domestic and commercial projects he puts his emphasis on working with the customer to deliver compliant buildings.
As one of the company’s Fire Safety Specialists, Richard is a key lead on high-risk residential projects, as well as the more complex non-residential schemes within Hertfordshire and further afield.
Outside of the workplace he is a keen runner and you can often see him in local distance competitions.