Design & Build in Sussex

Black Olive Construction is a highly respected building company in Sussex with a broad portfolio of residential services for construction, project management and design in East Sussex and West Sussex. We take pride in our expertise of providing complete solutions that cover a wealth of different specialisations including architecture, engineering, landscaping, interior design and more. Our skilled team specialises in delivering a wide range of residential projects including:

With 30+ years of combined experience in the building trade, we have established a reliable network of engineers, designers, suppliers and manufacturers across Sussex. These professionals share our non-negotiable values of professionalism and integrity. Whether you’re looking to refurbish a single room or a whole house, extend your living space or build something new, Black Olive Construction can coordinate all the necessary expertise and help bring your vision to life.

How do we work?

Black Olive Construction has earned an excellent reputation for delivering end-to-end project management and construction services for residential properties in Sussex. As an independent company with extensive experience in the Sussex property market, we have perfected our process to ensure a rewarding and stress-free journey for our clients. We follow a three-step approach to successfully deliver our design and build projects:

✓ We develop ideas

We carefully listen to your property requirements and goals, and then come up with innovative solutions to meet them. With our deep understanding of local planning and design considerations, we optimise the planning and design stages for the best results.

✓ We manage projects

Your dedicated project manager is there to oversee all aspects of your design and build project. They ensure timely delivery, monitor budgets, and adapt to changes in the project scope or unforeseen circumstances.

✓ We create spaces

At Black Olive Construction, we work as a unified and accountable team to deliver each unique design & build project. Our central control allows us to maximise 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 can be unfamiliar territory for many homeowners, with many uncertainties and risks involved. By choosing a professional design & build company like Black Olive Construction, you can reap a multitude of benefits. We bring together all the necessary expertise under one roof, managing the project on your behalf to provide a complete service.

  • Less hassle – We act as your single point of contact, handling all contractual elements for your residential project.
  • Lower risk – We are contractually accountable for delivering your project, taking on the majority of the risk.
  • Better quality – We are fully invested in your project’s success and strive to deliver the highest quality results.
  • Faster delivery – Our collaborative and streamlined processes result in shorter delivery times and fewer issues overall.
  • Lower costs – Our collaborative and streamlined processes result in shorter delivery times and fewer issues overall.

Contact Black Olive Construction

Our dedicated team is ready to turn your dreams into reality with your next residential design & build project in Sussex. Get in touch with us today for a friendly chat and to arrange a site visit to discuss your vision. We provide our Design & Build Services to clients in Brighton and Sussex, including FalmerHollingburyHoveKemptownLancingPortsladeSaltdeanShoreham-by-Sea, Worthing and many more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need an architect's services?

If you’re planning significant changes to a building’s structure, like remodelling or creating new spaces, it’s essential to involve an architect or designer. Architects have the expertise to consider important factors such as views, sun orientation, landscape integration, and structural considerations. At Black Olive Construction, we offer comprehensive design solutions, including architectural design, to complement our in-house construction services.

Which contractors and tradespeople do you work with?

For your complete peace of mind, your assigned project manager will take care of everything for your design and build project. They will coordinate and supervise all the workers and trades involved, including groundwork, construction, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, roofing, painting and decorating. Our in-house team ensures accurate recording and reporting, so you can trust us to handle every aspect of the project.

Do I need planning permission for my building project?

Most home improvement projects fall under “permitted development rights,” which means you usually don’t need planning permission. However, certain rules must be followed, and it’s advisable to consult your local planning authority for confirmation. Keep in mind that leasehold properties, homes in conservation areas and listed buildings do not benefit from permitted development rights. Don’t worry, though, because Black Olive Construction will handle all the paperwork and communicate with local planners on your behalf.

What other types of building projects do you undertake?

At Black Olive Construction, we have expertise in designing, building and managing a wealth of residential projects in Sussex and beyond. We are experienced in different architectural styles such as Regency, Victorian and Edwardian, and can refurbish anything from urban flats to modern new builds and large country estates. We can renovate kitchens and bathrooms, convert lofts, add extensions, build garden offices, and remodel entire properties. We also have extensive experience in working with listed buildings and creating new homes from scratch.

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.