Design & Build Services in Brighton

Black Olive Construction is a highly respected building and construction company in Brighton, but we offer far more than the services of a general building contractor. We provide complete design and building solutions for your residential project, including architectural services, structural and mechanical engineering, landscaping design, interior design and much more.

Over the years, we have developed a trusted network of designers and engineers, supplier and manufacturers across Brighton & Hove and further afield – building specialists who share our non-negotiable values of professionalism and integrity. Whether you are looking to refurbish an entire property or a single room, are planning a loft conversion or garden office, or you need specialist help with a new build or a listed building restoration, we can bring together all the required expertise under our control to deliver a complete design & build service. Contact us today to see how we can help.

What do we mean by Design & Build?

Black Olive Construction is an independent design, planning, management and build company with an excellent reputation for delivering end-to-end project management and build services for residential property clients in Brighton & Hove and across Sussex. Whether you’re based in Hove Park, Kemptown or Rottingdean, we’ve made it our business to make your journey with us as rewarding and stress-free as possible, providing a one-stop shop for all your needs, using our tried and tested three-step approach to deliver complete design & build solutions.

✓ We develop ideas

The planning and design stage is where we define the project together with you, the client. We will draw up a programme of works according to your requirements, budget and overall vision, finetuning the project and programme until you are happy to proceed to the next stage. Communication and transparency are key in all our dealings.

✓ We manage projects

From inception to completion, your project will be fully managed by our experienced in-house team. We will liaise with planning authorities, suppliers, contractors and more to ensure the programme of works proceeds as planned, keeping you fully consulted at all times and providing solutions to any challenges that may arise.

✓ We create spaces

As a professional construction firm in Brighton, we operate by directly controlling all the core trades, specialist contractors and other suppliers needed for you project. This enables us to keep a firm hand on the budget, the programme and the timescale, ensuring the best quality build and delivering the best possible end result.

At Black Olive Construction, we totally understand that each building and renovation project is unique. From simple cosmetic improvements and minor upgrades to serious structural work and large-scale developments, we have the expertise and experience to deliver bespoke design & build projects of any size or complexity.

Find out more about our services and contact the team at Black Olive Construction to share your vision for your next building project in Brighton.

What are the benefits of Design & Build?

  • Faster delivery – Focusing on collaboration within a synchronous process means shorter delivery frames and fewer problems
  • Better quality – We are fully invested in and accountable for the success of your project from the outset, which leads to better project outcomes
  • Shared cost savings – Integrated team approach motivates making budget conscious decisions from day one, resulting in shared cost savings for you at the end of the project
  • Less hassle – With us as the single point of contact for your project, we handle the contractual elements and the paperwork, so you can focus on the project
  • Less risk – We absorb the majority of the project risk by taking on accountability, contractual terms and coordination efforts


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need planning permission for my building project?

The majority of residential building works fall within ‘permitted development rights’, with no planning permission needed. Your local planning authority should be able to confirm. However, there are certain criteria that the project must meet, while leasehold properties, Conservation Area homes and listed buildings do not benefit from permitted development. Planning consent will generally be required for major structural alterations and large-scale developments. As part of our fully project managed design & build services, Black Olive Construction will liaise with local planners and get the necessary paperwork.

Why do I need to hire an architect?

Large-scale structural projects that involve remodelling an existing space or creating a new space will require an architect or designer to assist with planning. If you’re extending the building or creating a new structure, an architect will be able to anticipate the best views, observe the direction of the sun and the landscape, and advise on what will work best structurally and proportionally. As a vertically integrated company, Black Olive Construction provides complete design solutions to support our building activities, which includes architectural design.

What sort of building projects do you specialise in?

At Black Olive Construction, we specialise in the design, management and build for all kinds of residential property in Brighton, including Regency, Victorian and Edwardian homes, modern flats and houses and new builds. With a combined professional track record of over 30 years in the building industry, no project is too small or too complex for us to take on. Our expertise ranges from kitchen and bathroom renovations to loft conversions, building extensions and complete home refurbishments, including designated listed buildings and brand-new developments.

Contact us

    Get in touch with us today

    Contact us today to find out more about our Design & Build Services in Brighton and Hove. Either give us or a call or email us using the information below, or fill out our form and a friendly member of our expert team will be in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss your project.

    We provide our Design & Build Services to clients in Brighton and Sussex, including FalmerHollingburyHoveKemptownLancingPortsladeSaltdeanShoreham-by-SeaWorthing and many more.


    01273 950010



    Studio 215 Regency House
    91 Western Road
    East Sussex
    BN1 2NW

    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.