GDL is a design and build company based in the heart of London. It provides a professional and comprehensive service to its clients, aimed at delivering an end-to-end residential property project management: from initial architectural planning to securing planning approvals, to engineering and build, through to bespoke interior finishes and procurement. All underpinned by our client-centered philosophy, our unrivaled craftsmanship and ingenuity, the unique combination of talent and solid trade relationships, and our commitment to the highest standard of innovation, quality, luxury, and comfort.
We are a one-stop-shop that delivers a bespoke, personalized experience to our customers marked by exceptional customer service and a high level of expertise and workmanship. This is how we have earned our enviable reputation as one of the most trusted and respected design and build companies. We get inspired by our clients, they are our valued partners in the design and build journey and we reward them with Excellence.
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Initial Contact & Site Visit
Once you decide it is time to renovate or expand property you can contact our team, providing an overview of what you are hoping to do and send any potential assisting files, drawings, and documents you have.We will carefully check the information you’ve given us and will arrange a meeting with yourselves in our showroom or on-site.Any moodboards and ideabooks will be very helpful at this stage. Having targeted budget in mind as well.
In case you don’t have any of the needed documents and drawings, our in-house architect will be happy to help with that phase.As soon as you approve the finalised drawings, the architect working on your project would proceed with submitting the planning application to the local council, in order to obtain Planning Approval.GDL will also bring on board the right structural engineer to produce structural plans for the required works.Another thing that GDL assists with, is dealing with the Party Walls (all the relevant neighbours’ consent forms) and collaborating with the surveyors.
While waiting for Planning Aproval we will prepare the tender for your project or alternatively go directly into quoting, if all drawings are provided.We will ensure we include everything in our detailed full tender breakdown, which we will then pass on to you. Once we’ve gone through all the points based on your requirements and following the Planning Approval, we will proceed with the next necessary steps.
This is the phase where, having obtained your approval on the Tender Offer, we will proceed with preparing all the pre-start documents, which include the full Project Specifications, the Payment Schedule (should no contract administrator is appointed), and most importantly, the JCT Contract.
The Build Process
We are very proud that the majority of our team is in-house, except from heating engineers and some specialist contractors. For the duration of the building stage, our project managers will monitor all temporary works, ensure that the site is compliant with health and safety, and manage all liaison with the council and building control. Our experienced team will be constantly checking the standard and quality of the work and, will provide you with regular updates and on-site meetings, to keep you posted on the programme.
Bespoke Finishes and Procurment
Choosing the finishes for your future home might seem a little overwhelming at first. Luckily, our team will be there to help with the right suppliers and finishes for your home (such as bespoke joinery, furniture, appliances, electrics, flooring, bathroom sanitary ware and tiles, etc.) to meet your targeted budget. We will also create a procurement program to follow.
Combining elements that have never been combined - that is our forte and passion.
Our office is in central London and you can find us easily. Our showroom id designed and furnished by us and are the best testimony to our professionalism, craftsmanship, ingenuity, and the in-limited design ideas we can offer to our clients.
We pride ourselves on having multiple awards for service and best design by Houzz UK – we have been 9 times Best of Houzz winner! Our customers praise us for our professionalism and insight, our workmanship, exceptional project management, and our work ethics.
We never cease to improve and diversify our skill base, so we stay competitive, relevant, and cutting-edge. We approach each new project with a fresh eye and an open mind to ensure we have a perfect understanding of what our client is looking for and then employ our insights masterfully to deliver perfection.
We never cease to explore, learn and try new ways, gaining precious insights along the way. Our finished projects are all unique and delivered to the highest standard attainable. Each project is bespoke, it is always about and for the people, and always about creating a quality of life and beauty meant to the client.