Design & Build in Portslade

Black Olive Construction is a highly esteemed building company based in Brighton & Hove, serving residential property clients in Portslade, Southwick and beyond. We take pride in offering a diverse range of construction, project management and design services, delivering complete solutions that include many specialist areas including architecture, structural engineering, landscaping, and interior design. Our team of skilled professionals carry out residential building works in the following areas:

We have decades of building industry experience and developed a reliable network of trusted trades, designers, engineers, suppliers and manufacturers across Sussex. We carefully select all our professional contacts to align with our non-negotiable commitment to professionalism and integrity. Whether you’re planning to refurbish a single room or your entire property, build an extension, or convert your loft, we can coordinate all the necessary expertise to turn your vision into a reality.

How we work

At Black Olive Construction, our team has built an excellent reputation for delivering comprehensive project management and build services for homes in Portslade and throughout Sussex. As an independent company with vast experience in the Sussex property market, we have streamlined our process to ensure a rewarding and stress-free journey for our clients. We follow a proven three-step approach to successfully deliver design & build projects:

✓ We develop ideas

We listen attentively to your property requirements and goals, developing innovative solutions to meet them. Utilising our in-depth knowledge of local planning and design considerations, we’re able to optimise the planning and design stages for the best outcomes.

✓ We manage projects

Your dedicated project manager oversees every aspect of your residential design & build project in Portslade. They ensure timely delivery, monitor budgets, and adapt to changes in the project scope or unexpected circumstances.

✓ We create spaces

Operating as a unified, professional, and accountable team, we bring each unique design & build project to life. With centralised control, we use our creative skills and allocate resources as needed to provide the best solution for our clients.

Why choose Design & Build?

Embarking on a residential building project is unfamiliar territory for most homeowners, and the uncertainties and risks involved can seem daunting. Selecting a professional design & build company such as Black Olive Construction has many advantages. We bring together all the necessary expertise under one roof, managing the project on your behalf to deliver a complete service.

  • Less hassle – Acting as your single point of contact, we handle all contractual elements, taking the stress away from you.
  • Lower risk – We are contractually accountable for delivering your project, meaning most of the risk rests on our shoulders, not yours.
  • Better quality – Fully invested in your project’s successful outcome; we are motivated to deliver the best possible result.
  • Faster delivery – Our tried and tested collaborative approach and streamlined processes result in shorter delivery times and fewer overall problems.
  • Lower costs – Thanks to our integrated design & build approach, budget-driven decision-making is built into the heart of every project, resulting in shared cost savings.

Contact Black Olive Construction

Are you ready to share your ideas for your home improvements with our competent design & build team? Get in touch for an informal chat about your upcoming residential project in Portslade and find out how we can help you turn your dreams into reality. We provide our Design & Build Services to clients in Brighton and Sussex, including FalmerHollingburyHoveKemptownLancingSaltdeanShoreham-by-SeaWorthing and many more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need the services of an architect?

If you’re planning significant changes to a building, such as extensive remodelling or adding new spaces, involving an architect or designer is crucial. They have the expertise to consider important factors like views, sunlight, landscape integration, and structural aspects. At Black Olive Construction, we offer comprehensive design solutions, including architectural design, to complement our construction services.

Which contractors and tradespeople do you work with?

At Black Olive Construction, your dedicated project manager will handle everything for your design & build project. They will coordinate and supervise all the workers and trades involved, including groundworks, bricklaying, roofing, plastering, plumbing & electrical work, carpentry, painting & decorating. Our in-house team ensures precise documentation and reporting, so you can rely on us to manage every aspect of the project.

Do I need planning permission for my building project?

For most home improvement projects, planning permission is not required as they fall under ‘permitted development rights’ (PDR). However, it is important to adhere to specific rules, and we recommend seeking confirmation from your local planning authority. Bear in mind that PDR does not apply to leasehold properties, homes in conservation areas and listed buildings. Black Olive Construction will handle all the paperwork and liaise with local planners on your behalf.

What other types of building work do you do?

At Black Olive Construction, we specialise in designing, building, and managing a wide range of residential projects in Portslade, Brighton & Hove and across Sussex. We are hugely experienced in working with architectural styles from different periods, as well as modern flats and houses, and new-build developments, carrying out kitchen and bathroom renovations, loft conversions, building extensions, garden offices and complete home 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.