Design & Build in Falmer

Welcome to Black Olive Construction, a highly regarded building company based in Brighton & Hove, serving residential property clients in Falmer, Lewes and the surrounding areas in East and West Sussex. We have a skilled team of building professionals at our disposal who carry out a wide range of construction, project management and design services, delivering complete solutions for our clients, such as

At Black Olive Construction, we have three decades’ worth of combined building industry experience that extends to many specialist areas including architecture, structural engineering, landscaping and interior design. Our trusted network of trades, designers, engineers, suppliers, manufacturers and other professional contacts has been carefully chosen to align with our business ethos of professionalism and integrity. Whether you are looking for a design & build solution for a single room or entire house, a loft conversion, building extension or garden office, we have the necessary expertise to coordinate the project and realise your property goals.

Whether refurbishing one room or the whole house, building an extension or converting the loft, the necessary expertise can be coordinated to create your dream home.

How we work

We specialise in delivering complete project management and build services for homes in Falmer, the City of Brighton & Hove, Lewes and beyond. As an independent company with vast experience in the local property market, we have developed a streamlined process that ensures a rewarding and low-stress journey for our clients. We use a proven three-step approach to successfully deliver each residential design & build project:

✓ We develop ideas

We take the time to listen to your home improvement ideas and goals, then devise exciting solutions to meet them. Using our detailed knowledge of Brighton and Lewes planning policy and design considerations, we are able to optimise this stage of the project for best outcomes.

✓ We manage projects

A dedicated project manager oversees every aspect of your residential design & build project. Timely delivery, effective budget monitoring and a flexible approach to changes in the project scope or unexpected circumstances can all be carried out easily.

✓ We create spaces

Working together as a unified, professional, and accountable team, Black Olive Construction bring each unique design and build project to life. With the benefit of centralised control, creative skills and resource allocation are adapted as needed to provide the best solution for our clients.

What are the main benefits of Design & Build?

Most homeowners are unfamiliar with the workings of a building project. Without the necessary experience, it can be an intimidating prospect to take on a large home improvement project. This is where choosing a professional design & build company offers many advantages. At Black Olive Construction, we draw together all the required expertise under one roof, manage the entire project from start to finish and deliver a complete service to you.

  • Reduced stress – A single point of contact handles all contractual elements, meaning less stress and worry for you.
  • Lower risk – Contractual accountability for delivering the project means most of the risk is with us, not with you.
  • Better quality – We are fully invested in the project’s successful outcome, which motivates us to deliver the best possible result.
  • Faster delivery – A proven collaborative approach and streamlined operations mean shorter delivery times and fewer problems.
  • Lower costs – Our integrated design & build approach has budget-driven decision-making built in, meaning cost savings for you and for us.

Contact Black Olive Construction

Are you ready to take the next step and discuss your home improvement ideas with our design & build team? Contact Black Olive Construction for an initial chat to find out how we can achieve your property goals in Falmer. We provide our Design & Build Services to clients in Brighton and Sussex, including HollingburyHoveKemptownLancingPortsladeSaltdeanShoreham-by-SeaWorthing and many more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is an architect needed?

If planning major property changes like extensive remodelling or adding new spaces, involving an architect or designer is crucial. Their professional expertise helps consider important factors like views, sunlight, landscape integration and structural aspects. Black Olive Construction offers complete design solutions, including architectural design, to complement our core construction services.

How do you work with different contractors and trades?

Your dedicated project manager is in full charge of everything to do with your design & build project. They coordinate and supervise all workers and trades involved, including groundworks, bricklaying, roofing, plastering, carpentry, plumbing, electrics, painting & decorating, ensuring everything is documented and reported accurately, so you can relax knowing all aspects of the project are taken care of.

Is planning consent needed for my project?

Most home improvements don’t need planning consent under ‘permitted development rights’ (PDR). Eligibility criteria and specifications must be met, so getting confirmation from the local planning authority is recommended. PDR does not apply to leasehold properties, homes in conservation areas or listed buildings. At Black Olive Construction, our project managers handle all paperwork and liaise with planners.

What other building work does Black Olive Construction do?

We carry out a broad range of residential projects in Falmer, across Brighton & Hove and the surrounding areas. Our team is highly experienced in working with architectural styles from different periods including listed buildings, as well as modern properties and new builds. We specialise in kitchen & bathroom redesigns, loft conversions, building extensions, garden office and complete makeovers.

David BCustomer Brighton

Back in 2021 Black Olive took over the management of a complicated building project. It wasn't an easy job and the project manager had to deal with some significant but unforseen issues.
Even several months after completion I was able to contact them for follow-up and the manager dealt with any problems that arose both during and after the work.

VictorCustomer Brighton

Black Olive is particularly effective at client liaison, and I have always found that their projects start and finish on time with regular updates on progress in-between.
Black Olive team has a particular eye for detail, takes care to fully understand the requirements, uses strong initiative to overcome any unforseen difficulties in a variety of creative ways and manages internal and external labour extremely effectively.

Roger BrassCustomer

We can highly recommend the team at Black Olive. Projects that the team members have completed for us in the past have been undertaken professionally, managed closely and delivered exactly in line with our requirements. We established an excellent rapport with the team which gave us every confidence in all aspects of their work. On completion of the projects we have always been completely satisfied, with the end result being quite superb.