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We are a collective of complimentary, collaborative, and like-minded individuals and companies that specialise and work within different areas of the built environment.

We have come together as specialists in our fields to improve, enhance and offer a more holistic service to you, our clients.

This is embodied in our vision, which builds on our founding principles of customer service and well-being.
Swann Edwards Architecture White and Eddy Building Surveyors WE. Consulting Engineers JLM Health and Safety Swann Edwards Addition

our vision is to simplify the process of creating buildings for our clients and to deliver spaces that improve the lives of people that use them

what does this mean for you?

Individually and collectively we work hard for you and strive to offer the best customer experience providing:

integrated services
streamlined process
central point of contact
more informed designs

...using a variety of complementary disciplines and specialists from within the collective, resulting in you receiving the best information simply and efficiently, allowing you to focus on your priorities, in order to successfully deliver your projects.

Built Environment Collective

Your ‘go to’ for all things built environment

  • full architectural services
  • structural engineering
  • planning consultancy
  • solutions
  • Passivhaus design
  • health and safety
  • planning approval
  • building regulation approval
  • soil tests
  • 3D design and visualisations
  • party wall services
  • professional consultant certificates
  • structural warranties
  • contract administration

who are the collective?


2011 Swann Edwards

Swann Edwards Architecture was formed in May 2011, becoming incorporated on 09 February 2012.

Swann Edwards are a traditional architects practice covering all sectors and all levels of service. We work on a vast range of different projects and our team are equally diverse in their expertise. With that in mind we can coordinate a project from planning to completion or simply dip in when you need us most.

Our services include everything from planning consultancy, building regulation and tendering packages to contract administration, 3D visualisations, sustainable design and energy assessments, across:

•  Residential  •  Commercial  •  Industrial  •  Affordable Housing  •  Speculative Housing



White and Eddy Ltd, which incorporated White and Eddy (founded in 1922) became part of BE Collective in June 2018.

An independent, professional and personable practise specialising in the inspection of dwellings being built for the purposes of obtaining a Professional Consultants Certificate. To compliment this service we are also able to carry out duties under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and are authorised inspectors for a number of structural warranty providers.

We can carry out inspections to single dwelling or to a large development depending upon requirements.



2022 WE. Consulting Engineers

WE Consulting Engineers was launched and became part of the Built Environment (BE) Collective in December 2020. BE Collective is a collective of complimentary and collaborative companies that specialize in different areas of the built environment with the intention of offering an enhanced holistic service to our clients.

We undertake structural and civil engineering designs on all project types from residential extensions, single dwellings, residential developments, to commercial, agricultural and industrial buildings.

We undertake Structural SurveysSoil TestsFoundation DesignSuperstructure Designstability assessmentbeam designroof design, infiltration tests, soakaway design, flood risk assessments, drainage strategies, SUDs design, detailed drainage design, road and highway design and sectional agreements with highways, water authority and internal drainage boards.



2021 JLM Health and Safety

JLM Health and Safety joined BE Collective in 2021, bringing CMIOSH standard health and safety consultants and level 4 PTLLS qualified trainers into our offering.

Founded in 2012, JLM is well established and will ensure you work safely and comply with health and safety duties covering:

Our services include everything from planning consultancy, building regulation and tendering packages to contract administration, 3D visualisations, sustainable design and energy assessments, across:

•  Construction Design and Management duties supporting Principal Designer
•  Competent Person  •  Self Builder Training
•  Pre-Construction and Construction Phase Plans  •  Face Fit Testing
•  Construction and Traffic Management Plans  •  Health & Safety Training
•  Construction Stage inspections and safety audits  •  Policy Development



Swann Edwards Addition

Swann Edwards Addition was formed in 2023 and joins the wider BE Collective.

Home alteration and extension projects have always been our passion. Addition is an refinement of Swann Edwards architectural services, specializing specifically on home extensions and alterations to help simplify your journey when creating the home of your dreams.

Our team work with you, to understand your wants, needs and ultimately bring to life, a home that fits your life style and improves your life.

We approach every project with simplicity , transparency and collaboration. Simply put, if you are dreaming of a loft conversion, annex, garden office, kitchen extension, maybe an extra bedroom or two, our aim is simple...

To deliver quality design work and projects, with a high level of customer service, at a competitive fee point.



how we do it

Our work embraces the individualism, dreams, needs and values of our clients with the focus on doing the job right.

We operate with trust, integrity, honesty and transparency and openness.

We are a ‘can do’ collective that has a positive attitude and approach to each element of our work, (say yes and explain the implications or process required to achieve the required outcome), this does not mean that we don’t say no when saying no is the right thing to do. We do not make excuses.




We are a collective of companies delivering the best possible service and quality products. We offer a collection of supplementary and collaborative services simplifying the process for clients and customers.

We place our customers at the heart of each project, going above and beyond for each customer and ensuring they feel important and valued.

We are professional, following the highest standards, but also friendly, flexible and approachable to all, but standing firm where required in this sometimes adversarial industry.




We are an ethical collective and our decisions are based on enhancing the built environment, whilst meeting our client drivers and doing the right thing. We listen to our clients and collaborators, to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes.

We give back, we recognise that we are part of a wider community and we support this.

We hold employee well-being in the highest regard, creating an inclusive, trusting, diverse, safe, flexible, collaborative, considerate and fun, motivating environment to work in, whilst acknowledging that this industry is results and financially driven with high pressure.




Residential Development

  • Architectural Design
  • Planning Approval
  • Building Regulation Approval
  • Soil Test
  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Warranty
  • Professional Consultant Certificates

This project comprises of the re-development of a brownfield nursery site and existing bungalow, our brief was to maximise the development potential of the site. As part of our services we coordinated the Planning and Building Regulation Processes securing the required approvals.

The scheme in its final form comprises a comprehensive scheme around a private driveway delivering a pair of semidetached 3 bed dwellings and 5 detached 4 and 5 bed chalet bungalows with garages and landscaping. The result is a high quality rural residential scheme with phase 1 being fully sold above asking price withing 24 hours.


Collaborative team:

Residential Development

  • Architectural Design
  • Planning Approval
  • Building Regulation Approval
  • Principal Designer and Health
  • Safety advice during construction

The brief for this project was to deliver a high-quality speculative housing scheme with visual difference to the schemes being offered in the area.


As part of our role we coordinate the planning process including public consultations and detailed negotiations with the Planning Department to secure the required approvals as well as offering on-going health and safety support and audits during construction to maintain safety standards for workers. The result is an attractive and well considered development of 28 dwellings meeting the client requirements and delivering the required GDV.


Collaborative team:

Industrial Development

  • Architectural Design
  • Soil Test
  • Planning Approval
  • Building Regulation Approval
  • Coordination during construction Principal Designer
  • Health and Safety advice during construction

This project comprises the re-purposing of a former onion storage building to a high-tech manufacturing facility for the aerospace industry including ancillary office accommodation. As part of our works we undertook full architectural design, soil test, Principal Designer and health and safety advice during construction.


This project was particularly complex due to key machinery, the existing structure, pits and the timescales associated with the project. As such we worked extremely closely with the client and contracting team visiting site weekly during the height of construction to coordinate and assist during construction and ensure a safe working environment was maintained.


Collaborative team:


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