Planning Permission Approved in Highfield

Planning permission approved for our client’s ground floor rear extension on their property in Highfield, Wigan. 

Construction can now get under way for this new stylish kitchen extension with adjoining garage. Our clients brief was to maximise their existing extension by creating a more stylish open-plan kitchen accompanied by stunning bi-folding doors overlooking their back garden. 



The building regulations drawings have now been finalised ready for our client's new build. 

We offer a range of architectural plans for Planning and Building Regs approval, from house extensions to garage conversions. See the link below for the different types of services we offer: https://athtechdesigns.com/service


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Extension plans drawn Wigan

 At Athtech Designs we have over thirty years’ experience in planning permission and Building regulation extension plan designs, loft & garage conversions. Based in Wigan, not only do we provide a top-rated service to our local residents but our service enables us to supply throughout the Northwest. 

We use the latest 3D software. This significantly accelerates the design time and also gives our customers real-life visualisations so they can see the building before it is built and it also allows us to handle both large and small orders, with competitive rates and a fast turnaround. 

 With a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly team, we can advise you on the best way to expand your existing living space and with a cost-effective mindset, you are able to rest assured that your extension plans will be produced in good time in order to meet your deadline.


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A Review the part A opening width table “Value of Factor X”

 The table below can help you determine minimum pier and return widths to confirm the stability of masonry as a way of not requiring structural calculations.




The table can be used as a guarantee that has taken design loads and included a safety factor to ensure it’s stable in all situations. 

For instance, if a roof with a maximum 9m span bears onto the wall and the inner masonry leaf is at least 100mm thick and at least a 7.3N/mm² compressive strength, then the X factor is 6. Similarly, if the same structure has a first floor with a maximum 4.5m span onto it then the X factor would still be 6 or if the span is between 4.5m and 6m then the X factor would be 5 instead. 

Once you figure out how the X factor is calculated then you can use Diagram 14 to work out the masonry widths: 




Here are the simple rules found in Diagram 14 with the main one (point 1) being the opening sizes are limited to 2L/3. So, for instance, if the supporting wall is 6m long then the total of the openings can’t exceed 2x6.5/3 = 4.3m. 

The width of the piers can then be designed using the X factor in connection to the centreline of the return or buttressing walls and adjoining openings.If we use 6 as the X factor then we can estimate the pier sizes for a 6m long wall. 




The proposed openings work using the formula and X factor with 666mm remaining. Larger openings can still be built however, would require a structural engineer to assess the proposed construction to confirm whether or not additional support is needed by making the walls thicker or by adding wind posts to maintain stability. 

Please note, that return corner piers (note 7) still needed to be at least 665mm wide despite the formula offering 330mm for W4. Remember W4 will be built in the wall buttressing the loaded wall so the 665mm brickwork return provides this stability. 


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Does your existing living space need modernizing?

At Athtech Designs, we know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where you cook, eat, entertain, socialise and relax. A safe space for the whole family to come together and talk over a well-prepared meal. Does your existing living space need modernizing? Is there enough space for you to host family and friends? Does the space flow between kitchen, living and dining areas like you want it to? If the answer is no, then Athtech Designs can help. We will ensure you end up with the open-plan kitchen of your dreams which is contemporary, chic and functional – giving you the easy flow between living spaces that you’ve been looking for. 


The key to any extension design lies in knowing how best to make your existing layout work for you. Our services are designed to optimize your interior layout to give you a kitchen that maximizes functionality. Whether your home is detached or semi-detached, no matter if you require a one-story extension or a side-return extension, we will work with you to ensure your house transforms into a space that will change your life for the better. 

►To begin with, Athtech Designs will consult with you to develop a detailed brief so that our architects understand exactly what you require from the extension. Whether you want a vaulted ceiling, a skylight, glazed walls or, integrated cooking and refrigeration equipment. Whatever you wish to include in your design, we will work together to make it happen. 

►After we have decided on the layout, we can move onto all the aesthetic parts of the room. The interior design will be executed in a way that will make you never want to leave your new living space! In addition, with Athtech Designs, you can rest assured that the exterior of the extension will be just as beautiful as the interior. 





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Planning Permission Granted in Newton-Le-Willows

Planning has recently been approved by St Helens Council for our client’s ground floor side extension to their semi-detached property in Newton-Le-Willows. In addition, planning permission has also been granted for alterations to a wrap-around link roof over the front porch. 


For this project, the brief we received from the client was: 

►Maximise the available space to better suit their needs (as they care for foster children). 

►Create a new utility space separated from the kitchen. 

►Create a downstairs shower room. 

►Extend the property up to the boundary to create a new peaceful living space overlooking the garden. 


The existing ground floor layout was classic for semi-detached houses in this area: separate reception rooms at the front, with the kitchen and existing lean-to extension to the rear. The proposed alterations and new extension would add a considerable amount of value to their property. 

Now that we have gained planning approval, we have developed a detailed set of Building Regulations drawings. These drawings can be used to get accurate quotes from builders and contractors so that the client can move forward with the build. We are excited to see how the finished project turns out! 



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Save Money on Your Extension

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why extending your home is so popular. It’s the best way to be happy with your house and get the most out of your property. 

One of the main things that can put homeowners off is the cost associated with extending. Read on to learn some top tips for keeping your extension effective and affordable. 

  1. Don’t go overboard! Can you really afford those floor to ceiling windows? Try to establish a plan that covers your needs but doesn’t splash out unnecessarily. Reclaimed is the way to go. 
  2. Not everything has to be bought brand new. Try to source as many materials as possible that are reclaimed or repurposed. 
  3. Find the perfect size. Think closely about how much space you really need. If you don’t need that extra 3ft, scrap it!  

These tips will go a long way to save you money when extending your home.



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What Athtech Designs can offer you!!!

Athtech Designs can provide you with the following things that you will need for your extension design: 

►Best advice/examples for possible schemes and design layouts to suit your building needs 

►A set of detailed building regulations drawings to submit to your local authority to gain planning and building regulations approval 

 ►Steel, masonry and foundation calculations, if required for building control approval 

 ►Continued communication and support throughout the design, planning and building process in order to gain the best possible outcome for your build 

The drawings and designs that I produce for you can be given to builders and contractors so that they can offer you firm quotes and also be used on-site during the build. 

With Covid-19 in mind, and to save you the expense, we would be happy to give you costing information and drawings using photos and measurements taken by yourselves and sent to me via e-mail. This would save you the cost of the site visit fee and increase safety. Inclusive of all services detailed above for us to complete the building regulation drawings and submit them to your local authority on your behalf. 

Please take a look at some of our recent projects. 

Athtech Designs




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Athtech Designs - Extension Plan Services

It’s such an exciting time when you start thinking about your new extension. You’re probably picking out colours, imagining where the furniture will go, and planning your housewarming as we speak. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of boring and/or frustrating stuff that goes into that dream home. With fifteen years’ experience in building control prior to forming Athtech Designs, we are one of the best at getting projects to fly through permissions and we handle the whole process for you.


The North West is a fabulous place to build; from the Victorian Terraces to the more modern semis, there are all kinds of opportunities to do something truly special. With older properties, the main thing that planning departments will look at is how the extension will fit in with its environment. We know how to work with the style of your area whilst incorporating your personal taste and vision. 


The bottom line is, with us, you won’t have to worry about the permissions side of your build. Athtech Designs has excellent relationships with councils across Wigan and the North West and will ensure achieving the relevant permission is stress and hassle free! 



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PLANNING SUBMITTED – HIGHFIELD, WIGAN

Athtech Designs have recently submitted a planning proposal for our client’s ground floor rear extension on their property in Highfield, Wigan. 

The ground floor layout was a standard semi-detached with a kitchen extension to the side as well as an adjoined garage. Our client’s instruction was to double the size of their existing kitchen extension by extending the width creating a more stylish open plan kitchen with beautiful bi-folding doors that lead out to their back garden. 

Planning has been now been submitted to Wigan Council and we look forward to progressing onto producing building regulations drawings for our client. 



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PLANNING APPROVED – WINSTANLEY, WIGAN

PLANNING APPROVED – WINSTANLEY, WIGAN 

Planning granted for their semi-detached property on Winstanley, Wigan.!!! 

This is great news for our client, as we’ve recently received planning approval from Wigan Council for their two-story side extension which will be built to assist with their son's disability. The new extension will include a specialist therapy space with sensory requirements which will help reduce anxiety and help him to have a calmer life. 

This was a long and hard-fought case that normally would have been rejected by Wigan council has it falls outside of their planning guidelines however, we stuck to the task and gathered the necessary evidence required to get this application over the line. 

This project consisted of renovating and extending a semi-detached property to allow more space for all the family to enjoy as well as their son. Downstairs was designed to have a large living room/therapy room, which would house a lightroom sensory area, a therapy swing to stimulate his vestibular system, a kitchen/bathroom where learn independent living skills can be introduced and a craft area for his enjoyment and doors out to our garden. 

We worked closely with the owners throughout, getting to know their son's likes and dislikes, to feed into the design. Athtech Designs advised every step of the process, including guidance to gain permissions and dealing with planning submissions. Now that planning has been approved, we have been appointed to produce full building regulations and tender drawings and help our client with the tender process to a select group of local builders.

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