Design & Build in Falmer

Welcome to Black Olive Construction, an esteemed building company based in Brighton & Hove, serving residential property clients in Falmer, Lewes and the surrounding areas in East and West Sussex. Our adept team of construction experts undertake a diverse range of projects, offering seamless solutions that encompass construction, project management and innovative design services for:

With a collective experience spanning three decades in the building industry, Black Olive Construction excels across various specialised domains like architecture, structural engineering, landscaping and interior design. Our extensive network comprises trusted tradespeople, designers, engineers, suppliers and manufacturers, all selected to uphold our core values of professionalism and integrity. Whether you envision a bespoke design for a single room or an entire house, want a loft conversion or extension, or have plans for a garden office, count on us to seamlessly coordinate your project and bring your property aspirations to life.

How we work

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

✓ We develop ideas

We take the time to listen to your home improvement ideas and goals, so we can devise inventive solutions to achieve them. Using our detailed knowledge of Brighton and Lewes planning policy and design considerations, we’re able to optimise this stage of the project for best outcomes.

✓ We manage projects

A dedicated project manager will oversee every aspect of your residential design & build project. This guarantees that timely delivery, effective budget monitoring and a flexible approach to changes in the project scope or unexpected circumstances will 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 complete control, creative skills and resource allocation are adapted as needed to ensure the best solution for our clients.

What are the main benefits of Design & Build?

For many homeowners, navigating a building project can feel like stepping into the unknown. Tackling a substantial home improvement project without the right expertise can be daunting which is why opting for a professional design & build company offers countless benefits. At Black Olive Construction, we consolidate all necessary expertise under one roof, overseeing your project from inception to completion, and providing you with a comprehensive service every step of the way.

  • 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 delivering a successful outcome for each project, which motivates us to deliver the best possible result.
  • Faster delivery – An established 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

If you’re ready to take the next step and discuss your home improvement ideas with our design & build team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 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?

When embarking on significant property transformations such as extensive remodelling or adding new spaces, engaging an architect or designer is paramount. Their professional insight ensures thoughtful consideration of crucial elements like views, sunlight, landscape integration and structural integrity. At Black Olive Construction, we provide comprehensive design solutions, including architectural design, seamlessly complementing our core construction services.

How do you work with different contractors and trades?

Your dedicated project manager is in charge of everything to do with your design & build project. They have complete control over the coordination and supervision of 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 require 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 on your behalf.

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, ranging from listed buildings to 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.