Design & Build in Kemptown, Brighton

Black Olive Construction is a reputable building company located in Brighton & Hove, providing services to residential clients in Kemptown and across the city and surrounding areas. Offering construction, project management and design solutions including architecture, structural engineering, landscaping and interior design, our professional team specialises in:

With 30+ years’ combined building trade experience, we have developed relationships with trusted contractors, suppliers, designers, engineers and manufacturers in Brighton and Sussex. All professional contacts are carefully vetted and selected to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. Whether refurbishing one room or a whole property, building an extension or converting the loft, we can coordinate the necessary expertise to achieve your vision.

How we work

Black Olive Construction has earned an excellent reputation for providing comprehensive project management and construction services in Kemptown and Brighton. As an independent local company, our process has been refined to ensure a rewarding and low-stress experience for our clients. To that end, we employ a proven three-stage approach to deliver our design & build projects:

✓ We develop ideas

We invest time to understand your requirements and aspirations before coming up with exciting solutions. Using our in-depth knowledge of Brighton’s planning processes and design considerations, we can optimise this phase of the project for best results.

✓ We manage projects

A dedicated project manager oversees all aspects of your residential design & build project in Kemptown. That way, we can focus on timely delivery, effective cost control and a flexible approach to changes in project scope or unforeseen events.

✓ We create spaces

At Black Olive Construction, we work as a cohesive, reliable, and accountable team to bring your building project to life. Centralised control and the ability to adapt our creative and practical resources as needed are the best way to ensure the optimal solution for you.

What are the main benefits of Design & Build?

For those unfamiliar with the construction process, embarking on a large home improvement project can be a daunting prospect. That’s where Black Olive Construction come in. Choosing a professional design and build company offers significant benefits:

  • Reduced stress – We provide a single point of contact to manage all contractual elements, giving you complete peace of mind.
  • Lower risk – We assume the contractual responsibility for delivering your project, including most of the risk.
  • Higher quality – A vested interest in your project’s success drives us to deliver the best possible outcome.
  • Shorter timescales – Our tried and tested collaborative method and streamlined operational processes mean faster delivery and fewer issues.
  • Lower cost – Design & Build has an integrated budget-focused approach aimed at achieving cost efficiencies for you and for us.

Contact Black Olive Construction

If you are ready to share your home improvement ideas with our expert team, please feel free to get in touch. We would be delighted to talk through your next residential project and show you how we could help achieve your property ambitions. We provide our Design & Build Services to clients in Brighton and Sussex, including FalmerHollingburyHoveLancingPortsladeSaltdeanShoreham-by-SeaWorthing and many more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I appoint an architect?

For major property renovations, extensions or new builds, an architect’s or designer’s expertise is a key requirement. Their skills help consider the best views, sunlight, landscape design and structural elements. At Black Olive Construction, we provide complete design solutions including architectural services to complement our core construction expertise.

How do you work with contractors and tradespeople?

Your dedicated project manager coordinates and supervises all contractors and trades including groundworks, roofing, bricklaying, plastering, carpentry, plumbing, electrics, painting, decorating and more. Accurate record keeping and reporting means you can be confident that all aspects of your project are professionally managed.

Do I need planning permission for my project?

Most home improvements fall within ‘permitted development rights’ (PDR) assuming that certain eligibility criteria and specifications are met. We recommend obtaining confirmation of PDR from the local authority. For information, PDR does not apply to leasehold homes, those in conservation areas or listed buildings. At Black Olive Construction, we will handle the paperwork and liaise with planners on your behalf.

What other construction services do you provide?

We design, build and project manage a broad range of residential schemes in Kemptown, Brighton & Hove and beyond. Our team has a vast amount of experience with properties of all ages including Regency architecture and listed buildings, modern flats and houses, and new builds too, delivering kitchens, bathrooms, loft conversions, home extensions, garden buildings, and complete property refurbishments.

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.