Our buildings have been fully designed and detailed and are ready for fabrication. All we need to do is check the proposed site, and confirm the specification. We’ll then determine the cost, make the necessary statutory applications and start manufacture.

The typical programme for a single building is generally 8 weeks for the planning application, 8 weeks for ordering and off-site manufacture then 8 weeks for on-site assembly. The timescale for multiple buildings will vary, but we can advise once we have more detailed project information. The process usually consists of the key steps below.


1.  find a plot / land

It’s worth finding an individual plot or piece of land for developing before considering any design options – the site location and context will have bearing on the size of any new building, it’s height, design style and materials.

If required, we can help you with finding land: www.wudl.co.uk/land

2.  choose your design

Once you have a site or plot, you can decide on a design type you prefer, consider any variations and additions, and complete our client/project registration form. You may also want to visit our show home – see the quality of the space and our carefully selected specification.

If you are building a home for yourself and need a mortgage, it’s important to get expert advice early on, to have a clear understanding of your budget and borrowing options. Your first point of call when seeking a mortgage for your project could be Buildstore Mortgage Services. Please click here for more details.

3.  determine the suitability of the site

Either from site photographs and plans, or a site visit*, we’ll determine whether the location of the proposed building(s) is appropriate and if there will be any special considerations. Access is one important issue – if we can’t get a lorry and small crane to the site, we may not be able to deliver one of our buildings.

If the site seems feasible, we would purchase a licensed OS site plan & produce a building design configuration, site layout (click here for a sample layout) and material specification (for a fee of £150 + £50/dwelling plus VAT). We will then confirm the estimated cost of the project. This figure will exclude the cost of any land and will include provisional sums for foundation design, below ground services and connections and any other site-specific items. We recommend you allow an additional contingency sum for these items (15% of the total build cost should be sufficient).

For a further fee of £95 (plus VAT) we can provide a Residential Search Report that will identify any Contaminated Land; River, Coastal, and Surface Water flooding; Natural Ground Subsidence or Energy features. We can also provide a range of commercial reports.

  • * If we need to visit a site, there will be a charge of £150/half-day plus travel costs. This is refundable when you place an order for one of our homes.



4. check planning requirements

Our planning consultants can check to see if the proposed project requires Planning Permission. They can also carry out a more detailed investigation to determine the likelihood of an application being successful (for a fee of £275 + £50/dwelling plus VAT), advising by way of a traffic light system on the prospects of securing planning permission for a proposal – please click here for a sample report. For larger or more complex schemes it may be worth submitting a Pre-Planning Application (our fees would vary and would be in addition to any fees charged by the local planning authority (LPA)). You can also apply yourself or appoint a local planning consultant… search for the Local Planning Authority (LPA) on the Planning Portal website. We can send you floor plans and elevations. The LPA should respond within 4 weeks.

Depending on the planning authority, you may be able to meet with a Planning Officer to informally discuss your proposal. We have produced a colour A4 sheet that you can download here, then print and take to a meeting.

5. submit planning application (if required)

We will ask you to confirm the design and external material specification and then we’ll prepare the Planning Application drawings. We will also submit a Party Wall Notice if applicable (subject to an additional fee).

Together with our planning consultants we will complete the forms, supporting documents and submit the application. Most planning applications are decided within eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex – in which case the time limit is extended to 13 weeks.



6. sign project agreement

Once we have received full planning permission we will ask you to sign our Project Agreement and make the first payment (a Deposit / Customisation Fee). We’ll then help you to determine the exact internal specification including any finishes & colours.

7. site investigation & design

We will arrange for an intrusive site investigation, sampling, analysis and report, order service connections on your behalf (electricity / water supply & drainage / telecoms), design the foundations & below ground services and any additional landscape design requirements (charged at an agreed fixed fee or hourly rate).



8. fabricate the timber frame system

Next we will order all the materials and components and start to fabricate your building. This normally takes a total of 8 weeks.

9. foundations & below ground services

We will also organise for the foundations and below ground services to be installed. This element of the project is undertaken by a third-party ground works contractor that is local to the site. We can either tender this to three contractors or negotiate with a specific one. The tender/negotiation, cost approval, contract signing (JCT Minor Works), site mobilisation and undertaking the ground works would ideally occur whilst the building system is being fabricated in the factory.

Once complete our Approved Inspector will inspect the foundations and new service connections.

  • We can commence this stage of the project whilst planning approval is being sought (to potentially save 8 weeks), but you will be required to pay 50% of the purchase cost in advance (that would be non-refundable should planning approval be declined).



10. assemble the building

We will commence the assembly of the building, that will take a further 8 weeks once the site has been prepared and the foundations are ready. The assembly process is split into 3 key stages – Build A is the off-site fabrication of the insulated timber panel system and it’s erection over the first week, Build B (the next 4 weeks on site) is the construction of the building shell and Build C is the (optional) fitting out over the final 3 weeks.

  • Due to the nature of construction (adverse weather, material availability, general unanticipated problems etc), the construction period may be slightly longer, and this should be allowed for.

11. landscaping

If required, we will commence landscaping works after Build B stage is complete.



12. final inspection

Once the building is complete, we will carry out a final inspection to ensure it is finished to the correct standard and that all the systems are working properly. We will then hand over the keys and an operation manual. You will need to ensure you have adequate insurance from this point.

13. six months defects inspection

After six months, we will make an inspection and make good any defects.



Throughout the pre-construction stages we will act as Architects (registered with the Architects Registration Board), with our role changing to that of a building contractor once the project starts on site. To ensure that the building is properly certified (for mortgage, lease or loan purposes), the building is inspected and certified and given a 10 year warranty.

We will also provide SAP calculations, SBEM calculations (Simplified Building Energy Model) or BREEAM. The cost of these assessments are identified in the project cost schedule.

If you have any questions at all, please call us on 0161 225 4000.


  • This procedure/programme and indicative time-scales are based on a single building and only to be used as a guide – each project will vary.
  • All prices exclude VAT and are as accurate as possible but may be subject to change at any time – payments are to be made in advance and cleared prior to the next stage of works
  • The Planning Application process does not include “Major Developments” that will take longer and will cost more.